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Hell in a Cellphone is a wrestling podcast hosted by three comedian friends, where longtime marks Aaron Benoit and Bobby Hankinson introduce recent convert Eric Silver to the shock and awe of the Attitude Era in WWF/WWE. From “Austin 3:16” through “Ruthless Aggression,” in each episode they’ll watch a pay-per-view and dissect the rise of some of the biggest, most charismatic wrestlers of all time, and reckon with all the baggage that came along with them. There will be romance, there will be ...
 
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Survivor Series is filled with iconic moments: The Montreal Screwjob, the Deadly Game Tournament, and now the Middling Follow-Up from Detroit, Michigan. Aside from the traditional survivor series matches, we have the premiere of WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle, Chyna’s first Intercontinental Title defense, and the first Championship win for future Hal…
 
Known doggie murderer the Big Bossman sets his sights on the Big Show and his dying father for super vague reasons, but before its all done we’ll have broken watches, attempted murder and dragging coffins. Want to get caught up? This episode deals with content from the following episodes of RAW and SmackDown from 1999: October 7, October 11, Octobe…
 
Happy Holidays to you! Ever wish you could watch wrestling with us? We tried to do just that and it mostly worked! If you sync up your WWE Network with a countdown in podcast Wizard of Oz/Pink Floyd style, you can hear our witty commentary live along with the final match of the Terri Invitational Tournament, Edge & Christian vs. the Hardy Boyz from…
 
So many of our deep dives come to a head at this redundantly named pay per view from the Gund Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. The Rock thankfully finishes his business with the British Bulldog. Mankind goes to war with Val Venis over a sock. The Terri Invitational Tournament has its stunning finale. Chyna finally gets sweet revenge on Jeff Jarrett. And S…
 
A paper thin story with weird stakes leads to a sea change in tag team wrestling. Matt & Jeff Hardy, Gangrel’s New Brood, take on Edge & Christian, the former holders of that title, in a best of five tournament culminating in the first ever tag team ladder match at No Mercy for $100,000 and the managerial services of Terri Runnels. Want to get caug…
 
In our first of two deep dives leading up to No Mercy 1999, we explore the continuing rise of Chyna as a top superstar, the depths of Jeff Jarrett’s kayfabe misogyny, and the insane booking decisions the WWE had for every other woman on the roster, making a guest appearance, or just hanging around backstage Want to get caught up? This episode deals…
 
It’s off to Birmingham, England for another for another glorified house show at Rebellion 1999. While it does feature a major moment in the Stephanie McMahon storyline and a pretty good steel cage match between the Rock and Triple H, it also has a lot of British Bulldog. Theme song “There Are Traitors in Our Midst” by Disco Vietnam Art by Alexis Ya…
 
More Rock! More Sock! Unlikely partners Mankind and the Rock found themselves teaming up in 1999. Eric, Bobby and Aaron find themselves teaming up in 2020 to talk about it. But can they coexist? Want to get caught up? This episode deals with content from the following episodes of RAW and SmackDown from 1999: September 27, September 30, October 4, O…
 
Unlikely partners Mankind and the Rock found themselves teaming up in 1999. Eric, Bobby and Aaron find themselves teaming up in 2020 to talk about it. But can they coexist? Want to get caught up? This episode deals with content from the following episodes of RAW and SmackDown from 1999: August 30, September 2, September 6, September 9, September 20…
 
Don’t let the poster fool you. There is absolutely no Undertaker in this show from Charlotte, NORTH Carolina. What we do have is a 6 pack challenge featuring 5 of the greatest superstars of the era and the British Bulldog, the completely satisfying “Kennel from Hell” match that was definitely not a complete embarrassment, and all the drama of the r…
 
Just gonna say it: Al Snow gets a little chihuahua friend, and the Big Bossman decides to feed it to him. And then the story keeps going! Want to get caught up? This episode deals with content from SummerSlam 1999 and the following episodes of RAW and SmackDown from 1999: July 26, August 2, August 9, August 16, August 23, August 26 August 30, Sepet…
 
It’s SummerSlam from Minneapolis, Minnesota, and everyone’s here, even former Governor Jesse Ventura! Wait, he was the CURRENT governor? We also get a great match from Shane McMahon and some incredible tag team action from Edge & Christian. Not to mention . . . I’m sorry, I’m still stuck on the governor thing. Theme song “There Are Traitors in Our …
 
To celebrate the arrival of the Ayatollah of Rock ’n’ Rolla Y2J on the August 9, 1999 episode of RAW, we look back at some of Chris Jericho’s best matches before he joined WWE. Here’s what made the list: July 7, 1995 - WAR 95 vs. Ultimo Dragon December 13, 1995 War Super J Cup 1995 vs. Wild Pegasus March 9, 1996 - ECW Big Ass Extreme Bash vs. Cactu…
 
We’re back with a new one! The road to SummerSlam takes us through Buffalo, New York. It’s so big it takes us from the arena to a service road by the arena to a parking structure adjacent to the arena. It’s all leading to a first blood match between Austin and the Undertaker, and if Austin wins, we will never see Vince McMahon ever again on televis…
 
Only one more week until we’re back to new episodes! In the mean time, take a trip back to the debut of Kane and the time we got wrecked off of our Bloody Mary competition on the hottest day of the year. Theme song “There Are Traitors in Our Midst” by Disco Vietnam Art by Alexis Yavne Aaron’s Recipe: Fill a highball glass with ice. Shake in celery …
 
New episodes coming very soon, but in the meantime, go back 22 years to this show from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada following Summerslam 1998. We apologize for reminding you the Disciples of Apocalypse, Southern Justice, and Marc Mero existed. We don’t like it either. But at least you got Austin vs. both Brothers of Destruction and a steel cage match …
 
We’re a little behind on recording, so let’s all go back 23 years to a glorified house show from Birmingham, England. Revel in nostalgia for teams like Los Boriquas and wrestlers like the patriot, while we remember a time where we could crush spiked seltzers while recording in the same apartment. Theme song “There Are Traitors in Our Midst” by Disc…
 
The stage is set in Greensboro, North Carolina for the ascension of . . . Mr. Ass? At the same time, the Undertaker and the Rock clash for the WWF Championship, two of the greatest tag teams in history meet for the first time on pay per view, and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin battles Vince and Shane McMahon for control of 170% of the company. Theme son…
 
Vince McMahon is revealed to be the Greater Power. Or is it the Higher Power? Either way we have a lot of questions. Also, Stone Cold is the CEO? Look, a bunch of people have a percentage of the company. What will this do to their IPO? Want to get caught up? This episode deals with content from the following episodes of RAW from 1999: May 31, June …
 
After so many episodes falling in love with his heel work with Camp Cornette, the Hart Foundation, and the Nation, it was inevitable that we got here. We ponder the questions surrounding the gimmick change and stunt that got Owen Hart killed while marveling at the deep love shown by his fellow performers. This episode deals with content from the No…
 
In the midst of some of one of the biggest storylines in the history of the WWE and just before arguably the greatest tragedy in wrestling history, the WWF headed to Manchester, England for an inconsequential house show. Do you love the Rock? We do too! But instead you get Droz, Steve Blackman and Tiger Ali Singh. Theme song “There Are Traitors in …
 
Still here? Great! We have an evil wedding and an evil melding of organizational charts with more nondescript evil in between. Plus, you know we love a Union here at Hell in a Cell Phone. Plenty to talk about, and we talk about it! For over 2 hours! Want to get caught up? This episode deals with content from the following episodes of RAW from 1999:…
 
Following WrestleMania XV, the WWF heads to Providence, Rhode Island for a pay per view that eclipses the show of shows. The Rock and Steve Austin give us a first person view of the action. Friends turn to rivals as D-Generation X stalwarts Triple H and X-Pac go head to head. Mankind takes the Big Show to the Boiler Room. The Godfather and Goldust …
 
We pick up right where we left off last week, as the build to WrestleMania ends with yet another home invasion angle, with questionable imagery to boot! Then we look post ‘Mania as Stephanie McMahon becomes yet another character in this story. Want to get caught up? This episode deals with content from WrestleMania XV and the following episodes of …
 
Welcome to season 2! The Undertaker makes some questionable staffing choices but he’s focused on his H.A.R.D. goal: total domination and maybe ownership of the World Wrestling Federation! Also he’s working for someone? It’s one of the biggest storylines of the Attitude Era, and it’s A LOT! Come back for part 2 next week. Want to get caught up? This…
 
There’s nothing in the rule book that says we’re only allowed to cover the Attitude Era, but maybe there should be. We watch this movie about a wrestling dog and a talking monkey that makes us rethink whether we like animals, wrestling and movies in general. You have to listen; it’s a stipulation in our will. Theme song “There Are Traitors in Our M…
 
Because somebody probably wanted it, we go back to USA’s bike cop action drama Pacific Blue. This time, the gang heads to Hawaii, and it wastes no time being gross. This time, it’s Shawn Michaels lending his acting talent to this decidedly no Christian product. It’s season episodes 3 & 4: “Blue Hawaii” Parts 1 & 2. Want to get caught up? Both episo…
 
If you watched RAW in the late 90’s, you definitely saw commercials for the USA Network’s super problematic bike cop action drama Pacific Blue. And wouldn’t you know, in an act of corporate synergy, a bunch of WWF stars showed up on the beach. We look at two of these episodes: Season 4, Episode 3, “Seduced” guest starring Triple H and Season 4, Epi…
 
Tag team Mark Henry and D’Lo Brown star in a number of crisscrossing stories featuring Chyna, the women of Pretty Mean Sisters, that check off pretty much every square in the Attitude Era bingo card: lawsuits, misogyny, ball gags, date night, transphobia, “bitches be lyin’,” hound dogs, and so much more. Want to get caught up? This episode deals wi…
 
The Legion of Doom is one of the most venerable tag teams of all time, but some of their last moments in the WWF dipped a little too heavily into Hawk’s real life struggles and required the acceptance that Droz was capable of machinations. Want to get caught up? This episode deals with content from Judgment Day: In Your House and the following epis…
 
The Ragin’ Climax comes to Philadelphia, PA, and results are middling. The Rock and Stone Cold bring it, the second best match features…Shane McMahon(?), and somebody is hung, but enough about Val Venis. Plus bonus coverage of the beer bath from RAW on March 22, 1999 and the WrestleMania Rage party the night before. Theme song “There Are Traitors i…
 
From the Memphis Pyramid to the banks of the Mississippi River, the WWF ends the In Your House era with a weird one. There’s a great hardcore match, an elevation of Chyna, another classic from the Rock and Mankind and the debut of a future hall of famer during Stone Cold vs. Vince McMahon in a steel cage. Theme song “There Are Traitors in Our Midst…
 
Hey idiot! Do you think wrestling is real? Well we found out the truth by going back to the NBC prime time special Exposed! Pro Wrestling’s Greatest Secrets special from November 1998. How did we find it? Well that’s another secret. (It’s all on YouTube) Theme song “There Are Traitors in Our Midst” by Disco Vietnam Art by Alexis Yavne Find the spec…
 
Super Bowl XXXIII was a one sided bore, but halftime gave viewers at least three options: the regular halftime show featuring Gloria Estefan, Stevie Wonder, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy on Fox, Celebrity Deathmatch’s Deathbowl ‘99 on Fox, and Mankind vs. the Rock in an empty arena for the WWF Championship on USA. We watched all three to let you know wh…
 
From Anaheim California, one of the most exciting years in WWF history starts with a lukewarm rumble, where most things serve to further the Austin/McMahon story. Add in a few undercard matches featuring pairings of DX and the Corporation we’ve seen repeatedly on RAW and a Championship match that you can literally pinpoint the moment it goes too fa…
 
We go out of our comfort zones as we tackle both recording remotely and WCW content, more specifically one of the most infamous episodes of Nitro paired with one of the best episodes of Raw and the first championships for one of our favorites. That’s gonna put some butts in seats! Want to get caught up? This episode deals with content from the Janu…
 
The WWF closes out 1998 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Undertaker and Austin try to overcome some of the shortcomings of the last buried alive match and instead manage to find some more. The Rock and Mankind fire the first salvoes in a rivalry for the ages. All that and Debra leaning into her inner stripper, everyone in the Brood vs. the J.O.B. Sq…
 
Happy Easter! This is the story of a man who was crucified and returned stronger than ever. And that man’s name was…Stone Cold Steve Austin. Want to get caught up? This episode deals with content from the following episodes of RAW from 1998: November 16, November 23, November 30, and December 7. Theme song “There Are Traitors in Our Midst” by Disco…
 
Pip pip, slags n’ tossers. It’s another bloated, glorified house show, this time from London, England. Does the status quo change at all? No. But at Vinnie Jones is there, and he’s emotional. Theme song “There Are Traitors in Our Midst” by Disco Vietnam Art by Alexis YavneBy Aaron Benoit, Bobby Hankinson & Eric Silver
 
We go back and track the less than auspicious beginnings of the Hardcore Championship. Late in 1998, men started to put their bodies and careers on the line for a belt made of actual garbage. Want to get caught up? This episode deals with content from the following episodes of RAW from 1998: November 2, November 9, November 23, November 30, and Dec…
 
It’s a Deadly Game from St. Louis, Missouri, and there’s a theme song to prove it. A tournament for the vacant WWF title is the story of the night. There are twists. There are turns. And it ends basically the same way as the last Survivor Series. Theme song “There Are Traitors in Our Midst” by Disco Vietnam Art by Alexis Yavne…
 
The Austin/McMahon rivalry continues with more must watch segments. Humans are hunted, sons (seemingly) turn against fathers, and revenge is enacted. Want to get caught up? This episode deals with content from the following episodes of RAW from 1998: October 19, October 26, November 2, and November 9. Theme song “There Are Traitors in Our Midst” by…
 
Aaron is still waiting to see if he has to be a teacher tomorrow, Eric has had his honeymoon cancelled, and Bobby is not sure what time it is anymore. Other than responsible social distancing, we didn’t have anything else to do, so we talked about WrestleMania possibilities, Smackdown from an empty arena, and an awful lot about Teen/Young Adult mov…
 
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