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Ep. 200 – The Return of Dan Murphy

Ep. 200 – The Return of Dan Murphy

June 21, 2022

It's the landmark 200th episode of The PWI Podcast. To celebrate, Al Castle and Brian Solomon are joined by a very special guest in Al's former cohost, longtime PWI writer Dan Murphy. Dan talks about his latest projects—including his relationship with wrestling since stepping away from the magazine—before jumping into a discussion of a particularly busy period in pro wrestling news. Topics covered include the latest Vince McMahon scandal, the current triumphs and struggles of WWE and AEW, Cody Rhodes' incredible performance at Hell in a Cell, and more.

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PWIndie – Billy, Buy Candy A Boat! (Pride & Vibe Weekend)

PWIndie – Billy, Buy Candy A Boat! (Pride & Vibe Weekend)

June 14, 2022

Mere days from the highly anticipated Pride & Vibe Weekend at the Knights of Columbus in Ridgefield Park, NJ, Kaia & Kevin are joined by promoter/wrestler Billy Dixon, who organized the two-day event and will be competing in this final match during the festivities. Billy discusses the importance of LGTBQ+ representation, running shows during a pandemic, and gives reluctant praise to their final opponent Darius Carter. Then, Twitter's favorite wrestler Candy Lee checks in from "Hotlanta" with a conversation that ranges from the deeply irreverent to the truly profound.

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JUST JOSHI – Snapshot, Pt. III

JUST JOSHI – Snapshot, Pt. III

June 13, 2022

JPQ returns with the third and final part of his "Snapshot" of the current state of women's wrestling in Japan. This week, he's joined by prolific podcast and journalist Scott E. Wrestling for a "Mid-Season Review." JPQ and Scott select their best and most improved wrestlers, top performers, breakout stars, and big moments of 2022 from Stardom, TJPW, Ice Ribbon, WAVE, NOMADS, Sendai, Marvelous, Seadlinnng, and the field of freelancers.

 

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PWIndie – Hoodfoot vs. Rina Yamashita

PWIndie – Hoodfoot vs. Rina Yamashita

May 31, 2022

Ahead of GCW's Tournament of Survival 7, Kaia McKenna and Kevin McElvaney are joined by two of the entrants, who will be facing off in the first round: Hoodfoot and Rina Yamashita. First, Hoodfoot discusses his preparation for that round one encounter, how his past experiences in wrestling have informed his approach to deathmatches, and what it's like traveling after the most brutal matches possible. Then, Rina Yamashita (with translations by Mr. Haku) shares her thoughts on Hoodfoot, competing in Japan's FREEDOMS promotion, Ice Ribbon, and much more.

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Ep. 199 – Don’t Call It A Throwback

Ep. 199 – Don’t Call It A Throwback

May 28, 2022

On the latest PWI Podcast, Al Castle & Brian R. Solomon discuss the potential issues that led Sasha Banks and Naomi to walk out during Monday Night Raw, and whether or not WWE will eventually come to regret the way it handled the situation. Plus: Is Ric Flair's upcoming "last match" a good idea?

All that, plus Al shares the audio version of his full "Hotseat" interview with NWA promoter Billy Corgan from the August 2022 "Supercards" edition of PWI, which hits stores next week (and subscriber mailboxes soon thereafter).

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JUST JOSHI – Snapshot, Pt. II

JUST JOSHI – Snapshot, Pt. II

May 19, 2022

JPQ is back with part two of his "Snapshot" of the current state of women's wrestling in Japan. This week, he's joined by good pal Parker Klyn (Wrestling Observer/F4WOnline) for a discussion of joshi at home and abroad, with multiple Japanese wrestlers making scheduled appearances this season on American soil. Plus, JPQ & Parker get into the weeds with Ice Ribbon, NOMADS, Color's, and more.

 

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JUST JOSHI – Snapshot, Pt. I

JUST JOSHI – Snapshot, Pt. I

May 16, 2022

JPQ returns with another edition of his popular Just Joshi podcast. This time, he's joined once again by Alex Richards (Last Word On Sports, Stardom Quest podcast) for part one of a series of "Snapshot" episodes about various Japanese women's wrestling promotions. This week's show includes heaps of analysis of Stardom, including its recent Cinderella tourney. Plus, Pro Wrestling WAVE, Actwres girl'z, the possibility of another joshi supershow featuring multiple promotions, and much more.

 

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Ep. 198 – Life After Roman & Hangman Page

Ep. 198 – Life After Roman & Hangman Page

May 12, 2022

On the latest PWI Podcast, Al Castle & Brian Solomon discuss the prospect of WWE with Roman Reigns moving to a part-time schedule, and what this could mean for the likes of Cody Rhodes, Randy Orton, and more. Then, on the heels of Al's attendance at the recent Long Island Smackdown and Dynamite tapings, our hosts analyze the main event scene at All Elite Wrestling, including Adam Page's performance as champion. Finally, Candace Cordelia Smith's interview with MLW's "Clout Couple," Richard Holliday & Alicia Atout, ahead of Holliday's world title match against Alexander Hammerstone at Kings of Colosseum.

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PWIndie – Wrestling School (w/ Marek Brave, World Famous CB)

PWIndie – Wrestling School (w/ Marek Brave, World Famous CB)

May 5, 2022

Today, Kaia McKenna and Kevin McElvaney head off to wrestling school! First, we're joined by one of Kaia's original trainers, Marek Brave, who runs the Black & Brave Wrestling Academy with WWE superstar Seth Rollins. Marek discusses the school's philosophy of training, the value of an athletic background for pro wrestlers, and the origin of Seth Rollins' famous laugh. Plus, The World Famous CB (Cheeseburger) talks about taking up the mantle of the former ROH training facility, balancing his in-ring career with his training responsibilities, and much more.

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Ep. 197 – Ricky Starks Speaks (Plus IMPACT, ROH, & More)

Ep. 197 – Ricky Starks Speaks (Plus IMPACT, ROH, & More)

May 3, 2022

On the latest episode of The PWI Podcast, Al Castle & Brian Solomon discuss a range of post-WrestleMania topics, with special emphasis on the state of IMPACT Wrestling and what the future might hold for Ring of Honor. Plus, Al shares the audio from his recent interview with AEW star/FTW champ Ricky Starks.

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PWIndie – Open The Indie Gate (w/ Drew Parker, Issa Marie)

PWIndie – Open The Indie Gate (w/ Drew Parker, Issa Marie)

April 18, 2022

In our continuing efforts to documentary indie wrestling, both domestic and international, Pro Wrestling INDIEstrated is back with an episode focused on the independent scene in Japan. Today, Kevin McElvaney and Kaia McKenna are joined by two guests. First, Drew Parker discusses what it was like to transition from the U.K. indies to main event deathmatches at Big Japan Wrestling. Then, PWI Photographer Issa Marie stops by to give us the low down on all things Dragon Gate.

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Ep. 196 – WrestleMania 38: How Do We Rate It?

Ep. 196 – WrestleMania 38: How Do We Rate It?

April 7, 2022

We're back! PWI's Al Castle and Brian R. Solomon are here with an in-depth review of WrestleMania 38. Spoiler alert: They loved it! Our intrepid hosts discuss the return of Cody Rhodes, Steve Austin's return to the ring, their thoughts on celebrity involvement, Pat McAfee, title changes and more. Plus, Al shares his firsthand perspective of the event, which he attended in person, and our hosts weigh in on how WM 38 stacks up against recent 'Mania offerings (and ALL of the past events).

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Ep. 195 – WrestleMania 38 Preview (w/ Harry Burkett)

Ep. 195 – WrestleMania 38 Preview (w/ Harry Burkett)

April 1, 2022

PWI Senior Writer Harry Burkett joins Al Castle and Brian Solomon for an in-depth preview of the two-night WrestleMania 38 card, with what we might expect to see at both shows (will "Stone Cold" wrestle? will Cody Rhodes? who will walk away with championship gold?). Plus, Harry tells some fun stories about his earliest days as a contributor to Pro Wrestling Illustrated.

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GET THE W – Bangerz Only (Mission Pro Preview)

GET THE W – Bangerz Only (Mission Pro Preview)

March 31, 2022

On this episode of PWI Presents ... Get The W, Kristen Ashly once again welcomes Warren Hayes (The Mr. Warren Hayes Show), this time to preview the upcoming Mission Pro Wrestling event, "Bangerz Only," happening over WrestleMania weekend.

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PWIndie – Mania Weekend Madness (w/ LuFisto & GPA)

PWIndie – Mania Weekend Madness (w/ LuFisto & GPA)

March 28, 2022

Between The Collective, WrestleCon, and other endeavors, there will be a lot of independent wrestling goodness in this weekend's WrestleMania host city of Dallas. In this episode of Pro Wrestling INDIEstrated, Kevin McElvaney and Kaia McKenna welcome two guests who will be part of the festivities. First, recent Indie Wrestling Hall of Fame inductee LuFisto looks ahead to her upcoming matches at Mission Pro, New Texas Pro, and elsewhere, while talking about the greater evolution of the pro wrestling indies. Then, GPA stops by to air his grievances against Pro Wrestling Illustrated, before switching gears to discuss his upcoming main event match at Zelo Pro in Texas.

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JUST JOSHI – Yappy Talks Ice Ribbon!

JUST JOSHI – Yappy Talks Ice Ribbon!

March 22, 2022

Today on PWI's Just Joshi, JPQ is joined by a very special guest, Ice Ribbon's Yappy! Yappy discusses what it's like at the promotion's famous dojo, her Weekly Ribbon Unravel show, how fans can easily access the Ice Ribbon product, and much more.

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Ep. 194 – Scott Hall, Revolution, Jeff Hardy, and More (w/Righteous Reg)

Ep. 194 – Scott Hall, Revolution, Jeff Hardy, and More (w/Righteous Reg)

March 18, 2022

This week, Righteous Reg joins Al Castle & Brian Solomon to discuss the legacy of Scott Hall. Plus: Reg's experiences at AEW Revolution (including as a musical performer), thoughts about Jeff Hardy in AEW, WrestleMania (Steve Austin, Cody Rhodes), and more. Finally, Al shares his recent conversation with Powerhouse Hobbs.

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PWIndie – BritWres 2022 (w/ Clementine & Gary Ward)

PWIndie – BritWres 2022 (w/ Clementine & Gary Ward)

March 14, 2022

In this episode of Pro Wrestling INDIEstrated, Kevin McElvaney and Kaia McKenna use the miracle of technology—and maybe a little witchy magic—to fly across the pond for a special look at independent wrestling in the U.K. This week's guests, fan favorite indie wrestler Clementine and Wrestle Carnival promoter Gary Ward, talk about their respective journeys through the industry and weigh in on the current state of BritWres.

First, announcer/producer/promoter J-Rose stops by to talk about this coming weekend's premiere outing from Naptown All-Pro Wrestling, before discussing his influences, Paradigm Pro Wrestling's No Hook series, and tips and tricks that aspiring indie stars should know. Then, Mike & Ashe of Go Professional Wrestling drop in for a conversation about the ins and outs of bringing high-level, TV-quality production to the independent scene.

Finally, Kaia provides an update on her injury status and what lies ahead for her in the near future.

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Ep. 193 – Tony Khan Buys ROH, Celebrities at WrestleMania

Ep. 193 – Tony Khan Buys ROH, Celebrities at WrestleMania

March 4, 2022

There's once again a lot happening in the wrestling world, so get ready to dive in with PWI writers Al Castle & Brian R. Solomon. Topics include Tony Khan's purchase of Ring of Honor, a preview of AEW Revolution, and celebrity match-ups at WrestleMania (Pat McAfee, Logan Paul, Johnny Knoxville). Then, stick around for Al Castle's full "Hotseat" interview with "The Champ Champ" Deonna Purrazzo.

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Ep. 192 – Cody Rhodes Leaves AEW, Austin vs. Owens, and a Ride Home

Ep. 192 – Cody Rhodes Leaves AEW, Austin vs. Owens, and a Ride Home

February 16, 2022

What year is this? With rumors of Cody Rhodes heading back to WWE and a possible "Stone Cold" Steve Austin match at WrestleMania, there's lots to discuss today on The PWI Podcast. Strap in with PWI writers Al Castle & Brian R. Solomon. Then, stick around for Kevin McElvaney's full interview with wrestler/MMA star Josh Barnett.

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PWIndie – The Producers (w/ J-Rose & Go Pro)

PWIndie – The Producers (w/ J-Rose & Go Pro)

February 4, 2022

In this episode of Pro Wrestling INDIEstrated, Kevin McElvaney and Kaia McKenna are once again venturing behind the scenes of independent wrestling by speaking to a few key figures in indie wrestling production.

First, announcer/producer/promoter J-Rose stops by to talk about this coming weekend's premiere outing from Naptown All-Pro Wrestling, before discussing his influences, Paradigm Pro Wrestling's No Hook series, and tips and tricks that aspiring indie stars should know. Then, Mike & Ashe of Go Professional Wrestling drop in for a conversation about the ins and outs of bringing high-level, TV-quality production to the independent scene.

Finally, Kaia provides an update on her injury status and what lies ahead for her in the near future.

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Ep. 191 – The PWI Awards, Observer Hall of Fame, and More

Ep. 191 – The PWI Awards, Observer Hall of Fame, and More

January 31, 2022

In this episode of The PWI Podcast, Al Castle and Brian R. Solomon return with a lengthy, substantive discussion in which they break down the winners, runners-up, and possible snubs in the 2021 PWI Achievement Awards. Find out Al and Brian's thoughts about the winners and who, in certain categories, they felt should've won instead.

Our hosts also deliberate why AEW talent fared so well, which segues into some talk of the long history of PWI appearing at wrestling events. (No, contrary to some tweets we've read, this is not a new phenomenon!)

Plus, Al and Brian weigh in on the latest inductees into the Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame, discussing who they'd like to see included in the future, whether a wrestler's conduct away from the ring should influence eligibility, and how the selection process could potentially be improved. (WARNING: This last section contains some discussion of sensitive topics and alleged criminal activity.)

 

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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.

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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.

Get the latest issue of PWI: https://pwi-online.com/product/november-2021/

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.

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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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