August 25, 2015 / Mark / Comments Off on Ex Hour After Dark: Summerslam and NXT: Takeover Post Game w/ Daniel Strauss
Ex Hour After Dark: Summerslam and NXT: Takeover Post Game w/ Daniel Strauss
A four hour extravaganza deserves four hours of podcasts (look they’re free, okay?). Minutes after Monday Night Raw ended Daniel Strauss from Chicago’s The Second City joined me to talk about the weekend of wrestling that was. NXT: Takeover, Sasha Banks, Bailey, Summerslam, Brock, The New Day, and more.
An Hour with Your Ex is a member of The Chicago Podcast Coop and normally hosted by Mel Evans and Mark Colomb. This episode was hosted and produced by Mark Colomb. He watched way too much wrestling this weekend.
This week on the show we talk about all sorts of things on HBO with Seriously Unprepared’s Jo Scott and Jeff Murdoch. They’re two of our favorite comedians and people. We talk Game of Thrones, Veep, HBO, and more. We’re all over the place and it’s a delight.
An Hour with Your Ex is a Chicago based podcast hosted by Mel Evans and Mark Colomb. This episode is sponsored by Emporium Arcade Bar in Chicago. Emporium hosts awesome game, beer, food, and live music events daily in Wicker Park and Logan Square. Visit emporiumchicago.com for more info. Thanks for listening. Thanks to the Chicago Podcast Coop for making this all possible.
August 19, 2015 / Mark / Comments Off on Ex Hour After Dark: Summerslam and NXT: Takeover Super Show Podcast
NXT Takeover and Summerslam Podcast
It’s An Hour With Your Ex – After Dark. It’s a super sized Summerslam show with a stacked card. We cover NXT: Takeover, Summerslam, the Diva’s revolution, and more.
Writer for Bro Jackson and regular Ex Hour co-host Mel Evans on The Divas – 00:03:00
Second City Chicago performer Kevin Sciretta on NXT and wrestling in NYC – 00:33:43
Writer for The Classical and Vice Sports Tom Keiser on the go home Raw and Summerslam – 01:17:13
Writer and Editor for Bro Jackson Varoon Bose on going to Raw alone and Summerslam – 01:37:54
Writer for Bro Jackson and After Dark Co-Host Robert Rich on NXT and Summerslam – 02:06:12
It’s a super sized show for a huge weekend of wrestling. Enjoy the show and make sure to check out the Chicago Podcast Cooperative. Thanks for listening. Hosted and produced by Mark Colomb.
I’m going to watch Summerslam this Sunday on the WWE Network, I will watch NXT Takeover Saturday night, and I will watch the Raw after as well. I clearly have a wrestling problem and WWE is more than happy to serve up what will be more than ten hours of wrestling all from The Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn. Three consecutive sold out nights in New York for a product that numbers wise isn’t that hot. As culture fractures it seems your best bet is to play to your base and give them more than they could possibly want.
Looking at network numbers there is a little more than a million wrestling fans willing to pay $10 a month and the ratings for Raw and Smackdown keep going down. WWE seems to have found it’s niche and it seems that niche can’t get enough. Unless it’s Tough Enough, ain’t nobody got time for that. I will watch it all. Happily. I got problems. Wrestling problems and it isn’t limited to what Vince and Co. are shilling.
G1 Climax 2015
The last month I’ve been keeping up on New Japan Pro Wrestling G-1 Climax Tournament. Over the course of 19 shows from July 20th through August 16th this annual tournament features the best wrestling in the world. Is the commentary in Japanese? Yep. Does that matter? Not at all. 20 men are separated into two blocks and compete for points with the winner getting to challenge the champion at their version of Wrestlemania in January. The final night featured probably the greatest match of the year between (my dude) Shinsuke Nakamura and Hiroshi Tanahashi.
At the same time Lucha Underground wrapped up its first year of weekly shows (and hopefully not last) on The El Rey Network with Ultimate Lucha – a two hour culmination of all their storylines that featured a deathmatch, jaw dropping high spots, and a man that may or may not be a Dragon who flew away right before the credits. As I am typing this I have an old Pro Wrestling Guerilla show from 2011 on where Kevin Steen (Kevin Owens) and El Generico (Sami Zayn) are throwing themselves through every step of every ladder they could find at the Lowes in Reseda, California. I will probably listen to a podcast about wrestling as I fall asleep. I GOT PROBLEMS, access to wrestling isn’t one of them.
Watching, reading, listening, and talking about wrestling seems to take up the parts of the internet not reserved for Marvel, Star Wars, and whatever folks are mad about this week. You can follow the just about everything with GIFs on twitter. You can stream several different promotions from around the world at various price points that cost less than a trip to Chipotle (I get guac, yes, it’s extra.). ProwrestlingTees.com has made actual honest to god shirts that aren’t THAT embarrassing to wear in public.
Much like the Comic Con culture exploding into the mainstream it seems wrestling has finally figured out that there are nerds out there with money they can’t wait to get rid of. Previously you watched on Monday and from time to time you bought a Sunday night PPV. Maybe you spent a couple bucks a month on a newsletter. Wrestling fandom was pretty limited. You had to really work to tape trade or put up with some horrible website with too many pop up ads if you wanted to know what was going on outside of WWE or WCW. Now I follow every event live on twitter and then either do my own podcast right after or listen to someone else’s.
They call fans “marks” because we are the ones getting conned. The biggest difference now is that the con is now more of a co-op. This weekend in Brooklyn WWE is for all intents and purposes throwing a wrestling convention. WWE’s minor league promotion NXT sold as many tickets at the big show. Give the fans what they want, treat them like fans – not marks – and they will dump buckets of money on you. And you better take care of the fans because if you don’t there is more than enough wrestling to go around.
An Hour With Your Ex 133: David Tennant Doctor Who
Tennant Doctor Who Podcast
It’s snappy ties and cool trench coats this week on An Hour with Your Ex. Matt Young from Improvised Star Trek and Hello, From the Magic Tavern stops by to talk about his favorite Doctor. Luckily it’s Mel’s favorite Doctor too. Mark is totally a Matt Smith guy. Who’s your favorite Doctor? Should you watch Broadchurch? Companions? We’re not ready to go…. It’s the DAY OF DAVID TENNANT. THE TIME OF TENNANT. I could do this all day.
Once more into the breach. The talented host of the MBSing podcastMary Beth Smith stops by to talk about her favorite movie “Once.” We talk about the songs, the movie, the stage show, and more. Is your MIND MADE UP? Sorry, haven’t finished my coffee. This is a real fun one and I don’t think we sing.
Podcasts…the final refuge of people without anywhere else to go. We are the hosts of An Hour With Your Ex. Our mission was to watch “Star Trek: First Contact” with Sean Kelly of Improvised Star Trek and The Chicago Podcast Coop. One of the best films in the series and featuring the cast of The Next Generation, The Borg, and time travel.