Kirby Your Enthusiasm

 

AW YEAH, you KNOW what time it is! It's time for Lord Mark Williamson and "Dirty" Dann Lesbian to talk the hot poop about wrestling. 

Here's what we cover in this tight 30-minute podcast:

- The current state of WWE and the WWE Network. Good? Bad? We decide!

- New Japan World, Lucha Underground, TNA, NXT

- Teddy Hart madness

- Dann attending the Melbourne-made zombie wrestling flick Fight Like A Girl, and catching up with Krackerjak, Vixsin, Chucky, Kelly Anne and more. This segues into a discussion about the merits of wrestlers producing good merch. And Dann buries the concept of live commentary.

- New Japan sweeping the 2014 Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards. Lord Mark weighs in.

- We praise locals doing well overseas, including Buddy Murphy in NXT, Ryan Rollins in AAA and TDMK in NOAH. Of course, we also lament Emma's fall from grace in WWE.

- We launch a new segment called SHARK WATCH (hi Andrew Carter!)

- His Lordship discusses Aussie promoters who repeatedly injure their opponents, such as Tommy Hellfire and TNT

- He also talks about the problem of promoters who work in cycles and not learning from history.

- There's the usual Queensland shitcanning (well-deserved this time, I might add)

- We praise the most charismatic wrestler in Australia today

- And we wrap things up by announcing 2014 Shit Kent Of The Year. It was a tough field of candidates this time. In fact, when AV Dangerously can't even make the top five, you KNOW there were a lot of shit kents out there in the Aussie wrestling scene.

 

Naturally, we digress on many, many tangents as we go along, highlighted by Dann's revolting anecdote about Terri Runnels that left his Lordship near speechless!

 

Enjoy!

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COMICS READ in 2013: 807

 

COMICS READ IN 2014:

JAN. 74

FEB. 89

MAR. 99

APR. 54

MAY 161

JUN. 93

JUL. 105

AUG. 65

SEP. 129

OCT. 96

NOV. 104

DEC. 110

Total comics (including graphic novels) read in 2014: 1179

 

I READ 807 comics in 2013, but upped my game in 2014 to read a whopping 1179 comics - that's nearly 100 comics a month! Listen to this podcast where I discuss the best and worst that I read last year. Below are my lists.

Cheers, Dann

 

BEST of 2014:

Lynd Ward: Six Novels in Woodcuts (Library of America, 2010) *****

Featuring Gods’ Man (1929), Madman’s Drum (1930), Wild Pilgrimage (1932), Prelude to a Million Years (1933), Song Without Words (1936) and Vertigo (1937)

 

Blue Is The Warmest Color by Julie Maroh

(Arsenal Pulp Press, 2010, 2013) *****

 

Stray Bullets: Über Alles Edition (Image, 2014) *****

- originally published in Stray Bullets #1-41 (El Capitan, 1995-2005, 2014)

Writer/artist: David Lapham

Stray Bullets: Killers #1-3 (Image, 2014) *****

Writer/artist: David Lapham

 

Rachel Rising Vol. 1: The Shadow Of Death (Abstract Studio, 2012) ****½

- originally published in Rachel Rising #1-6 (Abstract Studio, 2011-12)

Writer/artist: Terry Moore

Rachel Rising #7-25 (Abstract Studio, 2012) *****

Writer/artist: Terry Moore

 

Miracleman #1 (Marvel, 2014) *****

- originally published in various comics (1954, 1956, 1982, 1985)

Writer: Mick Anglo/Artist: don Lawrence, Mick Anglo (1954, 1956)

Writer: Alan Moore/Artist: Garry Leach (1982, 1985)

Miracleman #2 (Marvel, 2014) *****

- originally published in various comics (1954, 1955, 1982, 1985)

Writer: Mick Anglo/Artist: Don Lawrence, Mick Anglo (1954, 1955)

Writer: Alan Moore/Artist: Garry Leach (1982, 1985)

Miracleman #3 (Marvel, 2014) *****

Writer: Alan Moore/Artists: Alan Davis & Garry Leach

Miracleman #4 (Marvel, 2014) *****

- originally published in various comics (1983, 1984, 1989)

Writer: Alan Moore/Artists: Garry Leach, Alan Davis

Miracleman #5-6 (Marvel, 2014) *****

- originally published in various comics (1954-55, 1983)

Writers: Alan Moore, Mick Anglo/Artists: Garry Leach, Alan Davis, John Ridgway, Mick Anglo, Don Lawrence

 

The Spirit #4-5, 9 (Kitchen Sink Comix, 1984-85) *****

Writer/Artist: Will Eisner & friends

 

Death (Vertigo, 2014) *****

- originally published in a bunch of different comics (Vertigo, 1989-2003) 

Writer: Neil Gaiman/Artists: Dave McKean & many others

 

Andre The Giant: Life And Legend (First Second, 2014) *****

Writer/artist: Box Brown

 

Maximum Minimum Wage (Image, 2013) *****

- originally published in Minimum Wage Book One, Minimum Wage #1-10 (Fantagraphics, 1995-99)

Writer/artist: Bob Fingerman

Minimum Wage #1 (Image, 2014) ****

Writer/artist: Bob Fingerman

Minimum Wage #2 (Image, 2014) ****½

Writer/artist: Bob Fingerman

Read a forthcoming blog at for my thoughts on this excellent comic. 

Minimum Wage #3 (Image, 2014) ****½

Writer/artist: Bob Fingerman

Minimum Wage #4 (Image, 2014) *****

Writer/Artist: Bob Fingerman

Minimum Wage #5 (Image, 2014) *****

Writer/Artist: Bob Fingerman

Minimum Wage #6 (Image, 2014) ****½

Writer/Artist: Bob Fingerman

 

Graphic Ink: The DC Comics Art of Frank Quitely (DC, 2014) *****

- some pieces originally published as Batman: Scottish Connection (writer: Alan Grant, 1998); The Kingdom: Offspring #1 (writer: Mark Waid, 1999); Batman And Robin #1-3 (writer: Grant Morrison, 2009), The Sandman: Endless Nights (writer: Neil Gaiman, 2003); The Invisibles Vol. 3 #1 (writer: Grant Morrison, 2000)

 

Tom Of Finland: The Complete Kake Comics (Taschen, 2014) *****

- originally published in Kake #1-26 (various publishers, 1968-86)

Writer/artist: Tom of Finland

 

 

Sweet Tooth #1-25, Vols 5&6 (Vertigo, 2009-13) *****

- originally published in Sweet Tooth #1-40 (Vertigo, 2009-13)

Writer: Jeff Lemire/Artists: Jeff Lemire & friends

 

The Arrival (Lothian, 2006, 2014) *****

Writer/artist: Shaun Tan

 

The Graveyard Book Vol. 1 (Bloomsbury, 2014) *****

Writer: Neil Gaiman (novel), P. Craig Russell (adaptation)/Artists: P. Craig Russell & friends

The Graveyard Book Vol. 2 (Bloomsbury, 2014) *****

Writer: Neil Gaiman (novel), P. Craig Russell (adaptation)/Artists: P. Craig Russell & friends

 

75.-81. Locke & Key: Alpha & Omega (IDW, 2014) *****

- originally published in Locke & Key: Alpha #1-5 & Locke & Key: Omega #1-2 (IDW, 2012-13)

Writer: Joe Hill/Artist: Gabriel Rodriguez

 

The Sixth Gun Vol. 6: Not The Bullet, But The Fall (Oni Press, 2014) *****

- originally published in The Sixth Gun #36-41 (Oni Press, 2014)

Writer: Cullen Bunn/Artists: Tyler Crook, Brian Hurtt

 

 

 

WORST:

Image Firsts: Low #1 (Image, 2014) DUD

Writer: Rick Remender/Aritst: Greg Tocchini

 

Chesty Sanchez #2 (Antarctic Press, 1996) DUD

Writer: Steve Ross/Artists: Scott Michaud & Jayne Wu

 

Arrow Special Edition #1 (DC, 2012) DUD

Writers: too many/Artist: Omar Francia

 

East Meets West #1 (Innovation, 1990) -*****

Writer: Paul Power/Artist: Paul Power & friends

 

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ON THE road to South Australia last Christmas, Helen and I got thinking about the worst motels we've ever stayed in. Here's the resulting podcast. Twenty minutes of 110km/h goodness.

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YOUR host Dann Lennard is joined once again by his wife Helen as we travel cross-country at Christmas. And what better way to spend our time than discussing this obscure Marvel reprint title from the mid-70s. Why did this mediocre title filled with 50s Atlas horror reprints leave such a lasting impression on my psyche as a boy? Find out in this podcast.

Recorded on December 21, 2014 (my apologies about the poor sound quality - the tape recorder was a tad too close to the air-conditioner).

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SOMEWHERE...probably in suburban Adelaide...the members of early 80s punk band Jackson Zumdish are smiling at this cover version. :)

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WELCOME to our latest episode, with volume levels adjusted so you can hear the thing properly!

DANN LENNARD and LORD MARK WILLIAMSON kick off another titanic podcast with a letter about our last episode (from Adam G. of Melbourne).

Dubbs tells a jaw-dropping anecdote about Slade Mercer and Sid Parker and wrestler stupidity at WarZone. Oh boys!!!
This expands into general talk about wrestlers trying to get into free into local shows. Plus DON’T EVER ASK Lord Mark Williamson to help you get booked on any Aussie wrestling card.

Next, Dann talks about an article he's written aboutBruiser Brody. Loads of talk about this legendary brawler, including the Lex Luger shoot in a cage (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epmXA8w0Qjo), Brody's lack of professionalism in general, Brody vs Flair in a 60-minute match in St Louis in 1983 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FisTjkyS_w) and more!

Next, we get to the guts of this podcast: Dann's selections for the 2014 Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame. Yes, for the third year running, I've been given the honour of being a judge for the most prestigious wrestling/MMA hall of fame in the world. Here are my selections.

Brock Lesnar

Rock & Roll Express (Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson)

Sting

Ivan Koloff

Sgt Slaughter

Big Daddy

Jackie Pallo

Brute Bernard& Skull Murphy

Mark Lewin

Mario Milano

Bill Apter

Gorilla Monsoon

Don Owen

Jesse Ventura

Stanley Weston

And I give my reasons why for each candidate. I also list this year's nominees and why Owen Hart and Curt Hennig should NEVER get into the Hall of Fame.

Finally, we wrap things up with a serious discussion on Global Force Wrestling, Lucha Underground, TNA's TV, WWE RAW and more. Oh yeah....shit gets real, motherfuckers!!

It's an hour or so of thought-provoking, shit-stirring, intelligent discussion about the world's greatest sport. Download it HERE.

HERE'S THE FULL LIST OF WRESTLING OBSERVER HALL OF FAME NOMINEES (and their respective categories):

HISTORICAL PERFORMERS

Gene& Ole Anderson

The Assassins (Joe Hamilton & Tom Renesto)

Red Bastien

June Byers

Pepper Gomez

Dick Hutton

Pedro Morales

Ciclon Negro

Kinji Shibuya

Wilbur Snyder

John Tolos

Enrique Torres

Von Brauners & Saul Weingeroff

Tim "Mr. Wrestling" Woods

Johnny "Mr. Wrestling II" Walker

MODERN PERFORMERS (US/CAN. )

Junkyard Dog

Edge

Owen Hart

Curt Hennig

Ivan Koloff

Brock Lesnar

Fabulous Moolah

Dick Murdoch

Ken Patera

C.M. Punk

Rock& Roll Express (Ricky Morton & Robert Gibson)

Sgt. Slaughter

Jimmy Snuka

Sting

Ultimate Warrior

JAPAN CANDIDATES

Jun Akiyama

George Gordienko

Gran Hamada

Volk Han

Masahiko Kimura

Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan

Yuji Nagata

Seiji Sakaguchi

Mike& Ben Sharpe

Minoru Suzuki

Kiyoshi Tamura

Akira Taue

MEXICO CANDIDATES

Brazo de Oro & Brazo de Plata & El Brazo

Cien Caras

Hector Garza

Ultimo Guerrero

Karloff Lagarde

Blue Panther

L.A. Park

Huracan Ramirez

El Signo & El Texano & Negro Navarro

Vampiro

Villano III

Dr. Wagner Jr.

EUROPE CANDIDATES

Jim Breaks

Big Daddy

Giant Haystacks

Horst Hoffman

Billy Joyce

Kendo Nagasaki

Jackie Pallo

Rollerball Mark Rocco

Johnny Saint

Otto Wanz

AUSTRALIA/PACIFIC ISLANDS/ CARIBBEAN/AFRICA

Spyros Arion

Johnny Barend

Brute Bernard & Skull Murphy

Carlos Colon

King Kong Czaja

John DaSilva

Domenic DeNucci

Killer Karl Kox

Mark Lewin

Mario Milano

Jan Wilkens

NON-WRESTLERS

Bill Apter

Dave Brown

Jim Crockett Jr.

Jim Crockett Sr.

Gary Hart

Jimmy Hart

Howard Finkel

Jerry Jarrett

Larry Matysik

Gorilla Monsoon

Gene Okerluind

Don Owen

George Scott

Jesse Ventura

Stanley Weston

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WE'RE in God's own country for our latest podcast (recorded on Sunday, October 12). In this ep, Lord Mark Williamson and Dann Lennard discuss:

* Shazza McKenzie's obsession with gym selfies

* Rumours flying around the scene that Dann has lost his job (short answer: NO, HE HASN'T)

* WarZone 20 on Oct. 4 in Melbourne

* Who is Nathan Gordon and High Impact Wrestling?

* AV's recent "spectacular" show that drew NO paying fans

* The“Yagoona Screw-job" at Sydney's CWA involving those goofballs Dan Damage, Adam Asixx, CRSM and Randall. No-one comes out of this smelling like roses. Especially Mr Damage, who got outwitted by CJ Irwin. CJ Irwin!!!!, AND

* AWE's last show at Concord RSL featuring ex-WWE superstars Shelton Benjamin vs Orlando Jordan in the main event, and a sensational opener featuring Canberra veterans Crofty vs "Lightning" Luke Watts. Oh...and we discuss that godawful hair vs mask match...and we EXCLUSIVELY REVEAL why Tukahe DIDN'T lose his hair after losing!!! Also, we criticise fans who ruin shows by heckling......and yes, that DOES sound a little hypocritical.

After a short break, Dubbs gets serious and talks about the state of NSW wrestling. (HINT: it's not good).

It's 43 minutes of brilliance with absolutely NO discussion about sumo towels.

Overall, another controversial and sensational podcast by two of the most beautiful men in the Australian scene. Seriously, we're GORGEOUS!!!

 

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IN WHICH Dann is joined by his wife Helen on a road trip across Australia to discuss fear: in comics, in life and in movies.

Topics covered include Nailbiter from Image and Sweet Tooth from Vertigo...serial killers in South Australia during the 1970s and 80s, and how they affected our childhood perception of the world...movies such as the original Ring, the original The Vanishing and Joy Ride.

It's 43+ minutes in a noisy car spread over five days. It's epic, it's only tangentially about comics and I think it's my best podcast to date. Enjoy!

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IN WHICH I give my pre-show thoughts while driving to the PWA: Thin Red Line event at the somewhat isolated Casula Powerhouse last Saturday night. It's followed by my post-show comments once I'm safely home again. It's interspersed with drops from Edge & Christian and John Cena (back when he was entertaining on the mic), a musical interlude from Rubberbandits (above) and a four-minute "as-it-happens" summary of me getting lost in Liverpool on the way home.
It's 25+ minutes of wrestling stupidity, brought to you by Australia's most loveable pornographer.

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IN WHICH I talk about my history with the quirky English writer and how it grew to an obsessive love thanks to Amanda Fucking Palmer.

Plus my review of Grant Morrison's MULTIVERSITY #1.

20 minutes. Check out the podcast here.

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