Hello everybody and welcome to another episode of Weird of Sport where J Onwuka (@thenearzone) and Jeff the Professor (@EminentProf) find new ways to tell stories through pro wrestling. This week it's the most direct line: action movies! Are flippy dives the wrestling equivalent of action movie explosions? Who'd be a better John McClane: Steve Austin or Randy Orton? Major topics of the episode are what exactly makes an action movie, what "star power" or "It factor" mean and how they're important to action & to wrestling, and a discussion about whether westerns are action movies (answer? they can be). Tune in for a really good investigation of how these two story forms can meld together!
Have you ever thought to yourself, "What if WWE did a princess storyline?" or "How would a happily ever after work inside the squared circle?" I hope you didn't doubt us cause J Onwuka (@thenearzone) and Jeff the Professor (@EminentProf) have got you covered as usual! In this episode, we try to parse out the interesting aspects of Disney-type movies, what gives them wide appeal, and how that can be translated to the wrestling ring.
Join us again spec graps fans as we (that is, J Onwuka (@thenearzone) and Jeff the Professor (@EminentProf)) finally put the capper on Return of the King and the entire Lord of the Rings project. Too ambitious? You bet! But we finally got it to the end! How does it turn out when James "Gollum" Ellsworth finally gets his hands on the One Ring but ends up destroyed by the fires of Dhoom? Listen and find out!
Another move is made along the game board of Return of the King as Obi/J (@thenearzone) and Jeff the Preff (@EminentProf) head back for more. Did we mention that these movies are long? More Aragorn J Styles, more Setholas, more Gimli the Rhyno, more White Wizard of the Blizzard Chris Jericho! We set up the two major pay per views here, the Battle of Minas Tirith and the big one, MordorMania. Are we leaving you hanging for another episode? Yeah we are, but we're having fun along the way!
Fantasy grapple fans rejoice as Jeff the Professor (@EminentProf) and J Onwuka (@thenearzone) get back on track with the wrestling conversion of the Lord of the Rings film series. As noted in the previous episode, these two chronic ramblers do their best to focus a little and end up having an interesting discussion about making a high fantasy epic work within the structure of pro wrestling, how journeys in stories signify more than just travel, and what exactly a wrestling title means... or is it just a shiny gold prop? Plus, the debut of Aragorn J Styles's new finisher, Anduril! But who's the Elrond that shows it to him? Listen to find out!