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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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Icons Of Wrestling: December 18, 2021

Gail Kim taking a selfie of us at the end of the day.

Yesterday, I attended the Icons of Wrestling convention here in Philadelphia at the ECW Arena (now the 2300 Arena), followed by Battleground Championship Wrestling at night. Both events were a blast! Read on for my thoughts on this fun day and who I met.

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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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Book Review — Wrestling With Joeylicious: The Saga Continues…

So far, this year, I’ve read more than 50 books. One of those books was Wrestling With Joeylicious: The Saga Continues… As you may recall, last year I reviewed the first book in this series, and I interviewed the author, Joey Cassata. I loved that book, and Joey has had one hell of a journey, literally enjoying both rock ‘n’ wrestling! If you loved the first Wrestling With Joeylicious book and found it as enthralling as I did, you’ll want to pick up a copy of the new book, which continues the storyline of the first. Read on for my thoughts on this new book.

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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: Ruby Soho

In the latest episode of the AEW Unrestricted podcast, Ruby Soho shares some great stories about making her AEW debut at ALL OUT on the same night as Bryan Danielson and Adam Cole, including what Tony Khan said to her just before her entrance and the very real moment she had in the ring with AEW referee Bryce Remsburg. She remembers her favorite moments from her main event match versus Dr. Britt Baker, D.M.D. during AEW DYNAMITE Grand Slam at Arthur Ashe Stadium, and she explains how a friendship with Rancid’s Lars Frederiksen inspired her Ruby Soho character and music. Ruby speaks to the importance of the TBS Championship Tournament, the camaraderie and respect in the AEW women’s locker room, and her goals for the next year. Plus, Ruby answers fan questions about her hairless cat Bambi, her love of Sheetz, and staying true to the most authentic version of herself. Check out the full interview with Ruby Soho below.

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The Young Bucks: AEW Unrestricted Podcast

In this episode of the AEW Unrestricted podcast, Matt and Nick Jackson of The Young Bucks have plenty to say about the creative process of AEW, their boss, Tony Khan, and how much life has changed since AEW launched. They also describe the backyard ring their dad built for them as teenagers, growing up Hulkamaniacs, their first matches, and how they developed their high-flying, in-ring style. Plus, they talk Bullet Club, Being The Elite, the development of their merch empire, and their love of Orange Cassidy! Listen to the full episode below.

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