Coming off of a controversial few days in the wrestling world, Graham "GSM" Matthews breaks it all down starting with his brief thoughts on this week's Monday Night Raw and expectations for SummerSlam. From there, he gets into the blockbuster signing of Prince Devitt to WWE and what it means for NXT as well as the big news that was Spike TV not re-signing Impact Wrestling to a deal. GSM gives his thoughts on the shocking development, the future of TNA, why he doesn't want to see the company go out of business, how this could possibly work out to the benefit of TNA, stars that WWE (unfortunately) wouldn't take a second look at, and the only reason why WWE would even consider buying them out.
Then, in part 1 of the the exclusive two-part interview, GSM sits down with his good friend and highly knowledgeable wrestling fan John Nichols to break down every aspect of the WWE Network including why he signed up to the Network to begin with, what's wrong with it, the upcoming Monday Night Wars show, the fan polling of WWE Countdown, his fascination with Legends of Wrestling and why it's a must-watch, the live pay-per-views and why it's a major selling point of the Network, the on-demand content, why the pre- and post-shows for Raw and SmackDown are unnecessary, why he wasn't a fan of Legends' House (and something he never knew about one of his favorite wrestlers!), what could be added, the possibility of doing SummerSlam Rewind, what to watch from Beyond the Ring, how he started to get into Total Divas, and much more!
After a pretty notable few days in the wrestling world, WrestleRant Radio is back to break it all down! Starting with Sunday's Battleground pay-per-view, Graham "GSM" Matthews discusses why Summer Rae and Layla are not at all like The Beautiful People in TNA, the stellar tag team title match that kicked off the show and what's next for both teams, Jack Swagger looking strong in defeat against Rusev, why Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose not happening as advertised was a good thing, how Bray Wyatt's loss to Chris Jericho did not hurt his credibility of momentum in the slightest, The Miz winning the Intercontinental Championship and why it's not as bad as everyone has made it out to be, the predictability (and enjoyment) of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship main event, and grading the event overall.
Then, GSM gets into his Raw review with thoughts on the hot angle between Stephanie McMahon and Brie Bella that saw Stephanie get arrested, the awesome (no pun intended) match between The Miz and Dolph Ziggler, Paige turning heel on AJ Lee, the formation of perhaps a new Nation of Domination and how it isn't all that similar to a certain stable in TNA and Brock Lesnar returning to challenge John Cena for the title at SummerSlam.
Finally, GSM and John Nichols sit down with Jon Soto of the Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame to talk about a variety of topics including the annual events that take place during induction weekend, TNA's recent rebranding and current New York tapings, Global Force Wrestling, Ring of Honor, Bound for Glory being held in Japan this year, TNA's biggest problem at the moment, KENTA signing with WWE, WWE's next big lucha star and where Alberto Del Rio and Sin Cara went wrong, what's next for Brock Lesnar, Jack Swagger going babyface, how The Shield has been perfectly booked coming out of their breakup, ECW, wrestling entering a new era, and much more!
It's only fitting that the most exciting edition of WrestleRant Radio yet happens days before July 17th, Graham "GSM" Matthews' favorite day of the year! He explains why that is at the start of the show along with news and notes on Sting being announced for WWE 2K15 and what it means, a potential role for him on WWE TV that does NOT include him a General Manager, the latest on CM Punk's rumored return to WWE and when his contract is set to expire, if pre- and post-shows are necessary on the WWE Network, and more.
From there, GSM gets into his review of Raw with thoughts on Roman Reigns holding his own in the ring and on the mic, The Miz's upset victory over Sheamus and a potential feud between the two, why the Fandango love triangle must end as soon as possible, The Wyatt Family attacking The Usos, Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter getting over as babyfaces, how WWE is wasting Rob Van Dam at the moment, what's next for Nikki Bella, what Cesaro's recent losing ways could possibly mean, the Chris Jericho and Bray Wyatt feud, Ric Flair's return and why it was a disappointment, and of course predictions for Sunday's Battleground pay-per-view!
Graham "GSM" Matthews is back with another edition of WrestleRant Radio where he gives his full rundown of Raw (the July 7, 2014 episode) with thoughts on the strong segment that kicked off the show, the absence of The Authority, another awesome encounter between The Wyatt Family and The Usos, the strange segment between Nikki Bella and Alicia Fox, Rob Van Dam jobbing to Rusev and if it was too soon, the whereabouts of Jack Swagger on this show, the great match between Randy Orton and Dean Ambrose, Dolph Ziggler getting involved in Fandango's love triangle, Damien Sandow's humorous impersonation of Bret Hart, what's next for Sheamus as United States Champion, the potential of the Chris Jericho vs. The Miz feud, the current state of the Divas division, what Cesaro's recent losses mean, the hilarity of Bo Dallas and if he's the next Intercontinental champion, and John Cena vs. Seth Rollins in the main event.
Other topics discussed during the show including the Emma controversy and why her release was uncalled for, how WWE could utilize her better now that she's back, Santino Marella announcing his in-ring announcement at a recent live event and another possible role for him on WWE TV, his greatest moments, updates on the WWE Network and which two shows could be delayed even further, the TNA Television Championship being deemed inactive, what's on tap for this week's Impact Wrestling, and much more!
It's a big week on WrestleRant Radio coming off of the solid WWE Money in the Bank pay-per-view as well as the epic episode of Monday Night Raw that Graham "GSM" Matthews himself was live in attendance for! The first half of the show breaks down Money in the Bank including thoughts on Daniel Bryan's return, who should challenge The Usos for the WWE Tag Team Championships next, the split of The Funkadactyls, the Money in the Bank Ladder match, if Stardust is catching on, the horrendous love triangle between Fandango, Summer Rae and Layla, John Cena winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and why it was the right (albeit predictable) move.
Then, GSM goes into his review of Raw from a perspective of being there in person! Topics include the unveiling of the cover of the WWE 2K15, Jack Swagger turning babyface, the awesome entrance of The Wyatt Family, Bo Dallas' moment of silence and how it didn't get over with the live crowd, Kofi Kingston's upset victory over Cesaro, Bad News Barrett's injury and being stripped of the Intercontinental Championship, Damien Sandow's golden impersonation of Mr. McMahon and The Great Khali coming back, the returns of Chris Jericho, The Miz and AJ Lee, Paige losing the Divas Championship, Seth Rollins nearly cashing in the Money in the Bank briefcase and more!