Thursday, June 14, 2018

NEW STS!! Cool Kids Countdown XXXI: “10 Takeaways from Dominion” for Episode 124!!

It’s time for the “special edition” of “Shootin’ The Shiznit.” Brian Tramel and Lance LeVine bring you the Cool Kids Countdown XXXI: “10 Takeaways from Dominion” for Episode 124. Lance & BT count down the 10 things they took away with their own brand of unique humor. Almost 52 mins in rapid fire format !

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Derrick King Returns !

It’s time for a brand new episode of “Shootin’ The Shiznit.” Derrick King joins Brian Tramel for episode 123. DK returns this month after his “Memphis in May” series appearance. Derrick talks about Brandon Baxter, Power Pro Wrestling, Ohio Valley Wrestling, Brock Lesner, Shelton Benjamin, Randy Orton, Jim Cornette, Alan Steel, Wrestling with Death, a strip club story and much more! A fun 42 minutes !

Thursday, June 07, 2018

Cool Kids CountdownXXX: “The WTF News Desk May, 2018”

It’s time for the “special edition” of “Shootin’ The Shiznit.” Brian Tramel and Lance LeVine bring you the Cool Kids CountdownXXX: “The WTF News Desk May, 2018” for Episode 122. Lance & BT count down the 10 strange & fun topics of May in this monthly series with their own brand of unique humor. 46 mins in rapid fire format !

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

NEW STS!! Kenny Bolin makes his 3rd appearance joining BT for episode 121!!

It’s time for a brand new episode of “Shootin’ The Shiznit.” Kenny Bolin makes his 3rd appearance joining Brian Tramel for episode 121. Bolin & BT talk about when a lady tried to con him, growing up at the Louisville Gardens, meeting Jim Cornette for the first time, learning it was a work, a big rib on Cornette, food stamps and much more !

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Dustin “Five” Starr joins Brian Tramel for episode 120!

It’s time for a brand new episode of “Shootin’ The Shiznit.” Dustin “Five” Starr joins Brian Tramel for episode 120. This is the 6th & final show in our “Memphis in May” series. Starr talks about growing up as a fan in Memphis, training with Don Bass, Randy Hales, his first match, setting up the ring for Power Pro, Brandon Baxter, Beale Street Posse, wrestling in the Memphis area and much more! 41 action filled minutes!!

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

DK joins BT for STS !!!

It’s time for a brand new episode of “Shootin’ The Shiznit.” Derrick King joins Brian Tramel for episode 119. This is the 5th show in our “Memphis in May” series. Derrick talks about growing up as a fan in Memphis, training, Wrestling Observer, Power Pro, Randy Hales, wrestling in the Memphis area and much more!

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Cool Kids Countdown XIX “Top 10 Things We Are Looking Most Forward To About "All In"”

It’s time for the“special edition” of “Shootin’ The Shiznit.” Brian Tramel and Lance LeVine bring you the Cool Kids Countdown XIX “Top 10 Things We Are Looking Most Forward To About "All In" ” for Episode 118. Lance & BT count down reasons why “All In” is going be fun with their own brand of unique humor. 43 mins in rapid fire format !

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Eric Wayne joins BT for new STS!!

It’s time for a brand new episode of “Shootin’ The Shiznit.” Eric Wayne join Brian Tramel for episode 117. This is the 4th show in our “Memphis in May” series. Wayne talks about setting up the ring, Buddy Wayne jokes, the people that his Dad he worked with, being at TV5, writing columns for RRO, Mississippi wrestling, the infamous Randy Orton story and more. Fun episode clocks in at almost 48 minutes.

Monday, May 21, 2018

AS I SEE IT 5/21: Thoughts on a documentary you need to watch this weekend

AS I SEE IT
Bob Magee
Pro Wrestling: Between the Sheets
PWBTS.com


Combat sports and wrestling announcer Mauro Ranallo, and his lifelong battle with mental illness are the subject of a new Showtime Sports documentary titled "Bipolar Rock N' Roller". The title comes from the name Ranallo gave himself as a wrestling announcer and DJ back in the early 1990's. The documentary will premiere on Showtime during Mental Health Awareness Month this Friday at 9:00 pm ET/PT. 

Some of the footage you will see in the documentary is raw, visceral, and disturbing. It comes from Ranallo giving his best friend, Haris Usanovic, permission to film him at his lowest and highest points, during some episodes of the illness that are physically and emotionally hard to watch. But they are necessary to watch to understand the depths of the illness Ranallo has, how remarkable what Mauro Ranallo has accomplished is, and the true nature of the battle he faces daily. Friday's documentary also features interviews with friends and family members to further tell the story. 

Ranallo has said about this documentary: "The idea is simply to show others who suffer that they are not alone and that, even when the outlook is bleak, you can overcome and achieve success. Mental illness is a life sentence—there is no cure— but it doesn't have to be a death sentence." 

The battle Ranallo faces is not unique....far from it. 

Here are some numbers from the National Institute on Mental Illness: 

1 in 5 adults in the U.S.—43.8 million, or 18.5%— experiences mental illness in a given year.

1 in 25 adults in the U.S.—9.8 million, or 4.0%—experiences a serious mental illness in a given year that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities.

2.6% of adults in the U.S. live with bipolar disorder.

6.9% of adults in the U.S.—16 million—had at least one major depressive episode in the past year.

18.1% of adults in the U.S. experienced an anxiety disorder such as post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and specific phobias.
 

Unlike what some would prefer, what this documentary features can't be entirely divorced from the JBL-Vince McMahon-Mauro Ranallo situation of last year. It isn't entirely, as footage from WrestleMania 34 weekend in New Orleans is a part of the documentary. 

It's obvious that neither John Layfield or Vince McMahon caused Mauro Ranallo's illness. No one suggests that. As Ranallo has made clear, his illness pre-dates any of that by many years. But the thought that John Layfield, Vince McMahon and others involved (despite what any statement in a legal settlement says notwithstanding) in Ranallo's well- reported upon workplace bullying all played a major part in causing Ranallo's most recent breakdown. What took place caused pain for someone they KNEW was going through what he has to every day, and makes me feel there is a special place in the lowest level of Hell for anyone who was involved in it. 

People have committed suicide for far... far less. If WWE thinks they've had problems with the Saudi Arabia deal... what could have resulted had Mauro Ranallo not had the support system he did... might have been much, much worse. 

In a recent interview promoting the documentary for MMAJunkie.com, Ranallo said the following: 

“How many millions of people who suffer with what I do never get the #%&%@#$ chance and because of it have to kill themselves – because someone wouldn’t listen, Ranallo said.... “All I want is to be heard. Just listen. You can save a life. You don’t have to spend a cent. You don’t have to spend a cent – but we need money, we need resources from the government and the medical (industry).

Why can’t we talk about mental health, which impacts all of us? I cannot believe that still, even today, I have family: ‘When is he going to be OK? Does he look for attention like this all the time? Doesn’t he get enough attention being on TV?’ You think I do this for attention? Wow. I put myself
out there because I want to save a life because I’ve lost too many [people I know”].
 

As a society, we treat mental illness in an entirely different manner than we treat physical illness. If someone 
has a broken arm, they get it X-rayed and a cast put on it. If someone has cancer, they are treated with some combination of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation to try to save their life. If someone has an allergy, they take medication, or avoid the item they are allergic to as much as possible (or in some cases, avoid it completely). But no one thinks twice about it. 

But if someone is dealing with depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder, they are told to "snap out of it", to 
"grow a spine", to "deal with it". No one would think of saying those words to a child with leukemia...but they would, and do, to adults or children dealing with mental illness....even some in Ranallo's own family, 

The trailer for this documentary is linked below via You Tube, and is elsewhere online. Be aware that it is as 
disturbing as I described. Someone dealing with mental illness could well be triggered by what the trailer shows. 

It's at this link

If you can, please take the time to watch it, and to watch Friday's documentary when it airs, or on a subsequent airing. Then remember what you saw if a friend, co-worker, or loved one has mental health issues, and act accordingly. 

Showtime Boxing ran an ad for the documentary immediately before a Saturday night Showtime Boxing card that was called (as most are) by Ranallo. If WWE had one ounce of integrity, they would air an advertisement for it on RAW or Smackdown this week...or at least on WWE.com (if it was thought the ad might be a bit much for children or those not expecting it), especially since WWE footage was used in it. But I'm not holding my breath waiting for it. 

For anyone reading this blog who is dealing with depression, bi-polar disorder, or other mental health issues, please understand YOU ARE NOT ALONE. As the numbers above show, you are FAR from alone. 

Please talk to someone and use the resources here, or find someone you trust to help you. You ARE worth helping. 
* Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) - (800) 826-3632 
* National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)- 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) 
* Mental Health America (MHA) - (800) 969-6642 
* Adolescent Crisis Intervention/Counseling Nineline 1-800-999-9999 
* Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK 
* Mental Health America (800) 969-6MHA (6642)/In crisis? Call: 1-800-273-TALK 
* RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) 800-656- HOPE 

Until next time.... 

To contact me, email me at bobmagee1@hotmail.com or 
bobmagee856@gmail.com. 

Jim Vicious & BT Talk SMW on new STS!

I posted that match last week. Here is the show that I sit down to talk about the match with Jim Vicious. It’s time for a “special” episode of “Shootin’ The Shiznit.” In a simulcast of another podcast, the episode 10 of “Ringside with Jim” becomes episode 116 of STS. Jim Vicious of Suplex City Limits & BT watch Heavenly Bodies vs Thrillseekers from SMW. Watch the match with Jim & BT on youtube as it is posted on. www.stspod.club. Fun episode clocks in at 29 minutes.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

New episode of “Shootin The Shiznit.” “Picture Perfect” (Christian Jacobs & Chris O’Neal) join Brian Tramel !!

It’s time for a brand new episode of “Shootin The Shiznit.” “Picture Perfect” (Christian Jacobs & Chris O’Neal) join Brian Tramel for episode 115. This is the third show in our “Memphis in May” series. Both guys talk about how they started as fans, training to be a wrestler, tagging with other guys, forming “Picture Perfect,” Chris joining the team, Memphis Wrestling, working WWE shows, two funny WWE stories, two stories with BT and more ! 41 minute packed episode !

Thursday, May 10, 2018

“Shootin The Shiznit.” Mark Southern joins Brian Tramel for episode 113!!

It’s time for a brand new episode of “Shootin The Shiznit.” Mark Southern joins Brian Tramel for episode 113. This is the second show in our “Memphis in May” series. Southern talks about starting as a fan, watching Memphis Wrestling, going to Mid-South Coliseum, working outlaw shows, forming the Missouri Bad Boys, MBB police angles, working for BT, greatest rib ever on BT and much more! This is a fun 34 minute action packed episode !

Sunday, May 06, 2018

Cool Kids Countdown XXVII “Lance & BT DO The News: April 2017” for Episode 112

It’s time for the“special edition” of “Shootin’ The Shiznit.” Brian Tramel and Lance LeVine bring you the Cool Kids Countdown XXVII “Lance & BT DO The News: April 2017” for Episode 112. Lance & BT count down the 10 hottest topics of April in a new monthly series with their own brand of unique humor. 44 mins in rapid fire format !

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Simon Reed joins BT for new episode !

It’s time for a brand new episode of “Shootin The Shiznit.” Simon Reed joins Brian Tramel for episode 111. This is the first show in our “Memphis in May” series. Reed talks about starting as a fan, watching Memphis Wrestling, Sting, training with Don Bass, forming the Beale Street Posse, meeting Lil’Chris to form The Posse, BT tells a few Posse stories and much more! This is a fun 36 minute action packed episode !

Friday, April 27, 2018

Cool Kids Countdown XXVI “Reading is Your Friend Top 10 Dave Meltzer Trolls” for Episode 110!!

It’s time for the“special edition” of “Shootin’ The Shiznit.” Brian Tramel and Lance LeVine bring you the Cool Kids Countdown XXVI “Reading is Your Friend Top 10 Dave Meltzer Trolls” for Episode 110. Lance & BT count down the different trolls that seem to spend their life on Twitter being confrontational to Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer. A fun 44 minute episode !!

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Special "flashback" show from March, 2015!!!

It’s time for episode 109 of “Shootin’ The Shiznit.” Special "flashback" show from March, 2015. This is an episode of Tuesday Night Neckbreaker as host Michael Joy talks to Brian Tramel about Rasslin Riot, Ultimate Roider, Mick Foley, Ring Rat Report, smart fans “back in the day,” getting a call from one of the top companies about selling video tapes, Lawler doing a promo on BT, PWG, Daniel Bryan and more. A fun 36 minute episode !!

Friday, April 20, 2018

Cool Kids Countdown XXV “Superstar Shakeup: Irrelevant/Relevant Top 10”

It’s time for the“special edition” of “Shootin’ The Shiznit.” Brian Tramel and Lance LeVine bring you the Cool Kids Countdown XXV “Superstar Shakeup: Irrelevant/Relevant Top 10” for Episode 108. Lance & BT count down the good and the bad from Superstar Shakeup. In rapid fire format this action packed episode clocks in at a whopping 37 minutes !!

Super Fan Fred joins BT !!

It’s time for a brand new episode of “Shootin The Shiznit.” Superfan Fred Cotto joins Brian Tramel for episode 107. Cotto talks about starting as a fan, watching wrestling on WOR, going to MSG, wrestling in Mississippi, Wrestling Observer, Lawler is going to win the belt from Flair, all the places that Fred attends wrestling, Mania weekend shows, fan reaction live at Mania and more. This is a fun 30 minute action packed episode !

Saturday, April 14, 2018

NEW “Shootin The Shiznit.” Anthony Henry joins Brian Tramel !!

It’s time for a brand new episode of “Shootin The Shiznit.” Anthony Henry joins Brian Tramel for episode 106. Henry talks about starting as a fan, who did he like as a fan?, what makes a good worker?, being a UFC fan, training to be a wrestler, becoming a fan of New Japan, no flights for the New Japan dojo camp, wrestling Matt Riddle & more! This is a fun 36 minutes with a young independent wrestler.