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AEW’s Unrestricted Podcast: Serena Deeb

On the latest AEW Unrestricted podcast, NWA Women’s Champion Serena Deeb details what it took to win the coveted title from Thunder Rosa! She also chronicles her journey to AEW and how signing with the company was the silver lining of 2020. Serena talks about the power of yoga and positive thinking, learning from Rip Rogers and returning to in-ring performance after believing that part of her career to be over. Plus, she shares her Mt. Rushmore of wrestling and her love of coaching.

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AEW’s Unrestricted Podcast: Anna Jay

The latest episode of the AEW Unrestricted podcast features Anna Jay. After signing with AEW, Anna soon found herself recruited to the Dark Order—hear how that happened, how she keeps a straight face when filming BTE with John Silver and more. Anna’s also talking about training at the Nightmare Factory with QT Marshall, tagging with Tay Conti, Jerry Lynn’s impact on her development and AEW career to date—and learning the sleeper hold from Arn Anderson. She remembers bonding with her dad over wrestling, the promos he used to cut on her as a kid and the inspiration for the “Star Of The Show.” And, she answers fan questions about Brodie Lee and the AEW Women’s World Championship. 

Below are highlights from the podcast, as well as the full episode.

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Patti LaBelle – ‘Twas Love

Patti LabelleWith Christmas almost one week away, many of us are being assaulted with holiday standards everywhere we turn. While I enjoy timeless Christmas standards, I’m a big fan of original songs. One of my favorites is Patti LaBelle’s “‘Twas Love.” It’s a perfectly crafted pop song with an infectious melody. Below you’ll find a link to it on Spotify as well as a video of Ms. Patti singing it live. Enjoy!

 

Rock Done Right: John Waite, Joe Cocker And Michael Des Barres Band

Over the past year, I’ve fallen in love with Spotify, which has allowed me to enjoy artists I know and love as well as discover new ones. While I’m a fan of all kinds of music, melodic rock is my favorite.

Below are three albums I’ve been listening to over and over again:

JOHN WAITE – ROUGH & TUMBLE

John Waite’s newest album, Rough & Tumble is simply awesome. His signature voice is as strong as ever, and his lyrics are quite impressive. I’ve always been a fan of his music, everything from The Babys to Bad English, and, of course, his amazing solo albums. My favorite track from this album is “Evil.” It has a killer guitar riff and a funky groove that will get you moving around the room in no time. But don’t take my word for it, check out the video below.

JOE COCKER – HARD KNOCKS

Joe Cocker has a legendary voice and a unique stage presence. His latest album, Hard Knocks, is filled with a wide variety of music, and it’s all good. One of my favorite tracks is “Thankful” because it’s a soulful number that builds to an outstanding climax featuring a choir and Cocker’s signature scream. As you’ll see from the video below, it’s a spine-chilling song about the importance of being grateful.

MICHAEL DES BARRES BAND – CARNABY STREET

For those of you that read my recent post about Murdoc, you know how I admire the talented Michael Des Barres. Well, his new band just released its first album, Carnaby Street, and it’s excellent. Listening to it conjures up visions of Rod Stewart and The Rolling Stones. If you like no-nonsense rock n’ roll, then this album is for you. While there are many great tracks, one of my favorites is “Please Stay.” It’s a slow, soulful number that’s full of emotion. Below is a live version of the song.

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