Stunt Granny Audio #225

Well gang, it looks like Dusty’s audio ban has been lifted, as the Wisconsin Dream joins Kevin Difrango for this action packed edition of Stunt Granny Audio! The duo start things off by talking baseball. Dusty’s A’s are playing Kevin’s Pirates, so there is worlds of intrigue at play here. Why is Bud Selig waiting for the All Star Game to levy fines? Why not wait until Feezil Day? The conversation then turns to the upcoming Money in the Bank PPV spectacular. Who will win the A-team MITB match? Who will be the Shelton Benjamin high spot artist who has no shot of actually winning? Will Kane actually be in the match? (WWE.com says yes, Wikipedia says no. Who can you trust in this day and age?) Then it’s time to talk about the B-teamers match. Kevin realizes there are many guys in the company who are just spinning their wheels. Any one of them could get a win at the PPV to get out of their funk. Dusty breaks some nooz, revealing to Kevin that in addition to the GutCheck guys, Matt Morgan has just been released from TNA. They discuss the possibility of him coming in to WWE. They also talk about the exciting debut of the Wyatt Family and the possibilities of their future use, and Dusty drops a Pat Buchanan reference. And a whole lot more, so listen or you will perish.

Stunt Granny Audio Show #225

Joey Ryan on his release from TNA

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So just recently Joey Ryan was on a show called ITR Live on something called Spreaker, which I am just hearing about now, this very second. What follows below is a recap of that appearance, procured from PWInsider.

It’s largely Ryan politicizing himself in effort to possibly someday get his job back, so if you’re looking for something really truly interesting coming out of his mouth, look elsewhere. I post this to say that Ryan has the size and charisma that WWE usually is looking for in a wrestler. He could be somewhere around Rick “The Model” Martel level in WWE if used properly, to further date myself. And WWE used to make their bones on taking guys that the competition didn’t know how to use properly and turning them into stars. So, there you go Vince. – Dusty

How he got in to TNA:

Through David Lagana. I worked with David Lagana in a few places actually Ring of Honor, NWA Hollywood and then he booked me for Ring Ka King in India. Then he got hired to be a writer in TNA and they were looking for guys. He suggested me to Al Snow and Al Snow saw footage of me and decided to make me a GutCheck contestant.

It kind of happened quickly. They called me up and Al Snow asked if I would be interested and I said yes. He said, “Alright, I’ll see you next week”. There wasn’t anything I had to sit on really.

On TNA GutCheck:

They literally don’t tell you anything. I was the second ever guy to do GutCheck. The first GutCheck was Alex Silva. There was that whole thing where Ric Flair changed his decision on Alex Silva. You see, I don’t know how much of that is really a shoot or not. I think they brought me in particularly to be a “No” because they just needed somebody from the indys to make this seem more legitimate and told “no”. I think that was a work on their part.

I think when I wrestled and I had a good match against Austin Aries, thank God I had to wrestle Austin Aries, then I came in and did my promos and stuff like that, even before I was in front of the judges, they weren’t telling me I was going to get a “No”, but I had a few people telling me things. Like Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan came up to me and said, “Hey, we like your look, we think you are good. No matter what happens out there, we want to do something with you hopefully down the line”. They were hinting that I was going to get a “No” vote.

I was already going in there portraying a heel character so I knew going into this that I wasn’t just going to go out there, be told “No” and walk away with my tail between my legs. I’m going to be adamant about it. I was going to be myself, a guy who has been told “No” for the last 12 years by major companies.

After I did that promo, there was talk of me going around. They were saying to themselves, “How can we use this guy?” Before that, there was nothing planned for me.

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TNA releases… wait, TNA released some people?

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From the “Never Thought I’d See the Day” Department, which is right next door to the “Hoarding” Department and the “I Have So Many Wrestlers to Cut $100 Checks To That I’m Going to Murder Myself” Payroll Office… oh, and according to a few articles at Prowrestling.net, TNA has released some wrestlers! Holy crap! The company whose roster page is 18 columns wide by infinity long has released Joey Ryan, Taeler Hendrix, Crimson and Christian York, while also allowing Madison Rayne’s contract to expire. I personally think that, with all of the on-screen drama his Gut Check segment created, that the Ryan release is a work. The others make perfect sense, as Crimson is useless, Christian York forgot it’s not 2000 anymore, and I’m not entirely sure if Taeler Hendrix is a male or a female. In summary, good riddance to bad rubbish, although here’s hoping someone makes lemonade out of this Joey Ryan thing. (Leave it to TNA to make AIDS out of lemonades.)

Funny I mentioned payroll a minute ago, given the other news from Prowrestling.net that TNA has been behind on payroll lately. Here’s a snippet from the story that will make Chris Sabin feel really good:

One source noted that it was widespread enough that even a prominent former TNA Champion was telling colleagues that the company was six weeks behind on his pay.

Super! Does this mean Sting will quit buying red lipstick to go with his 16-year-old Crow face paint? Or, on the flipside, that Kurt Angle will need to endorse more meal supplements? I’d rather see him go back to hawking pizza. -Eric

Kevin’s Blog: Definitely Late & Half Assed Review of @ImpactWrestling

I need to get stuff off my DVR since I’m traveling to Altoona PA for my nephew’s baptism. Gues who the godfather is? It’s a trifecta, second from the family. It’s late already. Let’s roll.

Sting comes out with serious face on. Sting, temporary GM, calls them out but Austin Aries calls them out. He wants some. You know who else wants some, Kurt Angle? Their trifecta is Bobby Roode. Smart move, he blames James Storm. Storm attacks from behind. The other guys let them fight. Roode claims the attack as proof. Even better.

Tara tells us how awesome Chavo Guerrero. Then Kid Kash. Then Kurt Angle. All blowing some serious smoke. Roode rants and raves about not being believed. Good continuation. Gail Kim & Madison Rayne are taking on Tara & Mickie James. The wrestling is good between Tara, James & Kim. No big surprise. Madison doing a good job in her role. Earl ends up giving Madison the duke because Mickie had her shoulders down but lifted one out of his view. Sting tells Austin Aries to address the X Division and “make some cuts.” Yeah, fire half of them!

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Stunt Granny Audio #189

Jeremy & Kevin are back in your ear holes this week with even more inside jokes! They start off by talking about the proposed TNA Hall of Fame. Naturally, they wonder whether TNA is worthy of any such monument. After talking over that topic they move on to the next logical question, who is worthy of induction? Would there be any one aside from the founders Jarrett & Bob Carter? Jeremy & Kevin go through the show from June 19, 2002 to get some ideas. Does Ken Shamrock deserve this honor? They move on to contemplating whether any of the current wrestlers on the TNA roster deserve it. Would they be ballsy enough to induct Hulk Hogan? How about trying to bring back someone like R Truth? Jeremy & Kevin talk about girl power brought to you by Dixie Carter and Brooke Hogan. Is she famous for anything that Tazz listed in his introduction of her? Will she finally stop taking daddy’s money now that she has a woman’s job? What do these ladies have in common with 50 Shades of Grey? And what is Brooke’s job going to be? Jeremy & Kevin wrap this part of the conversation by wondering whether they’re rather have sex with Carter or Brooke. Their last topic from TNA is Gut Check and more specifically Joey Ryan. Does he really act like Ron Burgundy? Does he make good points for how the Gut Check gimmick works? Is he better than Alex Avila who won the first time? Find out this and more when you click on the link below!

Stunt Granny Audio Show #189

Stunt Granny Big 11- Week Ending 2/19/11

1. Eric Nelson – You ever sit back and ask yourself what the fuck happened to the people you know? Well this just happened. “Do you have band practice tonight?”  “Nope, dance lessons.” Of course, this is immediately followed by ridiculous amounts of ideas to publicly embarrass them so it works out just perfect. – Jeremy

2. Dolph Ziggler – Dolph made the stupid choice to go along and get booked in a firing angle on Smackdown. Why is this a stupid choice? Well, just about every time this angle is executed by WWE the wrestler goes bye bye. Sure this will probably lead to nothing, but the continuing trend of wrestlers allowing themselves the possibility of being unemployed needs to stop already. – Jeremy

3. Jerry Lawler – Jerry’s mom died this week at the age of 90. She reportedly had been diagnosed with and was suffering from Alzheimer’s.  In a rare moment of seriousness: what a shit disease. My aunt’s mother had dementia and her new storytelling abilities were at least fun. But Alzheimer’s just rapes you mentally. Its effect on everyone around them is devastating as well. Part of me wants WWE to cut him a break and give him the title Sunday. It won’t happen but it would be a nice gesture. Yeah, I am a dope. – Jeremy

4. Chris Jericho – His new book, “Undisputed,” was released to rave reviews (I’m picking it up this weekend and not sitting it down until I’m finished with it), but more importantly, he continued to cross the country to promote his book on the radio and in the meantime show everyone why he’s the smartest damned person in the wrestling business. He completely understands what it takes to get over, to stay over, and to get others over, and his self-awareness is second to none. Jericho is a character study in awesomeness. – Eric

5. The Rock – He cut an awesome promo for 20 minutes that didn’t feel like 20 minutes. I’m pumped that he’ll be involved at a Wrestlemania that I attend. He adds star power to a card that will feature the Miz (been around for a bit but is still getting his main event legs) and Alberto Del Rio (less than a year on WWE TV) in two main event matches. He even has a new shirt (and three retro shirts) that will sell like hot cakes. – Kevin

6. Jeff Hardy – Mr. Hardy got another continuance because one of his lawyers was sick (let’s hope he didn’t use any of his client’s medicine) and the local lawyer was needed to represent a murder suspect. The next hearing will be after Victory Road, which is where Hardy will drop the belt just in case he has to drop trow for Big Bubba. – Kevin

7. Rima Fakih – You may (totally not) know her as Miss USA, and you probably (but most likely didn’t really care that you) saw her as a guest host on Monday Night Raw. Oh, and she also loves to pole dance. But now you’ll know her for three important reasons: 1) She’s going to be on WWE Tough Enough, 2) She’s going to embarrass the fuck out of herself on WWE Tough Enough, and 3) She’s going to send at least 100 percent of the Stunt Granny crew into masturbatory fits. (P.S. You don’t wanna see Max pole dance, Kevin.) – Eric

8. Tough Enough – Speaking of Tough Enough, here’s some more shiz. It was recently reported that a bunch of noteworthy indy workers were rejected by casting for positions on this coming season of Tough Enough. Those names include Austin Aries, Joey Ryan, Mercedes Martinez and Brittney Savage. I know the internet community will be all up in arms about the Aries snub, but let’s face it – he’s too old and too short for WWE to give him serious consideration. I’m more surprised about Ryan, who has the size WWE likes and who has done some squashes for them in the past. – Dusty

Also, there was a wrestler who asked to not have his name mentioned who noted there was a frustration among the talents after dealing with the casting people. He apparently was led to believe he was going to be a part of the show, only to never hear back from the producers after the initial word. – Dusty

9. Vin Gerrard – That’s who the unnamed source was. No Source Dot Com, baby! – Dusty

10. Hernandez – Okay, check out this video first and then report right back:

It is a testament to how unprofessional and poorly run of a company TNA is that Hernandez was not immediately fired for that. I’m talking like during the match fired. What a total chump. He is 38 years old and has been wrestling since 1996, but apparently can’t be bothered to learn how to do his finishing maneuver properly. A special bonus to this is that he has the benefit of seeing Sheamus performing the move successfully every week on a television show that people actually bother to watch. Fuck Hernandez. – Dusty

11. Miguel Cabrera – Baseball season is right around the corner, so you’re going to have to get used to me talking about baseball. If you’re not down with baseball, you can kiss my a to the crooked letters. In any event, Jeremy’s boy Cabrera was recently caught with an obscenely high blood alcohol level, and was actually sipping on something while the officer was talking to him. That’s some Craig Ferguson shit, right there. In other news, the Oakland Athletics have a much better pitching staff than the Tigers. – Dusty

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