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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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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: Bobby Fish

Bobby Fish made a big splash on AEW DYNAMITE when he challenged Sammy Guevara for the TNT Championship. In the latest episode of the AEW Unrestricted podcast, he explains how quickly that match came together, what it was like getting in the ring with Bryan Danielson after 10 years, and how it felt to enter the AEW ring to “Dance Away.” He also talks about the lessons he learned from the late, great Harley Race and wrestling in Japan. He also shares tips on proper mustache care, stories about the wrestling scene in upstate New York when he was getting started, his love of ninjas and Bruce Lee, and his MMA background and training. Below interview with Bobby Fish and key quotes.

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AEW Unrestricted Podcast: Billy Gunn

Billy Gunn turned a rodeo scholarship into a career in pro wrestling! Ok, not exactly, but he’s got a great story about how he went from a rodeo ring to a wrestling ring! He’s also got a great story about how he ended up at AEW after being fired by WWE for the fourth time! Billy’s talking D-Generation X, New Age Outlaws, the Smoking Gunns, and what it was like working in the ring with everyone from Road Dogg to The Rock to Stone Cold Steve Austin and Terry Funk (one of the toughest guys ever in the business). Plus, he speaks to his great friendship with Chyna, and his new tag team, The Gunn Club, with his son, Austin. Below is the full AEW Unrestricted podcast interview with Billy Gunn.

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AEW Unrestricted Podcast: Daniel Garcia

Daniel Garcia has had an incredible 12 months in wrestling including signing with AEW, teaming with 2point0, and wrestling both CM Punk and Jon Moxley! In the latest AEW Unrestricted podcast episode, he shares what he’s learned from being in the ring with such experienced talent, the one thing that stands out from his match against Jon Moxley, and how a single call to do AEW DARK got the ball rolling for him. Daniel talks about getting started in wrestling, having to wait until he was 18 to attend wrestling school, and training with AEW’s The Blade. Plus, Daniel speaks to wrestling during the pandemic, the importance of pacing a match, why he likes to look at wrestling in “moments,” tag team chemistry, his love of Joshi wrestling, and when his childhood dream of the NHL turned into a dream of the squared circle! Check out the full interview below.

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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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