ThROH the Years has a new home


Matt and Hobbes podcast reviewing every ROH show from the beginning can now be found on Place 2 Be Nation. Episode 5 is up now. You can find now every episode on their Soundcloud playlist or as part of the Pro Wrestling Only iTunes and RSS feeds.

I hope you’ll continue to follow them in their location. I enjoyed helping them get started and I know they’ll continue to do good work.

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Joe Gagne’s Funtime Pro Wrestling Arcade #65: BACKYARD WRESTLING 2 – THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD


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ThROH the Years Episode 2: The Round Robin Challenge


Hobbes and Matt are back to discuss the second ever Ring of Honor show, The Round Robin Challenge. They run down the entire card, including a legendary main event, as well as all of the backstage wackiness. Take a trip down memory lane, and learn a whole bunch of juicy information about Hobbes in the process. Also, we challenge round robins to a fight. It’s people fist-fighting birds, so check it out!

To listen to this show, right click to download. For the moment, the show will be available on the Listen and Learn feed.  We’ll give it’s own podcast feed later on. 

You can find Matt and Hobbes on Twitter.

2: The Round Robin Challenge
1: The Era of Honor Begins

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Joe Gagne’s Funtime Pro Wrestling Arcade #64: BACKYARD WRESTLING


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Joe Gagne’s Funtime Pro Wrestling Arcade #61: Battle Royale


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JUSTIN SHAPIRSHOW Episode 18 – Jumping Bomb Angles Number 2


Todd Martin, Alan Counihan.


A show so check it out.

To listen to this show, right click to download the mp3 file here. You can add the show to your music player of choice via it’s RSS feed: . You can also find the show on iTunes.

You can find Justin, Todd, and Alan on Twitter

Previous Episodes
18: Jumping Bomb Angles Number 2
17: Labor Day Cesaro Section
16: Bank Teller
15: Jumping Bomb Angles
14: Booyaka Booyaka 519
13: Thirtysomething
12: Assed Reigns
11: E! BOLA
10: Shoots and Ladders
9: Dean Dogless
8: 30 Talk
7: Royal Pains with Matt Feuerstein
6: Survivor Queries
5: The Biggest Parody of the Summer
4: New York Meets
3: Dwarf Tosser
2: State of the Union of People You Oughta Respect, Shane
1: Survivors Guilt

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Game 8 (NLCS 3): Mets 5 – Cubs 2



2 runs, 1 run, 2 runs. That’s not going to work. Two more home runs, which are great, but no one on for them again.

postseason home runs
1 run homerun 10 (Fowler, Schwarber, Castro, Rizzo, Fowler, Rizzo, Schwarber, Schwarber, Schwarber, Soler)
2 run homerun 4 (Schwarber, Soler, Bryant, Soler)
3 run homerun 1 (Baez)


Some of that is just luck of when are people getting up. Some of it’s just people not getting on, especially on the bottom of the order.  There’s also a lack of ability to get free baserunners this time aorund.

BB per game
2 Pirates

3 NLCS1 (1 IBB)

There were bad defensive plays, but it was also a matter of time before those showed up. Soler isn’t a good outfielder, Schawber isn’t an outfielder, and they had been doing well to not have it happen so far. They also were there to help the offense, and they were the offense. They were a net positive last night, it’s everyone else who’s a problem.

One more chance. Again, it feels like the Cubs still have at least a shot if they could win one of these two game and they’ve got one more shot. Matz is not at the level of the guys they’ve faced before. This isn’t over unless everyone gives up. It feels like maybe the fans have given up, but not so much the players.

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Game 7 (NLCS 2): Mets 4 – Cubs 1



thoughts I had as this game was going on

1: the carriage is turning back to a pumpkin awful quickly

2: I wonder if tickets for Game 5 have dropped in price? (A bit! Hmmm.)

3: the great Tommy La Stella is 0 for 7 with 3Ks in the playoffs.

4: Starlin Castro went from never playing SS even as a backup to being the guy finishing out every game at SS. I’m going to miss him next season.

5: Everyone’s talking about the pitchers giving up 4 runs. They’ve given up 4 runs before. It’s more you’re not going to win games scoring 2 and 1 runs.

6: Really, the power covered up the problems with not getting enough base runners; six home runs in one game only producing eight runs is kind of not good in a way.

7: The silver lining to going down 3-0 in a series is seeing the Kitchen Sink game, with the Cubs trying crazily to win game 4 at any cost. Lester coming back on short rest is in play. Three inning starter is in play. Fernando Rodney starting and batting fifth is in play. Just having Jason Hammel pitch six innings probably not  in play.

8: That might also happen in this game. The Cubs dipped into the bullpen in Game 2, but everyone’s probably as rested and ready to go as they can be. Hendricks will be pulled at the first sign of trouble. Rondon hasn’t pitched in a week, so he’s going to be in at some point tonight. This’ll probably look a lot like Game 4 of NLDS; it’s all about the offense scratching something out.

9: if the Cubs can find a way to win one of the next two games, then Lester and Arrieta come up again and maybe they’ll find a way to be better, and anything is possible in a game 7. I don’t feel like it’s over even with a loss tonight.

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Joe vs. the World #81: WWF 1996, Part 4 (09/23/2015)


Joe Vs. The World returns! Joe (Gagne) and Justin (Shapiro) reunite to power through the final quarter of WWF 1996. They cover it all: guns, driveway brawls, a poetry reading (yes), struggling to think up some Survivor Series team names, John Stewart can book the Royal Rumble, SID stabs Bret Hart, Jake Roberts real revenge on Jerry Lawler, seeding the Karate Fighters tournament, and so much more. Plus the beginning rumbling of the JVSTW 10th anniversary! Nearly two hours of power just for you!

To listen to this show, right click to download the mp3 file here, subscribe to the RSS feed @, or add it to your iTunes Podcasts by clicking here.

Previous editions:
81: WWF 1996, Part 4 (09/23/2015)
80: Eddie Gilbert & USWA 1980 (07/03/2015)
79: WWF 1996, Part 3 (04/15/2015)
78: WWF 1996, Part 2 (12/04/2014)
77: thecubsfan [Mexico 2014] (09/30/2014)
76: WON HOF (09/10/2014)
75: NXT Roster (07/31/2014)
74: WWF 1996, January to March (05/08/2014)
73: WWF 1995, Part 2 (11/22/2013)
72: WWF 1995, Part 1 (10/11/2013)
71: thecubsfan [Mexico] (10/03/2013)
70: WWF 1994 (11/19/2012)
69: No Holds Barred: The Movie (08/09/2012)
68: WrestleManias XXII to XXVIII (04/07/2012)
67: WWF 1993 (12/21/2011)
66: WWF 1992 (06/29/2011)
65: WWF 1991 (03/05/2011)
64: WWF 1990 (11/25/2010)

63B: THE END [Part 2] (09/07)
63A: THE END [Part 1] (09/07)
62: Justin Shapiro [SummerSlam, Part 2] (08/21)
61: Justin Shapiro [SummerSlam, Part 1] (08/15)
60: Naylor and Bix [ICW/IWCCW] (07/27)
59: Mike Quackenbush [CHIKARA] (07/17)
58: Bryan Alvarez [f4w] (07/14)
57: Tanvir Raquib [Rap & Wrestling] (06/21)
56: Rob Naylor [everything] (06/14)
55: Mike Sempervive [japan] (05/30)
54: Matt Foy [ROH] (05/16)
53: Alex Koslov & thecubsfan [lucha] (05/13)
52: Justin Shapiro [the condemned] (05/06)
51: Dr. Keith Lipinski [everything] (05/02)
50: party time (04/22)
49: Rob Naylor & Bix [GWF] (04/11)
48: Dean Rasmussen [everything] (03/31)
47: Phil Schneider [Best of Japan Indies Results and more] (03/26)
46: Justin Shapiro & Matt Foy [WrestleMania, XI-XXIII] (03/22)
45: Justin Shapiro & Matt Foy [WrestleMania, I-X] (03/17)
44: Chris McLeod, Chris Dempsey, Alan Counihan, Kelvin Cabrerra, Llakor, Kid Zombie and Hobbes [potpourri!] (03/14)
43: Rob Naylor [everything] (03/07)
42: Mike Coughlin [MMA] (02/27)
41: Matt Foy [ROH] (02/21)
40: Mike Quackenbush [CHIKARA] (02/14)
39: Tanvir Raquib [WSX] (01/31)
38: Mark Coale [DVDs] (01/24)
37: Christopher Robin Zimmerman [a little bit of everything] (01/17)
36: Dr. Keith [a little bit of everything] (01/06)
35: Matt Foy & Rob Naylor [year in review, ROH] (12/27)
34: Justin Shapiro [year in review, WWE] (12/23)
33: Adam & Mike [year in review, Japan] (12/14)
32: thecubsfan [year in review, lucha] (12/07)
31: Sven Mascarenhas [wrestling video games] (11/27)
30: American Balloon (2) [wrestling in Japan] (11/23)
29: Scott Christ [TNA] (11/21)
28: Tom Feely [survivor series] (11/19)
27: Rob Naylor (2) [indy] (11/12)
26: Matt Foy (4) [ROH] (11/07)
25: Vince Verhei (2) [comebacks] (10/27)
24: Justin Shapiro (4) [the Marine] (10/21)
23: Bryan Alvarez (2) [everything] (10/10)
22: Ken Dreiling and Jesse “J-tron” Irwin [IWA-MS TPI] (10/05)
21: Matt Foy [ROH] (09/20)
20: Tanvir Raquib [09/11 RAW] (09/16)
19: Rob Naylor [News and tangents] (09/09)
18: Dean Rasmussen [DVDVR, life] (08/31)
17: Phil Schneider [Best of the 80’s Japan Indies DVD] (08/26)
16: CRZ [being CRZ] (08/17)
15: Justin Shapiro and thecubsfan [WON HOF, US, Mexico] (08/10)
14: Dr. Keith Lipinski and Mike Sempervive [WON HOF, Japan] (08/04)
13: thecubsfan [lucha] (07/24)
12: Matt Foy [ROH] (07/17)
11: Bryan Alvarez [being Bryan Alvarez] (07/12)
10: Mike Coughlin [MMA] (07/01)
9: Dr. Keith Lipinski [Japan, general wackiness] (06/27)
8: Tanvir Raquib [ECW, parallel dimensions] (06/17)
7: American Balloon [his career] (06/10)
6: Justin Shapiro [RAW, ROH] (06/03)
5: Albert Ching [Judgement Day, ECW] (05/28)
4: Vince Verhei [everything] (05/21)
3: Matt Foy [ROH] (05/14)
Bonus: Hogan Knows Best recap (05/08)
2: Justin Shapiro [WWE] (04/29)
1: thecubsfan [lucha] (04/22)

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Cake With Make-Up


Cake With Make-Up
by Justin Shapiro

In bygone, yore-based, Middle Englishabethan Times, baking was such an intrinsic foundational act of life that the word “baker” became an occupational surname that went on to define generations of families. My family took its name from what was once believed to be a Hebrew word for heroic sailors, or “ship heroes,” but actually translates from anti-semitic Enlightenment-era texts as “vagrant rapists.”

Nevertheless, I believe I imbue this baking spirit even beyond a patronymic naming system. In April of 2015 in a brazen act I entered an annual cake-decorating contest held by the Pittsburgh Midwife Center as a fundraiser for its ongoing midwife crisis. Please hold your applause.

The contest’s prompt was as follows: “We’re asking bakers to bring the big screen to the cake stand for the theme: Lights, Camera, CAKE! For both the Decorated and Taste categories, this could include cakes inspired by a movie, film genres, an actor/actress, going to the theater, or film production.”


My goal, in so much as we can pinpoint and verbalize our unconscious dreams, was to have my own stupid cake displaying at this fancy event next to all the real cakes everyone worked on. My corresponding goal in lockstep was to strike the harmonious balance of the optimum idea with the minimum amount of effort.

I also resented the idea that the decorated cakes did not have to be made of edible ingredients, essentially making them arts & crafts projects made out of garbage and not, by most biological classifications, cake. Fondant? More like fondon’t. Wait, actually that zing belongs exclusively to the word “fondu.” Alright, fondant, more like fraud-dant. Thus I made a promise to myself to only utilize natural-occurring food-based ingredients, ultimately electing to work with the Pillsbury company’s “Funfetti” mix.

After consulting with a leading team of scientists in the field of oven entropy, these were the results.

Note: The raisins pictured were not used in the cake; they originate from my personal collection.


When push-time came to shove-time and the public revelation of this concept was imminent, I started to feel highly self-conscious about showing up in front of Iron City aristocracy at this high society gala with this, let’s face it, blatant undermining of everyone else’s hard and, above all else, earnest work.

Still, clad warmly in a protective mystical cloak of ironic invulnerability, I marched quasi-proudly into an honest to goodness opera house carrying my Bad News Bearclaw of a confection. I literally faced a tall order ahead of me.


If you’ve read Gamechange, the story of the 2008 Obama/Hillary/McCain presidential campaigns, and I have not, you’ll understand how political campaigns are precariously contested, won and lost on the slimmest, most arbitrary of margins. I believe Julianne Moore played Sarah Palin in the book according to one Daily Show interview. Allegedly, my electoral base was the dispassionate husbands who’d been dragged along to the event, assorted men and dudes acceding bemused nods of recognition as they perused the gallery of confection creation. A “Jason Bateman in Juno” type cool husband told me it was his favorite cake in all 10 years and it “had to win.” Not bragging, not mythopoeticizing myself in hyperbolic first-person narration. Just journalism. This is what occurred.

I’d braced myself all evening, but there were never any scandalized gasps. People were generally … nice. By the end of it, the professional photographer for the event had frightened me into thinking I was going to win the People’s Choice Award, a rarefied air heretofore only attainable by the television programs and films of Melissa McCarthy.

For a fleeting, pipe-dreamt moment, unlike the cakes themselves, I could taste it. But I did not win. That was a disappointing relief. On the one hand, like … obviously. But, still. So tantalizing.

And in the back of my mind, I’m left to wonder — did the inner circle of central midwives put their finger on the scale for the people, fabricating the whole ordeal as if it were some sort of the United States’ discovery and assassination of Osama bin Laden? Did they stuff the ballot box (cake box!) against me to crown a more traditional champion, one that would look better and proper when they put the event photos up on socialized media? More photogenic, more enticing for the? Where better to orchestrate something, after all, than the Pittsburgh Opera House?

Presumably not. At all. Like, even a little bit. But even accepting a second-place at second-face value, I choose to consider myself a champion. Correction: not me. The cake. The synthesis of a vision, catalyzed by science and magic — that magic known as imagination.

A $2 eBay investment and $3 cake mix.

A glowing tribute to Tinseltown and its stars of stage and screen.

A cumulative 35 minutes of work.

A night among Pittsburgh’s most fertile and elite.

A cake.

Of the people, by the people, and for the people. A champion.


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