Yo baby yo baby yo! IN THE ROOM welcomes former WCW and ECW star – and cult wrestling favorite – PN News! What are News’ thoughts on his tenures with the two major US companies; his work as Cannonball Grizzly; missing several opportunities with WWE; WCW politics; taking on a young Steve Austin; and today’s wrestling not being believable. What a great guy and incredible interview! Plus, PWI’s Brady Hicks, former WCW star The Stro, Kathie Fitzpatrick, Derrick McDonald, and Matt Grimm talk about Matt Hardy becoming #WOKEN on a sleepy episode of WWE Raw; Samoa Joe and Brock Lesnar’s believe-ability as credible fighters; and the top (including often unheralded) wrestlers of all time. Plus open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.
Interviews with former WCW stars.
This week we present a special “Thanksgiving” episode of IN THE ROOM, featuring former WWE and WCW star Henry Godwinn (Mark Canterbury). Check it out for Henry’s thoughts on wrestlers pushing themselves when injured; pressure from the office; competing against a young Triple-H; slopping Sunny; Naked Mideon; driving with Harley Race; and closing a bar with Ric Flair! Plus, PWI’s Brady Hicks, former WCW star The Stro, Kathie Fitzpatrick, Derrick McDonald, and Matt Grimm talk all for which they are thankful; WWE Survivor Series; Paige’s return; and recent NXT callups. 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.
Former WWE, WCW, and ECW star Mr. Curtis Hughes steps IN THE ROOM this week to talk about his Hall of Fame-worthy career. Check it out for Mr. Hughes’ thoughts on all that he’s accomplished in wrestling; getting back in shape; riding with close friends; being such an angry character; and training current and future stars of the business such as Apollo Crews, Heath Slater, and Moose. Plus, PWI’s Brady Hicks, former WCW star The Stro, Kathie Fitz, and Matt Grimm talk about WWE’s women in Hell in a Cell, a hokey Monday Night Raw, Charlotte’s rapid progress, and the best promo guys and girls of all time. 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 star – and one-half of Harlem Heat with his brother Booker T – Stevie Ray to the program. What are Stevie’s thoughts on the business and why he has no loyalty to it; if he was content with never having a WWE and/or World title run; being a role model for black children; and getting to meet celebrities such as Muhammad Ali, Matt Damon, and Frankie Valli during his time with WCW. Plus, PWI’s Brady Hicks, former WCW wrestler The Stro, Kathie Fitzpatrick, and Derrick McDonald talk about WWE’s upcoming draft lottery, Roman Reigns’ suspension, and Austin Aries’ ultimate chance of succeeding in WWE. Plus, open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support!
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.
We are proud to welcome wrestling legend Jake “The Snake” Roberts on IN THE ROOM this week. What are Jake’s thoughts on working with snakes – and in particular cobras; never winning WWE championship gold; wrestling everyone from Hulk Hogan to Andre the Giant to Randy Savage; his turnaround with help from DDP; and – of course – the critically acclaimed Resurrection of Jake “The Snake” Roberts documentary? Tune in to find out! Plus, Pro Wrestling Illustrated Contributing Writer Brady Hicks, The Stro (WCW’s Maestro), Kathie Fitzpatrick, and Derrick McDonald talk first-hand accounts from Raw, WWE’s WrestleMania buildup, Stan Hansen, Terry Funk, and TNA’s current state of affairs. Everybody go check out The Stro defending his UPWA Heavyweight title against Eric Young this Saturday! Plus open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support!
On His Life’s Turnaround:
I’ve got the world by the tail. And life is so good for me. Even beyond the WWE years … I’ve got the movie going on, the movie is going strong. It’s helped some people, the comedy thing I’m doing, which is me sitting down, having a blast telling old road stories. Everybody loves it. That’s awesome, too because the fans mean so much to me now that I’m sober and cleaned up.
Working with Snakes:
I was terrified of [snakes], man. It just goes to show me how far I’ll go if you pay me enough.
On His Surprising Admiration for “Rugged” Ronnie Garvin:
I will always hold Ronnie Garvin in the highest [regard], strictly because he was the only guy I ever knew who, before he made his comeback, his nipples had to get hard. I respected that. That’s true, by the way. I’d be beatin’ the hell out of him and I’d look down at the mat and he’d be laying there in a pool of blood or whatever and all of the sudden I’d see his nipples start to tweak up. I’m like, ‘Oh my God, here he comes!’ and he’d get up and just whale the s**t out of me.
On the Late Andre the Giant
[Andre] woke me up to some exciting things. He held me down once and farted on me for about 30 seconds, which was incredible, I might add.
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!
Thanks to Mike Bessler of Breaking Wrestling News for the following coverage:
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.
@intheroomshow on @vocnation w former #WCW star @iamglacier. Plus #PWI’s @bradyhicks, former WCW star @thestro #teampapa, @kathyfitzpatick
IN THE ROOM this week is proud to welcome former WCW star Glacier for the second time, as he prepares for Wrestlecade Thanksgiving weekend in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. What are Glacier’s thoughts on his gimmick being remembered, being considered “legit,” going from fan to friend and business partner with the late Dusty Rhodes, and having one of the best wrestling entrances of all time. Plus, Brady Hicks, The Stro, and Kathie Fitz talk Seth Rollins’ injury, the WWE title tournament and its (lack of) star power, and Kurt Angle returning to WWE. Plus, open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.
Quotes transcribed by Mike Bessler of The Inquisitr:
On Getting Lou Thesz’ Blessing:
He finally said to me – I’ll never forget exactly how he said it to me. He said, ‘Ray, professional wrestling is probably never going to get back to the way you and I want it to be … This is the evolution of the business. It’s okay. Go make your money.’
On Competition in WCW:
No one was doing me any favors. [Diamond Dallas] Page went to bat for me and yeah, that was great. But we had to prove ourselves every single night. Unless you were Hogan or Savage or somebody like that, everybody’s job was on the chopping block. It didn’t matter how good you were, there were a thousand guys waiting to take your spot.
On His Relationship with Dusty Rhodes:
During the Turnbuckle era, I actually got married and I asked Dusty to be the groomsman at my wedding, and he said yes, thank God. And at my rehearsal dinner, I got really choked up saying [this] because it was so hard—it was just so surreal having him there. I just told him in front of everybody, it’s so rare when anyone gets to meet their childhood hero, much less get to the relationship that I had with Dusty … Thank God I got to know him on that personal level … He impacted so many people and I feel so unbelievably lucky to be one of the people that he impacted along the way.