Indies

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

IN THE ROOM with Mr. Ooh La La

This week we proudly welcome ECWA and independent legend Mr. Ooh La La on IN THE ROOM. Ooh La La has been an indie favorite since the early 1990s and, because he is such a great guy, one of the most popular men in any locker room. Check it out as the fiery Frenchman talks about his proud career as an ECWA roster member for 31 of ECWA’s 51 years; comparing the company from back when he started right on through today; getting a boost from Pro Wrestling Illustrated early on; the fans; and proudly being a member of ECWA as it embarks on the second half of a century providing entertainment. Plus a full rundown of ECWA’s 51st Anniversary Show this Saturday (ecwaprowrestling.com)! In addition, Brady Hicks (PWI), The Stro (WCW), Kathie Fitz, and Matt Grimm talk about WWE’s build for Hell in a Cell and Evolution; catch Brady up on all the wrestling he’s been missing; talk about Becky Lynch emerging as a possible female “Stone Cold” Steve Austin; and discuss controversial comments by Sabu and Scott Steiner. Plus open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support. As a note, sorry for the cutoff at the end … system issue.

IN THE ROOM with Justin America (#AmericanLivesMatter)

IN THE ROOM this week welcomes independent star Justin America of the #AmericanLivesMatter movement. Check it out for Justin’s thoughts on the movement as a whole, having t-shirts and other ALM merch available for purchase, his ongoing feud with one-time WWE performer Tank Toland (James Dick), and future plans in both New Moon Rising Wrestling and Super Krazee Wrestling. Plus, Brady Hicks (Pro Wrestling Illustrated), The Stro (WCW), Kathie Fitzpatrick, Derrick McDonald, and Matt Grimm talk about recent wrestling deaths, WWE SummerSlam and Evolution, Paul Heyman possibly going with Roman Reigns, and more! Plus open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.

IN THE ROOM with Impact Wrestling Referee Kris Levin

This week’s IN THE ROOM we welcome Impact Wrestling referee Kris Levin. This show is a must-listen for Kris’ thoughts on everything from Impact returning to its former glory, its current-gen crop of stars, emulating the TNA of the past, and more! Plus, Levin looks at his 10-year career in depth, from his experience as a referee, backstage official, and promoter on the independent level, as well as ROH, CZW, CHIKARA, and, ultimately, Impact. In addition, Brady Hicks (Pro Wrestling Illustrated), The Stro (World Championship Wrestling), Kathie Fitz, Derrick McDonald, and Matt Grimm talk WWE Extreme Rules fallout, SummerSlam buildup, the Raw title scene, and the women’s division. Plus open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.

IN THE ROOM with Human Tornado

For this week’s IN THE ROOM, we welcome independent sensation Human Tornado to the program. Very proud to finally get him on the show after years of trying … and in his retirement year no less! Check it out as Tornado talks about his luchador influences in Southern California; the origins of Human Tornado; his experience starring in the 2006 film Nacho Libre; never quite catching on with WWE; and avoiding recognition while shopping at Target! Plus, PWI’s Brady Hicks, WCW star The Stro, Kathie Fitz, and Matt Grimm talk about WWE’s upcoming Extreme Rules show this Sunday; the old ScoopThis.com Web site; Brock Lesnar in the UFC; and this Thursday’s 350 Days movie. Plus open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.

IN THE ROOM with Rain (Impact Wrestling’s Peyton Banks)

This week’s IN THE ROOM we welcome former TNA Impact star – and independent wrestler for Shimmer, Shine, WSU, ROH, AAA, and dozens of other promotions worldwide – the ever-Radiant Rain to the program! Check it out for Rain’s thoughts on opportunities for women in the business versus in years prior; changing people’s perceptions of her in the ring; brutal battles against women such as Mercedes Martinez; managing Bobby Roode; training tomorrow’s stars; coming back from a devastating injury; and being a bad girl interacting with fans! Just a great all-around time! Plus, PWI’s Brady Hicks, former WCW star The Stro, Kathie Fitz, Derrick McDonald, and Matt Grimm talk about WWE’s upcoming Extreme Rules show, Nakamura’s run-in with a police dog, ideas for how Money in the Bank could have gone, what’s going wrong with Rusev, and Alexa Bliss vs. Ronda Rousey. Plus open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support. Happy Independence Day everyone!

IN THE ROOM with Evan Ginzburg (Associate Producer of The Wrestler and 350 Days)


This week we welcome Evan Ginzburg, the Associate Producer of The Wrestler (2008), on IN THE ROOM to talk about his newest film: 350 Days. This documentary chronicles the lives and careers of a number of wrestlers – including “Superstar” Billy Graham, Bret “Hitman” Hart, Greg Valentine, Paul Orndorff, and others. The film will have have a limited one-day run in select theaters, including New York, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia. Check out this interview for Evan’s thoughts on the film and the wrestling lifestyle as a whole, what is different about wrestling today as opposed to yesteryear, and everything you wanted to know about this great movie! Plus, PWI’s Brady Hicks, former WCW star The Stro, Kathie Fitz, and Derrick McDonald talk about Ronda Rousey’s feud with Alexa Bliss and path to the title, Big Cass’ departure, and ideas for how to handle the various brands as WWE moves toward its big new television contracts with Fox and USA in 2019. Plus, open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support!

IN THE ROOM with Nick Aldis (TNA’s Magnus)

NWA Heavyweight Champion Nick Aldis (TNA’s Magnus) joins IN THE ROOM this week in advance of his title defense against Cody Runnels at this September’s ALL IN event in Chicago! Check it out for Nick’s thoughts on fatherhood and his relationship with WWE’s Mickie James; memories from forging his name in TNA Impact Wrestling; helping inspire today’s British invasion; the diminishing notion that one needs WWE to succeed in wrestling; and what has held him back so far from joining the company. This was a fantastic interview with a very candid guest! Plus, PWI’s Brady Hicks, former WCW star The Stro, Kathie Fitzpatrick, and Derrick McDonald talk fallout from WWE Money in the Bank; the #1 contender situation on Raw; and the idea of a “soft” brand split by the time Smackdown changes over to Fox in 2019. Plus, open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.

IN THE ROOM with Ace Darling

This week independent legend Ace Darling steps IN THE ROOM to talk about his career across both the indie scene and on television for WWE, WCW, and ECW. This show is a must-listen for Ace’s thoughts on his in-ring journey through all the major companies (and falling short of his goals to an extent); stories from the road; his close friendships with Crowbar and Gary Michael Cappetta; his roots in the ECWA and the first Super 8 tournament; and why today’s wrestling doesn’t resonate the same. Plus, PWI’s Brady Hicks, former WCW star The Stro, Kathie Fitzpatrick, Derrick McDonald, and Matt Grimm discuss the terrible story concerning Rockin’ Rebel’s family; the health of Brady’s friend – and original PWI Weekly IN THE ROOM host – Frank Krewda; potential plans and scenarios for WWE Money in the Bank; and more! Plus, open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.

IN THE ROOM with Leon St. Giovanni (LSG)

This week IN THE ROOM welcomes independent sensation Leon St. Giovanni, aka LSG! LSG is a rising star in Ring of Honor with aspirations of making it big in Japan! Check it out for his thoughts on his Coast 2 Coast tandem with Shaheem Ali; training with the Monster Factory LLC and the doors it has opened; making it to New Japan and ultimately WWE; and his experience as the Hunter of Interspecies Wrestling. Plus, PWI’s Brady Hicks, former WCW star The Stro, Kathie Fitzpatrick, and Derrick McDonald talk about WWE Money in the Bank; Brady’s “Top 5” men, women, and tag team wrestlers; Ronda Rousey as a potential champion; and the women’s Gauntlet Match from Raw. Plus open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more!

IN THE ROOM with Cortez Castro (Ricky Reyes) and Craig Prendergast

This week’s IN THE ROOM we welcome veteran wrestler – and Lucha Underground star – Cortez Castro (Ricky Reyes), as well as indie referee, manager, and former ringside photographer Craig Prendergast. First up, Ricky Reyes talks extensively about his well-traveled career in the US, Japan, Mexico, and Puerto Rico; his experiences with Lucha Underground and Ring of Honor; rooming with CM Punk and his close friendship with Daniel Bryan; and why he believes the territories aren’t quite so dead as everybody thinks. In addition, Craig Prendergast checks in to talk about his work as a referee and wrestling manager, as well as his former career as a ringside photographer. Plus, PWI’s Brady Hicks, former WCW star The Stro, Kathie Fitzpatrick, and Derrick McDonald talk about WWE’s reported $1 billion deal with Fox; the brand split potentially ending; the Money in the Bank ppv; and who on WWE’s roster could finally break out as the company’s top star. Plus, open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.

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