Episode 8: Holy Diamante!: September 19, 2021

Rats Like Cheese
"When Mr. Freeze kidnaps a baseball player to make Batman surrender himself in exchange for his revenge, the Caped Crusader agrees to do so."
82 minutes

RD Is Cheering for Mr. Freeze, and he has a "tremendous" Batman and Joker surfing shirt. For some reason Vince's name is now the newly renamed ChannelAttitude.com, and he is wearing a sleeveless shirt to show off his inked arms. 

Vince requests his Co-Bro for some background on Mr. Freeze, of whom RD is Cheering for. RD debates the necessity for canon for fictional works ([insert franchise of choice here]), but in the "normal" version of events as derived from the Animated Series he is trying to rescue his wife Nora through his criminal activity. This Freeze is much different, enough that Vince spoonerisms him as "Timber-Me-Shivers". (Now why wasn't he one of his henchmen?)

Here all of a sudden we have Batman causing Freeze's condition through throwing anti-freeze at him sometime before this episode because apparently that's how such things work. (:05) Vince wonders why they couldn't have spent more of the backstory on the previous episode, and even then the information here is shaky. RD counters that the series was unrelated to the comics overall of the time. But he double checks to protect himself from the geeks, nerds, and poindexters.

Vince also wonders of the episode's weird title. RD reminds him it was spoken by his beloved Princess Sandra, Formerly Sandra Karlson from Brooklyn. He has no idea why he wrote 37 pages of notes.

Anyway, the summation of the previous episode clearly shows the Dynamic Duo's stunt doubles, including the role of Robin now being played by Steve Carrell. (:10) Vince has questions, and this is coming from a guy who oversaw WCW Thunder. RD has to remind him they were not planning for in-depth analysis 55 years later. 

Also we start with random street shots before cutting to a hospital at "midnight...at the Super Hypotherm Deicifier Chamber Mark 7!" Vince asks RD to apologize for missing the police may have saved the frozen Duo. RD thinks it was the Fire Department. (:13) He thinks the two lying frozen on a table reminds him of his old dog Piper relaxing in the sun. 

The attending police officers then randomly mocking the medical attendant named...Vince. He responds with overacting which RD demonstrates.

RD had also noted Gordon praying for "two magnificent specimens of manhood" for your consideration. Vince turns a thawing nob, and the first thing the suddenly dry Duo do is shake each other's hands. O'Hara: "SAINTS BE PRAISED!"

A displeased Mr. Freeze is left to brood in his antarctic lair in the middle of summer. (:20) He threatens Batman to "die...die...DIE!!!". Or he's just saying the German "the" for some reason. Vince wonders if Sanders used this to audition for The Jungle Book and have another take his place. 

Vince knows they next have footage in Dodgers Stadium. The Narrator gushes over the beauty of Princess Sandra, Formerly Sandra Karlson from Brooklyn, about to throw the first pitch. RD admits she has improved her standing in his eyes to a mediocre 5 Batpoles. Vince: "I thought she looked very good." Bruce and folks are there in attendance as she talks about her desire to meet the Duo, "socially of course!" Dick gives Bruce an extremely small package...of peanuts, and Bruce rudely throws the shells on the floor. Vince wished he would have put them in the bag instead. 

Suddenly we hear one of the players, Diamante, is missing "due to reasons". Cue other henchman "Boo" to suddenly skywrite: "Three strikes you're out Batman!" Cue the group having to leave for a "board meeting". Vince would have preferred a distracting scuffle over a foul ball instead.

Freeze calls the police to gloat while the Duo are present and to offer his captured player in exchange for Batman and a 1st round pick: "I don't vant even a mark!" Batman: "Diamante is the idol of millions of impressionable young lads who look up to him. HE MUST LIVE to inspire the youth of today who will become the men of tomorrow!" Vince gives him applause. 

Batman goes off on his own to Freeze. Robin returns to the Batcave where Alfred mixes up giving him tea with a parfait. Mrs. Deal had to remind her husband that he used the wrong name for her the English use "tea" more to reference afternoon snacking rather than just the drink itself. Robin admits he planted a tracking device on his chum, leaving him to be super excited by eating some dessert without Bruce being around to make fun of him. (:35)

Batman shows up at a poorly shot office complex for the trade where he's knocked out and thrown into Freeze's helicopter. When Robin shows up, the Co-Bros are confused by the "ill fitting" sweat pants he is wearing for some reason, perhaps because he stained his tights. 

Freeze holds Batman in a beef locker with the meat still within it. RD wonders why Freeze keeps the rest of his abode at 76 degrees (Fahrenheit...I hope). (:40) RD lives in 70, Vince lives in 72. He relates how in Florida retirement homes they are around 80 degrees in the summer due to saving costs by not using air conditioning. Thus Freeze is of retirement age or thinks others are Florida retirees. Or he's just a jerk. Sadly the temperature is too cold for Batman to fully fight or act against "Cold Fish" Freeze who is waiting to see how his mood will be before he further acts. The Co-Bros express sympathy for his cold plight and making Batman thus know how it feels. So of course Batman doesn't apologize. 

Anyway, Freeze also kidnaps Robin to have for dinner (with Batman). (:46) Freeze states he can put wine into whatever temperature he wants. RD wonders how he could eat or drink frozen or iced stuff then. Freeze then asks for Batman's apology for putting him in his state, of which RD is Cheering for. Of course instead Batman attacks: "We can get you some medical help." Freeze: "IN PRISON?" Robin: "I slipped on the Baked Alaska."

Batman gets Freeze with a punch to the face "right on the button" with the help of "super thermal be long underwear", leaving bare his face. RD wonders if that was the case why he didn't do anything earlier. Vince thinks his smelling the Baked Alaska messed with his head. 

The rest of the fight is boring until Robin finds and pushes a stuffed polar bear on wheels at the grouping. O'Hara doesn't even give an excuse for the police's late show, further proof of Gordon secretly interfering for his own nefarious ends. 

Everyone end parties at a hotel instead of the Stately Wayne Manor, as Diamante reunites with his date Princess Sandra, Formerly Sandra Karlson from Brooklyn, while carrying a baseball. (:57) RD complains that she also had her eye on Bruce as everyone expresses disgust at the Baked Alaska. 

Vince searches for Baked Alaska through a screen share. (:59) RD has to guide his Co-Bro into doing an image search, which is further confused by his using Yahoo instead of Google. 

Vince was most impressed by Freeze and his performance as a villain so far even if gets his name wrong. RD agrees with him. "How did that man not win an Emmy for this?" he asks in all seriousness. The two wonder if they put him in the prison meat locker. 

The two have no memory of next week's villain Zelda the Great, other than the usual jokes nowadays about a certain game series. (:66) Vince goes to "The Google" to check and ends up at a Wikipedia entry. He then looks through some random images. 

RD reiterates with Vince that Freeze is technologically savvy. Vince wonders why his plan for revenge would be complicated with other stuff. RD reminds who is complaining about complexity in storylines before he starts his shilling. (:71) His latest induction is on the now closed WWE Niagara Falls that he once visited to buy a cup from.


  • Special Guest Villain: Mr. Freeze (George Sanders)

 

  • SPEAKING OFs: 1. Germans
  • Screen Shares: 2. Vince, Vince
  • URLs not taken: 1. VinceRussosNotABadLookingBroad.com

Episode 7: Holy Wunderbar!: September 12, 2021

Instant Freeze
"Dr. Shivel aka Mr. Freeze has returned and is seeking revenge on Batman, who accidentally spilled a freeze solution on him, being forced to live in a -50 climate. He is committing crimes involving diamonds, or "ice," in different forms. He freezes the duo, who look like goners."
92 minutes

RD is Less Boring than Mr. Freeze. Like Vince I disagree. RD is glad this episode wasn't the first as he found it terrible. Like Vince I disagree.

Vince finds it weird that he thought it would be a different actor playing Mr. Freeze than the one we get today. RD finds it weird that it was more action than camp today. Both liked that they started with action though, in this case at an ice rink with a looping scream and a motorcycle cop: "some kook melted the ice skating rink!" says someone in a "Gotham" accent. 

Vince has no idea why villains need to do something outlandish to get Batman's attention when just a simple crime will do. (:08)

The motorcycle cop chases a truck for "Amalgamated Ice Cream" causing RD to consult a dictionary. Mr. Freeze stops the cop by freezing the road. Vince continues to wonder why Batman would need to be consulted anyway for the act of flamethrowing an ice rink. RD likens it to if anything happened to his video store. He also reminds him it was Gordon who made the call.

Vince segues to his time between WCW and TNA where he ran a seedy CD warehouse and hired someone because he gave him a business card for "Dawgman". He once chased a teenage shoplifter in a truck while leaving the shop unattended. (:12) RD was concerned he would shoot him.

For the first time we get some background on a villain, even if he is a "diabolical snowman" (:20). This is done in a police station with only 3 other unkempt looking police officers including O'Hara. Attitude Era WWF banned facial hair according to Vince like a reverse theocracy. (McMahon DID try to book a match against God after all.)

This time Bruce and a quite excited Dick are talkin' baseball (and Holy Koufax) (:23). Alfred loudly announces the Batphone calling right near some civilian players without coding it. Bruce responds by having to go for his date and a "teenage girl" for Dick. Vince thought Bruce was wearing a odd hairpiece. 

Cut to showing Mr. Freeze in an astronaut suit. George Sanders was the original Shere Khan in The Jungle Book. Despite it being one of his top three favorite movies Vince mistakes him for voicing Kaa. 

Batman: "Well poor devil!...He probably wants some kind of dividend."

Apparently he was the one who caused the suit due to throwing anti-freeze at him in a lab fight. Between this and originally being named Mr. Zero it's a wonder an animated series of all things 25 years later finally gave him his due (and Mark Hamill his first step to becoming the Joker).

The police have no idea what 'dividend' means. O'Hara: "Shenanigans!" Vince gives him and RD canned applause. 

The Co-Bros are confused about where there would be nearby mountains where Freeze would be hiding in his air-conditioned lair. RD uses his Germanic heritage to say his one German phrase that he has lost his keys. Vince finds him more intelligent than the earlier villains. (:33) RD thinks he should have gone legit with a cooling and heating company or by using his technology for good and profit. Vince gives him more applause but he knows he would not give up his desire for revenge. 

Mr. Freeze: "I vill toy with him like cat mitt maus!...Virst I toy, und then I destroy!"

His plan is to...use five Batmen and Freezes. He leaves this to his henchmen Nippy, Chill, and...Moe. 

In the Batcave's (not Mr.) Freeze Chamber, the Duo try to adapt to sub-zero temperatures with anti-freeze capsules on monkeys. (:40) RD jumps too far ahead to Vince's liking, ignoring Alfred giving the Duo iced tea for their "chilly reception". Quote he: "contraption". 

RD then has to help Vince understand their logic in reading a map to deal with the now six Batmen running around town. Even Gordon knows something is up, and it's not just the extra person. They find Freeze wants to steal diamonds, or "ice" as he calls them, including one Kashmir Diamond. He melts a horse figure, freezes the safe containing the diamond, then melts it. Yet he doesn't want his henchmen to shoot the guards with actual guns. 

Then the fakes and the real Duo show up for the fight which finally has music and graphics. (:47) Robin almost punches his own friend during the scuffle. "It's the real me, chum!" Mr. Freeze...freezes the Batmobile before escaping with an immediate skywriting "Strike one on Batman!" Vince gives RD applause for correcting his pronunciation of the word "turbines". RD wonders how Mr. Freeze could have pulled off such timing. Vince McMahon: "Creative license."

Back to the Batcave they turn to the Inter-digital Bat-Sorter Anti-Crime Computer to determine that Freeze will now rob jewelry shops. Robin: "YYYEEEAAAHHH!!!" RD hopes they got their money's worth.

They also determine another prospective target with the world's largest diamond would be one Princess Sandra, Formerly Sandra Karlson from Brooklyn. "Baby Got Back!" Vince handwrote and underlined. "Now this was a tasty morsel!" (:51) He gives her 8 Batpoles. RD: "What? She's maybe, dot dot dot, MAYBE, in all caps, if I am being generous, like a 5." Sadly actress Shelby Grant (Formerly Brenda Lou Thompson) is no longer with us. Vince knew her husband Chad Everett. RD keeps unfairly calling her a dog.

Princess Sandra, Formerly Sandra Karlson from Brooklyn gets beef in a crate, but it's actually Freeze as "Cold Cuts!" The two wonder why he had to do such rather than just break in normally, unless he wanted to establish his pun-making capabilities

Cue the Bat-Turn into more serious stuff for some reason as Freeze had frozen and then shattered someone. The two wonder if Alfred will have to clean it up with a wetvac. They also learn his name is Dr. Art Shivel. (Dr. Victor Fries would only be after the 80s Crisis on Infinite Earths.) The Dynamic Duo climb four feet up the building Freeze is in boringly rather than with the Batrope.

Freeze finds his items with a "VUNDERBAR!" (:61) Arby's is Vince's favorite fast food joint but they don't have the Wunderbar ketchup dispenser that was at RD's branch for six months. Vince reminds people to use the Arby sauce which RD's Cincinnati branch didn't have. RD likes asking for "horsey sauce". 

The two disagree on putting mayonnaise on hot dogs. Vince applauds his wife for being married to him for soon to be 38 years despite sometimes getting on each other's heads. This includes using all the condiments which he despises and feels he has to apologize for. (:65) RD never had that problem or any other with his 20 year marriage to Mrs. Deal. 

Anyway, Freeze ignites the curtains to try and distract Batman: "Safety of hotel guests first!" he tells Robin. (:69) Vince wonders why he would want to use fire since he is an iceman. Down on the street Freeze freezes the Duo by pointing his gun at them before pulling the trigger, just as another immediate skywriting states "Strike two on Batman!" 

Mr. Freeze: "That is the way the ice cube crumbles!"

Narrator: "Is Robin cool?...FOR GOOD? Can no one save our noble pair of human Popsicles? Same time, same channel! One word of warning: by watching you too can lose your cool!"

RD thinks this is the worst episode yet and dreads the next one. Vince disagrees due to Freeze's backstory. He also waits 24 hours before kissing his wife after she eats one of her condimented sandwiches. RD responds by calling his wife by the wrong name.

One of Vince's fellows shouted out WrestleCrap. RD was private message shouted out by a former WWE person now at ESPN. (:79)

Vince is not yet familiar with AEW or Tony Khan and doesn't understand the hatred around things. (:89) He plans to watch an episode of Rampage to discuss vs. RD next time for Patreon.


  • Special Guest Villain: Mr. Freeze (George Sanders)

 

  • RD Time Outs: 1
  • Vince Time Outs: 2
  • Entertain The People: 2

Episode 6: Holy Deadlines!: September 5, 2021

Batman is Riled
"Batman avoids a public unmasking but is unable to bring in the Joker, thanks to the villain's utility belt. Eventually, Batman and Robin are captured by the Joker's gang. But the Joker doesn't know a showdown with the Dynamic Duo awaits."
82 minutes 

RD is Harold's Real Dad. He wrote down more than he ever did when he was in university. Vince gives him sound clipped applause for his smarts.

Previously "the Joker throws a curve!", due to his pitching. RD gives a run-down. He enjoyed the narrator randomly saying "gesundheit." 

Vince wonders why the Joker's hair was brown on TV and no where else in the series. (:05) RD reminds him they didn't expect the series to be examined in such minute detail.

Anyway, the Joker does a zombie crawl to try and unmask the Duo. RD thinks he moved slower than near death Andre the Giant. The Co-Bros call him out for again being foiled by the constitutionally-mandated utility belt that he didn't bother to remove from Batman which he used to escape once more through triggering the sprinklers with a bomb. Vince thinks this is foreshadowing the US's future Afghanistan involvement. RD: "Wow." (:10) 

Batman takes too long to secure his Batrope to his Batarang before throwing it (and never missing). I suppose a grapple would be too complicated or big to use and attach to any utility belts (covered by the constitution or otherwise), never mind it looking too much like a gun to confused those like five year old Vince watching.

Batman: "As a duly deputized agent of the law, I order you to surrender!"
Joker: "As the crown prince of crime, I decline! I hope this doesn't depress you!"

And then he uses a theatrical sandbag to pull himself up. As Batman chases Joker stops him with binding confetti. Now fully tied up and helpless...Joker just leaves. RD theorizes he just wanted to have others know who Batman was rather than himself. Vince thinks one of his henchmen would be shooting shaky-cam Raw 50 years later. RD: "No one can be that bad."

Batman (exhausted for some reason): "This time the Joker gave the party. Next time we will hand out the door prizes."

Back at the Batcave they watch anchorman Fred quote the Narrator. Then Fred re-quotes him to Gordon. This depresses him, and causes O'Hara to try and photobomb the screen for some reason. (:18) A very young RD had his photo with Bret Hart photobombed by Owen. Fred thinks the high crime is caused by "Batman and Robin's impotence." Then he quotes the prayers of his Small Son Harold, Just Eight Years Old. (:23) Vince wonders if and why they're overreacting to the Joker's impotence. 

The Co-Bros disagree still on Queenie, even more so when they thought her actress was Kim Novack instead of Nancy. (:27) Mrs. Deal thinks they should rate the men like they do the women with their Batpoles. RD responded by asking her what she thought about Gordon.

Anyway the Joker interrupts to shock Fred with his joy buzzer to taunt Fatman and Boy Blunder. Vince thinks Romero improvised it. RD thinks he enjoys his mocking. Vince liked the camera antics including zooming in the eponymous facial hair and his crooked teeth. RD liked Vince didn't mock Queenie's mask. "As long as you're not impotent."

Vince has to step out of the studio to unsuccessfully retrieve his phone. RD entertains the people by comparing Vince's space unfavorably to his own for a solid minute. (:33)

Alfred corrects Bruce's grammar. Vince is reminded of when Wade Keller also does that when they podcast together. 

While Robin is himself depressed about things, (and Vince thought he was talking about his gimmick when he said "we only have so much to give,") the two figure things out to crash into a glass warehouse to have a fight without word balloons or sound to cover up the stunt doubles. Vince wondered why the Duo would need them instead of doing things themselves and/or with Alfred. RD guesses it was for insurance purposes.

Poor Batman is once again tied up in confetti when he doesn't realize his utility belt was swapped out for a fake one. "He hit us below the belt!" (:43) Cue the newspaper spin headline: "POLICE POWERLESS!" RD thinks that should have been the headline all the time. Robin: "Holy deadlines! We're Grade A dumbbells!" Batman reminds him there's no shame in sometimes putting yourself first.

RD bumps Queenie to 8 Batpoles due to her new look. Vince once interviewed Susie Spirit who is thus off the charts according to his view. Joker aims to do more antics with a fake champagne bottle. "I swear by every fiend of felonious fundom!" RD thought he heard funyuns. I know at least one voice actor who hates them.

Joker (giving the bottle to Queenie): "You know what to do with this." Vince thinks he's sexual innuendo-ing.

Sad News: Last day's bar patron did not show up to heckle the Duo or be a series regular. Instead somebody else did while they were christening the SS Gotham with the Joker's gimmick bottle. RD does Gordon as played by Tiny Tim. Batman, sensing something is up from the cork and the fake utility belt, tells Robin to take a "universal drug antidote" pill with him to combat a "contagious" headache, which may result from knockout gas coming out of the bottle. Vince finds it hilarious that they use gas all the time more than he ever used poles. RD thinks it's that or toy swords.

Joker captures them again and demands the "title" to the boat. The Co-Bros disagree on what that means. (:53) If he does not get it the Joker will decapitate the Duo. Vince knows they're just pretending yet is puzzled by why they're not looking at the action in case something happens. But they get up anyway. Joker: "Egads! What sorcery is this?"

Vince wonders if there are paralyzing gasses other than his own personal one. 

Cue the big fight with music and graphics and the Joker Donkey Kong throwing barrels around before he trips on his own utility belt causing an explosion. Queenie tries and fails to seduce Batman. Quote he: "Poor deluded child."

Fred can now reassure his Small Son Harold, Just Eight Years Old, that Batman & Robin will always be around to help. Sadly neither can do anything to help Dick being picked on again by Bruce and Aunt Harriet while at the piano again. Vince wishes he was able to track down Current Day Harold, Just Sixty Three Years Old. RD pictures him running a Jiffy Lube while drug dealing in Tupelo. Vince thinks his dog Spot gave him rabies. (:61)

To spread things out for the long term (that's the joke), Vince wants a bonus episode for the next time. He thinks next one's Mr. Freeze would also be a strong threat for Batman. RD suggests to wait a while for that until they have more villains to discuss. He finds Joker creepy enough as he is currently, more so than Riddler. 

RD shills. (:70) Vince guesses one Mike Derbin messaged RD that he was using his microphone wrong. He propped it up with a copy of The Death of WCW (10th Anniversary Edition). The two discuss their book writing and potential plans (if got around to them). 

Of the six episodes so far, Vince thinks today's was the best, even if mediocre. RD has it as pretty good, Queenie's presence or otherwise. (:77) Sad News: he never saw The Green Hornet, unlike Vince.


  • Special Guest Villain: The Joker (Cesar Romero)

 

  • Vince Time Outs: 1  
  • Entertain The People:
  • Poor Deluded Child: 1

Episode 5: Holy Koufax!: August 29, 2021

The Joker is Wild
"The Joker decides to fight fire with fire against Batman with a utility belt of his own."
72 minutes 

RD Thinks Criton's A Crook. Russo disagrees. He also doesn't listen to his own podcasts. However the other day while driving this podcast came on and his wife seemed to like it. I'm glad it wasn't the last radio progrem then where one of the people was a concussed drunkard.

Vince likes the show's attempts at continuity. That's the joke. (:03) But this is actually due to Warden Criton to again appear with his "advanced theories of penology making a place where recreation is part of reform." RD wants a similar character to appear in pro wrestling. Vince thinks it's referencing his gimmick.

At Arkham Asylum Gotham State Penitentiary, "entertainment plays a role in CONtainment". (:07) Among the item swaps, a corkboard, pin-ups exchanged for art material, "law books for hacksaw", "a travelling bag for what have you", a glee club, bowling, and afternoon softball with the aforementioned Joker pitching. RD can't believe how bad the baseball field was, prison or otherwise. It was more circular than diamond! Vince ridicules the team the Joker is up against easily throwing softballs and laughing at them. I'd go mad too if I was in his place.

RD notes the first appearance of the Joker's theme. (:11) RD Jr's school banned spiral-bound notebooks like what Russo is using due to all the mess they make.

Even more bizarrely the game has spectators including O'Hara. Vince wanted him drinking. The catcher swaps out one ball for another while loudly saying "this is the one". Hitting it causes a smoke bomb and the spring-loaded pitcher's mound to launch the Joker out of jail into a net. (You'll have to take the show's word for it as we just hear a spring instead of seeing any moving bodies.)

Gordon recalls O'Hara just for some reason so he can call Batman instead. (:18) Dick is playing Chopin on the piano while Bruce and Aunt Harriet make fun of him for some reason. 

Bruce: "All music is important Dick. It's the universal language, one of our best hopes for the realization of the brotherhood of man." What happened to language language

At Alfred's prompting the two say they have to go to the ballgame rather than fishing. Dick: "Holy Koufax!"

RD wonders why no one caught on that the Joker was making a spring in the prison workshop despite it being of enormous size. They then find a paper-mâché bust of the Joker which doesn't really look much like him. Batman: "A trait of the criminal mind, the urge to boast often leads to the criminals giving themselves away!" This leads them to the Gotham Museum of Modern Art's newly opened Comedians Hall of Fame which sadly does not feature the Joker. RD thinks they should have renamed it to the Random Warehouse of Randomness. Vince wonders why Pete Rose still isn't in the Hall of Fame.

As the Dynamic Duo visit they are beset by groupies - Robin groupies. (:26) RD hopes they were high school seniors or co-eds marking out over a 12 year old. Vince wonders if Robin had a cold during the shooting due to his nasal voice. He also thinks the cops wouldn't have let Batman remove a No Parking sign if he were Black. Batman parks somewhere else after regardless.

The two enter the museum 30 seconds before closing to see another Joker statue that looks nothing like him, despite Batman's claims to the contrary. The curator promises they'll lock up tightly but the Joker is already there just hiding behind a statue with his henchmen, about to raid the Hall of Fabulous Jewels. Vince was fascinated by a statue of "Vin Vinson".

The Duo break in anyway to fight as obvious stunt doubles. Vince wonders if the word balloons were thus used to try and cover them. (:36) During the scuffle a hung jewel-encrusted toy sword falls onto Batman knocking him out and allowing the two to be captured.

Joker: "Batman and Robin: the dashing diamonds of daring-do!"

While captured and tied up Batman manages to break free with a utility belt smoke bomb of his own: "Here's a joke for you, you FIEND!...This is the end of your evil career!" He uses what RD terms a "double noggin knocker". Vince thinks the sword only pretended to knock him out so Batman could use it to his advantage.

Joker: "I swear by all that's funny: I will never be foiled by that insidious unconstitutional device again!...Never again will that ghastly girdle thwart my plans!"

Young Vince would see his grandmother wearing a non-ghastly beige girdle. Sadly he did not wear one as a utility belt. He would wear a blue towel as as a cape instead. Geek Nerd & Poindexter RD references "The Joker's Utility Belt" as seen in Batman #73 (1952).

The Joker's hideout is in a still shot of the Gotham Pier Amusement Park with the same henchmen the Duo's stunt doubles beat up. (:45)  RD uses it as proof that secret crime boss Gordon released them after their arrest to return to criminal activity on his behalf. They plan to steal the cruise ship SS Gotham.

Vince finds the name of one of them, Queenie, hilariously funny. Not to be confused with the more well known Harley Quinn, she was also in the comic in the 40s and actually found out Batman's secret identity, but was killed before divulging it. 

IMDB lists her trademarks as "natural brunette hair" and "seductive deep voice". She too appeared on The Original Series. (Although I am admittedly more fascinated by her long lasting marriage to Zubin Mehta, musically inclined as I am.) RD feels he underrated the earlier Molly and updates her to 9 Batpoles so that Queenie gets an 8 due to her appealing evilness. A head shaking Vince gives her a 3 due to her long in the tooth appearance as a mid-30s lady.

Back at police HQ no one figures out Bruce and Dick may be more than they seem when an evil clown doll crashes through a window. (:52) They think the "chaplain of chicanery" will rob the circus which left last week. They call up Batman but Alfred tells them he's "out for the day" like he's gone grocery shopping or something. This saddens Gordon considerably to the point of depression. Bruce takes the doll as a souvenir of his "narrow brush with crime", evidence collecting and safekeeping be damned. RD wonders how it could have been thrown through a high story window. A facepalming Vince has to remind him the Joker has a strong pitching arm.

O'Hara then mocks Bruce after he's gone for some reason so Gordon has to stand up for him.

The doll is scanned on a doll stand in the Batcave because why not? A facepalming Vince has to remind him they find only "ordinary dust patterns". 

Thus they naturally segue to the opera. Robin: "Holy ravioli!" The Co-Bros call Pagliacci the Jim Belushi opera. (:60) The Duo go to the TV studio where it is to be shown, as a clown appears wearing a mask from the bank heist from The Dark Knight. Vince remembers a Rice Krispies commercial of the time based on one of the more famous arias (from the opera, not The Dark Knight). Meanwhile there are constant cuts to a bar where one drunk patron says random things and thinks his mother-in-law is on the screen. The clown is in fact the Joker who escapes by throwing sneezing powder, causing the Dynamic Duo to again lose a fight and about to be unmasked on live TV. Patron: "They shouldn't be out with those colds."

Vince wonders why the cliffhangers so far have been rather weak, predictable, and flat. RD liked the Joker's sinister theme and the filmography. (:65) He remembers a third of the cliffhangers and guesses they'll escape with their own utility belt. Vince thinks the patron will do a run-in.

RD does his shilling. (:68)


  • Special Guest Villain: The Joker (Cesar Romero)

 

  • RD Time Outs:


Round One - Bro Necessities: August 24, 2021

28 minutes

(Like the other show, this first episode is free. Later ones require Patreon support.)

According to his title, Remember - RD is Always Right. 

Vince is and will always be the undefeated WCW World Champion despite misplacing a Hogan style legdrop against Stevie Ray much like RD's mishandled move from the Big Show, and despite looking silly in his protective gear against the Legion of Doom according to John Laurenitis. RD plans to write yet more about him. Vince, not Show or LOD or John. (:02)

Today RD has a set of questions and topics he and Blade Vince will argue over. The two test their angry poses. 

  • Star Wars: Vince does not recognize RD's Rebel Alliance cap. Neither did he see Episode IX, for good or bad. (:05) Unlike Blade he prefers the originals and The Empire Strikes Back over the prequels. He likes Chewie since he reminds him of Planet of the Apes. RD is glad they are in agreement for once so he goes to his Facebook post for some more questions.
  • Mary-Ann or Ginger...which would you hire to build a new deck? (:09) Vince chooses Mary-Ann for building, Ginger for...other stuff. RD mocks him for liking "mid fifties" Tina Louise. Vince never watched The Brady Brunch, to RD's surprise. Vince does his research to find she and Kim Novak (who has a Wikipedia page) were actually mid thirties back then. "No Batman henchman should have had a woman over thirty. None of them. None of them."
  • Does pineapple belong on pizza? (:13) Vince has to think on RD's "phrasing" of the question, but he says no. He will "accept" it but he would never actively pay for it. 
  • Chicago or New York style pizza? RD: "Did you hear the man's accent? What kind of terrible question is that?" (:14) Neither can explain big crusts. RD likens it to he and the wife not liking to go to the beach, but they go every once every 10 years to test the waters (pun intended).
  • Crocs: sensible footwear or fashion faux pas? Vince once owned an orange pair, but he prefers flip-flops. (:17) Right now he's barefoot, as he gleefully displays to the camera. His wife talked him into getting a pedicure the other day. Taz would always get angry at him for wearing Giants gear. His "custom" jerseys in WCW were all store bought. RD calls him cheap. (Who does he think he is, Blade?) As a teenager his friend wanted to be paid around $20 for a Queen ticket which he declined. RD asks him not to cry. (:21)
  • Bugs Bunny or Mickey Mouse? Vince is not a Mouse man although he is a Disney fan, as showcased by his Baloo forearm tattoo. RD: "Oh ok, so you liked Jungle Cruise?" Vince saw The Jungle Book so many times in the cinema as his third favorite movie of all time after Rocky and Saturday Night Fever. RD just fell asleep. Vince also liked the recent live action one. RD only saw it and fell asleep at the Skyline Drive-In. Vince fell asleep watching the recent Summerslam. RD prefers Sleeping Beauty. Vince: "Is that the lady in the mirror? Is that the mirror mirror on the wall gimmick?"


Episode 4: Holy Gimmick!: August 22, 2021

The Penguin’s a Jinx
"The Dynamic Duo are tricked into planning the Penguin's next crime, but the supervillain adds his own twist to the plan."
68 minutes

RD Drinks Less Than Chief O'Hara. Vince has a problem with this. RD reminds him he's a teetotaler. 

Unlike the Penguin's goons RD does not go to work wearing his name on his shirt and asking his subordinates to call him The Real Deal. Next he'll say he doesn't always wear a fur coat. He tellsVince to button up his shirt.

We get an early scan of the Batcave with everything still labelled while Alfred messes about. RD calls out his Co-Bro on not paying attention like he's Blade or something. (:03) Narrator: "PANDEMONIUM!" 

Vince shows his neat handwriting on a non-plate paper up to the camera so RD can read he had underlined World's Slowest Conveyor Belt. (:05) Vince gives Bruce two hours of slow movement while Penguin watches. During this the storefront front is still normally operational, despite the employees still wearing masks. This leads to the two discussing the Penguin's unique look. 

In the Batcave Alfred tells Robin not to worry about their bug not working due to sunspots, or sometimes "hotspots". In response Vince's Batphone alarm rings. (:09)

Bruce finally awakens due to his shoes catching fire. He pulls out a lighter which the Penguin immediate recognizes has a "lifetime supply of butane gas inside it and when thrown explodes, somehow allowing Bruce to escape with only clothing damage. Penguin cannot go to the police about the intrusion or the bug due to being a criminal.

Robin considers calling Gordon to find Batman. Alfred: "They'll inaugurate a most effective search." Spoiler alert: they will never do so. (:14) Batman returns with a splashy swirl down the Batpole. 

Vince has his turn to call out RD on not paying attention by skipping Batman telling Alfred to fix his "rocky shape" clothes and Robin having to "muster all of our brain power". Unfortunately for him RD already knows about this. Unfortunately unfortunately Penguin has himself bugged the Batbrella in the totally not bug-protected Batcave. Vince gives him the intellectual edge over the Riddler because of this. 

Penguin: "Let's see how my gimmick is working!" (:19)

Vince thinks he's talking about his unit.

RD: "Maybe that's a Russo-ism. I have never once said "hey honey, you wanna see how my gimmick's working tonight?""
Vince: "Yeah, but you're not the Penguin!"
RD: "I'm apparently not Vince Russo either, thank God I don't know that I ever said that!"

Regardless the Dynamic Duo learn the Penguin will kidnap an actress named Dawn Robins in The Mockingbird produced by Ward Eagle staying in The Pelican Arms. (:21) Vince takes the opportunity to mock Randy Orton's current character, as you or I would do. He then discusses comic book Robin being bisexual and how this may relate to on-screen by saying the Batbrella looks pretty.

Vince shows his neat handwriting on a non-plate paper up to the camera so RD can read that Batman may have found Dawn's location due to being a STALKER (double underlined). (:27) RD thinks it can be written off as Bruce being a playboy (reading Funboy Magazine). Vince then wonders what birds reside in bushes.

Cut to the Penguin and co. in a "Criminal Storeroom". (:30) Vince think they flubbed filming by having an elevator descend before his goons could enter. RD didn't think they would expect people to analyze their episodes in detail 55 years later. Vince thinks the elevators didn't have that big of a capacity.

Vince remarks on Dawn "spilling cleavage" while photo-shooting at her room. He gives her 6 Batpoles. RD gives her 4 due to her weird eyebrows. (:32) Her IMDB profile (which also has her on The Original Series) lists her trademark "heart shaped mouth with full lips." RD thinks she is one of their battle-axe listeners. 

The Duo show up. Dawn: "Eeek! There's guys from outer space!" Robin is immediately "randy" for Dawn. Batman vows to "never lend himself to commercial enterprises." 

Meanwhile across the street the Penguin shoots a Penguin-line to cross the buildings. RD compares it to his umbrella ride in Returns and the bank heist in The Dark Knight. (:37) He immobilizes the Duo with magnets and takes Dawn away.

Narrator: "The Dynamic Duo's darkest hour: DAWN!"

The Penguin ransoms her for the low low price of $200,000. RD thinks he could have gone higher. The trade is to be made at Stately Wayne Manor despite the Penguin not knowing who Bruce Wayne was. At Police HQ RD thinks Gordon's unexplained disheveled look was due to some private action with someone involving his gimmick. They still cannot reach Bruce because he's gone "fishing". Vince calls him Jacques Cousteau. 

The Penguin overhears the Duo preparing to ambush him by his bug, so he has his goons gas Alfred who is confused of their presence despite being supposedly told. Vince thinks he was just play acting. Satisfied, Penguin takes his money and drops Dawn on Alfred's body for him to cuddle with...just as Aunt Harriet sees this and gets jealous.

Of course the two catch up, having used decoys due to learning about the bug. Batman: "You betrayed yourself in the penthouse!" Cue the big fight with fencing umbrellas, confusing RD. (:47) Afterwards back home Aunt Harriet is still angry at Alfred, before randomly going off on Dick eating too much shrimp. Russo notes the first token black couple appearing in the city.

Gordon finally has a good line: "Nothing so strikes terror into the criminal mind as the shape and shadow of a huge bat!"

Also Dawn is now head over heels for Batman...as Bruce is seen walking towards her as the episode ends. The two wonder if he would bury Batman to make her love him instead, perhaps with the use of his gimmick. (:53)

Russo repeats his thought that the Penguin was a slightly better villain "by a nose" than the Riddler so far based on his criminal masterminding. (:57) He gives Riddler a 4 for planning; RD gives him a 6 due to making Jill St. John look like Robin so well. Both give Penguin a 6.

RD has his space once more to shill. (:61) The two will also do another show called RD vs. Russo for the Patreoners to be recorded after the next show to discuss Jerry Lawler vs. Batman in Memphis. Vince hopes he can get his involvement on the show if in turn RD gets Bryan Alvarez, else they will discuss something else. The two virtual shake their hands around.

 

  • Special Guest Villain: The Penguin (Burgess Meredith)
 
  • SPEAKING OFs: 1. The Batbrella
  • RD Time Outs: 1

Episode 3: Holy Umbrella!: August 15, 2021

Fine Feathered Finks
"The Penguin plots to manipulate Batman into inadvertently devising capers for him."
73 minutes

RD is now Alfred's Stunt Double (Pennyworth, not Lord). He doesn't know if he will call their 12 listeners "Battle-Axes". 

He's wearing a mustard yellow Robin shirt, but seeing Vince in a KISS shirt makes him remember Blade and if KISS meets the Phantom of the Park will ever be on Blu-Ray. Vince is receptive to doing a separate watching of it.

Vince wrote more for analyzing an episode of Batman than he did an episode of Raw, and not just because the former is far more entertaining (:03). This is despite today's continuing to be convoluted. Even Mrs. Deal noticed it.

RD notices the first instance of a particularly used blue van. (:05) It is being used by the eponymous goons to sell umbrellas to a surprisingly large customer base to open them inside a shop for snake prizes, superstitions be damned. This reminds Vince of the gimmicks he had in his video store, though sadly none had umbrellas. RD in particular had to rewind for one line from one of the (original) shopkeepers to his colleague: "I smell a hoax Jenkins! Devilish! Sinister!"

At the PD they find the Penguin has been released from jail by one Warden Criton. Gordon asks for volunteers for the "pompous waddling master of fowl play...are any of you smart enough?" Of course according to RD's theory of Gordon being the secret crime boss no one takes him up for it. To the Batphone!

Since Bruce's Batphone is in his study both wonder how on earth Aunt Harriet never noticed it until now. Vince thinks she doesn't because she's a freeloader and/or he asked Alfred about it. (:14) Neither does she seem concerned with two adult men rushing to go fishing during the heat of the day. Vince compliments RD on his observation skills. RD responds by noting that all the sounds are now in the right place.

Robin complains about learning French. Batman: "Language is the source of world peace." RD thinks he wants everyone to speak English. It's not like one of the world's greatest detectives needs language to demonstrate his mastery and superiority over crime or anything. I'm surprised he didn't want the fighting word balloons to be equally uniform.

Seeing the Batmobile's (regular) license plate makes Russo wonder how it's registered. (:21) RD wonders what they will do if they need change for their parking meters. 

At Police HQ Robin gets too excited for RD's taste. Chief O'Hara: "It will be a sad day for corkscrews when that crooked bird goes straight." Batman is a "big fan" of Warden Creighton for some reason. The Co-Bros are split on his methods. Said methods include videotaping criminals (in high quality!) to see if they are reformed while wearing their old outfits and umbrellas and saying aloud their intentions to return to criminal activity. Penguin: "I am an aristocrat of crookery!"

The Co-Bros laugh about the big umbrella industry that allows three manufacturers to open in Gotham the week before with one Cagey Bird organized by jailbird Penguin. RD: "He's a cagey bird!" This includes a huge sign on the company building, a giant igloo penguin clock, and carrier pigeons. (:31)

Vince points out the clock contains an early Alexa and he's planning a crime about "nothing", like he's a master of his own domain. Then he wonders why he's beating his own employees with an umbrella and why they don't go to the police about it. RD is ensure what their goal is while the Duo Bat-turn. Possibly related: a bank branch using an umbrella holder as a trash can.

Vince was traumatized by a henchman mishandling one of the carrier pigeons due to the lack of ASPCA presence. Until then that was probably the only "crime" so far. (:38) While the Penguin states he has not (yet) committed any crime, animal cruelty or otherwise, RD wonders about the snake umbrellas. 

Finally he uses a Rooftop Umbrella Launcher (with sign) to fire a giant umbrella onto the street. Vince wonders if the sign manufacturer could be charged as an accomplice. Robin has to warn people it may be dangerous as they try to defuse the situation. Batman climbs up the umbrella to get the smaller one on top to take to the Batcave. There Alfred is cleaning the "Super high high voltage" Atomic Pile of Molly's body, signed to prevent any more deaths. (:44)

Batman uses a Hyperspectro-Graphic Analyzer on fabric to see if the umbrella is poisonous. Robin uses a Chemo-Electric Secret Writing Detector. They plant literal bugs around the Cagey Bird by having Batman as Bruce with his father's umbrella. This activates the Penguin's Automatic Anti-Bugging Machine which Vince knows the name of. RD hangs his head in shame. This causes Bruce to stand still and swivel his head around slowly for 15 seconds as a giant net descends upon him.

Shockingly, despite the Penguin being a wealthy high society mainstay of Gotham City and mastermind (of whom Batman once admitted was his intellectual rival if not superior)...he has no idea who Bruce Wayne is. "For all we know, this could be a rival umbrella king trying to steal my precious secrets." So they send him on the world's slowest conveyor belt to be incinerated in the furnace, the plan originally set for Batman. (:53) RD wonders if the same production people tried doing that to James Bond in Diamonds Are Forever. Vince questions if they're using Bruce's endangerment too early in the series.

The Co-Bros wonder why Penguin didn't have a lady accomplice of his own. They feel the episode needed more substance and movement. 

Narrator: "Keep your Batfingers crossed!" Vince thinks they're like buffalo wings AKA "chicken of the cave". The two hope Bruce survives or else Alfred will have to wear the cowl. 

The two remark on such scenarios already seen in three episodes that would never fly today. especially the surprisingly adult observations of things. They wonder when they will hit their more well-known stride regardless of all that.

RD promotional considerations some more. (:65) He compares his interactions with Blade to his with Vince. Vince goes off against the marks who keep forgetting the business/corporate side of wrestling. RD enjoys analyzing a show that the original writers didn't intend for 55 years ago. Vince had to deal with Standards & Practices following him around in WCW. I'm now saddened he didn't make them World or Tag Team Champions.


  • Special Guest Villain: The Penguin (Burgess Meredith)


  • SPEAKING OFs: 1. The camera
  • RD Time Outs: 1. (Wait a second)
  • Blue Van: 1
  • Rewinds: 1. RD
  • Entertain The People: 1

 

Episode 2: Holy Red Snapper!: August 8, 2021

Smack in the Middle
"The Riddler schemes to have his henchwoman, disguised as Robin, to have her kill Batman in the Batcave."
74 minutes

RD is now Aunt Harriet's Favorite, according to his display name. He is jealous of Vince's Batman shirt and Colorado tan (as long as he evades the wildfire-caused air pollution).

Vince thinks today's is "convoluted" and it's only the second episode. RD thinks it's "morally reprehensible." This is not helped by the Riddler having Robin's head in a vice while he... makes another mask? And keep him alive?

RD used this to his advantage to win a bet with his son on Robin's survival. Vince calls him despicable. RD: "I learned from the best!"  (:06)

Narrator: "COMES THE DAWN in the Batcave no birds sing." (:10)

Even Aunt Harriet suspects something is up by the Dynamic Duo not sleeping in their beds. Vince thinks she may be ungratefully worried about them having fun out on the town for some reason. At least Batman has recovered from doing the Batusi.

Anyway, with just one mask Molly transforms into the "most effeminate Robin you could ever imagine" per RD's words. Vince wonders what the transformation would do to her breasts. (:14) RD thinks Robin loved this change a little too much.

Riddler has Robin call the Batphone through Commissioner Gordon, yet Batman knows who it is as soon as he picks up the phone. RD marvels at Vince pointing out a plot hole for once. (:18)

Batman: "Riddler...you jolly devil!"

Now if Riddler just wanted to get to the Batcave, why can't he just simplify things with a gun to Robin's head? RD things the complications are just to show they're smarter than Batman. Also it would deny the use of a car chase and the Batturn lever to cause a parachute 180 degree turn. RD asks for physicists to please to explain. Vince wants people to please to explain the confusing episode.

RD questions Batman's somewhat violent manner in causing a car crash. (:24) But without it we wouldn't have Molly Robin giving a big "OK" sign, then hide her voice by pretending not to be able to speak. Batman thinks it was due to a "swine scope", whatever the hell that is. (Perhaps he meant a swing scope. He probably had golf on his mind.)

Inside the Batcave Molly reveals herself by pulling a gun. Vince wonders what Riddler's next step would have been, besides just shoot Batman and automatically claim the place just because. Of course Batman knew she was a fake because of her nostrils, but brought her back regardless. Vince: "Could this possibly have been a potential date rape?" (What does he think this is, a Frank Miller story?)

RD wants Vince to please to explain the Bat "Lazar" Beam to remove bullets while inside a gun. (:31)

Molly tries to escape via the Atomic Pile despite his warnings, but she falls to her death inside the nuclear reactor. RD is shocked there was a death so early in the show, and in such a manner. Batman: "What a terrible way to go." RD is sure the police wouldn't do anything even if Batman reported it. Gordon was even asleep when Molly Robin called!

Vince remembers something in his non-itinerary notes, in that Gordon could trace the Riddler calling. Couldn't they then trace the Batphone? RD thinks Batman avoided that by just using a "tin can and string" for 14 miles.

Regardless, they try to track sounds over the call with the "Mobile Crime Computer" which leads to a subway station. RD is not sure how it was done. At the station Batman uses his stud finder Batgage to find and blow up a wall, then shout "surrender you rat!" and confound Riddler with a Batarang. Vince thinks he spun around on purpose. But he somehow levers down some bullet-proof glass, kisses it, then draws a question mark on it before fleeing. 

Once again Robin has to help solve a riddle. Vince hadn't watched the series in a while but even he knew he was horribly wrong. (:43) Batman embarrasses his friend by patronizing him: "Nice listening."

The narrator reacts to the "fearless minions of the law" going to the wrong place with a "Holy red snapper!" Vince wishes there was a narrator-only character in wrestling. RD remembers thought-narrating Jeff Hardy that perhaps his Co-Bro had a hand in creating. The actual target is at the World's Fair with a stuffed elephant filled with postage stamps. Only now does Vince realize why the Riddler is thus wearing an elephant mask. RD thinks he was actually wearing a Joker outfit because it was too tight originally and Frank wouldn't pass an opportunity up. 

RD delights in the Riddler making bad jokes about Greta Garbo like he was auditioning to be a Co-Bro. Vince: "What is he, Vince McMahon?" (:53)

Instead of finding stamps in the elephant, they find the Dynamic Duo...somehow. (They didn't notice the extra weight?) Even worse, Robin's riddle of his own causes Riddler to send his henchmen after them "or it's curtains!" Cue the word balloons.

Vince uses his expertise as WCW Champion and being Twitter followed by Mickey Dolenz to judge Robin's slow motion fighting technique. (:58)

Riddler escapes through a hole with colorful smoke and a slide whistle. Batman follows with a slide whistle of his own but escapes before the Riddler "blows up". Of course they don't check for any remains. Even Dick is extremely happy that Riddler is somehow deceased, while saddened Bruce warns for his return and not having saved Molly, "weaned her from the criminal underworld, but she vanished like a puff of smoke." Then he goes to help Dick with his algebra.

Overall the Co-Bros think the fledgling show was trying to find its footing, Garbo jokes notwithstanding, although RD can relate to just writing jokes for yourself. Vince wonders if Molly was the only death throughout the series. The two are happy they did a good job taking over an hour to analyze a 22 minute episode.

Vince was so traumatized by Robin being in a giant clam that he only watched it once. RD wonders if he will need a temporary Co-Hosss when they get to that episode.

Vince gives RD some space to promotional considerate himself. (:69) Vince started following Ward the other day (for free!). 


  • Special Guest Villain: The Riddler (Frank Gorshin)


  • Vince Time Outs: 1
  • Curtains: 1
  • I didn’t even know he was sick: 2. Peter Tork, Davy Jones

Episode 1: Holy Batusi!: August 1, 2021

Hi Diddle Riddle
"While the Riddler maneuvers Batman into being sued, the Dynamic Duo investigate the supervillain's concurrent scheme."
80 minutes

(Note that a monthly subscription is required for access beyond this first free sampler episode. Russo needs money to buy (Bat)poles for his (Bat)pole matches.) 

Vince officially calls himself the Robin to RD's Batman. He compensates by having a Batman logo tattooed on his right arm. RD only has his Black Friday shirt.

Vince once met Adam West and Burt Ward ten years ago at a New Jersey convention for free. (:03) He had to find something for them to sign to "Vincent" just one day before. West told him he got into the role perfectly from the first time he read the script. Ward just wanted the money upfront. (West did it for free.) Sad News: he couldn't get a later autograph from Julie Newmar.

For the first time in his life RD has to entertain the people. (:05)

After Vince shows his impressive Blu-Ray they get down to the episode proper, which may be a possible drug reference. It was the 60s after all. (:13) What IS weird: there's no opening "BATMAN" singing.

Three year old Vince went to the '64 World Fair in New York.

RD takes umbrage at narrators thinking Gotham City was ever "peaceful". (:15) The people can't even solve basic riddles!

Vince wonders why the Riddler thought blowing up a "friendship cake" would be enough to get Batman's attention. (It was still a better explosion than the one AEW "had".)

Already Commissioner Gordon shows his secret crime boss characteristics by shaming his own incompetent officers. Quote he on Batman: "We're in luck, he's home."

This is one of the only times in the series that Bruce ever mentions his parents. (:23) Vince is confused by who's ward Dick is and what that entails, including who Harriet is actually Aunt to (it's Dick). He also calls RJ "JD".

Vince shows off his secret button mantelpiece. Sadly it does not open up any bookcases in his studio. (:26) He wonders why the Batpoles had cushions at the bottom. 

RD is too fixated on how the sounds and musical cues of the episode have different timing than the rest of the series.

Vince loved how everyone physically followed Batman while he walked around Gordon's office trying to solve the riddle (via Robin). (:31)

Vince momentarily forgot tents have stakes. RD has to help him out once more.

RD wonders why Robin walked on the Batmobile.

All the Batitems are meticulously labelled. Vince wonders if they label them themselves or get them from a vendor. As they climb up a wall Batman wonders if his friend is distracted by "that cute little teenager", raising questions from the two. Inside the building Batman then warns about "pedestrian safety". This raises more questions. They then bust through some glass to chase the Riddler without checking for any surrounding pedestrians. This raises further questions.

This leads to Riddler's actual plan, to sue the two to go to court and unmask them. Vince approves. RD does not. (:41)

Back at Stately Wayne Manor to figure out the next riddle, Bruce wears a stylish red smoking jacket. RD thinks he and Vince should wear something similar. Grayson solves it by "toot too tooting" to go to an "abandoned subway tool room" being used as the "What A Way To Go-Go" disco. Despite being able to drive the Batmobile, he's considered underage to enter.

RD mocks Vince for missing Jill St. John as Molly. (:47) Vince rates her an 8 out of 10 on his Batpole scale (10 being Shelly Winters), even as she is eating caviar from a huge jar. RD: "When you think fat-shaming, you think Jill St. John."

Batman refuses taking his cape at the disco door as he doesn't want to attract attention despite causing a girl to faint. (:53). He then drinks orange juice laced with Molly giving it a "mickey" (that's the technical term). 

Batman: "You interest me. ... Strangely."

Cue the Batusi! (:55)

RD also enjoys Robin just dancing around too while waiting in the Batmobile. 

After subduing Batman with a tranquilizer dart, the Riddler's attempts on Robin is foiled by turning on the Batmobile's Anti Theft Device by starting the car and causing more weak fireworks. Vince is mystified by the Emergency Batturn Lever. RD calls him out on it. (:59)

Ridder: "CURSES!"

Cue an influenced Batman attempting to drive before being stopped by "offesers" who probably took him back to the bar.

Despite the "goofy" connotations, the Co-Bros still find it alarming that the Riddler has Robin's head in a vice while he threatens him with a scalpel instead of unmasking him as was his original intent. Vince wonders if he would have his young children watching it. 

Vince makes a guess as to how Batman will save Robin "same time same channel...the worst is yet to come!". RD thinks it references the Joker's mustache. (:65) Vince wonders what his next plan of rescue would be if the first one failed. 

RD begs for more appropriate questions for them to answer. For now he marvels at how Frank Gorshin liked his outfit a little too much, and how people liking his successor surprise him. 

Vince aims to get his mantelpiece working by the end of their run together. (:73) RD just wants him to be better prepared. That reminds me of his earlier co-host.

Oh wait, RD HAS a question. Taylor Wilson on Patreon also asks about Aunt Harriet. RD mocks his living in a Unabomber-style shack. That also reminds me of his earlier co-host.

Vince threatens a giveaway of a (signed) The Death of WCW. He invites people to submit things to stump RD who would have to giveaway a (signed) Rope Opera.


  • Special Guest Villain: The Riddler (Frank Gorshin)
 
  • Entertain The People: 1
  • Fact or Fiction: 2

What's this???

 


Yes, you can expect who will summarize it on this...the same mustache time, the same mustache channel.


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WCR Video: WrestleCrap Radio Roast Pie Fight

In the forth and final WCR Video Tribute to the late Blade Braxton, here is the fascinating pie fight-filled conclusion to the WrestleCrap Radio Roast DVD (as posted by Blade himself), featuring he, RD Reynolds, Angry Jim, Midnight Rose, Stubby the Hobo Dummy, Mike Check, Sir Alec, Nintendo John, BM Punk and others! Filmed live on location at a La Quinta ballroom in Indianapolis, IN in May 2010.

Also, don't forget to check Blah's full summary of The WrestleCrap Radio Roast which can be found here.

   

(Video by Blade Braxton - R.I.P 1975-2021) 

And also be sure to visit here for the WCR Video archives!

WCR Video: Midnight Rose Looking For Pineapple At Cannes Film Festival

In the 3rd of four WCW Video tributes to the late Blade Braxton: Blade's Scarface alter-ego, The Midnight Rose, attempts to conquer the language barrier and goes looking for some pineapple while in France at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013. This video was filmed during a break in the Occupy Cannes documentary. 

 

(Video by Blade Braxton - R.I.P. 1975-2021) 

And also be sure to visit here for the WCR Video archives!

WCR Video: WTKO Bob & Weave Morning Drive 1977 commercial w/ Sammy Sugar Daddy

The 2nd of four WCW Video tributes to the late Blade Braxton is a commercial that actually aired during WTKO's "Bob and Weave Morning Drive", back in 1977...Not really, but don't tell Mike Check that.

[That is still one of my favorite episodes ever of...just about literally anything. - PB]

  

(Video by Blade Braxton - R.I.P. 1975-2021)

And also be sure to visit here for the WCR Video archives!

304 The RD & Blade Show: April 5, 2021

36 minutes

 

Troy Ferguson AKA Blade Braxton passed away last week.

 

RD spends some time remembering his close friend and the good times that were had over the years. 

 

April Fools was supposed to be a Dark Side of the Ring parody about the unpaid parking tickets of Hillbilly Jim. They did record a RB&BS before this which RD plays here. (:10)


(Episode 58: Network Connection Issues)
26 minutes


WrestleCrap will be 21 in April and outlasting the WWE Network. Blade still has some of RD's hard drives.

Thus the two talk about the WWE Network and what could be found on there.

  • On the road Blade asked his friend about Kevin Nash messing around commentating on Thunder that one time. RD had to write about that in time.
  • RD had written about Ernie Ladd messing around commentating on Wrestling Challenge that one time.
  • Vince loved weddings.
  • RD thinks Peacock won't have space or time for Tuesday Night Titans.
  • Blade was drunk enough to remember a documentary on Mickie James.
  • He didn't know Tom Magee was in their bus ride with Eric Bischoff and Jimmy Hart.
  • AWA had a Kelloggs-General Mills feud after their pilot with Verne Gagne's world's saddest dog.
  • RD laments that Peacock will no longer have any more obscure or old stuff now for others to discover.
  • He still remembers the early days when the website could not load properly.
  • He also remembers when WWE would try to buy everything for their archives that they now can no longer really show to people.
  • But at least you can also watch The Office!

 

 

 

"You don't know what you got till it's gone."

 

 

 


 

WCR Video: YouTube Tributes To Blade Braxton

WCR Videos makes a brief return this month with a few video tributes by a few of the fans/friends of the late Blade Braxton of wrestlecrap.com.


Tribute by Troma Movies/Entertainment:


 Tribute by WCR fan: J Freek:

 

Tribute by WCR fan: Stevie Breech:

  

 

Tribute by iammrcheeseballproductions

 

 

 Tribute by Nitromaniac TV's Wrestling Unlimited

 

 

 Rest In Peace: Troy Ferguson aka "Blade Braxton" - 1975-2021

 

 And also be sure to visit here for the WCR Video archives!

The World Reacts to the Death of Blade Braxton

We lost one of our Fruitcakes as Blade Braxton passed away this Sunday. Needless to say many took the untimely death pretty hard, particularly online (HorrorSociety.com has a piece abut his passing), particularly on social media.

Blade starred in several indie horror movies like "The Girl Who Played With The Dead" & "Hole In The Wall". Some were made by Troma Entertainment, widely known for such works as "The Toxic Avenger", "Surf Nazis Must Die", and his most notable work in "Return To Return To Nuke 'Em High!". They made a tribute video for Blade. 

 
The man behind Troma himself, legendary Lloyd Kaufman, who personally made him a part of his Troma Team, had a few words to say about Blade's passing:



Blade did a syndicated TV Show called "Drive-In Movie Maniacs" with Terrible Tim. Here they also had a few words:


In November 2019, Wrestlecrap was at AEW's Podcast convention "Starrcast". Members of Blade's panel ("Wrestling with Wregret's" Brian Zane, "Botchamania's" Gregg Maffeww & The Blue Meanie) also had their words:
Blade's voice was heard not just with the fans, but within pro wrestling itself, such as in this tweet from ROH commentator Ian Riccaboni:
And another from ECW Alumni Joel Gertner:
People who were once close to Blade were shocked about his passing, but were also impressed by his legacy:



Blade Braxton left an Alien Ham-shaped hole that no one is going to fill for a long time.

Before this column ends I have one more tweet for you, and it comes from someone close, real close. Angrymark's own Stevie J recalls a time when he traveled with Blade. If there's one take away at who Blade is, then it is this tweet here:


Blade Braxton will be missed.

Rest In Peace Blade Braxton

We here at wrestlecrapradio.com are shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic news of Wrestlecrap.com contributor and WrestleCrap Radio co-host, Blade Braxton, passing away suddenly on March 28, 2021. We will never forget all the laughs that he provided us on the longest running episodic (wrestling) podcast ever and how his goofy list of impressions/alter-ego's, such as: Angry Jim, Sir Alec Heineken, Stubby, "Iron" Mark Tyson, Nintendo John, BM Punk, and The Midnight Rose, and many more, had left us in stitches over the years. 

Maybe it was because of flattery, but for whatever reason, whether it was the recaps, the Angry Jim/Mike Check stories, the photo-shopped images, the cartoons, the videos, etc: Blade seemed to get a kick out of our attempts of humor on this here website and has always (publicly and privately) given us many words of encouragement. It also pleased us that Blade would often promote us on his progrem and also use our website as a resource whenever he needed a reminder of an old reference that he made in a previous episode.

Normally an event such as this would demand Blade's usual punchline "...I didn't even know he was sick" (with Krankor's laugh then added afterwards). But we didn't think it would be appropriate...although knowing Blade's style of sense of humor, he'd probably get a kick out of it anyway? But we will say, to quote the late hero of Blade's, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper: "Please and Thank Ya" for the entertainment that you and RD Reynolds have provided us over the years, especially during the times when the wrestling product wasn't as enjoyable. Your "Ed McMahon" to RD's "Johnny Carson" will be truly missed.

Our thoughts, prayers, and condolences, go out to his other friends and family, and especially to RD.

 


 R.I.P Troy Ferguson aka "Blade Braxton"

February 8, 1975 - March 28, 2021

 

RD's tribute to Blade can be read here.

303 Old Blood: March 21, 2021

 87 minutes

The ultimate of ironies...just like this show.


RD is happy for once because they're only eight minutes late today. Blade is happy for once because he has a script instead of an itinerary today.

Blade was listening to other radio progrems these days. One of them involved Conrad Thompson having to fill in for "the Best of" an occupied Bruce Pritchard.
Blade: "You should do a Best of Me episode and worship me."
RD: "It would be like two minutes long."

Coasty Marshmellow is a year old and still doing extremely well. I still need to figure out what my custom order will be about. (:14) 

Hard-up Blade wants to knock-up someone to have an illegitimate child. He was once cursed at by Konnan at a WCW house show after he shoved him for some reason. Blade shoving him, I mean. RD subtly shades him by not bleeping him when he swears against himself. 

Blade was on the road recently where he got a Food Lion generic Mountain Dew, which is of course named Mountain Lion (and is not to be confused with Dollar General's just Mountain). (:18) The two actually agree on something for once: they prefer straight soda over gimmicks.

Then two old men remember 80s cartoons, like what old man led WWE is doing by releasing new He-Man style action figures. (:28) I like how they made upcoming Warrior He-Man more cartoonish than his Santa-assaulting comic book form.

Sad News: RD cannot find many original He-Man voice actors on Cameo. One was unknowingly sick.

Sadder News: 2 year old Blade had to pretend he was a year older in order to buy his first Threepio figure.

RD is to next get vaccinated on April 1st, of all days. (:44)

SPEAKING OF Conrad, he was Twitter feuding with the Patriot, if by "feuding" you mean ruthlessly and mercilessly humiliating. (Why, you'd think he was a jobber or something!) Blade does his Jim Ross impression. 

SPEAKING OF Jim, he couldn't complete a recent blood donation. Of course they call him up to make fun of him for this. (:48) RD thinks he didn't sound so good on the last Dynamite, and then summons Popeye to further mess things. "Shove your ass!" Jim mumbles. 

SPEAKING OF...you know, Tam Only has 4 Fans to a now inactive profile. (:57) You'd think with all the money she'd made she could have hired someone to help caretake her affairs. I hear the Patriot has a lot of free time on his hands for such a thing. 

Rob McGrath of Facebook Questions about a Dungeon of Doom revival. I think Bray Wyatt is overdue to lead that. (:61)

Blade apologizes for his own Court idea. (:64) "Phillip Dick" brings up the Repo Man, because he was cut too soon. For once RD actually praises Blade for bringing up good points...before he makes fun of the original question for saying he could have done Make-A-Wish appearances. Verdict: Guilty.

Stemming from the excellent women's match over on AEW, RD makes Blade list his favorite women's matches. (:68) He has Wendi Richter vs Leilani Kai at Wrestlemania I, Mickie James vs Trish Stratus at Wrestlemania not I, and some 80's "foxy oil wrestling" scored by Motley Crue. 

RD's new favorite is the aforementioned Dynamite one of Thunder Rosa vs Dr. Britt Baker DMD with Rebel not Reba, even if he doesn't want to see it again because it was so bloody, and even without any Ken Patera swinging full nelsons. He wants Blade to ask him about his favorite cereal the next time he sees him. (:76)

The disappearing WWE Network is taking the bulk of its old archives with it into the void, at least in the US. RD wonders if he should get a VPN to watch it internationally, where it still exists (for now).

RD's and WWE's Frenemy Eric Bischoff is entering their Hall of Fame. Seventeen Syllables:
Bischoff inducted.
What's one good thing we can say?
He should dye his hair.


$0.50: $34.50 plus that $19.99 The Price Is Right 


Facts & Figures (as compiled by Erik Majorwitz)

 

  • WrestleCrap Radio Sponsors: 3. Patreon, wrestlecrapradio.com, Coasty Marshmellow
  • URLs not taken: 0.
  • SPEAKING OFs: 5. Mountain Dew, wrestling, Dungeons and Dragons, Conrad Thompson, things that don’t make sense
  • Dave Meltzer, not talking about: 0.
  • I didn’t even know he was sick:  1. Lou Scheimer, voice of Orko 
 
  • Phone Calls & Run Ins: 2. Jim, Popeye

 

  • F-Bombs: 1. Blade
 
  • Blade Time Outs:  1
  • Mama's Broken Damn Damn Damn Dishes:  3
  • Cricket Chirps:  1
  • Krankor Laughs:  2
  • RJ Fletcher, Yes Man:  3
  • Weird Al Laughs:
  • WrestleCrap Gongs: 8
 
  • Question of the Week from: Rob McGrath
    • The Giant recently returned to TNT after over 20 years being away.  Surely the iron is hot for a Dungeon of Doom Version 2, who would you include in this group? The Dinosaur, Bear Country.
 
  • Crapper's Court
    • Case brought by: Phillip Dick
    • Case #003: Crappers v. Barry “Repo Man” Darsow. 
    • Blade's "defense": Darsow made the gimmick work.  He took every gimmick thrown at him.
    • Verdict: Still guilty of WrestleCrap. 
 
  • WrestleCrap 3 Count:  3 Favorite Women’s Wrestling Matches.
    • RD:  Thunderosa vs Dr. Britt Baker DMD in AEW, No sold (non-sequentially)
    • Blade:  Keisha vs Lady Desire oil wrestling, Mickie James vs Trish Stratus at Wrestlemania, Wendi Richter vs Leilani Kai at Wrestlemania I
 
  • Blade Braxton’s Weekly Wrestling Haiku: Eazy-E is headed to the hall and the hairdresser:
    Bischoff inducted.
    What's one good thing we can say?
    He should dye his hair.

Episode 57: Bisch-On: March 21, 2021

29 minutes

Blade's dog is also on the tin can and string.

RD decides to listen to Blade for once and talk some more about Hall of Fame bound Eric Bischoff. Also going is Molly Holly. The two still fondly remember meeting her. The two still do not fondly remember Sunny acting like a fool to Johnny Fairplay.

RD remembers when Conrad Thompson arranged for him to face-off Bischoff all by himself (Bryan Alvarez was busy with another panel), all for Eric to reveal he didn't even read the book that wasn't even written by Dave Meltzer. RD is rarely one to hold anger or a grudge for long, and this lack of ill-will even extends to his initial opponents after they meet. Recently Oscar of Men of a Mission sent him some well wishes. Before that he was on Vince Russo's podcast with his surprise that when RD was first on he was disarmingly disengaging as is his character ("bro"). Even with Bischoff he found he has comedic timing within him which he greatly admires. And as much as there may have been faults, there have also been many good points of his that were brought up, like how he helped bring wrestling from the doldrums of Monday Night Raw into the 21st century. So they don't have any quarrel with each other.

Blade repeats his story of how Eric signed his stickhead for RD. He still has it. Blade still wants fellow AWA announcers Larry Nelson and Ken Resnick and Lee Marshall in the Hall.

Hulk Hogan is to co-host WrestleMania with Titus O'Neill for some reason. (What, is it too good for the Patriot?) Rather than have him induct Eric RD suggests Conrad should do it instead.