For many years now, the pay-per-view event has been a staple of professional wrestling. It’s a ultimate test, in a romantic sense, proving to yourself and others that people like your wrestlers, your booking, your promotion enough that they’re willing to pay actual money to see what the payoff (unless they’re filthy, worthless pirates of course). ECW, one of the most important indie wrestling promotions in wrestling history, existed for five years before they could sell ppvs, and now those events are probably the only thing people know most about the company. Yes, they are a boon and a curse sometimes, a combination of validation and criticism of any and all the decisions leading up to that point. For a smaller company a poorly received ppv can be a make-or-break situation, for a larger one certainly a black eye. Serious fucking business.
It’s a whole new world these days. A world that revs up the engines for sports talk. A world that is much more accepting, even amongst the sports community, but also a world with tons of buffoonery for everyone. Mike “the Buzz-Saw” Asti and George “the Howitzer” Gerbo run through this bizarre world with immense destruction and entertainment at a premium.
Major League Baseball, usually hesitant to change, has announced a new instant replay system. This new policy is stemming from mass controversy over pivotal calls in the playoffs and key games the past few seasons. It will involve managers receiving challenges, hoping to take away all the flack of the umpires. While this sounds wonderful, is there a devil’s advocate side to this coin? How will a replay system in baseball be advanced over the years?
It wouldn’t be NFL training camp if there wasn’t asinine drama. The Washington Redskins franchise is rolling in drama that would be worthy of any soap opera. Robert Griffin III and Mike Shanahan have a different of opinion on how RGIII’s recovery should be handled. Why is this all being way overblown? Is there a right and wrong? Maybe both coach and player are actually right and acting in the expected manner.
Professional wrestling is even discussed, as WWE star Darren Young is now openly gay. One half of the Prime Time Players tag team has come out to the world. There’s been openly gay professional wrestlers in the past, but this marks the first one to be active during his announcement. Will this be used as part of a future storyline? Any chances this is actually a “work?” Mike explains how this wouldn’t have been possible in previous, more not breaking character obsessed eras.
Despite a whole new world, the Howitzer and Buzz-Saw continue to shock the world, by conquering sports radio, one day, at a time…
Herm Edwards preaches a valuable philosophy to athletes across the entire sports world. It’s simple: his “Don’t Press Send” lesson teaches athletes to think first before acting or tweeting buffoonery to the masses.
While most people would probably prefer if more actually followed this and listened to Herm. In contrast, Mike “the Buzz-Saw” Asti and George “the Howitzer” Gerbo are thrilled each and every time someone does not.
During this edition of the now famous and renowned HBS, your favorite sports genius’ banter about asininity, as only they can.
Aaron Hernandez’s former teammates sending a very public message of support to the once All-Pro tight end awaiting his murder trial. Should Maurkice and Mike Pouncey receive any punishment for rocking “Free Hernandez hats in a tweeted picture? If not from the NFL, should their respective teams get involved? As par for his heel course, I’m sure Mike’s thoughts will shock George and be agreed with by few.
Johnny Manziel resurrected an historic program and took the college football landscape by storm last season, so much so he became the first freshman ever to win the prestigious Heisman Trophy. Ever since his phenomenal year on the field ended, Johnny “Football” has done what most college kids do: party, drink, and stay up all night. Will his antics have any effect on the 2013 season and is too much being made of him acting as most guys his age do?
An MLB mid-season award segment and a discussion if the new FOX Sports 1 will truly give the sports media mothership, ESPN, a run for its money round out another gold quality program.
What’s always great and never asinine? The Howitzer and Buzz-Saw Show, that’s what. Always conquering sports radio, one day, at a time…
Originally posted July 17, 2013.
The July 15, 2013 edition of WWE Monday Night Raw was one of the top-to-bottom most enjoyable three-hour programs since they switched to 3 hours last summer. There were two big reasons for that. The first was because they were in front of a hot, enthusiastic crowd. New York is considered the “home market” for WWE and they were in the new Barclays Center (home of the Brooklyn Nets) for only the second time. It was the first time for Monday Night Raw. Continue reading
I’ve wanted to do some type of awards article for the longest time now. Then that turned into doing an awards podcast, but Thomas and I never brought that to fruition (my fault, I was too busy making music). Then the idea got away from me until I realized what just passed: WrestleMania NY/NJ (XXIX!).
WrestleMania is in the air and the “grandest stage of them all” is poised for another monumental event. With WrestleMania 29 only days away, Mike “the Buzz-Saw” Asti welcomes a familiar wrestling talk foe – Kelen “B Hyphen” Conley, back to the HBS ring.
The ultimate media “heel” grapples with the ultimate media “baby face” (even more so than the Howitzer), as they discuss everything and anything going on in World Wrestling Entertainment, building up to the culmination of another WWE season. What do they think of the card? How does it stack up with past Wrestlemanias? How could this show have been set up differently? What will be the outcomes of each match and what will they lead to in the coming months? Will the buried and demoted stars return to the main event ranks post-mania?
John Cena and The Rock in a Wrestlemania 28 re-match. This time for the gold. Will it be better than last year’s match? Mike surely hopes so. Is their rivalry already stale? Is this now the perfect opportunity to FINALLY have Cena become a bad guy?! Maybe one day Mike and Kelen will agree on this age old wrestling argument. Not likely.
CM Punk challenges “The Streak” and the Undertaker defends Paul Bearer’s honor. Thoughts on the streak in general. And a guaranteed passionated debate on if the use of Paul Bearer’s death has been over the line. Vince McMahon loves the polarizing controversy and so does the Buzz-saw.
A long standing Randy Orton heel turn prediction will be reiterated throughout the broadcast, as the Howitzer and Buzz-saw Show welcomes WRESTLEMANIA to the program.
Mike “the Buzz-Saw” Asti is a legendary conquer. Like most Hall of Fame conquers, the Buzz-Saw doesn’t “job” for anyone. As he does with each breath on the mic, the Buzz-Saw conquers sports radio, one day, at a time…
Madness. One word says it all. For some boring fools, March just means spring and warmer weather (or so they say). For the rest of us, it means the most madness filled sports month of the year. Professional athletes take a backseat to college kids. It’s the NCAA Tournament. It’s the place dreams come true, eternal memories are formed, hearts are broken, a nation unifies, and Davids and Goliaths are on an equal stage.
Mike “the Buzz-Saw” Asti and George “the Howitzer” Gerbo do what the rest of the country is doing, they fill out their brackets. Your favorite sports genius’ go through the entire field and give their picks. Based on Mike’s high winning percentage in competitions against George, can the Howitzer pull off a sports pick’em equivalent to a 16 over a 1 seed? On second thought, we’ll be nice, 15 over a 2… At least that’s been accomplished before.
What’s their Final Four look like? Do elite programs like Louisville and Indiana have enough to go the distance? Will a year of improbable upsets continue? Can Gonzaga, now with expectations, finally get the job done and make a deep run? Is Duke vulnerable by carrying several disappointing losses? Is Miami (FL.) poised to prove themselves? Does the Michigan bandwagon have any room left? Which low seeded teams have that dark horse potential?
George always knows he’s risking unbearable bragging and bravado any time he enters into a competitive venue against the Buzz-Saw.
We now all prepare for that one shining moment. You know what? Screw the corny stuff. Let the games begin!
The Howitzer and Buzz-Saw conquer madness and sports radio, one day, at a time…