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No Count Outs: WWE Culture and Sting’s First Match

The Undertaker spoke to Joe Rogan about WWE culture inside the locker room culture then and now. WWE has set the top championship matches for the Royal Rumble. Kevin Owens will face Roman Reigns and Drew McIntire will face Goldberg.  Raw had some confusing angles involving Alexa Bliss and Randy Orton.

Wednesday’s NXT heavily featured The Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic with the men and women on Wednesday’s NXT. Lucha House Party advanced over Imperium as well as Leon Ruff and Kushida beat The Way. Toni Storm’s momentum was halted when she and Mercedes Martinez lost to Carter and Catanzaro; major upset on the women’s side.

During the week, AEW and Impact continued to intermingle. Private Party became the new number one contenders for Impact tag titles. MJF and Chris Jericho defeated the rest of the Inner Circle in tag competition. Sting’s first match was teased as Darby Allin accepted a street fight against Team Taz.

No Count Outs: WWE Culture and Sting's First Match No Count Outs

The Undertaker spoke to Joe Rogan about WWE's Culture inside the locker room culture then and now. WWE has set the top championship matches for the Royal Rumble. Kevin Owens will face Roman Reigns and Drew McIntire will face Goldberg.  Raw had some confusing angles involving Alexa Bliss and Randy Orton. On Wednesday NXT the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic was featured heavily with the men and women. Lucha House Party advanced over Imperium as well as Leon Ruff and Kushida beat The Way. Big upset on the women's side as Toni Storm's momentum was halted as she and Mercedes Martinez lost to Carter and Catanzaro. During the week, AEW and Impact continued to intermingle. Private Party became the new number one contenders for Impact tag titles. MJF and Chris Jericho defeated the rest of the Inner Circle in tag competition. Sting's first match was teased as Darby Allin accepted a street fight against Team Taz. Follow the show @NoCountOutsPod . Keep tabs on hosts Matt Dahlberg (@M_broski21) and Tyler Pearson (@T_pearson10four). Email the show at NoCountOuts@gmail.com! — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Follow the show @NoCountOutsPod . Keep tabs on hosts Matt Dahlberg (@M_broski21) and Tyler Pearson (@T_pearson10four). Email the show at NoCountOuts@gmail.com!

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T For 3: The Return

The Return of T For 3

Tyler is back with ‘T For 3 –  The Return’ to get into several hot topics in the sports world! From the potential returns of Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor, to Luka Doncic being on his MVP watchlist, and more!

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No Count Outs: Bullet Club’s Return and Kota Ibushi Ascends

AEW Dynamite’s last 30 minutes blew the roof off of Daily’s Place in Jacksonville, Florida with Bullet Club’s return. The was a war for the AEW World Championship title between Rey Fenix and Kenny Omega. Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson joined the retaining champ Omega and beat down Fenix.  In response, Jon Moxley and a smorgasbord of AEW wrestlers tried to stop the run-ins. The Young Bucks sifted through the chaos and joined the rest of their former associates for the Bullet Club Return and a too sweet in the center of the ring.

Across the Pacific, NJPW’s Wrestle Kingdom lived up to the hype and overcame the challenges with the world pandemic, Kota Ibushi was undoubtedly  the star of the show. He bested Naito in night one and Jay White in night two to hold the top two belts in Japan.

No Count Outs: WWE Culture and Sting's First Match No Count Outs

The Undertaker spoke to Joe Rogan about WWE's Culture inside the locker room culture then and now. WWE has set the top championship matches for the Royal Rumble. Kevin Owens will face Roman Reigns and Drew McIntire will face Goldberg.  Raw had some confusing angles involving Alexa Bliss and Randy Orton. On Wednesday NXT the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic was featured heavily with the men and women. Lucha House Party advanced over Imperium as well as Leon Ruff and Kushida beat The Way. Big upset on the women's side as Toni Storm's momentum was halted as she and Mercedes Martinez lost to Carter and Catanzaro. During the week, AEW and Impact continued to intermingle. Private Party became the new number one contenders for Impact tag titles. MJF and Chris Jericho defeated the rest of the Inner Circle in tag competition. Sting's first match was teased as Darby Allin accepted a street fight against Team Taz. Follow the show @NoCountOutsPod . Keep tabs on hosts Matt Dahlberg (@M_broski21) and Tyler Pearson (@T_pearson10four). Email the show at NoCountOuts@gmail.com! — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

Follow the show @NoCountOutsPod . Keep tabs on hosts Matt Dahlberg (@M_broski21) and Tyler Pearson (@T_pearson10four). Email the show at NoCountOuts@gmail.com!

bullet club’s return

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No Count Outs: You Know What That Means

No Count Outs – “You Know What That Means”

RIP, Mr. Brodie Lee/Luke Harper

The loss of John Huber (Mr. Brodie Lee/LukeHarper) was felt around the wrestling world. AEW and WWE honored the loss of a wrestler, father, and man. Many wrestlers, such as Big E and Eddie Kingston, shared stories of their time spent with the Exalted One, Big Rig, and Luke Harper. He held many personas but his legacy has just one face. Dynamite featured a card built by Minus One, Huber’s son Brodie. This included a main event of his favorite stars: Orange Cassidy, Cody Rhodes, and Preston Vance. That and more on another jam packed episode of the No Count Outs wrestling podcast.

No Count Outs: WWE Culture and Sting's First Match No Count Outs

The Undertaker spoke to Joe Rogan about WWE's Culture inside the locker room culture then and now. WWE has set the top championship matches for the Royal Rumble. Kevin Owens will face Roman Reigns and Drew McIntire will face Goldberg.  Raw had some confusing angles involving Alexa Bliss and Randy Orton. On Wednesday NXT the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic was featured heavily with the men and women. Lucha House Party advanced over Imperium as well as Leon Ruff and Kushida beat The Way. Big upset on the women's side as Toni Storm's momentum was halted as she and Mercedes Martinez lost to Carter and Catanzaro. During the week, AEW and Impact continued to intermingle. Private Party became the new number one contenders for Impact tag titles. MJF and Chris Jericho defeated the rest of the Inner Circle in tag competition. Sting's first match was teased as Darby Allin accepted a street fight against Team Taz. Follow the show @NoCountOutsPod . Keep tabs on hosts Matt Dahlberg (@M_broski21) and Tyler Pearson (@T_pearson10four). Email the show at NoCountOuts@gmail.com! — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

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No Count Outs: Fire and Flair

No Count Outs – Fire and Flair

WWE’s TLC Pay-Per-View opened with Drew McIntire and AJ Styles in a traditional TLC match. McIntire retained despite numerous obstacles including a potential Money in the Bank cash-in by Morrison. Charlotte Flair made her return to assist Asuka in capturing the Women’s Tag Team Titles. Roman Reigns fought off Kevin Owens with the help of Jey Uso. Randy Orton set The Fiend ablaze in a Firefly Inferno match.

In AEW the Acclaim secured a tag team championship match with the Young Bucks after winning over former champs SCU. Kenny Omega was confronted by a new challenger, Rey Fenix.

No Count Outs: WWE Culture and Sting's First Match No Count Outs

The Undertaker spoke to Joe Rogan about WWE's Culture inside the locker room culture then and now. WWE has set the top championship matches for the Royal Rumble. Kevin Owens will face Roman Reigns and Drew McIntire will face Goldberg.  Raw had some confusing angles involving Alexa Bliss and Randy Orton. On Wednesday NXT the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic was featured heavily with the men and women. Lucha House Party advanced over Imperium as well as Leon Ruff and Kushida beat The Way. Big upset on the women's side as Toni Storm's momentum was halted as she and Mercedes Martinez lost to Carter and Catanzaro. During the week, AEW and Impact continued to intermingle. Private Party became the new number one contenders for Impact tag titles. MJF and Chris Jericho defeated the rest of the Inner Circle in tag competition. Sting's first match was teased as Darby Allin accepted a street fight against Team Taz. Follow the show @NoCountOutsPod . Keep tabs on hosts Matt Dahlberg (@M_broski21) and Tyler Pearson (@T_pearson10four). Email the show at NoCountOuts@gmail.com! — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

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No Count Outs: Impact and Impasse

No Count Outs – Impact and Impasse

In this episode of the No Count Outs Wrestling podcast the guys talk War Games packing action but was not without incident. After some scary spots Candice LeRae’s team won despite the team captain breaking her arm. The match included great highlights from Ember Moon, Io Shirai and Raquel Gonzalez. Pat McAfee and his team lost to Adam Cole and the rest of Undisputed Era. Johnny Gargano stood tall over Ruff and Priest in the North American Championship match.

On AEW Sting and Kenny Omega explained their actions from Winter Is Coming. The Young Bucks kept rolling over TH2 and the Inner Circle contemplated breaking up for good. Tommy “Zeus” Lister and Pat Patterson passed away.

No Count Outs: WWE Culture and Sting's First Match No Count Outs

The Undertaker spoke to Joe Rogan about WWE's Culture inside the locker room culture then and now. WWE has set the top championship matches for the Royal Rumble. Kevin Owens will face Roman Reigns and Drew McIntire will face Goldberg.  Raw had some confusing angles involving Alexa Bliss and Randy Orton. On Wednesday NXT the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic was featured heavily with the men and women. Lucha House Party advanced over Imperium as well as Leon Ruff and Kushida beat The Way. Big upset on the women's side as Toni Storm's momentum was halted as she and Mercedes Martinez lost to Carter and Catanzaro. During the week, AEW and Impact continued to intermingle. Private Party became the new number one contenders for Impact tag titles. MJF and Chris Jericho defeated the rest of the Inner Circle in tag competition. Sting's first match was teased as Darby Allin accepted a street fight against Team Taz. Follow the show @NoCountOutsPod . Keep tabs on hosts Matt Dahlberg (@M_broski21) and Tyler Pearson (@T_pearson10four). Email the show at NoCountOuts@gmail.com! — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

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No Count Outs: Winter is Here

In this installment of the No Count Outs wrestling pod, the guys get into Sting making his awe-inspiring return to the world of pro wrestling on AEW Dynamite and ask what will the repercussions be? Kenny Omega is the new AEW champion and Don Callis is bringing Omega with him on Impact. Orange Cassidy and MJF outlasted all other competitors in the Dynamite Diamond Battle Royal, after some controversy between him and another inner circle member, Sammy Guevara.

On WWE programming NXT prepped for war games. Shotzi Blackheart faced Raquel Gonzalez and won after securing the briefcase. Imperium appeared and promised to go after the NXT tag titles currently held by Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch. A.J. Styles is the next contender for Drew McIntyre‘s championship.

No Count Outs: WWE Culture and Sting's First Match No Count Outs

The Undertaker spoke to Joe Rogan about WWE's Culture inside the locker room culture then and now. WWE has set the top championship matches for the Royal Rumble. Kevin Owens will face Roman Reigns and Drew McIntire will face Goldberg.  Raw had some confusing angles involving Alexa Bliss and Randy Orton. On Wednesday NXT the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic was featured heavily with the men and women. Lucha House Party advanced over Imperium as well as Leon Ruff and Kushida beat The Way. Big upset on the women's side as Toni Storm's momentum was halted as she and Mercedes Martinez lost to Carter and Catanzaro. During the week, AEW and Impact continued to intermingle. Private Party became the new number one contenders for Impact tag titles. MJF and Chris Jericho defeated the rest of the Inner Circle in tag competition. Sting's first match was teased as Darby Allin accepted a street fight against Team Taz. Follow the show @NoCountOutsPod . Keep tabs on hosts Matt Dahlberg (@M_broski21) and Tyler Pearson (@T_pearson10four). Email the show at NoCountOuts@gmail.com! — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

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Breaker

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No Count Outs: Brotherly Love

No Count Outs

Brotherly Relations

In this episode, the No Count Outs guys talk how Survivor Series led the way for another strong week for professional wrestling on WWE and AEW programming. In singles champion vs champion matches Roman Reigns beat Drew McIntyre and Bobby Lashley defeated Sami Zayn. Asuka fell to Sasha Banks and Street Profits knocked off the New Day. NXT saw Toni Storm turn heel and the build for War Games begin to take shape. AEW had the last word in preparation for Winter is Coming. Jon Moxley suckered Kenny Omega, Abadon frightened Hikaru Shida, and the Dark Order once again tried to lure Adam Page into their fold.

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No Count Outs: A New Inmate in the Asylum

In this episode of No Count Outs, Drew McIntyre regained the WWE championship, beating Randy Orton and setting up a champion versus champion match with Roman Reigns. Elsewhere on Raw the New Day retained their title over the Hurt Business. NXT also had two title defenses. Both Leon Ruff and Io Shirai held on to their gold. They beat Johnny Gargano and Rhea Ripley respectively.

On dynamite Jon Moxley inadvertently revealed his wife Renee was pregnant with their first child in a promo for Kenny Omega. Will Hobbs turned heel, and the death triangle reunited with the return of Pac in a match against the Blade. Finally, the legend and legacy of the Undertaker are discussed in a preview for a possible last ride on Survivor Series.

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We All Want To See It But Can Shaq vs. Cody work?

Will AEW finally pay off the dram and give fans a match between NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal and Cody Rhodes? Despite making appearances on WCW and WWE programming multiple times the Big Diesel has never had an official match.

Can a Shaquille O’Neal vs Cody Rhodes Matchup Work?

History

Celebrities and pro wrestling have a long and storied history. On paper, it’s a win-win. Fans feel the excitement of worlds colliding. Seeing an actor, athlete, or personality crossover with a John Cena, Sting, or Roman Reigns creates buzz. For the celebrity, entering the squared circle can fulfill a lifelong dream and create iconic moments. In execution, most matches are heavily gimmicked and are a mixed bag at best. For every windfall, there seem to be two or three disasters when it comes to expectation vs. result. 

The Good

 A celebrity match doesn’t have to be the most technical. The appearance doesn’t even have to be very long. But fans want a satisfying build and payoff. One of the best examples of both has to be Vince McMahon vs. Donald Trump in the battle of the billionaires.

Back when Trump was the host of the Apprentice, he and Vince went back and forth on Raw one-upping each other, with Trump famously dropping “thousands of dollars” to the audience on fan appreciation night.

The feud would culminate at Wrestlemania 23 in a hair vs. hair match Bobby Lashley vs. Umaga with special guest referee Stone Cold Steve Austin. Vince and Umaga lost, and McMahon paid with the loss of his locks. Trump for his part, even took a stunner from Stone Cold, albeit not the prettiest of selling jobs from the current president. 

For a more recent example, Pat McAfee stunned most of the internet wrestling community by having a high quality against NXT superstar Adam Cole at Takeover 30. Many people were doubtful the former punter turned sports entertainer could back up his talk on the mic. In the storyline, McAfee had only two weeks to prepare to fight Cole, despite the limited experience he impressed with his athleticism, charisma, and overall ring awareness.    

The Bad

Most long-term fans of wrestling would rather forget most celebrity appearances. And while it’s impossible to list all of them there are a few examples that especially stick out as being excruciatingly bad. Basketball fans will remember the endless self-promotion of the Ball family and Big Baller Brand in 2017. LaVar Ball and his sons LaMelo and Lonzo Ball were featured in an ill-fated segment on the June 26th episode of Raw. 

In one of the worst Miz TV segments, Miz talked with LeVar about the possibility of joining BBB. After awkwardly squabbling with the Ball’s and LaMelo mistakenly saying the N-Word live on air, the wrestler formerly known as Dean Ambrose (now Jon Moxley) broke up the segment by announcing he had joined BBB. 

This year WWE fans were reminded that just because an individual is gifted in traditional sports doesn’t mean that translates well to the ring. Rob Gronkowski, arguably one of the best NFL tight ends of his generation, hosted this year’s Wrestlemania.

Gronkowski captured the 24/7 championship but showed little potential in the ring or on the mic. The former Patriot star ended his brief wrestling career when he rejoined former teammate Tom Brady in Tampa after being traded to the Buccaneers.

Will Shaq Work

You either learn from the past or you are doomed to repeat it. This is especially true for Tony Khan and Rhodes in their attempts to recruit the legendary seven-foot plus hooper. Shaq was scheduled to appear in Wrestlemania 33 against the Big Show, but the constant changing of plans “messed it up” according to O’Neal himself.

The big Aristotle could also land in the camp of Gronkowski as an athlete that can’t transition to the wrestling world. The now NBA analyst is nearly 20 years older than Gronk. It’s unlikely at best that he could wrestle a full match one-on-one against Cody and give the fans a satisfying finish. 

If Last week’s dynamite is any indication AEW could see its very first mixed tag match as a promotion. Jade Cargill, a newly signed AEW talent and former college basketball player spoke on behalf of Shaq last Wednesday. She interrupted Rhodes in the center of the ring, and gave a long-winded speech, dubious of Rhode’s claim of being a “giant killer”.

The segment was punctuated by a strong Brandi Rhodes promo. A tag match would properly limit O’Neal’s in-ring time while hopefully maintaining the star power. The biggest concern is Cargill who also has limited ring work.

Can Shaquille O’Neal vs Cody Rhodes Work?

Khan has a tough challenge ahead of himself and several variables are incredibly hard to control. If anyone associated with the feud has to be quarantined for Covid-19 exposure or positivity the entire contest could be postponed. The longer this builds, the more likely something could go wrong. My first reaction is skepticism. So many great ideas AEW has had have fallen by the wayside despite the company and performers’ best efforts. The Matt Hardy debut, championship builds starting and stopping, and Will Hobbs’ push being paused multiple times creates worry and casts doubt.

The optimist in me sees evidence that both Rhodes and Shaq will make this work. Both men are under contract for TNT and have partaken in creative advertising before. Each individual is already invested in this so it will be more difficult to back out of. AEW has already successfully had some notable star appearances including a segment in which Chris Jericho brawled with Mike Tyson. Plenty of pitfalls await this feud. But AEW has a chance to make an iconic moment with Shaq if they play their cards right.