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.
Chats with indie stars of yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
This week we welcome to IN THE ROOM both manager extraordinaire AJ Pan and former ECWA Heavyweight Champion Matt Saigon in advance of this Saturday’s ECWA return to the Showboat Hotel in Atlantic City. Check it out as AJ talks about what it takes for finding success as a manager, the unsung MVP that is Mike Law, Azrieal’s dominance, his feud with Joe Zanolle, and today’s women’s wrestling scene. Plus, Matt Saigon checks in to provide an update on his longstanding injury, offer his thoughts on wrestling his best friend Kekoa this Saturday, and talk about how he feels seeing so many of his peers succeed with WWE. As a special added bonus, Kekoa The Hawaiian Warrior calls in as well to talk about the match and his thoughts about his close friend as well! Plus, PWI’s Brady Hicks, former WCW star The Stro, Kathie Fitzpatrick, and Derrick McDonald talk about the buildup for Money in the Bank; discuss the perils of having dual-branded pay-per-views; look at Nia Jax’s viability as Raw Women’s Champion; 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 this week welcomes independent veteran Shane Taylor (Michael Taris). Shane has been wrestling up and down the east coast for nearly 30 years, and continues to kick it in today’s landscape. This sit-down is a must-listen for Taris’ thoughts on the current independent scene (versus that of the early 90s; opportunities to wrestle for WWE; training under “Iron” Mike Sharpe; and remembering some great times with Ace Darling, the late (and missed) Matt “Doink” Borne, and The Bushwackers, among others! Plus, with Stro off representing at the Cauliflower Alley Club convention in Las Vegas – and Derrick McDonald and Matt Grimm unavailable – PWI’s Brady Hicks and Kathie Fitzpatrick talk about WWE’s Greatest Royal Rumble in Saudi Arabia; look at this Sunday’s Backlash pay-per-view; and discuss Alexa Bliss’ recent surgery. Plus open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support!