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AEW’s Unrestricted Podcast: Tony Khan

This past weekend was AEW All Out, an incredible landmark event that changed the face of AEW and pro wrestling as a whole. AEW CEO, GM, and Head of Creative Tony Khan returned to the AEW Unrestricted podcast to break down the event’s unbelievable matchups, which included all four Championships being defended, a 21-woman Casino Battle Royal, CM Punk’s historic return to the ring against Darby Allin with Sting, Chris Jericho’s potentially career-ending match versus MJF, an epic bout between Jon Moxley and Satoshi Kojima, and the AEW in-ring debut of Paul Wight. Read on for the full episode and key quotes from Khan.

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Shannon “Daffney” Spruill Passes Away

This past spring I interviewed Shannon “Daffney” Spruill for my book about the history of TNA/IMPACT Wrestling. Thank god I did because last night she tragically committed suicide, and, as a result, the world lost a wonderful, kind, and talented human being.

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Book Review: Pro Wrestling FAQ

Released in 2015, Pro Wrestling FAQ by Brian Solomon is a lengthy and detailed history of a fascinating industry, spectacle, and art form. Watch my video review below to see what’s inside and find out whether or not you should add this book to your collection.

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Book Review: The Complete List Of Jericho

The Complete List of Jericho by Chris Jericho is the new book from “Le Champion.” It is the fifth book from the “Ayatollah of Rock ‘n’ Rolla,” celebrating 30 years of Jericho’s illustrious career. Throughout his journey as a pro wrestler, Jericho has kept a journal documenting every single match he has had, including those in WCW, WWE, Japan, AEW, and more. As of right now, The Complete List of Jericho is available exclusively at Jericho30.com. Read on for my review of this compelling new book.

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Book Update: Kevin Nash!

On December 13, 2019 I reached out to Kevin Nash for the first time about interviewing him for my books about the history of TNA/IMPACT Wrestling. Yesterday, just a few hours after watching Nash’s “WWE Untold: Two Dudes With Attitudes” documentary on Peacock, he called me. We wound up speaking for five hours! It was easily one of the best conversations I’ve had during this entire process.

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Book Update: Keith Mitchell’s First-Ever Interview

Keith Mitchell is one of the most talented and respected people within the professional wrestling industry. Currently serving as the Executive Producer for AEW, Keith was TNA Wrestling’s Executive Producer for 17 years. Prior to this, he was the Executive Producer for WCW and WCCW. Throughout his nearly 40-year career, Keith has never done an interview . . . until now! Over the course of two days, we spoke for five hours about all things TNA. We covered the formation of the company in 2001, TNA going on the road full-time in 2013, Spike TV cancelling TNA, what it was like working under Scott D’Amore’s leadership, and much more. It was an absolute honor to be the first person he fully trusted to do an interview with, and I couldn’t be more thankful for the opportunity. Stay tuned for plenty of commentary from Keith Mitchell in both of my books about the history of TNA/IMPACT Wrestling!

Sting Signs Multi-Year Deal With AEW & Debuts on Dynamite

Wow! Talk about a massive surprise. The Icon Sting just debuted tonight on AEW Dynamite, and I received the press release below from AEW’s PR team with the full details about Sting becoming All Elite, including a multi-year deal with the company. Read on for the full details.

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WCW: The Ultimate Guide

Back in 2000, DK, the same company that brings us incredible WWE books, published WCW: The Ultimate Guide. This slim hardback book was a precursor to the WWE Encyclopedia. It compiles wrestler biographies, information about moves, events, TV shows, PPVs, and more. It’s an interesting look at a company that, just one year later, would be bought out by Vince McMahon’s WWE. Below is a video review, where I show you every single page in this out-of-print book. Enjoy!

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WCW Nitro Author Tells All

Nitro by Guy Evans is the definitive book on Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling (WCW). At nearly 600 pages, it is the most comprehensive chronicle of what went right and what went wrong with WCW. I had the opportunity to speak with the author at length about his wonderful book, as well as Guy’s thoughts on modern-day wrestling, who his favorite wrestler is, and more.

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Pro Wrestling Demystified: Suspension of Disbelief

I had a great view of the action from my seat at WrestleMania XXX.

My first “Pro Wrestling Demystified” article focused on wrestling being “fake.” If you haven’t read it, do so. I’m proud to bring you the next entry in this series. Today, we’re going to take a look at suspension of disbelief — a commonly used term in professional wrestling parlance when describing the total immersion of oneself in the storyline and/or match that’s taking place.

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