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Conrad Thompson, co-host of the Something Else To Wrestle With podcast starring Bruce Prichard on the WWE Network recently spoke with the folks at Sports Illustrated about the next episode of the show, which is set to focus on the Impact Wrestling run of reigning WWE Champion A.J. Styles. Featured below are some of the highlights from the interview.

On plans to cover the Impact Wrestling run of current WWE Champion A.J. Styles on their next episode: "We're going to cover from October 2010, which is right when Bruce came into the company, and we'll carry it right to July of 2013. AJ was a TNA original, so when he parted ways with TNA in 2013, history changed forever. That exodus, with AJ leaving, started an immediate sharp decline in TNA."

On being hopeful that they can use Impact Wrestling footage from the Global Wrestling Network on the episode: "That's the plan. I know that WWE is trying to make a deal to license some of that footage, so we've got our fingers crossed. I think that deal would be good for everyone if such a deal were put together, but we'll see."

Check out the complete Conrad Thompson interview at SI.com.

If that gets the green light, it could be the best one yet and I have seen every episode.
 
I've only been watching because the subject topics are interesting. I don't particularly care about Bruce Pritchard with his impressions and Conrad with his dullllll slow speaking voice, of a man with zero history in the business.
 
They always seem to do old topics. I would like them to be more like Bring It To The Table was by doing episodes based on the big current talking point. For example episodes are around 90 minutes and they could easily fill that per week on single topics such as Brock dropping the title, Reigns being booed, Fox TV deal etc.
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Just watched the WWECW episode, really enjoyed it was good to get some inside knowledge on this topic.

I enjoy how Bruce and Conrad spar and bounce off each other, I would have liked them to dig a little deeper here it felt like Prichard wasn't giving us everything on certain subjects like I wish they had got into RVD more and his distain for this version of ECW, but you have to expect that with WWE. Was interesting to learn that Vince was actually a big Sabu fan and pushed for him to become a top babyface but Sabu screwed that up by refusing to evolve his character by attempting to develop promo skills.

I will definitely try to watch a few more of these before my subscription expires next week.



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Originally posted by Fletch Fletch wrote:

Just watched the WWECW episode, really enjoyed it was good to get some inside knowledge on this topic.

I enjoy how Bruce and Conrad spar and bounce off each other, I would have liked them to dig a little deeper here it felt like Prichard wasn't giving us everything on certain subjects like I wish they had got into RVD more and his distain for this version of ECW, but you have to expect that with WWE. Was interesting to learn that Vince was actually a big Sabu fan and pushed for him to become a top babyface but Sabu screwed that up by refusing to evolve his character by attempting to develop promo skills.

I will definitely try to watch a few more of these before my subscription expires next week.


Probably the best one yet with Conrad showing some emotion for a change fighting against what the new ECW was.

Pritchard was a typical company guy of trying to support all the shit decisions they made. But even he had to have a go at December To Dismember as the worst PPV ever LOL

This week will be great about AJ Styles with permission to use TNA footage. Can't wait.
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I mostly agreed with Prichard that resurrecting a dead brand was always set to fail, the one off nostalgia shows were great but as a full time extension of WWE it was never going to work.

Conrad came across as a ECW mark who expected the WWE version to be identical to the original which couldn’t happen for so many reasons. Made me laugh how he was so critical of the zombie that featured on the first WWECW episode which Prichard defended, again I agree with BP as while the execution of the segment could have been better the idea behind it was fine, it was a spoof with the zombie representive of the sy-fy network and then ECW original The Sandman came out and destroyed him with a cane. It was silly but fun.
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Got to watch the AJ Styles/TNA episode today just before my subscription ends. I may renew in the near future but my work hours have changed meaning I will have less opportunities to watch the Network and in honesty there’s nothing must see on there at the moment and the stuff I do want to watch like NXT and PPV’s I can easily download or stream.

Back to topic, it was a good episode, they didn’t get as deep into TNA as I would have liked but it was still very interesting, I think in future they need to have a episode that is just all about TNA. That would be must see.

They covered AJ’s departure which it seems was a collossal fuck up by management, AJ had agreed to terms on a lesser dollar figure as TNA were cutting costs but then Dixie decided to wait it out thinking if they got closer to the end AJ may get nervous and agree to even less money, of course they let it run right to the end and Styles rejected the terms offered and exited the company.
As Prichard said at this time AJ had really discovered his niche as a more edgy character and was the World champion, yet they allowed the last true homegrown star of the company to leave due to a breakdown in communication. It really was a horrendous way to treat a talent and to manage a company and is one of the main reasons I no longer watch TNA.

The only good thing to come from it was the storyline they were running which mirrored CM Punks ‘out of contract/take the title hostage’ angle appeared completely legit as almost everything that was unfolding on screen was happening for real and AJ really did leave the company at the end of it.
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It was a let down. It was suppose to be about AJ Styles but it was more about TNA in general and mentioned so many guys when they should have stayed on topic.
 
Can't believe management didn't like him being against a storyline where a good Christian man, husband and father with his kids birthdays tattooed on him, didn't want to do a stupid affair storyline.
 
The funniest part of Pritchard being asked why he was working for TNA and him saying he needed a job LOL Honesty.
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I agree they did go off topic too much for too long but a AJ Styles in TNA show was always going to see the discussion just become about TNA in general at times, I didn’t really have a problem with that.

It seems TNA were always looking for the best way to tap into AJ’s personality to make him a big star, the Ric Flair clone gimmick was ridiculous as religious family man Styles was never going to convincingly play a champagne drinking, sparkly robe wearing womaniser, it was just too far removed from who he really was.

The equally dumb affair angle was apparently dreamed up by AJ and Christopher Daniels but they wanted it to be Dixie’s niece, the Claire Lynch character was TNA managements idea and we all know how badly that bombed.

Ironically it was the problems with AJ’s contract negotiations that became the platform for AJ to discover his most successful and effective character.
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I love this show and recently I’ve been working my way through several of the podcast version episodes, highly recommend especially if you’re a fan of old school WWE and enjoy all the insider references and behind the scenes talk.

So far I’ve listened to.....

Scott Steiner/ The Steiners in WWE -

So the most interesting part of this was learning that Bruce Prichard and other creative staff had pitched big time for Scott Steiner to be given a huge singles push and effectively be given the babyface spot that went to Lex Luger. It was talked about how different things would have been if this had happened and how Steiner would have probably gone onto have a long and eventful run in WWE and probably be part of the Attitude Era. Vince McMahon declined the Steiner push idea thinking Scott didn’t have enough ‘It Factor’ and of course Rick and Scott headed to Japan after being offered big money for a lighter schedule.
They talked about Scott’s disastrous run as Big Poppa Pump in WWE where Bruce told how it was just bad timing, Scott had played down some nagging injury issues and didn’t have the stamina to work the schedule anymore and some of his matches looked horrible full of botches and Scott would blow up quick. Most notably his feud with Triple H where the matches were embarrassing. It was said the original plan for Wrestlemania when Steiner came back was to headline against Triple H but WWE lost so much confidence in Scott he didn’t even work Mania and the spot went to Booker T in a match that had little build due to the quick change of plans.

The Ultimate Warrior -

I didn’t learn much here that I didn’t already know. The Ultimate Warrior is my favourite wrestler of all time though so I had to give it a listen.
Prichard didn’t like Warrior describing him as arrogant and not having passion for the business. This said Bruce admits Warrior was always at least the number two guy in the company and the plan was for him to take over from Hogan as the flag bearer of WWE. Sadly Warrior’s lack of passion and unrealistic demands are what ruined his wrestling career. Bruce said how Warrior had great matches with Hogan and Randy Savage though something I agree with, was also interesting to hear about the angles that went down with Warrior, Jake the Snake Roberts and The Undertaker, this took place just prior to when I started watching so I went hunting for YouTube footage of this stuff, great viewing, the Warrior in the Snake pit is something they’d never get away with now.

The Invasion -

WWE couldn’t get the WCW big names due to their contracts so the decision was made to include ECW and build the alliance as alone WCW didn’t have anywhere near enough star power, this is also why Shane and Stephanie got involved. Bruce admits turning Austin heel was the wrong move and the plug was pulled eventually on the angle as it wasn’t working. The reason they didn’t wait to do this was because there was no guarantee they’d ever get the big names but Bruce admits he wishes they’d never done it and had just brought the WCW guys they got in as part of the roster. Interestingly there was talk of turning Raw into a new WCW show and having WWE vs WCW at Wrestlemania each year but that idea was binned when fans seemed to have zero interest in WCW. Prichard said if contracts weren’t a issue the big matches would have been Austin vs Goldberg, Sting vs The Undertaker and The Rock vs Hogan.

Rob Van Dam -

RVD is of course one of my all time favourites.
It would seem according to Prichard the main issue with RVD in WWE was his failure to build a strong relationship with Vince McMahon. He never had the friendship that guys like Austin, Hogan and Cena developed with Vince and McMahon understandably wants to know and trust his top talent. It was said they tried to get Rob to show more emotion in his matches and promos, how he was uncomfortable working off a script. How Paul Heyman always pitched for Rob to be the guy in WWE which may have actually harmed his chances. Was also discussed how RVD was a guy who wasn’t all about the business, he liked his time off and hated the politics, this is all stuff that probably held him back. Was also suggested and joked about by Conrad that Triple H held RVD back, Prichard admits HHH didn’t see Rob as a money guy but liked him and didn’t intentionally hold him down.

Muhammad Hassan -

Most interesting part of this was how Hassan was being pushed to the moon and being set for a World title run before the London terrorism attacks and the unfortunate timing of a televised angle that was seen as being in poor taste meant that WWE had remove the Hassan character permanently from tv. Apparently they talked about flipping the script and bringing Hassan back as a babyface but decided that wouldn’t work. The question was asked if the Hassan character would work in today’s WWE to which Prichard replied no society is too sensitive and WWE would be too image conscious.

Brutus the Barber Beefcake -

This was good. They discussed how Brutus initially hated the Barber gimmick but would go on to really own it and get over big. His early days as a male stripper character. His infamous friendship with Hogan and how that relationship opened doors for him. His accident that destroyed his face and his recovery from that and how it would effect his life and career is all covered in detail. How he was basically the number 2-3 babyface in WWE during his prime. The only disappointment was they didn’t really cover much of his WCW stint but I guess they can’t as Prichard never worked there.

Lex Luger/ the Lex Express -

As mentioned above what was interesting here was this push could have gone to Scott Steiner but Vince rejected that idea.
It was said Lex’s attitude killed the Lex Express, he didn’t like or embrace fan interaction and despite the Express bus being top of the range Luger wanted to stay in hotels.
Of course Lex’s babyface push which was designed to make him the top guy failed due to his lack of passion for what he was doing and basically because he’s just not that likeable. In effect similar issues to The Ultimate Warrior but at Warrior had charisma while Luger’s personality was pretty bland, it was very much a case of Vince being in love with his look.

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This was perfect timing... I've never been to their website before. I've only listened to what was on the WWE network, but I'll want to listen to these today. Thanks for the post!
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Originally posted by Rico Len Rico Len wrote:

This was perfect timing... I've never been to their website before. I've only listened to what was on the WWE network, but I'll want to listen to these today. Thanks for the post!


No problem pal. This is just the select few I’ve listened to so far. Tons of episodes in their archives and I plan on listening to a lot more.
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