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30+ year veteran Hall of Fame pro wrestling journalist Wade Keller from Pro Wrestling Torch Newsletter and PWTorch.com discusses the top stories of the week in pro wrestling with top level guest cohosts and interviews pro wrestling's newsmakers each week.

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    WKPWP - Keller & Powell Flagship from 10 Yrs Ago (11-29-2011): Bryan-Henry angle, tacky Thanksgiving Impact, live callers and emails

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 128:55


    In this Flagship Flashback episode of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast from ten years ago (11-29-2011), Wade is joined by ProWrestling.net's Jason Powell. They discuss the previous night's Raw including the Daniel Bryan vs. Mark Henry angle, the tacky Thanksgiving Impact, the mysterious vignettes on WWE TV and whether they were from Chris Jericho or Undertaker, John Morrison's promo progress, and VIP Aftershow rapid-fire questions.


    WKPWP - Keller & Powell Flagship from 10 Yrs Ago (11-22-2011): Punk's promo, Cena manipulating Miz and Truth, live callers and emails

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021 160:52


    In this Flagship Flashback episode of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast from ten years ago (11-22-2011), Wade is joined by ProWrestling.net's Jason Powell. They discuss the previous night's Raw including John Cena manipulating Miz and Truth into breaking up, fallout from Survivor Series, C.M. Punk's promo last night, the trend of top stars downgrading others in the company on TV, and looking ahead to the next four PPVs including WrestleMania including possible main events. They take live calls and email questions throughout.


    WKPWP - Keller & Powell Flagship from 10 Yrs Ago (11-15-2011): Return of Rock and Foley, This is Your Life Cena, live callers and emails

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 27, 2021 157:48


    In this Flagship Flashback episode of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast from ten years ago (11-15-2011), Wade is joined by ProWrestling.net's Jason Powell. They discuss last night's Raw including the return of The Rock, the final hype for Survivor Series, the Michael Cole Challenge with Jim Ross, the return of Mick Foley with a This Is Your Life John Cena segment, and more from Raw, plus other topics, a lot of live callers, and a lot of email questions. The previously VIP-exclusive Aftershow includes a discussion comparing two rising stars - Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler - who ten years later are now teaming together in WWE.


    WKPWP - Keller & Powell Flagship from 10 Yrs Ago (11-8-2011): Raw ratings drop, Jericho's future, McMahon, TNA, live callers and emails

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2021 146:56


    In this Flagship Flashback episode of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast from ten years ago (11-8-2011), Wade is joined by ProWrestling.net's Jason Powell. They discuss the previous night's Raw and the possible reasons for the drastic drop in the rating this week. They take live calls, answer email questions, and then in the VIP Aftershow tackle last week's TNA Impact show, Chris Jericho's future, and more.


    WKPWP - Tuesday Flagship - Keller & Parks talk what top stars should AEW sign from WWE next, Vince's odd return to TV, ROH hiatus, more

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 126:43

    PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents a Tuesday Flagship edition of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast with guest co-host Greg Parks, Pro Wrestling Torch columnist. They discuss:Vince McMahon's odd return to TV and the ratings impactIs Roman Reigns right that WWE is targeting a broader audience than AEW?What are WWE's main weaknesses at this point?AEW's main event roster depth with Kenny Omega and Adam ColeWhat top stars should AEW sign from WWE next and if the top three should be women?ROH hiatus and place in the landscape if they returnImpact's niche compared to NXT headed into 2022What is Triple H's legacy and does he have a future running WWE anymore?Reflecting on AEW vs. NXT battle and what turned it in AEW's favor

    WKPWP - Keller & Powell Flagship from 10 Yrs Ago (11-1-2011): Muppets on Raw, Rock promo on Raw, Nash, Ross, more with live callers

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 129:22


    In this Flagship Flashback episode of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast from ten years ago (11-1-2011), Wade is joined by ProWrestling.net's Jason Powell. They discuss last night's Raw including the Rock's taped promo, The Muppets skits, the champions losing, the surprising finishes, Jim Ross being bumped, and more. Live callers, email questions answered, and a VIP Aftershow tackling a variety of Raw topics, TNA topics, and ROH. You can hear them talk about DVDs and iPod Touches, too, indicative of the tech era in 2011 compared to now.


    WKPWP Interview Classic (5 Yrs Ago): Keller talks with Sean "X-Pac" Waltman comparing Vince and Hunter philosophies, Reigns heel potential

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 21, 2021 144:46


    PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents an Interview Classic from five years ago (11-20-2016). Wade interviews Sean “X-Pac” Waltman, who talks about his new weekly talk show called “X-Pac 1-2-360” on Afterbuzz TV, plus callers chime in to get his thoughts on Stephanie McMahon as a central figure on WWE TV, Survivor Series, the influence behind the scenes of Road Dogg these days, his Mount Rushmore of pro wrestling, and more. Then, in the previously VIP-exclusive portion, Sean talks about the differing philosophies of Vince McMahon and Triple H, whether Roman Reigns should turn heel, how Seth Rollins's babyface turn was bungled, the Zeb Colter WrestleMania promo that Donald Trump praised, have fans changed over the years, thoughts on TNA's ownership battle including blunt comments regarding Dixie Carter, and more.


    WKPWP - Thursday Flagship - Keller & Powell talk AEW Full Gear in-person perspective, WWE Survivor Series preview, Dynamite angles, more

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 112:27


    PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents a Thursday Flagship edition of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast with guest co-host Jason Powell from ProWrestling.net. They discuss the big week in AEW from Full Gear to Dynamite with in-person notes from Target Center and the media Q&A. Then they discuss the state and future of ROH followed by a preview of Survivor Series, the Vince McMahon trajectory from here on out and is Triple H or someone else the heir apparent, and what Jimmy Fallon mentioning The Rock might mean. And more scattered throughout.


    WKPWP - WWE Survivor Series PPV Preview - Sam Roberts joins Wade to talk Becky vs. Charlotte, Reigns vs. Big E, RK-Bro vs. Usos, SS format

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 118:37

    PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents a special WWE Survivor Series PPV Preview on this special Wednesday edition of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast with guest celebrity analyst Sam Roberts. They talk Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair, Roman Reigns vs. Big E, RK-Bro vs. Usos, the Team Raw vs. Team Smackdown matches, whether the Survivor Series format is worth keeping, the potential quality of this event overall, and some sidebars on Bron Breaker, Shinsuke Nakamura, and more.

    WKPWP Interview Classic (5 Yrs Ago): Keller talks w/Nick “Magnus” Aldis about dream opponents, regrets, Mickie James on NXT Takeover, more

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 13, 2021 104:49

    PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents an Interview Classic from five years ago (11-13-2016). Wade interviews Nick Aldis, a/k/a Magnus, about a wide range of topics in this in-depth interview including his current career aspirations, why he's not in WWE, the thriving UK wrestling scene, his wife Mickie James's match against Asuka at NXT Takeover, thoughts on TNA's current ownership situation and losing the Challenge TV clearance, turning points in TNA history, what Sting meant to him, any regrets he has, dream matches, and more with caller and email contributions.

    WKPWP - Thursday Flagship - Keller & Martin talk Full Gear, Reigns-Big E, KO's turn, Omega-Hangman contract, NJPW Power Struggle, NXT 2.0

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 135:40


    PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents the Thursday Flagship edition of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast with guest co-host Todd Martin, a PWTorch VIP analyst. This is a simulcast of part of this week's PWTorch VIP podcast, "The Fix with Todd & Wade," which they do roughly every three weeks.They begin with a review of AEW Rampage including the stellar C.M. Punk-Eddie Kingston exchange with a lengthy discussion about whether Punk's tone and overall sanctimonious demeanor is detrimental in the big picture for his character or an example of why the face-heel dynamic should be seen on a spectrum. Also, did it take Adam Cole too long to beat John Silver? Then a full review of Dynamite including the contract signing between Kenny Omega and Hangman Page. Then a match-by-match preview of Full Gear with odds on some matches and analysis of the build. They move on to a review of this week's NXT 2.0 and the latest episodes of Smackdown and Raw. Then the show closes with Todd's review of New Japan Power Struggle.


    WKPWP - AEW Full Gear PPV Preview Roundtable with Keller & Sage & Krol: Omega vs. Hangman, Kingston vs. Punk, Baker vs. Conti, MJF vs. Darby

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 128:46

    PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents a special AEW Full Gear PPV Preview Roundtable on this Tuesday edition of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast with guest co-hosts Tyler Sage and Eric Krol. They march through the card beginning with the Kenny Omega vs. "Hangman" Adam Page main event for the AEW World Title and discuss the pros and cons of various outcomes. They discuss the hype for C.M. Punk vs. Eddie Kingston so far, and likely outcome and match quality of the rest of the match with predictions.

    WKPWP Interview Classic (5 Yrs Ago): Keller talks with Steve Austin about what Seth was missing, more, plus Gabe Sapolsky talks Evolve

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 6, 2021 124:17


    PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents an Interview Classic from five years ago (11-3-2016). He interviews Gabe Sapolsky for the first 30 minutes and then Steve Austin for the next 75 minutes. Sapolsky, VIP of Talent Relations and Creative for EVOLVE and WNN, discusses the FloSlam streaming affiliation and what it means to indy wrestling and the development of talent, WWE's reaction, who his top stars are, what the marketing will be, and more. Then Steve Austin joins Wade to talk a lot of current events including evaluating the main event programs and wrestlers in WWE and what is working and not working, plus Goldberg's return, Miz finding his way, the awkward Dean Ambrose interview on WWE Network, his Kurt Angle interview, the prospects of a Shawn Michaels vs. A.J. Styles, thoughts on Charlotte, and then some UFC talk about Conor McGregor and Ronda Rousey at the end. Plus, he gets listeners ready for CMT's “Broken Skull Challenge” that starts up again with new episodes on CMT on Nov. 13.


    WKPWP Interview: Vince McMahon Steroid Trial insights as Keller talks with John Arezzi about "Dark Side of the Ring" and covering 1994 trial

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 140:03

    PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents a new Interview with Pro Wrestling Spotlight radio host and book author John Arezzi. Both Wade and John covered the Vince McMahon Steroid Trial in person in New York in 1994. They discuss the "Dark Side of the Ring" documentary last week dedicated to the McMahon Trial, including what they thought of the editorial choices on how to tell the story and what to include and exclude. John talks about that frightening visit to his house covered in the documentary and another side of it not brought up on the documentary. They look at key figures in the documentary in their specific roles in the trial including expanding on what the documentary covered. They share many other fascinating first-hand stories from being in the courtroom and outside the courtroom for the media circus. This interview was originally featured on the PWTorch VIP podcast feed for VIP members earlier this week in its entirety.

    WKPWP - Tuesday Flagship - Keller & Fann: Raw is better, Punk-Kingston exchange, Halloween-themed matches, Rhodes to the Top reflections

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 119:06

    PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents the Tuesday Flagship edition of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast with guest co-host Rich Fann, PWTorch columnist. They discuss these topics:The improvement in Raw since the draft kicked in and what stood out this week.Becky Lynch continues to strive to get booed while being cheered, is Seth the answer?Cody Rhodes attempting to get cheeredReflecting "Rhodes to the Top"C.M. Punk "disappointed" in Eddie Kingston's behavior - is that cringy?Bryan Danielson shining in AEW so far, where does Kingston match rankThe Halloween themed matches on AEW and WWE TVROH's announcement that they're going on hiatus after Final BattleMLW changes and can they fill in gap left by ROHT-Bar vs. Damien Priest on Raw in a hard-hitting match, can T-Bar be saved?Paul Heyman's interview with Kayla Braxton on Smackdown about Brock-ReignsBron Breakker progress and upside based on NXT 2.0 work so far

    WKPWP Interview Classic (5 Yrs Ago): Keller talks with Colt Cabana talks ROH and podcasting plus Dave Millican on creating wrestling belts

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 30, 2021 171:02

    PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents an Interview Classic from five years ago (10-27-2016) with Colt Cabana talking about his new documentary, “The Wrestling Road Diaries 3: Comedy Equals Money,” the making of it and the previous two including the filming process and editing progress, the rise of wrestler-hosted podcasts and his influence as a pioneer in that category, his finding of a balance between comedy and serious wrestling when he works indy shows, looking back at ROH and why his return to ROH has brought back something he missed about pro wrestling, what secrets wrestlers still like to keep, a funny WWE story regarding social media, the end of Vine, and more.Then, in a bonus segment, Jim Valley interviews "The Ace of Belts" Dave Millican about all of his creations including ROH, NWA, WWE championships. We also talk historical belts like the AWA Southern championship, AWA World title and the NWA's “Ten Pounds of Gold”. We even talk about the championship belts from the Spike TV show “Lip Sync Battle.”

    WKPWP - WWE Raw & Smackdown Post-Shows - 5 Yrs Ago (10-24-2016): Foley-Charlotte-Sasha segment hyping HIAC, Heyman/Lesnar segment goes wrong

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 153:17


    In this special Thursday Flashback episode of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast, we jump back to two episodes from five years ago this week - one covering Raw and the other covering Smackdown.In the first episode from Oct. 24, 2016, PWTorch editor Wade Keller went live right after WWE Monday Night Raw went off the air and was joined by Pat McNeill a lot of callers to talk about Monday Night Raw including the final push for Hell in a Cell with a memorable Mick Foley segment with Charlotte and Sasha Banks and a show-closing angle with Seth Rollins getting powerbombed into the ring apron. Also, a debacle of a segment with Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar, and more. They also discuss with a couple callers the announcement of the FloSlam pro wrestling streaming platform announcement today.In the second episode from Oct. 25, 2016, Wade went live right after WWE Smackdown Live tonight and discussed what could be the among the lowest rated Smackdowns ever up against the NBA season starting on TNT and the start of the Cubs-Indians World Series. He talks with callers about A.J. Styles vs. Dean Ambrose with James Ellsworth at ringside, Becky Lynch's return, prospects of a Shawn Michaels return to face Styles in San Antonio, Randy Orton's apparent heel turn, and more.


    WKPWP - Tuesday Flagship - Keller & Powell dive into "Rhodes to the Top" season finale, Becky-Charlotte dust-up, WWE post-draft, more

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 142:44


    PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents the Tuesday Flagship edition of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast with guest co-host Jason Powell from ProWrestling.net. They dive into the season finale of "Rhodes to the Top" with thoughts on Cody coping with being booed, impressions of Brandi, and Arn Anderson seemingly thinking Aleister Black is some unknown upstart kid getting a big rub from Cody. They also cover the Charlotte-Becky Lynch dust-up with an attempt to understand Charlotte's perspective and whether she'd be a good signing for AEW. Then a look at the post-Draft roster alignment and the Roman Reigns-Paul Heyman-Brock Lesnar post-Crown Jewel angle. They answer a variety of listener questions from the Mailbag including Seth Rollins admitting he doesn't even know what his character is. They discuss Lance Archer's reaction to landing on his head, WWE scheduling a PPV on Labor Day weekend next year when AEW usually runs All Out, and Impact's Bound for Glory ending with two World Title changes, and more.


    WKPWP - Keller & Powell Flagship from 10 Yrs Ago (10-25-2011): Cena, Hogan, James Storm, WWE PPV fallout, Punk-Laurinaitis, more w/callers

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 121:20


    In this Flagship Flashback episode of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast from ten years ago (10-25-2011), Wade is joined by ProWrestling.net's Jason Powell. They discuss the previous night's Raw including the fallout from Vengeance, Triple H vs. Kevin Nash feud, C.M. Punk standing up to Laurinaitis, John Cena's potential heel turn and signs of it, Hulk Hogan's babyface turn, James Storm's title win, ratings upticks for all three major shows, and live calls and email questions. Also, in the VIP Aftershow, a discussion on the flaws that could hold ROH back, TNA's announcing situation, and more.


    WKPWP Interview Classic (5 Yrs Ago): Keller talks with DDP about Goldberg's return, Goldberg memories + bonus Justin Credible SD analysis

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 23, 2021 166:49


    PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents an Interview Classic from five years ago (10-20-2016) with Diamond Dallas Page, including his thoughts on Goldberg's appearance on Raw on Monday, early Goldberg memories, the making of his new DDP DVD, Jake Roberts, his favorite two matches of his career, and more including live callers and email questions.Then in a bonus segment, former WWF wrestler and ECW Champion Justin Credible joins Wade to discuss the Oct. 18, 2021 Smackdown with callers including the James Ellsworth vs. A.J. Styles main event, Curt Hawkins' debut, the Nikki Bella-Carmella segment, Baron Corbin's crushing of Jack Swagger, and more. At the end of the show they also talk Goldberg's debut on Raw and the challenge of syncing up social media activity with on-air characters and how WWE and wrestlers could serve fans by getting on the same page.


    WKPWP - Thursday Flagship - Keller & Martin talk gaping logic gap in Lesnar-Reigns finish, Crown Jewel review, AEW-WWE war of words, NJPW G1

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 170:38

    PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents the Thursday Flagship edition of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast with guest co-host Todd Martin, a PWTorch VIP analyst. This is a simulcast of the first part of this week's PWTorch VIP podcast, "The Fix with Todd & Wade," which they do roughly every three weeks. The following topics are covered in roughly this order:A full review of WWE Crown Jewel including the gaping logic gap stemming from the finish of Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar that lingers heading into Smackdown.A look at the last week of New Japan's G1 tournament including the unfortunate ending of the final match.A review of last week's AEW Buy In, Rampage, and Dynamite, plus a discussion on the Tony Khan war of words with Eric Bischoff, Roman Reigns, and Booker T including whether Tony came out looking strong or made some p.r. missteps.A review of NXT 2.0 from last week building up next week's Halloween Havoc.

    WKPWP - Keller & Powell Flagship from 10 Yrs Ago (10-18-2011): Keller & Powell talk Raw in Mexico City, TNA Impact locker room politics

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 147:28


    In this Flagship Flashback episode of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast from ten years ago (10-18-2011), Wade is joined by ProWrestling.net's Jason Powell. They discuss the previous night's Raw including the final hype for Vengeance and the Mexico City setting with Jim Ross and Michael Cole in the main event. Also a lot of talk of the politics going into and coming out of Bound for Glory including Robert Roode, A.J. Styles, and Hulk Hogan. Plus live calls, email topics, and more. In the previously VIP-exclusive Aftershow more on Hogan's political games historically and more.


    WKPWP - Wildcard Tuesday - WWE Crown Jewel preview with Mailbag & Live Callers + 10 Years Ago episode on Hogan-TNA politics, Bound for Glory

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 139:10

    PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents a Wildcard Tuesday episode of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast with a mix of four formats - Mailbag, Live Callers, a PPV Preview, and a 10 Years Ago Flashback! First up is the WWE Crown Jewel preview with cohost Cameron Hawkins from the PWTorch East Coast Cast with a mix of Crown Jewel-related calls and emails. They discuss the pros and cons of various possible outcomes for all of the announced matches from Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar to Edge vs. Seth Rollins to the Queen and King tournament finals.Then, in a 10 Years Ago Flashback, Wade was joined by columnist Bruce Mitchell to talk about TNA Bound for Glory fallout, Hulk Hogan's potential political games, locker room tension, plus Raw talk with live calls and emails in the mix. This episode live streamed originally on Oct. 17, 2011.

    WKPWP Interview Classic (5 Yrs Ago): Keller interviews ex-WCW announcer Scott Hudson with fascinating insights on Goldberg's rise and return

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 16, 2021 113:25

    PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents an Interview Classic from five years ago (10-13-2016) with Scott Hudson, former WCW announcer with stints with WWE and TNA also. He reminisces about the Monday Night War era, calling Nitros, the backstage atmosphere as the WCW era came to a close, his thoughts on the rise of Goldberg and predictions on the difference he'll make in his return, the final Nitro, Mauro Ranallo's announcing and the art of wrestling announcing changing over the decades, and more, including live caller questions.

    WKPWP - Keller & Powell 10 Yrs Ago Flagship (10-11-2011): Venting about a bad episode of Raw, can Hogan-Sting help Bound for Glory buyrate

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 153:09


    In this Flagship Flashback episode of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast from ten years ago (10-11-2011), Wade is joined by ProWrestling.net's Jason Powell. They tackle the previous night's odd Raw and field upset callers and emails reacting to the show. Many other subjects include TNA Bound for Glory, Brock Lesnar, the IC Title, Jim Ross's treatment, and much more. In the previously VIP-exclusive Aftershow they break down the Raw quarter hour ratings, preview Bound for Glory, analyze ROH TV so far, and more.


    WKPWP - Tuesday Flagship with Keller & Fann - Tony Khan hypes Rampage vs. SD this Friday, King & Queen tourney predictions, GCW Mox-Gage

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 133:28

    PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents the Tuesday Flagship edition of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast with guest co-host Rich Fann, PWTorch columnist. They open with a conversation about whether Tony Khan is setting himself and AEW fans up for disappointment by building up Friday's battle between Rampage and Smackdown, and also what's going on with Rampage viewership continuing to drop despite C.M. Punk wrestling last Friday. They assess the progress and predict the futures of WWE's King of the Ring and Queen's Crown Tournament matches, discuss Jon Moxley vs. Nick Gage and how Renee is dealing with Jon's violent matches, MLW's efforts to fit into the crowded U.S. pro wrestling landscape including reaction to the Fightland special, and more. They also answer Mailbag questions on an alternate scenario with Aleister Black in WWE, the women's tag match on Raw last night, and Rich's  Justice League of Japanese wrestlers. Some non-wrestling topics include thoughts on Squid Game and how to cut a peanut butter & jelly sandwich creatively.

    WKPWP Interview Classic (5 Yrs Ago): Radio host and author John Arezzi talks with Wade about Lesnar-Goldberg report, live calls, more

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 9, 2021 103:19

    PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents an Interview Classic from five years ago (10-5-2016) with long-time pro wrestling radio show host and book author John Arezzi about the reported Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar match set for Survivor Series and the prospects of Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks in a Hell in a Cell match. They also delve into the changes in how pro wrestling delivers its product to fans over the decades to put in perspective WWE Network in its early stages. They also take live calls on a range of current events stemming from Raw and Smackdown.

    WKPWP - Keller & Powell Flagship from 10 Yrs Ago (10-4-2011): WWE Hell in a Cell fallout, the big walk out angle with Triple H, more

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 130:26


    In this Flagship Flashback episode of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast from ten years ago (10-4-2011), Wade is joined by ProWrestling.net's Jason Powell. They present analysis of WWE Hell in a Cell fallout on Raw, the big Walk Out angle with Triple H, and much more including live calls and interactive emails. Also in the VIP Aftershow they debate whether Bobby Roode is a good top star for TNA going forward, is Hurricane Helms's charity event in bad taste, and more from Raw.


    WKPWP Bonus Mailbag w/Keller & Powell: Reaction to "Rhodes to the Top," AEW EVP issues, was Graves too harsh on Dana, WWE losing leverage

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 93:09


    PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents a Bonus Mailbag edition of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast with guest co-host Jason Powell from ProWrestling.net. Mailbag questions include: Could a billionaire  start a third major promotion with the talent out there? Is AEW booking young rising stars to have enough wins? Will WWE pay a price for not being the promotion young wrestlers aspire to work for? Did AEW's wrestler EVPs earn their executive titles and do the EVPs even get along with each other anymore? Does Jason stand by his comments ten years ago about Cody Rhodes's potential? Is Cody avoiding trying to be a top wrestler in AEW for fear of failure given deep roster of top stars in AEW? Did USA Network overpay for WWE and does "Dark Side of the Ring" hurt their image to get a new TV deal? Were announcers too harsh on Dana Brooke before she took a beating on Raw from Shayna Baszler? And also reaction to the first episode of "Rhodes to the Top" including early impressions of Cody and Brandi and the behind the scenes look at AEW.


    WKPWP - Tuesday Flagship - Keller & Powell thoroughly dive into new Raw and SD rosters after Draft, is AEW Rampage a success or burden, more

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 157:53


    PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents the Tuesday Flagship edition of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast with guest co-host Jason Powell from ProWrestling.net. They thoroughly review the reshuffled WWE roster after the draft beginning with Raw's men's division, tag team division, and women's division, then Smackdown's mens, tag team, and women's division. They isolate key wrestlers and look at potential opponents including Becky Lynch, Big E, Roman Reigns, Drew McIntyre, and Bobby Lashley. Then they ask whether AEW Rampage's ratings indicate it's more of a burden already for Tony Khan than a success, and different ways to read the ratings so far with the additions of C.M. Punk, Bryan Danielson, and Adam Cole. Then some thoughts on Impact not benefiting greatly from AEW wrestlers crossing over, and AEW Dynamite in general.


    WKPWP Interview Classic with ex-WWE Creative Kevin Eck (5 Yrs Ago): Predicting whether Vince would hire & push McIntyre, Lashley, EC3, more

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2021 114:15

    PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents an Interview Classic from five years ago (9-29-2016) with Kevin Eck, former WWE creative team member from 2011-2014 and also a long-time journalist who currently writes a popular blog on pro wrestling. Keller begins with an update on TNA's ownership situation with developments ongoing during the show, then gets insights from Kevin on how WWE management is likely to evaluate TNA wrestlers should WWE acquire TNA or that talent become available to sign, including Bobby Lashley, EC3, Drew Galloway, Gail Kim, and Abyss. Also, in-depth discussions on the Cruiserweight Division, Dolph Ziggler, A.J. Styles, Seth Rollins, and Roman Reigns.

    WKPWP - Thursday Flagship - Keller & Martin blunt review of the premiere of "Rhodes to the Top," Big E so far as champ, Guevara's win, more

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 181:29

    PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents the Thursday Flagship edition of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast with guest co-host Todd Martin, a PWTorch VIP analyst. This is a simulcast of this week's PWTorch VIP podcast, "The Fix with Todd & Wade," which we do roughly every three weeks. The following topics are covered in roughly this order:- A review of AEW Rampage and AEW Dynamite including thoughts on Sammy Guevara's TNT Title win and Miro's future, MJF's harsh promo on Darby Allin, C.M. Punk on commentary, and everything else on those shows.- Reaction to the premiere episode of "Rhodes to the Top" including how Brandi Rhdoes came across, what felt real and what felt contrived, whether Darby showed too much of his real self, analysis of the Cody-Brandi dynamic, behind the scenes glimpses of AEW operations, and more.- Reviews of Smackdown and Raw including the latest with Roman Reigns, Big E's push as WWE Champion, Doudrop's character, Drew McIntyre's appearance at the end of Raw, what's up with Shayna Baszler, and more.- Review of NXT 2.0 and a reaction to the drop in viewership.- Thoughts on the latest New Japan G1 tournament happenings

    WKPWP - Keller & Powell Flagship from 10 Yrs Ago (9-27-2011): How does Punk rub people the wrong way backstage, HIAC hype on Raw, more

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 126:25


    In this Flagship Flashback episode of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast from ten years ago (9-27-2011), Wade is joined by ProWrestling.net's Jason Powell. They present analysis of what about C.M. Punk rubs people the wrong way behind the scenes and on camera, WWE Hell in a Cell hype on Raw, Ring of Honor's semi-national TV debut pros and cons, Cena, Miz-Truth, and more, plus in the previously VIP-exclusive Aftershow, subjects subjects include Chris Jericho, Mick Foley, Undertaker, and Vince McMahon. Plus, some Minnesota VIking talk after an 0-3 start.


    WKPWP - WWE Draft Special - Keller & Barbati predict how Raw & SD men's and women's rosters will be redistributed, plus 2011 Draft Analysis

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 134:37


    PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents a special WWE Draft Special edition of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast with guest co-host Nick Barbati from the PWTorch VIP podcast "Nick & Tom's Intercontinental Adventure" and PWTorch.com's Smackdown Hits & Misses column. They predict how Raw and Smackdown men's and women's rosters will be redistributed in the draft and make their cases for some potential surprises in terms of heel/face turns and brand placement. Also, a jump back to Wade's 2011 Draft Analysis including the John Cena "psych!" angle where he switched brands twice, plus familiar names in the draft including Drew McIntyre, Cody Rhodes, Wade Barrett, and many others.


    WKPWP - Keller & Powell Flagship from 10 Yrs Ago (9-20-2011): Analysis of post-PPV Raw, Cena's title win, Henry's title win, Sting vs. Flair

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 140:13


    In this Flagship Flashback episode of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast from ten years ago (9-20-2011), Wade is joined by ProWrestling.net's Jason Powell. They discuss Raw featuring the follow-up to the Night of Champions PPV and the announcement of two Hell in a Cell PPV main events. They take live calls on a range of subjects and then in the VIP Aftershow they talk Night of Champions top to bottom, ROH's new TV show and potential growth, Matt Hardy's latest headlines, and Sting vs. Flair last Thursday.


    WKPWP Interview Classic with Mick Karch (5 Yrs Ago): Reigns dilemma, history of crowds booing babyface acts, announcers, Heenan & Bockwinkel

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2021 113:26

    PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents an Interview Classic from five years ago (9-22-2016) with Mick Karch, longtime wrestling ring announcer and play-by-play commentator, one-time fan club president of the Nick Bockwinkel Fan Club. They discuss a wide-ranging list of fascinating topics from the contributions and legacy of the late Nick Bockwinkel and how he is underappreciated by today's fanbase, to Bobby Heenan's continued active appearance schedule and what made him so great, to a discussion the state of wrestling announcing and how it could improve and why it's faltered over the last 10-20 years, have crowds in past generations dating back to the 1970s ever rejected babyfaces and cheered heels at the rate they do today and is it a solvable problem, to the changes in the attitudes and approaches of indy wrestlers today compared to 30 years ago, and much more. The scope of this discussion is vast, and Karch brings insights and anecdotes few others today can provide based on his decades of experience active in pro wrestling, which includes a continued busy schedule in Minnesota and the East Coast, along with his current viewing of the WWE product weekly.

    WKPWP - Thursday Flagship - Keller & Heydorn discuss Dynamite ratings, Cody being booed, Becky-Belair, Dark Side of the Ring controversy

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 169:18

    SHOW SUMMARY: PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents the Thursday Flagship edition of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast with guest co-host Zack Heydorn, PWTorch assistant editor. They answer a lot of Mailbag questions on Dynamite last night, the dynamic with Bianca Belair and Becky Lynch so far, optimism about a best-case scenario for NXT 2.0, reaction to the AEW Dynamite ratings just as they came in during the recording session, the controversies coming out of Vice's “Dark Side of the Ring” documentary on the 2002 “Plane Ride from Hell” including Ric Flair and Tommy Dreamer, whether AEW can overtake WWE and at what pace if so, will Raw end up on streaming network instead of USA, and much more.

    WKPWP PPV Preview - Former WWE Creative Team member Matt McCarthy joins Wade to talk WWE Extreme Rules, Vince backstage stories, NXT changes

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 134:58


    PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents a WWE Extreme Rules PPV preview with two-time former WWE Creative Team member Matt McCarthy. Matt and Wade discuss the full announced line-up, plus plenty of tangents including some great Vince McMahon behind the scenes stories, Michael Hayes, John Laurinaitis, Roman Reigns, Triple H, and more.


    WKPWP Interview Classic with Kevin Nash (5 Yrs Ago): Punk in UFC, Styles push, KO, Baron Corbin, Nakamura, Donald Trump, more

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 18, 2021 85:07

    PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents an Interview Classic from five years ago (9-15-2016) with Kevin Nash, former WWE, WCW, and TNA main event wrestler and behind the scenes force. Topics include C.M. Punk in UFC, Baron Corbin, Raw rating, WWE's PG rating problem, Shinsuke Nakamura's upside on the main roster, updated thoughts on Kevin Owens, the rise of A.J. Styles in WWE, Raven, the new WWE belts, Donald Trump, and much more with live callers and email questions.

    WKPWP - Thursday Flagship - Keller & Martin talk Big E win, Reigns-Lesnar in Saudi Arabia, AEW's ratings, AEW line-up in NYC, NXT 2.0, more

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 160:20


    PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents the Thursday Flagship edition of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast with guest co-host Todd Martin, a PWTorch VIP analyst. This is a simulcast of this week's PWTorch VIP podcast, "The Fix with Todd & Wade," which we do roughly every 3-4 weeks. The following topics are covered in roughly this order:Todd's in--perspective perspective from the premiere of NXT 2.0 on Tuesday at the P.C.Full review of NXT 2.0 including the NXT Title situation and the weddingFull review of AEW Rampage and AEW DynamiteThoughts on next week's big line-up at Arthur Ashe StadiumReviews of WWE Smackdown and WWE RawReaction to Big E's WWE Title win and various scenarios for him going forwardA review of the ROH Death Before Dishonor PPVA New Japan G1 Tournament PreviewPreviews of UFC and Bellator cards this weekendReaction to Andrew Yang's stance against WWE classifying wrestlers as independent contractorsHow might Tony Khan feel about Yang's campaign against independent contractor statusReaction to WWE's sheepish announcement that Brock Lesnar will face Roman Reigns at Crown Jewel


    WKPWP - Keller & Powell Flagship from 10 Yrs Ago (9-13-2011): Dissecting Triple H-Punk segment including fatal flaws, Miz and Morrison, more

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021 138:12


    In this Flagship Flashback episode of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast from ten years ago (9-13-2011), Wade is joined by ProWrestling.net's Jason Powell. First, they dissect the Triple H-C.M. Punk segment on Raw including its strengths and some fatal flaws. Also, some talk about Miz and Morrison, WWE Network speculation, and New Day's questionable caricatures. They take live calls for an hour, then go into the VIP Aftershow with more thoughts on Raw, TNA, and the Raw ratings.


    WKPWP - Keller & Powell Flagship from 10 Yrs Ago (9-7-2011) talking C.M. Punk-Triple H segment, Kevin Nash text twist, Angle's DUI, callers

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 156:08


    In this Flagship Flashback episode of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast from ten years ago (9-7-2011), Wade is joined by ProWrestling.net's Jason Powell. They break down the previous night's Raw. Jason gave it a big thumbs down. Find out why. They analyze the Kevin Nash text twist, the Triple H-C.M. Punk stips, and more. They take live calls for an hour mostly centered around Raw happenings and WWE network. In the previously VIP-exclusive Aftershow, they discuss Kurt Angle's DUI and whether he should be treated differently than Matt Hardy, plus more on Raw. The final segment is dedicated to NFL talk including Powell's expert perspective on Fantasy Football.


    WKPWP Interview Classic with ring announcer Justin Roberts (5 Yrs Ago): Punk insights, how Triple H & Kevin Dunn treat people behind scenes

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 11, 2021 122:44


    PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents an Interview Classic from five years ago with ex-WWE ring announcer Justin Roberts who talks about his decade-plus experience in WWE, highs and lows, including insight into Kevin Dunn and Triple H and how they treat people behind the scenes, John Cena as a leader, C.M. Punk over the years, and much more with live callers and email questions.


    WKPWP - Thursday Flagship - Keller & Fann ask whether Cole and Omega can coexist, when should Reigns fight Lesnar, KO, Triple H health, more

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 143:24

    PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents the Thursday Flagship edition of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast with guest co-host Rich Fann from the "Everything with Rich Fann" VIP podcast, the PWTorch Dailycasts's Deep Dive, and the PWTorch East Coast Cast VIP edition. They begin with a look at the AEW ratings this week and an overview of C.M. Punk's influence so far, they ask whether Adam Cole and Kenny Omega can or should coexist, is The Elite too big and how would it be best pruned, the prospects of Kevin Owens joining AEW, a look at AEW's babyface and heel depth chart, when should Roman Reigns fight Brock Lesnar, thoughts on the Becky Lynch-Bianca Belair exchange and their progress as a heel and a lead babyface respectively, Drew McIntyre current situation, an early look at WWE Extreme Rules, reaction to Triple H's health scare and reflecting on how his legacy for his pet project NXT is being demolished, what the NXT refresh could mean, the death of Daffney, frustration with New Japan this past weekend, MLW getting back up and running, Matt Cardona in contention as one of pro wrestling's most fascinating people of 2021 with his reinvention, and more.

    WKPWP - Keller & Powell Flagship from 10 Yrs Ago (8-30-2011) talking Punk's big promo fail, NWO reforming, Triple H returning to ring, more

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2021 114:22


    In this Flagship Flashback episode of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast from ten years ago (8-30-2011), Wade is joined by ProWrestling.net's Jason Powell. They discuss the fallout from a newsworthy Raw Supershow including Triple H's announced return to the ring. Also, live calls most of the hour covering more subjects including Smackdown going live, a major uncool moment for C.M. Punk with his gag promo, the NWO reforming, Dolph Ziggler's showing against Randy Orton, and more. In the previously VIP-exclusive Aftershow, they delve more into Raw and also last week's TNA Impact.


    WKPWP - Keller & Powell Flagship from 10 Yrs Ago (8-23-2011) talking Smackdown going live, John Laurinatis as an on-air figure, Hardys, more

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2021 133:27


    In this Flagship Flashback episode of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast from ten years ago (8-23-2011), Wade is joined by ProWrestling.net's Jason Powell. First, they took over an hour of phone calls reacting to the previous night's Raw, plus Sin Cara, Five-Star Match Ratings, Rey Mysterio, Smackdown Going Live, and more. Then in the previously VIP-exclusive Aftershow, they react to the latest Matt Hardy happenings, Jeff Hardy's self-declared pending return to TNA Impact Wrestling, and a reaction to Raw's sub-3.0 rating this week.


    WKPWP Interview Classics with Matt McCarthy and ROH announcer Ian Riccaboni (10 Yrs Ago): Current events, Last Battle of Atlanta, more

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 4, 2021 149:49


    PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents two Interview Classics from ten years ago. First, PWTorch editor Wade Keller talks with ex-WWE Creative Writer Matt McCarthy regarding a variety of current events on Miz-Daniel Bryan, Dolph Ziggler, Kevin Owens, and more, plus some 2011-2012 Daniel Bryan backstage stories and memories of Mr. Fuji.Then, in a bonus interview, PWTorch columnist Pat McNeill hosts the “Saturday Morning Wrestling” Livecast with special guest ROH announcer Ian Riccaboni discussing the Last Battle of Atlanta released on WWE Network, plus nostalgia wrestling and more topics with live callers.


    WKPWP - Tony Khan Q&A + AEW All Out PPV Preview Roundtable: Keller & Krol & Moynahan preview All Out line-up then Khan answers questions

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2021 190:09

    PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents a special AEW All Out PPV Preview episode of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast. First up is over an hour and a half of a thorough preview of AEW All Out with some sidebar discussions including the ratings performance of C.M. Punk so far and the impact of "Hangman" Page being subtracted from the line-up. They discuss the pros and cons of going with certain matches in a certain order including the final match of the night. They discuss each match and various possible finishes.Then the full media Q&A Tony Khan held earlier today including PWTorch columnist Sean Radican. Tony talks about working with C.M. Punk, the logistics of the AEW Dark tapings moving to Universal Studios, deciding on the match order for this show, his thoughts on the revenue possibilities today compared to the 1990s and thoughts on Eric Bischoff's leadership of WCW, the possibility of a six-man championship in the near the future, is he head of his goals, international expansion, working with other companies, the state of the AEW Women's Division, and more.

    WKPWP - Tuesday Flagship - Keller & Powell talk Adam Cole's AEW prospects, Lesnar, Becky, AEW All Out preview, Punk's trajectory, more

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2021 161:18


    PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents the Tuesday Flagship edition of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast with guest co-host Jason Powell from ProWrestling.net. They discuss Adam Cole's AEW prospects, Brock Lesnar's future opponents, promo ability, and role as a face or heel, Becky Lynch's character, AEW All Out preview, C.M. Punk's trajectory and AEW ratings since his debut, Happy Corbin, a weird Raw, the reboot of NXT, and more including listener emails.


    VIP AUDIO 8/28 – WKPWP Interview Classics with Sean “X-Pac” Waltman (10 Yrs Ago): Lesnar-Orton, death of Chyna, Reigns, Ambrose, Nakamura

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 28, 2021 135:02


    SHOW SUMMARY: PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents this weekend's Interview Classics from ten years ago with “X-Pac” Sean Waltman who talks about the Miz-Daniel Bryan segment on Talking Smack, NXT Takeover with a focus on Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Samoa Joe, the Randy Orton-Brock Lesnar conclusion at Summerslam, fans booing Roman Reigns, the awkward Steve Austin interview with Dean Ambrose, the death of Chyna, and much more including live callers and email questions.


    WKPWP - Thursday Flaghsip - Keller & Martin talk Punk's AEW debut & ratings, NXT Takeover 36, Summerslam fallout, Raw, more

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 27, 2021 141:14


    SHOW SUMMARY: PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents the Thursday Flagship edition of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast with guest co-host PWTorch VIP analyst Todd Martin and host PWTorch editor Wade Keller, they cover the following topics: Extensive C.M. Punk discussion including thoughts on ratings for him so far and his first two promos... AEW Rampage episode two review including Jon Moxley vs. Danny Garcia... AEW Dynamite review including Chris Jericho's challenge to MJF and All Out developments... Review of final WWE Smackdown before Summerslam including Roman Reigns-John Cena segment... Review of WWE Monday Night Raw with Summerslam fallout... Additional thoughts on the fallout of the Bianca Belair-Becky Lynch match at Summerslam... NXT Takeover 36 review including Adam Cole vs. Kyle O'Reilly, Karrion Kross vs. Samoa Joe, Dragonov vs. Walter... NXT on USA review including Takeover fallout... UFC Fight Night review...


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