We’re live this week with Luke Hawx stepping IN THE ROOM for the first time! What are this independent star’s thoughts on today’s wrestling landscape; the importance of getting proper wrestling training; competing for every major US company; bodybuilding; and sharing movie scenes with The Rock? Check it out to find out his answers to these and more! Also, be sure to check out his recent films, Logan and The Fate of the Furious, as well as his WildKat Sports wrestling school and promotion! Plus, PWI’s Brady Hicks, former WCW star The Stro, Kathie Fitzpatrick, Derrick McDonald, and Matt Grimm talk WWE’s first women’s Royal Rumble; a possible Ronda Rousey debut; a bad-guy Daniel Bryan; and the life-and-times of Shawn Michaels, Jr. Dolph Ziggler. Plus, open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.
IN THE ROOM this week welcomes former TNA – and current independent – star Eddie Kingston! Check it out for Eddie’s thoughts on wrestling for TNA and on TV in general; living the dream; staying true to one’s self; and the general health of wrestling’s independent scene. “GIVE HIM THE JOB!” Plus, PWI’s Brady Hicks, former WCW star The Stro, Kathie Fitzpatrick, Derrick McDonald, and Matt Grimm talk about the seeming WWE departure of Neville; discuss the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view; talk Jinder Mahal’s grade as champion; and analyze the WWE women’s division. Plus, open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.
Former ImpactGFW TNA star Jesse Neal steps IN THE ROOM this week to talk about his time with the company. What are Neal’s thoughts on wrestling as an outlet for him, competing on television, training under the Dudleys, and surviving the horrific USS Cole attack. Plus, what does Jesse Neal have planned for the future? In addition, PWI’s Brady Hicks, former WCW star The Stro, Kathie Fitzpatrick, Derrick McDonald, and Matt Grimm talk about WWE’s No Mercy; the women’s division with Asuka and future plans; memories of the late Bobby “The Brain” Heenan; and the greatest managers of all time. All that, plus open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.
IN THE ROOM this week ventures into the deep end as it welcomes legendary wrestler Shark Boy to the program! Check it out for Shark Boy’s thoughts on his various tenures in WCW and TNA; getting lots of love from Mick Foley; owning his name; and imitating Steve Austin to the delight of old “Stone Cold” himself! Plus, PWI’s Brady Hicks, former WCW star The Stro, Kathie Fitzpatrick, Derrick McDonald, and Matt Grimm host a hearty discussion of WWE Great Balls of Fire; a Roman Reigns / Braun Strowman double turn; the greatness that was/is Samoa Joe versus Brock Lesnar; Alexa Bliss retaining; and Austin Aries’ departure. Plus open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.
IN THE ROOM this week welcomes former WCW and TNA ring announcer David Penzer. Check it out as Dave offers his thoughts on being a part of EVERY Nitro and Thunder in history; competing – and then later interviewing – with WWE; looking back on the nWo invasion and Four Horsemen reunion; and more! Plus, PWI’s Brady Hicks, former WCW star The Stro, Kathie Fitzpatrick, and Derrick McDonald talk about women who need to go into the Hall of Fame, killing off some of WWE’s personas, and the upcoming WWE Fastlane and WrestleMania shows. All that, plus open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.
This week, former ECW, WWE, TNA, and WCW star Kid Kash steps IN THE ROOM to talk about his career. Check it out as Kash – a former Cruiserweight and X Champion – talks at length about his bad reputation and how it wasn’t (and was) warranted; standing up for himself; balancing tremendous athleticism with a legitimate fighting background; and navigating the political minefields of a wrestling locker room. Plus, Kash talks about his experiences in ECW and WWE specifically, comparing the two and talking about the visionaries Paul Heyman and Vince McMahon. In addition, Brady Hicks, former WCW star The Stro, Kathie Fitzpatrick, and Derrick McDonald talk about Roman Reigns’ star power, Raw being three (versus two) hours, and Tammy “Sunny” Sytch’s book. Plus, open phone lines for two hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.
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.
This week former WWE (and TNA) starGene 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.
IN THE ROOM this week proudly welcomes 11X “World” Champion, Global Force Wrestling founder, and former WWE / WCW / TNA / AAA star Jeff Jarrett. What are “Double-J”‘s thoughts on the Global Force revolution, GFW being compared to TNA, and having one last run on Impact? Plus, Jeff considers the possibility of WWE inducting him into the company’s Hall of Fame, looks back on his time in Memphis and working with his father, reflects on balancing his private/home and public life, and Brady being a “flustered mess.” Plus, PWI’s Brady Hicks, The Stro (WCW’s Maestro), Kathie Fitzpatrick, and Derrick McDonald talk about WWE Roadblock taking away from WrestleMania, the Big Bossman being inducted into the Hall, and other recent developments. Plus, open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more. Thanks, as always, for the support!
Comparing Global Force Wrestling to TNA: Wrestling fans love to compare everything that they can get their hands on. That’s okay. I love it. You can compare title runs, you can compare feuds, you can compare promos … everybody has in their minds a comparison or a pecking order or what have you. I know that certain times in TNA’s history, I’d love to be compared to that company. Other times, not so much. But wrestling fans will pick and choose how they want to compare. It doesn’t bother me … because when you come a Global Force show, you immediately know this is not TNA.
On a Possible WWE Hall of Fame Induction: That is up to one man. You can’t predict a man’s mind. I’ll leave that up to the wrestling fans to discuss and debate and everything that goes with it.
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Former ECW, WWE, TNA, WCW, and ROH star Jerry Lynn steps IN THE ROOM this week for a special one-hour interview. Check out Jerry’s thoughts on his recent surgery and health situation, his time spent in ECW with Rob Van Dam, never quite catching on in WWE, and being a mentor to the young stars of today. Plus, Brady Hicks, The Stro, Kathie Fitz, Derrick McDonald, and Jordan Garber talk WWE Night of Champions, Seth Rollins’ girlfriend Zahra Schreiber, horses diving into water in Atlantic City, and black movies and hip hop music. Plus open phone lines for two full hours, and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support!
SEPTEMBER 9, 2015 FORMER WWE & ECW STAR JERRY LYNN TALKS HEATH ISSUES, WORKING WITH ROB VAN DAM, AND HIS FRUSTRATING TIME IN WWE
Jerry Lynn was the featured guest on this week’s In The Room podcast. During an extensive, hour long interview, the 52 year-old wrestler discussed his work as a performer in the original ECW. WWE, WCW and independent work were also discussed by the now-retired wrestler as well as his celebrated in-ring rivalry with Rob Van Dam and Lynn’s recent health issues and surgery. As reported by E Wrestling News and other sources, Lynn underwent neck surgery in early August. The procedure was complicated due to a number of bone spurs in the wrestler’s neck. An online crowd funding campaign to help Jerry with his medical expenses raised almost $18,000.
Brady Hicks, a contributing writer for Pro Wrestling Illustrated and host of In the Room asked Lynn about his recent neck surgery and Lynn indicated he is recovering well but noted he will need back surgery after he is fully healed from the aforementioned procedure. Jerry expressed appreciation for all of those who contributed towards his medical expenses, noting that he has always paid for his family’s health concerns prior to his latest surgery.
Co-host Jordan Garber asked Jerry how he became interested in becoming a pro wrestler and Lynn shared his early impressions of the industry.
“It never really was my dream to become a wrestler,” Lynn explained. “I grew up — ever since I was six — watching wrestling. I was always a fan of it. But years ago back then — when I first started watching it was 1969 — the majority of the wrestlers were monsters. Especially in the ’80s. Everyone was well over six feet tall and 250 plus, you know? So I never even gave it a second thought of even trying it and then I met a wrestler one day and went to go watch him on an indy show and after seeing some of the matches, I thought, ‘My brother and I beat each other up better than this in the front yard.’ So I talked to [the wrestler] about it…and he said, ‘Well, why don’t you try it?’ I said, ‘I’m too small.’ And he introduced me to a promoter. That’s how I found out how you break into the business.”
Lynn went on to explain that he didn’t feel like he was ready for the business at first but he eventually became comfortable and confident enough to move ahead. Jerry did note that he was not always warmly welcomed by bigger guys in the gym when he first started in the business. Later in the interview, Lynn recalled that one of his first jobs as a grappler was losing in “squash matches” in the now defunct American Wrestling Association.
Discussing his work with Rob Van Dam in the original ECW, Lynn explained that his initial outing against the high flyer made an impression on a lot of people, from the fans at that show all the way up to ECW owner Paul Heyman.
“I think after the first time [Heyman] saw Rob and I wrestle each other, he knew there was something there, so he just kept putting us together,” said Lynn. “As far as the ‘New F’n Show’ thing, that was all the fans. At the Living Dangerously pay-per-view in Asbury Park there was a whole series of spots…All of the sudden one corner of the building started chanting ‘New F’n Show!’ and it just took off on its own from there. That was kind of cool because the fans gave me the name.”
Jerry Lynn and RVD went on to clash many more times in ECW. WWE hosted a bout between the two in 2001 for the company’s Hardcore Championship and the men met in a Full Metal Mayhem match for TNA wrestling in 2011.
Comparing work environments, Jerry Lynn said he most enjoyed the fans and atmosphere of ECW. WWE, however, was another story. Lynn expressed some frustration in the lack of direction he was subject to during his stint in WWE. Brady Hicks asked if Jerry was bothered by the fact that he never had a noteworthy run in WWE and the wrestler responded with candor.
“Yeah, it bothered me…When I was there, nothing they did with me made any sense,” Lynn recalled. They had me come in and then right away, they go: ‘Okay, you’re a heel now.’ And I’m thinking, the majority of my career, I’ve been a babyface; Why are you going to all of the sudden say, ‘Here’s Jerry and he’s a bad guy now?’…So it was already an uphill battle. And I didn’t say anything because I was just doing what I was told. And then my first TV, they had me win the belt off of Crash Holly, which didn’t make any sense to me…I cheated, I pulled the tights to win and the crowd still popped…After that they just had me doing time-killer matches…And after that, they just had me doing dark matches for try outs. And I’m going, “Wow, this isn’t going the way I had hoped’.”
Lynn said he was released from WWE while he was recovering from knee surgery. He noted that doctors had told him he needed six months to recover but WWE wanted him to wrestle after only three months. After telling WWE staff that he needed the full time to recover, Lynn received his release papers just two weeks later.