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JUST JOSHI – Ice Ribbon & Independent Primers

JUST JOSHI – Ice Ribbon & Independent Primers

January 20, 2022

Following up on the previous editions of "The Baseline," JPQ welcomes JD of Red Leaf Retrocast to discuss another transitional period for Ice Ribbon. Then, Alex Richards drops by for a look at the top independent promotions in the world of joshi.

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PREMIERE: JUST JOSHI – Stardom & TJPW

PREMIERE: JUST JOSHI – Stardom & TJPW

January 18, 2022

It's the premiere episode of the latest addition to the Pro Wrestling Illustrated Presents ... network of podcasts. In Just Joshi, host JPQ will be joined by a range of analysts and wrestlers to discuss relevant topics in the world of Japanese women's wrestling. In part one, "The Baseline," JPQ welcomes PWI Editor-in-Chief Kevin McElvaney to run through the 2021 performances of the Stardom roster, unit by unit. Then, Scott E. of Five Star Joshi Podcast for a deep dive into the roster of Tokyo Joshi Pro-Wrestling.

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PWIndie – Game Changer Takes Manhattan

PWIndie – Game Changer Takes Manhattan

January 11, 2022

Ahead of the January 23 Wrld on GCW show at the Hammerstein Ballroom, Kevin & Kaia are joined by wrestlers Allie Katch and Tony Deppen, as well as Game Changer Wrestling founder and promoter Brett Lauderdale, for a discussion of the big show, GCW's evolution through the years, and much more.

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Get The W – The TBS Title Tourney, Midcard Titles, And More

Get The W – The TBS Title Tourney, Midcard Titles, And More

January 10, 2022

On this episode of PWI Presents ... Get The W, Kristen Ashly is joined by wrestling analysts Xenia (XeniaDidThat) and Warren Hayes (The Mr. Warren Hayes Show) to review the AEW TBS Championship Tournament and the crowning of a new star in All Elite Wrestling's Women's division in Jade Cargill. Plus, a thought-provoking discussion of the role mid-card singles titles play, and how this new championship can potentially mean exciting things for the AEW women's roster.

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Ep. 190 – Big E Interview, Plus: Reactions to Day 1, WK 16

Ep. 190 – Big E Interview, Plus: Reactions to Day 1, WK 16

January 6, 2022

Finally, we share the full, uncut audio of PWI Contributing Writer Righteous Reg's "Hotseat" interview with Big E. But first, PWI's Al Castle & Brian Solomon are back to talk about some of the biggest recent news in the wrestling world, including Brock Lesnar and Kazuchika Okada's respective world title victories. Plus, Al and Brian discuss the top 10 in our #TagTeam50 ranking (on newsstands now). 

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Ep. 189 – WWE & AEW in 2022 (What to Expect)

Ep. 189 – WWE & AEW in 2022 (What to Expect)

December 30, 2021

To round out 2021, PWI's Al Castle and Brian R. Solomon are joined by wrestler-turned-analyst Brandon Thurston for a look at the financial states and trajectory of World Wrestling Entertainment and All Elite Wrestling. Who are the biggest stars in pro wrestling? What do recent ratings, demographic performances, live gates, and major business moves mean for the future of WWE and its closest competitor, AEW? Don't miss this substantive discussion of the state of both companies as we head into 2022.

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PWIndie – The Wrestival w/ AC Mack, Alec Price, Becca, and Drew Cordeiro

PWIndie – The Wrestival w/ AC Mack, Alec Price, Becca, and Drew Cordeiro

December 28, 2021

In anticipation of this coming weekend's Wrestival event, PWI's Kevin McElvaney and wrestler/"Conduit Of Karma" Kaia McKenna speak to a few of the key figures involved in the event: IWTV #1 contender AC Mack, Limitless Wrestling stars Alec Price & Becca, and Beyond Wrestling promoter Drew Cordeiro. 

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Get The W – The State of Stardom

Get The W – The State of Stardom

December 21, 2021

On episode 3 of Get The W, host Kristen Ashly is joined by joshi expert JPQ for a deep dive into the state of World Wonder Ring Stardom, looking into the state of the world's premier women's wrestling promotion. Topics include:

  • The impact of Stardom's sale to Bushiroad
  • Stardom's prospects for international influence/success
  • How the company is expanding in its native Japan
  • Stardom's presence at NJPW's Wrestle Kingdom

Plus, a full review of last weekend's Osaka Super Wars and an exciting announcement about a forthcoming addition to the Pro Wrestling Illustrated Presents ... podcast family.

Follow JPQ: https://twitter.com/Bigpawsonapup 

Follow Kristen: https://twitter.com/KristenAshly 

 

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Ep. 188 – John Silver & Alex Reynolds, Plus: A Smorgasbord of News Items

Ep. 188 – John Silver & Alex Reynolds, Plus: A Smorgasbord of News Items

December 16, 2021

Hosts Al Castle and Brian R. Solomon are back in the saddle this week to discuss an array of timely topics, including:

  • Brian's new podcast venture
  • The recent passing of Blackjack Lanza
  • Jeff Hardy's potential future in wrestling
  • What's next for Ring of Honor's top stars

Plus, Al shares his recent conversation with The Dark Order's Alex Reynolds and John Silver.

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PWIndie – Photograph (Not The Ringo Starr One)

PWIndie – Photograph (Not The Ringo Starr One)

December 3, 2021

This episode of Pro Wrestling INDIEstrated focuses on an integral part of the industry—including PWI itself. Kevin McElvaney and Kaia McKenna are joined by Antoine & Christina (JayLee Photography), as well as Hiban Huerta, to talk about what it takes to properly document the sport through a photographer's lens.

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Get The W – Women‘s Tag Team Wrestling

Get The W – Women‘s Tag Team Wrestling

December 2, 2021

On the heels of the release of the Tag Team 50, Warren Hayes (filling in for Kristen Ashly) is joined by Krista B and Queen PR of Those Wrestling Girls, as well as joshi expert JPQ, to reflect on the inclusions (and possible snubs) of women's tag teams in this year's PWI Tag Team 50. Then, the group discusses the state of women's tag team wrestling, more broadly, in both America and Japan.

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Ep. 187 – Talking Survivor Series, Full Gear (w/ Righteous Reg)

Ep. 187 – Talking Survivor Series, Full Gear (w/ Righteous Reg)

December 1, 2021

Filling in for usual cohost Brian R. Solomon, Righteous Reg joins PWI Senior Writer Al Castle for a discussion of WWE Survivor Series and AEW Full Gear, along with some other recent news items. Plus, Candace Cordelia's in-depth interview with Ring of Honor star Shane Taylor.

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Get The W – PREMIERE w/ Guest Ella Jay

Get The W – PREMIERE w/ Guest Ella Jay

November 17, 2021

It's the inaugural episode of the latest edition to the PWI family of podcasts: Get The W. Hosted by PWI Contributing Writer and Bell to Belles founder Kristen Ashly, this podcast will focus on the wide world of women's wrestling, featuring experts and guests throughout the industry. In the premiere, Kristen is joined by Ella Jay, who sat on this year's "Women's 150," for a deep dive into the state of AEW's Women's division.

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PWIndie – Conduits of the Bay Area

PWIndie – Conduits of the Bay Area

November 12, 2021

Kevin McElvaney & Kaia McKenna are joined by two wonderful talents out of the Bay Area—wrestler/promoter DARK Sheik and Pro Wrestling Illustrated Contributor/Black Wrecellence founder Righteous Reg—to discuss their respective careers and how their regional backgrounds shaped the work they do today.

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Ep. 186 – The Top 10 Women Wrestlers & Reflections on WWE Firings

Ep. 186 – The Top 10 Women Wrestlers & Reflections on WWE Firings

November 8, 2021

Al Castle & Brian Solomon are joined by most of the "Women's 150" ranking committee—Kristen Ashly, Pat Laprade, Candace Cordelia, and Kevin McElvaney—for an in-the-weeds discussion of the top 10 from this year's PWI Women's ranking. Plus, early reflections on WWE's shocking latest round of releases.

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Ep. 185 – Et Tu, Ring of Honor? (Plus: Renee Paquette Interview)

Ep. 185 – Et Tu, Ring of Honor? (Plus: Renee Paquette Interview)

November 1, 2021

Does Ring of Honor's recent announcement about shutting down—albeit, temporarily—bode poorly for the future of the company? PWI's Al Castle and Brian R. Solomon discuss the implications of reports that ROH has released all its talent from their contracts, the history and impact of the company, and what might lie ahead for some of its top wrestlers. Plus, the full, Kristen Ashly's extended "Hotseat" interview with Renee Paquette, as found in our Women's 150 issue.

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PWIndie – Ring Crew w/ Big Vin, Gene & Tommy

PWIndie – Ring Crew w/ Big Vin, Gene & Tommy

October 19, 2021

Pro Wrestling INDIEstrated is back and better than ever! PWI Editor-in-Chief Kevin McElvaney is joined by new co-host—up-and-coming independent wrestler Kaia McKenna! After a brief introduction, Kaia and Kevin talk to wrestler and GCW "foreman" Big Vin, who offers an inside look at his work setting up rings and more for Game Changer Wrestling. Then, we get in the weeds about deathmatch wrestling by talking to two of the most respected builders/artists of the last decade, Gene and Tommy.

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Ep. 184 – Josh Alexander, The WWE Draft, and The Forbidden Door

Ep. 184 – Josh Alexander, The WWE Draft, and The Forbidden Door

October 12, 2021

PWI Senior Writer Al Castle is joined by "The Walking Weapon" Josh Alexander, who has a lot to say ahead of his challenger for the IMPACT World title at Bound For Glory. But, before that, Al is joined by fellow PWI Contributor Brian R. Solomon to discuss the implications of the WWE Draft, and whether we might see WWE walk through the so-called forbidden door.

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Ep. 183 – Wrestling vs. Sports Entertainment

Ep. 183 – Wrestling vs. Sports Entertainment

September 24, 2021

Al Castle and Brian Solomon discuss the recent big weekly events from AEW featuring, most recently, the return of "American Dragon" Bryan Danielson. We also hear discussion of NXT 2.0 and why stars like Bron Breakker should prove valuable to WWE in the years ahead. Finally, discussion of the fallout from the recent "Plane Ride from Hell" episode of Dark Side of the Ring. Plus: Candace Cordelia's interview with Ken Dixon of Ring of Honor and MCW.

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PWIndie – Hell Freezes Over (w/David Ali, Nick McDaniel)

PWIndie – Hell Freezes Over (w/David Ali, Nick McDaniel)

September 15, 2021

On this episode of Pro Wrestling INDIEstrated, Kevin McElvaney is joined by wrestler David Ali, along with Tapped Out Wrestling Podcast co-host Nick McDaniel, to discuss David's two scheduled title defenses at this weekend's Hell Freezes Over multi-promotional supershow in Canton, GA.

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Ep. 182 – Kenny Omega is the Alpha (2021 PWI 500 Episode)

Ep. 182 – Kenny Omega is the Alpha (2021 PWI 500 Episode)

September 8, 2021

On the latest PWI Podcast, Al Castle and Brian Solomon are joined by Editor-in-Chief Kevin McElvaney for a quick recap of AEW's All Out event, followed by in-depth analysis of this year's top 10 in the 2021 PWI 500. Finally, Kevin shares the full, uncut audio from his recent interview with #1 ranked wrestler, AEW World champion Kenny Omega.

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Ep. 181 – Punk, Becky, Brock, and What’s Next for NXT

Ep. 181 – Punk, Becky, Brock, and What’s Next for NXT

August 23, 2021

Al Castle and Brian R. Solomon are back with a new episode of The PWI Podcast, focusing on the events of this weekend, including CM Punk's AEW debut, WWE SummerSlam, a very unusual NXT TakeOver, and the implications of all these things. Don't miss this one!

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Ep. 180 – Five-Star Wrestling Observations

Ep. 180 – Five-Star Wrestling Observations

August 18, 2021

Today on The PWI Podcast, Al Castle and Brian Solomon discuss a cornucopia of topics, from the newly revamped PWI website to the John Cena-Roman Reigns feud, along with their thoughts on what AEW might do with CM Punk and Daniel Bryan. Plus, Al shares bonus audio from his recent "Hotseat" interview with Dave Meltzer.

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06 PWIndie – EFFY, World Titles, and IWTV 100

06 PWIndie – EFFY, World Titles, and IWTV 100

August 11, 2021

On this episode of Pro Wrestling INDIEstrated, highlights from Candace Cordelia's recent hour-long interview with EFFY. Plus, Kevin McElvaney talks about the two recognized world championships designated by PWI, as well as his experiences at the IWTV 100 event in Williamstown, NJ.

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Watch the full EFFY interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BAg_0SVFrc

Ep. 179 – Much Ado About Bray (And Other News)

Ep. 179 – Much Ado About Bray (And Other News)

August 5, 2021

This week on The PWI Podcast, Al Castle and Brian Solomon start off by offering an insider’s preview of the new issue of the magazine. Then, they review the latest news and rumors in professional wrestling, including the release of Bray Wyatt, what CM Punk and Daniel Bryan might have to offer AEW, and where WWE might source its talent apart from its own developmental system. Plus, our newest Contributing Writer, Candace Cordelia, interviews NXT star Franky Monet (fka Taya Valkyrie).

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05 PWIndie – Ref Odie Brown, MV Young

05 PWIndie – Ref Odie Brown, MV Young

July 20, 2021

Today on #ProWrestlingINDIEstrated, Referee Odie Brown joins Kevin McElvaney to discuss the #ZebraTalkFund and more. Plus, PWI Columnist Andrea Hangst shares her recent, extended conversation with indie heartthrob, MV Young.

Follow Odie on Twitter: https://twitter.com/odie1kenodi

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Follow MV Young: https://twitter.com/THEonlyMVYoung

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Ep. 178 – Paging Dr. Britt Baker!

Ep. 178 – Paging Dr. Britt Baker!

July 15, 2021

On the latest episode of The PWI Podcast, Al Castle and Brian Solomon discuss the end of WWE's ThunderDome era, preview Money in the Bank 2021, and reflect on the recent passing of "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff. Plus: Al shares audio from his extended interview with AEW Women's World champion, Dr. Britt Baker, DMD.

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04 PWIndie – Trish Adora Interview

04 PWIndie – Trish Adora Interview

July 7, 2021

On the latest edition of Pro Wrestling Indiestrated, Trish Adora joins Kevin McElvaney to discuss a wide range of topics including the Pan-Afrikan World Diaspora championship, who she wants to face in the Ring of Honor Women's title tournament, workout playlists, her recent deathmatch with Dark Sheik, her Iron Match outing against Tony Deppen, and much more.

Plus, our host shares exclusive audio reporting from Game Changer Wrestling's Backyard Wrestling 3 event, including brief conversations with "No Guff" Adam Gault and Jody Himself.

Follow Trish Adora on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TrishAdora202

Watch Backyard Wrestling 3 on FITE TV: https://www.fite.tv/watch/gcw-backyard-wrestling-3/2p9lc/ 

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Ep. 177 – Raising the Stakes in WWE

Ep. 177 – Raising the Stakes in WWE

June 28, 2021

Today on The PWI Podcast, Al Castle and Brian Solomon discuss the recent increase in high-stakes matches in WWE, where these changes have come from, and how this might prove to be an issue going forward. They also share their thoughts on the recent VICE documentary on Chyna, which features an uncredited appearance from Brian. Plus: The extended version of Kevin McElvaney's recent "12 Questions" interview with Ring of Honor's Sledge.

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03 PWIndie – Willow Nightingale

03 PWIndie – Willow Nightingale

June 17, 2021

You've seen her recently on AEW Dark, Ring of Honor's Women's Division Wednesday, and at any number of prominent independent shows. Today, Willow Nightingale joins PWI's Kevin McElvaney to discuss a wide range of topics—from the connections between indie wrestling and punk rock to making her own gear, keeping a positive attitude, and sharing a profound, mutual respect with Allie Kat (Katch).

Don't miss Willow on this weekend's Black Wrestlers Matter event! Learn more at www.blackwrestlersmatter.com

And be sure to follow her on Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok: @w_nightingale_

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Ep. 176 – Kenny Omega Gets In The Hotseat

Ep. 176 – Kenny Omega Gets In The Hotseat

June 8, 2021

On the latest episode of The PWI Podcast, Al Castle shares audio from his interview with AEW/Impact World champ Kenny Omega (available in the new issue of Pro Wrestling Illustrated, in stores now). Before that, Al and co-host Brian Solomon share their thoughts on the latest round of WWE releases, the competing Ultimate Warrior docs on Vice and A&E, and more.

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02 PWIndiestrated - Jody Himself

02 PWIndiestrated - Jody Himself

June 4, 2021

On the second episode of Pro Wrestling Indiestrated, Kevin McElvaney is joined by Jody Himself (fka Jody The Wrestler, Young Boy) to discuss his name change, the movie Hot Rod, PPW's No Hook, sad music, and many, many other topics.

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Ep. 175 – Zombies, Light Tubes, and Antonino Rocca

Ep. 175 – Zombies, Light Tubes, and Antonino Rocca

May 26, 2021

On the latest episode of The PWI Podcast, hosts Al Castle and Brian Solomon preview AEW's Double or Nothing, while reflecting on the recent wave of TV wrestling documentaries on AEW and Vice and giving their honest thoughts on topics like zombie lumberjacks, deathmatches, and more. Plus: Kevin McElvaney shares his recent conversation with broadcast journalist Mark Pickering about Pro Wrestling NOAH's upcoming Mitsuharu Misawa tribute show and the June 6 CyberFight Festival.

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Pro Wrestling Indiestrated Ep. 1 – Dan Champion

Pro Wrestling Indiestrated Ep. 1 – Dan Champion

May 18, 2021

Joining The PWI Podcast, meet the newest member of the Pro Wrestling Illustrated Presents ... family, Pro Wrestling Indiestrated. On the premiere episode, PWI Editor-in-Chief Kevin McElvaney is joined by "Big Dan" Champion to discuss this coming weekend's "Reel Rumble" event.

https://www.mahoningdit.com/events-schedules/events-calendar 

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Ep. 174 – Jeff Jarrett, Backlash Chat, and The 2021 PWI Poll

Ep. 174 – Jeff Jarrett, Backlash Chat, and The 2021 PWI Poll

May 13, 2021

Al Castle and Brian Solomon are reunited for this week's episode of The PWI Podcast, where they discuss a variety of topics including WWE's planned WrestleMania Backlash. Then, they answer some sample questions from our annual Readers Poll. Finally, Brian shares audio from his recent conversation with Jeff Jarrett.

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Ep. 173 – Jordynne Grace Is Punching Up

Ep. 173 – Jordynne Grace Is Punching Up

May 7, 2021

This week on The PWI Podcast, Brian Solomon and Kevin McElvaney (filling in for Al Castle) are joined by Jordynne Grace to discuss her decision to sign a new, multi-year contract with Impact Wrestling, her new recurring column in Pro Wrestling Illustrated magazine, working with Jazz, and much more.

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Ep. 172 – Righteous Reg, Dak Draper, and Trashbag Gate

Ep. 172 – Righteous Reg, Dak Draper, and Trashbag Gate

April 27, 2021

This week on The PWI Podcast, Al Castle and Brian Solomon are joined by fellow Pro Wrestling Illustrated writer Righteous Reg to discuss a range of topics including the historical importance of WrestleMania, Reg's experiences at the indie events leading up to the big event, and some recent hot topics/scandals in the world of pro wrestling. Plus, Al Castle shares his exclusive interview with one of Ring of Honor's brightest stars, Dak Draper. Don't miss this supersized episode of The PWI Podcast!

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Ep. 171 –WrestleMania in Review

Ep. 171 –WrestleMania in Review

April 12, 2021

Today on the PWI Podcast, Al Castle and Brian Solomon are back, burning the midnight oil to deliver a match-by-match, segment-by-segment review of the two-night WrestleMania 37. From celebrity appearances to major title changes (and others that didn't change), it's all there, in this entertaining, thought-provoking, supersized podcast episode.

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Ep. 170 – WrestleMania Mania (The Go-Home Show)

Ep. 170 – WrestleMania Mania (The Go-Home Show)

April 8, 2021

On this episode of The PWI Podcast, Al Castle and Brian Solomon get in the weeds with all things WrestleMania, from their thoughts on this week's Hall of Fame ceremony to a match-by-match preview of the big event itself. It's a thoughtful, entertaining, and honest look at what we can expect from the upcoming two-night extravaganza.

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Ep. 169 – The Wednesday Night Truce (with Brandon Thurston)

Ep. 169 – The Wednesday Night Truce (with Brandon Thurston)

April 1, 2021

This week on The PWI Podcast, Al Castle and Brian Solomon are joined by Wrestlenomics’ Brandon Thurston to discuss some of the biggest stories happening right now in the wrestling industry, including WWE content being edited on Peacock, NXT’s move to Tuesday nights, and Impact Wrestling’s return to Thursdays. This is a thoughtful, in-depth conversation with one of the leading public experts on the economics of pro wrestling.

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Ep. 168 – WrestleMania: The Edge of Reason

Ep. 168 – WrestleMania: The Edge of Reason

March 24, 2021

This week on The PWI Podcast, Al Castle and Brian Solomon review the apparent changes in creative plans for WrestleMania following last Sunday's Fastlane PPV, involving Edge, Roman Reigns, and Daniel Bryan. They also share their thoughts on how the big, two-night event is shaping up thus far, while reviewing last weekend's NWA pay-per-view, Back for the Attack. Finally, Al shares audio of his recent Hotseat interview with "WWE Official" Adam Pearce.

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Ep. 167 — Exploding Barbed Wire Death Podcast

Ep. 167 — Exploding Barbed Wire Death Podcast

March 10, 2021

This week on The PWI Podcast, Al Castle and Brian Solomon discuss the good, the bad, and the explosive of AEW's Revolution PPV. Al and Brian offer their thoughts on the show from top to bottom, from the opening World tag team title match to the anticlimactic ending to the main-event Exploding Barbed Wire Deathmatch. Plus, they look into the history of over-the-top, ultraviolent matches and debate whether they have a place in today's wrestling landscape.

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Ep. 166 – ROH’s Rhett Titus Interviewed

Ep. 166 – ROH’s Rhett Titus Interviewed

February 25, 2021

One of the cornerstones of "The Foundation," Rhett Titus is also among the longest-tenured wrestlers in the Ring of Honor lockerroom. Today, he joins PWI Senior Writer Al Castle to discuss his career, ROH's post-COVID return, and more. Plus, Al Castle and Brian Solomon give their thoughts on Elimination Chamber, WWE's WrestleMania options, Bad Bunny, and more.

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Ep. 165 – Inside NJPW & Royal Rumble 2021

Ep. 165 – Inside NJPW & Royal Rumble 2021

February 5, 2021

This week, Al Castle and Brian Solomon are joined by fellow PWI staffer Walter Yeates, who discusses the current business and creative directions of New Japan Pro-Wrestling, based on his recent interview with NJPW President Takami Ohbari. plus, Al and Brian dive deep into this year's Royal Rumble event, while offering their thoughts on what WrestleMania might look like.

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Ep. 164 – WARHORSE & The 2020 PWI Awards

Ep. 164 – WARHORSE & The 2020 PWI Awards

January 28, 2021

This week on The PWI Podcast, Pro Wrestling Illustrated's Al Castle, Brian Solomon, and Kevin McElvaney are joined by your inaugural Independent Wrestler of the Year, WARHORSE, to discuss the award, being an indie talent during the pandemic, and "memeing his way to a title shot" on AEW Dynamite. Plus, Al, Brian, and Kevin dive deep into the winners and runners-up in every category of our 2020 Achievement Awards.

 

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Ep. 163 – Talking Wrestlenomics with Brandon Thurston

Ep. 163 – Talking Wrestlenomics with Brandon Thurston

January 8, 2021

This week, Al Castle and Brian Solomon are joined by Brandon Thurston, veteran indie wrestler and the man behind Wrestlenomics. With an eye on the business end of things, they discuss various topics, including:

  • AEW's prospects in 2021
  • WWE's recent "Legends Night"
  • NJPW's changing main event scene
  • Whether WWE house shows are a thing of the past

... And much more. Don't miss it!

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Ep. 162 – Goodbye to 2020

Ep. 162 – Goodbye to 2020

December 23, 2020

This week, Al Castle and Brian Solomon are joined by PWI Senior Writer Harry Burkett and Editor-in-Chief Kevin McElvaney for a discussion of all things wrestling in 2020. Topics covered include:

  • The rise of cinematic matches
  • How major companies handled the pandemic
  • AEW's first full year in business
  • Representation in pro wrestling

... And much, much more. Don't miss this deep analysis of what might have been pro wrestling's most unusual year to date.

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Ep. 161 – FTR Discuss the Tag Team 50

Ep. 161 – FTR Discuss the Tag Team 50

December 7, 2020

This week on The PWI Podcast, Al Castle is joined by fellow Senior Writer Harry Burkett and Editor-in-Chief Kevin McElvaney to break down the top 10 ranking of PWI's first-ever Tag Team 50.

Then, Harry shares the "director's cut" of his exclusive Hotseat interview with FTR's Dax Harwood and Cash Wheeler. Topics include:

  • FTR ranking #1 in the Tag Team 50
  • Why they chose to leave WWE for AEW
  • Their honest feelings about the state of tag team wrestling

...And so much more. 

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Ep. 160 – ROH Star Shane Taylor

Ep. 160 – ROH Star Shane Taylor

December 1, 2020

This week on The PWI Podcast, Al Castle and Brian Solomon do a deep dive on the career of The Undertaker, from his salad days as "Mean" Mark Callous to the glory days of "The Streak" (and beyond).

Plus, Al shares his conversation with former Ring of Honor TV champ, Shane Taylor. Topics include:

  • ROH's approach to wrestling during COVID
  • Black representation in pro wrestling
  • Ring of Honor's Pure title tournament
  • Taylor's feelings on The Hurt Business

...And much more. Don't miss it!

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Ep. 159 – Brian Myers on Signing with Impact, WWE, and More

Ep. 159 – Brian Myers on Signing with Impact, WWE, and More

November 3, 2020

This week on The PWI Podcast, Brian Myers (the former Curt Hawkins) discusses his WWE release, decision to sign with Impact Wrestling, and a variety of other topics, including:

  • What it was like working with Edge
  • His feelings on wrestling without a live crowd
  • His work as a trainer and feelings on Maxwell Jacob Friedman

...And more. Plus, PWI's Al Castle and Brian Solomon give their thoughts on WWE's Hell in a Cell event along with other newsworthy items.

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