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AEW’s Unrestricted Podcast: Serena Deeb

On the latest AEW Unrestricted podcast, NWA Women’s Champion Serena Deeb details what it took to win the coveted title from Thunder Rosa! She also chronicles her journey to AEW and how signing with the company was the silver lining of 2020. Serena talks about the power of yoga and positive thinking, learning from Rip Rogers and returning to in-ring performance after believing that part of her career to be over. Plus, she shares her Mt. Rushmore of wrestling and her love of coaching.

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New IMPACT Wrestling Broadcast Team Debuts at Hard To Kill

This Saturday is the biggest PPV for IMPACT Wrestling in many years because it’s the first time the company is collaborating with All Elite Wrestling (AEW) for a major event. Not only will AEW World Champion Kenny Omega be in the main event, but there will be a new broadcast team calling the action. IMPACT Wrestling announced that Josh Matthews and Madison Rayne are no longer doing play-by-play and color commentary. Starting at Hard To Kill, and going forward, Matt Striker and D’Lo Brown are taking over these duties. I’m thrilled to hear this news and can’t wait to see what this new team has to offer. Below is the full press release from IMPACT Wrestling with all of the details.

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IMPACT Wrestling Report: My Books, Genesis, & More!

Welcome! I hope you enjoyed the holidays since my last IMPACT Wrestling Report. A lot has happened since then, including the announcement about my first-ever book, which is going to be two books about the 20-year history of TNA/IMPACT Wrestling! Genesis, the first IMPACT Plus exclusive event of 2021, took place this last Saturday, and tonight is the final episode of IMPACT Wrestling on the road to this Saturday’s Hard To Kill PPV.

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IMPACT Wrestling Hosts Virtual FanFest January 16

IMPACT Wrestling presents its second-ever virtual fanfest, The Hard To Kill CELL-ebration, on Saturday, January 16, 2021. The 2-hour event starts at 11 a.m. Eastern Time and, similar to the Slammiversary CELL-ebration this past July, the event will be an interactive, perk-filled, virtual private party, held hours before the much-anticipated HARD TO KILL pay-per-view event kicks off at 8 p.m. ET — and I intend on taking part in this special event!

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Movie Review: Relentless

Nearly two years ago I interviewed Diamond Dallas Page, the founder of DDP Yoga (DDPY) and a legend in the professional wrestling industry. It was an amazing discussion that resulted in a series of events: we became friends, I stayed at Dallas’ house for a week a few months later, he taught me DDPY at the largest workshop ever, and I became Philadelphia’s first-ever certified DDPY instructor, among other wonderful opportunities. If you want to get to know Diamond Dallas Page better and learn all about DPPY and why it’s so special, I implore you to watch his newly released documentary, Relentless, which is available on Amazon Prime Video.

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Book Review: Under The Black Hat by Jim Ross

Jim Ross is the voice of professional wrestling — inarguably the greatest play-by-play announcer in the history of “this great sport,” as Tony Schiavone would say. He southern drawl and impassioned delivery defined the Attitude Era, and behind the scenes Jim signed some of the top talent to WWE, including Brock Lesnar, Christian, Chris Jericho, and Becky Lynch. His first book, Slobberknocker, was good but it focused on the earlier years in his life and career in wrestling. His newest memoir, Under The Black Hat, is the one everyone has been waiting for as it provides JR’s thoughts on his time in WWE and beyond.

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AEW’s Unrestricted Podcast: Sting

He does this; he does that: It’s Sttiiiiiinngg!  You’ll discover exactly how he came to be at AEW, and all that went into The Icon’s surprise debut. Sting recounts his conversations with Tony Khan, his first steps backstage at Dynamite, walking through Gorilla on his way to the ring, the snowfall at Daily’s Place and fans’ reactions to his appearance. He also shares stories about the evolution of his character (from neon surfer Sting to The Crow version), his relationship with Dusty Rhodes and the Rhodes family, his early days tag teaming with Jim Hellwig (aka Ultimate Warrior) and what Hacksaw Jim Duggan said to him the first time they met!  

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AEW Wrestlers Reenact Iconic Scenes from A Christmas Story

AEW and A Christmas Story coming together? Sounds confusing, I know. Read on for the full announcement from AEW for all of the details about these worlds colliding.

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IMPACT Wrestling: Final Resolution Results

More eyes are on IMPACT Wrestling than there have been in a long time. Thankfully, IMPACT Wrestling is capitalizing on this opportunity with stellar weekly programming on AXS TV, as well as monthly event exclusive to the IMPACT Plus app, including last night’s Final Resolution.

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AEW’s Unrestricted Podcast: Dark Order’s John Silver & Alex Reynolds

The Dark Order’s John Silver and Alex Reynolds bring a whole new meaning to “Unrestricted” as they talk Beaver Boys, Bloody Nips and “slops!” They shed some light on the status of Dark Order numbers, the AEW locker room, BTE filming and why John Silver might be the best kisser in all of AEW. Plus, Alex sets the record straight on his injury, eating steak with the Exalted One and competing on “Dancing With The Stars.” If you want to know if Ref Aubrey and Tony Schiavone #JoinDarkOrder, be sure to listen to the bitter (and very funny) end.

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