April 11, 2020
AEW announcer and WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross discusses his new memoir Under the Black Hat: My Life in the WWE and Beyond, leaving WWE and going to AEW, why Steve Austin turning heel at WrestleMania X-Seven was a mistake, AEW and WWE holding shows during the COVID-19 pandemic, his thoughts on the cinematic matches at WrestleMania 36, the Revival's WWE release and how they would fit in AEW, finding the balance between in-ring product and entertainment aspects of wrestling plus much more. 0:00: Introduction 0:41: On writing his new memoir Under the Black Hat: My Life in the WWE and Beyond and what the book covers 3:06: On when the process of writing the book began 4:06: On his relationship with Vince McMahon, staying friends even with his going to AEW and why he left WWE 6:35: On his memories of WrestleMania X-Seven, Steve Austin turning heel and how Undertaker vs. Triple H was booked 8:53: On if Austin's heel turn falling short influenced WWE to keep John Cena & Roman Reigns as babyfaces, why Cena stayed babyface 12:46: On when he first met with Tony Khan, why he came joined AEW, misconceptions of why he left WWE and people confusing Vince McMahon with Mr. McMahon 16:59: On AEW and WWE continuing to hold shows amid COVID-19 pandemic, both companies having broadcast commitments, looking forward to calling Jon Moxley vs. Jake Hager 18:56: On AEW changing their setup to deal with the empty arenas, what to expect from the Moxley vs. Hager match 20:34: On what he thought of WrestleMania's Boneyard Match and adding preproduced elements to matches in the current situation, how AEW is handling it 22:55: On finding the right balance between in-ring product and entertainment content, talent needing to create their own content 25:16: On the positives and negatives of talent using social media, why people should avoid going negative 27:18: On The Revival's WWE release, being a fan of them and how they would fit into AEW 30:04: On where to find him online, where to get Under the Black Hat 31:59: On his advice for people during the pandemic
April 2, 2020
MLW Star Holliday discusses the Dynasty's victories and winning over the "consumers" at MLW vs. AAA Super Series, the group's feud with Mance Warner, what it's like to become the faces of MLW, his plans to turn Major League into Dynasty League Wrestling, if he would be open to adding more members to the Dynasty, his tips for social distancing and much more. 0:00: Introduction 1:07: On how the Dynasty is handling MLW's shutdown amid the coronavirus pandemic 1:56: On the Dynasty's successful title defenses at AAA vs. MLW Super Series 3:02: On MLW and Savio Vega's claims he stole the Caribbean Heavyweight Championship 3:36: On Mance Warner spitting beer in his face and costing him a win against Blue Meanie on MLW: Fusion, Warner being jealous of the Dynasty 7:07: On Warner's challenge to MJF to an Empty Arena Loser Leaves Town challenge, what MJF thinks of Warner 7:45: On what's next for the Dynasty, potentially setting their sights on MLW Heavyweight Title 8:45: On how it feels like to be turning into the faces of MLW 10:08: On his routine currently under the current pandemic, keeping fit at home 13:12: On if he feels he won over the fans during his match at AAA vs. MLW Super Series 14:22: On if he has any tips for consumers about how to better practice social distancing like the Dynasty 15:28: On the Dynasty taking control of their careers and their own destiny, being the "needle movers" of MLW 17:13: On recruiting Gino Medina and if he would be open to other people joining the group 18:16: On where fans -- sorry, consumers -- can find him online
March 28, 2020
Dark Side of the Ring producer Evan Husney talks about the reaction to the season two premiere, taking a different approach to the Chris Benoit episode, working with Martha Hart on the upcoming Owen Hart episode, if they have any ideas for season three episodes and more. 0:00: Introduction 0:15: On his reaction to the response to the Chris Benoit-focused season premiere 1:16: On how important it was to get Daniel Benoit and Sandra Toffoloni's story told in the Benoit episode 2:18: On the episode's different approach to the Benoit story 3:53: On the presentation having a different feel in season two, making the Benoit episode feel more intimate 5:18: On if David Benoit's sister and mother not being in the episode 6:18: On not making the docuseries a hitpiece on professional wrestling while still taking an honest look at the industry 9:49: On whether they had any episodes that didn't come together for season two that they're considering for a possible third season 11:41: On getting Martha Hart to agree to work with them on the Owen Hart episode
March 23, 2020
AEW star Chris Jericho discusses his involvement in season two of Dark Side of the Ring, the season premiere episode on Chris Benoit, his match with Jon Moxley at AEW Revolution and more 0:00: Introduction 0:51: On being brought on for the episode and whether he had any reservations doing it 2:18: On the episode's different approach to the Benoit story 3:25: On Benoit's importance to his own career and Benoit matches not being included in WWE retrospectives 5:04: On Chris and Nancy Benoit's family members participating in the episode and telling their story and bringing them together 9:29: On narrating the rest of season two's episodes, being a fan of the show's first season 10:24: On Dark Side of the Ring tapping into wrestling history and shedding a new light on wrestling stories 12:43: On losing the AEW Championship at AEW Revolution to Jon Moxley, Moxley being one of AEW's early big stars
March 17, 2020
TNA Hall of Famer Gail Kim discusses her Kayfabe project with Christy Hemme and Lita that you can support via Kickstarter, winning the WWE Women's Championship in her debut match, whether the TNA Knockouts paved the way for the Women's evolution in WWE, ending her career on her own terms, her storyline with the Bella Twins and Daniel Bryan, whether she would accept a WWE Hall of Fame induction and much more. 0:00: Introduction 0:56: On the premise of Kayfabe, the uniqueness of the project being wrestling told from a women's perspective 3:14: On the stories being told and how it's scripted with writers, whether the stories are coming from Kim, Hemme and Lita's lives 5:00: On the production team for the show including Chavo Guerrero, Dave Sehadi and more 6:23: On Kim's WWE Women's Championship win in her debut for the company, her reaction and why she has mixed emotions about it 9:14: On whether what she and Awesome Kong did in TNA with the Knockouts paved the way for WWE's Women's evolution 12:47: On her return to WWE in 2009 and how it didn't go the way she hoped, not feeling she was used to the best of her ability, being happy with her career 15:39: On her storyline with the Bellas and Daniel Bryan, her initial reaction to it and how she was about to quit before she got that storyline, why she ultimately left 18:34: On the 'catfight' era of women's wrestling and how wrestling is moving away from that in a positive way 20:21: On ending her in-ring career on her own terms with the match she wanted to have, how certain she is that she's done in the ring 22:05: On if she ever had any conversations with Vince McMahon and not getting feedback in WWE, how that led to her quitting 24:25: On if she would accept a WWE Hall of Fame induction 25:34: On dealing with high-stress emotional issue in the industry and how she handles that 27:18: On her favorite aspect of the Kayfabe project and working with Lita and Hemme 28:25: On if she's ever been cooked anything by her husband Robert Irvine where she had to 'grin and bear it' 29:04: On where to find her and where to contribute to the Kayfabe Kickstarter, how you can help out
March 11, 2020
MLW star Alexander Hammerstone discusses his match with Laredo Kid at the AAA vs. MLW Super Series on Friday, the Dynasty's feud with Mance Warner, rumors of a new MLW TV deal, how he reinvented himself, the Dynasty's goals for 2020 and more. 0:00: Introduction 0:17: On his match against Laredo Kid and representing MLW on the card against AAA 2:21: On if there's extra pressure for the match by being in Mexico for his title 3:52: On whether it's more important for him to win the match for MLW or to retain his title 4:40: On how the Dynasty fits together as a group, their chemistry as an alliance, and Medina joining the group 7:15: On the Dynasty's feud with Mance Warner and if Warner is a bad example for pro wrestling 10:58: On being the sole MLW National Openweight Champion thus far 12:30: On who he credits for bringing the Dynasty together 13:15: On how he's reinvented himself and initially feeling pressure to be a certain type of character, being inspired by Fight Club 16:40: On if Richard is making sure he's well-protected this week 17:46: On rumors of a new TV deal for MLW 19:59: On how accessible Court Bauer is to the roster 22:04: On his final message for Laredo Kid 23:02: On the Dynasty's goals for 2020 24:06: Where to find him online
February 19, 2020
MLW star Mance Warner discusses his rivalry with Dynasty and a possible shot at Alexander Hammerstone's MLW Openweight Title, his many matches and rivalry with Nick Gage, wrestling Jerry Lawler in GameChanger Wrestling, how to prepare for a barbed wire match, hardcore wrestling being misunderstood and much more. 0:00: Introduction 1:35: On how he's been liking his run in MLW so far 2:23: On Dynasty starting a war with him and how he'll react, wanting a shot at Alexander Hammerstone's MLW Openweight Title 3:52: On his current status with MLW 4:10: On fans having more variety in wrestling than ever 5:29: On his hardcore, rougher style being misunderstood by some fans and hardcore wrestlers being underrated as workers 7:58: On fans being able to speak their opinions and his connection with the fanbase 10:08: On his match with Jerry Lawler at GCW's 2 Cups Stuffed last year 12:07: On being a storyteller in the ring as opposed to just doing moves in the ring 13:10: On being a lifelong fan of wrestling, who he looked up to as a kid 14:12: On bringing his own style to round out his character and where he gets his jackets 15:52: On what beer he would bring if stuck on a desert island 16:45: On his match with Orange Cassidy not happening yet, if Cassidy is scared of him and whether it will happen 18:10: On his matches and rivalry with Nick Gage 18:57: On his busy schedule for WrestleCon during WrestleMania weekend 19:27: On what wrestling he watches, AEW's impact on the wrestling business 20:27: On wanting to work in Japan and his schedule this this weekend 21:46: On his memories of his barbed wire match with Jimmy Havoc, preparing for barbed wire matches 23:32: On his appreciation for barbecue 24:58: Where fans can find him
February 1, 2020
MLW star "Filthy" Tom Lawlor discusses his match with Killer Kross at MLW: Fightland this weekend, the talent roster in MLW, Court Bauer giving him freedom in his creative work, King Mo's arrival in MLW, the trend of MMA fighters transitioning to professional wrestling and more. 0:00: Introduction 0:19: On his match with Killer Kross at MLW Fightland this weekend, being the veteran in MLW against Kross 2:36: On whether his MMA background makes him overpowered for any opponent in MLW 3:42: On making his own history in the 2300 Arena 5:12: On whether the match is a new start for him before heading back to the Heavyweight Title 6:14: On the level of talent on the roster in MLW, why he re-signed with the company 8:54: On Court Bauer's success guiding MLW and allowing talent freedom to do what they want, how much of his promos are scripted 12:17: On not being retired from MMA yet, being offered fights and willingness to take a fight 13:29: On King Mo joining MLW and wanting to face him in the ring 14:25: On the trend of MMA fighters transitioning into professional wrestling 16:24: On growing up as a fan of pro wrestling, his wrestling-style entrances and weigh-ins in the UFC 21:11: On his win over CB Dolloway at UFC 100 and his thoughts on USADA's handling of anti-doping efforts in the UFC 23:24: On his goals for 2020, keeping things "business as usual," being open to do anything 25:39: On his prediction for his match with Killer Kross 26:16: On where to find him on social media
December 24, 2019
NJPW star Lance Archer discusses his Texas Deathmatch with Jon Moxley at Wrestle Kingdom 14, his successful singles run over 2019, his runs in TNA and WWE, working with Vince Russo, his match with Abyss at TNA Sacrifice 2005, his "Murder Hawk Monster" gimmick, why now is the hottest time in the wrestling industry and more. 0:00: Introduction 0:23: On how he's feeling heading into his match with Moxley and the Texas Deathmatch stipulation 2:10: On winning the title after Moxley was stripped of the title, if he's been looking forward to facing Moxley 4:25: On his success in 2019 and how he feels about his breakout singles run in NJPW 6:45: On NJPW losing the Elite to AEW and if he felt pressure to step up and fill the void 10:54: On whether 2019 felt like a clean slate for him 12:00: On his run in the G1 Climax, his match with Will Ospreay to open the tournament and how the night felt to him 16:17: On the difference in NJPW's promo and storytelling style as opposed to that of WWE and other companies 19:12: On his tag team run with Davey Boy Smith Jr. as Killer Elite Squad, how they ended up paired together and Davey Boy's NJPW departure 22:12: On his big takeaway from his time in TNA, what he learned from that time 25:00: On if the TNA locker room was as choatic as reported, working with Vince Russo and Dixie Carter 29:18: On his time in WWE, working with trainers in developmental, his run being cut short 31:45: On his match with Abyss at Sacrifice in 2005 being his favorite TNA memory 33:31: On how his Murder Hawk Monster gimmick came about and his intent around it 35:02: On using the emotions that come from having a chip on his shoulder to fuel his drive 36:29: On today being the hottest time in professional wrestling with so many options of what and where to watch 40:13: On his message for Moxley ahead of their Wrestle Kingdom match and his match with Juice Robinson the next night 42:48: On his message for fans and where to find him on social media
November 8, 2019
AEW Executive Vice President Cody speaks with media about his World Championship match with Chris Jericho at AEW Full Gear, Dynamite's performance in the ratings and where to grow the audience from here, devoting more time to the women's division, the possibility of a secondary title, the lessons learned from the first several weeks of Dynamite and more. 0:00: Introduction 1:35: On the differences between working a full-time schedule with AEW as opposed to the lead-up 3:42: On his promo on Dynamite and the positive response that it received 6:49: On how important his match at Full Gear is to him 9:46: On bringing in what he learned from his past work in terms of production 12:43: On the possibility of a secondary championship 15:15: On when the rankings system will debut 16:20: On good feedback he's gotten from fans and separating constructive criticism from non-constructive criticism 19:50: On plans to give more time to the women's division 22:30: On his biggest lesson in terms of production and the biggest challenges he's found 26:21: On the ratings for Dynamite and how to grow the audience from here 29:48: On the judges for his match and if it will be used going forward for future matches 31:50: On Turner's involvement with the production and how their plans for B/R Live will affect things 34:28: On how Dusty Rhodes would think about AEW putting the spotlight on new stars 37:30: On the best way to get returning fans engaged with supplemental shows like AEW Dark and Being the Elite
November 6, 2019
WOW - Women of Wrestling star Jungle Grrrl discusses becoming the #1 contender to Tessa Blanchard's championship, what the title match means to her, AXS TV being bought by Anthem and possible crossover with Impact Wrestling, WOW's influence on the rise of women's wrestling, how her wrestling journey began and more. 0:00 - Introduction 0:35 - On being the #1 contender to Tessa Blanchard's championship 1:11 - On whether it's more important for her to beat Blanchard or win the title, what she thinks of Blanchard 2:55 - On Lioness and Lana Star getting involved in her match, whether she's looking at payback against them 5:28 - On the Beast potentially looking for revenge against her, potentially giving the Beast a title shot if she wins it 6:16 - On wrestling without boots on and what advantage it gives her 8:57 - On AXS TV being bought by Anthem and whether it changes anything for WOW 11:17 - On a possible crossover between WOW and Impact's Knockouts division 13:19 - On WOW's perseverance over the years and how it's been able to thrive 15:19 - On WOW promoting women's wrestling before it got taken seriously by WWE and other companies 16:52 - On how her pro wrestling journey began, getting involved in WOW 18:37 - On the new talent coming into the company and being in a position to give them advice 23:02 - On what her title match with Blanchard means for her 24:00 - On when the match will air, what she expects to happen in the match 24:43 - On her message for fans and where to find her
October 17, 2019
Impact Wrestling Executive Vice President Scott D'Amore talks about Impact's new TV deal with AXS TV and the stability it brings, being replaced by Vince Russo in 2006 and his relationship with Russo, the Team Canada stable, doing more co-promotional work and more. 0:00 - Introduction 2:52 - On Impact's new TV deal and the company surviving through difficult times 5:59 - On the company getting more stability through AXS TV and seeing their long-term plans come to fruition 9:30 - On the decision to put the TNA World title on Jeff Jarrett in 2006 12:49 - On the decision to bring in Vince Russo to replace him in creative in 2006, his relationship with Russo 14:40 - On Team Canada stable and it being a breakthrough for Bobby Roode, Petey Williams, and Eric Young 24:49 - On if co-promotional efforts will continue in the new era
October 15, 2019
Impact Wrestling's Jimmy Jacobs talks about Impact heading to AXS TV, possible co-promotional efforts, his frustrations while working in WWE, working with Gabe Sapolsky in ROH, whether rumors about Vince McMahon are true, WWE putting NXT opposite AEW on Wednesday and more. 0:00 - Introduction 2:53 - On his "Ballad of Lacey" song and storyline in ROH 4:18 - On Seth Rollins coming up with the Age of the Fall name and how the angle was booked 5:35 - On working with Gabe Sapolsky 6:50 - Talk about CM Punk possibly doing WWE Backstage and his relationship with Punk 8:40 - On if he was frustrated while working in WWE 9:30 - On rumors that Vince McMahon tears up scripts for Raw and starts over from scratch 10:26 - On scripted vs. unscripted promos 13:30 - On what happens when he sneezes in front of Vince McMahon 15:03 - On WWE putting NXT opposite AEW on Wednesday 15:46 - On whether WWE was looking for an excuse to fire him and if he was asked to join AEW 20:14 - On Impact moving to AXS TV and possible co-promotional efforts 25:00 - Talks about having access to AXS TV facilities and some plans for future special shows they have planned, like a throwback retro show on Oct. 27. 26:04 - On his creative method on if he likes to think of a goal or endpoint and then work backwards. 31:06 - On surviving the wrestling business, not letting it drive him crazy, and what he's learned since being fired from WWE
September 24, 2019
WOW - Women of Wrestling founder David McLane talks about the promotion's second season, the status of a possible third season, WOW's relationship with AXS TV, the rise of women's wrestling, what Tessa Blanchard and Teal Piper are bringing to WOW, the options that wrestling fans have these days and more. Introduction (0:00) On how it feels coming back for a second season on AXS TV (0:28) On the WOW Tag Team Championship Series (3:23) His reflections on how far WOW has come since its founding (4:14) On the rise of women's wrestling and how it fits his vision for what women's wrestling could be (6:01) On Tessa Blanchard and why she's one of the best in the world (8:27) On bringing in Teal Piper and her role in WOW - Women of Wrestling (10:41) On the status of a potential third season (13:07) On the possibility of taking WOW on the road to tour (14:48) On WOW's relationship with AXS TV (15:55) On the myriad options that wrestling fans have now (17:03) On whether AXS TV has any equity in WOW (16:58) On where to find WOW and his message for the fans (18:59)
September 6, 2019
WOW - Women Of Wrestling star Teal Piper talks about growing up as the daughter of the great Roddy Piper, signing with WOW and why she got into the industry, the evolution of women's wrestling and what WOW is doing for women in the industry, her thoughts on Tessa Blanchard and more. Introduction (0:00) On how she ended up signed with WOW - Women Of Wrestling (0:36) On why she decided to make the leap into pro wrestling and if she'd considered it before (1:13) On when she realized her father was a wrestling star and a heel (2:32) On if she watched any wrestling when she was young and becoming more of a fan as she got older (4:03) On what AXS TV and WOW are doing for women's wrestling (6:55) On Tessa Blanchard and her accomplishments in the industry so far (8:23) On what makes wrestling so unique in how it connects with fans (9:28) On the weight of her father's legacy and if she feels the pressure of it when trying to walk her own path (10:45) On the evolution of women's wrestling and women getting more opportunities in the industry (13:21) On the impact her dad had on people like Ronda Rousey and his mark in the business (15:51) On learning to take bumps (16:58) On her other projects and where to find her online (17:57)
August 29, 2019
FITE TV CEO Mike Weber talks about this weekend's Starrcast III, how CM Punk's panel came together and whether Punk will be making any big announcements, working with NJPW, how AEW's debut on TNT will affect FITE's relationship with the promotion, the future of Starrcast and more. Introduction (0:00) On his anticipation level for Starrcast III and other upcoming shows (0:45) On how involved FITE is in putting together panels and the like at Starrcast (2:21) On Sean Mooney, Tony Schiavone and Davey Crockett's involvement at Starrcast II (4:32) On how CM Punk's panel at Starrcast III came together (5:58) On if he thinks Punk will be making an announcement of some kind at Starrcast (8:46) On whether this could be FITE TV's biggest weekend to date (10:36) On why people are still interested in CM Punk despite his being away from wrestling for years (11:28) On Conrad Thompson's plans for the future of Starrcast (13:18) On whether FITE TV is interested in having a greater role in Starrcast (15:52) What it's been like working with AEW to present All Out on FITE (16:43) On NJPW's streaming service and working with them (19:23) On the upcoming launch of Disney+, streaming service bundling and the challenges of streaming live content (21:07) On AEW debuting on TNT and if BR Live will impact FITE's relationship with AEW (25:58) Whether there are any new partnerships for FITE to announce (27:04) On what fans can expect from Starrcast on FITE (29:33)
August 7, 2019
MLW star and executive producer Salina de la Renta talks about the growth of the company, working behind the scenes in MLW as an executive producer, the development of her on-screen character, how she got inspired to get into the business, MLW's working relationship with Pro Wrestling NOAH, whether she's looking to get in the ring and more. Introduction (0:00) On the inspiration for her on-screen persona in MLW (0:46) On her where her promo style comes from (2:15) On where she started her wrestling training and wanting to get into the business after seeing Total Divas (4:03) On her experience in MLW thus far (6:36) On progressing as an on-screen character to working as an executive producer for the company (7:47) On MLW's working relationship with Pro Wrestling NOAH and what NOAH talent she may want to work with (10:01) On if she's interested in getting into the ring for MLW and the status of her knee injury (11:15) On working with Pentagon Jr. (12:15) On professional wrestling as a form of performance art and utilizing her acting background in her character (13:03) On the rise of women's wrestling and the being grateful for the women's revolution (16:54) On MLW's growth and Court Bauer's vision for the company (18:24) Where to find her (20:45)
July 31, 2019
WWE and UFC legend Ken Shamrock talks about his WWE run and memorable feuds with The Rock and Owen Hart, refereeing the Steve Austin vs. Bret Hart match at WrestleMania 13, a possible WWE Hall of Fame induction, why Brock Lesnar deserves to be in the UFC Hall of Fame, his relationship with Dana White, whether things are safer for MMA fighters today and more. Introduction (0:00) On his experience at Starrcast II and if he'll be at Starrcast III (0:44) On AEW, the current wrestling landscape and if he's excited as a wrestling fan (1:57) On looking back at his time in WWE during the Attitude Era and Monday Night War (4:03) On coming into WWE as an MMA fighter and who helped him make a smooth transition to wrestling (5:28) On his being a referee for Steve Austin vs. Bret Hart at WrestleMania 13 (8:06) On his feud with The Rock his initial impressions of Rock and their match at WrestleMania 14 (9:51) On his feud with Owen Hart and their Lion's Den match at SummerSlam 1988 (13:13) On the end of his run in WWE, if he felt he had hit a ceiling at the time and thinking the Screwjob was a factor (14:56) On if he thinks Vince McMahon holds a grudge against him for leaving WWE in 1999 (17:16) On a possible WWE Hall of Fame induction (18:56) On his character feeling very real and believable as a dangerous guy (20:13) On the changes in MMA over the years and whether they've made things safer for fighters (21:40) On his relationship with Dana White today (29:39) In his upcoming Tag Team Title defense at Battle Championship Wrestling in Australia in August (31:05) On how he's feeling physically and the importance of athletes letting their bodies have recovery time (31:36) On why Brock Lesnar deserves a spot in the UFC Hall of Fame (33:26) On what fighters and MMA fighters can learn from Lesnar (34:11) On if he'd like to face Frank Mir at Josh Barnett's Bloodsport Wrestling (35:14) Where to find him (36:44)
July 17, 2019
MLW star Brian Pillman Jr. talks about being part of the new era Hart Foundation, their war with Dynasty, his relationship with Teddy Hart, his future with MLW, AEW's success and how that benefits MLW and himself, Eric Bischoff and Paul Heyman heading up WWE's creative, the pressure of trying to live up to his father's legacy and more. Introduction (0:00) On the upcoming MLW: Fusion TV tapings and who he's gunning for (0:37) On the status of his MLW contract and whether it's exclusive to the company (3:40) On forming the new era Hart Foundation with Teddy Hart and Davey Boy Smith Jr. (4:56) On Teddy Hart being a mentor figure for him his relationship with Teddy (5:40) On when he knew he wanted to be a wrestler (7:06) On if he feels pressure to live up to his father's legacy (7:48) On learning from his father's matches (8:50) On if he had the WrestleMania dream when he first got into the business and whether he feels any rush to get to any specific promotion (9:11) On what other wrestling promotions he likes to watch (10:20) On MLW's progress and success as a company and Court Bauer's work with the promotion (11:12) On starting his training with Rip Rogers and learning under Lance Storm (13:07) On his "Alpha Cats" promo with Teddy Hart (15:30) On AEW's early success and how AEW and MLW are benefiting each other (17:50) On his own stock rising in the current wrestling landscape (19:20) On own goals in the industry (20:11) On Eric Bischoff and Paul Heyman being made Executive Directors of Raw (21:19) On whether he has aspirations to work in Japan or Mexico (22:17) On meeting Jushin Liger and Liger's rivalry with his father (22:46) On the Hart Foundation's war with Dynasty and whether it's coming to a head (23:28) On what fans can expect from the MLW: Fusion taping in New York City (24:55) Where to find him (25:16)
June 27, 2019
Impact Wrestling star Ethan Page talks about how he's been enjoying Impact, whether the company is finding a new television home, his issues with Gabe Sapolsky from his time in EVOLVE, working with Rich Swann and ACH, his love of comic books and nerd culture, his burgeoning YouTube channel, working with David Arquette and more. Introduction (0:00) On how he's enjoying Impact and the morale backstage (0:35) On Impact's issues with Pursuit and if the company is finding a new home (0:56) On Impact rebuilding itself after falling from its previous heights (2:31) On if he'll be at Slammiversary and if he has a match yet (3:32) On his match with David Arquette in May for Alpha-1 Wrestling and Arquette's dedication to his wrestling career (5:14) On when he first discovered wrestling and growing up as a fan (7:51) On his love of comic books and "nerd culture" (9:35) On wrestling having room for different types of storytelling and gimmicks like Joey Ryan (11:39) On why now is the greatest time to be a wrestling fan in terms of options (14:28) On working with Rich Swann in Impact (15:18) On teaming with ACH in EVOLVE and his issues with Gabe Sapolsky (16:07) On ACH signing with WWE and being happy for him (17:34) On the perspective in Impact about AEW's rise and what he thinks AEW is doing for the industry (18:13) On his YouTube channel and the purpose behind his vlogs (20:20) On making a career in wrestling work as a family man (21:29) On which guys he feels he's had great chemistry with (22:13) On if he'll be at San Diego Comic-Con and his experience visiting conventions (22:57) On what he thought of Avengers: Endgame and looking forward to Spider-Man: Far From Home (23:39) On his upcoming shows and where to find him on social media (25:21)
June 22, 2019
Impact star and former NWA National Champion Willie Mack talks about his run in Impact, the status of his contract, Nick Aldis' controversial tweet about Impact signing him, whether he's heard anything about Lucha Underground's future, the success of AEW, if he has any interest in working for WWE in the future and more. Introduction (0:00) On working with Michael Elgin in Impact and his current status with Impact (1:40) On how the current regime is handling things in Impact (2:20) On Impact's problems with Pursuit Channel and if there's any word of Impact moving to another channel (2:42) On if he'll be at Slammiversary and how he likes working in Texas (3:38) On his run as NWA National Champion and working for the revamped NWA (4:55) On Nick Aldis taking a shot at Impact signing him (6:45) On the status of Lucha Underground (7:39) On AEW's success and whether he wants to work with the company down the line (8:04) On which talent in Impact he hasn't worked with yet that he wants to (9:45) On when he first knew he wanted to be a pro wrestler (10:19) On the key to being a successful working pro wrestler (10:54) On being signed by WWE in 2014 and if he wants to go to NXT or WWE in the future (11:41) On if his Impact contract is exclusive and if he's interested working in MLW or Japan (13:01) On whether the indy scene in the US is improving (15:12) On what wrestling he enjoys watching in his free time (15:51) Where to find him on social media (16:51)
June 1, 2019
WWE star and now-producer Shane Helms talks about Jon Moxley's criticism of the company's creative process, his experiences working with The Rock and Kane as The Hurricane, resolving his past differences with Shawn Michaels, getting heat over trying to get AJ Styles hired in 2002, his surprise Royal Rumble 2018 appearance, his work behind the scenes for WWE, being at Starrcast and more. Introduction (0:00) On his experience at Starrcast (0:44) On coming on board WWE as a producer, what his job as a producer entails (1:20) On getting heat for trying to get AJ Styles signed by WWE in 2002 and Style's rise to the top of WWE (5:19) On AEW Double or Nothing and AEW being competition to WWE (7:21) On the origin and development of the Hurricane character and making the gimmick work (9:34) On working with Kane and becoming tag team champions with him (12:44) On his win over the Rock on Raw and whether it's a career highlight (13:40) On turning heel on Smackdown, whether he preferred Hurricane or heel Shane Helms (15:30) On his heat with Shawn Michaels and when they resolved their issues (16:48) On how fatherhood has changed him (19:58) On the WWE Performance Center providing a new avenue to be brought up in wrestling and WWE (20:42) On Ricochet's potential (22:14) On Jon Moxley's criticism about WWE's creative process and scripted promos vs. unscripted promos (22:51) On if there's anything he wanted to do with the Hurricane character that he didn't get a chance to do (26:56) On the possibility of another run as the Hurricane (28:11) On his surprise 2018 Royal Rumble appearance (29:25) Where to find him on social media (30:50)
May 18, 2019
Mike Kanellis talks about going public with his addiction issues, how he ended up on 205 Live and why he's enjoying it so much, his Cruiserweight Championship goals, how AEW's launch is good for business, his memories from The Kingdom and more. Introduction (0:00) On working with Akira Tozawa and their No DQ match (0:57) On his WWE run stalling and how he ended up getting put on 205 Live (3:34) On having more creative freedom on 205 Live (5:28) On if he has Tony Nese and the Cruiserweight Title in his sights (6:30) Whether he's hoping to transition back to Raw or Smackdown (7:42) On going public about his opioid addiction (9:55) On whether he'd rather be on Raw or Smackdown (15:17) On rumors that WWE is offering talent big money to keep them away from AEW and how AEW's launch affects the business (16:25) On his friendship with Adam Cole and Cole's recent NXT run (19:50) On his memories of being part of The Kingdom in ROH (21:27) On his advice for people dealing with addiction (22:48) On his hopes for a WWE action figure (25:25)
May 14, 2019
Low Ki talks about why his WWE run didn't work out, the mismanagement of TNA and the infamous appearance of Pacman Jones in the company, his contract status with MLW, the current state of the wrestling industry and much more. Introduction (0:00) On working with Tom Lawlor in MLW (1:00) On his MLW contract status and if he is open to a long-term contract (2:02) On the current state of the wrestling scene and rise of options outside of WWE (3:40) On the launch of All Elite Wrestling (5:03) On why his WWE run didn't work out and being put in NXT (6:05) On how he's adapted his in-ring style over the years (7:15) On his match with KENTA at ROH Final Battle 2005, and if he'd like to work with KENTA again (9:17) On rumors of heat between him and Jim Cornette in ROH (14:22) On if he has been given a bad rap by people in the industry (15:06) On if he'll be at MLW Fury Road and what Court Bauer's done with the company (16:17) On if Impact Wrestling is in a better place now than during the Spike TV era (18:16) On his time in TNA and Dixie Carter being "used" by the company's management (19:42) On hating the Pacman Jones storyline in TNA (21:41) On the most upstanding talent that he's ever worked with (21:51) On where fans can find him (25:51)
May 3, 2019
Producer/co-creator Evan Husney and director/co-creator Jason Eisener talk about their VICELAND docuseries Dark Side of the Ring, the fan response to the series, Lance Storm's criticism of the Montreal Screwjob episode, Jim Cornette and Vince Russo shooting on each other, the possibility of a second season and more. Introduction (0:00) On the response to the show as a whole from The Rock, hardcore fans and casual fans (0:47) On the rise of docuseries in popular culture (2:32) On Lance Storm's criticism of the Montreal Screwjob episode and Scott Hall saying the Screwjob was a work (4:07) On future episodes and the possibility of a second season (12:05) On the Fabulous Moolah episode exploring allegations against Moolah and the WrestleMania Women's Battle Royal name being changed (13:23) On Jim Cornette and Vince Russo shooting on each other in the Montreal Screwjob episode and whether Russo reached out to appear in it (16:47) On whether the Cornette vs. Russo feud is a work (21:16) On whether there were episodes that had to be cut for the current season (25:30) On the John Oliver Last Week Tonight segment on WWE and what keeps wrestlers from being part of something like the Screen Actor's Guild (28:16) On what they want fans to know about the upcoming episodes and where to find them (30:39)
April 23, 2019
Billy Gunn talks about his work with AEW, Triple H's jokes about AEW during the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony, his time in the New Age Outlaws and run in NJPW, Dustin Rhodes' status with All Elite Wrestling, what we can expect from him at Double or Nothing and more. Introduction (0:00) On how it feels to be a WWE Hall of Famer and if it feels like closing a book on his career (0:39) On Triple H's jokes about AEW during the Hall of Fame speech (1:55) On the status of AEW's plans for a potential training facility (4:12) On the need for more psychology, storytelling and selling in today's era (4:55) On his 2014 reunion with Road Dogg in WWE (9:00) On his relationship with Cody and signing with AEW (10:47) On WWE not using tag teams properly (11:48) On the New Age Outlaws' dumpster match with Cactus Jack and Terry Funk and other big moments (13:10) On his appearances on Being the Elite (16:16) On working for NJPW (17:30) On whether fans online are getting overhyped or overly critical about AEW (21:03) On what his role at Double or Nothing may be and Dustin Rhodes' status with AEW (22:37) On AEW providing an alternative for wrestling talent and being great for the industry (24:07) On going into the Hall of Fame at the same time as Honky Tonk Man and Torrie Wilson (25:30) On not being a wrestling fan growing up (28:21) Where to find him online (30:16)
April 20, 2019
WWE superstar Lana talks about her work in WWE, her experience at this year's WrestleMania, how long she expects to stay with the company, how hard it was to maintain her Russian accent, her "salty" hashtag, when Rusev Day was born, her in-ring aspirations and much more. Introduction (0:00) On what she's been up to since WrestleMania and going to Coachella (1:17) On how her experience at WrestleMania this year compared to past years (4:40) On if she likes being underestimated in the ring (10:28) On her "salty" hashtag and what it means (12:03) On using real-life frustrations as fuel for her character motivations (16:43) On if she prefers being a heel or a babyface (19:33) On her new comic book project Dark Country with Jason Starr (25:26) On her time growing up in Europe and if she misses it (30:21) On how long she expects to stay with WWE (36:35) On how hard it was to maintain her Russian accent and why it was faded out (40:13) On her experience training before getting in the ring (48:15) On the separation between her personal and professional life (52:24) On if she feels the urge to put her life out more following Total Divas (53:50) On what her favorite WWE match of all-time is, and her favorite match of her own (56:05) On her experience working on the Pitch Perfect films (1:02:39) On when Rusev Day was born (1:03:50) On if she's still training in the ring and wants to continue working in the ring (1:06:25)
April 18, 2019
411's Jeffrey Harris sits down with The Wrap reporter Tony Maglio to discuss how far along AEW is in their talks with Turner Sports, Turner's willingness to bring wrestling back to their networks, what impact the deal might have on WWE, John Oliver's Last Week Tonight segment on WWE and more. Introduction (0:00) On how far along AEW's conversations are with Turner Sports (0:52) On why Turner is willing to have wrestling return to their networks (3:33) On what format AEW's television show will likely take and off-seasons in wrestling (8:26) On whether reports of the AEW TV deal could possibly jinx or affect it (19:27) On wrestling journalism vs. general entertainment journalism (21:03) On Turner's potential streaming homes for AEW (25:13) On WWE and AEW's handling of John Oliver's Last Week Tonight episode (30:21) On the importance of Smackdown's deal with FOX and whether it makes Smackdown the "A" show (40:00) On AEW's impact on WWE's talent deals and whether it can be competition to WWE (43:12) On how Vince McMahon Feels about the AEW TV deal and AEW possibly paying for their airtime on Turner (49:10)
April 5, 2019
Former Impact Wrestling World Champion Eli Drake talks about his status with Impact Wrestling, whether he's had contact with WWE, why his time in NXT wasn't helpful to him and whether he'd go back, working with Scott Steiner, All Elite Wrestling's launch and more. On opting out of his United We Stand match with Tessa Blanchard and Joey Ryan replacing him (1:20) On the women's revolution, intergender wrestling and its place in wrestling (2:10) On when his Impact Wrestling contract expires and his next move (7:58) On if he's had contact with WWE (8:44) On if there are more options for guys like him in wrestling and the status of the industry (9:59) On nearly returning to NXT when James Storm did and his opinion of Impact right now (14:12) On if he was worried about his future when Impact was struggling (19:27) On his time in NXT and why he thinks he got worse during that time (22:08) On if he'd be open to a return to NXT if he signed with WWE (25:00) On whether he has any advocates in AEW (27:01) On All Elite Wrestling's launch and its potential long-term viability (28:22) On working with Scott Steiner (32:42) On working with Percy Pringle and which feuds and matches he's proud of (34:36)
March 27, 2019
Former WWE Diva Rosa Mendes talks about her time in WWE, online criticism of her wrestling, her crush on Paige story on Total Divas, her first meeting with Vince McMahon, who she was closest with backstage in WWE, whether she will retire, how she would fit into the current WWE women's division, and more. On if she wanted to be more of a wrestler and more in the title picture in WWE (1:15) On how she'd fit into the modern WWE women's division (5:00) On she was closest with in WWE (7:15) On Total Divas cementing bonds between women in WWE (9:45) On being single and meeting someone when you work all the time (12:00) On what made her uncomfortable on Total Divas (13:20) On the crush on Paige story from Total Divas (15:20) On her first meeting with Vince McMahon (17:50) On where the Adam Rose storyline was supposed to go before she got pregnant (19:30) On the character she wanted to do in WWE after pregnancy (21:30) On WWE's Saudi Arabia deal (23:50) On if she's proud of any of her WWE matches, her regrets, and her tough recovery impacting her daughter, and if she will retire (27:00)
March 24, 2019
Vince Russo talks about WWE botching how they booked Ronda Rousey, why he thinks vindictiveness was at the root of WWE picking Baron Corbin as Kurt Angle's WrestleMania 35 opponent, why he didn't push Samoa Joe as the face of TNA in 2006, what exactly happened backstage with Triple H after the Kliq curtain call, and more. Intro WrestleMania weekend (0:17) What match should go on last at WrestleMania (3:40) How Ronda Rousey has been booked (7:20) Baron Corbin being picked at Kurt Angle's opponent (10:15) If AEW is good for wrestling (14:00) If WWE should fear AEW (15:35) Why Samoa Joe wasn't booked as face of TNA (18:10) Triple H's main event push and the curtain call (23:35) Triple H's mind for being a wrestling executive (26:38) Triple H/Batista and Kofi Kingston storyline booking (29:00)
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