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BONUS: The State of Women’s Wrestling with Kristen Ashly, Harmony Cox

BONUS: The State of Women’s Wrestling with Kristen Ashly, Harmony Cox

August 12, 2020

On this special bonus episode of The PWI Podcast, you'll hear our recent Virtual Roundtable on the subject of women's wrestling, featuring Bell to Belles cofounder Kristen Ashly and writer Harmony Cox, along with PWI's Al Castle, Brian Solomon, and Kevin McElvaney. Topics discussed include PWI's handling of gender in this year's "500," the possibility of secondary women's titles in WWE and AEW, and much more.

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Ep. 152 – Willie Mack on His Dream of Becoming X Division Champ

Ep. 152 – Willie Mack on His Dream of Becoming X Division Champ

August 7, 2020

This week on The PWI Podcast, Willie Mack discusses his difficult road to success in the wrestling business, the Impact Wrestling X division, and which video games he's been playing. Plus, PWI Writers Al Castle and Brian Solomon discuss the recent ratings and creative issues in WWE, with Brian outlining his radical proposal for how the company might right the ship.

 

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Ep. 151 – Charlotte Flair Discusses NXT, Empty Arena Matches, and Her Home Life

Ep. 151 – Charlotte Flair Discusses NXT, Empty Arena Matches, and Her Home Life

July 22, 2020

This week on The PWI Podcast, Al Castle shares highlights from his Hotseat interview with Charlotte Flair , which is available in the October issue of PWI. Plus, Al and Brian Solomon discuss Slammiversary and Extreme Rules, in a wildly entertaining conversation with some unexpected detours. Don't miss this one, folks!

 

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Ep. 150 – Goldy Locks on #SpeakingOut, Social Media, TNA, and More

Ep. 150 – Goldy Locks on #SpeakingOut, Social Media, TNA, and More

July 13, 2020

This week on The PWI Podcast, former TNA interviewer, manager, and theme song vocalist Goldy Locks discusses her experiences with harassment in and out of the wrestling business and offers her controversial opinion about how incidents of abuse should be handled. On the in-ring side of things, PWI Writers Al Castle and Brian Solomon discuss hot topics of the week, including Keith Lee's exciting double championship victory on NXT and what their ideal, socially distant SummerSlam might look like.

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Ep. 149 – Raj Giri Discusses #SpeakingOut, COVID Protocols, and More

Ep. 149 – Raj Giri Discusses #SpeakingOut, COVID Protocols, and More

June 29, 2020

This week on The PWI Podcast, Wrestling Inc's Raj Giri joins PWI writers Al Castle and Brian Solomon to discuss what's happening in the wrestling world right now, including the #SpeakingOut movement, the recent release of Tessa Blanchard by Impact Wrestling, and how WWE and AEW are handling the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Ep. 148 – Steve Farhood on PWI, COVID-19, and Combat Sports

Ep. 148 – Steve Farhood on PWI, COVID-19, and Combat Sports

June 17, 2020

This week on The PWI Podcast, Hall of Fame boxing historian Steve Farhood discusses his work with Pro Wrestling Illustrated and The Ring magazine, the similarities between boxing and wrestling, and the impact of COVID-19 on combat sports. Plus, Al Castle and Brian Solomon reflect on WWE's recent "Greatest Match Of All Time," among other topics.

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Ep. 147 – Nyla Rose Gets in the Hotseat

Ep. 147 – Nyla Rose Gets in the Hotseat

June 4, 2020

Today on The PWI Podcast, former All Elite Wrestling Women's champ Nyla Rose joins Al Castle to discuss her career ambitions, thoughts on gender roles in wrestling, and experiences with AEW thus far. Plus, Al and Brian Solomon discuss buzz-worthy topics including AEW's Stadium Stampede Match and WWE's upcoming "Greatest Match Of All Time."

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Ep. 146 – Stu Saks on His Career, Retirement, & Future Plans

Ep. 146 – Stu Saks on His Career, Retirement, & Future Plans

May 26, 2020

This week on The PWI Podcast, Al Castle and Brian Solomon are joined by PWI Publisher Stu Saks and Editor-in-Chief Kevin McElvaney to discuss Stu's storied career with the magazine and his plans for retirement. Stu reflects on his life as a wrestling fan and pioneering journalist, as some key figures from his past send their best wishes. Plus, Kevin talks about his own journey with Pro Wrestling Illustrated and shares his plans for the future of the magazine.

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Ep. 145 – Pat Laprade on Andre the Giant

Ep. 145 – Pat Laprade on Andre the Giant

May 12, 2020

This week on The PWI Podcast, we're joined by author and wrestling historian Pat Laprade to discuss his latest biography of Andre the Giant. Plus: Al Castle and Brian Solomon give their analysis of Sunday's Money in the Bank pay-per-view.

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Ep. 144 – Ring of Honor COO Joe Koff

Ep. 144 – Ring of Honor COO Joe Koff

April 30, 2020

This week on The PWI Podcast, Ring of Honor COO Joe Koff opens up about the company's strategy during the COVID-19 pandemic, including why they have chosen not to run empty arena shows. Plus hosts Al Castle and Brian Solomon discuss rumors of a WWE sale, give special insight on Money in the Bank at WWE HQ, and much more.

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Ep. 143 – Cris Cyborg Interview, WWE Firings, & The Fink

Ep. 143 – Cris Cyborg Interview, WWE Firings, & The Fink

April 21, 2020

This week on The PWI Podcast, Bellator Women's Featherweight champion Cris Cyborg joins Al Castle to discuss her feelings on pro wrestling, Ronda Rousey's recent controversial comments, and whether it's a good idea for combat sports (such as MMA and wrestling) to continue during the COVID-19 pandemic. Plus, Al Castle and Brian Solomon remember Howard Finkel and give their analysis of WWE's recent layoffs.

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Ep. 142 – Cinematic Matches and the Future of Pro Wrestling

Ep. 142 – Cinematic Matches and the Future of Pro Wrestling

April 15, 2020

The cinematic Boneyard Match and Firefly Fun House Match at WrestleMania are a hot topic among wrestling fans. Some loved these matches, while others loathed them. Even among PWI staffers, it was divisive. Today on The PWI Podcast, we present a Virtual Roundtable discussion of cinematic matches and what they mean for pro wrestling's future. Featuring: Al Castle, Brian Solomon, Kevin McElvaney, Mike Bessler, and Brady Hicks.

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Ep. 141 – WrestleMania 36 Recap

Ep. 141 – WrestleMania 36 Recap

April 6, 2020

Today on The PWI Podcast, Al Castle and Brian Solomon review the most unprecedented (and unusual) WrestleMania of all time. From the dynamics of the empty arena to big title changes—and, of course, the strange, cinematic Boneyard and Firefly Fun House matches—the entire show is discussed and dissected.

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Ep. 140 – WrestleMania Preview with Rex Lawless

Ep. 140 – WrestleMania Preview with Rex Lawless

April 2, 2020

We're just days away from what will undoubtedly go down as the most unusual WrestleMania to date. Today on The PWI Podcast, Al Castle and Brian Solomon are joined by independent wrestler Rex Lawless, who has previously trained at WWE's Performance Center (where 'Mania is being held). Lawless provides insight on the facility—including how it might be set up to accommodate the big event—and discusses how indie promotions have been affected by COVID-19. Plus: a preview of what we might expect to see at WrestleMania, as well as what all this means for the rest of 2020.

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Ep. 139 – Ricky Morton Interview, WrestleMania Preview, & More

Ep. 139 – Ricky Morton Interview, WrestleMania Preview, & More

March 26, 2020

This year's WrestleMania takes place under incredibly unusual circumstances, held over two days with no fans in attendance. This week on The PWI Podcast, Al Castle and Brian Solomon preview the big event, and offer insight on what we can expect to see. Plus, we hear Al's conversation with one-half of the legendary Rock 'n' Roll Express, Ricky Morton. They discuss Morton's recent health scare, the impact of COVID-13 on professional wrestling, and his involvement in the current iteration of NWA.

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Ep. 138 – What Coronavirus Means for Pro Wrestling

Ep. 138 – What Coronavirus Means for Pro Wrestling

March 16, 2020

This week on The PWI podcast, hosts Al Castle and Brian Solomon are joined by Wrestling INC's Raj Giri to discuss the impact coronavirus is having on the wrestling business, from major promotions like WWE, New Japan, and AEW to the smallest independent promotions. Plus: Al, Brian, and Raj reflect on the recent retirement announcement from longtime PWI Editor & Publisher Stu Saks.

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Ep. 137 – AJ Styles Discusses His Wrestler of the Decade Award

Ep. 137 – AJ Styles Discusses His Wrestler of the Decade Award

March 5, 2020

In the 2010s, few wrestlers accomplished more than AJ Styles. This week on the PWI Podcast, AJ joins Al Castle to discuss: 

  • AJ’s selection as Wrestler of the Decade by PWI readers
  • His experiences in WWE, New Japan, TNA, and ROH
  • The mistakes he sees young wrestlers making today
  • …And much more!

Plus: Al Castle, Brian Solomon, and PWI Senior Writer Harry Burkett reveal all the Decade Award winners.

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Ep. 136 – Bruce Mitchell on Racism and the Royal Rumble

Ep. 136 – Bruce Mitchell on Racism and the Royal Rumble

February 17, 2020

This week, PWI Senior Writer Al Castle gets into it with Bruce Mitchell about the Pro Wrestling Torch columnist's allegations of racism in the Royal Rumble. Plus, Al is joined by a new cohost, PWI Contributing Writer Brian Solomon.

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Ep. 135 – PCO Reflects on His ROH Title Victory

Ep. 135 – PCO Reflects on His ROH Title Victory

January 30, 2020

After 30+ in the wrestling business, PCO has reinvented himself in a big way. Today on the PWI podcast, he joins Al Castle to discuss the significance of his winning the Ring of Honor championship.

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Ep. 134 – The 2019 PWI Achievement Awards

Ep. 134 – The 2019 PWI Achievement Awards

January 14, 2020

As each year comes to a close, Pro Wrestling Illustrated readers are invited to make their voices heard. On today's episode of the PWI Podcast, Senior Writer Al Castle & Contributing Writer Kevin McElvaney dissect the PWI year-end Achievement Awards.

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Ep. 133 – The Decade in Review

Ep. 133 – The Decade in Review

December 27, 2019

A lot has transpired in the world of professional wrestling over the last decade. Today on the PWI podcast, Senior Writers Al Castle & Harry Burkett take a critical look back at the past 10 years.

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Ep. 132 – Vincent Marseglia on Falling Out with Matt Taven

Ep. 132 – Vincent Marseglia on Falling Out with Matt Taven

December 11, 2019

For years, Vinny (or "Vincent") Marseglia and Matt Taven were thick as thieves. Then, the Rhode Island native decided he'd had enough. Today on the PWI podcast, Marseglia speaks to Al Castle about his falling out with his former tag partner, as well as his own love of horror movies.

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Pro Wrestling Illustrated Presents: The PWI Podcast (Episode 131)

Pro Wrestling Illustrated Presents: The PWI Podcast (Episode 131)

December 6, 2019

Dave Lagana discusses the revived NWA with PWI Senior Writer Al Castle.

Pro Wrestling Illustrated Presents: The PWI Podcast (Episode 130)

Pro Wrestling Illustrated Presents: The PWI Podcast (Episode 130)

November 27, 2019

Former WWE mag editor, current PWI contributor, and author Brian Solomon speaks with Al Castle on the state of wrestling, followed by Al's interview with ODB.

Pro Wrestling Illustrated Presents: The PWI Podcast (Episode 129)

Pro Wrestling Illustrated Presents: The PWI Podcast (Episode 129)

November 15, 2019

"Stone Cold" Steve Austin talks to Al Castle about his journey from PWI Rookie of the Year to being this year's recipient of the Stanley Weston Award.

Pro Wrestling Illustrated Presents: The PWI Podcast (Episode 128)

Pro Wrestling Illustrated Presents: The PWI Podcast (Episode 128)

November 1, 2019

Chris Jericho discusses all things AEW, plus the PWI "Women's 100" and a farewell to Dan Murphy.

Pro Wrestling Illustrated Presents: The PWI Podcast (Episode 127)

Pro Wrestling Illustrated Presents: The PWI Podcast (Episode 127)

October 25, 2019

Former Art Director Ken Morgan, one of PWI's founding fathers, reminisces with Al Castle.

Pro Wrestling Illustrated Presents: The PWI Podcast (Episode 126)

Pro Wrestling Illustrated Presents: The PWI Podcast (Episode 126)

October 8, 2019

Lance Archer talks about his NJPW career after Al Castle & Dan Murphy's beatdown of HIAC's main event.

Pro Wrestling Illustrated Presents: The PWI Podcast (Episode 125)

Pro Wrestling Illustrated Presents: The PWI Podcast (Episode 125)

September 25, 2019

Davey Boy Smith Jr. talks to Senior Writer Al Castle about MLW, New Japan, and carrying his dad's name.

Pro Wrestling Illustrated Presents: The PWI Podcast (Episode 124)

Pro Wrestling Illustrated Presents: The PWI Podcast (Episode 124)

September 13, 2019

PWI "world title status" is discussed in roundtable format by Senior Writers Al Castle, Dan Murphy, & Harry Burkett, followed by Al's interview with Women of Honor champ Kelly Klein.

Pro Wrestling Illustrated Presents: The PWI Podcast (Episode 123)

Pro Wrestling Illustrated Presents: The PWI Podcast (Episode 123)

August 29, 2019

The 29th annual PWI 500 reveal, plus an interview with No. 1 Seth Rollins

Pro Wrestling Illustrated Presents: The PWI Podcast (Episode 122)

Pro Wrestling Illustrated Presents: The PWI Podcast (Episode 122)

August 19, 2019

"The Podfather" Conrad Thompson fields the questions for once.

Pro Wrestling Illustrated Presents: The PWI Podcast (Episode 121)

Pro Wrestling Illustrated Presents: The PWI Podcast (Episode 121)

August 5, 2019

Kofi Kingston discusses his WWE championship with PWI Senior Writer Al Castle. 

Pro Wrestling Illustrated Presents: The PWI Podcast (Episode 120)

Pro Wrestling Illustrated Presents: The PWI Podcast (Episode 120)

July 17, 2019

Bill Apter, Craig Peters, & Stu Saks reminisce about 40 years of PWI on a special anniversary edition.

Pro Wrestling Illustrated Presents: The PWI Podcast (Episode 119)

Pro Wrestling Illustrated Presents: The PWI Podcast (Episode 119)

July 1, 2019

Will Ospreay discusses a range of topics, including the G1 Climax tournament and Seth Rollins, with PWI's Al Castle.

Pro Wrestling Illustrated Presents: The PWI Podcast (Episode 118)

Pro Wrestling Illustrated Presents: The PWI Podcast (Episode 118)

June 21, 2019

Michael Elgin shares his thoughts on Impact Wrestling and the changing face of the pro wrestling landscape.

Pro Wrestling Illustrated Presents: The PWI Podcast (Episode 117)

Pro Wrestling Illustrated Presents: The PWI Podcast (Episode 117)

May 31, 2019

A Double or Nothing debate between Senior Writers Al Castle & Dan Murphy, followed by Al's exclusive interview with the amazing PCO.

Pro Wrestling Illustrated Presents: The PWI Podcast (Episode 116)

Pro Wrestling Illustrated Presents: The PWI Podcast (Episode 116)

May 15, 2019

Former PWI writer Dave Rosenbaum explains how his original reporting on the Bruiser Brody murder differs from the recent Viceland documentary.

Pro Wrestling Illustrated Presents: The PWI Podcast (Episode 115)

Pro Wrestling Illustrated Presents: The PWI Podcast (Episode 115)

May 1, 2019

Al Castle chats it up with fellow Senior Writer Harry Burkett & Busted Open Host Dave LaGreca at '80s Wrestling Con.

Pro Wrestling Illustrated Presents: The PWI Podcast (Episode 114)

Pro Wrestling Illustrated Presents: The PWI Podcast (Episode 114)

April 8, 2019

WrestleMania 35 review, by PWI Senior Writers Al Castle & Dan Murphy.

Pro Wrestling Illustrated Presents: The PWI Podcast (Episode 113)

Pro Wrestling Illustrated Presents: The PWI Podcast (Episode 113)

April 5, 2019

WrestleMania preview with Al Castle & Kevin McElvaney, followed by Al's interview with ROH broadcaster Ian Riccaboni.

Pro Wrestling Illustrated Presents: The PWI Podcast (Episode 112)

Pro Wrestling Illustrated Presents: The PWI Podcast (Episode 112)

March 22, 2019

Eddie Edwards speaks about Impact Wrestling and life on the road ... with his wife.

Pro Wrestling Illustrated Presents: The PWI Podcast (Episode 111)

Pro Wrestling Illustrated Presents: The PWI Podcast (Episode 111)

March 5, 2019

The hottest star in the sport, Becky Lynch, speaks exclusively with Senior Writer Dan Murphy.

Pro Wrestling Illustrated Presents: The PWI Podcast (Episode 110)

Pro Wrestling Illustrated Presents: The PWI Podcast (Episode 110)

February 26, 2019

Former PWI Writer Bob Smith reminisces with Senior Writer Al Castle.

Pro Wrestling Illustrated Presents: The PWI Podcast (Episode 109)

Pro Wrestling Illustrated Presents: The PWI Podcast (Episode 109)

February 6, 2019

Gabe Sapolsky explains the relationship between EVOLVE and WWE.

Pro Wrestling Illustrated Presents: The PWI Podcast (Episode 108)

Pro Wrestling Illustrated Presents: The PWI Podcast (Episode 108)

January 25, 2019

David Arquette talks about restarting his wrestling career, nearly 20 years after being handed the WCW World title. 

Pro Wrestling Illustrated Presents: The PWI Podcast (Episode 107)

Pro Wrestling Illustrated Presents: The PWI Podcast (Episode 107)

January 10, 2019

The PWI 2018 year-end Achievement Awards are announced.

Pro Wrestling Illustrated Presents: The PWI Podcast (Episode 106)

Pro Wrestling Illustrated Presents: The PWI Podcast (Episode 106)

December 10, 2018

Jay Lethal discusses his title defense against Cody Rhodes at Final Battle, his career, and the future of ROH.

Pro Wrestling Illustrated Presents: The PWI Podcast (Episode 105)

Pro Wrestling Illustrated Presents: The PWI Podcast (Episode 105)

November 15, 2018

Cody Rhodes is Al Castle's special guest, preceded by Al and Dan Murphy's conversation about Survivor Series & Crown Jewel.

Pro Wrestling Illustrated Presents: The PWI Podcast (Episode 104)

Pro Wrestling Illustrated Presents: The PWI Podcast (Episode 104)

November 1, 2018

A very special interview with Ronda Rousey, No. 1 in the PWI "Women's 100"

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