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AEW Unrestricted Podcast: Jim Ross

Check out this episode of the AEW Unrestricted podcast, featuring the greatest professional wrestling announcer of all time: Jim Ross. The full episode is below.

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AEW Unrestricted Podcast: Adam Cole

On the latest episode of the AEW Unrestricted podcast, Adam Cole and Tony Schiavone call a 45-minute truce to give Adam a chance to tell the story of his debut at AEW ALL OUT! He talks about arriving incognito, holing up in a trailer all day, and the incredible “pop” from the crowd when he finally made his entrance. Adam runs through his first conversation with Tony Khan, the moment he made his decision to sign, his first AEW DYNAMITE match against Frankie Kazarian, and his love of the AEW locker room. He also recounts his resurrection on “Being The Elite,” reuniting with his old friends, Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks, the circumstances surrounding his loss to Negative1 (in an unsanctioned match), and the origin of “Adam Cole BayBay!” Plus, Adam talks all things video games including his favorite games and consoles, the first game he ever beat, the character he’d most like to hit with a Panama Sunrise, and how he became a video game collector! Check out the full episode below.

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Heels: My New Favorite TV Show

I watched all eight episodes of Heels in five days on Starz because it’s that damn good. Heels is a story about the men and women who chase their dreams in the world of small-town pro wrestling. Set in a close-knit Georgia community, it follows a family-owned wrestling promotion as two brothers, and rivals, war over their late father’s legacy. In the ring, somebody must play the good guy and somebody must play their nemesis, the heel. But in the real world, those characters can be hard to live up to — or hard to leave behind. Read on for my thoughts on this compelling new drama.

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AEW Unrestricted Podcast: Bryce Remsburg

In this episode of the AEW Unrestricted podcast, Ref Aubrey’s personal favorite referee, Bryce Remsburg, is telling stories about “Brittsburgh,” Excalibur, Shaquille O’Neal, and Eddie Kingston. He’s also sharing thoughts on Orange Cassidy’s AEW success, his friendship with Mr. Brodie Lee, his connection with The Young Bucks that ultimately brought him to AEW, and the most ridiculous thing he’s ever been a part of inside a wrestling ring. You’ll discover how Bryce got started as a referee, what it was like reff’ing an invisible man match, and what he believes has been the silver lining of the pandemic. And yes, Bryce Remsburg is his real name! Listen to the full episode below.

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AEW Unrestricted Podcast: Anthony Bowens of The Acclaimed

On the AEW Unrestricted podcast, Anthony Bowens explains why Kenny Omega is his favorite AEW wrestler, what he’s learned so far from FTR, and how his parents figure in to his best AEW moment to date. He talks about the formation of The Acclaimed and also speaks candidly about his LGBTQ journey, his decision to come out, and the importance of representation. Plus, you’ll discover what inspired Anthony’s YouTube channel, his new action figure collection, his love of reality TV, and why pineapple doesn’t belong on pizza! Read on for key quotes and the full episode.

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AEW Unrestricted Podcast: Malakai Black

In the latest episode of the AEW Unrestricted podcast, Malakai Black reveals the mix of horror movies, music, mythology, and European history that’s influenced and inspired his incredible AEW entrance! He breaks down the evolution of the three light stabs and his name, and he shares the backstage ritualist preparation he undergoes before every match. He also talks about his AEW debut in Miami, how they managed to keep it a secret, brawling with Cody Rhodes, and working with “Daredevil” star Rosario Dawson. He has stories about growing up in the Netherlands, the Dutch wrestling scene, his martial arts background, and his fascination with religion and the occult. Plus, he answers questions about a possible cinematic wrestling match in the future, developing his Blxck Mass clothing line, his cats, and learning to speak English. Keep reading for quotes and the full episode.

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AEW Unrestricted Podcast: Aubrey Edwards and Tony Schiavone

It’s an amazing time to be All Elite, with so many history-making developments, changes, and announcements at the league in recent weeks—so Ref Aubrey Edwards and Tony Schiavone decided a catch-up was in order! They share what it’s been like inside AEW following the arrivals of CM Punk, Bryan Danielson, Adam Cole, and Ruby Soho. They speak to AEW DYNAMITE’s return to the road and performing for full-capacity crowds. They talk about AEW DARK’s move to Orlando to tape in front of live audiences, collaborating with other promotions and talent, the growth and development of the AEW Women’s Division, and the launches of AEW FanFest and AEW Heels. Plus, you’ll hear their favorite moments and memories from the pandemic era. Below is the full AEW Unrestricted podcast episode featuring Aubrey Edwards and Tony Schiavone. Enjoy!

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Lionsgate Makes Up For A&E Biography WWE Legends DVD Error

On September 22, I wrote about how there was a significant manufacturing error as it related to the A&E Biography WWE Legends Volume 1 DVD released by Lionsgate. Since then, I’ve been in touch with someone within Lionsgate who helped make up for this error. Watch my video below for the full details.

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AEW Dynamite Grand Slam Photos

Below is a slideshow of photos from AEW Dynamite Grand Slam, the largest event, so far, in AEW history. Enjoy!

AEW Rampage 9/24: Photos

Below is a slideshow of photos from the September 24 episode of AEW Rampage. All photos are courtesy of All Elite Wrestling.

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