Tuesday, September 8, 2015

SquaredCircleSyndicate: Episode 13 Show Notes

- This was without question the most wild podcast that Mike & I have ever recorded. A great friend of the show, Mr. John Lane, sent us the suggestion to do a list of the top finishing moves in Pro Wrestling. The topic itself was fun to explore, but the roller coaster ride our conversation took, especially during Part Two, was just plain hysterical.

- The kaleidoscope of material covered(in addition to the Top 20)includes: Magnum PI, fanny Packs, go-go boots, Soul Train, Jeri Curls, and so much more!

- With the switch from recording days to late nights, the shows are a lot more loose and freestyle in execution. To mirror that change, I've pulled back a bit on my own perfectionism while editing, preferring to keep the shows sounding more real, raw & authentic.

- Mike & I have discussed attempting to do a video version of the podcast. I'm a big fan of the podcast "London Real", and would love to eventually have a video version of our show look as crisp as theirs. Also going forward, we are looking to add guests into the mix. I fully trust Mike's knowledge of the wrestling business, and his ability to spice up any interview we may do in the future.

- Narrowing this Top 20 down was a bit challenging. Mike & I both tried to factor in classic moves alongside more modern moves that look amazing. As we got down to the Top 5, we looked at how versatile these moves really were. Our main criteria leading to Number One was just how easy were they to apply on a variety of opponents, regardless of body type.

- Once again we ended this episode with another original track. Big thanks to artist JayLi for the use of his original song "Beast from the East". This was a great fit for the show, and a nice way to end this particular podcast.

- The extreme variety of pop culture influences Mike & I absorbed while growing up is shining through on these newer episodes. Mike's quick wit has really helped us take the show to a new level of entertainment.

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Direct link to Episode 13: Top 20 Finishing Moves in Pro Wrestling

Saturday, September 5, 2015

SquaredCircleSyndicate: Episode 12 Show Notes

- This was personally one of my favorite episodes to record. As sad as the topic of Roddy Piper's passing is, Mike & I made this one of the most entertaining shows we've done, period. The stream-of-consciousness approach to this episode provided great back story & variety to the program, including talk of "Rocky 3", "Hell Comes to Frogtown" & "Requiem for a Dream".

- Having an opportunity to share my personal experiences meeting Roddy & enjoying his ring work live was awesome. For better or worse, Roddy Piper was one of the most genuine human beings to ever be involved with the wrestling industry. 

- Mike & I opted not to stray away from the topic of Piper using racial slurs in past years to evoke a heel response against stars like Chavo Guerrero Sr., Jimmy Snuka and Mr.T. We of course talked about the bizarre execution of Roddy showing he was an "every man", by painting half his body black for his match with Bad News Brown at WrestleMania 6. 

- We also take a moment to praise MMA star Rhonda Rousey for showing a great deal of respect to Roddy during her post-fight promo at UFC 190. In addition, we also talk about how on the same night, UFC head honcho Dana White showed ultimate disrespect by calling pro wrestling "fake" on Twitter. We discuss how Dana has repeatedly used aspects of pro wrestling to enhance the fan base of the UFC, including lighting, pyro, ring music, and the use of personalities & "characters" to sell pay-per-view events. 

- From a production stand point, this was an easy episode to edit. The show sounded so smooth & natural, the bulk of the audio was left as-is. 

- After several weeks of promoting our original music showcase, this was the first episode to feature original content from an artist outside of the "Syndicate". Big thank you to Kottyn for the use of his original track "Famous". For more info and to download the entire album "M.G.S.D" visit: http://www.audiomack.com/album/heart-of-stone-records/mgsd 

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SquaredCircleSyndicate: Episode 11 Show Notes

- Mike & I had a great conversation prior to recording involving Hulk's reaction to his daughter Brooke being romantically involved with an African American male. With Mike being in an inter-racial marriage himself, his view point was invaluable. We discussed the negative reactions he has garnered by otherwise mild mannered family & friends due to the deep seeded effects of racism, shining a unique light on the hateful comments made by Hulk. 

- This was a more serious topic for us to cover, and we just naturally tried to still have fun & make the show as entertaining as possible. Over the course of recording the previous 10 episodes, Mike & I have gotten to the elusive "Sweet Spot", being much more relaxed and organic while recording. 

- Also during our pre-recording rap session, we discussed the idea & notion that the "Hulk Hogan" character is so impeccable, that the actual man Terry Bollea has grown resentful of the very character that has made him famous. Bollea's sporadic behavior over the past several years shows that in many ways he may be "rebelling" against his own alter-ego.  

- This was the 2nd of our late night recording sessions. We began recording closer to 1am, which created a unique broadcasting environment. Being tired actually helped me to loosen up even further, making the show sound much more reminiscent of the real life conversations Mike & I have off-air.

- In retrospect, the parallels of the Hulk Hogan scandal and Bill Cosby's situation are staggering. Two iconic, beloved public figures that grew to prominence in the 1980's. Both falling from grace, all-bet for two completely different reasons. As a long-time pro wrestling fan, one can only hope that Hulk can overcome this negative stigma of bigotry & hatred. Only time will tell.   

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