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Interviews with current and former TNA stars.

This Week’s IN THE ROOM with Vito LoGrasso

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This week’s IN THE ROOM features former WWE/WCW/ECW/TNA star “Big” Vito LoGrasso, who checks in with Brady Hicks, The Stro, Ray Bogusz, Derrick McDonald, and Kathie Fitz to talk his lawsuit with WWE, wearing a dress, and so … much … more. Plus Dustin Wilson calls in with his “backstage” WWE report, The Stro talks Cauliflower Alley Club, and the group previews WWE Extreme Rules. Thanks, as always, for the support!

 

On Suing WWE:
You weren’t allowed to be hurt … You had to suck it up and take it. If you got rocked, you couldn’t say nothing … When I go back and look at things now, a little bit older … physically speaking, I do have some issues … I look back at it sometimes after I go to a doctor visit [and see what] I did to myself that I didn’t know because I wasn’t educated … A lot of people have their opinions about this lawsuit, but do you know how much guts it takes to stand up for what you believe in and to have the integrity to stand up and say “Hey, this is what happened.” … People who are in the business who say they’re with you, they’ll knock it because they’re all wanting one more chance. If Vince hasn’t called you in five years, he’s not going to.

On Wearing Dresses:
I’d been an Italian tough guy for so long. They wanted to do something different. They said, “You have this mean, killer look like Adrian Adonis, but you’re a very handsome man. How about if you wear a dress?” And I said, “Ok. I could deal with that.” … There is nothing that anybody could do to hurt me. So I did it. It took a lot of cajones, a lot of guts, but it took a lot of self confidence in who you were as a man.

On How Other Wrestlers Perceive Him Now:
I have a lot more friends. As soon as people don’t have to compete with me … and [can] like me for me and not what’s in front of them. I let people in my world. Before, I never let anybody [get] close to me. I never let anybody near me. For the first time in my life, I started to let people in, and they’d say, “Hey man, you’re really funny.” And I’d be like, “I’ve been funny my whole life.”

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 D’Lo Brown

Check out this week’s IN THE ROOM, as with Brady Hicks, as former WWE star and TNA agent D’Lo Brown checks in to offer his thoughts on everything from wrestling’s glory days, to the network, to the health and viability of TNA as competition for WWE. Other topics of discussion included D’Lo’s thoughts on being a “rock star” and part of pop culture during The Attitude Era … TNA’s relative health, attempts to grow, and criticism of its management … working backstage as a “teacher,” then going onscreen as part of Aces & 8s … the trial and error of wrestling angles … being a Nation of Domination member, including The Rock, D-X skit, Hart Foundation racism angle, chest protector, and Ahmed Johnson … and the “real” New Jack, including some crazy Smokey Mountain stories.

IN THE ROOM airs live weekly from the ITR Studios as part of the VOC Nation Radio Network, Tuesday nights, 9 PM ET on vocnation.com and thebradyhicks.com. Call in to the show (855) VOC-RADIO.

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IN THE ROOM with Austin Aries AGAIN

Heading into this Sunday’s Lockdown pay-per-view, TNA / IMPACT Wrestling star and former World champion Austin Aries made his return to IN THE ROOM with Brady Hicks and his crew last night to talk about his success with the company and the traction his career has gained since he was last IN THE ROOM. Austin, who is a great friend of the show as well as one of our favorite performers of all time, last appeared IN THE ROOM almost three years ago, so the hour and 10 minutes he gave us was a real treat!

IN THE ROOM is proudly part of the VOC Nation Radio Network, airing live Tuesday nights 9-11 PM ET on vocnation.com and thebradyhicks.com. Call in to be a part of the show toll-free at (855) VOC-RADIO.

Check it out as “A-Double” talks TNA’s recent tour of Japan and excitement of other international tours … his own creative input … the importance of his X Division title and attaching the #1 Contender stipulation to it … the role that fans have played in his career … Hulk Hogan’s influence, both on himself and on TNA … teaming and feuding with another shooting star in Bobby Roode … the “art” of tag wrestling … the concept of private contractors and how that could affect CM Punk’s situation … misconceptions about independent wrestlers … his vegan lifestyle … and his new band. All that, and so much more! Thanks to Austin Aries for so generously giving us his time and to everyone else for their support.

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IN THE ROOM with Devon Dudley

Former ECW, WWE, and TNA star – and arguably one-half of one of the greatest tag teams of all time – Devon Dudley steps IN THE ROOM with Brady Hicks for over an hour to talk about his historic runs with three major US wrestling companies, his love for professional wrestling, and his legacy as a whole. This is a must-listen for any wrestling fan! Brother Devon is legit one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet.

Topics include the pressure of a big match at WM and his favorite matches with the company … Paul Heyman’s vision for the D-Von character (Mr. T meets Pulp Fiction) … starting riots in ECW … his own singles aspirations and The Dudley Boys’ legacy as a tag team … his pressures as an African American role model … being perceived as the lesser Dudley in the media and competition with his partner … The Dudleys being Vince McMahon’s favorite tag team … what Road Warrior Hawk meant to he and Bubba … and what makes a “great” match. Plus check it out for lots of backstage stories from three major wrestling companies. You can check out IN THE ROOM courtesy of the VOC Nation Radio Network on vocnation.com and simulcast on thebradyhicks.com. Thanks, as always, for the support.

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IN THE ROOM with AJ Styles

Brady Hicks and the gang are off this week, but be sure to check out this classic episode of IN THE ROOM with TNA’s AJ Styles. Plus, information on Who’s Slammy voting, a special sendoff for Harry Barnett, and so … much more. Thanks, as always, for the support!

IN THE ROOM with Big Vito LoGrasso

Welcome one, welcome all to another edition of IN THE ROOM. This week, Brady Hicks, Derrick McDonald, and Ray Bogusz are joined by former WWE, TNA, WCW, and ECW star Vito LoGrasso. Find out what’s been going on in Big Vito’s life since we’ve last seen him on TV … from movie opportunities to wrestling to mentoring the future of the sport. All that plus Vito’s thoughts on young wrestlers today, both those under contract and those looking to be signed to WWE or TNA, Vito’s perspective on his own career to date and what he would still like to accomplish, plus the idea of training WWE’s developmental stars. All that, plus open phone lines for two hours, and Brady and the gang talk CHIKARA, a very memorable Raw with Mr. McMahon, their thoughts about the Legends Convention, and MTV’s Girl Talk. All that, plus so … much … more. Thanks, as always, for the support!

IN THE ROOM with Zach Gowen

We’re back with another edition of IN THE ROOM, this week featuring our very special guest and good friend of the show Zach Gowen of WWE fame. Gowen’s story is a truly remarkable one and anyone who is not familiar will definitely want to check it out. At just 8 years old, Tenacious Z lost his leg to cancer, then went on to have a distinguished career as a high-flying star! What was it like for Gowen to be in the ring with guys like Hulk Hogan, Roddy Piper, Vince McMahon, and Brock Lesnar less than a year into his career? What’s the story behind his awesome “Kicking it with the Kids” anti-bullying message? Plus, Zach’s experiences teaming with Gregory Iron to form “The Handicapped Heroes,” competing in New Moon Rising Wrestling, and so … much … more. Plus, Brady Hicks, Anthony Sarlo, and Ray Bogusz take more of a look at Curtis Axel, WWE Raw from last night, erotic fiction, and a truly memorable Bleacher Report article courtesy of Mike Bessler. It was a fun show. Thanks, as always, for the support!

IN THE ROOM with Jesse Neal

This week IN THE ROOM, Brady Hicks and Co. are joined by former Navy Officer – and TNA star – Jesse Neal. What are Neal’s thoughts on his run with TNA, his Ink Inc. partnership with Shannon Moore, training at the Team-3D Academy, the importance of having a different look, and what it was like to be onboard the USS Cole on the fateful day it was attacked in 2000? Plus, what went wrong with TNA … and is there ever a shot at going back?! In addition, East Coast Wrestling Association booker Joe Zanolle checks in to run down ECWA Super 8, April 13, 2013 in Newark, Delaware, and announces the plan for the eighth and final spot in the tournament! All that, plus one lucky fan claims NMRW “Brawl for it All” tickets for this Saturday, January 19th at The Proving Grounds, 1030 Delsea Dr. Building 4W in Westville, NJ. Plus, Brady and the gang take callers for almost two hours. Thanks for the support!

IN THE ROOM – HELP DERRICK! with “The Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels and Zac Conner

What a week for IN THE ROOM as Brady Hicks and the gang sit down to talk to World Professional Wrestling star Zac Conner, headed into the company’s 2012 Flamingo Cup tag team tournament. And, speaking of tag teams, Brady goes one-on-one with one-half of the top tag team in the world today, in Christopher Daniels. What are “The Fallen Angel”‘s thoughts on teaming with close friend Kazarian and the health of tag wrestling on the whole? Plus, is he finally be on the cusp of the TNA World Heavyweight Title? In addition, Brady, Derrick, Ray, and Anthony debate tag team chemistry, compare The Miz and Wade Barrett, argue NWA’s title legacy, preview the 2012 Who’s Slammy Awards, and take it all in as Harry Barnett and Ratboy finally go at it. All that, and so … much … more! Thanks for the support and thanks to those who called in! Donate to Derrick!

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