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Lorcan Mullan (@lorcanmullan) and Simon Cross (@simoncross3) are two different generations of wrestling fans that came together in friendship and now you can hear them every week discuss a facet related to the wrestling industry. Series within the series include 'The Meltzer 5-Star Project' in which the hosts discuss every match that they can find that Dave Meltzer rated five stars (or higher) in his Wrestling Observer Newsletter. 'Match of the Week' has Lorcan and Simon take it in turns to ...
 
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Whilst Hogan and Flair were the stars of the WWF and the NWA, there was still a third major promotion in pro wrestling when the boom period of the mid-80s began. Unfortunately for those involved, its popularity and influence was waning. Despite this, some great wrestling - the foundation of the AWA and its owner Verne Gagne - was still taking place…
 
After watching the first season of the Netflix series, Lorcan (@lorcanmullan) and Simon (@simoncross3) have gone back to the original source material, commercials and all, to experience a full episode of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. As well as the advertised main event, the LMTYS hosts also discuss the other matches on Season 1, Episode 22, wh…
 
Will Ospreay is now just one match shy of reaching Mitsuharu Misawa's all-time record of matches rated at least five stars by Dave Meltzer. His latest entry is also the first time he's appeared on this series against Tetsuya Naito. Having previously defeated Niato in the semi-finals of this year's G1 Climax, Ospreay is this time defending his Unite…
 
Taken from us before its time, the people behind 'Orange is the New Black' followed up that early Netflix hit with this series, inspired by the 2012 documentary about the mid-80s wrestling show for which this comedy-drama shares the same name and time period. Starring Alison Brie (Community, Mad Men), Betty Gilpin (Nurse Jackie), and Marc Maron (Ma…
 
FTR continue their remarkable year with another five-star match, this time in the UK against an Australian team for Japanese tag team titles. In a dream match, Dax & Cash face the NJPW Strong Tag Team champions Aussie Open. Lorcan (@lorcanmullan) and Simon (@simoncross3) try to cut-off the podcast from small talk and deliver an incisive and thoroug…
 
Hulk Hogan executing drop toe-holds? It happened in Japan, and that's where we are today as 'Ichiban' returns to the first country that he attained superstar status before becoming the face of the WWF's national and global expansion. He faces off against perhaps the most popular and longest serving Gaijin of all time in the tobacco spitting Stan Ha…
 
One of the most important figures in the history of professional wrestling died on the same year the promotion he founded celebrated its fiftieth anniversary. Antonio Inoki was a lightning rod for controversy and creativity within pro wrestling and even the wider world of politics. Although known for pushing the notion of pro wrestling as the "King…
 
Be it a manger or an agent, a bodyguard or a valet, or maybe your childhood ventriloquist dummy requisitioned from the remnants of your demolished housing estate, many a wrestler has had a ringside accomplice. Lorcan (@lorcanmullan) and Simon (@simoncross3) accompany each other in a thoughtful conversation about this very subject matter.https://pat…
 
Walter's second ever Meltzer five-star match was when he defended his NXT UK Championship in Cardiff's Motorpoint Arena in front of 3,600 fans against plucky underdog Tyler Bate.Three years and three days later, he is now Gunther, he's defending the WWE Intercontinental Championship in Cardiff's Principality Stadium in front of just under twenty ti…
 
The final chapter of the Ospreay-a-thon sees 'The Commonwealth Kingpin' round out the month of August with his fourth five-star-plus match in a third different continent. Having just fallen at the final of the G1 to Okada, and then lost his RevPro title to RKJ, he's headed to the States with his United Empire partners (and five-star debutants) Auss…
 
It's the third of four Will Ospreay matches to gain at least five stars from Dave Meltzer. The previous one only occured three days earlier on an entirely different continent, but Ospreay has already defended the title once a day before against Mike Bailey (a mere 4.75 stars) and now it's the third and last shot for the third generation RKJ on RevP…
 
So, what do you think we should talk about this week on our wrestling podcast? A match from a month ago? LET'S DO THIS THING!https://pateron.com/lmtyspodhttps://facebook.com/lmtyspodhttps://twitter.com/lmtyspodlmtyspod@gmail.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.By Chess Club Rebels
 
The first of (at least) four matches involving Will Ospreay that Dave Meltzer has rated five stars or higher. First, Ospreay faces off for the fifth time with Shingo Takagi, and continues the record they have achieved in all their singles matches for getting at least perfect score from the Observer. Does it match such lofty standards, and what is t…
 
The re-match to what is currently the closest to a consensus pick Match of the Year for 2022, FTR look to continue their remarkable year of matches and triumphs by defending their ROH World Tag Team Championship against the team that they won the title from, looking to start their thirteenth reign as tag champs, and doing so in the 2 out of 3 falls…
 
Lorcan (@lorcanmullan) and Simon (@simoncross3) discuss a not particularly important event that happened this week and it's potential immediate and longer consequences.https://patreon.com/lmtyspodhttps://facebook.com/lmtyspodhttps://twitter.com/lmtyspodlmtyspod@gmail.com Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.…
 
It's a title vs. title match between the champions of the main two sister promotions of WWNLive, as the Evolve Champion Drew Galloway, in the middle of a reinvention after his unceremonious dumping from the WWE only a few years after being introduced by Vince McMahon himself as a future world champion, against Dragon Gate USA's Open the Freedom Gat…
 
El Santo is arguably the most important a cultural figure that any wrestler has even been in a single country. A superhero who played his role, and wore his mask, in the ring, in public, and in over fifty films. For their first pick of this particular sub-genre that has a cult following to this day, Lorcan (@lorcanmullan) and Simon (@simoncross3) h…
 
Before we had the PR campaign called the Divas Revolution, some women wrestlers in the default no. 2 US promotion post-WCW pre-AEW were putting on matches that were an equal to anything the men could do and were garnering praise and presenting a very different kind of story to what we were being force-fed with the narrow aesthetics requirements of …
 
For the first time since Cena-Punk at Money in the Bank 2011, Dave Meltzer gave a match on the main roster WWE a five-star rating. And all it took was for one of the participants to wrestle the entire match with a torn pec, with brusing covering almost half of Cody Rhodes's torso and arm. Meltzer considered it 'among the most compelling matches in …
 
For the third time in the three-year history of AEW, the two teams of brothers who so often wrestle as mirror images of each other, engaged in a match that Dave Meltzer gave the perfect five-star rating as a minimum rating. This time there are no championships on the line, and both are looking to rally themselves after recent defeats. Will Penta & …
 
Only the one five-star match from Meltzer for the latest AEW pay-per-view, this is a match that certainly lives up to its billling of 'Anarchy in the Arena'. The shit hits the fan before the wrestling even starts, and it gets a rocking soundtrack for a lot of the chaos too! Lorcan (@lorcanmullan) and Simon (@simoncross3) reach perhaps their most di…
 
Before there were Divas and Women's Revolutions, there was a brief moment where two women wrestled some of the most exciting and state of the art matches in all of North America. For once, Alundra Blayze has an opponent who can keep up with her pace, as she faces Bull Nakano. Lorcan (@lorcanmullan) and Simon (@simoncross3) are here to help assess t…
 
Max Oleskar and Ivan Gonzalez are a successful live comedy double act who created Edinburgh Fringe history with their bi-annual show at the Pleasance Grand that pit comedians alongside and against pro wrestlers. As a result of the success, Max & Ivan have now written and co-star in this new series set within the small town petty politics of low-bud…
 
It's been two decades of news updates, feuds, factions, temper tantrums, face and heel turns, championship runs, and most importantly RKOing out of nowhere. Randy Orton is a man for whom it's almost impossible for any wrestling fan to have neutral feelings towards. His pluses and minuses are discussed on this episode of LMTYS to commemorate the rec…
 
It's a tag team dream match that lived up to the hype and was close to a consensus choice for best match to take place at any show during WrestleMania weekend. FTR have a week to remember for the ages, first by challenging the perennial top dogs of Ring of Honor on their own turf in the first show of the Tony Khan era of that promotion. Lorcan (@lo…
 
It's the second half of a ZSJ double bill as the submission specialist faces off against the MVP of New Japan in 2021. Who will come out on top and reach the final of the New Japan Cup? Lorcan (@lorcanmullan) and Simon (@simoncross3) spoil that fairly early on in this conversation, but it's about the art of the match, not the result itself, that ma…
 
It's the first half (or maybe first third?) of a ZSJ double bill, as Zack Sabre's journey through the 2022 New Japan Cup tournament brings him to a quarter-final rematch of last year's second round opponent (and fellow Meltzer five-star rating generator) Will Ospreay. 'The Commonwealth Kingpin' won what Lorcan (@lorcanmullan) and Simon (@simoncross…
 
Before Jon Moxley headlined WWE and AEW PPVs, before Nick Gage became a cult legend, and before Drake Weurtz started yelling crazy shit at school board meetings, they were all slicing each others' faces, backs, and whatever else was available on their bodies in front of two-figure audiences in the middle of nowhere in South Carolina. Lorcan (@lorca…
 
Before Jushin Thunder Liger became the centrepiece for the explosion of junior heavyweight wrestling in the 1990s, he learnt his craft in the New Japan dojo and on his learning excursions where he gained experience in a variety of styles and fused them together. One of those stops on the way was a time working on the UK circuit, and he faced off ag…
 
Wrestling is a deep and wide world of matches, angles, promos, feuds, and botches, with decades and decades worth of the stuff. How to make senseofit all to someone with fresh eyes? Lorcan (@lorcanmullan) and Simon (@simoncross3) have picked up their notepads and pens and have crafted together some honourable mentions anddefinitive picks for a matc…
 
In anticipation of CM Punk's Dog Collar Chain match against MJF at AEW's Revolution PPV, Lorcan (@lorcanmullan) and Simon (@simoncross3) travel back nearly twenty years to watch the match, and what is usually cited as the peak of the feud, between Punk and Raven. Just as MJF projected so much of the scars of his youth onto Punk, so to had a young P…
 
NINE belts are on the line in this one. Dean Malenko has been the ace of cruiserweight division since its inception earlier in 1996, and now he caps off the year hoping to gain eight more titles to his colleciton by defeating J-Crown champion Ultimo Dragon. Lorcan (@lorcanmullan) and Simon (@simoncross3) talk about both this clash of experts in the…
 
It's a comedy double bill as Lorcan (@lorcanmullan) and Simon (@simoncross3) watch an episode each of South Park and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia that show the respective ensembles try to enter the world of pro wrestling, but both have a limited knowledge of what that means. In the case of at least one of these shows, it would appear that the …
 
His belt collection may now be lacking the IWGP World title, but Will Ospreay is still a man with a lot of luggage to carry with him, and his longest-held championship is what's being defended this time, as 'Billy GOAT' defends against rising UK star Micahel Oku for the RevPro British Championship. Having recently beaten Oku by stoppage in the twen…
 
Only two five star matches in the eyes of Dave Meltzer during the first month of 2022? That's a bad sign if ever there was one. But despite all that despair and suffering, Lorcan (@lorcanmullan) and Simon (@simoncross3) have survived to watch and discuss AEW's opener for the final Dynamite of January, as Cody Rhodes defends his TNT Championship aga…
 
In anticiation of the upcoming Owen Hart Cup tournaments in AEW, Lorcan (@lorcanmullan) and Simon (@simoncross3) are looking back at the legacy of the youngest sibling, but probably the best athlete, of the Hart family. Instead of going to his best known WWF matches, they are looking further back to the point where Owen was the top gaijin wrestler …
 
It's the land of Extreme that Lorcan (@lorcanmullan) and Simon (@simoncross3) are venturing into this time, as Rob Van Dam faces the man he often cites as his favourite opponent of all time in Jerry Lynn. It's the Whole F'N Show against the New F'N Show, and perhaps where your alleigances lie tells a lot about the sort of wrestling fan you are.http…
 
This time last year we were spoilt for choice with the number of five-star matches. This year it's a veritable drought with only one match producing a rating of five stars or above from Dave Meltzer. Fortunately for Lorcan (@lorcanmullan) and Simon (@simoncross3) it's a five-and-three-quarter-star match! Or is it? It's the match to finally decide t…
 
Another gap is plugged as Lorcan (@lorcanmullan) and Simon (simoncross3) travel back to All Japan. The six-man tag matches between Tsuruta-gun and the Super Generation Army were maybe what made the LMTYS hosts fall in love with All Japan wrestling, so this being a prequel to that rivalry, with Jumbo's previous great rival Tenryu leading his army of…
 
Less than a month since his five-and-a-half-star (in the eyes of Dave Meltzer) title win over Kenny Omega, 'Hangman' Adam Page faces two different challenges. First the challenge of the reinvigorated 'American Dragon' Bryan Danielson in-storyline, who has had a fun time tormenting him in the build up to this match, but also Page faces the challenge…
 
I don't know whether this was accidentally deleted, or I just failed to upload it in the first place, but this is an early recording of Match of the Week that we're now reuploading in anticipation of Bryan Danielson achieving a second ever five-star match in the eyes of Dave Meltzer. A match we cite frequently in other episodes, this is probably as…
 
The last territory standing outside of the big two of WWF and WCW, Memphis was a little land unto itself with its own fanbase, its own style of wrestling, and its own top star - Jerry 'The King' Lawler. Drawing thousands of fans to the Mid-South Coliseum on a weekly basis, Lawler could be tangling with up-and-coming stars (making sure to repeat foo…
 
2001 was probably the most tumultuous year in the history of pro wrestling. Not only were the three major promotions in North American being absorbed by the winner-take-all WWF, but in Japan the longtime top two promotions of New Japan and All Japan saw a splintering for the first time since their creation in 1972, when Misawa and the majority of A…
 
A five-star match, or a five-star storyline, or both? Or something more?! A multiple-year storyline reached its conclusion at the end of Full Gear 2021 as 'Hangman' Adam Page looked to exorcise every last demon he had to contend with after failing to become the first AEW World Champion by challenging the current champion, and his former tag team ch…
 
Chaos, action, and wheelbarrow racing are the topics of conversation this time as Lorcan (@lorcanmullan) and Simon (@simoncross3) cover the first of two matches from AEW's Full Gear PPV. Will the Superkliq continue to dominate trios action? Or can the unlikely partnering of the veteran Cage, the monstrous Luchasaurus, and the maturing Jungle Boy po…
 
Two men currently in a no-man's-land of sorts in the WWE were, seven years ago, wrestling for the top singles prize in the hippest promotion in all of wrestling - California's Pro Wrestling Guerrilla. But whilst Ricochet and Kyle O'Reilly have gone onto greater heights as far as reaching a mass audience and making money, this might have been at a t…
 
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