Ep. #408: May 31-June 6, 2013 with Joe Sposto

6h 36m | Jun 5, 2023

Kris and David are joined by Joe Sposto (@JoeSposto) as we discuss the week that was May 31-June 6, 2013, which is a Patreon pick submitted by Alan Paisner who pledged $25 to pick the week. Sposto only joins us for the first section of the show, but what a section it is. Topics of discussion include

  • The major CHIKARA Pro shutdown angle, where we go highly in depth on why this happened (including attempts to kill some of the more unsavory rumors), with lots of context about what happened after the angle from Joe’s firsthand perspective as then-lead announcer Leonard F. Chikarason. Joe was fantastic in this segment giving us the complete rundown of everything.
  • Adam Cole re-upping his ROH contract and why he stayed despite some interest from WWE.
  • TNA's Slammiversary 2013 PPV and what a show that was featuring Kurt Angle being announced as their next Hall of Fame inductee and then wrestling A.J. Styles later that night, Bully Ray beating Sting, Hulk Hogan working blue on the stick with Aces and Eights after cutting one of his Ian Rotten promos, Gail Kim’s famously great match with Taryn Terrell, and more.
  • The debut of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in TNA and why that came to pass.
  • Keiji Muto basically being shown the door in All Japan as their new ownership is making major changes that were polarizing among their fan base.
  • New Japan's Best of the Super Juniors tournament featuring a great list of talent but some very questionable booking.
  • El Hijo del Santo's son going to train at the NOAH Dojo and what happened there.
  • The Shield and Daniel Bryan being heavily pushed on WWE TV with the Wyatt Family on their way, and why that was sorely needed at the time.
  • The entire TV situation at the time, which is wild to look at some 10 years later.

This was the most “current” show we've ever done, and it's different for us, but it turned out to be a great show!!


0:00:00 Other USA: CHIKARA Pro, Gorgeous George, CZW, ROH, Scott Taylor, & Tommy Dreamer/TCW

2:05:05 TNA

3:38:56 Int’l: AJPW, NJPW, NOAH, Dragon Gate, PCW, & CMLL

4:30:08 WWE

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