Women

Interviews with some of the most beautiful women in the world.

IN THE ROOM with Maria Kanellis

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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.

IN THE ROOM with Diana Hart Smith

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IN THE ROOM this week features the wife of the late “British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith, sister to Bret “Hitman” Hart, and mother of former WWE star Harry Smith … Diana Smith! Check it out as Diana talks her new book, “Cauliflower Heart,” and talks the legacy of Davey Boy, Owen, Bret, and the entire Hart family, great ribs and pranks by Davey Boy and Owen, tragedies in wrestling, Owen in the WWE Hall of Fame, and the famed SummerSlam ’92 match at Wembley Stadium! Plus, lots of talk about the Legends of the Ring convention from this past weekend, and open lines for two full hours. All that, and so … much … more. Thanks, as always, for the support! 

Check it out as Diana talks her new book “Cauliflower Heart,” Davey’s own thoughts on never winning the WWE title, legendary Owen and Davey ribs (especially involving Lex Luger), comparing Harry to his father, and wrestling being “fake.” Plus, lots of talk about Hart family tragedies, the staff infection that almost killed Davey before SummerSlam ’92, and more. Here are some highlights from the interview:

Owen in the WWE Hall of Fame:
I sure hope [Owen goes in]. I think the fans deserve it because they loved Owen. I know Martha [Hart] and her family have their reasons, but the ones who suffer in all of this are the fans. Regardless of Martha’s animosity for the WWE … With WWE putting Owen in the Hall of Fame, I don’t think they’re trying to disrespect Martha. I think that they’re trying to do the right thing. Martha has her feelings and – like all of us – we’re heartbroken when we lost Owen. We all did lose Owen. Not just one person or one family. We all lost Owen. I know it means a lot to the Owen Hart fans … I know Martha has her reasons [but] I really don’t know what the holdup is … I don’t think it’s tit-for-tat, I believe it’s a lot more complex than that … It has to be a melting on both sides. For a long time, I thought it was one side holding back and not the other, but I think that both sides need to work it out and do it for Owen’s fans. But I understand Martha’s position on it. There are things that need to be addressed before she’s ready to give it her blessing.

On The Bret-Davey IC Match Main-Eventing SummerSlam:
I think a lot of people were mad, not at all Vince McMahon or the people promoting the show. I thinks some of the wrestlers were mad that the Intercontinental belt was being showcased as the main event. I will go to my grave saying that … the main event was Davey and Bret. That’s why they put them as the main event. And part of the reason they broke the record … of selling over 80,000 seats in less than 11 hours was Davey and Bret … I think if you did a poll or a survey [asking] who are your favorites in 1992 at that time, it’s not Ric Flair, it wasn’t Curt Hennig, it wasn’t The Ultimate Warrior, it wasn’t the Legion of Doom … it was perfectly right to have Bret and Davey as the main event for that show. Even though it wasn’t a world championship match.

On Wrestling Dominating Her Life:
It’s overwhelming when I’m not in wrestling. I’m a part of it in pretty much every exponent you could think. I’m a daughter of it, a sister, a wife, a mother, and I do a little bit of it myself. I didn’t wrestle [but] I … did the managing with Davey and Owen … I pretty well covered every aspect of it … I was really involved in it, and now I’m overwhelmed by what is the real world for other people. Sometimes I feel like I … can’t do anything outside of wrestling. I struggle with what is considered the normal life, trying to work a 9-to-5 job, work in an office, I just feel like I’m so far out of my element.

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 JD “Bamm Bamm” Browning and Gabby Gilbert

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This week’s IN THE ROOM features a pair of stars with the ECWA headed into their massive collision at New Year’s Resolutions IV in Woodbury Heights, New Jersey. What are JD “Bamm Bamm” Browning’s and Gabby Gilbert’s thoughts on one another as they prepare for battle?! Plus, Brady, The Stro, Ray, Derrick, and Wayne talk WWE vs. NXT, booking talent vs. wrestling talent, take calls, and so … much … more. Thanks, as always, for the support!

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 Gabby Gilbert

IN THE ROOM with Brady Hicks is back on the air this week featuring Ray, Derrick, and Wayne, as well as a very special, sitdown interview with Miss Gabby Gilbert (formerly Roxie Cotton) heading into her appearance at this Saturday’s ECWA Super 8 Chickfight in Carney’s Point, New Jersey. Check out the show for Gilbert’s thoughts on competing in such a prestigious tourney, being one of the more experienced names on the show, (not) clubbing her opponents in the kneecaps, and so … much … more. Plus, Brady and the gang discuss The Undertaker’s personal favorite WrestleMania match, talk some of the less-heralded names to step through the doors of TNA, and hash out a good deal of fantasy football talk. Thanks, as always, for the support!

IN THE ROOM with Jessie Kaye


IN THE ROOM with Brady Hicks
 is live once again, this time sitting down for a one-on-one interview with indie wrestling star Jessie Kaye. Take a listen as Kaye, the first-ever ECWA Women’s Champion, gives her thoughts on stepping into the ring for the first ECWA Super 8 ChickFight on October 11th, plus what she thinks of her competitors, the name she is looking to carve in the business, and so … much … more. Plus, Brady Hicks feeds Ray Bogusz wrestling news headlines, as if he just woke up from a coma, for his gut reactions. What does Ray think of TNA’s Bound for Glory plans, Randy Orton as a fan favorite, and NXT on WWE 2K15? Thanks, as always, for the support.

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 former WWF Ring Announcer Mike McGuirk

IN THE ROOM is back on the airwaves of the VOC Nation Radio Network! Check it out this week as Brady Hicks, DJ, Derrick, Ray, and Kathie are joined by legendary former WWF announcer Mike McGuirk. Listen in as McGuirk talks all about being a female announcer, and the daughter of a legendary promoter, at a time when everything in “the business” had begun to change. Plus, Brady and the gang present their own makeshift WrestleMania cards, talk some Virgil, and speculate on a world without CM Punk. All that, plus so … much  … more. Thanks, as always, for the support!

IN THE ROOM with Tatevik The Gamer

What another great edition of IN THE ROOM we had tonight, as Brady Hicks, Derrick McDonald, and Ray Bogusz were joined by indie sensation and (no doubt) future star of the business Tatevik The Gamer and her business partner Steve Stasiak. Both are awesome people inside and out of the ring, and of course Tatevik is pretty easy on the eyes as well! Find out right from the future Diva herself what it’s like to be regarded as “just another pretty face,” the world of competing in martial arts, plus acting, dancing, and so much more. Plus, open lines for two hours as Brady and the gang talk WWE Extreme Rules, HHH vs. Joe Hennig, ethnic stereotypes in wrestling, and WWE’s scrapped plans for several DVDs. All that, plus, say it with me Cujo, so … much … more! Thanks as always for the support!

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