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This week’s IN THE ROOM with Brady Hicks features a one-hour interview with ECW ring announcer Bob Artese. Check it out as Bob talks about “having the best seat in the house” for the rise … and fall of the extreme tribe. Hear Bob’s thoughts on Shane Douglas throwing down the NWA belt, chairshots to the head, catering to “smart” fans, and how ECW’s mature content played into the company’s fortunes. Plus a discussion of WWE’s IC and US belts, the level of prestige these titles hold (compared to last year), and whether or not it is time to unify the titles.

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Former ECW, WWE, and TNA star – and arguably one-half of one of the greatest tag teams of all time – Devon Dudley steps IN THE ROOM with Brady Hicks for over an hour to talk about his historic runs with three major US wrestling companies, his love for professional wrestling, and his legacy as a whole. This is a must-listen for any wrestling fan! Brother Devon is legit one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet.

Topics include the pressure of a big match at WM and his favorite matches with the company … Paul Heyman’s vision for the D-Von character (Mr. T meets Pulp Fiction) … starting riots in ECW … his own singles aspirations and The Dudley Boys’ legacy as a tag team … his pressures as an African American role model … being perceived as the lesser Dudley in the media and competition with his partner … The Dudleys being Vince McMahon’s favorite tag team … what Road Warrior Hawk meant to he and Bubba … and what makes a “great” match. Plus check it out for lots of backstage stories from three major wrestling companies. You can check out IN THE ROOM courtesy of the VOC Nation Radio Network on vocnation.com and simulcast on thebradyhicks.com. Thanks, as always, for the support.

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Welcome one, welcome all to another edition of IN THE ROOM. This week, Brady Hicks, Derrick McDonald, and Ray Bogusz are joined by former WWE, TNA, WCW, and ECW star Vito LoGrasso. Find out what’s been going on in Big Vito’s life since we’ve last seen him on TV … from movie opportunities to wrestling to mentoring the future of the sport. All that plus Vito’s thoughts on young wrestlers today, both those under contract and those looking to be signed to WWE or TNA, Vito’s perspective on his own career to date and what he would still like to accomplish, plus the idea of training WWE’s developmental stars. All that, plus open phone lines for two hours, and Brady and the gang talk CHIKARA, a very memorable Raw with Mr. McMahon, their thoughts about the Legends Convention, and MTV’s Girl Talk. All that, plus so … much … more. Thanks, as always, for the support!

An interesting week for IN THE ROOM, as Brady Hicks, Ray Bogusz, and Derrick McDonald are joined by the legendary “Taskmaster” Kevin Sullivan. Check it out as Sullivan offers his thoughts on today’s wrestling landscape, what wrestling is missing, what made back in the day so much better (and worse), over-exposure, and so … much … more. In addition, New Moon Rising Wrestling’s United States Champion – and the winner of PG-13 – Ty Reno comes on to talk LJ Cruz and his big title defense at NMRW’s Fallout, November 17th in Deptford, New Jersey. Plus, Brady and the gang talk deceased potential Hall of Famers, how big a star Abdullah The Butcher was, fake heart attacks, TNA ppvs, and The Miz as a good guy! All that and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support!

IN THE ROOM goes extreme this week, as Brady Hicks, Derrick McDonald, Ray Bogusz, and ITR female co-host contestant Judy Greenberg talk to ECW legend “Dangerous” Danny Doring. What are Doring’s thoughts on all the ECW reunions and nostalgia in recent years, WWE’s handling of ECW, and really making a name for himself in South Philly? Plus, New Moon Rising Wrestling’s own “Pharoh of Fitness” Slim Burgundy checks IN THE ROOM to talk NMRW’s PG-13 EXPANDED, Saturday, October 27th in Deptford, NJ. Plus, WWE Raw talk, plenty of live callers, and the always-popular WWE Hell in a Cell pay-per-view predictions.

On Being a Young Guy with ECW:
“I was young, single, with money in my pocket, and I got to see the world. I was brash.”

On WWE’s Treatment of the ECW Brand:
“It didn’t sit right with anybody, but I think I was one of the first to really come to grips with it. I think a lot of the guys were just sitting around waiting for it to [change]. Once that reality came into play, I kind of got depressed. I didn’t take it as seriously as I should have.”

On Speaking Up About Some ECW Peers’ Mistakes:
“I’ve seen these guys mess up chance after chance after chance. I’ve seen these guys mess up every opportunity while others never really got that opportunity. Somebody needs to say something about that, and I think it was me.”

On Being a “Paul Heyman” Guy:
“We weren’t viewed as ECW guys. We were viewed as Paul Heyman guys. It is what it is. Would I have liked to be viewed as a WWE guy? Yes. We were perceived as we would follow [Paul] to the ends of the earth. I grew tired of covering for all of Paul’s lies and douche-baggery over the years. When I was there with WWE, I was basically the opposite of a Paul Heyman guy.”

All that, plus Doring’s thoughts on Tommy Dreamer’s House of Hardcore and Shane Douglas’ Extreme Rising promotions, teaming with Roadkill, looking like Bret Hart, and so … much … more.

Wow … just wow. This week IN THE ROOM, Brady Hicks is joined by Stacy “The Kat” Carter (excerpts below), as she updates the fans on Jerry Lawler‘s health situation. The gang also welcomes former ECW star Tony Mamaluke, as he runs down a fantastic career that spanned ECW, WWE, WCW, and TNA. What are Tony’s thoughts on his extreme legacy, being a “comedy” guy, extreme reunions, and being a part of the East Coast Wrestling Association (ECWA), where he will make his debut this Saturday, September 15th at the ECWA 45th Anniversary Show in Newark, Delaware. Plus, Northeast Wrestling (NEW) announcer – and Brady’s PWI colleague – Gerry Strauss hops IN THE ROOM to  talk about NEW’s “Wrestling Under the Stars” show, September 15th in Fishkill, New York … a show that will feature Hulk Hogan! In addition, Brady and the gang offer up the WWE Night of Champions pay-per-view predictions, and so … much … more. Thanks, as always, for the support!

But before any of that, though, Brady, Derrick McDonald, Mike Bessler, and Ray Bogusz are joined IN THE ROOM by a good friend of the show, Stacy “The Kat” Carter. Carter is a former WWE Diva, and the ex-wife and good friend of Jerry “The King Lawler … which gives her a very good perspective on the Lawler nightmare from Raw this week. Stacy hopped on the phone with Jerry’s girlfriend tonight … then called IN THE ROOM to update the fans on how he is doing. Excerpts below:

On Jerry Lawler’s Condition:
“Right now he’s stable, being responsive with a tube down his throat. He’s squeezing people’s hands, nodding his head. He can point out where he’s hurting, stuff like that. The next step is to wait for the test results  to comeback tomorrow, the scan on his brain to see what – if any – brain damage he may or may not have. And that’s pretty much it. He’s still critical but stable. He’s strong and he’s stubborn, so if anybody can pull through its him.”

On The Amount of Time it Took for CPR to Work:
“WWE’s doctor was there when Jerry collapsed and fell out of his chair. He started CPR. From what I’ve been told is Jerry did not regain consciousness there. They did revive him there, but it took a long time – 15 minutes. It took a long time to bring him back. But he’s back now, he’s lightly sedated, and they’re taking him off the ventilator. He’s not in the heavy sedation that they had him in.”

On it Happening on LIVE TV:
“Jerry would be dead right now if it did not happen where it happened. Stuff like that just keeps running through my brain. Jerry normally grabs something – some food – on the way back to the hotel … fast food or if the bar is open, and he eats, then he’s there by himself. But this could have happened just two or three hours later and nobody would have been there with  him and he wouldn’t be here right now. Or he could have been driving to the arena or flying to Montreal. If it had to happen, I’m very thankful that it did there.”

This week IN THE ROOM, as heard on WEXP Philly and thebradyhicks.com, former WWE star Matt Borne (Doink The Clown) stops by for a controversial episode. Find out Matt’s thoughts on everything from Doink impersonators to Hulk Hogan, The Warrior, Shawn Michaels, Scott Hall, and his failed chance at main-eventing WrestleMania IX. Plus, Matt has some choice words for Brady … and Brady and DJ delve into Raw with Muppets, the Bret vs. Shawn DVD, and CZW’s and ECWA’s upcoming shows. If you’re interested in CZW tickets for 11/12 in South Philly, call in to the show next Tuesday LIVE, 10 PM EST at (609) 755-5ITR.

This week, Brady Hicks, DJ, and Anthony Sarlo are joined IN THE ROOM by a very special guest: former WWE and ECW star AL SNOW! Take it all in as the former WWE star (and current TNA agent) plugs his upcoming Mondo Wrestling A Go Go show at the Danny Davis Arena in Louisville, Kentucky, 6/24 and 6/25. Plus, check out Al’s thoughts on WWE and TNA renaming their product, what wrestling needs to be big once again, and how the developmental system could be and should be fixed. A must listen for fans of any wrestling promotion!

How TNA is Positioned For the Future:
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Join Brady Hicks and Kevin McElvaney RIGHT NOW for a special, Friday edition of IN THE ROOM, with special guest and WWF legend JIMMY “SUPERFLY” SNUKA, as he takes a look back at his glorious past and what he has going on in the coming days and weeks. Snuka is then joined by a special surprise guest – and FELLOW WWF LEGEND – MATT “DOINK” BORNE, as the two talk Snuka’s appearance tomorrow (Saturday, April 9th) in Freehold, NJ for FAZOO CREW!!!

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This week, upcoming WWE Hall of Famer Tammy “Sunny” Sytch comes IN THE ROOM to talk with Brady Hicks about being the youngest inductee in WWE’s history, plus her thoughts on becoming somewhat involved with WWE once again, and her hosting duties for April’s ECWA Super 8 tournament. All that, plus Brady and the gang talks WrestleMania and Christian’s possible involvement, other WrestleMania/Hall of Fame news, and Jeff Hardy’s current situation. Check it out at thebradyhicks.com!

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