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Interviews from WWE, WWF, and WWWF stars.

This Week’s IN THE ROOM with Tracy Smothers

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The “Wide-Eyed Southern Boy” Tracy Smothers steps IN THE ROOM this week to talk about his career spanning WCW, ECW, WWE, Smokey Mountain, and the USWA! Check it out [highlights below]. Plus, Brady and the gang talk lots of wrestling – including Neville, Daniel Bryan, and future stars – and take calls once again. Plus a hearty discussion of the Dustin/Seth Rollins stuff from last week’s show, and a few New Jack stories. All that and so … much … more. Thanks, as always, for the support!

Check it out as the self-professed “utility guy” talks riling up southern crowds, having fun as a Full Blooded Italian in ECW, mentoring young wrestlers, working with the Armstrongs, and being recognized while working as a bounty hunter! Here are some highlights from the interview:

On Not Catching On Better in WWE:
It was a lot of politics … I think I could have done better there as a heel at that stage. But that’s up to them … some people clip your wings and just kill you off. It was really political … It started out like an underdog thing and they gave me a couple wins. And then [when] a couple top guys don’t like it, they kind of squash it. That’s pretty much what happened … It wasn’t just me, it was a lot of guys that it happened to.

On Working Through Severe Injuries:
I had a broken ankle … [I] came down off of the ropes and I went on top of Brian [Lee]‘s foot and my foot just went awkward and I snapped it. I kept ice on it and two braces on it and did a little isometrics. I had a few weeks … [of] shows around that [time] too, and I had a few-week Japan tour. You know how it is: if you don’t work [then] you don’t get paid. I worked about three months with a broken ankle. That’s what people don’t realize. How you can get hurt – and the freakish ways you can – and you have to keep going … Athletes in other professional sports, they’re out a few games, weeks, a year, or their whole career. Some of the guys in our business work hurt like that every night … Oh God it’s hard.

IN THE ROOM with Brooke Tessmacher (Brooke Adams), Papadon, and Mike Bessler

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IN THE ROOM on VOC Nation this week was on the air for three full hours, and features a special sitdown interview with Brooke Tessmacher (Brooke Adams) from Impact Wrestling, huge independent star “The Greek God” Papadon, and PWI and WrestlingInc writer Mike Bessler. All that, plus Brady Hicks, The Stro, Kathie Fitz, Derrick McDonald, Ray Bogusz, and Matt Saigon talk WrestleMania and the post-WrestleMania Raw, talk UFC/WWE crossover appeal, and take listener calls. Plus, Papadon and Matt Saigon debate the value of men taking selfies. All that and so … much … more. Thanks, as always, for the support!

Note: On March 15th, Brooke’s beloved dog Jawz was run over by a car and sustained severe injuries. In attempting to save Jawz’s life (he was sadly later put down), Adams set up an account to collect money toward his $15,000 in veterinary bills. To donate to this cause – and potentially help save other animals in similar situations – visit http://www.youcaring.com/pet-expenses/help-jawz-fight-for-his-life-/325997#.VRSLVJtaE2U

Here are some highlights from the interview:

On Fighting The Perception of Just Being “Hot”:
I had to give them that, because I [didn't] know how to wrestle. So I have to at least be the sexy person with the big [butt] that bounces around with a pretty face. And now I have to go in and do double work to prove that I’m not only that. That’s what people want to see, because I’ve given them that, but it also tarnishes who I am as a wrestler.

On Her First Impressions Wrestling in TNA:
In the beginning … I had no idea what I was doing … I was so scared. I didn’t do this in WWE. I’m afraid I’m messing up and then getting fired. I was just so nervous. Even coming from such a big company and already going through it once, it helped me a little bit, but I didn’t have the wrestling down behind me to back it up so it just made me very insecure as a wrestler.

Winning the Title:
I think at the time they were like “Wow. She cares. She’s got some heart” … [Apart from] the few matches I had in the beginning, I came back and I was learning how to wrestle on my own and I was paying this guy to help me … I think they saw that and they wanted to give me a chance to flourish. And it happened to be a perfect time when we were going to be in Texas, my home state, so it all just worked out perfectly … They just saw that I wanted it. I was so hungry. I wasn’t tarnished at all from the business and being like “I’m old and grizzled. I don’t want to put [in] the workout.” I was like “You want me to jump off what?! What do you want me to do?! I’ll do it!”

All that, plus Brooke talks her disappointment from being taken off of TNA’s TV briefly; getting heat in WWE for Jawz making too much noise backstage; learning from TNA’s incredible women’s roster; being in Extreme Expose; and presenting more of a fun-loving character rather than being so serious.

IN THE ROOM airs live, weekly, Tuesday nights at 9 PM ET on the VOC Nation Radio Network (vocnation.com / thebradyhicks.com). Join Brady Hicks (Pro Wrestling Illustrated contributing writer), as well as The Stro (WCW’s Maestro), Kathie Fitz, Matt Saigon (independent wrestler), Ray Bogusz (former Bleacher Report editor), and Derrick McDonald as they run down all that’s going on in wrestling, and sit down with some of wrestling’s top stars.

IN THE ROOM with Dan “The Beast” Severn

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This week’s IN THE ROOM - with Brady Hicks, The Stro (WCW’s Maestro), Kathie Fitz, Derrick McDonald, and independent wrestler Matt Saigon – features a special, 70+ minute sitdown interview with former WWE and UFC star Dan “The Beast” Severn. Plus, WrestleMania season heats up with lots of predictions, scenarios, and live calls. All that, and so … much … more. Thanks, as always for the support!

Here are some highlights:
On the WWE Locker Room Fearing Him:The first few weeks, as I’m kind of watching things unfold before me, I’m watching the talent greeting each other. And as they’re greeting each other, they either refer to one another by their first names or by their worker names. It’d be “Hey, Steve,” or “Hey, Rock” … But then each time that they’re coming [into] contact with me, it was like “How are you today, Mr. Severn?” It was always Mr. Severn. And I kept thinking … maybe they’re just kind of ribbing on me or whatever …. Eventually after a few weeks of this I finally asked one of them one day when they were by themselves … He says, “You scare us. We’re afraid that you’re going to wig out in one of our matches.”

On WWE’s Backstage Climate:
[It was a] very impressive operation there, but what really struck me after just a few days of being at the different events, I looked at it as a glorified babysitting job for [WWE] … They wanted you to arrive so early, because I think they wanted to find out who was going to turn up missing in action, who was going to turn up under the influence of who knows that … I’m not trying to say something bad about the whole entire roster, but as a broad statement, I would say that this is true.

On The Royal Rumble “Controversy”:
[One of the WWE agents] said “We could have you start losing matches.” And I said, “You could ask me to lose a match, but where does it say in my contract that I have to lose to anybody? What if I take your wacky world of fantasy, and I turn it into reality? Which one of your stars stands a snowball’s chance in hell against me?” His eyes just got so big. The Royal Rumble was coming around the corner, and it even crossed my mind, what if I approached Ted Turner [and] Eric Bischoff, and said “Hey guys, I’m going to be in the Royal Rumble. It’s a live pay-per-view … And when it comes time for me to have to exit the ring, [what if] I turn fantasy into reality and I clear the ring … and all I have to do is wait every 90 seconds for [WWE] to send me some fresh meat?”

Plus, The Beast offers his thoughts on Brock Lesnar’s choice to re-sign with WWE, compares the effects on the body of MMA and wrestling, explains his decision to pursue a career in both, and ponders how he would fare in today’s UFC. He also talks his leverage in WWE (being able to leave for WCW at any time), clashes with WWE creative, hanging with Stu Hart, having Bill Goldberg thank him, people being afraid of him on the street, and emerging from the fighting world with his health and looks. Plus, Dan Severn offers his thoughts on the Brawl for All tournament (and not being allowed in / competing in / being pulled).

IN THE ROOM airs live, weekly, Tuesday nights at 9 PM ET on the VOC Nation Radio Network (vocnation.com / thebradyhicks.com). Join Brady Hicks (Pro Wrestling Illustrated contributing writer), as well as The Stro (WCW’s Maestro), Kathie FitzMatt Saigon (independent wrestler), Ray Bogusz (former Bleacher Report editor), and Derrick McDonald as they run down all that’s going on in wrestling, and sit down with some of wrestling’s top stars.

 

IN THE ROOM with Tough Enough’s Greg Whitmoyer

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IN THE ROOM with B Brian Blair and ECWA’s Coach Jim Shorts

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This week’s IN THE ROOM features a special, sitdown interview with B Brian Blair. Check it out to hear Brian’s close involvement with the fantastic Cauliflower Alley Club, plus comparing politics to wrestling, comparing Rock n Wrestling to the Attitude Era (and today), and all the ins and outs of his great career. Plus, ECWA’s Coach Jim Shorts calls in to talk about his shocking betrayal of Meisure Ooh La La at ECWA Toys for Tots in December, and Brady Hicks, The Stro, Kathie Fitz, and Derrick McDonald talk the Macho Man in the WWE Hall of Fame, if his family should go in, and WWE’s re-airing of Tough Enough on the WWE Network. All that, and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support!

IN THE ROOM with Gangrel / Vampire Warrior

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IN THE ROOM is back to ring in the new year with a very special guest … former WWE star Gangrel, formerly known as Vampire Warrior. Check it out as Gangrel talks his fabulous marriage to the late, great Luna Vachon; the origins of his Vampire persona; thoughts on Edge, Christian, and The Hardys; and urban legends such as fang dental implants. Plus, Brady Hicks, The Stro, and Kathie Fitz talk possible New Years Resolutions for WWE and TNA; run recent headlines by Ray Bogusz for his gut reactions; and take your calls. All that, plus so … much … more. Thanks, as always, for the support! We hope you all come back next week for B Brian Blair and ECWA’s Coach Jim Shorts!

IN THE ROOM with Alicia Webb (WWE’s Ryan Shamrock, WCW’s Symphony)

IN THE ROOM with Brady Hicks this week includes a special, one-hour sitdown interview with Alicia Webb, the former Ryan Shamrock from the WWF Attitude Era and Symphony from WCW. What were Alicia’s thoughts about being thrust onto the international wrestling scene at just 19, despite knowing next to nothing about it? How was she accepted by her WWE peers? What was it like to work alongside Terri Runnels and Jackie (WWF), The Maestro (WCW), and Sean Waltman (AAA)? In addition, talk of Alicia’s favorite charities (links below). All that, plus so … much more. Plus, PWI’s Brady Hicks, The Stro, Kathie Fitz, and Ray Bogusz talk the WWE Network, the brilliant decision to hook fans to the network after Raw by putting the US title on the line against Rusev, and where The Bulgarian Brute can go from here. Plus, lots of live callers! Thanks, as always, for the support. Also … be sure to follow Alicia’s charities … walkforpkd.org and benchwarmer.com!

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IN THE ROOM with Nick “U-Gene” Dinsmore AGAIN

This week’s IN THE ROOM with Brady Hicks features a special sit-down interview with former WWE star – and good friend of the show – Nick “U-Gene” Dinsmore, who is fresh off of a stint working as a trainer at WWE’s Performance Center. What are Dinsmore’s thoughts on WWE’s current crop of next-gen stars? How does NXT compare to Ohio Valley Wrestling, where Dinsmore wrestled in developmental? And what are his thoughts on the controversial Eugene character he portrayed on WWE TV. All that, plus The Stro and Kathie talk their favorite (of many) stories from the road. Plus, so … much … more. Thanks, as always, for the support.

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IN THE ROOM with Matt Sydal (Evan Bourne) and Tessa Blanchard

IN THE ROOM with Brady Hicks kicks off its new Fall season with a bang, including the debut of Juggalo Wayne, who will be joining as a weekly co-host. This week, Brady, Kathie Fitz, and Wayne sit down for more than an hour of candid interview time with both Matt Sydal (WWE’s Evan Bourne) and Tessa Blanchard, the daughter of Four Horseman Tully Blanchard. What did Sydal have to say about his treatment by WWE, his legacy as a high flyer, and his impending, September 27th return to Ring of Honor in Wheeling, West Virginia? Tune in to find out. Plus, Tessa Blanchard talks about the legacy she inherits by default because of her dad, her desire to forge her own name, her dating life, and what she expects out of the ECWA’s October 11th Super 8 ChickFight at Carney’s Point, New Jersey. Plus, Brady and the gang talk WWE Night of Champions, fans’ disappointment, Total Divas, and personal stories of interactions with the wrestlers. All that, and so … much … more. Thanks, as always, for the support!

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IN THE ROOM with Tough Enough Winner Andy Leavine

Former WWE star and Tough Enough winner Andy Leavine stepped IN THE ROOM with Brady Hicks this week to talk about the uber-frustrating politics of WWE, having “Stone Cold” Steve Austin ranting about him, relocating to Puerto Rico at John Lauranaitis’ advisement, how bad the indie scene is, and how he was totally unprepared to jump right onto TV when his hand was forced. Plus, Brady and the gang talk TNA. Assume TNA’s a sinking ship and you have a liferaft … who are you bringing with you and who are you letting sink? All that, and so … much … more. Thanks, as always, for the support!

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