International Object Podcast 125 – Robbie Dorman

Robbie Dorman and Sawyer Paul talk podcasting nerdery (00:00), then pivot to the G1 Climax, (20:00), watching way too much wrestling, Juice Robinson’s character motivations (32:00), cursing in English on Japanese programming, NJPW airing at exactly the wrong time of the day for North Americans, good match flow and an overview of the G1 (37:00), sports entertainment and Toru Yano (42:00), most impressive performances in the tournament (48:00), English commentary (57:00), and finally, Ibushi & Omega (63:00).

International Object Podcast 124 – ML Kennedy

ML Kennedy comes on the show to discuss what is and isn’t real in WWE’s narrative, what isn’t and isn’t cannon, when and why these things change, and how you can drive yourself crazy if you stay a fan long enough.

International Object Podcast 123 – Chelsea Spollen

Chelsea Spollen of Shoulders Up joins K Sawyer Paul to talk about the G1 Climax tournament, hot wrestlers, Dean Ambrose, the appeal of Los Ignobernables, and the catharsis of comedy matches.

International Object 122 – Ashly Nagrant

Ashly Nagrant and Sawyer Paul talk about WWE’s three women’s divisions, what’s working, what isn’t, and why the “Revolution” just isn’t there yet. We also talk about male wrestlers, who are for some reason still on the show.

Later on, we compare WWE’s women’s wrestling approach to that of Lucha Underground, and it becomes pretty clear which one we prefer.

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International Object Podcast 121 – Robert Newsome

Robert Newsome is the creator and producer of the Atomic Elbow, a long-running wrestling zine made with a lot of love. We talk about production, writing about wrestling, upcoming issues, the WWE Network, Great Balls of Fire, and finding old wrestling tapes in strange places.

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Wrestlespective: Wrestlemania Play Button

Jason Mann:

Jason Mann and Sawyer Paul continue their annual tradition of discussing WrestleMania’s prior main event with a look at Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns (and later Seth Rollins) at WrestleMania 31. They talk about what makes Brock Lesnar so different from any other WWE wrestler, why Roman Reigns has had such difficulty getting fan acceptance, where this ranks among WrestleMania main events, the power dynamic between WWE decisionmakers and grassroots fans and the parallels in politics, and much more.

This is the most fun I have all year.

International Object Podcast 96: I hated the Undertaker until they had Undertaker vs Undertaker

Rich and K Sawyer Paul talk about the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, The Heart is Raw, Summerslam 91, why dark matches exist, IRS as the cool-down act, how Greg Valentine has always been old, and how the Undertaker made both Rich and Kyle stop watching at different times.

Question: was the reception where Liz gets the snake in the box part of Summerslam 91 or did it air later? Neither of us remember. 

Then, they talk about Raw, foreshadowing, snazzy referee outfits, Damian Sandow’s new chocolate briefcase, and how Kyle hates Summerslam and probably always has. 

Finally, they discuss the first episode of season 5b of Breaking Bad. And keep it to ten minutes.

Fun Canadian factoid: In Canada, every hallway has to be large enough for two lanes of horsemen, so they can more easily collect taxes in apartment buildings. 

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International Object Podcast 95: John Lefteratos

In 2011, WWE began advertising a new network. Spearheaded by a sharp new logo, the company promised something new and exciting. We don’t yet have the network, but the logo remains, and this week on the show K Sawyer Paul interviews John Lefteratos, the designer of the WWE Network logo. They chat about how the design came to be made, cultural changes at WWE, and if the network will ever ship. 

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International Object Podcast 94: The WCW

As of July 31, 2013, WCW has been owned longer by Vince McMahon than by Ted Turner. Rich Thomas and K Sawyer Paul take a fresh look back at the organization, how greatness isn’t something one gets to do by corporate mandate, how challenging the final Nitro must have been, and how throwing money at a problem can become a problem itself. 

We also begin discussing Total Divas, its possible olive branch to non-fans, and Eva Marie and Jo Jo as ’audience surrogates’ for new fans, extending an idea that began with Joseph Park . 

Show notes:  

WCW: Urban Dictionary, 4th entry:

The initials of (and an abbreviation for) American poet William Carlos Williams (b. 1888, d. 1963).

Sometimes used as a short way of referring to him in writing, and a hashtag on twitter. #WCW

Also, apparently, a wrestling media empire.

WWE’s final Nitro playlist

Forbes profile on Ted Turner

Controversy Creates Cash

A Lion’s Tale : Around the World in Spandex 

Do You Creak? – Lexicon Valley

Listen to Slate’s show about the much-reviled phenomenon, prominent among young American women, of “creaky voice.”

 

International Object (IO) is a blog about theatre, combat, and politics. International relations, human rights, choreography, and steel chairs to the head.

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