ECW

Interviews with former ECW-original stars.

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 Mikey Whipwreck and Matt Saigon

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This week, IN THE ROOM‘s Brady Hicks, The Stro, and Kathie Fitz welcome former ECW star Mikey Whipwreck, as well as ECWA competitor Matt Saigon. All that, plus so … much … more. Thanks, as always, for the support!

IN THE ROOM with Gangrel / Vampire Warrior

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IN THE ROOM is back to ring in the new year with a very special guest … former WWE star Gangrel, formerly known as Vampire Warrior. Check it out as Gangrel talks his fabulous marriage to the late, great Luna Vachon; the origins of his Vampire persona; thoughts on Edge, Christian, and The Hardys; and urban legends such as fang dental implants. Plus, Brady Hicks, The Stro, and Kathie Fitz talk possible New Years Resolutions for WWE and TNA; run recent headlines by Ray Bogusz for his gut reactions; and take your calls. All that, plus so … much … more. Thanks, as always, for the support! We hope you all come back next week for B Brian Blair and ECWA’s Coach Jim Shorts!

IN THE ROOM with Scotty Riggs

Special thanks to former #wcw and #ecw star @realscottyriggs for making a special appearance on this week’s @intheroomshow on @vocnation, with @bradyhicks, @thestro, and @rayITR. Also be sure to follow @ITR_original #dj

This week’s IN THE ROOM features a special, 1 hour, 20 minute sitdown interview with former WCW and ECW athlete Scotty Riggs. What are Riggs’ thoughts on jumping right into a role on TV at such an early point in his career, joining the American Males, working with Raven in The Flock, and the origins of getting “The Clap” in ECW. Plus, Brady, former WCW star The Stro, and Ray Bogusz break down the CM Punk and Vince McMahon podcast interviews from this past week, in particular looking at Punk’s disgruntledness, and McMahon’s assertion that his current roster doesn’t try hard enough. All that, plus open phone lines for two hours, and so … much … more. Thanks, as always, for the support!

IN THE ROOM with ECW Announcer Bob Artese

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.

IN THE ROOM is part of the VOC Nation Radio Network on vocnation.com, airing Tuesday nights, 9 ET. Call in to the show at (855) VOC-RADIO. Subscribe to VOC podcasts at podcast.vocnation.com.

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IN THE ROOM with Devon Dudley

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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IN THE ROOM with Big Vito LoGrasso

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!

IN THE ROOM with Kevin Sullivan and Ty Reno

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 with “Dangerous” Danny Doring, NMRW’s Slim Burgundy

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.

IN THE ROOM with Stacy “The Kat” Carter (with Jerry Lawler Update), ECW’s Tony Mamaluke, and NEW Announcer Gerry Strauss

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.”

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