The only professional wrestling podcast that sometimes is about pro wrestling and sometimes not! Is pro wrestling everywhere? Can it be anything? Every Friday, host Travis Tubesing tries to answer these questions as he explores the world of pro wrestling beyond the weekly recap and beyond match ratings.
Some finishing moves are named after the wrestler performing them. Some are named to instill fear in an opponent. Others have more complicated origins....like the Moss Covered Three Handled Family Credenza. What starts out as a deep dive into Perry Saturn's finisher ends somewhere completely unexpected....
Travis extends yet another olive branch to Lex Luger, this time in the form of an unofficial sponsorship of a flavor of Slim Jim. The catch is, it's the worst flavor. Join Travis as he tastes his way through 5 different Slim Jim flavors to find one worthy of Lex Luger.
While Joe Exotic's 15 minutes of fame may be coming to an end, his legend continues on The Wrestle Special as Travis and his wife Jess create wrestling stables from wrestlers with animal gimmicks. Find out which wrestlers make the cut, as well as charities you can donate to without giving Carol Baskin money!
The Wrestle Special is 2! If there is a better way to celebrate this milestone than by talking about things in wrestling that didn't last 2 years, Travis doesn't want to hear about it! The Mega Powers, Asuka's championship reign, and more! If it didn't last 2 years, it's fair game!
Travis completes 1 item on the 38 point REAL WRESTLING FAN Checklist, by inviting Andy from The Road Home From Wrestling podcast back to the show to help him cross item 14) Attend a traditional holiday card, off the list. What better way to do this then review a wrestling show from 2016: Horrorcore presented by Rockstar Pro Wrestling!
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Travis completes 4 items on the 38 point REAL WRESTLING FAN Checklist, including 27) Know Your Holds, 19) Take a Squared Circle Trip, 11) Sit Front Row At An Independent Card and 30) Shake Hands With Someone Who Has Shaken Hands With Killer Kowalski
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You ask the questions, Travis answers them. In this mailbag: Which era of Chris Jericho is the hottest Chris Jericho, what heel turn is the greatest heel turn ever, which wrestler would be worthy enough to lift Mjolnir, and more!
An indie wrestling playlist curated by the wrestlers themselves! Support indie wrestling and indie wrestlers by watching the matches they recommend! Let's preserve the future of Independent wrestling together and also not lose our minds!
With so many questions surrounding how COVID-19 will impact pro wrestling worldwide, Travis brings on Ted and Andy from the podcast Largely Unlikable to answer the questions no one has about the pandemic like: Are wrestling fans more likely to prep during an emergency and what would the symptoms of a virus called Dolph Ziggler be? The answers to those questions and nothing else only on The Wrestle Special!
Travis completes 3 items on the 38 point REAL WRESTLING FAN Checklist, including 12) Get a Satellite Dish, 31) Trade Videotapes with fans from around the country, and 7) Communicate with other fans by computer modem!
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In what will be the greatest undertaking in The Wrestle Special's history, Travis begins the journey to becoming a real wrestling fan, according to the April 1992 issue of Sports Review Wrestling. Join Travis on what will surely be the greatest test of his wrestling podcast career!
It's the WWE vs NJPW in the smellfest of the century! If you have ever dreamed of smelling like John Cena or Hiroshi Tanahashi, but didn't know how, look no further! Travis tries colognes from both companies, and tells you if you should bother scenting it up with wrestling colognes (Spoiler: You Shouldn't).
Love hurts, as do the breakups of our favorite tag teams. Travis is joined by his wife Jess to match tag team breakups with a fitting breakup song. Relive the most heartbreaking moments in wrestling history with the songs that have gotten you through your own heartache!
WRESTLEFRIENDS KNOW THAT THE WRESTLE SPECIAL IS YOUR HOOKUP FOR ALL OF THE HOT GOOGLE REVIEWS OF SCOTT STEINER'S SHONEY'S IN ACWORTH GA. HOLLER IF YOU HEAR ME AND LOVE ENDLESS BREAKFAST BUFFETS ON WEDNESDAYS AND HAND SQUEEZED ORANGE JUICE.
The greatest wrestling faction in biblical history was the 12 disciples of Christ. Travis brings on Jackson Zorn to talk all about those 12 disciples, their wrestling counterparts, and then break down their choices and rank them through a nonsensical point system. It doesn't get much more Wrestle Special than this!
The Musical Royal Rumble returns! 30 different musicians battle it out in a traditional Royal Rumble match. Which musician ascends to the pantheon of past winners by surviving 29 other bloodthirsty artists? Find out here!
You ask the questions, Travis answers them. In this mailbag: Who has the best mask in all of pro wrestling, which match would I send into space for aliens to find, which wrestler could pull off a werewolf gimmick, and more!
The long awaited return of Wrestletheticals is here! Travis asks wrestling's greatest hypothetical questions to guest Matt Applegate, including if a sex tape would lead to a race to Mars, which wrestler would be cast as Shrek in a live action Shrek movie, which songs from the Batman Forever soundtrack would make the best Monday Night Raw opening song, and more!
Many would say Santa Claus is not a viable gimmick in pro wrestling, but they would be wrong. Travis scours the globe to find which Santa-esque traditions throughout history could make it in the world of pro wrestling, including a log that poops presents, 13 mischievous gnomes, and more!
Have you tried shoehorning the Mario theme into a podcast episode description? It’s impossible. What’s not impossible is finding the connections between pro wrestling and Nintendo. Travis brings Andy from The Road Home From Wrestling podcast onto the show to discuss N64 wrestling games, which era of WWE is the Wii U, Travis does terrible 8 bit impressions and more!
Are you a wrestling fan? Do you have questions about climate change? Do you wish a podcast used Alexa Bliss as a way to measure the Antarctic ice melt? If you answered no to all of these questions, you should still probably press play.
Bring Buff Bagwell to the family dinner this year as The Wrestle Special takes the NWO somewhere they've never been before: Thanksgiving. Travis matches the members of the NWO with their corresponding Thanksgiving food in an episode no one asked for!
Travis brings Bethany Ellen back on the show to introduce her to the extreme world of deathmatch wrestling. She has no idea what to expect. She hates tension and confrontation. There will be blood. There may be tears.
Nothing unites or divides us as much as pro wrestling...aside from religion. Travis brings Jaimie Filer back on the show to talk the parallels between the two, pitch Vince McMahon the Old Testament, and more!
Travis uses Cerebro to locate new mutants in the world of pro wrestling, and builds a team of gifted "youngsters" to become the X-Men, because T-Men sounded too weird. Eat your heart out Charles Xavier.
Travis watches one of the worst reviewed wrestling PPV's of all time, Halloween Havoc 2000, and finds 3* good things about it!
*The asterisk denotes that Travis says a lot more than 3 good things about Halloween Havoc 2000, but they all fall under one of 3 main points. Yes this asterisk was completely necessary.
How can Vince McMahon make the WWE women’s tag division better? By stealing from the greatest female tag teams in TV sitcom history. With the help of listeners, Travis presents the best teams that could rule tag team wrestling for years to come.
While The Wrestle Special has found parallels in many things unrelated to wrestling, Travis didn't have to look that hard to find them in horror. Tank Mansfield returns to the show to talk spooky gimmicks and which horror monsters (minus the obvious ones) would transition best to pro wrestling.
In one of the many infinite alternate realities, President Trump is impeached, and one of the other WWE Hall of Famers inducted in the celebrity wing must win an emergency election and become President. Mike Pence gets nothing in this reality by the way, if that wasn't clear.
While Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has cemented his legendary status as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time, his standing amongst the legends of his current profession, the action hero, has yet to be established. Travis brings on Ted and Andy from the podcast Largely Unlikable to establish the benchmark for a good action hero: The Johnson Line.
Becoming “King of the Ring” usually signals an ascension to the main event...but what if there was a prize that was far greater? Travis brings Matt Applegate back on the show to find out which King of the Ring winner is worthy of the Iron Throne.
With the help of a storyline generator, Travis officially submits his application to join WWE's writing staff by booking long term storylines based off of the nonsense the generator spits out. Have you ever wanted to know how a storyline based around Sasha Banks impersonating Grumpy Cat and marrying Triple H would work? The answer lies within.
Travis buys 36 packs of WCW trading cards from '91 and brings his friend Maria on to the show to discuss why she hasn't watched wrestling in 30 years, why Scott Steiner is crush worthy only with long hair, and how pro wrestling unites us all!
Travis brings his wife Jess back on to the show to talk her passion, Plants! What ensues is a discussion about which plants would be best used as weapons in matches and a deep dive into the most plant like match type: The Buried (Planted) Alive Match!
Sex sells and pro wrestling is no exception! Travis brings on Josh Rosenthal to discuss wrestling’s best sexual gimmicks, who’s entrance music is best to make love to, and the first ever “Kama Sutra position or wrestling move” trivia game!
The episode Dana White doesn’t want you to hear! Travis brings on Matt Applegate to talk about the colliding worlds of pro wrestling and MMA. Should the UFC adopt low blows? What are the greatest MMA tag teams that will never exist? Throw on your most bejeweled Affliction tee and press play....The Wrestle Special does MMA.
While there are many things that make up a great pro wrestler, there’s not an effective way to measure them. On this episode, Tim Daniel joins Travis on a quest to create the perfect pro wrestling statistic, and inadvertently create a few not so perfect ones too.
If you think wrestling is about great promos and high risk moves, guess again! Travis brings hot guy expert Amber Moreau to the show to revisit Wrestling Ringside Magazine’s landmark March 1988 “Sexiest Wrestling Hunk” contest and see how the hunks stand up to modern standards.
Despite not being able to think of a pun title for the episode, Travis and guest Jake Goff gush about their favorite finishers, what makes a finisher “the best”, and debate their necessity in modern wrestling.
If you have a significant other who isn’t into wrestling but you want them to give it a chance, here’s your blueprint! Travis brings his wife Jess on the show to discuss her skepticism of wrestling, her eventual fandom, and (Spoiler Alert) presenting Travis with the big gold belt on their wedding day!
In one of the many infinite alternate realities, Juicy J and DJ Paul were hired by one Vincent Kennedy McMahon to be the lead composers and songwriters for the WWE. This is a retrospective of their greatest wrestler entrance themes.
It’s the heist of the century....Travis brings Matt Applegate back on the show to build an elite team of wrestlers capable of pulling off the greatest heist in WWE history. Is their team worthy of stealing from the McMahons?
Has a wrestling podcast ever used the epic poem Dante’s Inferno as a way to critically view WWE during its not so finest hours? Probably not, so here are “the nine circles of WWE Hell”. Part 2 contains Anger, Heresy, Violence, Fraud, and Treachery.
Has a wrestling podcast ever used the epic poem Dante’s Inferno as a way to critically view WWE during its not so finest hours? Probably not, so here are “the nine circles of WWE Hell”. Part 1 contains Limbo, Lust, Gluttony, and Greed.
The Wrestle Special turns 1! Travis welcomes Tank Mansfield back to the show, and they celebrate all the things in wrestling that didn’t last as long as The Wrestle Special! John Cena eating at Subway! Wrestling Society X! Thunder in Paradise! If it didn’t last a year, it’s fair game!
Can a heel ever go too far? Travis welcomes back Brian Byrley to the show to discuss the bad guys of pro wrestling. From Muhammad Hassan to Eddie Guerrero, cancer, body shaming, and everything in between, they set out to answer the question: how heel is too heel?
You see the title. How do Travis and special guest Bethany Ellen relate pro wrestling to dogs? Roddy Piper, a wrestling jack russell terrier, pro wrestler dog breeds and more! Your favorite pro wrestling podcast not always about pro wrestling just got weirder!
Intergender wrestling is one of the most divisive topics in pro wrestling today. Liz Sparks joins Travis to build their dream intergender card and to answer once and for all if intergender wrestling is the END OF PRO WRESTLING!
While pro wrestling hasn’t been around near as long as tattoos (3370 BCE!), Travis brings on special guest Jaimie Filer to discuss why pro wrestling and tattoos aren’t that different, their favorite guilty pleasure wrestler tattoos, what BFF tattoo designs wrestling factions would get, and Travis gets tattooed live on air. Maybe the last part was a lie, but you won’t know unless you listen.
Travis once again teams up with Matt Applegate to bring back the Tag Team Mixer, this time with SUPER TAG TEAMS. We think that’s the term that makes the most sense, but we’re not sure if it’s the accepted term, so basically, we take teams like The Mega Powers and mix them up with teams like The Rock N Sock Connection. Cool? Cool.
Travis and a returning Iann Robinson discuss their wrestling predictions through 2028, look back on Sport's Review Wrestling 88's predictions though 1998, and decide to record a wrestling album that actually might probably happen. Among the predictions: Wrestlemania in space, Michael Jackson managing wrestlers in the WWF, Making a Murderer: Hulk Hogan edition, and more!
2003 was a landmark year for hip hop. Travis brings David Chimusoro on the show to convince him that Macho Man Randy Savage was the main reason for this. Was Be a Man the rap album of 2003? OHHH YEAHHH!
Hip Hop and Wrestling have long enjoyed a crossover audience. Ted Beaver joins Travis to discuss the connections between rap and wrestling and talk WWF Aggression, who is Biggie and who is Tupac in the Mega Powers, and Ted plays "John Cena or Mumble Rapper".
Missy Hyatt is one of the most controversial and legendary figures in professional wrestling's history. Using her autobiography as a guide, Travis welcomes Tank Mansfield back to the show to see who can build the greatest stable from the wrestlers she's dated. Hyatt hotel puns were kept to a minimum.
In modern wrestling, gimmicks aren't a requirement. Some would even say the concept is antiquated. One gimmick type that has survived and thrived over the years are ones based in the occult! Meggie Baker returns to talk the best occult gimmicks, why they are so popular, and why THE WWE IS AN ILLUMINATI CULT OF DEMON CLONES DETERMINED TO ENSLAVE THE HUMAN RACE BY THE ORDER OF QUEEN ELIZABETH.
"I collected bones from charnel houses and disturbed, with profane fingers, the tremendous secrets of the human frame" is a weird way to use a quote from the book Frankenstein to tell you this episode is about my guest Iann Robinson and I building a Frankenstein-esque monster made entirely of wrestlers.
If the zombie craze seems played out, you obviously haven't thought about which wrestlers you'd take with you during the apocalypse. In this episode, we build our squads from the ground up, to ensure the sport of kings survives amongst the hordes of the dead.
FDR famously said "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself" at his inauguration in 1933. Had Goldberg been alive, FDR may have said "EVERYONE RUN GOLDBERG IS HERE TO DESTROY US ALL" but unfortunately we will never know. Or will we? This episode of The Wrestle Special, with guest Joe Scherpenberg, aims to answer the question "Which Presidents could WWE Hall of Famer Bill Goldberg beat up"?
The Undertaker is one of the most beloved characters in all of pro wrestling. But which era of the deadman was the best? Travis invites fellow world renowned Undertaker scientists* Matt Applegate and Brian Byrley back on the show to analyze his career era by era, as only Undertaker scientists could. The gloves are off, the stage is set, and by the end of the episode, one era will be crowned the winner.
*Undertaker science is not a real science.
What happens when you take 10 of the greatest tag teams ever, mix them up, and then rank those new hybrid tag teams? Travis didn't know what to call it either, so he called it THE 1ST ANNUAL TAG TEAM MIXER!!!! (If you didn't read that in a dramatic black metal yell, go back and read it again). The Hardy Boyz, The New Day, The Road Warriors, and more of your favorite tag teams are jumbled, fumbled and rated. Long live the tag team!
Wrestletheticals returns, with reoccurring guest Tank Mansfield! Hypothetical wrestling questions ranging from Macho Man as a spokesperson for Fruitopia, to a new match type called Seven Minutes in Heaven, to wrestler colognes. Also we get sidetracked by my obsession with Pepsi Blue. Don't sleep on Pepsi Blue.
"It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities." Travis welcomes guest Jake Goff to the show as the wizarding world invades the world of pro wrestling. Sorting hats are donned, and Travis and Jake debate which wrestler belongs to which of the 4 houses of Hogwarts. Who goes where, and who is the Voldemort of pro wrestling?
The NBA offseason is in full swing, but there is no offseason in pro wrestling, and no offseason for The Wrestle Special. Join Travis and guest Tim Daniel, host of 48 Minutes, as they talk the greatest wrestling/NBA crossover moments, the greatest heel turns in basketball, and which wrestlers would make their starting 5.
Beer has fueled the American pro wrestling experience since the dawn of time. Or something. Travis and guest Tank Mansfield share a couple brews, take a look at how the explosion of independent wrestling and craft beer mimic each other, and chat about their favorite beer related gimmicks.
Travis reunites with his former partner and cohost of Knife Edge Chop, Iann Robinson! In this episode Travis asks Iann a series of wrestling themed hypothetical questions that start generic and get increasingly more insane. Would Ezno and Cass have been one of the greatest tag teams ever? How would Iann convince Jim Cornette the Young Bucks are better than the Midnight Express? Find out now!
8 Disney Princesses enter. Only one can be crowned Princess of the Deathmatch. Travis and his friend and special guest Meggie Baker work through how exactly a deathmatch tournament featuring only Disney princesses would go down. No holds barred. No Prince Charming. No mercy.
In this episode, Travis attempts to show his friends Akeem and Alex why he’s so passionate about pro wrestling. In the process, Travis gets defensive over how attractive Macho Man is, Akeem is enamored with Giant Gonzalez, and everyone starts to realize pro wrestling is drag.
On the first episode of The Wrestle Special, Travis and guests Brian Byrley and Matt Applegate debate which version of Shawn Michaels is the best version of Shawn Michaels. 3 Shawns enter. 1 Shawn leaves. At least that was supposed to be how it worked.