1. The current WWE product on air that we see on Mondays (Raw) and Friday (Slap) is pretty hard to see these days thanks to bad creativity. The talent is great, but the story lines suck.
However, if you’re a fan of old-school wrestling, these are the glory days when it comes to wrestling documentaries.
There are two documentaries running now that are must-haves for fans of wrestling. Vice is currently in the middle of airing the third season of the featured Dark side of the ring, narrated by Chris Jericho of AEW.
Dark side of the ring He is not associated with WWE in any way, so he explores issues outside of Vince McMahon’s company. The show doesn’t have to worry about pissing off Vince McMahon either, so it doesn’t sugarcoat anything.
If you are a fan of wrestling who is consumed by real life characters of wrestlers and behind-the-scenes activities as much as by the on-air product, you will not be disappointed. Dark side of the ring.
The two-part episode about Brian Pillman to open Season 3, which detailed how Pillman would cross the line between work and filming and revealed how Pillman pitted WWE against WCW in contract negotiations, was riveting.
This week’s episode about Jake “The Snake” Roberts and his family of wrestlers was shocking and haunting, but it gave you an incredible glimpse into one of the greatest heels of all time.
Next week’s show, which will cover Chyna’s career, looks like another gem.
Dark side of the ring airs Thursdays at 9 pm ET.
On Sunday nights, A&E is currently broadcasting Bio: WWE Legends. So far this series has aired biographies of Stone Cold Steve Austin, Rowdy Roddy Piper, Macho Man Randy Savage, Booker T, Shawn Michaels, Ultimate Warrior, and Mick Foley. Bret Hart will be the subject of this Sunday’s episode airing at 8 pm ET.
Weather Dark side of the ring runs for an hour, A & E’s Biography It lasts two hours and features interviews with key WWE figures including Vince McMahon, Shane McMahon and Paul Heyman.
Biography is a bit more “friendly” than Dark side of the ring, so to speak, although Randy Savage and Ultimate Warrior wouldn’t think that if they watched their episodes.
Ultimate Warrior prompted me to write about this today. Strange as it may sound Dark side of the ring Y Biography They both aired their Ultimate Warrior episodes last week, and I can’t recommend them highly enough. They both give full and detailed accounts of the rise and fall of the Ultimate Warrior and all its chaos in between. From demanding $ 550,000 from Vince McMahon before a game to changing his legal name from Warrior to his gibberish promises and becoming a far-right madman, each show was riveting from start to finish.
He had heard the story of Ultimate Warrior telling Vince McMahon in a letter that he would give up his 1991 Summer festival match if they didn’t treat him like Hulk Hogan and paid him $ 550,000 for his WrestleMania match that year.
But the details that each show provided about the incident were fascinating.
Here is Vince’s initial response to Warrior’s demands.
And here is Vince’s letter, in which he suspended the Warrior.
These things were more entertaining than anything the Warrior has ever done on camera.
My only complaint about these two great shows is that they are airing at the same time. It would have been nice if they were spread out during the summer.
two. The Blazers may have lost to the Nuggets last night, but Jusuf Nurkic’s suit was a winner.
3. Kenny Smith doesn’t get enough credit for being awesome at Inside the NBA. The way he broke Shaq’s ribs last night and called BS about O’Neal’s story about his 2-year-old son telling him to win a game was classic. Smith kept pressing the issue, frustrating Shaq to the point where Diesel got up and playfully hit Smith. So good.
Four. Apparently it’s not just athletes who have a thing for Instagram models. Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury wanted to make sure he impressed a woman so much that he reached out to Rams coach Sean McVey before a 2020 game to see if he could get her a field pass.
5. I only leave this here to provide a service to all Traina Thoughts readers.
6. A brand new Sports Illustrated Media Podcast fell this morning, and has two guests.
First up is ESPN’s Doris Burke. The NBA analyst looks at the disturbing trend of disgusting behavior by fans in games, whether fans are too close to players, and how this was a concern for David Stern. Burke also talks about his fight with COVID-19 and his symptoms for nine months. Other issues discussed include whether the Nets are about to prove that the NBA regular season is pointless, if calling the NBA Finals on television is a goal for her, she still feels resistance from men who don’t want her to. women broadcast sports and much more.
Following Burke, Giants third baseman Evan Longoria joins the podcast to share his thoughts on Major League Baseball’s unwritten rules. Does any unwritten rule make sense? Is throwing at a player a rational retaliation? How do players feel about the unwritten rules? Longoria also talks about getting into the trading card craze during the pandemic and what she enjoys about the hobby.
Here’s a clip from the conversation with Longoria.
You can also watch SI MEDIA PODCAST on YouTube
7. RANDOM VIDEO OF THE DAY: Evan Longoria and I talked about pitchers using foreign substances in the SI Media Podcast and we both remember one of the greatest expulsions in history.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.