If you thought last week's WrestleRant Radio was loaded for its grand Thursday premiere, you haven't heard anything yet! Graham "GSM" Matthews celebrates what has been a blockbuster week in wrestling, starting with a full review of Sunday's Battleground pay-per-view. From two Match of the Year candidates to Bayley's main roster debut to a highly entertaining Highlight Reel, could it have been WWE's best pay-per-view outing of 2016 so far?
Then, GSM analyzes the official dawning of WWE's New Era, beginning with Raw on Monday night. He praises the overall fresh feel of the show in addition to all the little changes and why WWE just might be true to their word this time that the New Era is here to stay. From there, he discusses how Finn Balor and Sasha Banks were solidified as stars on the show, the novelty of squash matches, why the WWE Universal Championship is a silly name, Neville's return, Nia Jax's debut, WWE humbling Roman Reigns, Dolph Ziggler becoming the new No. 1 Contender to the WWE World Championship and how SmackDown Live fared on Tuesday night compared to Raw.
For the first time ever in its near-three year history, WrestleRant Radio makes the move to Thursdays, and Graham "GSM" Matthews ushers in the all-new era by breaking down the entire week in wrestling! Starting with Monday's Raw, he gives his two cents on Mick Foley and Daniel Bryan being named the general managers of Raw and SmackDown Live, respectively, as well as the back-to-back WWE Championship matches between Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins.
Also, how did the historic WWE Draft landscape forever change the WWE landscape? GSM analyzes every pick in the Draft and discusses who should have went where, some shocking splits, the NXT call-ups of Finn Balor, American Alpha and others, and how it affects the Battleground card. Speaking of which, he gives his full picks and predictions for every match at the event in addition to reviewing SmackDown Live, Lucha Underground's Ultima Lucha Dos, the Cruiserweight Classic, and NXT from this past week.
Before it makes the move to Thursdays on July 21st, it's the end of an era for WrestleRant Radio on Tuesdays, and Graham “GSM” Matthews and special guest John Napolitano close it out with a bang with Part 2 of their loaded two-part podcast talking their history in SmackDown vs. Raw 2007 General Manager Mode! How did they turn John Cena heel? What were among their greatest feuds? What does the future hold for their “beast booking”? The BooKings provides answers to all these questions and much more!
On the penultimate Tuesday episode of WrestleRant Radio before it moves to Thursdays on July 21st, Graham "GSM" Matthews reunites with John Napolitano to talk all about their illustrious history in WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2007 General Manager Mode! It was five years ago from this past weekend that they started playing the game, and in Part 1 of this special podcast, they run down their top stars from the first seven years, title history, their favorite memories and feuds, why the game is just as much fun in 2016 as it was a decade ago, and much more!
From the impending WWE Draft to SmackDown going live on Tuesday nights to Ultima Lucha and so much more, July is set to be an extremely exciting month in the world of wrestling. Appropriately enough, WrestleRant Radio kicks off the festivities with a special Independence Day-themed Raw review from Monday night! But before Graham "GSM" Matthews sounds off on the holiday episode, he discusses Jerry Lawler's suspension being lifted and when we can expect him back behind the booth, Hideo Itami's in-ring return and why it's good news for NXT, and a prediction for Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt at UFC 200 as well as who he might be facing at SummerSlam.
From there, GSM dissects the Fourth of July Raw and praises the cookout food fight that opened the show before offering thoughts on Rusev's successful United States Championship defense versus Titus O'Neil, Sasha Banks' great promo, why champion vs. champion matches aren't all that rare nowadays, Vickie Guerrero returning, Enzo Amore and Big Cass aiding John Cena against The Club, the massive 16-man elimination tag team match main event, and much more!