Saturday, March 10, 2018

Recently Watched Round Up

Hosts: Stephen & Danielle
with the Midnight Hounds: Xena, Duke, Rusty and Morty
(No longer on instagram @dukexenalife now @midnighthounds)

Stephen and Danielle make a big announcement about the Vundacast. Then Danielle controls the show and we review Black Panther, Annihilation, Red Sparrow, and Star Wars Rebels.

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Happy International Women's Day: Lifting Up Women's Artistic Voices

So, since I do not identify as a woman (though I do accept female pronouns), I thought it would be best to lift up as many artistic women's voices as I can rather than write my own long-winded post about it. So here you go...

Women in Music

Against Me! - Back in my day (like literally 15 years ago, Jesus), Against Me! was just your average breakout Anarchist folk-punk band revolutionizing punk rock. Ho-hum. But in 2012, their singer, Laura Jane Grace (formerly Tom Gabel), came out as trangender and began the process of transitioning. Their recent album Transgender Dysphoria Blues deals heavily in themes affecting transgender folks, particularly the first two tracks, whose lyrics hit hard and deep on the need for acceptance. Truly powerful stuff.

Fifth Hour Hero - Amazing female-fronted pop punk band singing about working class and feminist struggles. Sadly defunct since 2007 but their legacy lives on in those of us who loved them in the short time they existed.

This Is My Fist! - Similar to Fifth Hour Hero but grittier and perhaps more overtly political. More punk than pop where FHH is more pop than punk.

Denali - Beautiful, ethereal, but, sadly, short-lived female-fronted indie/post-rock outfit. Dreamy, solemn, lush arrangements with soaring vocals. A very well-hidden gem.

Kesha - I wanted to keep this to mostly stuff that wasn't as ubiquitous but I couldn't do this without including these next two ladies who have made so many of us so proud with their most recent artistic statements. Kesha's courage in confronting her abuser on "Praying" is the stuff of legend.

Beyonce - Of COURSE Beyonce has to be on this list. "Lemonade" is a game-changer in so many ways. One of the most powerful artistic statements in music history and one we will be talking about for generations to come.

P.S. Grammy voters should be ashamed of themselves for snubbing "Lemonade" and "Rainbow" the last two years. SHAME!

Women in Literature

Ursula K. LeGuin - The godmother of speculative fiction and a pioneer of feminism in literature and of sci-fi/fantasy as a medium for imagining the world as it could be, as it should be, and as it may very well be if we don't change. Truly a giant in her field.

Octavia E. Butler - QUEEN. The Earthseed cycle (Parable of the Sower/Talents) is maybe the most important and relevant work of fiction in the current political landscape.

Toni Morrison - Perhaps the most gifted and relevant storyteller of a generation. An unflinching truth-teller. A prophet in the truest sense of the word. I've only ever read "The Bluest Eye" but it is a goddamn masterpiece and the fact that it was her first book continues to blow my mind.

Nnedi Okorafor - Nigerian queen of contemporary afrofuturism. Absolutely at the forefront of a genre that is poised to blow up--especially now, with the success of the Black Panther film. "Who Fears Death" and "The Book of Phoenix" rocked me to my core and the "Binti" trilogy is so incredibly beautiful and personal. This woman is a must-read.

N.K. Jemisin - Another powerful voice at the forefront of afrofuturism. The Broken Earth trilogy ("The Fifth Season," "The Obelisk Gate," and "The Stone Sky") will change you.

Naomi Novik - I have never read anything quite like "Uprooted." The magic is so real and organic, the characters are beautifully complex and powerful, the themes feel so ancient yet so relevant. Wow.

April Daniels - The Nemesis series ("Dreadnought" and "Sovereign" with more to come, hopefully!) is so dear to me and so important and sorely needed right now. It's the story of a transgender teenager who is given the mantle of the world's most powerful superhero, Dreadnought, as he dies, which not only gives her all the powers of Dreadnought but transforms her "male" body into the body she always dreamed of. So incredibly powerful and personal.

K.C. Alexander - Badass, in-your-face author of "Necrotech" and "Nanoshock," two action-packed cyberpunk romps starring a crass, obnoxious, sexy, foul-mouthed, tough-as-nails, queer woman protagonist. Ridiculously fun and intense!

Angie Thomas - I'm just about halfway through "The Hate U Give" right now but it is an absolutely breathtaking story of a girl from the "ghetto" (a label she hates but begrudgingly accepts) who is witness to her best friend--an unarmed young black man--being gunned down by police. This book is so much; everything that it needs to be and so important in these times.

Rainbow Rowell - Anyone who reads YA probably knows Rainbow Rowell but I have to include her because I LOVE HER SO MUCH. "Eleanor & Park" was just ME AF but "Carry On" was simply magnificent. If you love Harry Potter and queer stories, you MUST read "Carry On."

Women in Wrestling

I think what would probably be more useful than a list of artists for this section is a list of my favorite women's wrestling matches of the past several years:

Aztec Warfare III (from Lucha Underground; the first ever female heavyweight champion of a major North American wrestling promotion and perhaps the best and most empowering and inspiring women's wrestling story ever told)

Bayley vs. Sasha Banks (their first encounter at TakeOver: Brooklyn and their 30 minute Iron Man match are both classics)

Charlotte vs. Sasha vs. Becky Lynch (WrestleMania 32)

Paige vs. Emma (NXT; the very beginnings of the WWE Women's Revolution)

Sexy Star vs. Mariposa ("No Mas" match from Lucha Underground)

Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks (just pick from any of their many incredible encounters; especially their Hell in a Cell match and their match in NXT)

Sasha Banks vs. Becky Lynch (NXT)

The First Ever Women's Royal Rumble Match (won by a Japanese woman!)

Charlotte vs. Natalya (NXT)

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Taco Talking Wrestling Mini-Show with Blockbuster Guy Frank

 Hosts: Stephen & Blockbuster Guy Frank

Stephen and Frank do brief mini episode driving through parts unknown in Miami, while getting Frank some tacos for his sustenance. We discuss the 2018 Royal Rumble and Elimination Chamber all while experiencing the madness of Miami traffic

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Unlocked Vundacast Vault X-men Spectacular

Intro Hosts: Stephen & Blockbuster Guy Frank
Part1 Hosts: 2013 version of Stephen & Danielle
Part 2 Hosts: 2014 version of Stephen & Mr. J
Part 3 Hosts: 2014 version of Stephen, Danielle, &nD-rock

Stephen and Frank open up the Vundacast vault and introduce some X-men themed episodes. The 1st clip after the intro by Stephen and Frank is the very 1st episode of the Vundacast where Stephen has no idea how to podcast and Dani has to deal with it. The second is a never before heard discussion  with Mr. J and Stephen when they use to fly under the moniker of PCFC, they discuss their own personal X-men history, and X-men Days of Future Past(2014). Finally also released from the vault Stephen, Danielle, and D-rock discuss the X-men: Days of Future Past film after seeing it in theaters in 2014 and geek out hard.

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Kliq Bait: Dear WWE (A Booking Proposal for Bray Wyatt at WrestleMania)

Thursday, February 15, 2018

2017's Top Wrestling/(Mostly) Lucha Underground Matches Vol.2 of 2

Hosts: Stephen & D-rock

D-rock continues guiding us through his favorite Lucha Underground Matches of the year 2017. They speculate on if Prince Puma/ Ricochet will get signed to WWE(by the time of this release He did). Epic storylines culminate before our eyes as temples get ruled by Pentagon Dark. Stephen remembers how Brock and Kurt Angle used to one up each other back in the day.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

2017's Top Wrestling/Lucha Matches Vol.1 of 2

Hosts: Stephen & D-rock

D-rock takes us through his favorite WWE/Lucha Underground Matches of the year 2017. Most matches enthrall Stephen one just finger locks his criticism on out. Fun was had by all.

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

VIDEO: Rey Mysterio, Jr. Appears at NJPW Event to Challenge Jushin Thunder Liger

Mark your calendars for New Japan's Strong Style Evolved on March 25th. Two of the greatest of all time!

BREAKING: Rey Mysterio, Jr. Appears at NJPW Event to Challenge Jushin Thunder Liger

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Booty Sack!

Hosts: Stephen, and Danielle
Vundahounds: Xena, Duke, Morty, & Rusty

Danielle devises strange social experiments to perform when she is a billionaire. Stephen talks about Jay Baruchel's  Goon movie sequel, and we somehow end up making fun of Stephenie Meyer.

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Friday, January 26, 2018

The Last Jedi by Reylo Johnson Part 2

Hosts: Stephen, Danielle, & D-Rock

Star Wars discussion continues as Stephen tries to control the thoughts of Star Wars nerds, and Danielle goes deep into imagery, music, and themes of the film, as well as smut hut talk, and D-rock defends Episode 8's humor.

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Strong Styling NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 12

Hosts: Stephen & D-rock

We take a break from Star Wars discussion to talk some choice NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 12 matches. Matches like the New Japan Rumble, Roppongi 3k vs the Young Bucks, Kota Ibushi vs Cody, and of course Chris Jericho vs Kenny Omega.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Kliq Bait: Top Ten WWE Matches of 2017

Overall, 2017 wasn't a particularly good year for WWE. Not a lot of memorable stories or exciting moments. But what there was was a whole lot of great wrestling. As bad as the booking and storylines have been, that's how good the wrestling has been in the last few years and especially this year. Let's take a look back at the top ten WWE matches of 2017...

Friday, January 12, 2018

The Last Jedi by Reylo Johnson Part 1

Hosts: Stephen, Danielle, & D-Rock

A new era begins with some good old fashioned Star Wars discussion. D-rock espouses about Revenge of the Sith, Stephen awes at Luke Skywalker's life, and the Co-hortress marvels at the epic love story of Reylo.

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

VUNDACAST Ch 100 The Trials of Trivia Returns

Hosts: Stephen, and Game Goulet (aka Stephen doing Will Ferrel's Robert Goulet Impression with a Triple H mask on)

Competitors: Danielle aka Chicken Nugget aka the Co-Hortress, Derrick aka D-rock World Heavyweight Podcast Champion of the world, Mr. J aka DC Super Fan aka former Trials of Trivia Champion, Frank aka the Blockbuster guy aka podcast editing wizard, and introducing special guest Satya our wild card Harry Potter nerd.

The show celebrates 100 episodes of random with an encore of our 63rd episode the Trials of Trivia. Star Wars, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the Simpsons, Rocky, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Harry Potter as well as special Game Goulet Christmas Trivia is the cause of arguments and hilarity on this very special episode. We extend to you a heart felt thanks for downloading this episode and being apart of our 100 episodes just by listening quietly. We hope the next 100 are even better, come out consistently, and help grow our humble podcast to heights we have not yet reached. THANK YOU!!

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Saturday, December 23, 2017


20 years ago this week, the world was introduced to Festivus. A magical time of feats of strength and airing of grievances. A time without consumerism or distracting tinsel. A time for miracles.

From all of us here at Vundablog, we'd like to wish you, our loyal, loving Vundabytes a Happy Festivus. You all get a pass from the Airing of Grievances.

But everyone else...


Trump Administration and Trump Supporters: Stop. Just stop.

WWE: Stop putting all the old, washed up, part time legends over the young guys. If you actually invest some time in making new stars, maybe you won't need to rely on a bunch of old guys. This is exactly why WCW lost the Monday Night War and you won. They pushed Hogan and Nash and Hall and Savage and Luger, etc. and WWF was forced to invest in the "new generation" of HBK, Undertaker, Steve Austin, The Rock, etc. Do THAT again. You have the world's best farm system in NXT, a state-of-the-art training center, amazing teachers. Grow some new superstars. Also stop making up ridiculously convoluted rules and stipulations for matches and just let people wrestle good ass matches. Also, push Cesaro. And Sami Zayn. 

Mediocre White Men (MRAs, Alt-Right, Paleoconservatives, Regressive Christian Conservatives): There's no such thing as "reverse racism" let alone "white genocide." Stop having a hissy fit every time someone actively subverts white supremacy. I know. A black stormtrooper. How dare they. There are still plenty of white/male dominated stories and aspects of life. It's going to be okay. Really. And if you think there's a "witch hunt" for sexual abusers right now rather than a massive systemic problem that is only now being exposed, take a seat. Maybe listen when someone talks about toxic masculinity and its effects on our culture instead of getting all defensive and mansplainy about how "NOT ALL MEN" or whatever.

Tool: Put out a goddamn new album already. We know it takes you guys a while. We get it. We know you're busy guys with all your other projects. But IT'S BEEN TEN YEARS. You're killing us, here. 


...I lost my train of thought.

Oh, well. Anyway. HAPPY FESTIVUS!!!

Friday, December 22, 2017

Vundacast Ch 99 DCFU Justice League the Movie!!

Hosts: Stephen, and Mr. J

Mr. J and Stephen finally process the events depicted in Justice League and how the DC film Universe has evolved and what we enjoy from it.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Vundacast ch 98 Whedon is not your Big Bad

Hosts: Stephen & Danielle
Dogs: Duke, Xena, Morty, & Rusty

Stephen & his co-hortress Danielle try to plea for peace in the Great War of Marvel vs. DC.
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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Vundacast Ch. 97 A wHOLE lot of 2017 Movie Talkin'

Hosts: Stephen, & Andres
Animal noises and disturbances by: Xena, Duke, Morty, Rusty, and R2D2 the Timbrado Canary

Stephen and Andres reunite post Hurricane Irma and discuss their summer film diet, they digest box office grosses, and chew up some pop culture references all over EVERYTHING nerdy.

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Saturday, November 11, 2017


This is not a drill, people. Lucha Underground Season Four is a GO! Not only that, but we also now have confirmation of the HUGE news that at least one person who has been heavily rumored to not be returning for a fourth season WILL be returning and I am SO EXCITED!!!

To celebrate, check out our Top 10 Lucha Underground Matches of 2017.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Kliq Bait: Top Ten Lucha Underground Matches of 2017

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It has truly been one hell of a 2017 for Lucha Underground. The second half of season three, while it certainly had its faults (perhaps, in large part, because of how near-perfect the first two and a half seasons were), gave us some amazing wrestling and some truly compelling storylines. The Cueto Cup gave us some fresh matchups and a lot of great matches. We got big time marquee matchups like Mysterio/Matanza, Mysterio/Mundo, Puma/Mundo, and Puma/Pentagon. Plus [SPOILER] Dario Cueto might be fucking dead. It wasn't really that hard to pick the top 10 since the show was only running for less than half of the year but the fact that there were even 10+ matches worthy of "match of the year" consideration is a testament to just how damn good Lucha Underground is. I hope and pray that this wasn't their last season.

And so, without further ado, Vundablog presents the top ten Lucha Underground matches of 2017...