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What BSH is watching: Bill Matz

Believe it or not, I’ve been watching more than just pro wrestling

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Well, here we are. A world without sports. We’re stuck in our homes without the comfort of yelling at the hockey men on the television screen. So, how are you all filling the void? Obviously, this is a rhetorical question. I can’t hear you.

But if you’re wondering how I’m doing without the hockey team the Flyers, well, here’s a rundown of some of the things I’ve been filling my time watching on the ol’ boob tube.

What I’m watching: Movies

I’m not huge on movies. I have some films I love and I watch them repeatedly, but I find it very hard to dedicate two hours to any new flick. That said, I can burn seven hours watching a full season of a show I love, even one I’ve already seen, without a problem. But for whatever reason, movies just haven’t been doing it for me.

So when the BSH Radio crew was deciding how to produce content during the hockey hiatus, I was interested to make myself watch some things I’d normally never put on, and with the first episode, we did exactly that.


I’d never seen Highlander before (I know, I know, I saw your replies to my tweet), and it was a lot of fun to go back and watch a cult classic about which I only knew of because of other pop culture references to it.

Good times. Listen to the show for more. And hey I’m picking the movie in a couple weeks, if you have any you think Charlie would enjoy sprung on him, leave your suggestions in the comments.

What I’m watching: TV Shows

Man, what haven’t I been watching?

There’s a few current shows on regular television I keep up with, my favorite being Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Seriously, don’t sleep on this show. Funny, heart, lovable characters- everybody who gets over not wanting to watch an NBC/FOX show (I was one of these people) and actually gives it a chance enjoys it. Recommend highly.

I also got caught up on the third season of The Sinner.

I thought it absolutely sucked. And I thoroughly enjoyed the first installment and didn’t have a problem with the second. But Jesus, what a bunch of drivel this recently completed third season was. Just... I don’t even want to get into it.

Now, for the streaming series.

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Don Draper’s daughter is now a teenaged witch. Both my fiancee and I loved the first season. I’m liking the second so far, but progress has stalled in making it through a good binge of episodes. Co-habitation has its ups and downs.

Boy Meets World

I threw this on when I was bored one night. Couldn’t sleep. Just clicked the first thing that sparked a little nostalgia while perusing Disney+ and I am having a great time re-living this TGIF classic.

First of all, my god, by the time Cory and Shawn reach their sophomore year of high school they’ve made out with more girls than I have in my 31 years of life.

Next, I’d love to know how Eric ended up even getting into college. I’m sure there’s some sappy crap that Feeny has a hand in that I don’t remember, but he did not deserve admittance into any accredited university.

I’m into season four (been binging hard the last two days) and he’s a stone cold dummy. It’s like the last week of high school before he stops getting straight F’s. The fact that he and Topanga end up at the same higher learning institution is really an indictment of the necessity of attending high school.

Finally, did they just get a new Harley Keiner for like one episode and then throw the old one back in there again later? Did anybody notice this the first time around?

Tiger King

This show is worse than the rona.

Just a bunch of animal-abusing, meth-smoking imbeciles filming themselves being jerkoffs.

I haven’t felt like I wasted this much time ever in my life. And, again, I’m on season 4 of a Boy Meets World re-watch. Joe Exotic’s rise to prominence is, without exaggeration, the worst thing to happen to American culture in the 21st century.

What I’m watching: Pro Wrestling

I have put this part last because I know not everybody enjoys professional wrestling and I didn’t want anybody to just see all these wrestling shows and go, “ehh screw it.” I had to fit a podcast embed in here and I couldn’t risk people not even getting to it.

So anyway, for those of you still interested, I’ve been passing most of my time by watching rasslin’. What, exactly? Well...

Dark Side of the Ring (Viceland)

Just kicking off its second season, Dark Side of the Ring is a documentary series breaking down some of the most notorious real life incidents and personalities to grace the professional wrestling realm.

The story of Chris Benoit and the grizzly double-murder/suicide he committed in 2007 were the subject of a two-part season premiere last week. A lot has been said, written, and reported about Benoit in the thirteen years since he killed his wife, son, and himself at their Georgia home, seemingly out of the blue, but this show captured a very fair and accurate look at the events leading up to the man’s final days.

Even if you’re not into wrestling, it’s a fascinating true crime doc. And, as I’m writing this, episode two of Dark Side is currently airing. It will feature an infamous hardcore wrestler named New Jack. If you’re unfamiliar with his work, this is a brief synopsis of why the episode is titled “The Life and Crimes of New Jack.”

I haven’t been watching much of the live WWE product. They’re still running shows in empty facilities, and I’ll be tuning into Wrestlemania on Saturday April 4 and Sunday April 5. But my interest in WWE has been waning for several months, and not ever Mania week mixed with a complete lack of other televised live events has me scrambling to tune in on Mondays and Fridays.

I have been keeping up with AEW’s regular show, Dynamite, as well as their weekly YouTube offering, AEW Dark.

There’s a ton of outside-the-mainstream wrestling on YouTube.

Both MLW and Billy Corgan’s (yes, that Billy Corgan) revitalized NWA have a ton of content to get caught up with. I especially enjoy the old school feel of NWA with the “studio wrestling” vibe, and how they’re blending older talent with some of the bigger names on today’s indie scene.

In terms of archival stuff, I recently signed up for Impact Plus, the Impact/TNA streaming service and I have to say I’m really happy with it. I though I’d just watch a few AJ Styles and Samoa Joe matches and cancel before my free trial expired but I’m having a blast going back and watching full events and seeing workers who I used to really enjoy but just forgot about for one reason or another.

Elix Skipper, America’s Most Wanted, Petey Williams, Chris Sabin, Monty Brown. I just watched a 22-minute main event match between Jeff Jarrett and Diamond Dallas Page that wasn’t that bad.

Finally, a couple of my fellow wrestling nerd friends do a thing in our group text every week where we pick a match and rate it. Just smarks being smarks.

Being as it’s Wrestlemania season, we’re rating Shawn Michaels Mania matches and I just went back and watched his two encounters with the Undertaker from 2009 and 2010. Freakin’ gold. These matches became the blueprint for epic encounters inside and outside of the WWE Universe. Still great a decade later.

Well, that’s it.

As you can see my couch and remote have been getting one hell of a workout. Let me know if there’s anything you think I’m really missing out on. I definitely have the time.