Interviews with former ECW-original stars.

IN THE ROOM with Former ECW Announcer Bob Artese

IN THE ROOM this week welcomes former ECW announcer – and current 20WA announcer – Bob Artese. Check it out for Bob’s thoughts on ECW versus other independents (in particular, ECWA) today; the evolution of today’s wrestling fan; the Oregon Diner; and having Chris Benoit, Dean Malenko, and Shane Douglas visit him at the Springfield Ice Rink. Plus lots of talk of ECWA’s upcoming Fire and Ice show this Saturday at the rink! Plus, PWI’s Brady Hicks, former WCW star The Stro, Kathie Fitzpatrick, Derrick McDonald, and Matt Grimm talk about WWE’s Money in the Bank pay-per-view; Cass turning on Enzo; and Great Balls of Fire! Plus open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.

IN THE ROOM with ECW’s Chubby Dudley (Bay Ragni)

1IN THE ROOM this week proudly welcomes former ECW star – and Bubba and Devon’s brother – Chubby Dudley (Bay Ragni). What are Chubby’s thoughts on his two runs with the Extreme promotion, getting the opportunity to showcase his in-ring ability more, and prospects for moving on to WWE or WCW? Plus, Dudley talks about his relationships with Paul Heyman, Bubba, and Taz; compares Heyman to ECWA’s Jim Kettner and Jim Cornette; and talks about his work in promoting the Totally Driven podcast and promotion brand. In addition, PWI’s Brady Hicks, former WCW star The Stro, Kathie Fitzpatrick, Derrick McDonald, and Matt Grimm talk about JBL as a bully, new WWE Raw and Smackdown stars, and The Undertaker’s legacy. Plus open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.

IN THE ROOM with Kid Kash

1This 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 with Mr. Hughes

1Former 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 with “Wiseguy” Jimmy Cicero

1This week’s IN THE ROOM welcomes independent wrestler – and former USWA, ECW, and WWE star – “Wiseguy” Jimmy Cicero to the program! Check it out as Jimmy contrasts his experiences wrestling in Madison Square Garden versus wrestling in a barn in West Virginia; speaks at length about his “Bodyslam Autism” charity and his autism-afflicted sons; talks life on the road; speaks on learning from Ivan Koloff and passing that knowledge along to Joey Mercury (Matthews); and sharing great stories involving Missy Hyatt, The Headbangers, Steve Corino, and Taka Michinoku. Definitely a fun interview. Plus, PWI’s Brady Hicks is joined by former WCW star The Stro, Kathie Fitz, Derrick McDonald, Matt Grimm, and VOC Wrestling Nation co-host Chris Best to talk at length about WWE star Bo Dallas’ arrest, the greatness of Chris Jericho, first-hand memories of Mr. Fuji, and the Triple-H/Kevin Owens/Seth Rollins angle that closed out this week’s episode of WWE Raw. Plus open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support!

IN THE ROOM with Glen “The Beast” Osbourne

1IN THE ROOM this week welcomes Glen “The Beast” Osbourne, ECW’s first Television champion and a former member of the Tri-State Wrestling Alliance, ECWA, and so many other independent companies. Check it out as Glen offers his thoughts on the evolution of hardcore wrestling and his own place in history; how independent wrestling has changed over the years; wrestling dark matches for WWE for years; and how independent promotions such as ECWA are doing their place to help promote the future of the sport. Plus, PWI’s Brady Hicks is joined by Kathie Fitzpatrick and Derrick McDonald in talking about Dean Ambrose’s title win and the subsequent rise in ratings; Roman Reigns’ suspension; the Jerry Lawler situation; and the WWE draft! Plus, open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.

IN THE ROOM with former WWE Referee Wes Adams

1Former independent wrestler and WWE referee WES Adams steps IN THE ROOM this week to talk about his career with WWE, switch from Smackdown to ECW, strange firing, and working today as a promoter in Mississippi. Check out the podcast for Wes’ thoughts on “settling” to become a ref; officiating matches for some of the biggest names in wrestling; his time in developmental versus today’s NXT brand; today’s concussion protocol and how it could have saved his job back then; and lots more. Plus, PWI’s Brady Hicks is joined by Kathie Fitzpatrick, Derrick McDonald, and guest co-host Dean Dixon (HIAC Talk Radio) as they run down TNA Impact’s new home, the Bullet Club and other tag teams, the late Balls Mahoney, former WWE stars seeking greener pastures on the indies, and some independent wrestling to boot. Plus, open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more. Thanks, as always for the support! The Stro (WCW’s Maestro), who is on location at the Cauliflower Alley Club Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, will be back next week!

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IN THE ROOM with “Hitman” Tony Stetson

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Bessler, Mike. “ECW Original: ‘If I Saw Paul Heyman On The Street, I’d Probably Knife Him.” October 22, 2015.

IN THE ROOM returns this week with an awesome interview with early-on ECW and Tri-State Wrestling Alliance star “Hitman” Tony Stetson. What are Tony’s opinions on hardcore wrestling and the role that he played, having a “job for life” in ECW, and training under Bam Bam Bigelow? All that, in addition to Tony’s thoughts on today’s wrestlers, wrestling feeling real, and a whole lot more. Then, the crew is joined by CZW’s Chris Behringer, who is instrumental in the Maven Bentley Association’s “Memory Remains” charity show this Sunday in Woodbury Heights! Plus, PWI’s Brady Hicks, The Stro (WCW’s Maestro), Kathie Fitz, Derrick McDonald, and Jordan Garber take calls for two hours and talk WWE Hell in a Cell and so … much … more. Thanks, as always, for the support!

Bessler, Mike. “ECW Original: ‘If I Saw Paul Heyman On The Street, I’d Probably Knife Him.” October 22, 2015.

IN THE ROOM with Joel Gertner

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IN THE ROOM is proud to welcome former ECW star “The Quintessential Studmuffin” Joel Gertner to the program. Check it out as Joel talks the origins of his sonnets, facing creative roadblocks (and overflows), and how close he actually came to a WWE jump. Plus, Brady Hicks, The Stro, Kathie Fitzpatrick, Jordan Garber, and Derrick McDonald talk Sting’s legacy, New Day, and the October 11th South Jersey Wrestle-Fest in Woodbury Heights, New Jersey. Plus open lines for two full hours, and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support!

The Inquisitr has posted a lengthy piece covering this interview:

Mike Bessler

ECW Original Joel Gertner was the featured guest on the most recent episode of the In the Roompodcast on VOC Nation. Interviewed by Pro Wrestling Illustrated contributor Brady Hicks and his panel of co-hosts, Gertner discussed his work in the heyday of one of pro wrestling’s most celebrated promotions, serving as a manager for the Dudley Boyz and as a commentator during the latter part of his run.

Gertner noted that he is still a fan of WWE and that he is extremely pleased with the WWE Network these days, adding that the company recently added a huge cache of vintage ECW material to the network in recent weeks. He enthusiastically pointed out that much of the newly added shows are from 1997 and 1998 and they include some of his best work with the Dudleyz. Joel also advised that he was recently tapped to contribute to WWE’s forthcoming ECW DVD retrospectives.

“I was up in Stamford a week or two ago,” Gertner said. They have two different home video releases coming out next year, the first of which they interviewed me for, would be a Dudley Boyz compilation and then the other one [is] OMG: 50 Craziest Moments In ECW History. That’s going to be coming out in the latter part of next year. So I contributed towards that.”

Wrestling DVD Network confirmed the release of the above-noted DVD projects earlier this month. The site did not have details to indicate whether or not the Dudley Boyz DVD will be a documentary or a compilation of matches, but Gertner’s participation in the project strongly suggests some sort of documentary or narrative component. Regarding the OMG compilation, in addition to Joel Gertner, ECW Originals Tazz and Tommy Dreamer will also be featured in the countdown-style production. This collection will be the third installment in WWE’s OMG series.

In the Room Host Brady Hicks asked Joel if he had ever gotten the chance to jump to WWE when some of ECW’s biggest names were leaving the small promotion for bigger opportunities. Gertner briefly discussed his talks with WWE, noting that although he had the chance to leave ECW, he couldn’t make the offer work at the time.

“I can tell you that there was at least one opportunity,” Gertner said. “There was a time before TNN, so before I was on a contract… and I spoke with one of the [agents] and we talked and I was given an indication of kind of a range of what the compensation might be and then creatively what I would be brought in for and I considered it. You know, at the end of the day, I was really loyal to ECW and things just kind of timed out in a certain way…and it made sense for me to take the ECW deal that was put in front of me. Yeah, there were definitely a couple of opportunities.”

Joel said that he was more than happy to stay with ECW during their deal with TNN, advising that he had a strong sense of loyalty to Paul Heyman. He also said that he enjoyed working with Rick Rude as a commentator on the TNN shows and said he had no regrets about his career choices in hindsight.

Joel Gertner told the In the Room hosts that he currently teaches math at a “retail education center” and does part time financial services work on the side. He is also seeking voiceover work and has his own podcast on iTunes, entitled 69 Minute Eargasm. He made brief appearances with TNA after the demise of ECW and also appeared on WWE’s ECW One Night Stand pay per view in 2005.

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IN THE ROOM with “The New F’n Show” Jerry Lynn

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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!

Check out Mike Bessler’s extensive coverage of the interview for The Inquisitr:


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.

Closing out the interview, Jerry Lynn encouraged the new generation of wrestlers to “get up and go get it” when it comes to making it in the business. Having logged full-time stints in WWE, ECW, and WCW, Lynn also praised the work of independent grapplers who work as “weekend warriors.” Lynn noted that those men and women, just like the stars at the top of the business, are living their dreams in today’s wrestling scene.

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