After a long hiatus, the Smartest Man Not In Professional Wrestling is back and he’s raising your wrestling IQ with a discussion on WWE’s WrestleMania 23 from 2007. Dan will do his best to preserve the old ways as he covers ring psychology and storytelling, promos, and how many things in wrestling have lost their meaning. It’s a concentrated dose of wisdom on the Final Say!
This time of year, there is only one thing running through the mind of wrestling fans… WrestleMania. The Jury travels back to the 80’s to review arguably the biggest WrestleMania of all time. Savage vs. Steamboat, Hogan vs. Andre, WRESTLEMANIA III!
The Mega-Powers explode! And it nearly causes a rift between the Mega-Powers of Podcasting as Mike Noringonger of the Midnight Jury and Handsome Dan take very different sides on the rivalry between Hulk Hogan and “Macho Man” Randy Savage. They debate who was right and who was wrong as they recount the events leading up to their epic showdown at WrestleMania V including the Royal Rumble and the Main Event. Along the way they also discuss the Royal Rumble as a concept, their thoughts on Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake, the legacy of the “Macho Man’s” first WWF World Championship run, and the main event match at WrestleMania V and how it ranks among Hogan’s and Savage’s best. Get an education courtesy of the Final Say!
The tension between the Mega Powers, Hulk Hogan and Randy “Macho Man” Savage is growing and so is the intensity in the studio as Mike Noringonger of the Midnight Jury returns to the co-host’s chair. Mike is firmly on the side of Hulkamania, but Handsome Dan does his best to play devil’s advocate in favor of the Macho Man. Also this episode, Mike shares a story about the first WWF house show he attended, how we’ve moved backwards as a society with regard to racism, and how the solution to this problem might just be a full-scale alien invasion. Plus, lots of side trips down Memory Lane. All that and more in this week’s edition of the Final Say!
The Mega Powers are on top of the world, but for how long? Mike & Dan reveal their favorite WrestleMania and do some fantasy booking with the Mega Powers and the WWF Tag Team Titles. They discuss what’s wrong with smaller guys defeating giants. Also, Andre the Giant inventing the Canadian/French Destroyer?? All this and much, much more on this week’s edition of the Final Say!
The conversation gets in-depth between Dan and Mike Noringonger of the Midnight Jury as they discuss the continuation of the Hulk Hogan-Andre the Giant feud including the contract signing at the inaugural Royal Rumble, their chaotic rematch at the Main Event, and their inconclusive third encounter in the WWF Championship tournament at WrestleMania IV. That all leads into a discussion about the eventual winner of the tournament, “Macho Man” Randy Savage and whether or not he got the title reign he deserved. Plus, Handsome Dan gives his take on the situation involved Joey Ryan’s followers and WLW Studios’ episodes getting pulled from iTunes and Stitcher Radio. All this, a new edition of My Musical Journey, and much, much more!
The feud between Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant rages beyond WrestleMania 3 and into the inaugural Survivor Series event which Dan & Mike discuss at length in this episode. Plus, the next installment of My Musical Journey. All that and more on the Final Say!
With Hulk Hogan at the top of his game, he faces his greatest challenge to date, that of the “Eighth Wonder of the World” Andre the Giant! Mike Noringonger of the Midnight Jury and Handsome Dan go in-depth on the significance of what may arguably be the most important event in professional wrestling history, WrestleMania III. That and much more in this edition of the Final Say!
In this week’s edition of our Hulkamania Retrospective we cover a critical year, 1986 which means Handsome Dan & Mike Noringonger of the Midnight Jury cover Hogan’s feud with King Kong Bundy, their WrestleMania 2 main event, and then the pivotal feud between Hogan and “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff. Along the way, Mike reveals what might be his favorite match of all time. Plus, another edition of My Musical Journey. All this and more on the Final Say!
As Handsome Dan & the Midnight Jury’s Mike Noringonger wrap up the year 1985 in their retrospective of Hulkamania, quite a discussion ensues about several topics such as enhancement matches, gimmicks, championships, tag teams, and more and how they relate to the business of professional wrestling then and now. Also this week, another installment of My Musical Journey. Pull up a chair, because class is in session!