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What a Maneuver! is a podcast about classic wrestling. The show’s hosts, Joe Drilling and Eric Allen, are two crazy men who plan to watch every episode of WWF Raw and WCW Nitro from 1997, in order, then podcast about what they’ve seen.

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What a Maneuver 78: If You Give a Scorpion A Jetpack...

This week Robert Newsome, of the Atomic Elbow, joins Eric and Joe to discuss final Clash of Champions, the August 25th, 1997 episode of WCW Nitro, and a very special Friday Night’s Main Event. Robert drops some big news about a future issue of The Atomic Elbow, PLUS we talk about the WWE Network, make some NWO puns, tear up over Arn Anderson’s retirement speech, and tremble in fear of Wildcat Willie.

Click here to contract Bruce Lee Syndrome!

Gif Gallery: The Art of Wrestling Part 1

What a Manevuer is proud to present the first installment of a new running feature, Gif Gallery: The Art of Wrestling. This curated selection of animated gifs intends to silently capture the essence of professional wrestling.

Exhibit A: Lucha Libre Rules

Exhibit B: He Pulled My Hair

Exhibit C: Sweet Shin Music

Exhibit D: Have a Pear

And, a two part study of the depths of human terror:

Carrion Bird


(Sources: WCW Clash of Champions XXXV, WWF Raw 08-18-97, WCW Nitro 08-25-1997, WWF Friday Night’s Main Event 08-29-97)

What a Maneuver 77: The Toe of Tremendous Pain

This time out the boys have the 8/18/97 Raw and Nitro. Things discussed include Raven being misunderstood, the who the dumbest man in wrestling really is (to our surprise, it isn’t Schiavone), Joe comparing WCW to the work of Charles Dickens and Eric’s love affair with Rick Rude’s insurance puns.


What a Manevuer 76: Adjectives

This week we talk about Road Wild 1997, and the August 11th, 1997 episodes of WWF Raw and WCW Nitro. Follow us down the rabbit hole of old pro-wrestling trading cards, where Joe says a nice thing about Buff Bagwell, and Eric cannot pronounce “McLaughlin”.

Click here for PPV ennui.

And here’s some highlights from the shows. First up is the low-rent motorcycle animation used to present the wrestlers’ name on Road Wild:

Next, Lex Luger makes a Punch-Out!! face:

Finally, Hawk trains for his Country Whippin’ Match against Henry O’ Godwin by whippin’ some stuff!

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