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

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.

This Week’s 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.

IN THE ROOM with Bruce Hart

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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

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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

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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)

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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

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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

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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.

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