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The Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online podcast is undeniably one of the top sources for pro wrestling news and analysis. Led by the legendary Dave Meltzer and Bryan Alvarez, this podcast delivers well-sourced information and insight into the world of professional wrestling and mixed martial arts (MMA). The audio quality is superb, making it a pleasure to listen to.
One of the best aspects of this podcast is the diversity of opinions and discussion points. The team consists of members who offer different perspectives, ensuring that listeners get a well-rounded view of the industry. They cover both American and Japanese wrestling, providing a comprehensive look at the sport from various angles. It's refreshing to hear an objective point of view rather than just the typical anti-WWE sentiment.
Another positive aspect is the entertainment value offered by this podcast. Bryan and Vinny's banter is humorous and entertaining, while still providing informative content. Dave Meltzer's expertise in professional wrestling journalism shines through as he offers spot-on analysis that has made him a respected figure since the 80s.
However, there are some criticisms to be noted about this podcast. Some listeners have complained about the lack of free content available on their website, with many shows requiring a subscription fee. While it may be understandable from a business standpoint, it does limit access to information for those who cannot afford to pay. Additionally, some critics argue that there could be more free content provided to reach a wider audience.
In conclusion, The Wrestling Observer Figure Four Online podcast is an absolute must-listen for any pro wrestling fan or MMA enthusiast. With its well-sourced news reports, diverse opinions, and entertaining discussions, it offers a unique perspective on the industry that cannot be found elsewhere. While there may be some shortcomings in terms of accessibility to free content, overall, this podcast excels in delivering high-quality information and analysis in an engaging manner.
Andrew Zarian is back with another episode of the Sunday edition of Wrestling Observer Live, talking about all the latest news from the week in pro wrestling. The big story this week is, of course, CM Punk's return to WWE and his relatively tame promo on Monday Night Raw. Andrew discusses what to expect from his return and what matches we might see, including the rumor that Steve Austin could be a future opponent. There's also been talk that WWE is close to finalizing negotiations regarding television rights for Monday Night Raw. Andrew discusses all the reported scenarios, including the possibility that Raw could end up on a streaming service. Plus, a roundup of everything that happened on Friday Night Smackdown and AEW Collision from this week! Also, Andrew is fascinated with vampires! All this and more!
The 2023 pro wrestling year in review series on JNPO rolls on with a deep dive into April -- a month that featured the announcement that both WWE and UFC would merge. From that to WrestleMania 39 to more CM Punk news to Impact injuries, Josh Nason and Fightful's Kate Elizabeth cover it all.
The pro wrestling 2023 year in review series continues on a new Josh Nason's Punch-Out with a stop in March. Bryan Rose of F4WOnline.com helps me run through AEW Revolution and the Danielson/MJF IronMan match, CM Punk's Instagram drama, the continued road to WWE WrestleMania 39, more Vince McMahon stuff, and the rest of the month from Japan, Impact, NXT and others.
On a brand-new JNPO, I continue my pro wrestling year in review series with a stop in February 2023. Ian Carey of F4WOnline.com joins me to debate the results of WWE Elimination Chamber and whether Sami Zayn should have won, Jay White departing NJPW, a month of transition for AEW, and plenty more.
Andrew Zarian is back with another Sunday edition of Wrestling Observer Live, talking about the biggest stories in pro wrestling this week. The biggest story, obviously, is the return of CM Punk at the end of WWE Survivor Series. He came out right as the show was going off the air! Andrew breaks down how this came together, who knew about it, and how the talent reacted. He also talks about what's next for Punk and who he might feud with next. Andrew also breaks down the entire Survivor Series card, including both the men's and women's War Games matches. Randy Orton returned and looked in great shape, and there were some wild high spots in the women's match. Plus, Andrew reviews AEW Collision/Rampage, takes a look at the Continental Classic standings, and discusses how the CM Punk news might affect AEW. All this and more!
On the kickoff for the 2023 pro wrestling year in review series, POST Wrestling's Andrew Thompson joins Josh Nason's Punch-Out to delve into everything that was January. The passing of Jay Briscoe, the unreal return of Vince McMahon, the Royal Rumble, and tons more. Strap in for a two-hour thrillride.
Andrew Zarian is back with another episode of the Sunday edition of Wrestling Observer Live, talking all the latest news in professional wrestling! AEW Full Gear was Saturday night, and there was so much to talk about that Andrew spent the majority of the show breaking down everything that happened. MJF retained the AEW World title after a show-long injury played out. Andrew gives his thoughts on the injury, the angle, and the match itself. He also talks about the Swerve Strickland vs. Adam Page Texas death match and how it might have been the most brutal match in many years in professional wrestling. Both the Women's titles changed hands, and Andrew talks about how both Tony Storm and Julia Hart have elevated their game in recent weeks. Plus, Ronda Rousey in ROH, The Continental Classic Championship, notes from the media scrum, and more!
On a new JNPO, Brandon Thurston of Wrestlenomics returns for the third installment of our AEW investors call series, looking at Q3 in AEW business. All In revenue, sponsorship, attendance, CM Punk, and more are on the docket. Grab your prospectus and join us.
Andrew Zarian is back for another Sunday edition of Wrestling Observer Live, recapping all the top stories from the week of professional wrestling. WWE announced a new TV deal for NXT with the CW Network starting next October, Andrew discusses if this will help viewership in the long run for NXT.
Andrew Zarian is back with another episode of Wrestling Observer Live, the Sunday edition. This week, we're talking about the biggest stories from the world of professional wrestling. AEW Collision was a huge show, with one of the biggest main events in the history of the show as MJF defended against Kenny Omega in an all-time classic. We'll break down the match and the rest of the show. Unfortunately, there was some bad news coming out of Collision, as Bryan Danielson suffered a fractured orbital bone and will need surgery. We'll discuss how this injury could affect his legacy. WWE Crown Jewel is next Saturday, and Andrew will break down the card and discuss the buildup from this week's SmackDown, including the face-off between LA Knight and Roman Reigns. Plus, we'll talk about NJPW Fighting Spirit Unleashed, an update on Randy Orton, and Ronda Rousey on the Indies. All that and more, right here on Wrestling Observer Live!
Changes in WWE and an AEW Collision Review On the Sunday edition of Wrestling Observer Live, Andrew Zarian talks about all the latest news from a loaded week in professional wrestling! WWE made a decision not to bring back CM Punk at this time, and Andrew talks about why they made that decision and how it would have affected current storylines and possibly backstage morale. It was also reported this week that Triple H is fully in charge of WWE creative going forward and Vince is not currently part of the process. Andrew talks about how this has improved the shows on a weekly basis and the effect on long-term stories. Also, a review of both Friday Night Smackdown which saw a lot of story development on both shows. Including, the return of Roman Reigns and the debut of a new general manager Nick Aldis. Plus, AEW Colision review, the possibility of a December AEW PPV, and MJF's latest feuds. All this and more!
Andrew Zarian is back with another episode of Wrestling Observer Live this Sunday, talking about the latest in professional wrestling. This week, Andrew discusses the debut of Adam Copeland in AEW at last weekend's WrestleDream and the pending rumor that CM Punk is reportedly negotiating with WWE for a return. Saturday night, WWE ran their Fastlane PLE. Andrew runs down the card and talks about the best matches, but most notably was Cody Rhodes and Jey Uso winning the Tag Team titles from Judgment Day and an excellent last-man-standing match where Shinsuke Nakamura looks to be back to form. Also, AEW Collision saw a random title change as FTR dropped the titles to Big Bill and Ricky Starks in the opening match. Was this the plan or did something change? Plus, the Tuesday Night Wars are back as NXT stacks their show to go head-to-head with AEW Dynamite, which is airing on Tuesday due to the baseball playoffs. All this and more!
Andrew Zarian is back with another episode of Wrestling Observer live Sunday edition. He talks about the latest news from this past week and breaks down the best from all the shows, including Saturday night's AEW Collision show that went head-to-head with NXT No Mercy. He discusses both shows and highlights breakout stars on both. He also talks about AEW WrestleDream, including what Tony Khan meant when he mentioned a 'New Era'. He breaks down a very stacked card and wonders what match will steal the show! Plus, Jade Cargill to WWE, Tony Khan's Media call, and more!
Andrew Zarian is back with another Sunday edition of Wrestling Observer Live, talking about the latest news in professional wrestling! WWE announced a new TV deal for SmackDown, moving it to the USA Network starting in October 2024. Andrew discusses what this means for other products like Raw and NXT, including the possibility of streaming services like Amazon getting involved. Additionally, WWE made significant roster cuts this week, including the likes of Matt Riddle, Dolph Ziggler, and others! What could be next for these wrestlers? Andrew also gives his thoughts on his live experience at AEW Grand Slam this past Wednesday. He breaks down how the show felt like a reset, highlighting new wrestlers and moving on to fresh storylines. Plus, an AEW Collision review, and more!
Andrew Zarian is back with another Sunday edition of Wrestling Observer Live, talking about the top stories in professional wrestling! The big story this week is The Rock's return to Friday Night SmackDown and his appearance on the Pat McAfee show, where he revealed that he was supposed to headline WrestleMania 39 with Roman Reigns. Andrew discusses all this and the possibility that we might finally get this match at WrestleMania 40 in Philadelphia. Andrew also follows up on his report from the Mat Men Podcast on the likelihood that AEW will be streaming on MAX soon with an expanded pay-per-view schedule. Plus, thoughts on AEW Collision and a preview of this week's Grand Slam show taking place on Dynamite and Rampage. All this and more!
Andrew Zarian is back with another Sunday edition of Wrestling Observer Live, talking all the latest in professional wrestling! In the wake of CM Punk's departure, AEW has started to change things up with new programs featuring different characters. What does WBD think about these changes, and when will we see AEW on Max? Andrew also breaks down this week's Collision episode, including Jade Cargill's return, Lucha Libre being featured, and an interesting Bryan Danielson promo that hinted at a possible retirement sometime next year. Plus, thoughts on Friday night's SmackDown, including the setup of a dream Joshi match, and is AJ Styles next for Roman Reigns? All this and more!
Andrew Zarian is back with another Sunday edition of Wrestling Observer live, talking all the latest wrestling news. On Saturday afternoon, AEW announced they had terminated CM Punk's contract with cause. Andrew discusses why this happened, how Tony Khan and the company handled it, and what it means for the future of AEW. WWE Payback was on Saturday night, and Andrew breaks down the card and talks about some of the highlights from the show, including the disappointing main event between Seth Rollins and Shinsuke Nakamura. He also discusses AEW Collision from Saturday and previews tonight's All Out card. He talks about how important it is for AEW to have a great show tonight to move past the CM Punk drama and build momentum for the future. All this and more!
Andrew Zarian Is back with the Sunday edition of Wrestling Observer live talking everything Professional wrestling! Andrew Gives real-time reaction to AEW All In. He runs through the entire card talking all the Highlights, Including MJF retaining the AEW Championship over Adam Cole. Also, an update on the reported altercation between CH Punk and Jack Perry. Plus, AEW announced All In next year for the same weekend, How might this change the pay-per-view Model? All this and More!
On a new Josh Nason's Punch-Out, it's time for the unofficial AEW Q2 investors call with Brandon Thurston of Wrestlenomics. Join us as we deep dive into the numbers we know, speculate on some we don't, and some forecasting for the months ahead including what the implications of this week's CM Punk news could mean.
Andrew Zarian is back with another Sunday edition of Wrestling Observer Live talking all the latest in pro wrestling! AEW Collision was last night, and CM Punk finally revealed what was in the bag, and to no one's surprise it was his original AEW championship before he left. Also, FTR defended their titles against MJF and Adam Cole with a very dramatic ending, Andrew talks about where all this is leading. He also runs through Both The Great American Bash happening tonight and next weekend's Summerslam. Plus, a Smackdown review, Vince McMahon has spinal surgery, an interesting AEW trademark, and more!
Tony Khan talk about the state of AEW and the issues putting together Friday's Ring of Honor Death Before Dishonor card on his Tuesday media call. Note the first 15 minutes call were not recorded due to a technical issue. The full call will be available later.
You can't turn on the news these days without being inundated by news about UFOs or (UAP as they are now branded). The military is seeing them, Harvard (no less) professors are seeing them, the public is seeing them- it's madness! Or it would have been in the 1950s, you would have been branded a lunatic. Now, however, the cat is out of the bag. Something is out there, the question is what? Are we alone in this vast, vast universe? Or is it something else? Today we examine the UAE-UFO phenomenon.
On a new Josh Nason's Punch-Out, I am joined by Andy Williams, aka The Butcher in AEW and the guitarist for the now-defunct Every Time I Die. Josh and Andy delve into stories and topics that include concerts, AEW, Radiohead, Eddie Kingston loving Korn, and plenty more. Enjoy this in-depth interview from one of the nicest people in wrestling.
Andrew Zarian is back for another jam-packed episode of the Sunday edition of Wrestling Observer Live! CM Punk was officially announced for the new AEW Collision show on Saturday nights starting June 17th. Andrew gets into who his opponent might be and what programs could draw interest against strong competition in that time slot. A new WWE Universal Championship was given to Roman Reigns during his 1000 Days as Champion Celebration on Smackdown Friday. Andrew talks about the significance of his reign and the evolution of Roman Reigns as a character. Also, he gets into Smackdown results and the latest Chapter in the Bloodline saga. NJPW ran Dominion on Sunday and some big matches were set up going into Forbidden Door. Both Kenny Omega vs. Will Osprey and Bryan Danielson vs. Okada were set up. Andrew gets into these potential matches and what else he would like to see and Forbidden Door. Plus, Rampage results, Highlights from Dynamite, thoughts on AEW Fight Forever, and more!
Andrew and Rich are back for another episode of The Man Men Podcast discussing all the latest in professional wrestling! CM Punk was officially announced for the AEW Collision debut episode on June 17th. We Talk about what it means for that show and what are the expectations when it comes to viewership. Both AEW and WWE ran big shows this week, we break down Night of Champions and the big Bloodline angle. Then we talk about Double or Nothing what we liked and what we didn't, including the overuse of gimmicks. Plus, a new WWE title, Roman's summer schedule, a jammed packed Rampage, your questions, and More!
A wide ranging conversation on the show this week covering everything from Seth Rollins first title challenger to Kris Statlander's return to wrestlers from the early 2000's whose fate might've been vastly different had they come along today. Thanks for listening and have a great weekend~!
Karl Stern covers the entire story of Ric Flair quitting WCW to jump to WWF in 1991 while still WCW/NWA World Champion. Karl discusses what the NWA was during that time. Could Flair have jumped as still NWA Champion and not WCW Champion? Why that didn't happen. Why we really didn't get Hulk Hogan vs. Flair at WrestleMania VIII. Literal quicksand and plexiglass mazes (I'm not kidding, it's part of the story). How WCW got the big gold belt back. Royal Rumble 1992 and more. Everything you could possibly want to know. We go week-to-week in the Observer to fill in the details, plus what narratives have changed over time.
Andrew Zarian is back for another Sunday edition of Wrestling Observer Live this week he is joined by Nick Huasman from HausOfWrestling.com to discuss a big week in Profesional Wrestling. WWE ran Night of Champions Saturday in Saudi Arabia, they run down the card and give praise to most of the show, including the big show ending angle involving the Usos and Roman Reigns They also talk AEW Double or Nothing card taking place Sunday Night, do we get a big show closing angle perhaps even the return of CM Punk? They discuss this and more. Plus, AEW Collision was announced, CM Punk fatigue in AEW, and More.
Have you ever seen a show with fellas on the mic with one minute rhymes that don't come out right? Well, pioneering rapper had a lot of things that didn't come out right. Mostly, the U.S. government hated him and sought him out at every turn. This is the story of Slick Rick and he makes the 100 darkest moments in pop culture history because, well, his bodyguard tried to kill him so Slick Rick grabbed a gun, as rappers sometimes do, and went out and managed to shoot a couple of the wrong people. The government then spent decades trying to deport him like Tony the Tiger. Word.
We've got predictions for an insanely busy weekend of wrestling for Night of Champions and Double or Nothing as well as thoughts on Raw's closing segment and the CM Punk situation (seemingly) settled. Thanks for listening and have a great weekend~!