Raising the Briefcase No. 25: He Is Risen

It’s a moment that none of us believed we would ever get to see in a WWE ring. And yet, two years after announcing his retirement from in-ring competition, Daniel Bryan returns, a phoenix rising from the ashes, a shining knight to save us, a bastion of hope in an otherwise cynical world. It is, for the moment, a time for happiness.

It is also the time for fighting, and with Wrestlemania right around the corner, Ivan and Matt break down this insanely stacked card with who should win, who will win, and whether or not Alexa Bliss is the best women’s wrestler of all time. There is…disagreement on this issue.

Raising the Briefcase No. 24 – Let Loose the Games of War

While this episode will be too late for NXT Takeover War Games, the Kings of Cast take the opportunity to discuss the match as concept and whether older wrestling is any good (Matt says no, which is why we don’t like him).  We also perform a post-mortem of the first-ever Jinder Mahal title reign and break down what, if anything, worked. Additionally, praise is given to Johnny Gargano and Andrade Almas, Shane McMahon is shown to be the villain he is, and we spend a little time figuring out which teams of five will strive to survive.

Note: Due to some technical issues, this episode contains no musical intro or outro. Furthermore, Ivan’s mic apparently cut out

Enjoy!

Raising the Briefcase No. 23 – Indian Summer

Holy heck, a new podcast! And it’s only been four months.

In this intrepid installment, the Kings of Cast discuss the unlikely ascension of Jinder Mahal, Smackdown’s diminishing of great stars, and the importance of characters worth watching in wrestling. Finally, we run through the cards for NXT: Takeover Brooklyn III and Summerslam, both taking place in our very backyard of New York City!

Raising the Briefcase No. 22 – Wrestle-meh-nia

Matt was right. We should have gone right into the card instead of talking about what other nonsense was on our minds.

The Kings of Cast break down every match for Takeover: Orlando and Wrestlemania 33 in excruciating detail, while also taking a little time to discuss Lucha Underground, racism in wrestling, and how Sunday night is the most important night in Bray Wyatt’s career.

Raising the Briefcase No. 21 – The Year That Was and the Year That Is

It’s January, so you know what that means! The Royal Rumble is upon us, and even though we’ve been crushingly disappointed the last few years, that doesn’t mean that we’ll feel the same way this year, right? Right? Someone please tell us that it will all be okay.

Anyway, the guys talk a bit about the best and worst of 2016, the WWE UK Championship Tournament, and what in the wide wide world of sports is going to happen in the most unpredictable rumble in ages.

Raising the Briefcase No. 20 – Brand Split Personalities

the-miz-and-maryse-28934343-620x400First of all, apologies for the long delay between podcasts.

Second of all, sorry for the technical issues. You may notice a rapid beeping during certain parts of the show, and while we tried to eliminate them, it was to no avail. We hope to have them sorted out by the next time we come to you.

Anyway, we talk about TNA for way longer than we ever have, break down the brand split, make some No Mercy predictions that will be old by the time you listen to this, talk lovingly about The Miz and the glory of Smackdown, and listen to Dave tell us a horrible story about a sandwich.

Come and be entertained as we discuss the many, many, many belts of WWE.

 

Raising the Briefcase No. 19 – The Rhodes Not Taken

 

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Why do we always lose the ones that we love? After a bit of an accidental hiatus, the Kings of Cast return to discuss whatever is on their minds in the wild world of professional wrestling. We talk the releases of Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow, the emergence of AJ Styles as a breakout star in WWE, the women’s division, and assorted other bits of nonsense.

Also, this episode is our shortest yet, for those that would like to listen to one of our podcasts in less time than it takes to read Ulysses.

Raising the Briefcase No. 18 – Wrestakeovermania Dallas Podtacular

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It’s here, whether you want it or not. The podcast, naturally, you want, but Wrestlemania 32 is here, preceded by its scrappy younger sibling, NXT Takeover: Dallas. Will it be like this past summer, when the success of Takeover: Brooklyn overshadowed the larger Summerslam, or does the grandaddy of them all have a few more tricks up its wily sleeve?

The Kings of Cast break down both cards in agonizing detail, and, hopefully, entertain you along the way in another one of their marathon jaw-jacking sessions.

Raising the Briefcase No. 17 – Everything is Terrible Forever

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Oh Captain, My Captain.

Well, maybe not forever. Still, things look grim as the boys talk about the retirement of Daniel Bryan and express his importance in their wrestling lives, the re-rise of Roman Reigns, the return of the Mac, why Undertaker would want to kill Shane-O in the first place, and how NXT Takeover: Dallas is almost certainly going to be better than Wrestlemania. Also, Ivan goes on a bit of a rant about how awesome Lucha Underground is.

Note: Lucha Underground is now available on iTunes if you’d like to watch it and don’t get El Rey Network. Support this incredible wrestling product!

Raising the Briefcase No. 16 – Do Not Panic

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Everything’s just fine. Sure, John Cena is injured. Randy Orton is injured. Seth Rollins is injured. And yes, Cesaro, Sting, Tyson Kidd, and others are hurt, and maybe Daniel Bryan will never wrestle for WWE again, but everything’s fine! What else do you need when you have Roman Reigns and his buddy Dean Ambrose to cheer for?

The Kings of Cast also discuss the rumored signing of a bunch of New Japan’s finest, two different views on Bayley vs. Nia Jax, who will win the Royal Rumble, and what racist gimmick Shinsuke Nakamura will receive.