Indies

Chats with indie stars of yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

IN THE ROOM with Bruce Hart

@intheroomshow on @vocnation w #brucehart, plus @thestro @jordanjgarber @kathyfitzpatrick #derrickmcdonald WITHOUT @bradyhicks!

This Week’s IN THE ROOM has Hart family member Bruce Hart. Check it out as Bruce offers his thoughts on his famous family and friends, WWE’s current landscape, and how wrestling from the 1980s is so different from today.

Plus, with Brady Hicks unable to make it on, check it out as Jordan Garber, The Stro, Kathie Fitzpatrick, and Derrick McDonald talk Hulk Hogan and his legacy, Tough Enough, and ITR’s upcoming participation at South Jersey Wrestle-Fest, as well as take calls for two full hours! All that, plus so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support!

IN THE ROOM with World League Wrestling / Pro Wrestling NOAH’s Jon Webb and Jack Gamble

@intheroomshow on @vocnation w #harleyrace trainees @jonwebbhle @jackgamblehle. Plus #pwi’s @bradyhicks #wcw @TheStro @kathyfitzpatrick @jordanjgarber #derrickmcdonald

IN THE ROOM this week has two students from Harley Race’s World League Wrestling, fresh off of a tour for Pro Wrestling NOAH. What are Jack Gamble’s and Jon Webb’s thoughts on training under the great Harley, and the reputation that precedes that? Plus, Gamble and Webb talk about competing overseas, their long-term career aspirations, and so much more. All that, plus Brady Hicks, The Stro, Kathie Fitzpatrick, Jordan Garber, and Derrick McDonald talk their favorite Roddy Piper memories, look at the upcoming WWE SummerSlam card, and take calls for two full hours! All that, and so … much … more. Thanks, as always, for the support!

IN THE ROOM with “Bulldozer” Matt Tremont

@intheroomshow on @vocnation w @combatzone’s @tremontczw. Plus @bradyhicks @thestro @kathyfitzpatrick @jordanjgarber @rayITR #derrickmcdonald talk @hulkhogan

The IN THE ROOM podcast is back this week featuring a special, our-hour sitdown interview with Matt Tremont from CZW and #OnPoint Wrestling. Check it out as “Bulldozer” talks his upcoming WrestleFest convention, work on the independent scene, the merits of hardcore wrestling, and more! Plus, Brady Hicks, former WCW star The Stro, Kathie Fitzpatrick, and Derrick McDonald talk Hulk Hogan’s legacy and where our capacity to forgive and forget should fall. Plus, open phone lines for two full hours, including a returning Ray Bogusz! All that, plus so … much .., more. Thanks, as always, for the support!

 

 

IN THE ROOM with Aaron Gainey (Nigerian Nightmares)

@intheroomshow on @vocnation w @theaarongainey. Featuring @bradyhicks @thestro @kathyfitzpatrick @jordanjgarber #derrickmcdonald

This week’s IN THE ROOM podcast includes a special 60+ minute sitdown interview with Aaron Gainey, formerly Maifu of the famed Nigerian Nightmares. Quite an awesome listen. Check it out as Aaron talks “living the gimmick” with fans, his health issues, dealings with WWE and TNA, and being one of the top independent stars in the country. If nothing else, listen for Aaron’s description of what he experienced while in a life-threatening coma for three weeks!

Plus, PWI’s Brady Hicks, former WCW star The Stro, Kathie Fitzpatrick, Derrick McDonald, and Jordan Garber talk WWE Battleground, what went down on Raw, and the new WWE divas. Plus open phone lines for two full hours. All that, and so … much … more. Thanks,as always, for the support!

 

IN THE ROOM with Joel Goodhart

@intheroomshow featuring #JoelGoodhart, former #twa promoter and @ecwawrestling67 manager. @bradyhicks @thestro @kathyfitzpatrick @jordanjgarber

IN THE ROOM this week features Joel Goodhart, the legendary promoter of the old Tri-State Wrestling Alliance and the former host of Rasslin’ Radio on WIP in Philadelphia. Check it out as Joel, now a manager with the ECWA, offers his thoughts on the TWA’s growth, Rasslin’ Radio, his flawless record of zero no-shows, and his current association with the East Coast Wrestling Association. Plus, Joel dispenses advice for aspiring promoters, and offers his memories working with Abdullah The Butcher, The Sheik, Bruiser Brody, Eddie Gilbert, Cactus Jack, and the late Buddy Landell. Plus, Brady Hicks, The Stro, Kathie Fitzpatrick, Derrick McDonald, and Jordan Garber talk WWE’s MVP for the first half of 2015, New Day, and Buddy Landell, and also take callers for two full hours. All that, plus so … much … more. Thanks, as always, for the support.

Here are some highlights:

The Tri-State Wrestling Alliance Legacy:
We wanted to bring in some of the best talent from across the country, develop some young talent at the local level … There’s all stories about why I had these supercards … The reality was we created something that really ran about 2-1/2 years. To this day … 23 years later, we’re still talking about some of the matches that we had. We created something that ultimately became the ECW, that ultimately became the Attitude Era. All I simply did was take the best of what was out there. I took Memphis Wrestling, I took World Class Wrestling, I took Pacific Northwest, I took the old Georgia wrestling, the old Florida wrestling, and brought to the Philadelphia area the best of the best … One of the sayings that we had as an organization was that everyone who came to our show, at some point during the card, got a front-row seat. I think that’s kind of where the business evolved. Where the ring was no longer holding people and the action was outside the ring versus inside the ring.

On Wrestlers’ Size Being a Detriment:
The one thing that I’ve learned about the independent wrestling community is a lot of these guys are just phenomenal athletes, phenomenal wrestlers, but unfortunately they’re not 6’4″, they don’t have a television look, so they never get the push that they deserve … There’s a lot of guys with a tremendous amount of talent that will never get the television push because the gene pool wasn’t there for them. It doesn’t make them bad wrestlers. They’re phenomenal wrestlers. I can watch these guys … do things that are just phenomenal, but they’ll never get the push they deserve.

On How Independent Wrestling Should Be Viewed:
When you look at the business of professional wrestling … These [indie] shows are phenomenal. The talent is phenomenal. These guys and girls are busting their butt. They don’t get paid a whole lot of money. It’s more for the love of the sport. But everyone who claims that they love professional wrestling, they will only go if there’s 2,000 people in the building [or] it’s the return of some wrestler from 15 years ago. There’s a lot of people who aren’t into the sport of professional wrestling. They’re into a specific wrestler, they’re into a specific style of wrestling. This whole concept of Family Friendly doesn’t mean that the show isn’t good. In fact, I would actually argue that some of these Family Friendly shows are better than some of the shows we did … The professional wrestling fan who doesn’t come to the professional wrestling shows, quite frankly they’re not the kind of fans that they think they are.

IN THE ROOM with Maria Kanellis

@intheroomshow featuring former #wwe #diva and @ringofhonor star @marialkanellis. With @bradyhicks @thestro @kathyfitzpatrick @jordanjgarber

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 CZW’s Drew Gulak and Rob Dimension

@intheroomshow on @vocnation featuring @combatzone @DrewGulak and @robdimension. @bradyhicks @thestro @rayITR @kathyfitzpatrick

CZW takes over IN THE ROOM this week as former champion – and CZW school trainer – Drew Gulak, as well as backstage worker Rob Dimension, join the show to talk about the CZW “buffet,” how the company is perceived, how it actually is, and what it would take to become more mainstream. Plus, Drew and Rob talk the future of the wrestling industry via CZW’s dojo, which has produced numerous top wrestling stars over the years. In addition, Brady Hicks is joined by former WCW star The Stro, Kathie Fitzpatrick, former Bleacher Report Editor Ray Bogusz, and Derrick McDonald in talking Kevin Owens, the John Cena-cancer kid “controversy,” and the IMPACT Ring of Honor could make with Destination America. Plus, open phone lines for two full hours! All that … and so much more! Thanks, as always, for the support.

IN THE ROOM with Referee Fred Richards

@intheroomshow featuring legendary referee Fred Richards, with #pwi @bradyhicks, #wcw @thestro, @rayITR, @kathyfitzpatric, and Derrick McDonald.

This week’s IN THE ROOM includes a special interview with legendary referee Fred Richards, who is NWA-sanctioned and has worked all around the world. What are Richards’ thoughts on the current state of “fast food” wrestling, character development, and what the fans really want? Tune in to find out! Plus, Brady Hicks is joined by former WCW star The Stro, Kathie Fitz, former Bleacher Report Editor Ray Bogusz and Derrick McDonald in talking WWE Payback, previewing WWE Elimination Chamber, and bantering about New Day (clap clap). Plus, what wrestling t-shirts are socially acceptable to wear in public, and open lines for 2-1/2 hours! All that, and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support!

IN THE ROOM with Bull Pain

@intheroomshow on @vocnation w #ECW #BullPain. Featuring @bradyhicks #WCW @TheStro @RayITR @kathyfitzpatric

This week’s IN THE ROOM has former ECW, WCW, and IWA MidSouth star Bull Pain! Plus, Brady Hicks, The Stro, Kathie Fitz, Ray Bogusz, and Derrick McDonald talk WWE Elimination Chamber, the death of a friend and great referee, Daniel Bryan’s injury, and WWE Payback this Sunday! Plus, open phone lines for two full hours, and so … much … more. Thanks, as always, for the support!

 

IN THE ROOM with Brooke Tessmacher (Brooke Adams), Papadon, and Mike Bessler

@intheroomshow w @impactwrestling’s @realbrookeadams #DESTINATIONIMPACT #RIPJawz, @greekgodpapadon, and #pwi @wrestlinginc writer #MikeBessler. Starring @bradyhicks, @thestro, @rayITR, @mattsaigon.

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.

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