Web Video / WhatCulture Wrestling

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WhatCulture Wrestling is a YouTube channel from popular pop culture site WhatCulture. It features a variety of shows, podcasts, and personalities centered around the ins and outs of the world of Professional Wrestling.

These shows include:

  • How They Should (Have) Book(ed) - Stand-up comedian and wrestling fan Adam Blampied rebooks WWE's biggest missed opportunities from the past, or books a current wrestling angle or story into the future, challenging the company to book it better, "because [he's] a smart-arse". (thumps up with Twinkle Smile)
  • What Just Happened? - Adam, or sometimes resident buff guy Simon Miller, recaps a recent wrestling PPV, major wrestling news, or scandal with his own take on the event.
  • Adam vs. Adam - Adam and his friend, documentary maker "Other Adam" Pacitti, compete for the WhatCulture Championship across video games, PPV predictions and other activities. Notably, after Pacitti got sick from a "Cena-Colada", the show started getting its own storylines, with the Adams getting their own stables, BX and Pacitti Club.
  • Adam/Kenny Vs. - Adam (or sometimes Other Adam or Kenny) interviews a touring wrestler (most notably Kurt Angle, Chris Jericho, AJ Styles and Scott Steiner have been on the show), with the fans providing the questions.
  • WWM: Wrestling's Worst Merch - The Adams road test some of the worst toys and accessories the wrestling industry has ever produced.
  • Fast Count - Resident Butt-Monkey Jack "The Jobber" recaps wrestling news from the past week.
  • WTF Moments - The self-proclaimed "King" of WhatCulture King Ross counts down bizarre and stupid moments from the most recent episodes of Monday Night Raw, SmackDown, WCPW Loaded, and PPVs/NXT specials.
  • WrestleCulture - A semi-regular wrestling podcast hosted by Kenny McIntosh, usually with Adam or King Ross.
  • Top 10 Lists - Self-explanatory; Adam, or sometimes one of the others, counts down a list of the top (or bottom) 10 moments or items from wrestling history. Though it's not limited to that.
  • Ups and Downs - Jack or Simon critique some moments that happened on the recent WWE shows.
  • Five Best and Worst of the Week - Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Andrew Soucek, the token American, will list the five best and worst moments of the week in wrestling.
  • Adam's Pipebomb - Adam discusses the current events going on in the world of wrestling.
  • Why? - Simon takes a point of contention or a hot topic and breaks it down as to why something should or shouldn't be the case in the world of wrestling.
  • WCPW - What Culture Pro Wrestling; It's basically their own wrestling promotion. Seriously. Its weekly show, WCPW Loaded, streams every Saturday. Now has its own channel.

You can find the channel here. You can also check out the main site, which started the channel in the first place, here. For all the info on their own wrestling promotion, What Culture Pro Wrestling, see here.

The shows include examples of:

  • Aborted Arc: Jack's heel turn in the summer of 2017 was shut down pretty quickly due to the overwhelming negative response from the fanbase.
  • Affectionate Parody: Since they started incorporating storylines in their videos, they have been one of professional wrestling.
  • Author Appeal: Adam Blampied's favourite wrestler of all time is Kurt Angle and he will regularly work Kurt into his fantasy booking wherever possible, either as a face (having him be the one to stop Goldberg's rampage) or a heel (the real mastermind behind Steve Austin being hit by a car).
  • Badass Moustache: Other Adam sports a particularly good one.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: Sam Driver, the editor. (Back to work...D***HEAD!!!!!!)
  • Berserk Button: Adam hates Santino Marella and R-Truth. Interestingly, Other Adam likes them.
  • Big "OMG!": Occasionally happens during their reaction videos when something shocking happens, with none bigger than their reaction to Goldberg squashing Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series 2016.
  • Break the Cutie: With Jack, in the lead up to WhatCultureMania.
  • Breather Episode:
    • The Roadblock stream is storyline free, just Adam and Simon relaxing and watching some wrestling with nothing on the line.
    • The Final Deletion reaction video puts aside the BX / Pacitti Club feud as Adam, Jack, and Sam watch the latest chapter in Matt and Jeff Hardy's descent into madness.
  • Brief Accent Imitation: Adam loves to imitate Other Adam and Jack's accents whenever he gets the chance.
  • Butt-Monkey:
    • Jack, in spades. At least until WrestleMania.
    • Kenny and Andrew.
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: Averted; Adam blatantly cheats in all of his post Fastlane title defences, and retains each time. Karma eventually catches up with him though...
  • Couch Gag: The disclaimer at the start of every episode of WCPW Loaded always includes a bit of comedy.
  • Crossover: Brian Zane and Grim (from Grim's Toy Show) try to take over WhatCulture in How They Should Have Booked The Invasion. Adam would later return the favour in Zane's Heroes of Wrestling review.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: After being beaten down by BX, going through several unpleasant forfeits, and losing control of his own show, Jack finally wins the WhatCulture Championship at WrestleMania.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Adam, after Fastlane.
  • Gargle Blaster: The "Cena-Colada", a drink made out of wine, milk, mustard, tea, Tabasco, cinnamon and vinegar. Naturally, it's a forfeit.note  Also, the "Long Island Big E", made of beer, "Sex on a Beach", cream, "Iron Bru", a lot of salt, mouthwash, goat urine and vinegar.
  • Face/Heel Double-Turn:
    • At the end of the Fastlane Adam vs. Adam, Sam and Suzie reveal that they were in BX all along, hand the title back to Adam, superkicks Jack, resulting in Adam and BX turning into dastardly heels, and Jack and Pacitti Club into sympathetic faces.
    • At WCPW Built to Destroy, Rampage turns face against Adam Blampied, refusing to piledrive Big Damo and laying Adam out after Blampied slaps him for disobeying, only to turn around into a low blow and piledriver from Big Damo as he reveals he was Evil All Along and aligned with Adam Blampied.
    • At WCPW Refuse to Lose, Adam Pacitti turned heel after he costs Martin Kirby his title shot against Joseph Connors. In turn, this turns Martin Kirby into an arrogant face.
  • #HashtagForLaughs: As with his other WhatCulture videos, Once an Episode, Ben will say "you could call it... Shit X for Wankers, #ShitXForWankers!", and taken to its extreme when discussing the father in The Mist:
    Ben: #S**tFatherWhoDraggedOutAScaryFogMonsterAttackByNotKillingHisSonSoonerForW**kers! Sorry, editor.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Sam, in the WhatCultureMania forfeit video.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Sam.
  • He's Back: Adam Pacitti returns at the Extreme Rules reaction, cashing in and winning the championship.
  • Incoming Ham: WTF Moments always start with "King" Ross shouting "Kiiiiiiiiiing!"
  • Made of Iron: Jokes about Vince McMahon's impressive physique. He "cannot be killed by a trivial thing like a stampede of wildebeests; he would eat them first.
  • Masochist's Meal: Other Adam eats a ghost chili as part of a forfeit.
  • The Mole: Turns out Sam never left Pacitti Club, and his turn to BX was fake.
  • Older Than They Look: Jack is in his early 20s, but he looks like he's still in his teens. Adam and King Ross lampshades this by referring to him as a 5 year old.
  • One Steve Limit:
    • Averted with the main storyline being the conflict between Adams Blampied and Pacitti. There is at least one other Adam working at WhatCulture, though he doesn't feature much in the channel's videos.
      • Resolved in the Adam vs. Adam for WrestleMania 33, wherein the loser (Blampied) would henceforth be known as..."Plumpy".
        • Although back on again after Blampied won the right to use his name back at SummerSlam 2017.
    • Averted in WCPW, with Joe Coffey and Joe Hendry, along with the borderline case Joseph Connors.
  • Overly Long Gag:
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: King Ross, to some extent.
  • Rhetorical Question Blunder: Done by Adam to himself in the '10 Things WWE want you to forget about the Big Show' video:
    Adam: What's more enjoyable than seeing The Big Show humiliated? Well, scabies.
    Adam: ...but when you're thinking about the worst substance to land on you from a great height, what's worse than actual sh*t? I mean... bricks, I guess, but shut up.
  • Running Gag: King Ross appears to be the king, no pun intended, of this:
    • King Ross screaming "IT'S JOHN O'CLOCK, MOTHERF—ERS!!!!" when JBL makes bloopers on commentary. It's become so popular that it's inspired a T-shirt.
    • His quirky way of pronouncing certain words and names, e.g. Dabayu-Dabayu-Eeeee, BaRON Corbin, WTF moMONTS, etc.
    • Parading around as a doomsday siren blares in the background. He does this whenever something highly unexpected happens on whatever show he's covering (e.g. JBL correcting Mauro Ronallo):
    • Saying "TOMSPIRACY!!!" in falsetto, in reference to how Tom Phillips often appears to look much shorter than the wrestlers he's interviewing, when in reality he's taller than almost all of them.
    • Whenever there's a prolonged segment involving some of the biggest men in the company, he'll splice in shots of McMahon looking quite happy before falling out of his chair:
      King Ross: (singsong) Vince McMahon likes big sweaty me-en!
    • In non-Ross Running Gags, when Adam does a top 10 and something alludes to something further on in the list, he'll say knowingly, "Oh, we'll get to that."
    • In '10 Things WWE Want You to Forget About CM Punk, Adam came up with a different full name for CM Punk pretty much every time he said his name, such as "Charles Montgomery Punk", "Chick Magnet Punk", "Cool Mint Punk" and "Chubby Monkey Punk" among others.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: King Ross. Oftentimes, every other word of his gets beeped out.
  • Smug Snake: Adam, after Fastlane.
  • Special Guest: Andrew has gotten Nick "Eugene" Dinsmore to appear on a couple of occasions, with Nick treating Andrew like the Butt-Monkey he is.
  • Stupid Sexy Flanders: King Ross sometimes shows elements of this when reviewing the moments, including Triple H telling Seth Rollins "Good boy" when he sat down.
  • Token Female: Suzie Kennedy is the only woman to make regular appearances on the channel.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Blampied and Pacitti started out this way.
  • We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties: Blampied had a bit of a meltdown at the start of the "Top 10 Matches of 2016" as a result of being told he couldn't put Lesnar v. Goldberg on the list because "it's a moment, not a match".
  • Wham Episode:
    • Adam Vs. Adam: Fastlane.
    • The revelation that they're producing their own wrestling promotion, WCPW.
    • WCPW Episode 18. Martin Kirby replaces Pacitti as WCPW General Manager.
  • Wham Line:
    • The new champion's first action:
    Sam: I hereby forfeit this title to Adam Blampied.
    • King Ross makes an announcement for Jack's last shot at Adam's title:
    King Ross: This match will take place in Dallas, Texas.
    • Just as Adam celebrates his title win at Extreme Rules, a hooded figure shows up and cashes in...
    Adam Pacitti: You love it.
    • Pacitti has had a mixed night on WCPW Loaded, and it seems to be getting worse, until...
    Pacitti: Jay Lethal has had to pull out...he will no longer be in the match for the Internet Title. However, I have booked a replacement. This man! (Cue Alberto El Patron's music)