The Iron Man Show – Episode 12

Old Man Joey is still missing! After our slightly rambling intro discussing his absence, we get into the real meat of this week’s episode. We’re doing another audio commentary on a match from earlier in 2016 – the Hell in a Cell match from Wrestlemania 32 between Shane McMahon and The Undertaker.

Was Shane right to take the leap from the top of the cell? Was the match a good one? Did it go on too long? Did it tell a good story? Is The Undertaker capable, physically and/or mentally, of competing at this level for much longer? All this and more are covered in our commentary track.

Meanwhile, we can only hope that the riddle of Old Man Joey’s presence will be solved soon. Was it the Iron Sheik who stole him away? And what links Brutus The Barber Beefcake to his disappearance? Or is this just a red herring? All shall be revealed in time.

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The Iron Man Show – Episode 11

Old Man Joey is still missing, so it’s down to The Real Deal Simon Prior and The Fallen Angel to hold the fort for another week on The Iron Man Show – the wrestling podcast for fans, by fans.

While Joey remains at the mercy of The Iron Sheik (perhaps), the Deal and the Angel discuss the forthcoming brand split. Who will go to which show? How should the title belts be divided? Should there be a heavyweights/cruiserweights split between Raw and Smackdown?

There’s a surprising amount to get through, so buckle in and enjoy the ride. So to speak.

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The Iron Man Show – Episode 10

Episode 10 of the Iron Man Show wrestling podcast is here and we’re doing something slightly different for a change this week.

Yes, rather than the standard format we’ve mixed things up a little by doing a commentary on the very first Elimination Chamber match, which was first broadcast at WWE Survivor Series 2002. This may or may not be thanks to Old Man Joey’s absence. If you didn’t listen last week, Joey was kidnapped by the Iron Sheik. Keep tuning in as this story progresses.

If you’ve never watched it before (or an Elimination Chamber match), it features six wrestlers, four of which are placed in a see through pod at the start of the match. At regular intervals thereafter one of those four is “randomly” released from the pod and enter the match. This goes on until all six men have entered the ring and, via elimination, only one remains. The wrestlers in the match were as follows:

  • Triple H
  • Shawn Michaels
  • Booker T
  • Chris Jericho
  • Rob Van Dam
  • Kane

There were a few important storylines going in and coming out of this match, and set up a number of different feuds over the next few months.

If you have the WWE Network and you want to listen along to us as we watch the match, load up Survivor Series 2002 and navigate to the last white timeline marker in the show. Then wait for Simon’s countdown and… away you go!

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The Iron Man Show – Episode 09

Join us for episode 09 of the Iron Man Show wrestling podcast, which is a King of the Ring special. The Real Deal Simon Prior, The Fallen Angel and Old Man Joey talked about the following:

1. Botch to Broadway – King of the Ring 1995

The main feature of the show, we went back and watched the tournament PPV from 1995. Mabel won King of the Ring, which tells you all you need to know about the tournament that year.

2. Billy Gunn – Best 5 matches

Simon’s task was to compile a list of Billy Gunn’s best matches. Having been a big fan of his run in the late 90s and early 00’s, would Simon be able to pick out any gems, or would he have a retrospective change of heart?

3. Mabel – 5 Best matches

It gets worse for The Fallen Angel, who has to pick out 5 good Mabel matches. Yeah. That went well.

4. Top 5 non-KOTR tournament matches at KOTR

The Fallen Angel has put together a brief list of the best non-tournament matches at the King of the Ring event. Is your favourite included? Have a listen to find.

5. Worst KOTR match in history (non-tournament)

Briefly, we take a look at the worst non-tournament match featured at a King of the Ring event.

6. Best KOTR winner of all time

Who is the best of the best? The list of impressive winners isn’t all that great to be honest, but we gave it our best.

7. Overrated or Underrated – Owen Hart

Owen won the tournament in 1994, a year after his brother Bret Hart won the opening tournament. Aside from his King of the Ring victory, was Owen Hart overrated or underrated?

8. Main Event Jobber – Hulk Hogan VS Yokozuna 1993

Finally, we look at Hulk Hogan taking on Yokozuna in the WWF Title match at the inaugural King of the Ring tournament. Ironically, despite being called Main Event Jobber, this title match took place in the middle of the card. Awful stuff.

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Sydney 2000 (PS1) review – 60 Second Gamer 16

The official video game for the 2000 Olympics in Sydney gave us 12 events and the ability to both name our olympian (with a name like BAP) and choose their country. It’s the little things that count.

But unlike Konami’s own unofficial series, Sydney 2000 doesn’t hold up quite as well. Graphically it’s less impressive, and it’s often easy to claim a victory without having to put in much effort. Multiplayer offers a greater challenge, but the extent of that will depend on your social group. Wiring up a couple of multitaps for eight player carnage

It’s still an example of button bashing, using a combination of two or three buttons depending on the context. This element of the game works well, and there is still the possibility of having some fun multiplayer face-offs. Chase Cycling and skeet shooting don’t follow this theme, with pacing and patience necessary to succeed in both. If you’re lacking in either of these qualities, you’d be better off finding another activity to pass the time.

There’s replay value and depth in the Olympics qualification game mode, where you have to train up your character in a series of virtual gym mini games in order to reach the finals. With few exceptions however there is no challenge on offer. The presentation is a little confusing too. You’re not playing as your character, instead you’re a human… shape. It would have helped massively if they had allowed you to be your character, to personalise the experience.

Overall it’s a mixed bag. Having eight characters on screen at a time is a plus, and the choice of events offer are a nice selection, but it’s not a game you’re likely to return to.

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The Iron Man Show – Episode 08

Join us for this week’s episode of the Iron Man Show wrestling podcast, where The Real Deal Simon Prior, The Fallen Angel and Old Man Joey discussed the following:

1. Challenge – 5 good Hacksaw Jim Duggan matches

Joey had to trawl through the WWE Network looking for some of Hacksaw Jim Duggan’s best matches. We felt his pain. Not literally, that would be weird.

2. Intercontinental Champion – King of the Ring Tournament Part 2

We continue our King of the Ring style tournament bracket to decide who is the best Intercontinental Champion of all time.

3. Why WCW Sucked – Part 1 and 2

The Fallen Angel kicks off an occasional feature where we discuss why WCW sucked. This week it’s the first two reasons. The size of the ring was a sticking point, coming in at 16’x16′ when compared to WWF/WWE’s 20’x20′ ring. The second point is the WCW wrestling figures. Tune in to find out why.

4. Tag Team Turmoil – best tag team member

Of all the tag teams in wrestling history, which one of the pair was the Shawn Michaels and which one was the Marty Jannetty? This feature will dig into our opinions on the subject.

5. Camp WWE

In a weird bit of time travel style mumbo jumbo (that is in no way related to us recording episodes in advance) we discuss the promise of Camp WWE based on a viewing of the trailer. If you want to hear our thoughts on the first episode, head on back to Episode 06. Yes, I know, it doesn’t make sense.

6. Overrated or underrated – Randy Orton

We wrap up with Overrated or Underrated. This week we take a look at the career of Randy Orton.

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Turning Point: Fall of Liberty (PS3) review – 60 Second Gamer 15

In an alternate history, the Nazis invade America. Thankfully you are a blue collar construction worker who happens to be extremely handy with a gun and hand to hand combat. It’s a lucky turn of events seeing as the invading army lands right on top of you. What are the chances of that happening, eh?

There’s very little as far as the plot goes. At the beginning you’re thrown in at the deep end with no story or exposition to explain what’s happening. It just… starts. Never mind about having a little context so you can get your bearings. Let’s just throw you in at the deep end and watch you flounder. This is a recurring theme where cut scenes and set pieces are either missing or were never intended to be included. To say it’s lacking depth would be accurate.

Turning Point is a broken game with broken graphics and broken gunplay. Some enemies are invincible until you cross an invisible line, other times it glitches and bodies hang suspended in midair. Firing a weapon is more a struggle to aim it than use it. Being able to arm bombs under tanks does little to distract you from the mundanity surrounding you. It’s a perfect example of some poorly thought out gameplay design and evidence that

There are a few nice touches, such as being able to use an enemy as a human shield, or using environmental takedowns. The odd random death is good entertainment too. They’re used to infrequently to make a difference, and they do little to fight against the problems you face elsewhere in the game. Suffice to say, if the rest of the production was up to scratch then these would be worthwhile inclusions. As it is, there’s lots of noise and action but very little of value.

The Iron Man Show – Episode 07

This week’s episode of The Iron Man Show saw The Real Deal Simon Prior, The Fallen Angel and Old Man Joey discuss the following:

  1. News – Undertaker, NXT new additions

    This week’s news covers a couple of interesting additions to the NXT roster and the reason why the Undertaker didn’t join the company on its recent tour of Europe. It’s a legitimate reason, but statistically a little silly. As for the new NXT arrivals? That could prove interesting going forward.

  2. Main Event Jobber – Wrestlemania 27 Miz VS Cena

    Joey and Fallen Angel only had to watch the main event, but as punishment for getting the Botch to Broadway wrong a few weeks back, Simon had to watch the entirety of Wrestlemania 27. To say he was happy about this would be an understatement.

  3. Announcer King of the Ring part 2

    The second part of our King of the Ring tournament for wrestling announcers. We progress through the tournament and have to face some surprisingly tough questions in the bid to find out who, besides JR, is the best commentator of all time.

  4. Botch to Broadway – Royal Rumble 2003

    This week’s Botch to Broadway was a viewing of Royal Rumble 2003. Aside from an interesting opener between Brock Lesnar and Big Show (with shades of Lesnar’s more recent storylines), other highlights include the Kurt Angle vs Chris Benoit title match, and the Royal Rumble main event itself. On the other hand, there’s the Torrie Wilson vs Dawn Marie match, and the Scott Steiner vs Triple H World Heavyweight Championship match.

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The Flintstones: Bedrock Racing (PS2) – 60 Second Gamer 14

Welcome to Bedrock, a hotbed of racing since the stone age. Maybe. The game offers 12 characters and 12 tracks to race around. Quite a substantial number, you might think. Nope.

Tracks and courses are unlocked by collecting all 8 dinosaur eggs per track and getting a top 3 finish. By collecting the two dinosaur bones per track you can pimp your ride, stone age style. This is applied to all characters no matter who you’ve raced as. Not that they have any noticeable effect on your driving. Everybody handles the same except perhaps for the Great Gazoo. He has a distinct advantage in that he can fly everywhere. No trouble with land based obstacles there, no sir. Dinosaur meat steaks dotted around the track also give you brief speed bursts, but you can probably win a race without ever picking one up.

Once you get into the routine, each race is an exercise in familiarity. The tracks all look the same, and once you’re in first place it becomes a two horse race between you and whichever computer controlled character sits in second. Even switching characters offers little in the way of variation, with only subtle differences between each racer.

You soon realise that you haven’t had to use the brakes for, well, ever. You can simply glide around the track at top speed and not have to worry about crashing into obstacles. Unless you deliberately choose to do so, obviously. The handling is okay, but nothing special. Unlike most karting games there’s no power slides or drifting. Luck you don’t need them then, really.

There are the almost obligatory time trial and multiplayer modes, but once you’ve played through the game once and unlocked everything that will probably be the last time you pick it up. There’s almost no challenge at all and that’s perhaps the most disappointing part of it.

The Iron Man Show – Episode 06

This week’s episode of The Iron Man Show saw The Real Deal Simon Prior, The Fallen Angel and Old Man Joey discuss the following:

  1. WWE Payback review and analysis

    We discussed the most recent PPV event and the first since Wrestlemania 32. Was it bang or a bust? Was it Total Bella or a 6 sided ring? Well, things got off to a shaky start thanks to the inadvertent concussion to Enzo Amore. As for the rest of the show? It had its good and bad moments, we’ll say that much.

  2. News

    In this week’s news we looked at WWE’s release of a number of reasonably high profile members of the roster and, er, a few not so high profile. Amongst those on their way out: Wade Barrett, Hornswoggle, Alex Riley, Cameron, Santino Marella, El Torito, Damian Sandow and Zeb Colter.

  3. Overrated or Underrated – Wade Barrett

    Seeing as he’s likely not to show up on our screens again any time soon (see above in the news), we had to decide whether Wade Barrett is an overrated or underrated superstar. I think it goes without saying, bearing in mind how badly he was booked, which side of the fence we fell on.

  4. This week’s NXT

    Old Man Joey has kept up with goings on in the world of NXT, so he provides an update on this week’s episode. The arrival of Eric Young could shake things up a little in NXT land. It should be interesting to see how he does.

  5. Camp WWE – Episode 01

    So what did we think of the first episode of Camp WWE? Was it a whole lot of “Whooo!” or was it a massive letdown? If a show which portrays Ric Flair having sex with a bear, Vince McMahon as the OTT owner of a summer camp, and Sgt Slaughter as a bringer of destruction, then this might very well be the show for you.

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