Indies

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

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

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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.

IN THE ROOM with Cueball Carmichael

@intheroomshow on @vocnation w @bradyhicks, @thestro, @rayITR, @deathbysaigon

This week’s St. Patrick’s Day edition of IN THE ROOM features a special sitdown interview with independent standout Cueball Carmichael, plus Brady Hicks is joined by The Stro, Kathie, Derrick, Ray, and Matt Saigon in talking WWE Hall of Fame, WrestleMania and the need for “buildup,” ECWA Super 8, and so … much … more. Thanks, as always, for the support!

IN THE ROOM with Bobby Blaze

@intheroomshow on @vocnation with @bradyhicks, @thestro, and #kathiefitz

IN THE ROOM this week features a special sitdown interview with Smokey Mountain Wrestling and WCW star Bobby Blaze. Everybody go out and order Pin Me Pay Me: Have Boots, Will Travel. All that, plus so … much … more. Thanks, as always, for the support!

IN THE ROOM with Mikey Whipwreck and Matt Saigon

@intheroomshow on @vocnation w @bradyhicks and @thestro

This week, IN THE ROOM‘s Brady Hicks, The Stro, and Kathie Fitz welcome former ECW star Mikey Whipwreck, as well as ECWA competitor Matt Saigon. All that, plus so … much … more. Thanks, as always, for the support!

IN THE ROOM with Tough Enough’s Greg Whitmoyer

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IN THE ROOM with ACPW’s Tate Hammer

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IN THE ROOM with B Brian Blair and ECWA’s Coach Jim Shorts

@intheroomshow on @vocnation with @bradyhicks, @thestro, #kathiefitz, and #derrickmcdonald talking with #wwe’s #BBrianBlair and @ecwawrestling1967′s #coachjimshorts

This week’s IN THE ROOM features a special, sitdown interview with B Brian Blair. Check it out to hear Brian’s close involvement with the fantastic Cauliflower Alley Club, plus comparing politics to wrestling, comparing Rock n Wrestling to the Attitude Era (and today), and all the ins and outs of his great career. Plus, ECWA’s Coach Jim Shorts calls in to talk about his shocking betrayal of Meisure Ooh La La at ECWA Toys for Tots in December, and Brady Hicks, The Stro, Kathie Fitz, and Derrick McDonald talk the Macho Man in the WWE Hall of Fame, if his family should go in, and WWE’s re-airing of Tough Enough on the WWE Network. All that, and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support!

IN THE ROOM with JD “Bamm Bamm” Browning and Gabby Gilbert

@intheroomshow on @vocnation featuring @bammbammjd and @iamgabbygilbert from @ECWAwrestling67 @WBHCC. Plus, @bradyhicks, @thestro, @RayITR, @wbernal78 talk #WWE v #NXT!

This week’s IN THE ROOM features a pair of stars with the ECWA headed into their massive collision at New Year’s Resolutions IV in Woodbury Heights, New Jersey. What are JD “Bamm Bamm” Browning’s and Gabby Gilbert’s thoughts on one another as they prepare for battle?! Plus, Brady, The Stro, Ray, Derrick, and Wayne talk WWE vs. NXT, booking talent vs. wrestling talent, take calls, and so … much … more. Thanks, as always, for the support!

IN THE ROOM with Short Sleeve Sampson

IN THE ROOM returns once again this week with Brady Hicks, The Stro, and Kathie Fitz, as well as a special, sit-down interview with “Short Sleeve” Sampson, one of the the stars of Hulk Hogan’s old Micro Championship Wrestling program. What are Sampson’s thoughts on being perceived as a “wrestler” instead of a “midget wrestler,” working so closely with The Hulkster, and appearing at WWE Extreme Rules as commentator “Jerry Smaller”? Plus, Sampson checks in with his thoughts on the way smaller wrestlers are often portrayed, his retirement tour, and new documentary and promotion. It was truly a must listen! Plus, Brady, Stro, and Kathie talk the finer points of WWE Hell in a Cell and booking moving forward, and former co-host DJ calls in for some fun. All that, and so … much … more. Thanks, as always, for the support!

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IN THE ROOM with Gabby Gilbert

IN THE ROOM with Brady Hicks is back on the air this week featuring Ray, Derrick, and Wayne, as well as a very special, sitdown interview with Miss Gabby Gilbert (formerly Roxie Cotton) heading into her appearance at this Saturday’s ECWA Super 8 Chickfight in Carney’s Point, New Jersey. Check out the show for Gilbert’s thoughts on competing in such a prestigious tourney, being one of the more experienced names on the show, (not) clubbing her opponents in the kneecaps, and so … much … more. Plus, Brady and the gang discuss The Undertaker’s personal favorite WrestleMania match, talk some of the less-heralded names to step through the doors of TNA, and hash out a good deal of fantasy football talk. Thanks, as always, for the support!

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