Interviews

Sorted by decade(s) spanned by career!

IN THE ROOM with Mr. Ooh La La

This week we proudly welcome ECWA and independent legend Mr. Ooh La La on IN THE ROOM. Ooh La La has been an indie favorite since the early 1990s and, because he is such a great guy, one of the most popular men in any locker room. Check it out as the fiery Frenchman talks about his proud career as an ECWA roster member for 31 of ECWA’s 51 years; comparing the company from back when he started right on through today; getting a boost from Pro Wrestling Illustrated early on; the fans; and proudly being a member of ECWA as it embarks on the second half of a century providing entertainment. Plus a full rundown of ECWA’s 51st Anniversary Show this Saturday (ecwaprowrestling.com)! In addition, Brady Hicks (PWI), The Stro (WCW), Kathie Fitz, and Matt Grimm talk about WWE’s build for Hell in a Cell and Evolution; catch Brady up on all the wrestling he’s been missing; talk about Becky Lynch emerging as a possible female “Stone Cold” Steve Austin; and discuss controversial comments by Sabu and Scott Steiner. Plus open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support. As a note, sorry for the cutoff at the end … system issue.

IN THE ROOM with Lavie Margolin (Author of TrumpMania)

This week IN THE ROOM welcomes Lavie Margolin, the author of TrumpMania: Vince McMahon, WWE and the making of America’s 45th President. Check it out now on Amazon! Margolin’s book is a one-of-a-kind read that explores the dynamic ties between Donald Trump and the McMahon family. In the interview, he discusses the impact that both parties have had on one another; the influence of WWE’s over-the-top personas on Trump’s speeches; how WrestleMania might never have expanded without Atlantic City; the “Battle of the Billionaires” at WM23; resurrecting Linda McMahon’s political career; and politics mixing with an interest in wrestling. Plus, Brady Hicks (PWI), The Stro (WCW), Kathie Fitz, and Derrick McDonald talk about matches for WWE Evolution, the return of the Mixed Match Challenge, and All In and how it has affected the industry. In addition, open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.

IN THE ROOM with Max Wasa

IN THE ROOM this week welcomes a true renaissance woman in the beautiful, ultra-talented Max Wasa. Max is an actress, model, singer, songwriter, author, producer, music promoter, and more! Definitely a fun show and a must listen. Thanks, Malcolm, for the recommendation. Plus, Brady Hicks (PWI), The Stro (WCW), Kathie Fitz, Derrick McDonald, and Matt Grimm talk about WWE SummerSlam, plans for Ronda Rousey, Evolution, Brock Lesnar’s contract, and more! Plus, open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.

IN THE ROOM with “Wrestlenomics” Expert Chris Harrington (@mookieghana on Twitter)

This week’s IN THE ROOM welcomes wrestling financial analyst and “wrestlenomics” expert Chris Harrington, who is better known as @mookieghana on Twitter and of wrestlenomics.com. Check it out for Chris’ thoughts on the financial impact of SummerSlam and other “Big Four” pay-per-views; Ring of Honor invading Madison Square Garden; and WWE’s big TV deals with Fox and and USA. Plus, Brady Hicks (PWI Contributing Writer), The Stro (WCW), Kathie Fitz, Derrick McDonald, and Matt Grimm talk about this Sunday’s SummerSlam and its buildup; Brady’s trip to Nashville and Memphis; ROH’s huge step; and Alexa Bliss versus Ronda Rousey! Plus open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.

IN THE ROOM with PJ Black (WWE’s Justin Gabriel)

This week we welcome PJ Black (WWE’s Justin Gabriel) to the program. This show is a must-listen for PJ’s thoughts on living a high-adrenaline lifestyle and its surprisingly calming effects; the importance of reinventing oneself over time; being a part of NXT, WWE, and the company’s huge Nexus angle; performing for Lucha Underground; and being one of a handful of independent stars succeeding despite not wrestling for WWE. Check out his Web site at pjblack.com. Plus, Brady Hicks (PWI), The Stro (WCW), Kathie Fitz, and Matt Grimm talk about the SummerSlam pay-per-view, Roman Reigns as a potential bad guy, Ronda Rousey rediscovering her edge, and the contract statuses of Daniel Bryan and Brock Lesnar. Plus open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.

IN THE ROOM with Justin America (#AmericanLivesMatter)

IN THE ROOM this week welcomes independent star Justin America of the #AmericanLivesMatter movement. Check it out for Justin’s thoughts on the movement as a whole, having t-shirts and other ALM merch available for purchase, his ongoing feud with one-time WWE performer Tank Toland (James Dick), and future plans in both New Moon Rising Wrestling and Super Krazee Wrestling. Plus, Brady Hicks (Pro Wrestling Illustrated), The Stro (WCW), Kathie Fitzpatrick, Derrick McDonald, and Matt Grimm talk about recent wrestling deaths, WWE SummerSlam and Evolution, Paul Heyman possibly going with Roman Reigns, and more! Plus open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.

IN THE ROOM with Impact Wrestling Referee Kris Levin

This week’s IN THE ROOM we welcome Impact Wrestling referee Kris Levin. This show is a must-listen for Kris’ thoughts on everything from Impact returning to its former glory, its current-gen crop of stars, emulating the TNA of the past, and more! Plus, Levin looks at his 10-year career in depth, from his experience as a referee, backstage official, and promoter on the independent level, as well as ROH, CZW, CHIKARA, and, ultimately, Impact. In addition, Brady Hicks (Pro Wrestling Illustrated), The Stro (World Championship Wrestling), Kathie Fitz, Derrick McDonald, and Matt Grimm talk WWE Extreme Rules fallout, SummerSlam buildup, the Raw title scene, and the women’s division. Plus open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.

IN THE ROOM with Human Tornado

For this week’s IN THE ROOM, we welcome independent sensation Human Tornado to the program. Very proud to finally get him on the show after years of trying … and in his retirement year no less! Check it out as Tornado talks about his luchador influences in Southern California; the origins of Human Tornado; his experience starring in the 2006 film Nacho Libre; never quite catching on with WWE; and avoiding recognition while shopping at Target! Plus, PWI’s Brady Hicks, WCW star The Stro, Kathie Fitz, and Matt Grimm talk about WWE’s upcoming Extreme Rules show this Sunday; the old ScoopThis.com Web site; Brock Lesnar in the UFC; and this Thursday’s 350 Days movie. Plus open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.

IN THE ROOM with Rain (Impact Wrestling’s Peyton Banks)

This week’s IN THE ROOM we welcome former TNA Impact star – and independent wrestler for Shimmer, Shine, WSU, ROH, AAA, and dozens of other promotions worldwide – the ever-Radiant Rain to the program! Check it out for Rain’s thoughts on opportunities for women in the business versus in years prior; changing people’s perceptions of her in the ring; brutal battles against women such as Mercedes Martinez; managing Bobby Roode; training tomorrow’s stars; coming back from a devastating injury; and being a bad girl interacting with fans! Just a great all-around time! Plus, PWI’s Brady Hicks, former WCW star The Stro, Kathie Fitz, Derrick McDonald, and Matt Grimm talk about WWE’s upcoming Extreme Rules show, Nakamura’s run-in with a police dog, ideas for how Money in the Bank could have gone, what’s going wrong with Rusev, and Alexa Bliss vs. Ronda Rousey. Plus open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support. Happy Independence Day everyone!

IN THE ROOM with Evan Ginzburg (Associate Producer of The Wrestler and 350 Days)


This week we welcome Evan Ginzburg, the Associate Producer of The Wrestler (2008), on IN THE ROOM to talk about his newest film: 350 Days. This documentary chronicles the lives and careers of a number of wrestlers – including “Superstar” Billy Graham, Bret “Hitman” Hart, Greg Valentine, Paul Orndorff, and others. The film will have have a limited one-day run in select theaters, including New York, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia. Check out this interview for Evan’s thoughts on the film and the wrestling lifestyle as a whole, what is different about wrestling today as opposed to yesteryear, and everything you wanted to know about this great movie! Plus, PWI’s Brady Hicks, former WCW star The Stro, Kathie Fitz, and Derrick McDonald talk about Ronda Rousey’s feud with Alexa Bliss and path to the title, Big Cass’ departure, and ideas for how to handle the various brands as WWE moves toward its big new television contracts with Fox and USA in 2019. Plus, open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support!

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