Podcasts

MFX145 – Seth Rollins is…The Estate Agent.

It’s that time once again – MFX is back to bring you the kind of loosely based around pro wrestling podcast that will tickle your funny bone until you squirt.  Join your heroes Duckman and Sir Ian Trumps as they traverse the week in pro wrestling, pop culture and everything in between.  On the show this week…

What’s this, an MFX podcast?  But we only got to hear the last one 6 weeks ago!  Well you’re in luck folks because a gap in their busy playboy lifestyles means the lads are back with an MFX show so packed full of pro wrestling and pod culture chat that it should come with a government health warning!

The lads discuss Duckman’s birthday – which is today!  They then get stuck into an indepth preview of WrestleMania.  They talk all the matches, the feuds and plenty more – including giving Seth Rollins an even more boring nickname than he already has, plus Sami Zayn gets a new gig working for a psychotic John Cena.  Ah, it’s good to have MFX back.  Plus there’s time for an update on the new IMPACT wrestling and some chat about what the future could hold for that permanently sinking ship.

So sit back, relax and get your ear holes primed for some seriously entertaining MFX goodness.  The pro wrestling podcast that’s so good, you don’t even need to like pro wrestling to enjoy it!

As always thanks for listening and be sure to get involved with the show through all the usual channels.

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MFX137 – WrestleMania 32 Alternative Audio Show

Join your heroes Duckman and Sir Ian Trumps as they traverse the week in pro wrestling, pop culture and everything in between.  On the show this week…

Well it’s finally here.  After many, many confusing and disappointing miles, we’ve made it to the end of the road…it’s WRESTLEMANIA, baby!!!!  The biggest show in WWE history for gate receipts and number of tickets sold has had us on a rocky road, but with the showcase of the immortals finally here, it’s time to sit back, sync up your version of WrestleMania 32 with our audio and experience WrestleMania 32 as we do – LIVE!

This’ll be our longest show ever, with WrestleMania 32 clocking in at over 4 hours long!  Will Roman Reigns’ skeleton be shaken from his body due to the booing of 85,000 fans?  Just how tanned will HHH be?  And just how ridiculous will his entrance end up being?  Will Shane McMahon jump off something high and will The Rock cut a movie promoting promo of epic proportions?  Join us as we answer these questions and more!  It’s time for WrestleMania 32, please forgive the lads for any mark out moments, there’s bound to be a few!  Hopefully…

As always thanks for listening and be sure to get involved with the show through all the usual channels.

Follow MFX on social media:

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And check us out at our new home, The Misfits Podcast Network:

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MFX Ramblings, Under The Spotlight

Under the Spotlight – The Undertaker vs. Bray Wyatt

It’s been almost half a year since I wrote one of these things, and almost just as long since I watched a full episode of Monday Night Raw, so excuse me if I’m a bit rusty. That’s not to say that I was ever the Shakespeare of meaningless wrestling blogs, but you get the point regardless.

Much like many of my former SLTD Wrestling brethren, some of whom will grace the MFX Galaxy with their journalistic expertise in the near future, I have taken a brief hiatus from the world of wrestling in order to allow myself to breathe. Needless to say, it’s been fantastic, and man alive, did I become way more productive.

But like a lamb to the slaughter I have decided to re-immerse myself in the ever-lasting frustrations and stress of being a life-long WWE fan. And thus I bring to you the rebirth, if you will, of ‘Under the Spotlight’. A concept I created mid-2013 as an excuse to step back from show-by-show wrestling reviews so I could spew some nonsense about whatever the hell I wanted, as long as it was related to the industry in some shape or form.

If you’re new to my blogs, and let’s face it, you probably are since nobody read the old ones anyway, let me give you a little bit of a backstory. My name is Adam, I’m from Dublin, Ireland but I’m currently spending my weekdays living up in Louth, studying Computing in Games Development (so you may see one or two gaming blogs/reviews from me in the future). But most importantly to the significance of this piece, I’ve been a wrestling fan since I was six years old, and spent just over two years writing my opinions on current happenings in the WWE for a lovely bunch over at SLTD Wrestling.

And like many of my fellow fans, no matter how pissed off I may become with the WWE, they’ve always been my go-to promotion to watch, often acting as a source of escape and happiness. And cutting straight to the point here, one of my favourite parts of the year has always been the January-April stretch, because that means WrestleMania is fast-approaching.

Naturally, this year is a little bit different because rather than following the product (unless you count NXT), the information I gather about current affairs within the company comes from recaps, reviews and rumour sites. I know, I’m one of those people now. *shudders*

But since Fast Lane has come and gone, and WrestleMania is a  measly four weeks away, I figured it was time to get back into the swing of things, and more importantly write about the process since I’ve nothing better to do with my time. What’s that about assignments?

There are a lot of relatively big matches scheduled to take place at the 31st annual Showcase of the Immortals, including Sting’s first ever match in a WWE ring against Triple H, Roman Reigns taking on Brock Lesnar in what I can’t imagine will be a clean fight, and John Cena’s rematch against Rusev.

But the match that I’m most excited about is The Undertaker’s inevitable clash with the ‘Eater of Worlds’, Bray Wyatt.

Like me, I’m sure a lot of you still find it hard to believe that The Undertaker’s unprecedented undefeated streak at WrestleMania came to a definitive halt last year. Being brutally honest, and I do tend to look on the bright side whenever WWE screws up, I think they made the wrong decision when they pulled the trigger on the Streak.

Considering how things are going with Brock Lesnar right now, and his sorry excuse for a title reign, it seems to me like twenty-one years of success were thrown down the drain on a gamble that Lesnar would actually do something with it. Instead, the only one around to gain anything from Undertaker’s loss last year is Paul Heyman, with the whole “My client, Brock Lesnar conquered The Undertaker’s undefeated streak at WrestleMania” shtick.

And if you delve even deeper into it, you  could summarise the whole charade by saying that the legendary streak ended so that Roman Reigns could potentially gain from it, and become, as many are saying, “the next John Cena”. That’s all fine and dandy, but when that very man, even with The Rock by his side, is booed out of the arena after winning the Royal Rumble match, you have to question that decision. Oh yeah, great success. *winks*

And now there’s a bunch of controversy surrounding Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar after this week’s Raw, because apparently Bork got upset about something and when Bork is angry, Bork smash. At least that’s how I imagine it went down, because I don’t really care enough to find out the true story.

People can deny it until the cows come home, but in my estimation, the grand scheme that was Brock Lesnar’s 2014-15 stretch has been a flop. Sure, there were some great matches, namely the triple threat at Royal Rumble, but Lesnar holding the WWE World Heavyweight Championship has diminished any prestige that title has had up to this point. The bloody Intercontinental Title means more these days and up until a week or two ago, that meant fuck all too.

But I digress, and like I said, the match that really has my interest is Bray Wyatt/Undertaker. When people think about The Undertaker, one of the first things that come to mind is the Streak. Especially in the last number of years, considering WrestleMania has been the only time to see the Deadman compete.

But if you strip that away, all you’re doing is removing twenty-two matches, some of which actually sucked, from a legendary career that would still be just as celebrated and memorable without them. The Undertaker is a phenomenal gimmick, and an even better wrestler, and the streak may polish off his legacy, but like I said, the man has put enough work into every other aspect of his career that he shouldn’t be remembered solely for his WrestleMania record.

And that’s why I can’t wait to see him take on Bray Wyatt. I was hoping that if this match ever did happen on the Grandest Stage of them all, the streak would still be intact, but I feel like these circumstances make the bout even more intriguing. It’s not about records, or whether Wyatt has the potential to carry the weight of breaking the streak on his shoulders. It’s about two mysterious, incredible men squaring off to see who is better.

Sure, the build-up is going to be full of mind games, especially from Wyatt’s part if they do go down the route of not bringing ‘Taker back until ‘Mania itself (some will argue this ruins the hype, but it worked in 2004, right?), but when they stand on opposite sides of the ring at WrestleMania 31, all the weeks of trash talk and open challenges will mean nothing.

Bray Wyatt, win or lose, is going to be taken to his very limit in what will undoubtedly be an unforgettable match. It may be Undertaker’s last bout, maybe he wants to pass the torch, or maybe he’s going to show us he can still go and set up the dream that is Sting/Taker for WrestleMania 32, I don’t know. But when ‘Taker gets in the zone, especially in the last seven or eight years, you know you’re about to witness a classic.

Speaking from experience, there is nothing like seeing The Undertaker in his element at WrestleMania. I had the privilege of being in attendance when he went 20-0 against Triple H inside Hell in a Cell, and the atmosphere that night honestly still gives me Goosebumps almost three years later. And while the lucky men and women in the arena on the 29th of March will be the first to see Undertaker compete with a ‘Mania loss under his belt, I guarantee, and I sort of hope this is what they’re going for, that he’s going to prove that the Streak was nothing more than a number.

Twenty-one straight victories at WrestleMania didn’t make Undertaker the Deadman, or the Phenom. It just backed it up. And despite his age, some “leaked” photos (Michelle McCool posted them, so they weren’t really leaked at all) of ‘Taker hitting the weights make it seem like the dude is in top form. Don’t get me wrong, the man’s healthiest days are behind him, but I have no doubt in my mind that he is absolutely capable of putting on one of his world-renowned WrestleMania classics.

And Bray Wyatt is just the same. That guy is a visionary on the microphone, and for a man of his size, his athleticism is awe-inspiring. If he isn’t holding championship gold by this time next year there’s something seriously wrong with WWE (take a shot every time somebody says that and you won’t make it to WrestleMania).

Bray Wyatt and The Undertaker are going to put on one hell of a show in California, that’s for damn sure. And I’d bet that when it’s all said and done, no matter who wins, we’re going to be calling it the match of the night. It has a lot of competition, but if Undertaker’s WrestleMania bouts have taught us anything, it’s when to really pay attention to our television screens. When the Deadman arrives on the scene, you’re always about to witness something amazing.

Thanks for reading my first article here as part of the MFX Rambling crew, I really appreciate it. I’d also urge you to go read all of the other blogs on display here, there are some pretty interesting ones and I see a lot of potential in my fellow bloggers.

I’ve barely watched Anime in my life and somehow I’ve found myself reading two different blogs on the topic, so you know they’re good. There are also some retro gaming blogs and even one on the serious topic of depression, which I found to be a very eye-opening read. So take a look!

Also, try not to neglect Duckman and Sir Ian, and listen to the latest edition of the MFX Podcast. The guys are hilarious, so get your fill. They can cover anything from wrestling to Eastenders. Seriously, go listen.

And lastly, if you want to get in touch with me, you can follow me on Twitter @AdamOB_UTS. I’d appreciate any feedback on this blog, so if you can, drop me a cheeky tweet to let me know how much I suck, or you know, don’t suck. Whatever floats your boat.

See you next time!

Podcasts

MFX84 – WrestleMania 30 Review Show.

MFX84 The WRESTLEMANIA Edition is up! Join your heroes Duckman and Sir Ian Trumps as they traverse the biggest weekend of the year for WWE and life in general. On the show this week…

The lads share their WrestleMania weekend stories which results in plenty of hilarity. Sir Ian reviews the WWE Hall of Fame. They discuss the shocking passing of the Ultimate Warrior and your thoughts on Warrior’s death and his career. Wrestlemania 30 is given the full MFX treatment and so is the follow up Monday Night RAW.

One of the most historic, newsworthy and shocking weekends in WWE history is in the books and now the lads of MFX have their say. So many great moments, so much to talk about and so many laughs to be had. Join us and Hulk Hogan, live from The Thunderdome, brother!

As always, thanks for listening and be sure to get involved with the show through all the usual channels.

PLAYLIST:
The Ultimate Warrior theme
Nothing Lasts Forever – Echo and The Bunnymen

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MFX83 – WrestleMania 30 Preview Show

Rejoice MFX Galaxy – the lads are back!! It’s MFX83 The Wrestlemania Preview Edition. Join your heroes Duckman and Sir Ian Trumps as they traverse the week in WWE and life in general. On the show this week…

Duckman fills everyone in on his life threatening illness, Sir Ian gives updates on the TNA shows Duckman missed, plus there’s a great rant about how Willow could be the worst wrestling character ever created. There’s also a report from Bret Hart’s recent Q and A show in Glasgow.

The RAW review is all kinds of fun. There’s plenty of chat about the continuation of The Reality Era, loads of love for HHH trolling, Cena v Wyatt and the great show closing moment with Daniel Bryan.

The show is wrapped up with a preview of WrestleMania 30. The lads give their predictions on all the matches, discuss your comments on WrestleMania 30 and there’s an impassioned plea for all the IWC members and Daniel Bryan fans out there to watch the show.

It’s great to be back! As always, thanks for listening and be sure to get involved with the show through all the usual channels. Enjoy WrestleMania 30!

PLAYLIST:

Simon and Garfunkel – The Sound of Silence
The Kinks – Dedicated Follower of Fashion

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MFX81 – The RAW Edition

MFX81 The RAW Edition is up! Join your heroes Duckman and Sir Ian Trumps as they traverse the week in WWE and life in general. On the show this week…

It’s Duckman’s birthday! It’s Sir Ian’s wife’s birthday! There’s a full review of the fantastic BBC documentary Insane Fight Club, which is about the Scottish promotion Insane Championship Wrestling. The lads loved this and so did the rest of the MFX Galaxy. All your feedback is covered, there’s a thought provoking email and a not so thought provoking story about Vince McMahon and an old pair of loaded underpants.

They wrap up the show with the review of RAW. There’s Heyman promo greatness, Taker high on ‘Just for Men’ hair dye, more loaded underpants, Hogan teaches Cena a few lessons and of course Raw was occupied. A fun show and a really fun review.

As always, thanks for listening and be sure to get involved with the show through all the usual channels. Oh, it’s Duckman’s birthday – so buy some merch!

PLAYLIST:

The Beatles – Happy Birthday

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MFX79 – The RAW Edition

MFX79 The RAW Edition is up!! Join your heroes Duckman and Sir Ian Trumps as they traverse the week in WWE and life in general. On the show this week…

The lads pay their tribute to two fallen comedy heroes. There’s all your feedback and emails covered, a lot of fun is made of ‘apocalyptic method actor’ John Cusack, plus a ton of chat about the WWE Network and your experiences with it.

Elimination Chamber is given the full MFX treatment. It was a two match show, but one of those matches was one of the best matches you’ll see anywhere in the world this year. This review is one of the best you’ll hear anywhere in the world this year.

The RAW review wraps up the show for another week. Hogan’s back, Taker’s back, Brock’s back but all the lads want to talk about is Winnie the Pooh and his dangerous honey habit. Blame JBL.

As always, thanks for listening and be sure to get involved with the show through all the usual channels. Oh and don’t forget BUY SOME MERCH! #merchtoheaven

PLAYLIST:
Led Zepplin – Communication Breakdown
OK Go – Get Over It

Podcasts

MFX Show 44

MFX44 – It’s Wrestlemania, baby!  Plus Raw is Smark.

The biggest wrestling event of the year is here!  That’s right, it’s MFX44 baby!!  Actually it was Wrestlemania this weekend (like you didn’t know) so of course this is our big Wrestlemania review edition of MFX.

It’s also going to be the last MFX for around a month as Sir Ian Trumps will be doing his whole “international stag do, celebrity wedding, massive honeymoon” event of a life time.  It’s going to mean MFX is off the air for a few weeks, but it also means one of the founding fathers of MFX is getting married and let’s be honest, that’s slightly more important than doing this podcast…slightly.

Anyway, in the spirit of sending you guys off on a high before we take our mid season break, we’ve got a massive show for you this week.  Think Wrestlemania sized, only more entertaining and with less giant pillars blocking your view or endless hype videos.

We kick the show off this week with news on Ian’s first stag night with his family and friends.  As you would expect it’s a riot of a story with tons of funny moments, including a police dog biting a footballer and Sir Ian’s Dad nearly getting into a fight on the train!  And to think, his crazy, booze filled stag night is still to come!  We also talk Duckman’s Wrestlemania weekend and we get all political with a chat about the death of Margaret Thatcher.

Once all that’s out of the way it’s time for our review of Pillarmania, sorry Wrestlemania, which as usual brings you that classic MFX blend of jokes, salty language and a sprinkling of insight.  It’s a 90 minute recap of Wrestlemania that blows all other Wrestlemania recaps out the water.

We then review the Raw after Wrestlemania, or Raw is Smark as we like to call it.  It was a crazy crowd at RAW, powered by fans from the UK and Ireland who made it a night like no other.  Our review is pretty much the same, only with less chants and dancing.

We wrap the show up this week with a review of IMPACT.  Yeah, TNA had a show this week!  Actually it was more of a go-home show for this week’s IMPACT but what can you do?  The show kind of sucked but we squeeze some comedy gold out of it…just.

So that’s MFX off on our holidays for a few weeks.  Duckman is contemplating putting together a best of show to keep the MFX Galaxy going while Sir Ian gets married.  Although more than likely he’ll just take the time off too and enjoy a well earned break.  Also, nothing much really happens after Wrestlemania anyway, so we won’t be missing much.

As always, thanks for listening and we’ll be back in mid May with MFX45 – The Sir Ian Trumps Wedding Special and you won’t want to miss that!

Enjoy the show.

Podcasts

MFX Show 43

MFX43 – “In The Club We Call Him Bitch” plus Wrestlemania n’ stuff.

Well MFX Galaxy it’s that time of the week once again.  Time to stop watching Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead.  Put down that Xbox controller and stop listening to whatever music you’re listening to.  There’s a wrestling podcast here that requires your full attention.  It’s MFX43, the final MFX before Wrestlemania and we’ve got the grand daddy of them all right here!

We kick the show off with some discussion on the sad news about Reid Flair’s passing.  One listener to the show emailed us with a controversial opinion on the tragedy which we discuss.  We lighten the mood by making fun of Shane Douglas and Extreme Rising for a while.  If it’s good enough for Stevie Richards and Danny Doring, it’s good enough for MFX.  Plus we discuss a few other random topics of wrestling news that I’m sure will keep you all thoroughly entertained.

Then it’s time for our review of IMPACT.  Another decent show from TNA, in front of a hot crowd and Taryn Terrell is in the hottest wrestling gear we’ve ever seen.   We probably spend too long talking about that.  There’s all the usual Hulk Hogan jokes and Chavo hate that you’ve come to know and love from MFX.  Another fun review of a fun wrestling show.

We then turn our attention to WWE and the final RAW before Wrestlemania.  It wasn’t a great show, it wasn’t a terrible show.  It was just a bit of a nothing show, with a horrible final angle which left Sir Ian foaming at the mouth with fury!  Once RAW is dealt with we give a full preview and predictions for Wrestlemania 29.

It’s a bumper show this week folks, packed full of wrestling discussion, crude and childish humour, plus a few nuggets of insight that you will probably ignore.

Next week it’s Wrestlemania 29 so why not get ready for the biggest show of the year with the most entertaining and downright hilarious wrestling podcast around?  The week in WWE and TNA gets the full MFX treatment.  You’re welcome!

As always, thanks for listening, be sure to get in touch with the show through all the usual channels and enjoy Wrestlemania!

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MFX Show 42

MFX42 – FAAANNN DAAANNNN GO F**K YOURSELF (The Meltdown Episode)

Well folks it’s that time of the week once again.  The most entertaining wrestling podcast on the net is back for another episode that is almost too awesome to describe.  It’s MFX42 and this week Duckman and Sir Ian Trumps are in fine form.  Actually they’re both ill and not exactly loving WWE at the moment, but that doesn’t stop them from bringing you another three hours of fun, laughter, salty language and tiny nuggets of insight into the world of WWE and TNA.

The show kicks off this week with an update on Sir Ian’s recent trip to the hospital, we then talk Arnie inducting Bruno into the WWE Hall of Fame, plus Fallon Fox vs. Hulk Hogan, Bully Ray’s recent troubles with the use of a certain word (we call cigarettes this in the UK) and we mourn Chyna’s latest career move.  Oh and a couple of MFX Galaxy members get their nicknames – sorry lads!  Plenty of laughs to be had with all of this.

Then it’s onto IMPACT and we give the show a MFX thumbs up.  Especially for the excellent videos TNA put together to explain the Aces and Eights storyline.  We also ponder Chavo insurance, as well as DOC’s fun times babysitting Garrett and Wes.  We continue to worship at the Church of Taz.  Plus all the usual Brick and Hulk Hogan jokes that make up about 75% of the review.  IMPACT was good this week and so is this review.

We wrap the show up with a RAW review that starts of kind of boring, then goes into total meltdown with Duckman and Sir Ian questioning if they should even be watching WWE anymore, before we throw the script out the window and bring the funny as hard as we possibly can.  It’s a slight train wreck of a review, but an entertaining one nonetheless.

As always be sure to get in touch with MFX through all the usual channels and be sure to spread the word about MFX.

Enjoy the show.