Category: Indies

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

IN THE ROOM with Dr. Carl Martin

This week’s IN THE ROOM welcomes Dr. Carl Martin of the independent scene’s Unstable group! Check it out for the good doctor’s thoughts on originality; using pain as a form of treatment; today’s wrestling scene and fooling fans; the flourishing independents and wrestling-school environment; and being a part of the Monster Factory LLC’s legacy. Plus, Brady Hicks, The Stro, Kathie Fitz, Derrick McDonald, and Matt Grimm discuss WWE’s declining network subscribership; struggling to keep Raw and Smackdown at a great level; AEW and other wrestling shows; Paul Heyman creating new WWE stars; and the upcoming WWE Extreme Rules pay-per-view! Plus, open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.

IN THE ROOM with NWA official Fred Richards

This week’s IN THE ROOM we welcome longtime, respected NWA official Fred Richards. This show is a must-listen as Fred masterfully weaves between the past and the present, reflecting back on a career and fanhood of more than 55 years! Check it out as Richards talks about the NWA’s legacy and where he perceives it to be headed; comparisons to AEW; the job that recent NWA champions such as Tim Storm, Nick Aldis, and Cody have done with the belt; WWE using guys who “get” it; concepts from the past that would still work today; and restoring believability and respect. Plus, Brady Hicks, The Stro, Kathie Fitz, and Derrick McDonald talk about the recent Paul Heyman and Eric Bischoff announcements and their potential impact; Jim Cornette’s funny thoughts on the matter; how great Raw was for the first time in a long time; the Shawn Spears / Cody chair incident; and wrestling getting its edge back! Plus, open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.

IN THE ROOM with Anthony Greene

This week’s IN THE ROOM welcomes independent star Anthony Greene to the program. Fresh off of a tour of Mexico – and with the ink not yet dry on his new EVOLVE contract – “The Retrosexual” is a name that is starting to make heads turn in the industry. What are Greene’s thoughts on working with EVOLVE (and seeing WWE’s influence, first-hand); wrestling internationally; growing his name value; standing out from his peers; and fans who get too involved? Plus, Brady Hicks eases his way back from surgery, and is joined by The Stro, Kathie Fitz, Derrick McDonald, and Matt Grimm in talking about WWE’s ongoing troubles; Super Showdown; WWE’s preference for other companies’ mid-carders; wrestlers going back to NXT; AEW’s rise; and the greatness that is Chris Jericho. Plus, open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.

IN THE ROOM with the PCA (Joey Ace, AJ Pan, Mike Law)

This week sees ECWA Heavyweight Champion Joey Ace and his agent AJ Pan (on his birthday week), step IN THE ROOM, and joined by a surprise call-in appearance by their PCA stable-mate Mike Law! Is there tension in the PCA? Jealousy? Listen in to find out, as Joey Ace talks about the significance of winning the ECWA title to him, personally, fighting Ty Awesome, and what’s to come; AJ Pan talks discord in the PCA, juggling egos and testosterone, winning all the titles, and ECWA crooked management; and Mike Law calls in to vent about where he is at and his desire to be the best. Plus, Brady Hicks, The Stro, Kathie Fitz, and Derrick McDonald talk about the sad death of Silver King, the Kabuki Warriors, WWE writer frustration, and other company mis-management heading into the WWE Money in the Bank pay-per-view this Sunday. Plus, open phone lines for three full hours and so … much … more!

IN THE ROOM with Scoot Andrews

This week, IN THE ROOM proudly welcomes independent legend “Black Nature Boy” Scoot Andrews to the program. This show is a must-listen for Scoot’s thoughts on the ECWA and early Super 8 years; being a part of the first Ring of Honor roster; traveling; wrestling for WWE; stepping in the ring with AJ Styles, CM Punk, Christopher Daniels, Xavier, and others; and more! Plus, Brady Hicks, The Stro, Kathie Fitz, Derrick McDonald, Matt Grimm, and Steve Anderson discuss the declining ratings and possible implications such as ending the brand split and / or losing TV deals; Lio Rush’s issues; the upcoming WWE / WXW C4 show to benefit our friend Samu Anoa’i; Alexa Bliss’ apparent breakup; struggling creatively; and more! Plus, open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.

IN THE ROOM with “Sizzling” Stan Stylez (Intergender Bonanza 3)

IN THE ROOM this week welcomes independent star “Sizzling” Stan Stylez, the driving force behind Intergender Bonanza 3 this Friday night in Williamstown, NJ! Check it out as the Shakeweight Superstar discusses the growing focus on women in wrestling and intergender competition; equality and parity; the importance of having fun in wrestling; and Stan’s unique perspective starting out as a “backyard” wrestler with some of his friends. Plus, Brady Hicks, Kathie Fitz, Derrick McDonald, and Matt Grimm talk about Alexa’s return to the ring; the upcoming WWE Money in the Bank show; record-low ratings; “killing off” wrestlers like Thanos; WWE holding contracted wrestlers hostage; and good guys stalking people in the shower while they manscape. Plus, open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.

IN THE ROOM with Wes Brisco

This week we welcome Wes Brisco, the son of Gerry Brisco, on the show! Check it out as Brisco steps IN THE ROOM to talk about the pressures of growing up with his legendary father and Uncle Jack; getting in the ring with everyone from Kurt Angle to Xavier Woods to Austin Aries to Carlito Colon; trying to wrestle differently than that for which his family is known; having his dad watch and revue everything he does; and competing in this year’s ECWA Super 8 LEGACY tournament, April 20th at South Philadelphia High School (tix and information at ecwaprowrestling.com). Also check out Wes Brisco’s podcast – Brisco & Big Ace – today! Plus Brady Hicks, The Stro, Kathie Fitz, Derrick McDonald, Matt Grimm, and Steve Anderson talk about the Superstar Shakeup; the strange situation of the Raw women’s division; Sasha Banks going AWOL; continuity writers; Fox taking over soon; and more! Plus, open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.

IN THE ROOM WrestleMania Recap, with Lance Anoa’i and Brian Pillman, Jr.

IN THE ROOM this week welcomes legacy wrestlers Lance Anoa’i and Brian Pillman, Jr.. These men will be part of the ECWA Super 8 LEGACY tournament in South Philadelphia on April 20th! Check it out as Lance Anoa’i – the son of Samu and member of the famed Samoan family of wrestlers – talks about what his family name means to him, the pressures of being an Anoa’i, growing up with wrestling all around him, and making a name for himself, on his own. Plus, Brian Pillman, Jr. checks in to talk about continuing his legendary father’s legacy, getting noticed on his own merits, wrestling in Philly, and forging his path in companies such as MLW, CZW, and, ultimately, how that drove him to ECWA’s Super 8. In addition, Brady Hicks, The Stro, Kathie Fitz, Derrick McDonald, and Steve Anderson take a look back at all that was WWE WrestleMania week in the NYC area. Check it out for everything from meeting up with friends to wrestling in independent shows to signings, media events, and networking opportunities for the show! Plus, lots of coverage from a bloated WrestleMania, NXT, the Hall of Fame, and Raw, including WWE’s direction as it enters the new “season,” unifying titles, and bait-and-switch tactics! All that, plus so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.

IN THE ROOM with Tim Zbyszko and Leland Race

This week’s IN THE ROOM we welcome a pair of second-generation stars in Leland Race and Tim Zbyszko. Both men will be part of the ECWA Super 8 LEGACY tournament, April 20th at South Philadelphia High School. Check it out as Tim Zbyszko discusses the differences (and similarities) between he and his “Living Legend” father Larry; refining his persona over time; growing as a performer at Medieval Times; flying in a giant squirrel suit; writing a book; and bringing his edge to South Philadelphia. In addition, Leland Race sits down with us to talk about being made to earn the right to use his family name, in the ring; training the future generation of wrestlers; and traveling to make a name for himself. Plus, Brady Hicks is joined by The Stro, Derrick McDonald, Matt Grimm, and Steve Anderson in running down WWE WrestleMania; the Revival and Raw tag team landscape; opportunities for women moving forward; the upcoming Fox deal and its impact; unifying titles; and the potential for the brand split to go away again. Plus, open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.

IN THE ROOM with Marshall and Ross Von Erich

This week’s IN THE ROOM welcomes third-generation stars Marshall and Ross Von Erich (Kevin’s sons). These talented up-and-comers are set to compete in the upcoming ECWA Super 8 LEGACY tournament in South Philadelphia. Check it out as Ross and Marshall talk about the pressures of following in the Von Erich legacy; the prospect of facing one another; training with Harley Race; and the importance of returning to Philadelphia, a city that has always welcomed their family with open arms! Plus, The Stro, Kathie Fitz, and Derrick McDonald talk about Charlotte winning the Smackdown Women’s title and the possibility of unifying the belts at WrestleMania; other news and notes from the upcoming pay-per-view; overbooking; Kofi-Mania; and more. Plus, open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.