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My Year In Books: 2021

I read a lot in 2021, more than I’ve ever read in a single year. To be exact, I read 63 books, shattering my goal of reading 30 books by 210%! I read physical books, ebooks, and, my favorite, audiobooks. Whether it was tales of truth or fiction, I dove into a diverse array of genres, covering 12,151 pages along the way. So, what books did I curl up with in 2021? Keep reading to find out.

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AEW Unrestricted: The All Elite Moments, Matches & Surprises of 2021

In the latest AEW Unrestricted podcast episode, Tony Schiavone and Ref Aubrey share behind-the-scenes stories about some of their favorite AEW memories, moments, matches, and surprises of 2021! First and foremost, they talk about AEW’s return to the road and welcoming back full crowds! They also share thoughts on the incredible kick-down of the “forbidden door,” Shaquille O’Neal vs. Cody Rhodes, Blood & Guts, and that crazy cage match between The Inner Circle and The Pinnacle, the debut of AEW RAMPAGE, and the arrival of so much tremendous talent to AEW—including Paul Wight, Christian Cage, Mark Henry, Ethan Page, Adam Cole, Malakai Black, CM Punk, Bryan Danielson, Ruby Soho, and Lio Rush. They also discuss some of their favorite matches and performances like the Lights Out match between Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D. and Thunder Rosa, CM Punk’s first match back, The Lucha Bros vs. The Young Bucks at AEW ALL OUT, Miro the Redeemer, and Darby Allin. Check out the full episode below.

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AEW Unrestricted Podcast: Jake Hager

The Inner Circle’s Jake Hager is the latest guest on the AEW Unrestricted podcast, and he can catch people better than anybody—just ask him! He’ll also tell you exactly what he thinks about Baron Von Raschke coming to the aid of Jake’s wife, Catalina, at AEW FULL GEAR. Jake’s got stories about signing with AEW, joining the Inner Circle, wrestling for the AEW World Championship title on his birthday, the bar fight against Hangman Adam Page in the Stadium Stampede, and repelling off the Jaguars’ scoreboard in Stadium Stampede 2! Plus, he talks about meeting Jim Ross in Oklahoma, growing up with Danny Hodge, and preparing for the zombie apocalypse. Check out the full episode and interview below.

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Icons Of Wrestling: December 18, 2021

Gail Kim taking a selfie of us at the end of the day.

Yesterday, I attended the Icons of Wrestling convention here in Philadelphia at the ECW Arena (now the 2300 Arena), followed by Battleground Championship Wrestling at night. Both events were a blast! Read on for my thoughts on this fun day and who I met.

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Shudder: What’s Streaming January 2022

Shudder just announced what’s streaming in January 2022. Read on for all of the details.

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Alan Wake 2 Announced

Yesterday, Remedy Entertainment announced the long-awaited sequel to Alan Wake, Alan Wake 2! The company also released a teaser and shared more details in a post. Below you’ll find both the teaser and the announcement. Wake up, and enjoy!

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AEW Unrestricted Podcast: Ryan Nemeth

Hollywood Hunk Ryan Nemeth is the defacto leader of the beloved AEW faction, The Wingmen! In the latest episode of the AEW Unrestricted podcast, he talks about becoming The Wingmen, the inspiration behind the hostile makeover, dressing JD Drake, spray-tanning Orange Cassidy, his creative contributions to “Being The Elite,” and The Wingmen’s recent match against The Dark Order. Ryan shares his love of stand-up comedy, Andy Kaufman, the band Sleigh Bells, and the movie Scrooged with Bill Murray. He also speaks to the art of the promo, his friendship with Pee Wee Herman, the making of his first-ever short film, “Heel,” and the movie he’d love to make next. Check out the full interview below.

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Shudder Renews Dragula For A Fifth Season

Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural, announced today the renewal of the hit drag competition series The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula for a fifth season. Read on for more details.

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AEW Unrestricted Podcast — Butts In Seats: The Tony Schiavone Story

In the latest AEW Unrestricted podcast episode, Dirk Manning, the author behind “Butts In Seats: The Tony Schiavone Story,” explains how he met Tony and came to tell Tony’s “life in wrestling” in brilliantly-illustrated graphic novel form. Dirk and Tony talk about breaking Tony’s life into 10 pivotal moments, picking the highlights to include, integrating “What Happened When” into the book, and how they chose the 14 talented artists who illustrated each of the novel’s chapters. They talk about the challenge in illustrating Tony and Lois’ love story, Tony’s 15 years away from the business, and his return to wrestling by joining AEW. Plus, you’ll hear their favorite chapters, visuals, and character depictions in the book—and discover why stars like Sting got their own chapters. Check out the full interview below.

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TNA/IMPACT Wrestling Book Interview: SteelChair Wrestling Magazine

I recently had a fantastic interview with Stephanie Franchomme of SteelChair Wrestling Magazine about the TNA/IMPACT Wrestling book I’m writing. Read on for more details and the full video interview.

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