Dec 22, 2019

SCG Radio #155 - The Monday Night War in March and April 2000

Join Liam O'Rourke, Karl Jones and G. John Chase for the latest episode of our Monday Night War Timeline series, covering March and April 2000! Breaking down all the big stories of the period and covering every Raw, Nitro and PPV, we discuss topics such as: The curious build to WrestleMania 2000, the hideous Uncensored event, Steve Austin's return at Backlash, Eric Bischoff and Vince Russo's return to power in WCW and subsequent formation of the New Blood angle, Hulk Hogan still being an arsehole, Mike Awesome jumps from ECW, WWF Vs. WCW for the ECW Title, Chris Jericho wins the WWF Title (not really), David Arquette wins the WCW Title (really), and a shocking statistic rears its head to contextualise just how bad things have gotten in Atlanta. Of course, we have all the facts, figures, ratings and buyrates, as well as notes from the Wrestling Observer Newsletters of the time - a blast as usual, check it out and let us know what you think!

Dec 4, 2019

SCG Radio #154 - 5 For 5 - Episode 2

Join Liam O'Rourke, Karl Jones and Kieran O'Rourke as we're returning to our 5 For 5 concept - reviewing five matches that were rated five stars by Dave Meltzer in the Wrestling Observer! This week we analyse and break down all about the things that make the performers, matches and wrestling itself the greatest thing since worcester sauce, as it pertains to the following contests:

*Sting's Squadron Vs. The Dangerous Alliance (War Games) - WCW Wrestle War 92

*Manami Toyota Vs. Aja Kong - AJW Douma Super Woman Great War

*Mitsuharu Misawa Vs. Toshiaki Kawada - Budokan Hall 3.6.94

*Kazuchika Okada Vs. Kenny Omega - G1 Climax 27

*Ric Flair Vs. Terry Funk (I Quit) - WCW Clash 9/New York Knockout

Enjoy!

Nov 13, 2019

SCG Radio #153 - AEW Full Gear and Dynamite So Far

We're back! Join Liam O'Rourke, Karl Jones and Kieran O'Rourke as we talk all about AEW Full Gear - every match, every angle, overall thoughts on the show, as well as an in-depth look at the promotion in general at this stage in the game, with thoughts on the strengths and weaknesses of Dynamite, the greatness of Chris Jericho, hot stars and cold prospects, what's good and bad about all things AEW. A fun jump back into things, check it out!

May 30, 2019

SCG Radio #152 - AEW Double Or Nothing

Join Liam O'Rourke, Luke Edwards and Kieran O'Rourke as we break down the first show of All Elite Wrestling - Double or Nothing! After attending the show live in Vegas, all three watched the show back on PPV, and get together to talk about what worked and what didn't, live versus television, thoughts on the promotion, the matches, star power, production elements, and some hard hitting truths about WWE and the current lay of the land. In addition, we talk about AEW's future, reflect on attending Starrcast, and Liam comes face to face with Eric Bischoff. All this and more this week on SCG Radio!

May 5, 2019

SCG Radio #151 - The Monday Night War in Jan and Feb 2000

Join Liam O'Rourke, G. John Chase and Kieran O'Rourke as we return to the Monday Night War Timeline to discuss January and February 2000! Covering every Raw, Nitro and PPV of the period, complete with notes from the insider newsletters of the time, we break down all the big angles and stories, including the ousting of WCW head writer Vince Russo, the attempted replacement of Kevin Sullivan and subsequent mutiny, the Radicalz entry to the WWF, the debut of Tazz, the sudden ascension of Too Cool, WCW behavioural issues with Scott Steiner and Scott Hall, Hulk Hogan being a prick, The Rock being incredible, Cactus Jack's last stand, the greatness of Kurt Angle, THAT ten man tag, a megapush for Sid and the Harris Boys, some fascinating ratings statistics, and much much more. A lot of fun this week, check it out!

Apr 11, 2019

SCG Radio #150 - NXT Takeover New York and WrestleMania 35

Join Liam O'Rourke, Kieran O'Rourke and....G. John Chase (!) as we talk all about the biggest weekend of the year in pro wrestling, covering NXT TakeOver: New York and WrestleMania 35! Breaking down all the matches, the outcomes, the big issues surrounding the shows and the promotion in general, we discuss Kofi Kingston's rise to prominence, the absolute greatness of NXT, formatting a seven hour show, the first women's Mania main event, Velveteen Dream ruling the world, Johnny Gargano and Adam Cole's brilliance, major defeats for Brock Lesnar and Ronda Rousey, and title changes galore. We also dip into some brief thoughts on the G1 Supercard, a true tale of two shows wrapped into one. A lot of fun and a great way to cap off Mania week, check it out!

Apr 4, 2019

SCG Radio #149 - The Best and Worst WrestleMania Builds Ever

Join Liam O'Rourke, Karl Jones and Kieran O'Rourke as we discuss the Best and Worst WrestleMania Builds Ever! Taking your nominations and feedback, we discuss the standout hype jobs on either end of the spectrum, from the dizzying highs of WrestleMania 14, 5 and 3, to the horrifying lows of 9, 11, 31 and 18, and even the creamy middles that stood out to you such as 20, 21, 17 and 8, we look at all the hot angles and promos going in, break down the make up of what makes a great build that stands the test of time, and look at the issues WWE was dealing with in each instance. A really fun show and a great way to celebrate Mania week - check it out!

Mar 1, 2019

SCG Radio #148 - 5 For 5 - Episode 1

Introducing a new concept for SCG: 5 For 5! Reviewing five matches that were given the lofty five star rating from Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer, we talk about all the things that makes the performers, the matches and wrestling in general, the greatest thing since an egg-white omelette. In the debut episode, we look at Jerry Lawler Vs. Terry Funk from 1981 (the match that launched the five star system), Terry Funk and Dory Funk Jr Vs. Bruiser Brody and Stan Hansen from 1984, Ric Flair Vs. Ricky Steamboat from Chi-Town Rumble in 1989, Mitsuharu Misawa Vs. Jumbo Tsuruta from 1990, as well as Shawn Michaels Vs. Undertaker from Hell In A Cell, at Badd Blood 1997. A stacked show breaking down and analysing what made these classics classics, with a ton of analysis and lessons learned along the way. Let us know what you think!

Feb 19, 2019

SCG Radio #147 - The Monday Night War in December 1999

Join Liam O'Rourke, Karl Jones and Kieran O'Rourke as we return to the Monday Night War Timeline, covering December 1999! Talking all the big stories of the month and covering every Raw and Nitro, Armageddon and Starrcade, we break down all the big topics of the month, including the heel turn of Stephanie McMahon, Vince Russo bringing the Montreal Screwjob and nWo 2000 to his vision of WCW, the latest with L. Brent Bozell III and the PTC starting a war with the WWF, Vince McMahon blows up at Chris Jericho backstage, WCW begins a showdown with Standards and Practices, as well as all the facts, figures and backstage gossip from the insider newsletters of the time. A blast as always, check it out and let us know what you think!

Jan 30, 2019

SCG Radio #146 - NXT Takeover Pheonix, 2019 Royal Rumble and Beyond

Join Liam O'Rourke, Karl Jones and Kieran O'Rourke as they discuss NXT Takeover, the 2019 Royal Rumble and discuss the immediate future of WWE on the road to WrestleMania 35! Breaking down the big stories of NXT, such as the dynamic hindering Tommaso Ciampa and Aleister Black, the greatness of Johnny Gargano and the immediate future of the top angle, before diving into the match-by-match of the Royal Rumble with some hideous booking, mind-boggling decisions, a Brock Lesnar tour de force, a tirade on the Women's Royal Rumble, issues with WWE trying to deal with the modern audience, and Seth Rollins' big victory, and finally giving a wide-angle lens look at what things look like for WrestleMania and the problems with the proposed addition of Charlotte to the headline Rousey Vs. Lynch match. A lot of fun discussion this week, check it out!

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