IN THE ROOM this week welcomes two very special guests. First up, strong independent women’s wrestler Deonna Purrazzo checks in to talk about her upcoming appearance at ECWA’s Super 8 Women’s ChickFight tournament. Plus, Deonna talks the pressures of wrestling on TV for WWE NXT, TNA Impact, and Ring of Honor’s Women of Honor; the development of her feared Fujiwara armbar; getting knocked out by Asuka; and going undefeated in ECWA for the past year. In addition, ITR was joined by ECWA manager AJ Pan who talked his Pan Corp Agency, tag title reign, the recent strides made by Azrieal, and his upcoming Fiesta Pro Wrestling: Masquerade Massacre show! If you can’t be there in person in Deer Park, New York, be sure to check out the live stream this Saturday on Facebook! Plus, PWI’s Brady Hicks, former WCW star The Stro, Kathie Fitz, Derrick McDonald, and Matt Grimm talk about Paige’s 60-day suspension and WWE’s statement on the matter; look at this past week’s WWE No Mercy pay-per-view; discuss WWE presenting THREE Hell in a Cell matches at the next big show; and take calls on the open phone line for two full hours. All that, plus so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.
Interviews from WWE, WWF, and WWWF stars.
Longtime ECWA star Bobby Shields steps IN THE ROOM this week to talk about his devastating “Loser Leaves ECWA” loss to Azrieal at the company’s 49th Anniversary Show. What are Bobby’s thoughts on the decade that he spent with ECWA, his favorite matches, and the feud and match that should have been but never was? Bobby also talks about living on in WWE folklore as “Benny Camer,” who once famously battled Ryback and served as the origin of the “Feed Me More” phenomenon; his powerlifting and bodybuilding interests; and all that he hopes the future might hold. Plus, PWI’s Brady Hicks, former WCW star The Stro, Kathie Fitz, Derrick McDonald, and Matt Grimm talk about putting women in the Hell in a Cell, TNA’s ongoing issues, and Alberto Del Rio’s and Jamie Noble’s stabbings. All that, in addition to open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.
This week’s IN THE ROOM welcomes famed WWE, NWA, AWA, and LPWA women’s wrestler Heidi Lee Morgan to the program. Check it out for Heidi’s thoughts on her look and being compared to her male counterparts in terms of strength; wrestling for WWE against Alundra Blayze (Madusa Micelli), Bull Nakano, and Luna Vachon; balancing her career with a high-risk pregnancy; and resentment toward how GLOW was presented around the same time she was making her name. Plus, PWI’s Brady Hicks, former WCW star The Stro, Kathie Fitzpatrick, and Derrick McDonald talk about TNA Impact Wrestling’s potential sale, the possibility of WWE acquiring it, and the Clash of Champions pay-per-view, in addition to taking calls for two full hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.
Former WWE developmental star – and Sabu’s Genie – Melissa Coates comes IN THE ROOM this week to talk about her career and recent path serving as “Genie” for former ECW star Sabu. In particular, Melissa offers a health update on the “suicidal, homicidal, genocidal” one and talks about her establishing a Go Fund Me site for Sabu to help with his hip surgery costs. Plus, the former Ohio Valley Wrestling star also takes time to talk about her time with WWE; perceptions of women in wrestling and her own battles being compared to Chyna; and getting to take the “Master Lock Challenge” on WWE Raw. Plus PWI’s Brady Hicks, former WCW star The Stro, Kathie Fitz, Derrick McDonald, and Matt Grimm talk Dean Ambrose not “feeling” like a champion; discuss WWE adding too many guest commentators during its programs; and chat about Roman Reigns topping the PWI 500. Plus open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.
This week’s IN THE ROOM welcomes independent wrestler – and former USWA, ECW, and WWE star – “Wiseguy” Jimmy Cicero to the program! Check it out as Jimmy contrasts his experiences wrestling in Madison Square Garden versus wrestling in a barn in West Virginia; speaks at length about his “Bodyslam Autism” charity and his autism-afflicted sons; talks life on the road; speaks on learning from Ivan Koloff and passing that knowledge along to Joey Mercury (Matthews); and sharing great stories involving Missy Hyatt, The Headbangers, Steve Corino, and Taka Michinoku. Definitely a fun interview. Plus, PWI’s Brady Hicks is joined by former WCW star The Stro, Kathie Fitz, Derrick McDonald, Matt Grimm, and VOC Wrestling Nation co-host Chris Best to talk at length about WWE star Bo Dallas’ arrest, the greatness of Chris Jericho, first-hand memories of Mr. Fuji, and the Triple-H/Kevin Owens/Seth Rollins angle that closed out this week’s episode of WWE Raw. Plus open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support!
This week former WWE (and TNA) star Gene Snitsky steps IN THE ROOM to talk about his well-remembered time with the company. What are Snitsky’s thoughts on his famous catchphrase (“It’s not my fault”) and continuing to hear it every day; his legacy in professional wrestling; time spent in Ohio Valley with Kenny Bolin; and his upcoming movie 100 Acres of Hell and its associated IndieGoGo campaign at 100acresofhell.com. Plus, PWI’s Brady Hicks, former WCW star The Stro, Kathie Fitzpatrick, and Derrick McDonald talk about WWE’s upcoming draft lottery, the Raw food fight, and Brady’s new favorite TV show. Plus open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.
This week IN THE ROOM is proud to welcome independent star – and former WWE enhancement talent – Cueball Carmichael. Cueball is a fantastic person and a longtime friend of both Kathie and The Stro. Check it out as he offers his thoughts on his current acting projects, running the second annual Buddy Landell Tribute Show, making his way through the WWE locker room in 1997 and 1999 (and the differences between those times), and his own personal philosophies as relate to wrestling and life. Plus, PWI’s Brady Hicks, former WCW star The Stro, Kathie Fitzpatrick, and Derrick McDonald run down WWE’s Money in the Bank (MITB) ppv this Sunday and what we maybe can expect, talk about the Shield and where each of the group’s members might be headed, 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 singer / songwriter / actress / show host / former WWE ring announcer Lauren Mayhew. Check out the show as Mayhew’s newest hit song “I’ll Be” is played as she talks the art of putting together music and melody and setting it to a track and recording a music video. Mayhew – who has also been featured in music videos for Mandy Moore and Faith Hill – also talks about her wealth in acting success, including her upcoming Cannes-nominated film “What Happened Last Night,” which also features WWE’s David Otunga, and her online TV show “Mic Drop.” Plus, Lauren Mayhew talks about performing at the SuperBowl, meeting Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, interacting with fans, and working for WWE as a ring announcer. You can check out all her stuff at laurenmayhew.com.
Plus, PWI’s Brady Hicks, former WCW star The Stro, Kathie Fitzpatrick, and Derrick McDonald talk more about the brand extension and John Cena vs. AJ Styles, debate Brock Lesnar in the UFC, and take phone calls for two full hours. All that, plus 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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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.