Interviews

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IN THE ROOM with Former WWF Announcer Mike McGuirk

logoIN THE ROOM this week welcomes a very special guest: second-generation star and former WWF announcer Mike McGuirk! What are Mike’s thoughts on today’s wrestling, the effects of the WWE Network on her legacy, Bobby Heenan making fun of her, and seeing her son suffer with trying to break into WWE. Plus, lots of stories involving Sherri Martel, Miss Elizabeth, Randy Savage, and Vince McMahon, in addition to her famous father, promoter Leroy McGuirk, and ex-husband, Brian Blair! Plus, PWI’s Brady Hicks, former WCW star The Stro, Kathie Fitzpatrick, and Derrick McDonald run down their proposed WrestleMania cards, talk Daniel Bryan’s sad retirement, and take phone calls into the night. All that plus so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.

IN THE ROOM with CZW’s Rory Gulak

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This week’s IN THE ROOM features Combat Zone Wrestling star Rory Gulak. What are Rory’s thoughts on his 11-year career with CZW at just the age of 25. Plus, Rory offers his thoughts on competing in Japan versus here in the US for CZW, ultra-hardcore wrestling, and shooting for his first major win with the company. Plus, PWI’s Brady Hicks, The Stro (WCW’s Maestro), Kathie Fitzpatrick, and Derrick McDonald talk Sheamus as low- or midcard champion, WWE’s need to create multiple new stars, and lots of WWE Survivor Series fallout. Plus, open phone lines for two full hours, and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.

IN THE ROOM with JD “Bamm Bamm” Browning

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This week, JD “Bamm Bamm” Browning from the ECWA steps IN THE ROOM to talk about his upcoming match with Shockwave The Robot this Saturday at ECWA 4 Ever in New Castle, Delaware. What are Browning’s thoughts on his controversial statements toward his opponent, his current place in the ECWA, and where he would like to be in the future? Plus, Brady Hicks, The Stro (WCW’s Maestro), Kathie Fitz, and Derrick McDonald talk the controversial Charlotte/Paige promo from WWE Raw, preview Survivor Series this Sunday, and take calls on the open phone lines for two full hours. All that, plus so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.

IN THE ROOM with Glacier

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IN THE ROOM this week is proud to welcome former WCW star Glacier for the second time, as he prepares for Wrestlecade Thanksgiving weekend in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. What are Glacier’s thoughts on his gimmick being remembered, being considered “legit,” going from fan to friend and business partner with the late Dusty Rhodes, and having one of the best wrestling entrances of all time. Plus, Brady Hicks, The Stro, and Kathie Fitz talk Seth Rollins’ injury, the WWE title tournament and its (lack of) star power, and Kurt Angle returning to WWE. Plus, open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.

Quotes transcribed by Mike Bessler of The Inquisitr:

On Getting Lou Thesz’ Blessing:

He finally said to me – I’ll never forget exactly how he said it to me. He said, ‘Ray, professional wrestling is probably never going to get back to the way you and I want it to be … This is the evolution of the business. It’s okay. Go make your money.’

On Competition in WCW:

No one was doing me any favors. [Diamond Dallas] Page went to bat for me and yeah, that was great. But we had to prove ourselves every single night. Unless you were Hogan or Savage or somebody like that, everybody’s job was on the chopping block. It didn’t matter how good you were, there were a thousand guys waiting to take your spot.

On His Relationship with Dusty Rhodes:

During the Turnbuckle era, I actually got married and I asked Dusty to be the groomsman at my wedding, and he said yes, thank God. And at my rehearsal dinner, I got really choked up saying [this] because it was so hard—it was just so surreal having him there. I just told him in front of everybody, it’s so rare when anyone gets to meet their childhood hero, much less get to the relationship that I had with Dusty … Thank God I got to know him on that personal level … He impacted so many people and I feel so unbelievably lucky to be one of the people that he impacted along the way.

IN THE ROOM with Salamander Jones

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IN THE ROOM this week has Philadelphia-area commentator Salamander Jones in advance of his Alzheimer’s Association walk this weekend on behalf of Team CZW and The Maven Bentley Association. What are Jones’ thoughts on this debilitating disease, getting started as a play-by-play or color commentator, and “working” the circuit? Tune in to find out. Plus, Brady, Stro, Kathie, Derrick, and Jordan talk the top woman wrestler in the world, in advance of the digital release of PWI’s Female 50 list this Thursday, talk Roman Reigns and fans’ frustrations, and, of course, New Day. All that and so … much … more. Thanks, as always, for the support!

IN THE ROOM with “Hitman” Tony Stetson

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Bessler, Mike. “ECW Original: ‘If I Saw Paul Heyman On The Street, I’d Probably Knife Him.” Inquisitr.com. October 22, 2015.

IN THE ROOM returns this week with an awesome interview with early-on ECW and Tri-State Wrestling Alliance star “Hitman” Tony Stetson. What are Tony’s opinions on hardcore wrestling and the role that he played, having a “job for life” in ECW, and training under Bam Bam Bigelow? All that, in addition to Tony’s thoughts on today’s wrestlers, wrestling feeling real, and a whole lot more. Then, the crew is joined by CZW’s Chris Behringer, who is instrumental in the Maven Bentley Association’s “Memory Remains” charity show this Sunday in Woodbury Heights! Plus, PWI’s Brady Hicks, The Stro (WCW’s Maestro), Kathie Fitz, Derrick McDonald, and Jordan Garber take calls for two hours and talk WWE Hell in a Cell and so … much … more. Thanks, as always, for the support!

Bessler, Mike. “ECW Original: ‘If I Saw Paul Heyman On The Street, I’d Probably Knife Him.” Inquisitr.com. October 22, 2015.

IN THE ROOM w “The Patriot” Del Wilkes

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IN THE ROOM this week features a special sitdown interview with former WCW, WWE, and Japan star “The Patriot” Del Wilkes. What are Del’s thoughts on his WWE run being cut short due to injuries, deceiving Vince McMahon as to the extent of his injuries, wrestling for WCW alongside Buff Bagwell, and competing in Japan? Tune in to find out. Plus, The Patriot discusses his thoughts on never being a bad guy, competing in Japan, and seeing imposter Patriots compete with his gimmick. In addition, Brady Hicks, The Stro, Kathie Fitz, and Derrick McDonald talk WWE Hell in a Cell and New Day, and run down the events of this past weekend culminating in last Sunday’s South Jersey Wrestle-Fest in Woodbury Heights, New Jersey. All that plus so … much … more. Thanks, as always, for the support!

Special thanks to The Inquisitr’s Mike Bessler for his extensive coverage of this interview.

IN THE ROOM with the AWA’s Jonnie Stewart

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IN THE ROOM this week has a very special, insightful guest in the former of former American Wrestling Association star Jonnie Stewart. What are Stewart’s thoughts on the legacy of the AWA, missed opportunities with WWE and WCW, and getting sued by WWE a few years ago for his promotion using the AWA name? You’ll have to tune in to find out! Plus, Brady Hicks, The Stro, and Kathie Fitz gear up for the South Jersey Wrestle-Fest this Sunday in Woodbury Heights, New Jersey, get Kathie’s live Smackdown report, take listener calls, and talk New Day! All that, and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support!

IN THE ROOM with Joel Gertner

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IN THE ROOM is proud to welcome former ECW star “The Quintessential Studmuffin” Joel Gertner to the program. Check it out as Joel talks the origins of his sonnets, facing creative roadblocks (and overflows), and how close he actually came to a WWE jump. Plus, Brady Hicks, The Stro, Kathie Fitzpatrick, Jordan Garber, and Derrick McDonald talk Sting’s legacy, New Day, and the October 11th South Jersey Wrestle-Fest in Woodbury Heights, New Jersey. Plus open lines for two full hours, and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support!

The Inquisitr has posted a lengthy piece covering this interview:

Mike Bessler

ECW Original Joel Gertner was the featured guest on the most recent episode of the In the Roompodcast on VOC Nation. Interviewed by Pro Wrestling Illustrated contributor Brady Hicks and his panel of co-hosts, Gertner discussed his work in the heyday of one of pro wrestling’s most celebrated promotions, serving as a manager for the Dudley Boyz and as a commentator during the latter part of his run.

Gertner noted that he is still a fan of WWE and that he is extremely pleased with the WWE Network these days, adding that the company recently added a huge cache of vintage ECW material to the network in recent weeks. He enthusiastically pointed out that much of the newly added shows are from 1997 and 1998 and they include some of his best work with the Dudleyz. Joel also advised that he was recently tapped to contribute to WWE’s forthcoming ECW DVD retrospectives.

“I was up in Stamford a week or two ago,” Gertner said. They have two different home video releases coming out next year, the first of which they interviewed me for, would be a Dudley Boyz compilation and then the other one [is] OMG: 50 Craziest Moments In ECW History. That’s going to be coming out in the latter part of next year. So I contributed towards that.”

Wrestling DVD Network confirmed the release of the above-noted DVD projects earlier this month. The site did not have details to indicate whether or not the Dudley Boyz DVD will be a documentary or a compilation of matches, but Gertner’s participation in the project strongly suggests some sort of documentary or narrative component. Regarding the OMG compilation, in addition to Joel Gertner, ECW Originals Tazz and Tommy Dreamer will also be featured in the countdown-style production. This collection will be the third installment in WWE’s OMG series.

In the Room Host Brady Hicks asked Joel if he had ever gotten the chance to jump to WWE when some of ECW’s biggest names were leaving the small promotion for bigger opportunities. Gertner briefly discussed his talks with WWE, noting that although he had the chance to leave ECW, he couldn’t make the offer work at the time.

“I can tell you that there was at least one opportunity,” Gertner said. “There was a time before TNN, so before I was on a contract… and I spoke with one of the [agents] and we talked and I was given an indication of kind of a range of what the compensation might be and then creatively what I would be brought in for and I considered it. You know, at the end of the day, I was really loyal to ECW and things just kind of timed out in a certain way…and it made sense for me to take the ECW deal that was put in front of me. Yeah, there were definitely a couple of opportunities.”

Joel said that he was more than happy to stay with ECW during their deal with TNN, advising that he had a strong sense of loyalty to Paul Heyman. He also said that he enjoyed working with Rick Rude as a commentator on the TNN shows and said he had no regrets about his career choices in hindsight.

Joel Gertner told the In the Room hosts that he currently teaches math at a “retail education center” and does part time financial services work on the side. He is also seeking voiceover work and has his own podcast on iTunes, entitled 69 Minute Eargasm. He made brief appearances with TNA after the demise of ECW and also appeared on WWE’s ECW One Night Stand pay per view in 2005.

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