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Review: NWA When Our Shadows Fall

Last night was the latest NWA PPV on FITE: When Our Shadows Fall. Featuring seven matches, this two-hour event was an action packed evening that welcomed fans back into the NWA Arena for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. For the full results and my thoughts on this NWA PPV, read on.

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Review: Ultimate Warrior WWE A&E Biography

Growing up, the Ultimate Warrior was my favorite pro wrestler. He was colorful, intense, and relentless — a comic book character come to life, with face paint and tassels to boot. Thankfully, I decided to attend WrestleMania XXX in 2014, which wound up being the Ultimate Warrior’s final run with WWE. It was an incredible weekend of events, capped off by his prophetic words on Monday Night RAW. This past Sunday, the latest WWE A&E Biography was all about the life and career of this icon of the squared circle. Did it delve deep or was it simply a puff piece? Read on for my thoughts.

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Rob Van Dam: WWE ICONS Documentary ECW Arena Event

Last night I attended my first major indoor event since being fully vaccinated. The event took place at the 2300 Arena (ECW Arena), and it featured Rob Van Dam watching the debut of his new WWE ICONS documentary for the first time, a little bit of stand-up, and photos and autographs with RVD afterward. It was an awesome time. Let me tell you all about it.

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Audible Review: A Chosen Destiny by Drew McIntyre

At 35 years of age, Drew McIntyre is one of the most inspirational and successful professional wrestlers in the world. His life hasn’t been an easy one, both in and out of the ring, and all of this, and more, is chronicled in his newly released autobiography: A Chosen Destiny.

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My World With Jeff Jarrett

On May 4, Jeff Jarrett boldly stepped into the world of podcasting with the first episode of My World with Jeff Jarrett, a weekly show featuring Double J and Conrad Thompson talking about iconic moments, memories, matches, and more from the King of the Mountain’s illustrious career.

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Audible Review: Yes by Daniel Bryan

This week it was announced that Daniel Bryan — real name, Bryan Danielson — is a free agent who is no longer with WWE, after letting his contract with the company expire. I was in attendance at WrestleMania XXX in New Orleans, which is inarguably the pinnacle of his amazing career. Now that Bryan is no longer with WWE, I figured now was as good a time as any to review the audiobook version of his autobiography, Yes!: My Improbable Journey to the Main Event of Wrestlemania.

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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: Ken Anderson, Rhino, Savio Vega, John E. Bravo

If you thought I was done with heavy hitters for my books about the history of TNA/IMPACT Wrestling, think again! I spoke with Ken Anderson, a two-time TNA World Heavyweight Champion, at length about his time with the company. We covered his feuds with Sting and Kurt Angle, including Angle’s crazy moonsault off the top of the cage at Lockdown 2010, as well as his time in Immortal, working with legends like Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair. I got Ken’s thoughts on AJ Styles, Rob Van Dam, Jeff Jarrett, Dixie Carter, and more. We also talked about Aces & Eights and why he was let go from TNA, among many other topics. It was an absolute pleasure interviewing Ken. He’s always been one of my favorite wrestlers, and he’s criminally underrated. I look forward to his future in the business, and I’m extremely thankful for the opportunity to speak with him for my book project.

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Pro Wrestling Illustrated: Special WrestleMania Issue

Tonight, Pro Wrestling Illustrated announced that the digital version of its June issue drops on Thursday and you can preorder the physical version right now! This is no ordinary issue, mind you; it’s the special WrestleMania issue and the fact that it’s available a few days before the biggest show of the year is awesome. Bianca Belair is in the hotseat this time around, which should be interesting, and I’m looking forward to reading the articles contributed by Brian Solomon and Jordynne Grace too. All of this, and much more, is in the new issue of Pro Wrestling Illustrated dropping this week (digitally), so make sure to snag a copy!

Book Review: WWE Superstar Handbook

DK Publishing is back with another WWE book, and this one is just in time for WrestleMania: WWE Superstar Handbook! Written by Jake Black, this 208-page paperback book is filled with stats and facts on more than 300 WWE Superstars. Alexa Bliss, The Rock, Roman Reigns, Hulk Hogan, Andre The Giant, Bret Hart, Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch — they’re all in here! Check out my video review below to get a look at what’s inside and whether or not you should buy a copy of this new book. Enjoy!

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