Harder to get into than a Grant Morrison Batman storyline (if you haven’t watched the previous 216 videos, I suggest you do so now) it’s Botchamania 217: Ryback To The Future!
Round 7, Part 2 (Expander) by Yuzo Koshiro (Streets of Rage 2)
Welcome to Station Square by Masaru Setsumaru, Jun Senoue (SONIC ADVENTURE)
Re-Animator Theme by Richard Band
Tubthumper by Chumbawumba
Nick Evans for watching Raw with me
Henry Jack for supplying me with a DVD of Under Siege 2.
Not a lot of music in this one, due to the sheer volume of audio-related mishaps this last fortnight. The ‘bit’ for Tony Kozina was very nearly ”steals from promoters” until I realised how much he looks like the schlep from Suits. And also because I didn’t want Davey Richards or Kyle O’Reilly after me.
Hell in a Cell was better than expected. Big Show vs. Sheamus defied logic and was an exciting, hard-hitting affair between two big, bad dudes. The main event made Ryback look like a man-beast and every match (aside from the Divas, who did try) was at least good. Still didn’t stop a lot of people (grown men with jobs and glasses) getting overly upset at that thing called ”story-telling” that wrestling does from time-to-time and describing the finish to the main event as THE WORST THING TO HAPPEN TO WRESTLING SINCE TWITTER.
One of the reasons Botchamania has lasted so long is due to my ability to watch it as a fan and want Wrestler X to beat Wrestler Y simply because I like Wrestler X. None of this ”what’s best for business in the long-run” or ”DAS BUY-RATE’/DAS TV RATINGS’ nonsense that ruins the fun. Which is why Lesnar vs. Cena is my Match of The Year because I was literally jumping around the room shouting ”YES BROCK YES” as he thrashed Cena. My favourite didn’t win. Does that mean I’m never going to watch wrestling again? Pffffft yeah, right.
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-Originally aired August 4, 1984. -Your hosts are Vince McMahon and Tony Garea. -Total running time is 32 minutes, so this is unmistakably an incomplete episode. “Mister Wonderful” PAUL ORNDORFF vs SALVATORE BELLOMO -Nuclear heat for Orndorff. Bellomo backs him