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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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Jim Cornette Shoot Interview

Jim Cornette is one of the most intelligent and entertaining individuals in pro wrestling history. Below is a shoot interview with Jim, where he talks about his long and diverse career. You are guaranteed to be entertained. Enjoy!

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AEW Unrestricted Podcast: Billy Gunn

Billy Gunn turned a rodeo scholarship into a career in pro wrestling! Ok, not exactly, but he’s got a great story about how he went from a rodeo ring to a wrestling ring! He’s also got a great story about how he ended up at AEW after being fired by WWE for the fourth time! Billy’s talking D-Generation X, New Age Outlaws, the Smoking Gunns, and what it was like working in the ring with everyone from Road Dogg to The Rock to Stone Cold Steve Austin and Terry Funk (one of the toughest guys ever in the business). Plus, he speaks to his great friendship with Chyna, and his new tag team, The Gunn Club, with his son, Austin. Below is the full AEW Unrestricted podcast interview with Billy Gunn.

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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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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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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 Shamrock

This week, in addition to others, I’ve interviewed Gail Kim, Jeff Hardy, and, now, Ken Shamrock! The first-ever world champion in TNA/IMPACT Wrestling, and the only person to be both in both the UFC Hall of Fame and the IMPACT Wrestling Hall of Fame, Ken Shamrock is the real deal and a bonafide legend. While his moniker is “The World’s Most Dangerous Man,” he was a pleasure to speak with. Ken and I talked about what it was like to win the NWA-TNA World Heavyweight Championship at the company’s first-ever PPV, his thoughts on what makes TNA/IMPACT Wrestling special, what the locker room culture is like, the Montreal Screwjob, the best advice Bret Hart ever gave him, and a whole lot more. Want to know his thoughts on Eddie Edwards, Sami Callihan, Moose, and what it’s like wrestling in the era of COVID? I asked Ken about all of this. I also spoke with him about his time in the WWF, including his thoughts on The Rock, Mick Foley, Bret Hart, and officiating the iconic match at WrestleMania 13 where Stone Cold Steve Austin’s star shot into the stratosphere. As someone who grew up watching Ken Shamrock become a combat sports legend, it was an honor to pick his brain and gain a greater understanding of what make him special. I look forward to sharing these thoughts with all of you in my books about the history of TNA/IMPACT Wrestling.

Book Update: Gail Kim, Shane Douglas, & Taryn Terrell

Today was quite a day for interviews for my books about the history of TNA/IMPACT Wrestling. I interviewed the greatest and most influential female wrestler of all time, Gail Kim, as well as hardcore wrestling icon Shane Douglas, and former TNA Knockouts Champion Taryn Terrell!

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71-Year-Old Wrestler “Action” Mike Jackson Tells All

“Action” Mike Jackson is one of the best wrestlers in the world, yet he’s 71-years-old. I first saw him perform live at Tommy Dreamer’s House of Hardcore show in November 2019, and he blew me away. He was the highlight of the entire show, and I told him so afterward. The entire crowd was captivated by his speed and ability. In April 2020 he debuted on IMPACT Wrestling in a match against Johnny Swinger, again, blowing away wrestling fans, but this time it was on a worldwide stage. Around this time COVID took over the world, so that run came to a halt. However, as you’ll see in my interview with this championship wrestler who has grappled with countless legends, the best is yet to come. I look forward to the day when “Action” Mike Jackson returns to the ring in IMPACT Wrestling, and I hope I’m there to see it live. If you’re looking to enjoy some of his prowess while at home, give him a call at 205-936-9050 to buy a variety of DVDs, t-shirts, and more from the living legend himself!

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