IN THE ROOM this week welcomes independent wrestling star Cory Kastle. Check it out as Kastle – whose accomplishments include film, stand-up comedy, and, of course, pro wrestling – gives his thoughts on his own career and what he’d like to accomplish. In particular, Cory talks about his own health situation (and the miracle of it); his own philosophies on life and wrestling; life in ECWA, CZW, and Delaware wrestling; and how he is able to draw upon his own frustrations when he’s in the ring. Plus, PWI’s Brady Hicks, former WCW star The Stro, Kathie Fitzpatrick, and Derrick McDonald talk about Cody Rhodes’ release and WWE Extreme Rules, and take calls for two full hours. All that, plus so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.
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IN THE ROOM this week welcomes former CZW wrestler – and the star of Rasslin Rock Radio – Rick Feinberg. What are Rick’s thoughts on his brief in-ring career and the opportunity to famously portray Rob Feinstein in a negative light? Plus, Rick talks about wrestlers dying too young, his close friendship with Cory Kastle, how his career videotaping wrestling shows came about, and the origins of his hugely successful Rasslin Rock Radio program. In addition, PWI’s Brady Hicks, former WCW wrestler The Stro, Kathie Fitzpatrick, and Derrick McDonald talk WWE Extreme Rules this Sunday, discuss some of the highlights (and lowlights) of Raw, and take phone calls for two full hours. All that, plus so … much … more. Thanks, as always, for the support!
IN THE ROOM this week is marred by tech issues, but the show is still so much fun! Check it out as PWI’s Brady Hicks, former WCW star The Stro, Kathie Fitzpatrick, and Derrick McDonald talk WWE’s recent round of releases, Bob Backlund being back on TV, and Ratboy’s recent fame. Plus, open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.
IN THE ROOM this week has a healthy discussion of all things wrestling and some things non wrestling as well. Check it out as PWI’s Brady Hicks, former WCW star The Stro, Kathie Fitzpatrick, and Derrick McDonald talk about WWE Payback, AJ Styles, Little Natch, and a potential brand split. Plus a discussion of Ryback’s issues with WWE and whether or not he has a point, as well as a discussion of near-death experiences. Plus, open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.
No guest this week IN THE ROOM, so PWI’s Brady Hicks, former WCW star The Stro, Kathie Fitzpatrick, and Derrick McDonald talk about the passing of Chyna; preview WWE Payback this Sunday; talk ECWA Super 8 and Napalm Bomb’s surprising win; and take phone calls for two full hours. All that, plus so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.
IN THE ROOM this week proudly welcomes “The Greek God” Papadon back to the podcast heading into this Saturday’s 20th annual ECWA Super 8 tournament. What are Papadon’s thoughts on making history this Saturday, why he has yet to catch on with WWE, and continually “stealing the show” with his matches? Plus, Papadon talks about all of the other Super 8 competitors, ECWA’s current roster, and a lot of the other projects he has going on. In particular, he talks about his work in the upcoming film Church. Check out the movie’s kickstarter and donate now! Plus, PWI’s Brady Hicks, The Stro (WCW’s Maestro), Kathie Fitzpatrick, and Derrick McDonald talk Kathie’s experience in the ECW Arena for the convention this past Saturday, Stro’s time in Las Vegas with the Cauliflower Alley Club, WWE Payback, and strip clubs. Plus open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.
Former independent wrestler and WWE referee WES Adams steps IN THE ROOM this week to talk about his career with WWE, switch from Smackdown to ECW, strange firing, and working today as a promoter in Mississippi. Check out the podcast for Wes’ thoughts on “settling” to become a ref; officiating matches for some of the biggest names in wrestling; his time in developmental versus today’s NXT brand; today’s concussion protocol and how it could have saved his job back then; and lots more. Plus, PWI’s Brady Hicks is joined by Kathie Fitzpatrick, Derrick McDonald, and guest co-host Dean Dixon (HIAC Talk Radio) as they run down TNA Impact’s new home, the Bullet Club and other tag teams, the late Balls Mahoney, former WWE stars seeking greener pastures on the indies, and some independent wrestling to boot. Plus, open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more. Thanks, as always for the support! The Stro (WCW’s Maestro), who is on location at the Cauliflower Alley Club Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, will be back next week!
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IN THE ROOM this week welcomes 93.7 WSTW’s Brian Soscia to talk about his experiences interviewing some of wrestling’s top stars. What are Brian’s thoughts on WrestleMania, NXT, and the independent scene today? Check it out to find out! Plus, The Soscia Network star talks about personal encounters with Ric Flair, Daniel Bryan, Vince McMahon, and so many others over his time as an on-air personality and independent wrestler! In addition, PWI’s Brady Hicks, The Stro (WCW’s Maestro), Kathie Fitzpatrick, and Derrick McDonald talk the ins and outs of this year’s NXT Fallout, Hall of Fame, WrestleMania, and night-after Raw; Lucha Underground; and The Miz and Maryse! Plus, open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more. Thanks, as always, for the support! Sorry about the technical issues!
Former WCW and WWE star – and NXT trainer – Bill DeMott steps IN THE ROOM this week to talk about his 28-year career in wrestling. Check it out as DeMott offers his thoughts on everything from the allegations of bullying lodged against him last year to where WWE and NXT could be headed in the near future. Plus, DeMott comments on his “Laughing Man” persona, compares WCW to WWE, talks about what might have been had WCW won the “Monday Night Wars,” and speaks on WWE’s presentation of AJ Styles thus far. Definitely a fun listen! In addition, PWI’s Brady Hicks, The Stro (WCW’s Maestro), Kathie Fitzpatrick, and Derrick McDonald run down Raw from Brooklyn, talk WrestleMania this Sunday, and explore more regarding Stan Hansen in the WWE Hall of Fame. This is in addition to open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.
Things “Going Sour” Between He and WWE:
The running line around that company – and I guess a lot of companies – is that “Perception is Reality.” Everybody has this perception that it was a sour thing. I didn’t leave on bad terms with the company. I didn’t leave with any negativity … I’m not the most well-liked person on the Internet. 95% of it is by people who have no idea about me and just go by what they read or what they heard from somebody else, but there’s no sour grapes and there’s no negativity … If I could sum up the whole thing, I took the high road … I was very honored to start something with Triple-H [that’s] become the brand that is NXT. There’s no negativity. There’s [just] a couple individuals that are off my Christmas card list.
NXT and the Job that They’ve Done:
I’m not a miserable person, contrary to popular opinion. I loved my job and I’m one of the best at it. I look at them every week and there’s nothing but pride. It felt good and I’m happy for them. The running joke is to be careful what you ask for, because you’re going to get it. Now they’re running … The fear is that it becomes the next brand and the next part of WWE. I think the thing that makes NXT different is that it’s still a different approach to the business … I never had a doubt it would grow.
On the Perception that NXT is “Off Vince McMahon’s Radar”:
That’s an ever-growing conversation [regarding] how do we keep it from becoming Raw or Smackdown or ECW before they went away … I think it’s a fair assessment because people tend to look at it like because NXT is not under Vince, it can be different. Like it or not, it’s all under Vince. And the fact that he gave the reigns to Hunter and he’s running with it … that’s an ever-happening conversation. But I don’t think it has anything to do with whether it’s under Vince or not. I think that’s just peoples’ perception, [that] as long as Vince doesn’t put his hands on it, it will stay great.
On WWE Opening Up to Adding More Independent Wrestlers:
At the end of the day, Vince’s formula works. It’s a successful business. From my experience of being in those rooms is that, while everyone is well aware of who’s out there – look how long it took for AJ Styles – … [but] you just wait to when it fits … For me, the downside … is that they’ve been [punching] their “bump card” for the past 10 years, and now that they get to WWE or wherever they’re going, that the longevity is not going to be there. But I like to see the diversity … Batista is a big [guy], but we don’t have 14 Batistas standing by. But there’s 35 cats of every shape and size – and divas – that can do everything under the sun. I’m excited to see how that changes the product … While people get all pissed off on the Internet, look at how satisfied they are when it finally happens.
We are proud to welcome wrestling legend Jake “The Snake” Roberts on IN THE ROOM this week. What are Jake’s thoughts on working with snakes – and in particular cobras; never winning WWE championship gold; wrestling everyone from Hulk Hogan to Andre the Giant to Randy Savage; his turnaround with help from DDP; and – of course – the critically acclaimed Resurrection of Jake “The Snake” Roberts documentary? Tune in to find out! Plus, Pro Wrestling Illustrated Contributing Writer Brady Hicks, The Stro (WCW’s Maestro), Kathie Fitzpatrick, and Derrick McDonald talk first-hand accounts from Raw, WWE’s WrestleMania buildup, Stan Hansen, Terry Funk, and TNA’s current state of affairs. Everybody go check out The Stro defending his UPWA Heavyweight title against Eric Young this Saturday! Plus open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support!
On His Life’s Turnaround:
I’ve got the world by the tail. And life is so good for me. Even beyond the WWE years … I’ve got the movie going on, the movie is going strong. It’s helped some people, the comedy thing I’m doing, which is me sitting down, having a blast telling old road stories. Everybody loves it. That’s awesome, too because the fans mean so much to me now that I’m sober and cleaned up.
Working with Snakes:
I was terrified of [snakes], man. It just goes to show me how far I’ll go if you pay me enough.
On His Surprising Admiration for “Rugged” Ronnie Garvin:
I will always hold Ronnie Garvin in the highest [regard], strictly because he was the only guy I ever knew who, before he made his comeback, his nipples had to get hard. I respected that. That’s true, by the way. I’d be beatin’ the hell out of him and I’d look down at the mat and he’d be laying there in a pool of blood or whatever and all of the sudden I’d see his nipples start to tweak up. I’m like, ‘Oh my God, here he comes!’ and he’d get up and just whale the s**t out of me.
On the Late Andre the Giant
[Andre] woke me up to some exciting things. He held me down once and farted on me for about 30 seconds, which was incredible, I might add.