Brady Hicks has been writing about wrestling for more than 15 years, for Web sites, newspapers, and magazines. He is a contributing writer for Pro Wrestling Illustrated, and the host of his renowned wrestling radio program, IN THE ROOM.
IN THE ROOM is LIVE Tuesday nights on WEXP Philadelphia and thebradyhicks.com, at 9:30 PM EST. Call the show at (609) 755-5ITR.
Special thanks to co-hosts Derrick McDonald, Ray Bogusz, Anthony Sarlo, and Kathie Fitz for all of their dedication and hard work! Also thank you to all of those who take the time to listen and/or call in!
Also thanks to former stars of the show such as DJ and Kevin McElvaney, who - although choosing to no longer be part of what we do - will always hold an important part of ITR's legacy.
What ever happened to the classic bad guy? You know, the kind who honestly didn’t want the crowd in his corner? This week on Bowling Shoe Handsome, the ever-changing role of the pro wrestling villain is examined. Wrestlers discussed include legends like Ric Flair and Ted DiBiase, along with Edge, Dolph Ziggler, Randy Orton, and others. Then, Chris Jericho of 2012 faces Chris Jericho of 2002 in a fantasy “heel-off.” Finally, we’ve got Grammys talk and why Storage Wars star, Dave “Yuuuup” Hester, would be a great asset to the world of pro wrestling.
Music this week is care of Jonesin’, Jack’s Smirking Revenge, and Philadelphia’s own Dear Althea. Awesome!
Thank God; the senior citizen bus strike is over, why Ric Flair actually found his way to the Impact Zone. Wow and did he ever provide a great show, setting up Fortune by giving them a false sense of hope that he was in their corner. But Ric changed like he does his wives and sided with his bitter enemies Bischoff and Hogan in Immortal. If I am a member of Fortune, I would be full of joy that we don’t have to be seen with Grandpa anymore. Yes Ric; was bringing down the ship of Fortune, Ric people don’t call you God; they call you as old as God. As for Ric making A.J., A.J. was already made, already an icon until he meets you. Same with Beer Money, and Kaz, icons and legends of current time, current day and they can still wrestle. How sad is it, that Flair stuck with Immortal, The Hardy’s who walk worse than he does, and have more injuries than he has, why they can share the same walker. But wait Immortal still has Gunner, Murphy, Rob Terry and my question here is who; are these people? Back up dancer for the Mickey Mouse Club. But wait Immortal has Bischoff who is 200 pounds over weight and is so grey haired he makes Flair look young. Than there is Hogan, HOGAN, and where has he been? Well Ladies and Gentlemen the Impact Zone is so big, that Hulk went to the bathroom and can’t find his way back, and the MMC dancers are so stupid they don’t know where they left Hulk. Hulk is stuck somewhere between the Princess house and the set of Judge Judy. Fortune stop picking the bones and burry them already.
If you watch wrestling at all, you would notice the growing trend of Legends that are still around in this business. Hogan, Flair, you tune into TNA and you think you are back in 1995 or 96. Than tune into Raw and see Lawler win a title shot against the Miz for Feburary’s PPV, what are we going to do when this business can’t rely on The Hogans, Flairs or Lawler’s? It was alright that TNA brought in the ECW group, I never saw ECW, just what I read in PWI and watched the WWE water down version, and those guys can still bring in the fans. Guys like Kennedy, Angle and Hardy’s are great too, but its time for Flair, Hogan and Lawler to exit stage left. The only way these young guys are going to “break in” or “develop” is to just go out there, but not be thrown away for a Hogan promo. When TNA was at rock bottom, didn’t know if they would make the next weekly PPV, where was Hogan? Where was Flair? They were at WWE doing appearances, accepting Hall of Fame honours, wrestle Wrestle Mania’s and TNA was a retirement thought. Now that WWE doesn’t want these two and Dixie Carter has her wallet out, they are totally TNA.
As for Lawler he has been with the WWE company for 18 years, he was involved with Bret Hart when he first arrived and you would think with such a low bracket at the time, HBK hadn’t developed, the Taker was still a rookie, Austin and Rock were at mid card level, why didn’t WWE give Lawler his chance than? Now he just looks like a mascot, coming and fighting for the PPV, they could have gotten Jack Swagger’s Soaring Eagle to fight Edge at the Pay Per View. I think Legends should take a step back and reevalute their careers, if all you can do is talk and barely walk you should let the young guys run wild. Matthews and Striker give it another ten years and you too could be getting a run at a career again too.
This week, wrestling historian Matt Grimm makes his return IN THE ROOM and joins Brady Hicks, DJ, and Kevin to look at the top half of WWE’s Top 50 wrestler listing. Plus, WWE’s King of the Ring is broken down.
Join us this Friday (10/8) for a special TNA Bound for Glory edition of IN THE ROOM, as Brady Hicks, DJ, and Kevin McElvaney are joined by a legend in the wrestling business.
What are Kurt Angle’s thoughts as he steps into what could be the final match of his career: a three-way match for the TNA World Title against Jeff Hardy and Mr. Anderson. Tune in Friday, as the TNA star steps IN THE ROOM!