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AEW’s Unrestricted Podcast: Leyla Hirsch

Leyla Hirsch was born in Russia and moved to the United States with her twin sister after they were adopted at 8 years old. In the latest episode of the AEW Unrestricted podcast, Leyla talks about coming to a new country, learning to speak English, what she misses most about Russia, and how she discovered pro wrestling. She speaks to all the things that hooked her into wrestling, convincing her mom to let her try, and giving up her college scholarship to pursue professional wrestling. Leyla remembers her first day training, her first match, wrestling in Germany and Japan, and how all of that led to signing with AEW! Plus, you’ll hear her thoughts on her matches with Hikaru Shida and Serena Deeb, why Eddie Kingston and Bryan Danielson are two of her favorite wrestlers today, and how her amateur career has influenced her in-ring style. Check out the full interview below.

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AEW Unrestricted Podcast: Alex Abrahantes

Alex Abrahantes is part of the AEW Spanish broadcast team and the manager of the former AEW World Tag Team Champs, Lucha Brothers! On the latest episode of the AEW Unrestricted podcast, Alex speaks to his AEW journey, his evolution as manager of the Lucha Brothers, the charisma of Rey Fenix and Penta, and the importance of creating excitement before their matches. He also shares the origins of “Penta Says,” Penta’s match against Cody Rhodes which resulted in Penta’s first-ever promo for AEW DYNAMITE, and Alex’s superhero-style pose in their entrance. Alex tells stories about his introduction to wrestling, training in Calgary with the Harts, his first-ever match, and his transition to broadcasting. Plus, Alex reveals the book that changed his life, what inspired him to start his YouTube show, “All Elite Soup,” and how he started toy hunting with All Ego Ethan Page. Check out the full episode below.

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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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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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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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Matt Hardy: AEW Unrestricted Podcast

On the newest episode of the AEW Unrestricted podcast, which just came out today, on Thanksgiving, Matt Hardy reveals what Brodie Lee said to him after they both made their AEW DYNAMITE debuts during the first-ever empty arena show of the pandemic era. He explains why the AEW DYNAMITE Street Fight against the Inner Circle is one of his favorite matches, and what made the Stadium Stampede so special for him. He talks Broken Matt, Big Money Matt, the Hardy Family Office, his chemistry with Private Party, Sammy Guevara, and Hurricane Helms and Gangrel’s cameo appearances at Elite Deletion. Plus, Matt shares how Tony Khan and The Young Bucks convinced him to sign with AEW, and the role his children played in that decision. Listen to the full episode below.

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AEW Unrestricted Podcast: Taz

In this episode of the AEW Unrestricted podcast, Taz talks about his wrestling start in Puerto Rico, learning kayfabe the hard way, and the inspiration behind the Human Suplex Machine. He also shares stories from his days traveling with Paul Heyman, ECW, his feud with Bam Bam Bigelow, and making the jump to WWE. Plus, discover how Taz was able to leave WWE on his own terms, and what he loves most about AEW. Listen to the full interview below.

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AEW Unrestricted Podcast: Ruby Soho

In the latest episode of the AEW Unrestricted podcast, Ruby Soho shares some great stories about making her AEW debut at ALL OUT on the same night as Bryan Danielson and Adam Cole, including what Tony Khan said to her just before her entrance and the very real moment she had in the ring with AEW referee Bryce Remsburg. She remembers her favorite moments from her main event match versus Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D. during AEW DYNAMITE Grand Slam at Arthur Ashe Stadium, and she explains how a friendship with Rancid’s Lars Frederiksen inspired her Ruby Soho character and music. Ruby speaks to the importance of the TBS Championship Tournament, the camaraderie and respect in the AEW women’s locker room, and her goals for the next year. Plus, Ruby answers fan questions about her hairless cat Bambi, her love of Sheetz, and staying true to the most authentic version of herself. Check out the full interview with Ruby Soho below.

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The Young Bucks: AEW Unrestricted Podcast

In this episode of the AEW Unrestricted podcast, Matt and Nick Jackson of The Young Bucks have plenty to say about the creative process of AEW, their boss, Tony Khan, and how much life has changed since AEW launched. They also describe the backyard ring their dad built for them as teenagers, growing up Hulkamaniacs, their first matches, and how they developed their high-flying, in-ring style. Plus, they talk Bullet Club, Being The Elite, the development of their merch empire, and their love of Orange Cassidy! Listen to the full episode below.

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