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

IN THE ROOM with CZW’s Rory Gulak

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This week’s IN THE ROOM features Combat Zone Wrestling star Rory Gulak. What are Rory’s thoughts on his 11-year career with CZW at just the age of 25. Plus, Rory offers his thoughts on competing in Japan versus here in the US for CZW, ultra-hardcore wrestling, and shooting for his first major win with the company. Plus, PWI’s Brady Hicks, The Stro (WCW’s Maestro), Kathie Fitzpatrick, and Derrick McDonald talk Sheamus as low- or midcard champion, WWE’s need to create multiple new stars, and lots of WWE Survivor Series fallout. Plus, open phone lines for two full hours, and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.

IN THE ROOM with JD “Bamm Bamm” Browning

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This week, JD “Bamm Bamm” Browning from the ECWA steps IN THE ROOM to talk about his upcoming match with Shockwave The Robot this Saturday at ECWA 4 Ever in New Castle, Delaware. What are Browning’s thoughts on his controversial statements toward his opponent, his current place in the ECWA, and where he would like to be in the future? Plus, Brady Hicks, The Stro (WCW’s Maestro), Kathie Fitz, and Derrick McDonald talk the controversial Charlotte/Paige promo from WWE Raw, preview Survivor Series this Sunday, and take calls on the open phone lines for two full hours. All that, plus so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.

IN THE ROOM with Salamander Jones

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IN THE ROOM this week has Philadelphia-area commentator Salamander Jones in advance of his Alzheimer’s Association walk this weekend on behalf of Team CZW and The Maven Bentley Association. What are Jones’ thoughts on this debilitating disease, getting started as a play-by-play or color commentator, and “working” the circuit? Tune in to find out. Plus, Brady, Stro, Kathie, Derrick, and Jordan talk the top woman wrestler in the world, in advance of the digital release of PWI’s Female 50 list this Thursday, talk Roman Reigns and fans’ frustrations, and, of course, New Day. All that and so … much … more. Thanks, as always, for the support!

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 the AWA’s Jonnie Stewart

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IN THE ROOM this week has a very special, insightful guest in the former of former American Wrestling Association star Jonnie Stewart. What are Stewart’s thoughts on the legacy of the AWA, missed opportunities with WWE and WCW, and getting sued by WWE a few years ago for his promotion using the AWA name? You’ll have to tune in to find out! Plus, Brady Hicks, The Stro, and Kathie Fitz gear up for the South Jersey Wrestle-Fest this Sunday in Woodbury Heights, New Jersey, get Kathie’s live Smackdown report, take listener calls, and talk New Day! All that, and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support!

IN THE ROOM with Loudy and Xavier Cross

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IN THE ROOM this week features a pair of fabulous performers from #OnPoint Wrestling, “The Financial Miracle” Loudy and Xavier Cross. What are the duo’s thoughts on OnPoint’s progress as a company, Xavier Cross’ devastating injury, and the company’s participation in the South Jersey Wrestle-Fest on October 11th? Plus, Brady Hicks, The Stro, and Kathie Fitzpatrick talk WWE Night of Champions and Raw, and take listener calls for two full hours. All that, plus so … much … more. Thanks, as always, for the support!

IN THE ROOM with Breaker Morant and Deonna Purrazzo

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IN THE ROOM this week features independent stars Breaker Morant and Deonna Purrazzo, who will each be featured at ECWA’s 48th Anniversary show this Saturday in Woodbury Heights, NJ! In addition, Purrazzo talks about her affiliation with D2W and their upcoming Autism charity show that same night! Plus, a special surprise call by Mr. Ooh La La, a frank discussion of TNA’s health now that Kurt Angle is preparing to retire and the Hardy Boys are likely gone, and open phone lines for two full hours. All that, plus so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.

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.

IN THE ROOM with CZW’s DJ Hyde

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IN THE ROOM this week has a very special, awesome one-hour interview with CZW owner, spokesperson, and feared wrestler DJ Hyde! What are DJ’s thoughts on all of the company’s exciting developments … from pay-per-views to streaming services to documentaries to co-branding partnerships, and so … much … more! Plus, check out DJ’s thoughts on the CZW’s prospects for growth despite the stigma of being “ultra-hardcore,” welcoming Nick Gage back into the locker room, and the standard bearer that is Matt Tremont! All that, plus PWI’s Brady Hicks, former WCW star The Stro, Kathie Fitz, and Derrick McDonald talk about New Day, the WWE title situation, and Derrick’s experiences live SummerSlam weekend! Plus open phone lines for two full hours, and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.

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