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Book Update: Rohit Raju

Rohit Raju is one of the most charismatic and talented wrestlers to ever spend time in IMPACT Wrestling, so it was a pleasure interviewing him for my book.

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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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Audible Live: Zachary Quinto & Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Zachary Quinto and Jesse Tyler Ferguson are talented actors who have entertained millions the world over. Both took part in an Audible Live interview, where they spoke about lending their voices to Sorry Charlie Miller, an Audible Original podcast. Watch the full interview 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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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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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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Audible Live: Yo-Yo Ma

Yo-Yo Ma, legendary musician and author of the wonderful audiobook Beginner’s Mind, sat down for a discussion on Audible Live. You can watch the full interview below.

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