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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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.
This week we welcome WWE Hall of Famer and 5X WCW Champion Booker T IN THE ROOM! Obviously, with Booker’s close relationships with both Kathie Fitz and The Stro, this interview was a natural and years in the making. Check it out for Booker’s thoughts on being the only major WCW star to stick around, post merger; the importance of re-inventing oneself; learning from Sherri Martel; forming one-half of one of wrestling’s greatest tag teams; battling “Stone Cold” Steve Austin in a supermarket; running his wrestling school; and establishing his brand as one of the official – and most loved – voices of Raw. In addition, PWI’s Brady Hicks, former WCW Star The Stro, Kathie Fitzpatrick, and Derrick McDonald run down this past weekend’s Cauliflower Alley Club reunion, convention, and WWE Backlash; talk about the future of the women’s division; and more! Plus open phone lines for two full hours and 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!
This week we welcome an old friend IN THE ROOM, as “No Days Off” Fred Rosser (WWE’s Darren Young) joins the program. What are Fred’s thoughts on his run with WWE, including everything from NXT to Nexus to the Primetime Players and helping “Make Darren Young Great Again” with Bob Backlund? Plus, his status as a role model and ambassador for preventing bullying against ALL people (not just gay individuals), coming out and making a difference while a part of the WWE roster, and what the future holds for “No Days Off.” Plus, PWI’s Brady Hicks, former WCW star The Stro, and Kathie Fitzpatrick talk about The Greatest Royal Rumble, Backlash, Bruno Sammartino, ECWA’s awesome Super 8 tournament from this past weekend, Alexa Bliss’ apparent surgery, and more! All that plus open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.
Tremendous night as IN THE ROOM welcomes independent star Anthony Greene to the program. Don’t forget, the extra “e” is for “excellent.” Anthony is one of the eight competitors set to light it up this Saturday at the ECWA Super 8 tournament in New Castle, Delaware! Check it out for Anthony’s thoughts on Super 8 and what it means to him, being a fan of Pro Wrestling Illustrated, the New England wrestling scene and his training, and achieving all of his goals. Plus, PWI’s Brady Hicks, former WCW star The Stro, Kathie Fitzpatrick, Derrick McDonald, and “Maniac” Matt Grimm talk about the WWE Superstar Shakeup, further fallout from WrestleMania, new ideas for the women’s division, and more! Plus
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IN THE ROOM this week welcomes two very special guests and talks all the dirt on WWE WrestleMania weekend for nearly four hours this week! The show is joined by top independent star – and American Murder Society member – Aaron Bradley. Dubbed “The Relentless Revolution,” Aaron is an active competitor for a number of top companies in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, among them ECWA, Pro Wrestling Magic, and the returning New Moon Rising Wrestling, which will feature Unrested & Rising this Saturday out of Philadelphia! Check it out for Aaron’s thoughts on the development of a wrestler, working toward making a full-time living wrestling, making a name for himself, and so much more! ITR also welcomes House of Glory star Smiley, who will be competing at the 22nd ECWA Super 8 Tournament 4/21 in New Castle, Delaware! Smiley and his doctor check in to talk about his respect for the the tourney and excitement at the opportunity, being unorthodox, channeling Sabu, and more! In addition to all that, PWI’s Brady Hicks is joined by former WCW star The Stro, Kathie Fitzpatrick, Derrick McDonald, and “King” Matt Grimm in running down everything from WrestleMania weekend and the ensuing Raw and Smackdown! It’s all there, including the surprise Asuka loss, The Undertaker’s “return,” the Superstar Shakeup and how it will affect the women’s division, Paige’s retirement and new position, and more! Plus open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.
IN THE ROOM welcomes Maryland independent wrestler – and 2018 ECWA Super 8 competitor – Ty Awesome to the program! Check it out for Ty’s thoughts on getting a berth in this prestigious tournament; growing up as a wrestling fan; coming out of a small town that doesn’t host wrestling shows; and making a name for himself as he continues to grow his brand. Plus, PWI’s Brady Hicks, former WCW star The Stro, Kathie Fitzpatrick, Derrick McDonald, and Matt Grimm talk about the build for WWE WrestleMania; ECWA welcoming WWE’s Booker T in Atlantic City; and rebooting past wrestlers with a modern take like so many TV shows and movies. Plus open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.
This week, “Colossal” Mike Law steps IN THE ROOM to talk about his bid to win the 2018 ECWA Super 8 Tournament. Check it out for Mike’s thoughts on his name being among the many who have competed in this prestigious tournament; potential favorite opponents; growing up reading about the tournament in Pro Wrestling Illustrated; and more! Plus, Law talks about the sad passing of Mama Pan (R.I.P. Jeanne!), life on the independent scene, and ECWA Joker’s Wild this Saturday in Atlantic City, New Jersey. In addition, PWI’s Brady Hicks, former WCW star The Stro, Kathie Fitzpatrick, Derrick McDonald, and Matt Grimm examine Daniel Bryan’s reinstatement; Ultimate Deletion; ideas for Bray Wyatt; and the ever-evolving women’s division. Plus open phone lines for two full hours and so … much … more! Thanks, as always, for the support.