Ep. #428: October 18-23, 2001

6h 35m | Oct 23, 2023

Kris and David are guestless as we discuss the (almost-)week that was October 18-23, 2001, a Patreon pick requested by Brian Peterson, who threw down the $25 to select this week. Topics of discussion include:

  • The state of wrestling as the WWF is trending downward across multiple business metrics.
  • The tragic end of Hayabusa's career and how it changed Japanese wrestling forever.
  • Keiji Muto winning yet another AJPW belt as he is getting more comfortable there.
  • Major problems within Team 2000 in New Japan
  • NOAH crowning their first-ever set of GHC Tag Champions.
  • Andrew McManus’s World Wrestling All-Stars having an…interesting debut show in Perth.
  • WrestleExpress finally runs a show in England.
  • La Parka turning on El Hijo del Santo in Tijuana.
  • Just who was the money man behind the XWF?
  • Mikey Whipwreck's "retirement" show on Long Island.
  • The beginning of the end end of Main Event Championship Wrestling
  • inDemand wanting to get more pro wrestling on the pay-per-view schedule to make up for revenue lost from various movies being delayed indefinitely after 9/11.
  • Michael Modest pulling out of the King of the Indies tournament and how that possibly changed wrestling forever
  • Steven DeAngelis’s first tour of Alaska, including Super Dragon, Excalibur, and the other the Rev Pro guys working the openers and pissing off Nova in the process.
  • Steve Austin and Rob Van Dam having major dissension within The Alliance.
  • A full WWF No Mercy PPV rundown
  • Raw, SmackDown, and lots more WWF news and views.

This is a STACKED show so LISTEN NOW!!!!!!!


0:00:00 State of Wrestling

0:24:25 Japan: Hayabusa, AJPW, NJPW, NOAH, Zero-One, BJPW, DDT, FMW proper, KAGEKI, Michinoku Pro, NMC Produce, Osaka, Pro, Toryumon, W*ING, Masakatsu Funaki, RINGS, Arsion, GAEA, Jd’, & Oz Academy

1:35:48 Other Int’l: WWA (McManus), WrestleXpress, CMLL, IWRG, Monterrey, TIjuana, IWAPR, & WWC

2:07:25 Classic Commercial Break

2:11:40 Halftime

2:33:39 Other USA: XWF, final WCW layoffs, USA Pro/Mikey Whipwreck, CZW, MECW, IWC, NWA Wildside, inDemand, IWAMS, Josh Matthews, MidwestCW, Vince Russo, Michael Modest, Alaska Superslam, & Kappa Publishing buying WOW Magazine IP

3:44:22 WWF

6:25:26 Patreon Preview: Did Tod Gordon REALLY carry Ric Flair’s bags at Slamboree ’94 in Philadelphia?

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