REWIND-A-SMACKDOWN 5/22/18: Bryan vs. Hardy, Nakamura reveals stip

May 23, 2018

John Pollock and Wai Ting review WWE SMACKDOWN 5/22/18:

Daniel Bryan vs. Jeff Hardy for the first time with the winner facing Samoa Joe next week, Shinsuke Nakamura reveals the stipulation for his match against AJ Styles, and The Miz stirs things up between The New Day.

John catches us up on NJPW’s Best of the Super Juniors tournament including his recommended matches thus far, plus Tuesday’s surprise appearance from Chris Jericho.

We discuss the latest episodes of Table For 3 featuring Edge, Christian & The Hardys as well as Jeff Jarrett, Road Dogg and Elias.

Due to time constraints, there is no POST Wrestling Forum Café feedback this week. Please leave your feedback and questions in the comments below and we will do our best to respond.

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REWIND-A-RAW 5/21/18: Lashley’s Sisters, Fox-WWE Deal, Total Bellas

May 22, 2018

John Pollock and Wai Ting review WWE RAW 5/21/18:

Sami Zayn introduces the world to Bobby Lashley’s sisters in our current frontrunner for worst segment of the year, Stephanie McMahon stirs things up between Ronda Rousey and Nia Jax, and Finn Balor faces Braun Strowman.

We discuss Monday’s reports about WWE’s $1 billion deal to move SmackDown to Fox.

Plus, Wai Ting reviews Total Bellas Season 3 Episode 1, and your Café feedback to WWE Raw from the POST Wrestling Forum.

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REWIND-A-SMACKDOWN 5/15/18: Styles vs. Nakamura, Royal Mellabration

May 16, 2018

John Pollock and Wai Ting review WWE SMACKDOWN 5/15/18:

The WWE’s second night of UK TV is headlined by AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura in their first televised match where the winner gets to choose the stipulation for their MITB title match. Asuka interrupts Carmella’s Royal Mellabration, and Daniel Bryan stands up to Big Cass.

We also discuss our updated thoughts on Money In The Bank matches and weigh-in on the Laurel vs. Yanny debate that is tearing the world apart.

Plus, your Café feedback from the POST Wrestling Forum.

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REWIND-A-RAW 5/14/18: Ronda vs. Nia, All In SOLD OUT, Cena & Nikki

May 15, 2018

John Pollock and Wai Ting review WWE RAW 5/14/18:

Raw takes place from the London, UK, but what everybody wants to talk about is the Ronda Rousey vs. Nia Jax angle shot earlier in the day in New York. Roman wants Jinder (but the audience wants neither), more MITB qualifiers, and Sami Zayn calls out Bobby Lashley’s sisters.

We also discuss the success of Cody & The Young Bucks’ ALL IN ticket sales, Chuck Liddell announcing his return to MMA, and the ongoing saga of John Cena and Nikki Bella.

Plus, your Café feedback to WWE Raw from the POST Wrestling Forum.

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POST Roundtable #5 (w/ Arda Ocal)

May 13, 2018

John Pollock and Wai Ting are joined by ESPN & MSG Network broadcaster Arda Ocal (formerly WWE’s Kyle Edwards) in this month’s POST Roundtable to discuss: 

  • Working at The Score and developing “Aftermath”
  • His long road to getting a job with the WWE
  • How his passion for wrestling worked against him
  • Why working at the WWE wasn’t what he expected
  • Moving on from professional wrestling

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UFC 224 Post Show with John Pollock

May 13, 2018

John Pollock reviews the UFC 224 card from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Amanda Nunes retains the UFC bantamweight title over Raquel Pennington with a dominant performance and heavily debated decision by Pennington’s corner to send her out for the final round of the fight, Kelvin Gastelum narrowly edges Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, Mackenzie Dern misses weight and submits Amanda Cooper, Vitor Belfort’s retirement fight, and a tremendous undercard with lots of big finishes.

Plus, a recap of the Bellator 199 event and Pollock takes your questions on the ESPN+ deal, the UFC fighters unionizing, best and worst UFC events to cover in the past, the Reebok deal, Georges St-Pierre vs. Nate Diaz, and more.

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REWIND-A-SMACKDOWN 5/8/18: MITB Qualifiers, Bryan vs. Rusev

May 8, 2018

John Pollock and Wai Ting review WWE SMACKDOWN 5/8/18:

SmackDown Live’s first set of Money In The Bank qualifiers feature Daniel Bryan vs. Rusev, Miz vs. Jeff Hardy and Charlotte vs. Peyton Royce.

John discusses the WWE Network’s latest Table For 3 featuring Shane McMahon, Kurt Angle and AJ Styles.

We also discuss the idea of introducing political differences between WWE’s “red” and “blue” brands, run down the card for Friday’s ROH War of the Worlds in Toronto, and take your feedback from the POST Wrestling Forum.

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REWIND-A-RAW 5/7/18: Money In The Bank Qualifiers

May 8, 2018

John Pollock and Wai Ting review WWE RAW 5/7/18:

Money In The Bank qualifying matches take place featuring Roman Reigns vs. Sami Zayn vs. Finn Balor, Braun Strowman vs. Kevin Owens, and Ruby Riott vs. Sasha Banks vs. Ember Moon.

Seth Rollins issues an IC title open challenge and Bobby Lashley really loves his sisters.

We discuss announced matches for NJPW Dominion as well as autograph signing prices for this Friday’s ROH War of the Worlds tour in Toronto.

Plus your Café feedback to WWE Raw from the POST Wrestling Forum.

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Backlash 2018 Post Show w/ John Pollock & Wai Ting

May 7, 2018

John Pollock and Wai Ting review WWE Backlash 2018:

In what has become an early candidate for worst show of the year, the event featured Samoa Joe vs. Roman Reigns, AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura, Carmella vs. Charlotte, and a show-stealing performance featuring Seth Rollins vs. The Miz.

John and Wai run down the entire card, take your Café feedback (featuring a record setting rating for the show) and have a heated debate about the teaser for the upcoming season of Total Bellas.

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POST Puroresu (May 2018): Champion Carnival Review, NJPW Dontaku Preview

May 2, 2018

We have a name! 

John Pollock and WH Park present the first official version of POST PURORESU, our monthly look at all the news and events happening in the world of Japanese professional wrestling.

This month, the two discuss the recent passing of Bruno Sammartino and Motoko Baba, their legacies, Sammartino’s loyalty to the Baba family, how Motoko is remembered, her role in preserving AJPW after the formation of NOAH, and the artifacts she has left behind.

A big look at this year’s Champion Carnival tournament that just wrapped, the positioning of Naomichi Marufuji as he goes for both the GHC and Triple Crown titles, and the relationship between AJPW and NOAH going into the summer.

WH also ranks his Top 5 matches from the Carnival and a Top 5 list of Japanese streaming services.

Plus, a preview of New Japan’s Dontaku events this week, Kazuchika Okada vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi, the future of Chris Jericho with New Japan, a preview of the Best of the Super Juniors tournament, thoughts on Tetsuya Naito’s Intercontinental title win, Hi No Kuni recap, and lots more!

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