This week Canadian independent star Maddison Miles steps IN THE ROOM to talk about her ever-growing career. Check it out for Maddison’s thoughts on being one of only two female wrestlers in the Maritimes; training at the age of just 15; wrestling her boyfriend in a high-profile match covered by Slam! Wrestling; the current climate for women’s wrestling; and what she’d like to accomplish ultimately with WWE. Plus, PWI’s Brady Hicks, former WCW star The Stro, Kathie Fitzpatrick, Derrick McDonald, and Matt Grimm talk about WWE’s Extreme Rules pay-per-view and what their most-anticipated matches are; talk about Sasha Banks’ recent de-push; and take calls on the open phone lines for two full hours (including the return of Malcolm Wildman!). All that, plus so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.
Interviews with some of the most beautiful women in the world.
IN THE ROOM welcomes Missy Sampson this week. Check it out as this 22-year veteran of the independent wrestling scene talks at length about her training and coming up at a difficult time for women’s wrestling; forging friendships; beginning her training at just 16 years old; and serving as a mentor for today’s current crop of wrestlers. Plus, PWI’s Brady Hicks, former WCW star The Stro, Kathie Fitzpatrick, and Derrick McDonald talk about the aftermath of the WWE Superstar Shakeup on Raw and Smackdown; Alexa Bliss jumping right into Raw’s title scene; Jinder Mahal’s surprising #1 contender status; and Seth Rollins being injury prone. All that plus, open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.
This week Rick Cataldo comes IN THE ROOM to discuss his career as an openly gay wrestler. Check it out as Rick talks about the changing climate for the LGBTQ community in (and out of) wrestling, how he is perceived each time he steps into a locker room, wrestling women (and men), being taken more seriously, and WWE potentially opening up to more diversity over time. Plus, Brady Hicks, former WCW star The Stro, Kathie Fitzpatrick, Derrick McDonald, and Matt Grimm talk about the latest round of hacks and its potential impact on victims such as Paige, a potential tie-in to a Hulk Hogan return, and the upcoming WWE WrestleMania show. Plus open phone lines for two full 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’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.
IN THE ROOM this week has Combat Zone Wrestling’s Penelope Ford, who is also the 2016 “Miss Wingette” from Philadelphia’s WingBowl. Check it out as this tremendous up-and-comer talks her aspirations in the business, unlikely start as a non-fan, wrestling with Japanese stars, the Dojo Wars experience, and natural intensity and athleticism that allowed her to gravitate toward CZW. Plus, Brady Hicks is joined by The Stro (WCW’s Maestro), Kathie Fitz, and Derrick McDonald as they talk The Freebirds going into the WWE Hall of Fame, a general lack of respect for New Day, and the WrestleMania season. Plus open phone lines for two full hours – including the return of Ray – and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.
IN THE ROOM this week welcomes a very special guest: second-generation star and former WWF announcer Mike McGuirk! What are Mike’s thoughts on today’s wrestling, the effects of the WWE Network on her legacy, Bobby Heenan making fun of her, and seeing her son suffer with trying to break into WWE. Plus, lots of stories involving Sherri Martel, Miss Elizabeth, Randy Savage, and Vince McMahon, in addition to her famous father, promoter Leroy McGuirk, and ex-husband, Brian Blair! Plus, PWI’s Brady Hicks, former WCW star The Stro, Kathie Fitzpatrick, and Derrick McDonald run down their proposed WrestleMania cards, talk Daniel Bryan’s sad retirement, and take phone calls into the night. All that plus so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.
IN THE ROOM this week features independent stars Breaker Morant and Deonna Purrazzo, who will each be featured at ECWA’s 48th Anniversary show this Saturday in Woodbury Heights, NJ! In addition, Purrazzo talks about her affiliation with D2W and their upcoming Autism charity show that same night! Plus, a special surprise call by Mr. Ooh La La, a frank discussion of TNA’s health now that Kurt Angle is preparing to retire and the Hardy Boys are likely gone, and open phone lines for two full hours. All that, plus so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.
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IN THE ROOM this week features a special sitdown interview with former WWE Diva and Ring of Honor “First Lady of Wrestling” Maria Kanellis. Check it out for Maria’s thoughts on ROH on Destination America, comparing the ROH and WWE locker rooms, and navigating politics in wrestling. Plus, the former Diva talks her famous red hair, Donald Trump, The Kingdom, and what she found so attractive about the man we all now hate: Mike Bennett.
Plus, Brady Hicks, The Stro, Kathie Fitzpatrick, and Jordan Garber talk WWE Money in the Bank, Raw, Brock Lesnar’s return, and Dusty Rhodes. Plus, open lines for two full hours and so … much … more. Thanks, as always, for the support!
Here are some highlights:
On Her Initial Reaction Being Released by WWE:
I was caught off guard … I know what was going on behind the scenes, and that I was trying to accomplish other things. I think that WWE looked at it like I wasn’t as interested in wrestling because I wanted to do more. I think that they got the wrong impression of what I was trying to do, as well as I got the wrong impression of what they were trying to do. Looking back on it, now five years removed, I would have done things differently. I would have stayed the course. I would have shed a light on women’s wrestling back then, if I would have had the time. And that was being on a mainstream television show and also being in WWE. I think that we were just going in two completely different directions, and it takes time and maturity to be able to see those types of things, and now being removed from them, I definitely would have done things differently. But, at the same time, I’m very thankful that they did release me.
On Being the Bad Girl:
It was fun. It definitely came from a place of wanting to try something different. We joke about it now [that we’re] big in Japan, [and] boo’ed in the USA. In Japan we’re good guys. In the US, we’re bad guys. It’s all about performance. It’s all about messing with the crowd and really enjoying that … [And] the Kingdom is such a strong group because we’re all friends. We have that backstory … and that’s what works. These are all guys that go out together, and we all hang out together, and it’s so much fun that we get to perform together.
On Never Winning a Title:
I’ve been told on many, many occasions that championships don’t make or break a talent. So I don’t think of it like that. I think of it like how much of an impact can I make in women’s wrestling, whether I have a title or not. I think that right now, with going to New Japan and being the first female to wrestle against another female in New Japan, we’re breaking down boundaries. If somebody wants to give me a title for that, then that’s great. But at the same time, I don’t need that to define my career. Would it be cool to go back to WWE and win a title at some point? Yeah, sure. But at the same time, if I can accomplish more in Ring of Honor with Destination America, if I can accomplish more in New Japan, then it’s not high on my list.