Indies

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

IN THE ROOM with CZW and WSU’s Rick Cataldo

1This week Rick Cataldo comes IN THE ROOM to discuss his career as an openly gay wrestler. Check it out as Rick talks about the changing climate for the LGBTQ community in (and out of) wrestling, how he is perceived each time he steps into a locker room, wrestling women (and men), being taken more seriously, and WWE potentially opening up to more diversity over time. Plus, Brady Hicks, former WCW star The Stro, Kathie Fitzpatrick, Derrick McDonald, and Matt Grimm talk about the latest round of hacks and its potential impact on victims such as Paige, a potential tie-in to a Hulk Hogan return, and the upcoming WWE WrestleMania show. Plus open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.

IN THE ROOM with Chuck Payne

1This week independent standout Chuck Payne steps IN THE ROOM with just days to go before ECWA Spring Battle! What are Chuck’s thoughts on being a big man in a largely small-man independent scene, training under ECW referee Mike Kehner, Swayze, winning the ECWA tag title, and what’s to come? Plus, PWI’s Brady Hicks, former WCW star The Stro, Kathie Fitzpatrick, and Derrick McDonald talk about WWE Fastlane, the upcoming WrestleMania card, and the Smackdown women’s division, in addition to taking phone calls for two full hours. All that plus so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.

IN THE ROOM with CZW’s Dave Crist

1This week we proudly welcome independent star Dave Crist to step IN THE ROOM. Check it out as Dave offers his thoughts on being typecast as a hardcore wrestler, his aspirations to train in – and excel at – as many styles as possible, learning from Bull Pain and Heartland Wrestling out of Ohio, and being a part of CZW Wrestling with his brother Jake. Plus, PWI’s Brady Hicks, former WCW star The Stro, and Derrick McDonald take time to remember Ivan Koloff and the other legends who have passed, talk about WWE Fastlane and WrestleMania, reflect on Alexa Bliss and Naomi, and take calls from the open phone lines! All that, plus so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.

IN THE ROOM with Wrestler / Promoter / Paranormal Investigator Mike Zimmerman

1IN THE ROOM this week welcomes retired independent wrestler, promoter, and paranormal investigator Michael Zimmerman of the WISPS (Wraith Investigators of Supernatural and Paradimensional Society). Check it out as Michael talks for 40 minutes about the comparisons between wrestling and ghost hunting; validating evidence; some of his scariest moments; and whether or not the Ghost Hunters TV show gets it right. Plus, PWI’s Brady Hicks, former WCW star The Stro, Kathie Fitz, Derrick McDonald, and Matt Grimm talk about the WWE Hell in a Cell pay-per-view; complain about the personalities seen on Raw; and talk about the 2016 ECWA Women’s Super 8 Chickfight tournament and other independent shows in the area this past weekend. Plus open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.

IN THE ROOM with Deonna Purrazzo and AJ Pan

1IN THE ROOM this week welcomes two very special guests. First up, strong independent women’s wrestler Deonna Purrazzo checks in to talk about her upcoming appearance at ECWA’s Super 8 Women’s ChickFight tournament. Plus, Deonna talks the pressures of wrestling on TV for WWE NXT, TNA Impact, and Ring of Honor’s Women of Honor; the development of her feared Fujiwara armbar; getting knocked out by Asuka; and going undefeated in ECWA for the past year. In addition, ITR was joined by ECWA manager AJ Pan who talked his Pan Corp Agency, tag title reign, the recent strides made by Azrieal, and his upcoming Fiesta Pro Wrestling: Masquerade Massacre show! If you can’t be there in person in Deer Park, New York, be sure to check out the live stream this Saturday on Facebook! Plus, PWI’s Brady Hicks, former WCW star The Stro, Kathie Fitz, Derrick McDonald, and Matt Grimm talk about Paige’s 60-day suspension and WWE’s statement on the matter; look at this past week’s WWE No Mercy pay-per-view; discuss WWE presenting THREE Hell in a Cell matches at the next big show; and take calls on the open phone line for two full hours. All that, plus so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.

IN THE ROOM with Bobby Shields (WWE’s Benny Camer)

1Longtime ECWA star Bobby Shields steps IN THE ROOM this week to talk about his devastating “Loser Leaves ECWA” loss to Azrieal at the company’s 49th Anniversary Show. What are Bobby’s thoughts on the decade that he spent with ECWA, his favorite matches, and the feud and match that should have been but never was? Bobby also talks about living on in WWE folklore as “Benny Camer,” who once famously battled Ryback and served as the origin of the “Feed Me More” phenomenon; his powerlifting and bodybuilding interests; and all that he hopes the future might hold. Plus, PWI’s Brady Hicks, former WCW star The Stro, Kathie Fitz, Derrick McDonald, and Matt Grimm talk about putting women in the Hell in a Cell, TNA’s ongoing issues, and Alberto Del Rio’s and Jamie Noble’s stabbings. All that, in addition to open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.

IN THE ROOM with “Old School” Eric Martin

1IN THE ROOM this week welcomes ECWA’s own “Old School” Eric Martin in advance of his huge tag team match at the ECWA 49th Anniversary Show this Saturday in Woodbury Heights, New Jersey. What are Eric’s thoughts on inventing the drop toehold, wrestling at WrestleMania, and teaching Tully Blanchard how to play football at West Texas State?! Plus, Eric talks about his goals in wrestling, being a part of the ECWA, and taking on the Extreme Rednecks this Saturday alongside his Classics’ partner Tyler “The Hammer” Stone”? All that, plus PWI’s Brady Hicks, former WCW star The Stro, Kathie Fitz, and Derrick McDonald talk about WWE’s Clash of Champions show, Paige potentially coming in to fight Nia Jaxx, and Hulk Hogan returning to WWE. Plus open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.

IN THE ROOM with Melissa Coates (Sabu’s Genie)

1Former WWE developmental star – and Sabu’s Genie – Melissa Coates comes IN THE ROOM this week to talk about her career and recent path serving as “Genie” for former ECW star Sabu. In particular, Melissa offers a health update on the “suicidal, homicidal, genocidal” one and talks about her establishing a Go Fund Me site for Sabu to help with his hip surgery costs. Plus, the former Ohio Valley Wrestling star also takes time to talk about her time with WWE; perceptions of women in wrestling and her own battles being compared to Chyna; and getting to take the “Master Lock Challenge” on WWE Raw. Plus PWI’s Brady Hicks, former WCW star The Stro, Kathie Fitz, Derrick McDonald, and Matt Grimm talk Dean Ambrose not “feeling” like a champion; discuss WWE adding too many guest commentators during its programs; and chat about Roman Reigns topping the PWI 500. 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 Jason Static of Conquer Pro Wrestling

1IN THE ROOM this week welcomes independent wrestler / Team 3D Academy trainer / and playwright Jason Static. Static is the driving force behind Conquer Pro Wrestling’s “We Don’t Play Fight” play in Winter Garden, Florida this Friday. Tickets are available via eventbrite. Plus, PWI’s Brady Hicks is joined by former WCW star The Stro, Kathie Fitzpatrick, Derrick McDonald, and the debuting Matt Grimm in talking about WWE SummerSlam and fun SummerSlam memories, in addition to taking phone calls for two full hours. All that, plus so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.

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