Crego and Swafford are joined by our old friend Todd Bobenreith to discuss this weekend’s Wrestlemania 31.
March 25th, 2015 · No Comments
March 18th, 2015 · No Comments
Swafford and Crego break down their thoughts on the NCAA Tournament. One of us is pretty much chalk, the other is just a little bit out there.
March 11th, 2015 · No Comments
Our friend and long time listener, Brian Crego joins us this week… and Crego wastes no time in stealing Swafford’s gimmick when it comes to the Saints trade of Jimmy Graham. Big thanks to our friend Ace 500 for this week’s music. You can listen to his entire Danny Zuko project right here.
March 5th, 2015 · No Comments
Dickey joins in on the insanity this week to discuss a little more baseball, the Nationals pitching staff, a little politics and human rights issue in the state of Alabama and we discussed how the most dominant woman in MMA’s name has just become a verb. Huge thanks this week to Ace500 for our intro and exit music off the new Danny Zuko project which you can find a link to it on DatPiff riiiiiiight heeeeeere. Follow the show on Twiter @AORadio and you can find Ace @Ace500_
February 26th, 2015 · No Comments
Our good friend Chris Dickey joins us tonight to discuss some of the Oscars, the NBA heading into the postseason and more randomness.
February 10th, 2015 · No Comments
Todd and Swafford discuss the NBA, baseball (pitchers and catchers report next Wednesday), Spiderman coming to the MCU and tomorrow night’s NXT Takeover: Rival.
December 19th, 2014 · No Comments
With Audibly Offensive Radio getting ready to return and take on a new format, I thought I’d start off this holiday week with a glimpse into some of the other things I, along with the rest of the AO staff, will be tackling.
Gone are the days where we just rant and rave about sports. When we all put our heads together to see what worked, we realized that there are so many other things besides sports we’re passionate about and have strong opinions on.
For me, one of those things is professional wrestling, which leads to this piece… and a flashback.
Last Thursday night, pretty much at this exact time (which is about 8:30 pm Eastern), I spent two hours watching NXT Takeover: REvolution on the WWE Network. For those of you that don’t follow wrestling like I do, NXT is the developmental system of WWE. It’s a place where you will see wrestlers that have toiled in the independent scene for years get their shot at the big time.
It’s also a place where you will see some of the best in-ring action in wrestling today. Forget it being the developmental system. It’s just a great product.
I could seriously spend this entire piece talking about the great things NXT brings to wrestling, but I won’t. There’s a point to this, I promise.
NXT Takeover: REvolution was two hours of great in-ring action. It was one really solid match after another and there were no dead spots. After watching the show, I felt really good about the direction wrestling was headed.
So fast forward a few days to Sunday… where I watched the main roster’s pay per view, TLC (stands for Tables, Ladders and Chairs) thinking that the main roster had to respond. The internet was buzzing about Takeover and the general opinion was two simple words.
Instead of topping that, I got to watch… whatever the bloody fuck that was… for three hours.
Three hours of my life I will never get back.
Less than 24 hours later, I watched Monday Night Raw like I always do. Why? Because I’m a wrestling fan. I’m also apparently a glutton for punishment because for the second time in less than 24 hours… I wasted ANOTHER three hours of my life that I could have spent trying to do things like drill a hole into my head or bathe in battery acid.
Six… six hours of my life… thinking that those kids in the developmental system will light a fire under the asses of Vince McMahon, John Cena and the like. Six hours… wasted.
RANT….. MODE….. ON!
Maybe it’s just me, but if I’m an established guy… I’d be a little pissed off that wrestling fans think the developmental product is far and away better.
Put it in this perspective. How do you think the San Francisco Giants would feel if fans thought their AAA affiliate, the Fresno Grizzlies, were a better team… had a better manager… and those fans would rather pay money to watch the minor league team than the defending World Series champs?
I guess not. Because just a few days after wrestling fans across the board were completely pumped about the industry for the first time in a while, the main roster mailed it in instead of cashing in on the momentum. Instead of working in tandem to make the experience for the better, the main roster gave wrestling fans the middle finger.
No, let’s be honest… we got a bigger eff you than that. We got the “fingerpoke of doom”.
It’s sort of pathetic that a bunch of established stars that make millions and are recognizable throughout the world… have millions of followers on Twitter… droves of fans that are interested in what they believe in and stand for… and they just bumblefuck around on tv for six hours to give the fans absolutely nothing when the younger stars that would kill someone to be where these mega stars are bust their asses.
Now, before you start tweeting me @AORadio about how it’s not all the collective faults of John Cena, Seth Rollins, Bray Wyatt, the Bella Twins, etc… let me point out one thing.
You are absolutely right. It’s not all their fault. Blame has to be given across the board and it starts with the man that calls the shots, Vince McMahon… the man that calls all the shots.
It’s not just the guys and girls in the ring that make the product on the main roster crap. It’s the people (or person) in charge of creative that makes what drives the product about as riveting as watching paint dry in cold weather.
I’ll give you an example. Let’s take WWE Diva Paige for instance. When Paige was in NXT, she was the first NXT Women’s Champion. When she came to the ring, it was worth watching because she could… and would… have a great match with anyone they put her in the ring with. Keep in mind, the women that wrestle in NXT get the proper training to improve on a daily basis at the WWE performance center. Those girls learn how to work with anyone.
Move Paige to the main roster where she has to work with talentless models posing as wrestlers and nothing happens. Paige isn’t allowed to show what she can do in the ring. There’s no reason to it. I mean, Paige could make either of the Bella Twins look like they could have at least a three-star match.
Regardless, doesn’t happen and the reason is because of how out of touch the people running the main roster are.
When you watch Raw or Smackdown, you’re seeing a wrestling program disguised as some sort of shitty television show. Not even a good one. Maybe the people that write for Total Divas write Monday Night Raw and Friday Night Smackdown.
When you watch NXT on the WWE Network, you’re getting a wrestling program disguised as the “minor leagues”.
Here’s the problem, it’s not the minor leagues anymore. It’s a better show. It’s a better product.
No one cares that every episode between last night and January 1, 2015 was taped last Friday night at Full Sail University in Orlando. No one cares that they can easily go online and see the spoilers for any of those shows. I’ve already looked at the spoilers. I already know what happens. You want to know the most important thing?
I will still watch.
Gone are the days where Eric Bischoff gave away the results to a taped Monday Night Raw show on his live WCW Nitro. I wish they weren’t. He could save me a lot of time.
The WWE bills NXT as “the future” of the industry.
That future can’t come any sooner, because the present absolutely blows.
Rant Mode Off.
June 25th, 2014 · No Comments
NBA Free Agency is a week away, the NBA Draft is Thursday night and we talk about it, along with the World Cup and some of baseball’s biggest first half surprises.
June 10th, 2014 · No Comments
We’re back from an unpacking break to talk World Cup, the NBA and Stanley Cup Finals… and Johnny Manziel. Yeah… just what we needed… something to rant about.
April 30th, 2014 · No Comments
We’re back this week to talk about the NFL Draft and the farewell of Donald Sterling. Yeah… he deserved it. It was awesome.
April 6th, 2014 · No Comments
Another Wrestlemania and another year of syndication under our belts. As usual, Kevin Jeffers (on Twitter @jevinkeffers) joins us to talk about this year’s big show.
March 18th, 2014 · No Comments
Chris Lemke returns to the show to help Swafford break down the NCAA Tournament and how *not* to win Warren Buffett’s Billion Dollars, plus a little NFL Free Agency and the National League’s Central Division.