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Monday Night Braw
107 minutes | Dec 8, 2017
A Numb Arse For Weeks
Yes. We KNOW. Nearly two hours. We’re sorry we’re sorry we’re sorry we’re sorry we’re sorry… Anyway, for the final show of 2017, Iain and Gary take a look at the state of British Wrestling after a tumultuous year – as encapsulated by one of the biggest shows of the year, ICW’s Fear and Loathing X. Plus: Gary’s bold idea for a new match type, the lack of interval raffles, much love for Zack Gibson, some very problematic booking decisions, the rebirth of What Culture, Grado, and what might be the sickest hardcore spot of all time… Have a fantastic holiday season, and Braw will be back sometime in 2018. And for a bonus easter egg, with Iain and Gary talking Francis Ngannou, CM Punk and Brock Lesnar, click here!
78 minutes | Sep 22, 2017
Chromakey in Korea
This time on 월요일 밤은 위대합니다, Iain and Gary are (nominally) looking back at the world’s only attempt at bodyslam diplomacy, when WCW, New Japan and Muhammad Ali travelled to North Korea to put on a wrestling show. Plus, a tribute to Bobby Heenan, shitloads of steroids and blow, Gerry McNee, the Japanese Alan Partridge, Scott Steiner’s Vital Spark, doing the Owen voice for Santa, and Gary’s got a new booking idea – this time for the Hulkster… You can follow Gary on twitter @garyrodger and listen to Jaffa Cakes for Proust. Iain is @fromthesublime, and gibbers nonsense at fromthesublime.com.
81 minutes | Sep 16, 2017
King of the Flippy Little Boys
House To Astonish’s Al Kennedy tags into the podcast to explore the strange universe of Chikara and review its recent 2017 King of Trios tournament from exotic Wolverhampton. Plus we’re talking extreme commitment to gimmicks, flying toys, the four ages of Britwres, low riding trunks and poor Jody Fleisch. You can follow Al on twitter @housetoastonish and listen to his comics podcast here. Iain is @fromthesublime, and gibbers nonsense at the website of the same name. You can find previous MNB episodes online at http://bit.ly/MNBeps or on iTunes at http://bit.ly/MNBApple.
25 minutes | Aug 22, 2017
High Rollers at Linwood Leisure Centre
It’s the biggest fight in combat sport history. So who better to provide in-depth, expert preview coverage and the inside line on all the action than us? Well, almost anyone really. Still, you’re stuck with Monday Night Braw’s take now, as Gary and Iain look at the McGregor v Mayweather fight, plus Gary’s bold theory about next year’s Wrestlemania… You can follow Gary on twitter @garyrodger and listen to Jaffa Cakes for Proust. Iain is @fromthesublime, and gibbers nonsense at fromthesublime.com.
77 minutes | Aug 16, 2017
The Worldwide Leader In Entirely Competent Professional Wrestling
Iain and Gary are back (surprisingly) to preview Summerslam 2017, plus NXT Takeover Brooklyn III. Plus: The Drifter Ralph McTell, new guitar spots, pure sports builds, unbeaten streaks, a bold new way to resurrect the 24/7 rule, the Mark Viduka of pro wrestling, and just why is Titus O’Neil? Oh, and you can see the Nixon Newell documentary mentioned this week here. You can follow Gary on twitter @garyrodger and listen to Jaffa Cakes for Proust by clicking here. Iain is @fromthesublime, and gibbers nonsense at the website of the same name. You can find previous MNB episodes online at http://bit.ly/MNBeps or on iTunes at http://bit.ly/MNBApple.
130 minutes | Apr 3, 2017
The W*nking of the Snake
It’s the final Braw of this mini series, and to make sure it reaches your ears in scorching hot take fashion we’ve forgone the usual slick, professional editing job to produce something overlong, rambling, badly paced, full of odd pauses, decisions and tangents… Seems oddly appropriate really. So enjoy Gary and Iain’s sleep deprived, caffeine-fuelled guide to Wrestlemania, taking in Only Fools and Horses, CHiPS, LinkedIn, Catchphrase, Slimfast, Iain’s baffling explanation of Jersey Shore and more nonsense along the way. Should you have any weird urge to follow either or both of us on Twitter, we’re @fromthesublime and @garyrodger. You can find previous episodes online at http://bit.ly/MNBeps or on iTunes at http://bit.ly/MNBApple.
124 minutes | Mar 28, 2017
The One With Gary’s Idea For The Vending Machine
We’re back with the final show before Wrestlemania 33, as Gary and Iain go through the card match by match with their predictions, observations and general disbelief at how badly Dean Ambrose is being booked. Plus, Gus Honeybun, Impact takes over World of Sport, Southpaw Regional Wrestling, some foulmouthed name calling of idiots… oh, and Gary’s fantasy booking scenario. You’ll want popcorn for that… Should you have any weird urge to follow either or both of us on Twitter, we’re @fromthesublime and @garyrodger. You can find previous episodes online at http://bit.ly/MNBeps or on iTunes at http://bit.ly/MNBApple.
81 minutes | Mar 23, 2017
El Hijo Del Krankie
This week, as Monday Night Braw continues along the meandering B6318 to Wrestlemania with a look at what it takes to be a great – or not – Wrestlemania card. Plus we’re talking ITV Telethons, the Sleaze List, Hulk Hogan’s greatest hits, the logistics of staging matches matches at 60,000ft, and the All New Midnight Express Variety Hour. Should you have any weird urge to follow either or both of us on Twitter, we’re @fromthesublime and @garyrodger. You can find previous episodes online at http://bit.ly/MNBeps or on iTunes.
58 minutes | Mar 15, 2017
Cracking Owl Sanctuary
Returning, Terry Funk-like, after a never-to-be-broken retirement stipulation, Monday Night Braw is back for a mini-series of episodes leading up to Wrestlemania 33. This time out, we talk the return of Impact!, the WWE’s move into the UK, Gary’s desperate appeal for sponsorship, Joe Hendry’s approach to eating burgers, wrestling at the Trafford Centre, streaming services and bursting the Wrestlemania week bubble… Should you have any weird urge to follow either or both of us on Twitter, we’re @fromthesublime and @garyrodger. You can find previous episodes online at http://bit.ly/MNBeps or on iTunes.
140 minutes | Nov 19, 2016
Will you keep the noise down, the Beautiful South?
Nia Jax is tuning up her voice, so it’s time for the final Monday Night Braw, and as promised Iain and Gary bring their pitches for the ultimate professional wrestling supercard. Stand by for some surprises, some shocks and some stone cold classics. Plus on the show, we’re talking the adventures of Sin Cara in Glasgow, why Christopher Daniels deserved a main event run, North Korean stadium design principles, why WrestleMania 19 gets overlooked, and a wrestling version of Football Manager… Iain’s matches: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLd7RPkwQX0ycXoF1kK6Awg8GV84jAFpnU Gary’s matches: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBDj7vzh8LXj9Xygxhs9ki1MTidvBNS_C
91 minutes | Nov 3, 2016
Oh No, It’s Alex Shane
So, you know how we said the last episode was our penultimate one, and this would be our big finale? Yeah… things rather got away from us. So much has happened in the five weeks since the last episode, we’ve inserted this – a final penultimate episode into the running order, just to give you an added bonus. So this time out, we’re talking the latest LOLTNA fiasco, Jim Cornette and Jim Ross in London, What Culture’s shows – and then an exclusive inside line on the surprise return of World of Sport, from inside the tapings earlier this week. Plus we’re talking 3-2-1, replica belts, Gary’s ailments, unlikely new UK TV channels for TNA, and the Blue Peter Garden… Be aware, from 35:30 there are a LOT of spoilers on the show. So if you want to watch the WOS Wrestling show on ITV this Christmas unspoiled, you may wish to park this episode for a few weeks.
129 minutes | Sep 30, 2016
Buckfast Bottle On A Pole Match
Iain and Gary take their positions in the Monday Night Braw booth to provide commentary on the worst show to come out of Glasgow until Frankie Boyle’s Tramadol Nights – the 2003 World Wrestling All-Stars pay per view The Retribution. And given the WWA effectively merged with TNA shortly this show, it seems an oddly timely thing to cover… Alongside all this, they’re talking The Divinyls, Noel Edmonds, Glasgow’s magic castles, Scavengers with John Leslie, midgets w*nking in a dustbin, Gay Byrne and whether we’re now in the dying days of big time wrestling… LINKS WWA: The Retribution – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2htq21DQQfU The Buck Rogers Burger Station – http://glasgow.stv.tv/articles/311720-buck-rogers-burger-station-on-glasgow-queen-steet-footage-from-1980s/ CP Munk and Colt Cabunny – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsSn5LT5CsI
75 minutes | Sep 13, 2016
Eamonn Holmes’ Human Shield
This time out on the pod, Gary and Iain look at the world of the worked shoot and the blurred lines between reality and fiction inside (and often outside) the squared circle. Plus: Herr Flick and Helga, secret television channels, CM Punk’s UFC career how worked shoots spilled into modern day reality TV, the surprise British one that actually paid off, and Vince Russo. Obviously.
58 minutes | Aug 29, 2016
Monday Night Braw casts an eye back 15 years to November 2001, when a plucky band of unknowns, has-beens and never-weres came together in a bid to challenge the WWF… only to be given a skelp and have its dinner money taken. Gary and Iain consider whether the XWF was a worthy successor to WCW or a failed pathfinder for TNA, suffer one of the worst promo in modern wrestling history, and wonder just how many logos a company actually needs, anyway. Plus: Sharks vs Dragons, Sauchiehall Street parking woes, and the Broons… You can see episode one of the XWF here, episode two here and if you’ve survived that far, the third episode here
70 minutes | Aug 14, 2016
Monday Night Braw picks through the wreckage of the Spanish announce table to consider one of the most important questions in wrestling – what makes for a good commentator. Gary and Iain look at some of the best – and worst – pairings over the years, consider the real life sports announcers that could have stepped over to pro-wrestling, and reveal the results of your vote into the best commentator of all time.
61 minutes | Aug 1, 2016
In The Big Dawg House
It’s been a busy old couple of weeks in the world of pro-graps, so Monday Night Braw takes a little step back to consider just what the hell is actually going on Join us as we manage to shoehorn in It’ll Be All Right On The Night, Zippo’s circus, drug testing procedures and Asylum movies into what’s supposed to be a podcast about the wrestling…
78 minutes | Jul 18, 2016
The Stanislavski Method of Professional Wrestling
Monday Night Braw explores the secret origins of the WWF’s Attitude era as Gary puts forward the theory that it all began at Survivor Series 96. Join us as we discuss a roster of fake superstars, Anthea Turner making the Rock’s outfit, the most OTT move sells in history – plus Iain gets The Good Old Days mixed up, and Gary reveals which wrestler he secretly always wanted to be…
70 minutes | Jul 5, 2016
One Night In Northampton
Iain and Gary return with a look at the world of World of Sport with an all-encompassing look at British Wrestling’s past, present and future. On this week’s show, we’re discussing why Big Daddy was the original Goldberg, when the wrestling was on BBC1, WH Smith’s unlikely bid to be the British WWE, Gary’s secret promoting shame, Kendo Nagasaki vs a council planning department, and reveal the most important person in British wrestling history – that you’ve almost certainly never heard of.
108 minutes | Jun 19, 2016
The Smell of Lex Luger
As WWE prepares to enter its latest Era, we flash back 16 years to a similarly celebrated restart – the April 2000 reboot Nitro. Iain and Gary provide a bumper commentary episode covering car crash TV, Deal or No Deal, lazy iconography, Starbucks and a fat Simon Pegg. Come join in the fun and watch along with us at home. Who knows, this could be the greatest podcast in the history of our sport…
62 minutes | Feb 10, 2016
You Grunt, I’ll Groan
Our second Monday Night Braw pilot episode takes a decidedly British twist, with talk of Jackie Pallo’s autobiography, British wrestling sitcoms, surprise scheduling appearances, fixing kayfabe and the Welsh Paul Heyman.
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