Mat Men is a weekly pro wrestling Podcast that discusses news and speculation. Hosted by Andrew Zarian, Rich Stambolian. They are passionate about pro wrestling and about presenting their love for the product in a mature and well worded way with a big dose of laughter and goofing off. Wrestling fans unite and let cooler heads prevail while these boys regale you with their take on the squared circle.
Mat Men - Nick Hausman Interview
On this special episode of Mat Men, Nick Hausman of Haus of Wrestling joins Andrew to talk about his career covering pro wrestling. They discuss his interactions with CM Punk and other wrestling personalities over the years. Andrew and Nick also talk about how wrestling journalism has changed over the years and Nick's routine for covering stories daily. Plus, Nick shares his thoughts on CM Punk's return to WWE and the possibility of a big WrestleMania dream match featuring Punk.
02/12/2023 • 41 minutes 20 seconds
Mat Men Ep. 480 - AEW Full Gear Preview and More!
It's Full Gear week, and there's a lot of news to talk about, including Tony Khan's announcement of a new signing that will be revealed at Full Gear. The guys speculate who it might be based on who is available, and they also run down the card and pick the winners and what matches they're looking forward to the most. They also talk about AEW Dynamite, including the promo that Adam Page cut on Swerve Strickland and the wild street fight main event. Plus, they'll have WWE highlights as they build to Survivor Series, WWE's Big Twelve Partnership, AEW's new tournament, your questions, and more!
18/11/2023 • 1 hour 22 minutes 15 seconds
Mat Men Ep. 479 - AEW’s “Devil Mystery” and WWE Crown Jewel Fallout
This week, they discuss WWE's new TV deal with the CW Network, and what it means for the future of NXT. They also talk about the NWA's questionable angle on their PPV, and whether it might have cost them a deal with the CW. They also break down WWE Crown Jewel’s best moments, and what they think WWE should do with Roman Reigns going forward. Plus, they discuss AEW Dynamite, Vince McMahon selling some stock, the build to Survivor Series, and your questions!
10/11/2023 • 1 hour 3 minutes 22 seconds
Mat Men Ep. 478 - AEW Stacks Collision, WWE builds to Crown Jewel and More
They review this week's AEW Dynamite, specifically discussing the title picture and all the different opponents they are setting up for MJF. They also review SmackDown and talk about the rise of LA Knight and if he has a chance against Roman Reigns at Crown Jewel. WWE announced another international pay-per-view, this time in Berlin, Germany, and there is a rumor about Paris hosting Backlash. The guys discuss how this will be the new normal for WWE. Plus, Ronda Rousey wrestles, AEW's December PPV, Andrew hates Star Wars, your questions, and more!
28/10/2023 • 1 hour 14 minutes 26 seconds
Mat Men - Billy Corgan talks NWA Samhain and More!
Billy Corgan joins Andrew and Rich to talk about NWA's latest pay-per-view, Samhain. They discuss the card and which matches to look out for.
Corgan also talks about how this card is more of a hardcore show and what he envisions for the NWA going forward.
They also talk about a TV deal that will be announced soon, and Corgan gives his thoughts on CM Punk and whether he would ever bring him into the NWA.
All this and more!
20/10/2023 • 45 minutes 46 seconds
Mat Men Ep. 477 - Sting’s Last Match, MJF’s Next Challenger, and More
Rich and Andrew are back with another episode of the Mat Men podcast, talking all the latest in the world of professional wrestling!
The guys run down all the news from the past couple of weeks, including:
Vince McMahon is no longer part of creative.
Nick Aldis is an on-screen authority figure on SmackDown.
A new TV show for NWA.
They also discuss WWE's decision to not bring back CM Punk, and if that story should be believed.
This week's Dynamite saw Sting announce his last match, and more challengers emerged for MJF!
Plus, WWE TV highlights, Vince McMahon documentary, The Iron Claw trailer, your questions, and more!
20/10/2023 • 52 minutes 1 second
Mat Men Ep. 476 - Is CM Punk Returning to WWE? Adam Copeland is All Elite, and More
Right before airtime, the news broke that CM Punk is in negotiations to return to WWE! The guys talk about whether this is going to work out this time and who he might face if he does return. Adam Copeland (Edge in WWE) made his AEW debut at WrestleDream this past weekend, and the guys give their thoughts on him in AEW and what they expect from him. WWE is running FastLane this weekend, so the guys give predictions and discuss the highlights from the shows this week, including Raw and NXT loading up next Tuesday's show and going head-to-head with AEW. Plus, an update on AEW and Streaming, a review of WrestleDream, this week's Dynamite, your questions, and more!
06/10/2023 • 1 hour 16 minutes 17 seconds
Mat Men Ep. 475 - AEW’s Road to WrestleDream and More!
Jade Cargill signed with WWE this week, and the guys discuss what brand she'll end up on and what matchups they'd like to see. During the AEW WrestleDream media call, Tony Khan discussed the possibility of him actually buying New Japan, and Warner Bros Discovery having a stake in AEW. They discuss how likely any of this is. They break down this week's Dynamite, including the interesting ending with Jay White being attacked to end the show. Plus, a preview of both NXT No Mercy and AEW's WrestleDream pay-per-view, your questions, and more!
29/09/2023 • 1 hour 13 minutes 52 seconds
Mat Men Ep. 474 - WWE Cuts, AEW Recap, and More!
AEW ran their Grand Slam show for Dynamite and Rampage this week at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, New York, and the guys were there to take it all in. They run down the show, talk about their live experience, and everything else that happened. WWE made significant roster cuts on Thursday, including big names like Dolph Ziggler, Mustafa Ali, and others! The guys talk about whether these are it, or if there will be more now that Endeavor is in charge. Plus, a new television home for SmackDown next year, Elimination Chamber in Australia, your questions, and more!
22/09/2023 • 1 hour 9 minutes 46 seconds
Mat Men Ep. 473 - WWE & UFC Merge, AEW headed to NYC, and more!
The big story this week was the WWE and UFC merger finally going through. The guys talk about the ramifications of this, including whether there will be significant cuts and possible crossover between the two companies. They also discussed the controversy surrounding the turnstile number from All In that was announced this week. They talk about how much different it is from the announced paid attendance, and whether it's a big deal or not. AEW Grand Slam is this coming week, and the guys will be in attendance! They discuss the build to the show and what they're hoping to see. Andrew also talks about his confidence level in AEW's possible streaming and PPV schedule. Plus, Jade Cargill is possibly headed to WWE, Becky Lynch in NXT, your questions, and more!
15/09/2023 • 1 hour 6 minutes 32 seconds
Mat Men Ep. 472 - Life after CM Punk in AEW, WWE/UFC Merger is set!
In the wake of CM Punk's departure from AEW, the guys discuss how this will affect the company going forward. How will this change Collision and the overall presentation? And what's next for Punk? In WWE, Gunther defeated Chad Gable on Monday Night Raw to become the longest-reigning Intercontinental Champion. LA Knight is also set for a push, as WWE wants to sign him long-term. The guys discuss what's next for both of these guys. They also discuss highlights from this week's Dynamite, including the new program between Adam Page and Swerve Strickland, and Toni Storm's new character and how it's carrying the women's division. Plus, the WWE/ UFC Merger is close to happening, Sheik Adnan Al-Kaissie passes away, AEW could be on HBO Max soon, your questions, and more!
08/09/2023 • 49 minutes 57 seconds
Mat Men Ep. 471 - AEW ALL OUT, & CM Punk is Fired!
With the news coming out this weekend that CM Punk has been terminated from AEW the guys Break down the entire situation from what happened at ALL IN at Wembley up to Tony Khan addressing it Saturday at Collision. They also discuss Punk's future and if this is it for him in pro wrestling. Despite unfortunate news surrounding CM Punk, AEW had another big weekend with All Out in Chicago. They break down the card and talk about how great everything ended up being. The Hoss battle between Miro and Powerhouse Hobbs and the last-minute added Strap match between Bryan Danielson and Ricky Starks highlighted it!
04/09/2023 • 1 hour 24 minutes 20 seconds
Mat Men Ep. 670 - AEW ALL IN Preview, Predictions, and More!
On this episode, the guys talk about this weekend's AEW All In, live from Wembley Stadium in London. They give their predictions on the card and discuss the build versus the expectations fans have put on such a big show!
They also discuss Edge possibly leaving WWE and what it might mean if he were to sign with AEW.
Plus, viewer questions, and more!
25/08/2023 • 55 minutes 22 seconds
Mat Men Ep. 469 - Rest In Peace Terry Funk & Bray Wyatt
On back-to-back days, The wrestling world lost two legends with the passing of Terry Funk and Windham Rotunda also known as Bray Wyatt. Regarding Bray Wyatt, we discuss what we know about the events leading to his death and look back at some of the best moments from his career.
We also discussed Terry Funk and the Legacy he created on modern wrestling and some of his greatest moments as well! Our condolences go out to the friends, family, and fans of both men!
25/08/2023 • 30 minutes 25 seconds
Mat Men Ep. 468 - AEW’s build to All IN, Edge possibly done, and more!!!
Andrew and Rich are back on the Mat Men podcast to discuss the latest in professional wrestling.
Andrew starts by giving a life update, explaining why he was away for a couple of weeks.
They then discuss the recent controversy surrounding CM Punk and his role on the AEW Collision show.
They also talk about Edge's contract expiring after his match against Sheamus on Smackdown, and whether this could be his last match.
They then discuss Dynamite and the build to All IN next weekend.
Finally, they talk about WWE TV from this week, listener questions, and more.
18/08/2023 • 1 hour 10 minutes 49 seconds
Mat Men Ep. 467 - SummerSlam Fallout, AEW Builds to ALL IN!!!
Rich and MG Geek return to discuss the latest in professional wrestling. They discuss WWE SummerSlam, which took place this past weekend, and MG Geek talks about his experience attending the event live. They also share their thoughts on the Bloodline story and where it might be headed. AEW had another solid week of television, with both Dynamite and Collision setting up the upcoming ALL IN event. They discuss the current ALL IN card and speculate on what other matches might be added to the lineup. Other topics include the G1 semi-finals, the potential date for the finalization of the WWE/UFC merger, an update on Bray Wyatt, MG Geek dancing, and your questions.
11/08/2023 • 1 hour 4 minutes 50 seconds
Mat Men Ep. 466 - Summerslam Preview, and RVD “Walks” into AEW!!
This week, Rich is joined by producer MG Geek in place of Andrew, who is taking some time off. Together, they delve into the world of professional wrestling and discuss the latest happenings. AEW Collision ratings have gone up, thanks to CM Punk's reveal of the real-world title and the FTR vs. MJF and Adam Cole main event. They talk about what all of this could mean for ALL In. The discussion also covers this week's Dynamite, including the surprise victory of Hikaru Shida as the women's champion, another bloody Jon Moxley match, and RVD showing up to face Jack Perry. With SummerSlam coming up this weekend, the two break down the card and provide their predictions, as well as where everything is leading post-SummerSlam. Additionally, they touch on topics such as The Elite staying in AEW, and The Cody Documentary, and answer viewer questions.
04/08/2023 • 1 hour 9 minutes 26 seconds
Mat Men Ep. 465 - Judgement Day 'Dom-inates' WWE and more on AEW’s All Out!
With AEW’s All In show approaching, the guys react to the rumor of Chris Jericho possibly facing Will Osprey. Also, what the rest of the card might look like and why it's taking so long to build up the card. In WWE, Judgment Day has become a featured act on every show. The guys discuss their domination and how it has helped all the shows, including NXT. They also review AEW Dynamite, including thoughts on Adam Cole and MJF as a team. They question why The Elite was not on this week's show after winning Blood and Guts the week prior. Plus, G1 standings, SummerSlam build, Alien discussion, your questions, and more!
28/07/2023 • 1 hour 31 minutes 40 seconds
Mat Men Ep. 464 - AEW Adding more PPVs, Blood, and Guts is set for next week and more!
The guys give thoughts on the memo that came from AEW this week regarding banned and restricted moves in the ring. They also talk about Warner Bros Discovery and AEW in negotiations for a new TV deal and an expanded pay-per-view schedule. Will this be too much product? Also, a breakdown of AEW Dynamite, including the debut of Nick Wayne, and the reveal of the 5th team members for Blood and Guts on next week's Dynamite. Plus, highlights from Monday Night Raw, a preview of upcoming shows, your questions, and more!
14/07/2023 • 1 hour 4 minutes 15 seconds
Mat Men Ep. 463 - MiTB Fallout, Punk vs Joe, and WWE at MSG!
They break down all the fallout from WWE Money In The Bank, including the briefcase winners, The WrestleMania in London tease, and Roman Reigns getting pinned for the first time in three years. Andrew was in attendance for WWE SmackDown from Madison Square Garden on Friday night. While reviewing the show, he talks about his experience watching it live and the crowd's reaction to the bloodline segment. With Samoa Joe vs. CM Punk taking place on Collision Saturday night, they give a preview and discuss their history throughout the years. Plus, Dynamite review, AEW Collison ratings, tentative SummerSlam card, New Japan Strong notes, your questions, and more!
09/07/2023 • 1 hour 3 minutes 2 seconds
Mat Men Ep. 462 - AEW and NJPW open the Forbidden Door!
With AEW Forbidden Door on Sunday, we discuss the build to the show and give our predictions. This includes everything that happened on Dynamite, Rampage, and Collision this week leading to Sunday. We also run down WWE television this week, such as the changes to NXT with more big-named main roster stars appearing to help with ratings. Also, could Logan Paul win Money in The Bank? Plus, the “New Japan Strong” PPV in Japan, big ratings for the Bloodline, and a wacky Q and A session to end the show!
24/06/2023 • 1 hour 17 minutes 58 seconds
Mat Men Ep. 461 - AEW Collision Fallout and More!!!
The debut episode of AEW collision Took place Saturday night featuring CM Punk they break down the card and talk about CM Punk's interesting promo to start the night out. We also talked the ESPN article CM Punk did this week, and how it got blown out of proportion in the media. Also, what is the likely hood we get some iteration between him and the Elite in the Future? We also talk a bit about the Bloodline segment from Smackdown this week, where it looks like the Usos have split from Roman Reigns, and we will be getting a “Bloodline Civil War” match happening at Money in the Bank. Plus, WWE TV rights update, personnel changes in AEW, a special appearance from “French Tony Khan”, your questions, and more!
19/06/2023 • 1 hour 8 minutes 14 seconds
Mat Men Ep. 460 - Forbidden Door Gets Dream matches, and WWE gets a new WWE Universal Title!
We paid tribute to the late Iron Sheik talking about his life and career, including his run with the title and his contributions in starting Hulkamania. Also, his pop culture influences after wrestling. The main event of the debut episode of AEW Collision was announced with FTR and CM Punk taking on Samoa Joe and Bullet Club Gold. We talk about how well this will do and what programs will come out of it. Two big matches were made for Forbidden Door this week, including Okada vs. Bryan Danielson and Kenny Omega taking on Will Osprey. Not only do we discuss these matches, but we fantasy book what else we want to see on Forbidden Door this year. Plus, Dynamite review, what happened on Raw this week, the new WWE Universal Title, your questions, and more!
10/06/2023 • 44 minutes 55 seconds
Mat Men Ep. 459 - CM Punk is Back in AEW! Plus, NOC and DON Fallout!
Andrew and Rich are back for another episode of The Man Men Podcast discussing all the latest in professional wrestling! CM Punk was officially announced for the AEW Collision debut episode on June 17th. We Talk about what it means for that show and what are the expectations when it comes to viewership. Both AEW and WWE ran big shows this week, we break down Night of Champions and the big Bloodline angle. Then we talk about Double or Nothing what we liked and what we didn't, including the overuse of gimmicks. Plus, a new WWE title, Roman’s summer schedule, a jammed packed Rampage, your questions, and More!
03/06/2023 • 1 hour 19 minutes 57 seconds
Mat Men Ep. 458 - Night of Champions & Double or Nothing This Weekend!!!
Andrew and Rich are back for another episode of the Mat Men Podcast, discussing a big Holiday weekend in professional wrestling!
Both WWE and AEW are running major shows this weekend with WWE running 'Night of Champions', we run through the card and give our thoughts on what will happen and just how much longer Roman Reigns might be champion.
We also run through the AEW 'Double or Nothing' card and discuss the top matches including, the Four Pillars main event not being as hot as it should be.
Plus, notes on AEW Collision, Mercedes Monet was injured, WWE building younger stars, your questions, and more!
28/05/2023 • 1 hour 30 minutes 42 seconds
Mat Men Ep. 457 - AEW Collision is now set, but where is CM Punk?
Andrew and Rich return for another episode of The Mat Men Podcast, discussing all the latest in professional wrestling!
This week's big news is the announcement of AEW Collision, which will premiere in a few weeks on Saturday nights. We discuss the announcement and the advertised talent for the show.
Although CM Punk was thought to be part of AEW Collision, there have been some complications that may have led to his removal from the card. We discuss the latest on this, including what we have heard about a possible roster split.
WWE is building to Night of Champions, and we talk about the latest WWE television and run through the current card.
Plus, we remember the late Superstar Billy Graham, WWE's return to India, New Japan Resurgence, your questions, and more!
19/05/2023 • 1 hour 6 minutes 37 seconds
Mat Men Ep. 456 - AEW Wembley Stadium Stunner, Plus WWE Draft Fallout and Backlash Preview!
Tickets went on sale for AEW All In At Wembley Stadium in London, and the early numbers coming back are leading to some records for a non-WWE event. WWE held their draft this past week, we talk about the new rosters and discuss who might do well on their new brand. Backlash is this Saturday, we run through the card and wonder if Bad Bunny vs Damian Priest might actually main event, being they are in Puerto Rico! On AEW Dynamite this week, the main event was set for Double or Nothing, but will that be the big draw for the show? Plus, Changes to AEW programming, WWE financials, your questions, and a special appearance by everyone's friend 'French Tony Khan'!
05/05/2023 • 1 hour 12 minutes 23 seconds
Mat Men Ep. 455 - WWE Draft, A New Title, AEW builds to Double or Nothing, and more!
Andrew and Rich are back for another episode of Mat Men podcast, discussing all the latest pro wrestling news! The WWE Draft starts this week, and we discuss who should go where and how they are handling Roman Reigns, his title, and the new World Heavyweight championship. We break down this week's AEW Dynamite, and Andrew explains why he is not a fan of this “four pillars” program at the top of the card. Plus, the latest lawsuit against the WWE, CM Punk's appearance at Raw, more on the new show, your questions, and more!
28/04/2023 • 1 hour 25 minutes 55 seconds
Mat Men Ep. 454 - AEW is set for Collision and more!
We have more on the potential return of CM Punk to AEW and the new TV show. Andrew discusses what he heard this week regarding the new show and possibly starting at the United Center in Chicago. Also, there has been some talk that Warner Media would be interested in some WWE programming. The guys talk about if that would be a good fit or not. They also discuss why Roman Reigns having a 1000-day title reign is significant to the WWE when it comes to modernizing the record books. Plus, WWE and AEW TV reviews, Mercedes Mone’s Japan run, Goldberg’s last run, your questions, and more!
21/04/2023 • 1 hour 20 minutes 5 seconds
Mat Men Ep. 453 - The Summer of Punk IV and WWE Builds to Backlash
The big story this week is the rumors of a plan to bring back CM Punk to AEW. Andrew goes into detail as to what he's heard and how real this is. A lot of this is centered around a new show that looks to be starting this summer and would likely feature Punk exclusively. Also, how do other parties like the Elite and others feel about him returning?
15/04/2023 • 1 hour 26 minutes 41 seconds
Mat Men Ep. 452 - Wrestlemania Fallout, WWE Sold to Endeavor, Jay White to AEW, and More!
Andrew and Rich are back with another jam-packed episode of Mat Men Podcast discussing all the latest in pro wrestling, including the fallout from WrestleMania and more!
Even though WrestleMania was this past week, the biggest story might have been the sale of WWE to Endeavor. We have thoughts, including what a sale means going forward and who this benefits the most.
Also, Vince McMahon appears to be fully back in charge. We talk about how that affects the current talent and potential free agents.
We run down the best highlights from WrestleMania, Including fallout from the main event of Sunday night with Roman Reigns defeating Cody Rhodes.
AEW Dynamite saw the official debut of Jay White, a musical number by MJF, and Assault with a Screwdriver by Bryan Danielson. We break it all down!
Plus, AEW goes to Wembley Stadium, Vince's mustache, your questions, and more!
07/04/2023 • 1 hour 35 minutes 59 seconds
Mat Men Ep. 451 - Wrestlemania Preview, CM Punk Returning? ROH and More!
It is WrestleMania weekend, and we run down all the shows, including both nights of WrestleMania. Does Cody Rhodes take the title from Roman Reigns on Sunday? Will the Usos vs. Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens be the Main Event of Night One? We discuss all of this and the rest of the card from WrestleMania.
01/04/2023 • 1 hour 37 minutes 23 seconds
Billy Corgan Interview
Andrew and Rich are back for a very special episode of Mat Men where they are joined by Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins fame and the owner of the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA). Who was kind to join us on his birthday to talk about the upcoming NWA 312 PPV and more.
They talk about his earliest influences in pro wrestling and what lead to him wanting to get into the wrestling business. We also discuss his experience as a successful musician and how that helps when it comes to dealing with different aspects of the business, including talent and production.
Billy talks about his overall thoughts on the wrestling business today and why it likely has yet to peak. He shares his philosophy on the modern NWA and how it differs from the nostalgic era that most of us remember. Plus, the importance of mental health in the business and his approach when it comes to dealing with talent.
Finally, we talk about NWA 312 happening on April 7th in Highland Park, Illinois, where some of th
17/03/2023 • 34 minutes 27 seconds
Mat Men Ep. 450 - AEW Revolution Fallout, Jey Uso makes his choice, and More!
The guys give their thoughts on AEW Revolution including the Iron Man match and who might be next to face MJF. On Dynamite, Bryan Danielson hinted at taking time off, and Jade Cargill challenged a Canadian, we give our thoughts. WWE continues the build to WrestleMania, we discuss all the new matches that were made and the appearance of John Cena. Also, the Bloodline story made a big advancement this week with Jey Uso choosing his side. Plus, WWE wants to get into the gambling business, a possible new AEW TV show, WWE announces new stadium shows, your questions, and more!
12/03/2023 • 1 hour 26 minutes 6 seconds
Mat Men Ep. 449 - AEW Revolution Preview, WrestleMania Build Up, and More!
Andrew and Rich are back with another episode of The Mat Men Podcast discussing all the latest in the world of professional wrestling!
AEW Revolution is this weekend, the guys take a look at the card and discuss the build coming out of this week's Dynamite and Rampage shows.
We also run down this week's television in WWE as the build to WrestleMania picks up. Including rumors that Vince McMahon might be influencing creative, and what the tentative WrestleMania card currently looks like!
Plus, AEW’s new reality show, Brock Lesnar's future, Mercedes Mone's upcoming appearances, your questions, and more!
04/03/2023 • 1 hour 30 minutes 32 seconds
Mat Men Ep. 448 Elimination Chamber Preview, AEW TV, NJPW
The guys have thoughts on the passing of Jerry Jarrett and his importance to the wrestling business, and his contributions to what modern wrestling looks like. Elimination Chamber is Saturday, we break down the card and discuss all the possible scenarios for the Sami Zayn vs. Roman Reigns match. AEW Revolution is two weeks away, and we wonder if the build has been a bit slow. We talk about why this might be and give thoughts on this week's Dynamite. Plus, NJPW Battle in the Valley preview, ROH TV is starting soon, your questions, and more!
17/02/2023 • 42 minutes 25 seconds
Mat Men Ep. 447 - Cody’s Roads to WrestleMania, AEW Revolution Main Event
On WWE Raw this week, Paul Heyman and Cody Rhodes had an all-time promo exchange, setting up the main event of WrestleMania. The question is did it work, and will people get behind Cody despite the popularity of Sami Zayn? On AEW Dynamite this week Bryan Danielson defeated Rush in one of the best TV matches so far this year, and now will face MJF at AEW Revolution. Speaking of MJF he told a very controversial story that apparently warranted police calls, and The Gunn Club are the new Tag Team Champions despite the displeasure of the crowd. Plus, NXT pays homage to the past, Jerry Lawler’s health scare, SummerSlam coming to Detroit, your questions, and more!
10/02/2023 • 53 minutes 57 seconds
Mat Men Ep. 446 - Sami Zayn fights Roman Reigns, Royal Rumble Fallout
We talk about all the fallout from the Royal Rumble including the main event angle between Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens, and the Bloodline. How will this affect the main event at Wrestlemania. Smackdown sees the setup of the main event for Elimination Chamber as Sami Zayn will now face Roman Reigns. We discuss if this is the hottest angle in pro wrestling and where it ranks with other classic storylines. On AEW Dynamite this week, Samoa Joe won back the TNT title from Darby Allin and the Bryan Danielson and MJF program is heating up. We discuss the show and wonder what's next for Konosuke Takeshita as he is facing MJF next week. Also, Andrew has an interesting gimmick change for Brian Cage if he ever goes to WWE. Plus, the passing of Leaping Lanny Poffo, Koda Ibushi is a free agent, NXT Vengeance Day preview, and we answer your questions!
04/02/2023 • 1 hour 19 minutes 21 seconds
Mat Men Ep. 445 - AEW Honors Jay Briscoe, WWE Royal Rumble preview
Andrew and Rich are back for an exciting Royal Rumble go-home edition of The Mat Men Podcast!
AEW was allowed to do a proper tribute to a Briscoe after Warner Brothers Discovery reversed course and allowed the tribute after a tremendous backlash from fans. We discuss this and everything else from this week’s Dynamite.
We talked about the 30th anniversary of Monday Night Raw, including the fantastic Bloodline segment that opened the show. We also realized Hulk Hogan got old!
Royal Rumble is Saturday we take a look at the card and discuss the favorites and possibly who might show up.
Plus, more lawsuits against Vince Mcmahon, Steve Austin Wrestlemania Pitches, your questions, and more!
27/01/2023 • 1 hour 16 minutes 15 seconds
Mat Men Ep. 444 - Jay Briscoe’s Tragic Passing, The Rock Wrestlemania Update
This week tragedy struck the wrestling world with the untimely death of Jamin Pugh also known as Jay Briscoe. We pay our respects and give the latest on his family. Also, Warner Brothers Discovery reportedly blocked a full-blown tribute on Dynamite this week. We discussed if that was necessary. Reports have surfaced that The Rock is saying he is not going to be in “ring shape” by WrestleMania to have a main event match with Roman Reigns. We discussed if this is legit or maybe just smoke and mirrors. We have the latest on Vince McMahon, including repealing bylaws to the board of directors, The Rita Chatterton settlement, and Nick Khan’s interview with Bill Simmons. Plus, WWE is getting ready for the Royal Rumble, AEW Dynamite review, Andrew’s Powerslap rant, your questions, and more!
20/01/2023 • 1 hour 28 minutes 6 seconds
Mat Men Ep. 443 - AEW Dynamite in L.A Steph Quits, WWE Sale
In the wake of Vince McMahon returning to WWE’s Board of directors as the chairman, there have been many rumors of a potential sale. This included one that said that they had already been sold to the Saudis which sent the internet into a panic. We get into the particulars of what we know about a sale and also Stephanie McMahon resigning in the wake of all this! AEW had an all-time great Dynamite in Los Angeles on Wednesday in which we now have new trios champions in the Elite, and MJF cut promos on celebrities. Also, there was no Mercedes Mone`but could she still show up on AEW Television down the road? Plus, ROH’s next pay-per-view, New Japan’s Battle in the Valley update, your questions, and more!
13/01/2023 • 1 hour 26 minutes 36 seconds
The Mat Men 3rd annual year-end awards for 2022
On this Mat Men Podcast special we present the Third Annual Year End Mat Men Awards! Andrew and Rich along with producer MG Geek run down all the winners of the “Golden Potato” which was comprised of a fan ballot that we have been compiling over the last month. In addition to handing out the awards, we reflect on 2022 and talk about how the nominees that we thought would do well and didn’t.
Plus, who carries this success into 2023?
12/01/2023 • 58 minutes 49 seconds
Mat Men Ep. 442 - Vince McMahon is Back! NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 17
Vince McMahon has forcibly returned to the WWE. He has appointed himself executive chairman and added his own board members. We break this down and take your questions while getting new information live. New Japan put on Wrestle Kingdom 17 which saw the debut of Mercedes Mone, formerly Sasha Banks, Kenny Omega, and Will Osprey put on an all-time classic! Plus, AEW Dynamite review, WWE is doing Money in the Bank in the UK, John Cena boosts Smackdown ratings, your questions, and more!
06/01/2023 • 1 hour 28 minutes 1 second
Mat Men Ep. 441 - 2023 Pro Wrestling Predictions
Andrew and Rich are back for another special episode of Mat Men where we take a look at our 2022 predictions and make some bold predictions for 2023!
Producer MG Geek takes us through all our predictions from 2022, what we got right but mostly got wrong.
We give our predictions for 2023 and discuss all the predictions from the Mat Men family and viewer-submitted ones as well!
31/12/2022 • 27 minutes 22 seconds
Mat Men Ep. 439 - The Best Wrestling of 2022
On this special Year-end edition of Mat Men, Andrew and Rich take a look at some of the best things in wrestling from 2022. We discuss some of the best matches of the year including Cody vs Seth Rollins, FTR vs the Briscoes, and more! Also, who was the top performer of the year? Men’s and women's wrestlers of the year and the best tag team we give our thoughts!
31/12/2022 • 25 minutes 21 seconds
Mat Men Ep. 440 - The Worst Wrestling of 2022
On this special year-end edition of Mat Men, Andrew and Rich discuss what were some of the worst things that happened during 2022.
We discuss, Vince McMahon stepping down from WWE after accusations of inappropriate behavior, CM Punk going nuts in a media scrum, Cody leaving AEW, and much more.
Plus, we take a look at some of the things that didn't happen and who we lost this year!
31/12/2022 • 26 minutes 50 seconds
Mat Men Ep. 438 - Joe Dominates, WWE Signs Dragon Lee, And a Plea For Punk
On the final podcast of 2022, this week Dax Harwood made a plea to bring back CM Punk! We talked about the scenarios that need to happen for this to be possible and what's the likelihood that it does actually happen. After winning the Triple-A tag Team titles Dragon Lee announced he was headed to WWE and will report to NXT starting in January. Andrew explains that this is the beginning of NXT's new approach to talent development and also who might be next to come over. AEW put on a strong Dynamite this week, including match number 6 between Death Triangle and the Elite, and Samoa Joe gives Wardlow a haircut, we break it all down. Plus, Tony Khan Talks ROH, Tyson Fury is possibly not able to do WrestleMania, and could AEW add another hour of TV?
30/12/2022 • 1 hour 24 minutes 38 seconds
Mat Men Ep. 437 - A Colossal Return to WWE, Plus AEW Women's Title Match steals the show
Andrew and Rich are back with Another episode of the Mat Men Podcast discussing all the latest in professional wrestling from the past week!
Tony Khan is planning to revamp the look and feel of AEW television starting at the first of the year we discuss what that might look like and why they might feel a need to change it up.
Bronson Reed formerly known as Jonah made his return to WWE this week on Monday Night Raw. We discuss how this came about, and how long they wanted to bring him back!
AEW had a big Dynamite this week with the highlight being the women's title match that stole the show!
Plus, the latest on Sasha Banks, NXT gets nostalgic, WWE has big shows planned next week, your questions, and more!
23/12/2022 • 1 hour 15 minutes 26 seconds
Mat Men Ep. 436 - Mandy Rose Released, Vince Wants Back In
Andrew and Rich react to the latest Wall Street Journal regarding Vince McMahon including new allegations and his desire to return to the WWE. Mandy Rose was released this week after she dropped the title the night before, due to content she was putting out on her personal fan site. We talk about if this was the right decision and how it differs from previous content WWE has produced in the past. ROH ran Final Battle this past weekend we react to the best matches including FTR vs. The Briscoes and Jericho losing to Claudio via a Giant swing. Plus, the latest Sasha Banks news, Raw highlights, a look at the current Wrestle Kingdom 17 card, your questions, and more!
16/12/2022 • 1 hour 9 minutes 57 seconds
Mat Men Ep. 435 - Regal bids Farewell, Sasha Banks in NJPW, and ROH takeover the Weekend!
WWE is contemplating having Roman Reigns wrestle on both nights of Wrestlemania does he through Mania with both titles? We discuss what we would like to happen!
We talk about William Regal being done with AEW and Tony Khan explaining the details in a media call this week on how his family issues helped him come to terms with Regal's contract.
Sasha Banks is rumored to appear at Wrestle Kingdom on January 4th. How real is this and is it leading to her being Saraya’s mystery partner at the Los Angeles show?
Plus, AEW Dynamite review, previews of ROH, and NXT pay-per-views!
09/12/2022 • 1 hour 4 minutes 50 seconds
Mat Men Ep. 434 - WWE WarGames! The Bloodline Dominates!
WWE Survivor Series WarGames was last night, we run through the card and break down the highlights. The big story was Sami Zayn solidifying his stance with the Bloodline by turning on Kevin Owens. The women's match was filled with high spots for good reason and we have a new United States Champion! We run through all the highlights from AEW this past week including Jon Moxley's promo on William Regal, Chris Jericho defending his title against Tomohiro Ishii on Dynamite, and Preston Vance turning on the Dark Order on Rampage. Plus, CM Punk is not being released, Logan Paul's injury timeline, your questions, and more!
27/11/2022 • 1 hour 18 minutes 14 seconds
Mat Men Pro Wrestling Podcast Ep. 433 - Full Gear Fallout!
Andrew and Rich are back for a special Sunday episode of the Mat Men podcast breaking down all the things that happened from the AEW Full Gear pay-per-view.
We have a new AEW world champion in MJF and William Regal turned on Moxley to help MJF win. We talk about the match and who will be the guy to win the title next.
The Elite returned to face the Death triangle for the trios' title, and it was later announced a best-of-seven series between these two teams. We discuss what they can do to make all the matches interesting.
Plus, a New women’s champion, Saraya’s in-ring return after five years, Sting and Jeff Jarrett wrestle in 2022, and more!
20/11/2022 • 1 hour 1 minute 42 seconds
A look at the Wrestling Observer Hall Of Fame candidates 2022 With Matt Ryan
Special Mat Men Contributor Matt Ryan from Catalyst Wrestling takes a look at this year's Wrestling Observer Hall Of Fame and gives his picks for who should get in.
19/11/2022 • 15 minutes 32 seconds
Mat Men Ep. 432 - Crown Jewel Fallout, AEW Builds To Full Gear
WWE Crown Jewel last week, we talked about the fallout from the show which included several mentions of New Japan and Bullet Club References. We also give Logan Paul his flowers and discuss what his ceiling is if he were to commit full-time to wrestling. We go into Dynamite from Wednesday including the announcement of the in-ring return of Saraya, MJF’s radio appearance, and The Elite returning possibly at Full Gear. Also, Andrew explains his odd perversion for all things Jeff Jarrett! Plus, Shibata wrestled on Rampage, Sasha Banks teases something big, and more!
11/11/2022 • 1 hour 13 minutes 13 seconds
Mat Men Ep. 431 - MJF Challenges at Full Gear, Bray Wyatt Promo, and More!
Andrew and Rich are back with another episode of Mat Men on a special Wednesday Edition following a big night of wrestling.
AEW Dynamite was moved to Tuesday due to the MLB playoffs and saw MJF cut one of the best promos ever and challenge Jon Moxley at Full Gear. We discuss and give our thoughts on the show.
The end of Dynamite saw what appeared to be a pretty bad injury to Hangman Adam Page during the main event. We provide an update on the latest regarding his injury and wonder what the ending was supposed to be.
Bray Wyatt made his return on Smackdown, we discuss his promo and speculate what this new character arch might be.
Plus, the latest on ROH TV, a new AEW Reality show, The Rock as a possible WWE executive, and changes to WWE’s PLE schedule!
All this and more!
19/10/2022 • 1 hour 1 minute 57 seconds
Mat Men Ep. 430 - Bray Wyatt’s Grand Entrance, and a new Champion in AEW!
Extreme Rules was last weekend. We discuss the card and, of course, the return of Bray Wyatt at the end of the show. What form will his character take this time and is the Wyatt 6 faction happening? Rich shows excitement for Gallows and Anderson returning to WWE on this week's Monday Night Raw and wonders if this might lead to some sort of working agreement with New Japan. Also on Raw, Bloodline made an appearance, and Roman Reigns continues to be the best act in WWE. Sami Zayn is probably the most over he’s ever been with this "Honorary Uce" role. We ponder if this might lead to a "Daniel Bryan" style organic push for him. AEW Dynamite saw Orange Cassidy win his first singles title in the company, and Chris Jericho retained the ROH title over Bryan Danielson. We give praise to Adam Page’s strong promo ahead of next week’s World Title Match against Jon Moxley and Renne Paquette's debut as an interviewer. Plus, Ariel Helwani complains about interviewing Tony Khan, NXT viewership rises,
14/10/2022 • 1 hour 16 minutes 30 seconds
Mat Men Ep. 429 - Ring Of Honor Is Jericho! Who Is The White Rabbit?
The big story on everyone's mind this week is the WWE White Rabbit promotion. Who is the white rabbit? Is it Bray Wyatt? Or possibly someone or something else? We break it down and discuss the possibilities! This week on Raw and SmackDown, WWE continues to build towards Extreme Rules. We take a look at the card and the storylines taking place leading up to it. On AEW this week, Chris Jericho defended the Ring of Honor championship against Bandido and declared Ring of Honor his division now. We speculate on what matches we might get with a Chris Jericho title run in Ring of Honor. Plus, a PSA about false reporting in wrestling media, AEW contracts, your questions, and more!
30/09/2022 • 1 hour 19 minutes 12 seconds
Mat Men Ep. 428 - AEW Grand Slam a Hit! Title Changes, and Surprises!
AEW ran this week’s Dynamite and Rampage Grand Slam shows in our backyard this week, and we were able to attend and give a first-hand perspective of our experience as we broke down the show. Jon Moxley is now a three-time AEW champion after defeating Bryan Danielson. We give our thoughts on that match and the debut of Saraya (FKA Paige). Chris Jericho wins the ROH championship from Claudio Castagnoli. What does this mean for the ROH brand and is a TV deal imminent? Plus, Solo Sikoa was stripped of the North American Title on NXT. What does this mean for him on the main roster, and is NXT starting to get better?
23/09/2022 • 1 hour 36 minutes 19 seconds
Mat Men Ep. 427 - AEW Grand Slam Preview, WWE Goes To War
WWE had some pretty big announcements this week, with Survivor Series now featuring War Games and the Crown Jewel main event featuring Roman Reigns and Logan Paul. We get into that and talk a little bit about Monday Night Raw with the Fight Pit returning and what this White Rabbit stuff is. AEW Grand Slam will take place at Arthur Ashe Stadium in our backyard. We break down the card and talk about what matches we are looking forward to the most and provide you with a local perspective if you plan on going yourself. Also, an extended Q&A session including bonus content featuring what's the favorite gangster movie of all time.
20/09/2022 • 1 hour 34 minutes 48 seconds
Mat Men Ep. 426 - AEW Suspends Top Stars, Plus WWE Has a Blast in The UK
The big story of the week wasn't even in the ring; it was the CM Punk meltdown at the media scrum and the subsequent brawl that took place after with the Young Bucks and Kenny Omega. We break the entire thing down and give our thoughts on what should happen to CM Punk now.
We also run down the card from Sunday's AEW All Out pay-per-view and give our thoughts on the best matches, one of which might have been on the Zero Hour pre-show! We go over the card and share our thoughts. Plus, changes to WWE leadership, highlights from Monday Night Raw, and your questions.
09/09/2022 • 1 hour 14 minutes 35 seconds
Mat Men Ep. 425 - AEW All Out, WWE Clash at The Castle Preview
WWE is running "Clash at the Castle" this weekend in Cardiff, Wales. We go through the card and break down some of the rumors, speculating on returns like Braun Strowman and Bray Wyatt. We do a full AEW Dynamite review and how it pertains to All Out this weekend, and Andrew gushes over W Morrisey. Speaking of ALL OUT, we preview the card and give our predictions and compare how well this card will do to other AEW PPVs.
02/09/2022 • 1 hour 34 minutes 48 seconds
Mat Men Ep. 424 - Mox Beats Punk for the title, Gargano’s WWE return
On Wednesday, Jon Moxley defeated CM Punk in a shockingly quick match on AEW Dynamite Wednesday. We break down what happened and discuss the plans going forward! WWE TV continues to give us more surprises, with Johnny Gargano showing up on Monday Night Raw this week. Who may we see next? AEW All Out is shaping up, including changes to the women's title match as Thunder Rosa is injured and unable to defend. Also, we look at the trio's tournament, with the United Empire winning a fantastic main event this week. Plus, AEW’s talent meeting, NXT building to The Worlds Collide PLE, your questions, and more!
26/08/2022 • 1 hour 20 minutes 18 seconds
Mat Men Ep. 423 - Kenny Is Back, CM Punk Shoots, and Huge Changes In NXT
The big story of the week was CM Punk's impromptu promo on Adam Page on Dynamite this week. We go into whether or not it was a job or a shoot and if it's leading anywhere. We also break down the cards from this week's AEW Dynamite, including the return of Kenny Omega and if he's really that banged-up still or if it's playing into the storyline. Also featured is a fantastic match between Bryan Danielson and Danial Garcia, as well as a promo exchange between CM Punk and Jon Moxley. We discuss WWE shutting down NXT UK and announcing a rebranding to NXT Europe in 2023. The majority of their brand-signed talent was released. We talk about how this would affect the developmental program going forward and why the change. Plus, WWE earnings, highlights from WWE TV, New Japan news, your questions, and more!
19/08/2022 • 1 hour 18 minutes 32 seconds
Mat Men Ep. 422 - CM Punk Tops A Big Week Of Returns
With the regime change in WWE, there are a lot of returns that happened this past week, including Karrion Kross on SmackDown and Dexter Lumis on WWE Raw. What does this mean and will there be more returns in the near future? More Vince McMahon's hush money payouts were discovered this week, and it looks like Kevin Dunn will be sticking around for a while. AEW did their "Quake by The Lake" edition of Dynamite, including the return of CM Punk and the possible tease of Kenny Omega coming back. Andrew also explains why he's been down on AEW TV over the past couple of weeks and what they need to do going forward, heading into the fall and a TV rights deal.
12/08/2022 • 1 hour 23 minutes 43 seconds
Mat Men Ep. 421 - WWE Embraces Change, And The Build To All Out
We talk about the fallout from WWE SummerSlam, some of the highlights, and, of course, the big main event between Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns. Things look much different and there seems to be a certain amount of excitement around the product now that Triple H is in charge of creative in the WWE. This was evident on WWE Raw this week, where we saw an emphasis on new characters, fresh matches, and a looser presentation. Ric Flair had his last match last weekend and despite it being a rough watch at times, the card overall was pretty good. We give our thoughts. Plus, we review AEW Dynamite and look ahead to the upcoming shows happening over the next couple of weeks. Including Moxley vs Jericho at next week’s Quake at the Lake special.
05/08/2022 • 1 hour 40 minutes 8 seconds
Mat Men Ep. 420 - WWE After Vince McMahon, Summerslam Preview
Now that Vince McMahon has retired, there was a lot of fallout this week, including Triple H being named head of creative, and WWE rewriting financial statements to account for Vince’s Hush money payments.
We run down the card for this weekend's WWE Summerslam, and give our predictions. We also speculate on what major events might occur now that HHH has booked the show. Ring of Honor: Death Before Dishonor was last weekend. Claudio Castagnoli won the championship defeating Jonathan Gresham, who asked for his release after the show. We discuss the fallout and what it means for Gresham going forward. AEW Dynamite focused a lot on getting younger talent over, including Jungle Boy and Ricky Starks both giving career-altering promos. We also look at the possibility of guys wanting to go back to WWE now that leadership has changed. Plus, we break down the card for Ric Flair’s last match, AEW Trios titles, your questions, and more!
29/07/2022 • 1 hour 28 minutes 44 seconds
Mat Men Ep. 419 - WWE CEO Vince McMahon Announces Retirement
On this special Mat Men Podcast, the guys react to the breaking news of WWE CEO Vince McMahon retiring. They take a look at the order of events that happened Friday afternoon when he announced his retirement. Brock Lesnar reportedly initially walking out of SmackDown, Stephanie McMahon, and Nick Khan being named co-CEO, and what talent was told. They also discuss if this was a forced retirement and what the long-term effect on the business model will be without Vince McMahon in power. Could this also lead to other long-time employees like Kevin Dunn or Bruce Pritchard leaving as well? Then in an extended Q&A, they answer listener questions regarding all of this!
24/07/2022 • 57 minutes 52 seconds
Mat Men Ep. 418 - Barbed Wired Fiasco, WWE TV-14, ROH, and More!
Andrew found himself mired in a mess this week, regarding USA Network changing the Monday Night Raw TV rating to TV-14, he goes into detail on what he was told when and why it changed back to PG. In the middle of the recording, the news broke that HHH is back as EVP of Talent Relations for WWE. What does that mean for him and talent going forward? AEW Dynamite this week had one of the most bizarre endings in show history. We break down the show which had some good stuff but neither of us was a fan of the barbed wire match ending. Ring Of Honor Death Before Dishonor is this weekend we look at the card and give our predictions and favorites to win. Plus, Ric Flair's last match, and an update on the WWE SummerSlam card, your questions, and more!
22/07/2022 • 1 hour 23 minutes 41 seconds
Mat Men Ep. 417 - AEW Crowns New Champs, Road to SummerSlam, and More!
We follow up on the latest from the Vince McMahon hush money scandal and the comments from the Wall Street Journal, including the stigma of wrestling news in mainstream media and why the story isn't getting more publicity. Despite a lackluster week of WWE television, we discuss the major highlights and the build leading into SummerSlam. We take a look at the card as we know of now and speculate on what matches will be the best. AEW Dynamite saw a title change as Keith Lee and Swerve Strickland won the AEW Tag Team title. We run down the entire show and give our thoughts. Plus, news on Sasha Banks, Kota Ibushi, “All Out” returning to the Now Arena, your questions, and more!
14/07/2022 • 48 minutes 30 seconds
Mat Men Ep. 416 - WWE and AEW are Building the Next Generation of Stars!
Just at the time of recording the show, the news dropped from a new report from Wall Street Journal regarding the Vince McMahon story and new allegations. We try to break it down and give our thoughts on what this means going forward, including the possibility of Vince being removed altogether. Andrew and Rich discuss the fallout from Money In The Bank, including Austin Theory winning the briefcase, and Liv Morgan walking away with the SmackDown women's title. Will they give her a proper run? We also give some late thoughts on Forbidden Door pay-per-view and Blood and Guts from last week as Rich gushes over Claudio Castinogli. This week's, AEW Dynamite was another solid show, including, Wardlow winning the TNT title and being part of the next generation of stars in wrestling. Also, Moxley defended his title and Christian Cage is the new ‘hot’ heel.
08/07/2022 • 1 hour 14 minutes 58 seconds
Mat Men Ep. 415 - The Forbidden Door is Wide Open
We get into the latest on the Vince McMahon saga and the changes WWE has made including Stephanie being interim chairman, and John Laurinaitis out as talent relations. Matt Riddle faced Roman Reigns last week on Smackdown in a great match only to be beaten by Omos on Raw days later. Andrew shares his frustration on this. Also, Brock Lesnar is back and we are getting another Roman vs Brock Main Event, but do we really want to see it again? With Forbidden Door this Sunday we discuss the go-home AEW Dynamite show and run down the card for the Pay-Per-View. Including, Okada’s appearance and the ending segment that closed the show.
23/06/2022 • 51 minutes 55 seconds
Mat Men Ep. 414 - Vince McMahon Allegations, Is Sasha Banks Released by WWE, and much more!
On this edition of Mat Men Andrew and Rich are back to bring you the latest in pro wrestling. Including what might turn out to be the biggest story in a long time. Vince McMahon is being investigated by WWE’s board of directors for allegedly paying hush money to a former employee. What is the latest and what are the possible implications going forward? Reports are coming out that Sasha Banks has been released by WWE, although we don’t have any official confirmation, we discuss what’s next for Mercedes if this is true. We break down this week’s AEW Dynamite episode that featured a whole lot of Chris Jericho, haircuts, new alliances, and a heel turn we all saw coming. Also, we have thoughts on the Forbidden Door build as the card is starting to take shape.
16/06/2022 • 1 hour 13 minutes 13 seconds
Mat Men Ep. 413 - MJF Shoots, Double or Nothing Fallout
The big story of the week was the MJF saga that started with him not showing at AEW Fan Fest and ended with an all-time scathing promo on Dynamite. We discuss the latest, including how much was real and what was a “work?”
We discuss all the fallout from Double or Nothing including CM Punk winning the AEW world Title from Hangman Page, and the insanity that was the “Anarchy in Arena Match”. We also discuss Dynamite, including CM Punk’s “Forbidden Door” challenger, the announcement of Blood and Guts, and the upcoming Hair vs Hair Match. WWE has both NXT “In your House” and Hell in a Cell this weekend. We run down both cards, even though there doesn't seem to be a lot of interest in these shows.
03/06/2022 • 1 hour 1 minute 9 seconds
On our way to Double or Nothing!
On this episode of Mat Men, since Rich has the week off Andrew is joined by Matt Ryan of Catalyst Wrestling to discuss the latest in pro wrestling.
They break down Wednesday’s AEW Dynamite show leading into Double or Nothing as well as previewing, Rampage on Friday and the Pay-Per-View on Sunday. Specifically, what the direction of the world title picture looks like and if Adam Page will retain his title? Will there be any New Japan involvement with the “Frobiden Door” Show around the corner?
On the wake of the news that Stephnie McMahon is stepping away from WWE for the foreseeable future. Andrew shares some news that could indicate what might lead to the biggest change ever for the WWE. They discuss what those changes might be and what might be happening on the business side.
All this and more on this special “go home“ edition of Mat Men!
26/05/2022 • 1 hour 4 minutes 54 seconds
Mat Men Ep. 411 - Sasha and Naomi, Road to Double or Nothing, and more!
The guys get into the latest on the Sasha and Naomi walkout from this past Monday’s Raw. Was this just unprofessional or is there more at play? Roman Reigns has been added back to selected shows throughout the Summer. They discuss his new deal and how much we can expect to see him going forward. AEW Dynamite was Wednesday night and a lot was done to set up Double or Nothing next weekend. We discuss the card including Rich’s love for Konosuke Takeshita.
19/05/2022 • 54 minutes 22 seconds
Mat Men Ep. 410 - Bullet Club Running Wild Again?
NXT had another round of cuts last week, they discuss who the surprises were and how frequent this will happen.
New Japan had an eventful weekend between the announcement of the Best of the Super Juniors lineup and Wrestling Dontaku where the new look Bullet Club emerged at the end. Speaking of the Bullet Club, AJ Styles and Finn Balor aligned on WWE Raw this week, connecting more lineage. What is the Bullet’s club's long-term effect on the business going to be when all said and done? AEW Dynamite this week continued to build to Double or Nothing with some great Owens Cup qualifier matches. Also, W Morrissey (AKA Big Cass) wrestled Wardlow and looked great doing it. Which might have gotten the attention of other promotions.
05/05/2022 • 1 hour 13 minutes 23 seconds
Mat Men Ep. 409 - New TNT Champ, WWE Stadium Shows, Double or Nothing Main Event, and More!
WWE is planning on running more stadium shows going forward, and Andrew breaks down their philosophy on why this makes sense. They discuss Monday Night Raw this week including Randy Oroton’s 20th Anniversary celebration and what is going on with Finn Balor. Rich gushes over the New Japan/ AEW Forbidden Door show as they discuss what matches we might see. AEW Dynamite was last night, The Double or Nothing Main event was made official and we have a new TNT champion after a wild ladder match!
28/04/2022 • 1 hour 17 minutes 9 seconds
audio Mat Men Ep. 408 - Roman Reigns next opponent, Samoa Joe wins ROH TV title
Andrew and Rich are back for another jam-packed episode of Mat Men, diving into all the news and biggest stories in wrestling. AEW Dynamite arguably had one of the most disappointing endings in its existence. Samoa Joe wins the ROH title only to have it ruined by a debut that no body asked for. We break down why they did this and was there a better way? Now that Roman Reigns has both major WWE titles. He’s sending the USOs to raw to “unify” the tag titles. Could this mean an end to the brand split? Ronda Rousey will face Charlotte at WrestleMania Backlash but after that does she get a partner? Andrew shares some more information on this. Also, thoughts on Raw, NXT, and who might be headed to Japan for the G1? This and we answer your questions at the end of the show.
14/04/2022 • 54 minutes 55 seconds
Mat Men - Colby Corino Interview
Andrew Zarian and Rich Stambolian interview Colby Corino ahead of his fight on Sunday for Catalyst Wrestling. Colby updates us on how live wrestling events have rebounded, where wrestling is headed in the next 12 months, and what wrestling he enjoys as a fan.
08/04/2022 • 16 minutes 24 seconds
Mat Men Ep. 407 - Mania Aftermath, Samoa Joe’s AEW Debut, and a lot more!
WrestleMania had its share of surprises including, a returning Cody Rhodes, a Steve Austin main event, and celebrities having better matches than expected. Also, what happened in the Roman Reigns vs Brock Lesnar main event? Ring of Honor’s Super card of Honor featured one of the best matches of the year and the debut of Samoa Joe. How will he be used in AEW/ROH? Ric Steiner gets inducted into the WWE hall of fame and “abducted” all in one week. All while his son Bron Breakker wins the NXT title. A review of AEW Dynamite, featuring another classic from FTR and maybe a new member to the House of Black?