Great show, as usual, this week. I must admit, as much as I love the actual wrestling conversation, I always really enjoy the tangential musings. The handshake discussion had me laughing out loud (and my wife shooting me dirty looks.) It's one of the things I've always made note of when meeting wrestlers over the years.
Elgin didn't have a very remarkable handshake. It wasn't as firm as you would expect, very hot and sweaty though.
Adam Cole was like shaking hands with a lady- slight hands with slender fingers, weak grip, almost greasy from moisturizer.
AJ Styles had the classic limp noodle handshake, nothing behind it, and shockingly little hands. It was like shaking hands with my five year old son.
Nakamura had an odd handshake where he just held his hand out straight and shook too quickly. It was as though he had the basic concept, but didn't understand or execute on the finer points (sort of like a Roman Reigns match.) In retrospect, the point you made about the Japanese not handshaking as a common practice, made me feel a little bad and judgy. I'm ashamed that I hadn't thought of that cultural aspect, especially since I'm pretty sure that I did a weird half-bow thing about three times during the handshake.
My friend had an unusual experience with Rhino. He was trying to shake Rhino's hand but he sort of put his arm up, like it was in an invisible sling. After a few awkward moments, my friend realized that Rhino was after a sort of forearm bump, a la late 80's/early 90's Bash Brothers. He must be a germaphobe or something.
The strangest handshake I had with a wrestler happened last year at the ROH/NJPW show in Toronto. I was about to get a signed photo from reDRagon. I had met Kyle O'Reilly a few weeks earlier at Smash Wrestling and I had run out of bills, so I paid for an autograph with toonies (Canadian two dollar coins.) He remembered and mentioned it as I approached them, so we had a laugh and made small talk for a minute or two. Bobby Fish, feeling neglected I guess, wedged his way in between us, grabbed my hand, and shook it very firmly... for about fifteen seconds... while staring me right in the eyes with all of the intensity that he would bring to a main event match. Boy, was that ever uncomfortable!
Keep up the awesome work guys. I'm also thrilled to see the upstart New Japan Purocast joining the fold- another great podcast! My two favorites, now in the same feed.