Category: Indies

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

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.

IN THE ROOM with Colby Corino

This week’s IN THE ROOM welcomes second-generation wrestler Colby Corino. Corino will be part of ECWA’s upcoming Super 8 LEGACY tournament, April 20th in South Philadelphia. What are Colby’s thoughts about the pressure of following up his legendary former ECW and NWA Champion father; traveling and striving to be innovative to stay ahead of the curve; being around wrestling all of his life; and the prospect of dream matches with Brian Pillman, Jr. and other stars. Plus, Brady Hicks, The Stro, Kathie Fitz, and Steve Anderson discuss WWE’s ongoing buildup for WrestleMania; struggles with getting to where they need to be with Becky Lynch and Kofi Kingston; WWE’s continuing to disappoint and how they don’t see it that way; Alexa Bliss getting another tattoo; and more! Plus, open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.

IN THE ROOM with Primal Fear

This week’s IN THE ROOM we welcome Omen, Gabriel, and Soriano, who are collectively known as Primal Fear. These Monster Factory (LLC) trainees regularly compete at the ROH Dojo and are making huge names for themselves on the independent scene, whether in tag matches, singles matches, or as a collective unit. Check it out for the group’s thoughts on following in the footsteps of King Kong Bundy, Punishment Martinez, Matt Riddle, and others in their training; traveling far to gain experience; being fueled creatively; and continuing to achieve their dreams. Plus, Brady Hicks (Pro Wrestling Illustrated), The Stro (World Championship Wrestling), Kathie Fitz, Derrick McDonald, Matt Grimm, and Steve Anderson (Pro Wrestling Illustrated) talk about personal memories of the late King Kong Bundy; Ronda Rousey’s beatdown of Becky Lynch; the buildup to WrestleMania; ECWA Super 8 tournaments; Dan Murphy’s retirement from PWI; the growth of WOW Magazine (competing with PWI); and more! Plus, open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.

IN THE ROOM with Zoey Skye and Gemma Cross

This week’s episode of IN THE ROOM welcomes independent stars Zoey Skye and Gemma Cross in advance of the ECWA Women’s Super 8 ChickFight tournament on March 16th! Check it out as Zoey talks about the development of wrestling – and women’s wrestling – since her debut 12 years ago; the importance of traveling; setting goals; visualization; and more! Plus, Gemma Cross reveals plans to win Super 8 for her birthday; talks about the importance of gaining experience; and looks at her experiences coming up locally in a congested wrestling market. Plus, Brady Hicks (Pro Wrestling Illustrated), The Stro (World Championship Wrestling), Kathie Fitz, Derrick McDonald, Matt Grimm, and Steve Anderson (Total Wrestling) discuss short- and long-term plans for Kofi Kingston; sub-par Raws and if they’re continuing in that trend; the return of the lovable, douchey Batista and new fan-favorite Roman Reigns; The Revival’s continued misuse; and Ric Flair’s party without Arn Anderson. Plus, open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.

IN THE ROOM with Cody Vance

This week’s IN THE ROOM welcomes independent star Cody Vance. Check it out for Cody’s thoughts on training with the Monster Factory (LLC) and the legacy that that entails; the importance of getting out there and standing out from your peers; his friendship with Punishment Martinez; what having a great body says about you; and more! Plus, Brady Hicks (Pro Wrestling Illustrated), The Stro (World Championship Wrestling), Kathie Fitz, Derrick McDonald, and Matt Grimm talk about WWE’s problems, creatively; the “rise” of AEW; Elimination Chamber; Kofi Kingston taking the next step; and more! Plus, open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.

IN THE ROOM with Solo Darling and #AmericanLivesMatter (Justin America and El Masked Americano)

This week’s IN THE ROOM welcomes three very special guests to the program. First, female sensation Solo Darling checks in to talk about her passion for wrestling, traveling, animals, and more! Check it out for Solo’s thoughts on training with CHIKARA’s WrestleFactory, standing out as different, being a part of the “Revolution,” and more! Plus, the blacklisted Justin America from #AmericanLivesMatter stops by to introduce the newest member of the #ALM movement — El Masked Americano! In addition, Brady Hicks (Pro Wrestling Illustrated), The Stro (World Championship Wrestling), Kathie Fitz, Derrick McDonald, Matt Grimm, and Steve Anderson (Bobby Heenan’s Chair Shots and Other Obstacles: Winning Life’s Wrestling Matches) talk about the ongoing Becky Lynch saga, the seemingly forced insertion of Charlotte into the big WrestleMania match, Sasha Banks’ reputation, and being “over.” Plus, open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.

IN THE ROOM with “Pryme Tyme” Amy Lee

This week’s IN THE ROOM we are so proud to welcome independent star “Pryme Tyme” Amy Lee to the program for a NSFW edition! Amy has been around wrestling for a decade and has so many stories from her experiences over the years. Check it out for Amy’s thoughts on training under the old-school mentality; almost being killed by fans; not quite “making it” because of poor timing; working as a paralegal; and the BS that is the Women’s Revolution. Plus, Brady Hicks (Pro Wrestling Illustrated), The Stro (World Championship Wrestling), Kathie Fitz, and Matt Grimm discuss the mega-angle involving Becky Lynch; Dean Ambrose heating up as he potentially heads out the door; the upcoming WWE Elimination Chamber and WrestleMania shows; and a terrible SuperBowl game. Plus, open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.