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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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Review: Callihan Uncensored

Today, IMPACT Wrestling released the first episode of Callihan Uncensored — a brand-new original show that is available through IMPACT Wrestling’s Ultimate IMPACT Insider YouTube membership and IMPACT Plus. Is this show any good? Read on for my thoughts!

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Pro Wrestling Illustrated: November 2021 Issue Now Available

The latest issue of Pro Wrestling Illustrated is now available! Veteran pro wrestling journalist and author Brian Solomon pitched and wrote the cover story about “Who is the REAL Tribal Chief?” Read on for more details about the November 2021 issue of PWI.

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We Promised You A Great Main Event: An Unauthorized WWE History

Looking for the definitive book about the history of WWE? Well, Bill Hanstock set out to create just that with We Promised You A Great Main Event: An Unauthorized WWE History. Watch my video review below for a look inside the book, to learn what it’s all about, and whether or not I think it’s worth your time and money. Enjoy!

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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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Philly To Host MLW Battle Riot III July 10

On July 10, MLW is kicking off its new season by welcoming fans back for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and they’re doing it in Philadelphia! I will be in attendance at this exciting event, and it was just announced that this show is going to be Battle Riot III. Below is the full press release with all of the details.

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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!

Book Update: Podcast Interview

After interviewing more than 100 people for my books about the history of TNA/IMPACT Wrestling, the tables have turned. Last night, I took part in my first interview to promote this book project by appearing on The Talking Nonsense About Impact Wrestling podcast. There’s so much to discuss about this project, and I’m constantly gathering new, compelling information every day. It was fun sharing tidbits on this episode of the podcast, and I’m going to return regularly to share even more. You can watch the full episode below.

Book Update: Matt Hardy!

Tonight I had a 90+ minute interview with Matt Hardy! Yes, the legendary wrestler’s commentary about TNA and his time in the company is going to be part of my books about the promotion’s history. Having the opportunity to interview both Jeff and Matt Hardy is something I never thought would happen coming into this project, but I’m eternally grateful that it did. Matt and I covered his first run in 2011, coming back in 2014, winning the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, Big Money Matt Hardy, Broken Matt Hardy, The Final Deletion, Total Nonstop Deletion, Delete or Decay, his recent return to IMPACT Wrestling, and more. It was an absolute honor and pleasure speaking with Matt Hardy, and I have an even greater respect for the man and his creativity as a result of our conversation.

The Wrestler: A Q.T. Marshall Story

Originally released in 2017, The Wrestler: A Q.T. Marshall Story is an award-winning documentary about an independent wrestler trying to make it to WWE. It’s an underdog story about a regular guy from New Jersey trying to make it to the big-time. While I didn’t know anything about Q.T. Marshall prior to watching this documentary, his name was vaguely familiar. In a world filled with wrestling documentaries, including 350 Days, Nail In The Coffin, You Cannot Kill David Arquette, and The Resurrection of Jake the Snake, is this one worth watching? Read on for my thoughts.

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