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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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A Conversation With Atari And Chuck E. Cheese Founder Nolan Bushnell

It’s not often that I get to interview someone who was a driving force behind the formation of an industry, so I was honored to have the opportunity to do just that when I spoke with Nolan Bushnell. One of the founding fathers of video games, Nolan created the iconic and enduring company, Atari. He also founded Chuck E. Cheese, yet another revolutionary business that influenced millions of people. Today, Nolan is focused on fixing education with his newest entrepreneurial endeavor, lernip. It was an honor and pleasure to speak with such an intelligent, influential, and insightful maverick. I hope you enjoy our discussion.

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TNA/IMPACT Book Update: Tommy Dreamer

On the eve of Bound For Glory, IMPACT Wrestling’s biggest show of the year, I’m proud to say that I was the first person Tommy Dreamer agreed to do an interview with following his recent appearance on Dark Side of the Ring. It was a two-part interview, covering all of Tommy’s time with the company, both in and out of the ring. We talked about Bob Ryder, Jeff Jarrett, Dixie Carter, Scott D’Amore, COVID, “Action” Mike Jackson, Paul Heyman, Daffney, and a whole lot more. Of course, we also discussed Dark Side of the Ring too. Tommy has always had my respect, and it was an honor and pleasure to speak with him at length for my book about the history of TNA/IMPACT Wrestling.

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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IMPACT Wrestling Press Pass: The IInspiration & Gail Kim

The IInspiration, Jessica McKay and Cassie Lee, are making their debut at IMPACT Wrestling’s biggest show of the year, Bound For Glory, where they battle Havok & Rosemary for the Knockouts Tag Team Championships. Today, they took part in an IMPACT Wrestling Press Pass event where reporters, including yours truly, got to ask them questions covering a wide array of topics. You can watch the full Press Pass below.

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IMPACT Wrestling Press Pass: Josh Alexander

This Saturday is IMPACT Wrestling’s biggest show of the year: Bound For Glory. Ahead of the big main event between Christian Cage and Josh Alexander, today’s IMPACT Press Pass gave journalists and fans the opportunity to ask Alexander a variety of questions before he heads into the biggest match of his career. Watch the full IMPACT Press Pass below.

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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: 2point0

2point0 (Matt Lee and Jeff Parker) are off to a tremendous start at AEW, and they are on the newest episode of the AEW Unrestricted podcast. They talk about the road that led them to DYNAMITE, the phone call that ultimately changed their lives, teaming up with adopted son Daniel Garcia, and their awestruck moment standing in the AEW ring opposite Sting. Plus, they debate the merits of instant coffee, contemplate the details of a fantasy title match against The Young Bucks, relive their childhood backyard wrestling days, and explain why wrist tape goes on after teeth brushing. Read on for key quotes and the full episode.

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IMPACT Wrestling Press Pass: The Good Brothers & D’Lo Brown

Leading up to the biggest show of the year, Bound For Glory, IMPACT Wrestling Press Pass is back this week with The Good Brothers, hosted by D’Lo Brown. Check out the full Press Pass 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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