Ep. #403: April 26-May 2, 2001

5h 26m | May 1, 2023

Kris and David are guestless this time out as we discuss the week that was April 26-May 2, 2001. Topics of discussion this week include:

  • The WWF's plans for their version of WCW, with Jim Ross meeting with prospective talent such as Rob Van Dam, as well as WCW contracted talent. We also have possible announcers discussed, including the potential return of Jerry Lawler to the WWFE fold.
  • A busy week in the WWF proper, as we have not only the regular TV shows, but also the Backlash PPV featuring Steve Austin and Triple H becoming the new tag champs, which meant they owned all the major titles at the time. We also have the DUCHESS OF QUEENSBURY, Steve Blackman getting in on “Chains of Love,” Shane McMahon taking yet another insane bump, Lita and Chyna starting up their Women’s Title “feud” of sorts, Stone Cold and Hunter joining Howard Stern for the Crazy Cabbie vs. Angry Black boxing exhibition, and tons more.
  • The international scene, where we talk about Antonio Inoki's meeting with Mike Tyson, Rey Misterio Jr. being banned by Time Warner from wrestling in Tijuana, and all of the other news and results from outside the mainland United States.
  • The U.S. indie scene, featuring a Massachusetts state senator being the figurehead commissioner in NECW, Bret Hart making a special appearance in New York, John Boy & Billy receiving the ECW TV Title belt from Rob Van Dam, Women of Wrestling having issues outlined in their latest SEC filings (because yes, they were a publicly traded company), Vince Russo laying down the law on his message board, Hulk Hogan trying to start a promotion, and a Wake Forest University study looking into how violent wrestling fans are on dates compared to the general population.

This was quite the show, and it also includes a free previous of our new Patreon deep dive special (about the real life Ric Flair-Eric Bischoff feud from 1998) at the end, so everyone check it out!!!


0:00:00 WCWWF

0:50:58 WWF

2:45:58 Classic Commercial Break

2:48:45 Halftime

3:13:53 Japan: AJPW, Antonio Inoki/Mike Tyson, NJPW, Zero-One, BattlARTS, BJPW, DDT, FMW, Michinoku Pro, Osaka Pro, Toryumon, Pride FC, AJW, Arsion, GAEA, Jd’, & JWP

4:00:20 Other North America: ECCW, AAA, CMLL, IWRG, Monterrey, Tijuana, IWAPR, & WWC

4:18:50 Other USA: NECW, UCW/ICW (NY), NAWA (NY), Wrestling Zone, MarylandCW, Armstrong family, IWAMS, USACW (Prentice), Terry Taylor, MidwestCW, John Boy & Billy, Stevie Ray, Rev Pro, WOW,, Hulk Hogan/Universal, Sting on “Walker: Texas Ranger,” Athletic Commissions, & Wake Forest violence study

5:11:40 Patreon Preview: Ric Flair countersues Eric Bischoff and WCW

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