Join Graham "GSM" Matthews each Thursday as he runs down his weekly wrestling rants, welcomes guests, hosts exclusive interviews and more!
This week's WrestleRant Radio opens with Graham "GSM" Matthews' exclusive interview with WWE NXT star Joe Gacy! They talk him challenging Bron Breakker for the NXT Championship at NXT In Your House 2022 and their feud, his transformation from when he signed with WWE to who he's become, biggest influences on his character and in-ring style, getting "cancelled" in late 2021, and more. GSM and RJ Marceau then talk the Vince McMahon controversy and the fallout thus far, if McMahon is truly in jeopardy of stepping down as WWE's C.E.O. and Chairman for good, and his recent pointless appearances on Raw and SmackDown. They're also discussing Brock Lesnar returning on SmackDown to challenge Roman Reigns for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship at SummerSlam and how the title picture could and should be booked through WrestleMania 39, if we'll see Theory confront John Cena next Monday night on Raw, Rhea Ripley getting injured and Carmella taking her place against Raw Women's Champion Bianca Belair at Money in the Bank, the return of Elias, what's next for Becky Lynch, and FULL PREDICTIONS for Sunday's AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door pay-per-view event!
After touching upon the latest breaking news concerning the Vince McMahon scandal and Sasha Banks reportedly receiving her release from WWE to open WrestleRant Radio, Graham "GSM" Matthews airs his exclusive interview with now-former NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion Matt Cardona from before Alwayz Ready talking all about the event, his time in the NWA so far and winning the world title, enjoying his heel run right now and how it came about through GCW, how he defines success, his relationship with Vince McMahon and a text he received from him recently, the possibility of him returning to WWE and if his current character would work there, working for IMPACT, and more! GSM and RJ Marceau then discuss Jeff Hardy's sad situation regarding the AEW star getting arrested again, why there's no excuse for actions and needing immediate help, his status in AEW and if he'll be back, and if it'd be in his best interest to walk away from wrestling for good. They're also talking Paige announcing her upcoming departure from WWE and if she'll wrestle again elsewhere, updates on the fields for the men's and women's Money in the Bank Ladder matches, Roman Reigns defending the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship against Riddle on SmackDown, Gunther capturing the Intercontinental Championship, Giovanni Vinci's NXT debut, Cameron Grimes challenging Bron Breakker for the NXT Championship at The Great American Bash, and what to expect when Elias returns to Raw to join Ezekiel next Monday night.
WWE Raw Superstar Ezekiel (you know, Elias' younger brother) is on WrestleRant Radio this week talking to Graham "GSM" Matthews about facing Kevin Owens at Hell in a Cell and their recent rivalry, his Raw run so far, Elias' whereabouts and the rest of his family tree, what he wants to accomplish in WWE, if he's aware of the rumors that he's also related to LA Knight/Max Dupri, and more! RJ Marceau then joins GSM to give their two cents on NXT's In Your House event and Apollo Crews' return to the brand on Tuesday night before getting into their full review of WWE's Hell in a Cell pay-per-view which was highlighted by a tremendous Triple Threat for the Raw Women's Championship, The Judgement Day taking on the trio of AJ Styles, Finn Balor and Liv Morgan, and an excellent Hell in a Cell clash between a wounded Cody Rhodes and Seth Rollins. When will Rhodes return from injury and what does that mean for Rollins in the meantime? Will it involve the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship even though Roman Reigns reportedly won't be at Money in the Bank? GSM and RJ tackle those questions as well as if Liv Morgan is the best bet to win this year's women's Money in the Bank Ladder match, Rhea Ripley becoming the new number one contender to the Raw Women's Championship, Finn Balor replacing Edge as the leader of The Judgement Day and why it was a dumb idea, and John Cena returning to Raw later this month and who he could face at SummerSlam if he sticks around. Plus, hear their thoughts on the Interim AEW World Championship Eliminator Series and Wardlow's lame excuse for not taking part in it, if Jon Moxley is the right choice to win the interim title, the introduction of AEW's all-new All-Atlantic Championship and why it's not necessary, and MJF being persona non grata on Wednesday's Dynamite.
Graham "GSM" Matthews and RJ Marceau are diving deep on Double or Nothing 2022 this week on WrestleRant Radio with thoughts on what the future holds for Hookhausen, MJF nearly not showing up for his match with Wardlow and how it was booked, what's next for Wardlow, The Hardys scoring a win over The Young Bucks, Stokley Hathaway and Athena making their AEW debuts, Julia Hart officially joining The House of Black, the finals of the men's and women's Owen Hart Cups and how Ruby Soho's latest loss did her no favors, the AEW TNT Championship miss, Thunder Rosa and Serena Deeb having one of the best bouts all night, if Anarchy in the Arena was a hit or a miss, Jurassic Express shockingly retaining the AEW World Tag Team Championship, CM Punk capturing the AEW World Championship and if a heel turn is coming for Adam Page, and more. Plus, hear their full preview and predictions for NXT In Your House and WWE Hell in a Cell coming this weekend!
Ahead of AEW Double or Nothing this Sunday, Bryan Danielson joins Graham "GSM" Matthews on WrestleRant Radio to talk his involvement in the new season of Carpool Karaoke, his thoughts on CM Punk being back in wrestling, William Regal's influence on him, the formation of Blackpool Combat Club, expectations for his Anarchy in the Arena match at Double or Nothing, the status of his knee injury, his entrance music changing as a heel, who he wants to wrestle at Forbidden Door, and more! From there, GSM and RJ Marceau share their quick thoughts on Ric Flair wrestling one more match over SummerSlam weekend, Killer Kross almost wrestling on Dynamite recently and the latest update on Sasha Banks and Naomi's status with WWE before getting into their complete preview of Double or Nothing! Hear their predictions for Adam Page's AEW World Championship defense against CM Punk, Wardlow finally getting his hands on MJF, The Hardys vs. The Young Bucks, Serena Deeb challenging Thunder Rosa for the AEW World Championship, and the rest of the stacked card.
Graham "GSM" Matthews welcomes IMPACT star Eric Young to WrestleRant Radio this week for an exclusive interview! They're talking his new show "Dangle Bet Celly" on Game+, his history with hockey, returning to IMPACT and having the best run of his career, his time in WWE and thoughts on Vince McMahon, if he's a Marvel and Star Wars fan, and more! Plus, GSM and RJ Marceau have plenty of thoughts on Sasha Banks and Naomi walking out of Monday's Raw, WWE's statement on the situation, plans for the WWE Women's Tag Team Championship and the division being dead in the water, their creative frustrations and if they were worth walking out over, and if they'll be back in the company. The duo also discuss MJF's current contract status with AEW and if he's WWE bound come 2024 before giving their two cents on Johnny Elite and Maki Itoh being revealed as the surprise joker entrants on Wednesday's edition of Dynamite and if they were worthy surprises.
Graham "GSM" Matthews and RJ Marceau are giving their on-site report from WWE's WrestleMania Backlash pay-per-view event in Providence on this week's WrestleRant Radio and talking how the event exceeded expectations, Cody Rhodes and Seth Rollins delivering another instant classic, Omos avenging his loss to Bobby Lashley and what his ceiling is, Rhea Ripley joining The Judgement Day, Ronda Rousey winning the SmackDown Women's Championship and what Charlotte Flair's upcoming absence means for the SmackDown women's division, why Madcap Moss desperately needs a repackaging, The Bloodline battling Drew McIntyre and RK-Bro in the main event and if a tag team title unification match is still in the cards. Plus, what's Roman Reigns' status heading into the summer? The duo discuss the reports regarding his upcoming absence from WWE TV and what it means for the product, plans for Hell in a Cell, what should be done with the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship, and if all of this is an indictment of WWE's inability to create new stars. They also have thoughts on Alexa Bliss' return to Raw, Lacey Evans being moved to the red brand's women's division and inexplicably turning heel already, why Asuka's comedy is awful, and Wednesday's AEW Dynamite featuring the quarterfinals of the men's and women's Owen Hart Cups, an insane Anything Goes match in the main event between Darby Allin and Jeff Hardy, and more!
Dakota Kai, Malcolm Bivens, Dexter Lumis, Persia Pirotta and others are the latest to be released from WWE NXT, and Graham "GSM" Matthews and RJ Marceau are breaking down each departure to open WrestleRant Radio. They also do a complete analysis of NXT 2.0 and the issues with the transition from the old guard to the new, why 90 days isn't enough to determine a newcomer's development, how the show could have benefited from a name change upon its relaunch, the one benefit of the brand's new management, Roderick Strong reportedly requesting his release, and much more. The duo then discuss Gunther's ceiling on SmackDown, what would need to happen in order for Madcap Moss to become a star, quick thoughts on Monday's Raw, who should win the men's and women's Owen Hart Cup in AEW, and full predictions for Sunday's WrestleMania Backlash pay-per-view event!
It's a special Draft Day edition of WrestleRant Radio this week as Graham "GSM" Matthews gets complete coverage of the 2022 NFL Draft from RJ Marceau including thoughts on who's eligible to be picked from the Big Board, top names to keep an eye on, the order of the teams, his love for the Georgia Bulldogs and how they replenish the pot year after year, and much more. Of course, there's plenty of wrestling chatter as well as the duo discuss the celebration of Randy Orton's 20-year anniversary in WWE on Monday's Raw, the return of Asuka and if she's being groomed for a shot at the Raw Women's Championship, Becky Lynch's controversial comments regarding AEW's women's division and if there's any truth to what she said, and Mustafa Ali shockingly resurfacing on Raw as well. Did this latest run for him be better than the last, or is a departure still likely later this year?
All-new SmackDown Superstar Raquel Rodriguez joins Graham "GSM" Matthews to kick off this week's WrestleRant Radio to discuss being called up to the main roster and when she found out it was happening, who knew about it ahead of time, her journey over the last several years, eventually teaming with Rhea Ripley, having her name changed, and more! GSM and RJ Marceau then reflect back on the six-year anniversary of Samoa Joe winning the NXT Championship at an NXT house show they attended before getting into how Raw has been better lately (awful weddings notwithstanding), Theory winning the United States Championship and how far he can go, Randy Orton celebrating 20 years in WWE next month and what some of his best matches are, Rhea Ripley turning heel, Bianca Belair's upcoming opponents, and Cody Rhodes vs. Kevin Owens for the first time ever. They also have plenty of thoughts on Kushida leaving NXT and if more releases are soon to follow, the debut of Roxanne Perez on Tuesday's show, why Sammy Guevara turning heel was the right move and why him regaining the AEW TNT Championship was the wrong one, AEW and New Japan Pro-Wrestling announcing their first-ever joint show for June and what the main event could be, CM Punk vs. Adam Page being primed for the Double or Nothing main event, why WWE being interested in FTR is hardly surprising, Jack Evans' AEW contract not being renewed, and what's next for Darby Allin and Andrade El Idolo following their Coffin match main event.
Graham "GSM" Matthews and RJ Marceau kick off this week's WrestleRant Radio discussing their respective anniversaries of when they started watching wrestling and planning ahead for WrestleMania 39 before getting into all of the new names joining SmackDown and WWE going overboard with the name changes, if Ronda Rousey will win the SmackDown Women's Championship at WrestleMania Backlash and the possibility of her headlining with Charlotte Flair (for real this time), Roman Reigns' next challenger and how he can lose both of his world titles in the coming months. The duo also discuss what Tony Khan's latest announcement could be and his recent comments about AEW detractors being bots, how Cody Rhodes has been presented perfectly thus far, if Seth Rollins is headed for a face turn, Veer Mahaan destroying Dominik Mysterio and what the future holds for Dominik, Tommaso Ciampa making his official Raw debut, how the Ezekiel angle has exceeded expectations, Sonya Deville returning to the ring to challenge Bianca Belair for the Raw Women's Championship, why the unification of the tag titles is for the best, and a full breakdown of Wednesday's AEW Dynamite featuring Samoa Joe vs. Minoru Suzuki and the underwhelming debut of Satnam Singh.
Ahead of his anticipated induction into the WWE Hall of Fame, The Undertaker spoke with Graham "GSM" Matthews for WrestleRant Radio and their interview airs on this week's episode! They talk being inducted, why Vince McMahon made the most sense to induct him, if he ever gets the itch to return to the ring, who he sees from the current roster being the faces of the future, and more! RJ Marceau then joins GSM to give their overall thoughts on NXT Stand & Deliver as well as the apparent release of now-former NXT Tag Team Champion Nash Carter before reviewing both nights of WrestleMania 38 featuring a solid undercard for Night 1, the celebrities impressing, Bianca Belair besting Becky Lynch for the Raw Women's Championship in a barn burner, Cody Rhodes returning and being presented as a star, Charlotte Flair retaining her SmackDown Women's Championship against Ronda Rousey, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin stepping back in the ring to take on Kevin Owens, and the ups and downs of Night 2 including a slightly underwhelming championship unification main event.
It's the annual WrestleMania roundtable on WrestleRant Radio, and Graham "GSM" Matthews and RJ Marceau are bringing in the big guns! Joining them for their complete preview of WrestleMania 38 this weekend is New Rockstars' own Tommy Bechtold, and they waste no time in talking NXT Stand & Deliver on Saturday afternoon and other thoughts on the current WWE product. Nothing is off limits in their analysis of WrestleMania 38 Night 1 as the trio delve into Seth Rollins' mystery opponent and why it needs to be Cody Rhodes, Rhodes' ceiling for success in WWE and how his return should be presented, an uninspiring undercard featuring three matches that should be on SmackDown, Logan Paul's grand in-ring debut and how he could exceed expectations, if there's a chance Becky Lynch will retain the Raw Women's Championship against Bianca Belair, Charlotte Flair vs. Ronda Rousey for the SmackDown Women's Championship, and why "Stone Cold" Steve Austin's appearance on The KO Show should headline the event. GSM, RJ and Tommy then look at Night 2's card and share their two cents on who has the best chance of leaving with the WWE Women's Tag Team Championship, Bobby Lashley returning to face Omos and making a case for either outcome, how Sami Zayn vs. Johnny Knoxville and Austin Theory vs. Pat McAfee can both be attraction matches, if RK-Bro is on the verge of splitting up, AJ Styles vs. Edge, and who will reign supreme in the Championship Unification main event between Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns!
Shortly removed from The Hardys' exciting reunion in AEW, Matt Hardy joins Graham "GSM" Matthews to discuss The Extreme Life of Matt Hardy podcast and the process of putting it together, reuniting The Hardy Boyz with this brother Jeff and what match he wants to have, his AEW run thus far, his thoughts on Cody Rhodes leaving the promotion, his favorite parts of The Hardy Compound, and more! In the latter half of the show, GSM and RJ Marceau share their thoughts on this year's road to WrestleMania and if it's underwhelmed, what matches they're most excited for, Cody Rhodes officially returning to WWE and when it should happen, Kevin Owens' masterful impersonation of "Stone Cold" Steve Austin on Monday's Raw, Bobby Lashley reportedly being cleared to compete against Omos at WrestleMania 38, their proposed lineup for WrestleMania 39, everyone set to compete in the NXT North American Championship Ladder match at Stand & Deliver, Io Shirai and Kay Lee Ray winning the women's Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, overview of Wednesday's AEW Dynamite, FTR seemingly turning babyface and why The Briscoes haven't appeared on AEW TV. Plus, hear their two cents on The Batman!
For the first time in almost six years, Graham "GSM" Matthews and RJ Marceau record a super special in-person edition of WrestleRant Radio on St. Patrick's Day, no less! They shoot the breeze about everything that comes to mind including the unfortunate passing of Scott Hall and the legacy he leaves behind, what "Stone Cold" Steve Austin will be doing at WrestleMania 38, Cody Rhodes' status for The Show of Shows, where the Carmella and Queen Zelina tension might be headed, Edge's heel turn so far, Thunder Rosa winning the AEW Women's World Championship on the St. Patrick's Day Slam edition of AEW Dynamite, the issue with the Jericho Appreciation Society, who will win when Wardlow and MJF inevitably go one-on-one, their first impressions of WWE 2K22, and more!
With a full breakdown of AEW Revolution to thoughts on everything else that transpired this extremely eventful week in wrestling, Graham "GSM" Matthews and RJ Marceau are back on WrestleRant Radio to analyze it all! After giving their two cents on Vader being announced as the latest inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame, the duo review the Revolution pay-per-view and discuss the hot opener between Eddie Kingston and Chris Jericho, Wardlow winning the Face of the Revolution Ladder match, the debuts of Shane "Swerve" Strickland and William Regal and how they can contribute to the product, CM Punk and MJF going to war in their Dog Collar match, Britt Baker holding onto the AEW Women's World Championship and why it was the right call, Jon Moxley vs. Bryan Danielson, and Adam Page successfully defending the AEW World Championship. Who's next? From there, GSM and RJ talk all the fallout from Revolution on Wednesday's Dynamite including Jericho's new faction, three title matches, who could join Regal's group, FTR firing Tully Blanchard, Jeff Hardy's anticipated arrival, Wardlow's massive potential as a babyface, Scorpio Sky winning the AEW TNT Championship, and Paige VanZant signing her AEW contract. Plus, hear their take on "Stone Cold" Steve Austin being officially announced for WrestleMania 38 and if he will wrestle Kevin Owens after all, RK-Bro regaining the Raw Tag Team Championship, Bron Breakker's Raw debut and if he's being fast-tracked to the main roster, Liv Morgan and Rhea Ripley randomly forming a team and what WWE could do be doing different with the women, and Tuesday's Roadblock edition of NXT featuring Dolph Ziggler being crowned NXT Champion!
It's yet another newsworthy week on WrestleRant Radio, and with it being WrestleMania season for WWE and AEW Revolution coming up this weekend, that can't be considered surprising. Graham "GSM" Matthews and RJ Marceau are back breaking down the rumored WrestleMania match between Vince McMahon (yes, seriously) and Pat McAfee as well as everything either in the works for WrestleMania or outright confirmed for the card including an unexpected WWE Women's Tag Team Championship match, Sami Zayn vs. Johnny Knoxville, and more. They also get into Edge's vicious heel turn on AJ Styles that closed out Raw, Finn Balor beating Damian Priest for the United States Championship and if Priest can bounce back from recent bad booking, thoughts on Tuesday's NXT that was highlighted by an NXT North American Championship match and Bron Breakker teaming with Tommaso Ciampa against The Dirty Dawgs, Cesaro's shocking WWE departure, Tony Khan announcing his acquisition of Ring of Honor on Dynamite and how the promotion can be used going forward, and full predictions for Sunday's Revolution pay-per-view!
You know it's WrestleMania season when Raw Women's Champion Becky Lynch returns to WrestleRant Radio! She talks to Graham "GSM" Matthews about her title defense against Lita at Elimination Chamber, Ronda Rousey choosing to face Charlotte Flair at WrestleMania 38, her detractors, if she and Seth Rollins shop for their outfits together, and more! GSM and RJ Marceau then review WWE's Elimination Chamber pay-per-view starting with their thoughts on Logan Paul teaming with The Miz against The Mysterios at WrestleMania 38, why Roman Reigns vs. Goldberg was exactly what it needed to be, Bianca Belair winning the women's Elimination Chamber and why she's such a star right now, high praise for Lynch vs. Lita, and thoughts on Brock Lesnar becoming the new WWE Champion and the biggest issue with the men's Chamber. The duo also discuss Edge's WrestleMania opponent, how WWE has ruined Damian Priest's momentum and overall thoughts on Wednesday's edition of AEW Dynamite featuring the debut of Buddy Matthews, an outstanding promo from MJF, and the improvement in Adam Page's presentation.
Coming off an extremely eventual few days in wrestling, Graham "GSM" Matthews and RJ Marceau are back on WrestleRant Radio to break down what everyone's been talking about: Cody and Brandi Rhodes shockingly leaving AEW. What went wrong? Was he losing power and creative control? Could he be on his way back to WWE? If so, what would be his ceiling for success? They analyze it all, including if Cody will compete at WrestleMania 38 and a potential opponent for him. While on the subject of WrestleMania, the duo also discuss "Stone Cold" Steve Austin reportedly being in talks for a 'Mania match against Kevin Owens, why it makes sense, and if it could lead to more matches from The Texas Rattlesnake. They're also talking their thoughts on NXT Vengeance Day, Wednesday's AEW Dynamite, and predictions for WWE Elimination Chamber this Saturday!
The all-new WWE Champion Bobby Lashley is on this week's WrestleRant Radio chatting with Graham "GSM" Matthews about regaining the gold from Brock Lesnar at the Royal Rumble, his thoughts on the match, wanting to fight Lesnar in the Fight Pit, his Elimination Chamber opponents, rekindling his rivalry with John Cena, potentially bringing back his old entrance music, and more! RJ Marceau then joins GSM to talk Roman Reigns vs. Goldberg and Becky Lynch vs. Lita being added to the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view as well as Ronda Rousey officially choosing to challenge Charlotte Flair for the SmackDown Women's Championship at WrestleMania 38, how Chad Gable has been one of the best parts of Raw recently, if Damian Priest is on the verge of losing the United States Championship, Dolph Ziggler seemingly making the move to NXT 2.0 and if it's a good thing, predictions for NXT Vengeance Day next Tuesday, Keith Lee and Jay White debuting on a newsworthy edition of AEW Dynamite, why Inner Circle need to break up, Adam Page defending the AEW World Championship against Lance Archer in a Texas Deathmatch main event, and more!
If you're looking for some ranting and raving regarding the past week in wrestling, you've come to the right place. The February 3, 2022 edition of WrestleRant Radio features Graham "GSM" Matthews and RJ Marceau analyzing everything Royal Rumble and the road to WrestleMania 38. Have we seen the last Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins? Will Rollins could get involved in Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar? Could it be for both the Universal Championship and the WWE Championship? If not, what could the WWE title match be at 'Mania? They also have plenty of thoughts on Big E's main event push officially being over, what happens at Elimination Chamber and how it will affect WrestleMania, the men's Royal Rumble being among the worst ever and why Riddle winning wouldn't have saved it, thoughts on the women's Royal Rumble, who Ronda Rousey should choose to face at WrestleMania and booking her next year in WWE, the WWE Women's Tag Team Championship picture, Shane McMahon being quietly "let go" by WWE and why he didn't serve a purpose on WWE TV toward the end of his run, and a quick review of Wednesday's AEW Dynamite including the Brian Kendrick controversy and MJF beating CM Punk in Chicago!
In light of his highly-anticipated debuthausen this week on AEW Dynamite, Danhausen is on the latest WrestleRant Radiohausen! The very nice, very evil AEW star chats with Graham "GSM" Matthews about becoming a free agent after Ring of Honor closed its doors and why he had his sights set on AEW, meeting CM Punk for the first time, a potential run in WWE, how he became an internet sensation, an update on his leg injury, his goals for 2022, his tattoos, thoughts on "Spider-Man: No Way Home", and more! GSM spends the rest of the show catching up with RJ Marceau about Mustafa Ali's release request reportedly being denied by WWE, Lio Rush leaving AEW next month when his contract expires and other names that could be on their way out, thoughts on Wednesday's Beach Break edition of AEW Dynamite featuring a grueling Ladder match for the AEW TNT Championship and a Lights Out main event, and full predictions for Saturday's Royal Rumble pay-per-view including who they've got winning the men's and women's Royal Rumble matches. Will WWE stick with the status quo or will it be a night of surprise winners?
Graham "GSM" Matthews and RJ Marceau open the latest WrestleRant Radio with thoughts on Mustafa Ali requesting his release from WWE and what went wrong with him before getting into their thoughts on Monday's Raw including Austin Theory's ceiling for success and the company not seeing Finn Balor as a top star, United States Champion Damian Priest transitioning into a feud with Kevin Owens, the Alpha Academy "graduation ceremony," Saudi Arabia hosting Elimination Chamber in February, and if Seth Rollins is headed for a babyface turn. Plus, in their reviews of this week's editions of NXT and AEW Dynamite, the duo discuss Grayson Waller's new insurance policy, the kickoff to the men's Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, the NXT North American Championship and NXT Women's Championship pictures, the chances of Pete Dunne and Dakota Kai possibly getting called up, WALTER's unnecessary name change, the return of Jon Moxley, Adam Cole and Britt Baker teaming for the first time ever, CM Punk squashing Shawn Spears, Cody Rhodes' latest polarizing promo, the overexposure of Dan Lambert, Adam Page not being a focal point despite being AEW World Champion, and more.
Graham "GSM" Matthews and RJ Marceau are back on WrestleRant Radio this week to talk about Corey Graves reportedly being cleared to compete and if he'll be back for a full-fledged run, what that means for Paige, Impact Knockouts Champion Mickie James being announced for the women's Royal Rumble match and other rumored surprises, who should step through the "forbidden door" to appear in the men's Rumble, Alpha Academy winning the Raw Women's Championship and an update on the RK-Bro split, Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins at the Royal Rumble, Nikki A.S.H. turning on Rhea Ripley and mapping out the Raw Women's Championship picture through WrestleMania 38, and the first face-to-face interaction between Brock Lesnar and Bobby Lashley on Raw. In their review of NXT from Tuesday night, the duo discuss AJ Styles vs. Grayson Waller in the main event, early predictions for the men's and women's Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic tournaments, Tony D'Angelo's ceiling for success, Santos Escobar seemingly being next in line to challenge Bron Breakker for the NXT Championship, thoughts from Wednesday's AEW Dynamite featuring Lance Archer's return and Brody King's debut, and WWE reportedly being interested in Wardlow. Which company would he have a brighter future in?
On the first WrestleRant Radio of 2022, Graham "GSM" Matthews and RJ Marceau break down the shocking releases of William Regal, Road Dogg, Timothy Thatcher and many others and how it all but confirms that the Triple H era of NXT is over, including if Tommaso Ciampa is also on his way out following his loss of the NXT Championship. From there, they discuss the state of the Raw and SmackDown tag team divisions, RK-Bro's future, Drew McIntyre potentially being out with a neck issue and how SmackDown suffers, the return of Beth Phoenix, booking the Raw Women's Championship picture through WrestleMania 38, Brock Lesnar winning the WWE Championship in the main event of Day 1 and his upcoming dream match with Bobby Lashley at the Royal Rumble. GSM and RJ then talk if Reigns vs. Lesnar at WrestleMania will be a unification match, the Brand Split possibly coming to an end, Adam Page and Bryan Danielson putting on another banger on Dynamite, Wardlow's impending babyface turn and where he goes after inevitably beating MJF, Jade Cargill becoming the inaugural AEW TBS Champion and if it was the right choice, Jurassic Express finally winning the AEW World Tag Team Championship, and more!
Graham "GSM" Matthews and RJ Marceau close out 2021 on a high note with a jam-packed final episode of 2021! Before getting into the results of the Year in Review Awards, the duo discuss Toni Storm's reportedly quitting WWE and how she was handled in her final few months with the company before sharing their full predictions for next Tuesday's NXT New Year's Evil special and Saturday's WWE Day 1 pay-per-view event. Then, it's time to review the results of the ninth-annual WWE/NXT/AEW Year in Review Awards! Hear what won Show of the Year, Pay-Per-View of the Year, Feud of the Year, Most Likely to Break Out in 2022, Match of the Year, Male and Female Wrestlers of the Year, and much more!
On a special holiday edition of WrestleRant Radio, Graham "GSM" Matthews and RJ Marceau get into their last-minute Christmas movies to watch and then Monday's edition of WWE Raw! They talk Bobby Lashley potentially turning babyface and a possible opponent for him at WrestleMania 38, Omos turning on AJ Styles and what it means for both men going forward, Austin Theory's trajectory, another quality match between Bianca Belair and Doudrop, and why Raw has been better than SmackDown lately. In their reviews of NXT and AEW Dynamite, the duo discuss the Street Fight between Raquel Gonzalez and Dakota Kai, AJ Styles' random appearance on Tuesday night and NXT's relying on main roster stars to boost ratings, Tony D'Angelo's impressive performance against Pete Dunne, Kyle O'Reilly's Dynamite debut and how it sets up The Elite vs. Undisputed Era at some point, what AEW may have in store for the AEW World Championship rematch between Bryan Danielson and Adam Page, how Dan Lambert has overstayed his welcome, certain stars not getting television time, and the star-studded six-man tag team main event.
To open this week's WrestleRant Radio, Graham "GSM" Matthews and RJ Marceau immediately get into the biggest news from the week in wrestling and that's Kevin Owens shockingly re-signing with WWE. They discuss their reaction to his decision and if it's the best thing for him, whether AEW would have been a good fit for him or not, if this changes his trajectory at all, why they company would offer him such a lucrative deal and if they see him as the star that he is, and more. They also discuss the latest on the Jeff Hardy situation and WWE network officials reportedly being interested in MJF. In their reviews of WWE Raw and AEW Dynamite, GSM and RJ break down Bobby Lashley's big night and why he needed to be added to the WWE Championship match at Day 1, who leaves as WWE Champion, Becky Lynch vs. Liv Morgan at Day 1, what should be next for Rhea Ripley, Adam Page and Bryan Danielson going to a 60-minute time-limit draw for the AEW World Championship, when Wardlow will break out as a babyface, the rubber match between Hikaru Shida and Serena Deeb, MJF retaining the Dynamite diamond ring, and Kyle O'Reilly's impending AEW arrival.
WWE Raw Superstar Liv Morgan chats with Graham "GSM" Matthews on this week's WrestleRant Radio about challenging Becky Lynch for the Raw Women's Championship, how much of a roller coaster the past few months have been for her since returning to Raw, connecting with the crowd, switching shows every year, her promo process, responding to the backlash her promo from last week's contact signing received, and more! From there, GSM and RJ Marceau share their two cents on the breaking news and sad situation surrounding Jeff Hardy and his release from WWE before getting into their review of NXT WarGames! Hear their thoughts on the men's and women's WarGames matches and the one issue with them both, Cora Jade and Bron Breakker being the future, Imperium's show-stealing performance, if Kyle O'Reilly is indeed on his way out, Cameron Grimes vs. Duke Hudson in a Hair vs. Hair match, Roderick Strong defending the NXT Cruiserweight Championship against Joe Gacy, and Johnny Gargano's apparent swan song from NXT. Plus, in their reviews of Monday Night Raw and AEW Dynamite from this past week, the duo discuss the Steel Cage match between Big E and Kevin Owens, who will win RK-Bro's tournament, why there was nothing wrong with Lynch retaining her Raw Women's Championship against Morgan, MJF's Long Island homecoming, the back-to-back tag team matches, Cody Rhodes answering Sammy Guevara's AEW TNT Championship open challenge, Jamie Hayter's upside, and predictions for next week's Winter Is Coming episode including who will win the Dynamite diamond ring and Adam Page vs. Bryan Danielson for the AEW World Championship!
After opening this week's WrestleRant Radio with their go-to Christmas movies to watch this holiday season, Graham "GSM" Matthews and RJ Marceau give their in-depth analysis of what they thought was a better-than-usual edition of WWE Raw from Monday night. They talk Seth Rollins and Finn Balor renewing their rivalry and if Balor has felt lost in the shuffle since returning to the main roster, the contract signing between Becky Lynch and Liv Morgan, the endgame for RK-Bro, the return of The Miz and Maryse and their heated verbal exchange with Edge, and why the conclusion to the Big E vs. Kevin Owens main event made no sense. GSM and RJ also have plenty of thoughts on Wednesday's AEW Dynamite including Bryan Danielson vs. Adam Page for the AEW World Championship being made official for Winter Is Coming, the issue with CM Punk vs. Lee Moriarty, Punk's post-match war of words with MJF, why the SuperKliq and Best Friends segment fell flat, what's next for Darby Allin, the wild Atlanta Street Fight main event, why Cody Rhodes can't keep avoiding a heel turn, Chris Jericho benefiting from some time away, and more! Stick around for their quick predictions for Sunday's NXT WarGames event at the very end!
The annual Thanksgiving episode of WrestleRant Radio opens with Raw Women's Champion Becky Lynch joining Graham "GSM" Matthews for an exclusive interview! They talk her clash with Charlotte Flair at Survivor Series 2021 and their disdain for each other, if she'd be open to rebuilding that bridge at some point, her current relationship with Twitter, balancing being a mom and a WWE Superstar, her acting aspirations, possible opponents for WrestleMania 38, and more! GSM and RJ Marceau then give an on-site report from Sunday's Survivor Series pay-per-view! Hear their thoughts on if Damian Priest has actually turned heel or not, Lynch vs. Flair kicking off the night on a high note, the men's elimination tag team match having a strong layout, Omos winning the 25-man Battle Royal and what it means for AJ Styles, RK-Bro facing off with The Usos, the crowd chants during the women's elimination tag team match, The Rock not making an appearance and the egg storyline that happened in his absence, Roman Reigns vs. Big E in the main event, and overall thoughts on the show.
Drew McIntyre returns to WrestleRant Radio to talk to Graham "GSM" Matthews about Survivor Series coming up this weekend, representing SmackDown and why he's excited to be back on the blue brand, what stakes he'd add to the event, who he's looking forward to facing on Friday nights, working his way back up the card, fan backlash dying down, who he wants at WrestleMania 38, a funny story from when he regained the WWE Championship from Randy Orton on Raw last year, and more! GSM then links back up with RJ Marceau to review AEW's excellent Full Gear pay-per-view from last Saturday! Hear their thoughts on MJF and Darby Allin stealing the show in the opener, the weird finish to the AEW World Tag Team Championship match, Bryan Danielson besting Miro in the finals of the AEW World Championship Eliminator Tournament, why the Falls Count Anywhere match was just too damn long, Cody Rhodes and Pac picking up a pointless victory, the only issue with the AEW Women's World Championship match, CM Punk and Eddie Kingston going to war, the Minneapolis Street Fight, Jay Lethal's AEW debut, and Adam Page finally beating Kenny Omega for the AEW World Championship. Plus, stick around for their FULL PREDICTIONS for Sunday's Survivor Series pay-per-view event!
Graham "GSM" Matthews and RJ Marceau waste no time on this week's WrestleRant Radio reacting to WWE revealing this year's Raw and SmackDown Survivor Series teams on... Twitter. Yes, really. They discuss the laziness behind the build for the pay-per-view this year and which teams have the early advantage before diving into another above-average edition of Raw from Monday night. Hear their thoughts on Kevin Owens' apparent heel turn and where it might be going before he likely leaves the company, Chad Gable getting another opportunity to shine on his own, the dominant return of Bobby Lashley, if a Mysterio vs. Mysterio feud is coming sooner rather than later, and Liv Morgan becoming the new number one contender to the Raw Women's Championship. The duo also analyze Tuesday's edition of NXT and the overall state of the brand, including the announcement that WarGames is coming back as its own event again on December 5th. Is it necessary this year? Who are the top prospects on the show right now? And is Bron Breakker being groomed for an imminent call-up to the main roster? After answering those questions, they review an enjoyable edition of AEW Dynamite featuring an Adam Cole and Bobby Fish interaction, an AEW World Championship contract signing, and a little bit of everything. Stick around for their FULL PREDICTIONS for Full Gear this Saturday at the very end!
For the second straight week, Graham "GSM" Matthews and RJ Marceau have an on-site report for WrestleRant Radio, this time from Monday's Raw in Providence! Hear all about RJ's experience at the show including thoughts on the total lack of build for Survivor Series, the hot opener between Becky Lynch and Bianca Belair for the Raw Women's Championship, Kevin Owens teasing the end of his contract, Queen Zelina and Carmella beating the WWE Women's Tag Team Champions, what the weakest point of the night was, why the T-Bar name needs to go, and Owens battling Big E for the first time ever in the main event. The duo also discuss the latest episodes of NXT and AEW Dynamite featuring Dakota Kai's new makeover, Bron Breakker teasing a rematch with NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa, Carmelo Hayes and Trick Williams vs. Johnny Gargano and Dexter Lumis, if Kyle O'Reilly is on his way out of NXT, the Jon Moxley situation, Miro taking his place in the AEW World Championship Eliminator Tournament and advancing to the finals at Full Gear, CM Punk addressing Eddie Kingston, the AEW debuts of Samuray del Sol and Aerostar, Andrade El Idolo vs. Cody Rhodes, and more!
Joining Graham "GSM" Matthews at the start of this week's WrestleRant Radio is none other than wrestling legend Rey Mysterio! He talks getting drafted to Raw, working alongside his son Dominik Mysterio, if we'll eventually see them go one-on-one and Rey wanting to pass the torch to him, what goals he has left to accomplish, why a match with Finn Balor intrigues him, whose idea it was for him to push the mask back on upon arriving in WWE, and more! After breaking down WWE's pay-per-view schedule for 2022, GSM and RJ Marceau also have a complete on-site report from Wednesday's edition of AEW Dynamite in Boston. Hear their thoughts on CM Punk battling Bobby Fish and what's next for him, Darby Allin returning to seek revenge on MJF, Sammy Guevara defending the AEW TNT Championship against Ethan Page and the latest in the Inner Circle vs. American Top Team feud, Hikura Shida and Serena Deeb putting on a clinic, Jon Moxley advancing in the AEW World Championship Eliminator Tournament, Cody Rhodes' bizarre promo, the polarizing 10-man tag team match pitting The Elite against The Dark Order, and Ring of Honor announcing an upcoming hiatus from operations.
The Boss is back on WrestleRant Radio! Graham "GSM" Matthews chats with SmackDown Superstar Sasha Banks about competing for the SmackDown Women's Championship at Crown Jewel, her thoughts on Bianca Belair and Becky Lynch, constantly breaking barriers for the women, having fans back, her experience on "The Mandalorian" and if she'll be on Season 3, and more! In the second half of the show, GSM and RJ Marceau give their in-depth analysis of WWE's Crown Jewel pay-per-view event and share their thoughts on The Usos vs. The Hurt Business on the Kickoff show, the thrilling Hell in a Cell match between Edge and Seth Rollins and some small criticisms of it, Mansoor's trajectory on SmackDown following his win over Mustafa Ali, RK-Bro retaining the Raw Tag Team Championship and why it's time for AJ Styles and Omos to move on. The duo also have plenty to say about Zelina Vega winning a badly booked Queen's Crown tournament, Goldberg besting Bobby Lashley in a Falls Count Anywhere affair, Xavier Woods becoming King of the Ring, Big E defending his WWE Championship against Drew McIntyre, a terrific Triple Threat for the SmackDown Women's Championship and what happens now to the two women's titles on Raw and SmackDown, and how Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship lived up to the hype. Stick around for their two cents on the latest happenings in AEW as well.
WrestleRant Radio this week opens with a massive interview as Universal Champion Roman Reigns returns to the show! He talks to Graham "GSM" Matthews about Friday's super-sized edition of SmackDown, being back on the rival and not liking travel, his current rivalry with Brock Lesnar and his thoughts on The Beast Incarnate, why staying on SmackDown in the Draft was a priority to him, what went into making his new entrance music, his golden glove, his favorite matches so far during this title reign, and more! RJ Marceau then joins GSM to discuss why Raw was another abysmal show on Monday night, if WWE's women's division has reached a new low with the awful booking of the Queen's Crown tournament, who will ultimately win the Queen Crown as well as become the King of the Ring, why the women's tag team match was disappointing, the TLC pay-per-view reportedly being canceled and why that's a good thing. They also give their in-depth analysis of Tuesday's edition of NXT and who is catching their attention, who still needs work, why Dakota Kai gains nothing from staying in NXT, Carmelo Hayes winning the NXT North American Championship in a brilliant swerve, and predictions for next week's Crown Jewel pay-per-view.
Two newsworthy nights of the 2021 WWE Draft are officially in the books, and on this week's WrestleRant Radio, Graham "GSM" Matthews and RJ Marceau are analyzing every pick in all of the rounds! Hear their thoughts on the Raw and SmackDown selections including Roman Reigns and Big E staying put, Charlotte Flair and Bianca Belair swapping shows, Drew McIntyre benefiting from a change of scenery, Hit Row getting called up from NXT and what their ceiling for success is, Jeff Hardy heading back to the blue brand, Becky Lynch and Seth Rollins returning to the Raw roster and if it's the right move. They duo also discuss why King Nakamura and Damian Priest should have swapped shows, Shayna Baszler's renewed singles push, who could win the King of the Ring and Queen of the Ring tournaments, if Ricochet is damaged goods in WWE, Karrion Kross getting picked in the fifth round, if it's too soon for Gable Steveson and Ridge Holland to be on Raw and SmackDown, the death of the women's tag team division, the top takeaways from the supplemental picks, and more. Plus, stick around for their quick two cents on Wednesday's anniversary edition of AEW Dynamite featuring the return of Adam Page!
This week's WrestleRant Radio opens with Graham "GSM" Matthews airing his exclusive interview with WWE SmackDown Superstar Angelo Dawkins! They're talking all things WWE Draft, if he's worried about getting split up from Montez Ford, getting drafted in 2019 and 2020, if he has a preference between the two brands, teams he still wants to get in the ring, goals he has, achieving so much in a short span of time, and more! In the remainder of the show, GSM and RJ Marceau have a ton to discuss, starting with Sunday's Extreme Rules pay-per-view! What were their overall thoughts on the event? Hear their two cents on the enjoyable in-ring action and the unfortunate ending, the booking of Bobby Lashley, Alexa Bliss taking time off, Sasha Banks' return, The Hurt Business seemingly reuniting on Raw, Ricochet reaching a new low, Keith Lee's new nickname and if turning him heel is the right call, Damian Priest being on the ascent as United States Champion, and Doudrop's quick loss to Charlotte Flair. They also analyze Sammy Guevara becoming the new AEW TNT Champion on Dynamite and facing Bobby Fish next week, Lio Rush coming out of retirement (again), what's next for the AEW World Championship and Kenny Omega's opponent for Full Gear, if we witnessed the endgame to the Dark Order angle on Wednesday night, and Darby Allin feuding with MJF. Plus, projections for the 2021 WWE Draft! Who's moving where? Who's getting called up from? Who can benefit the most from a change of scenery?
Graham "GSM" Matthews airs his exclusive interview with MLW star Davey Richards to kick off this week's WrestleRant Radio talking him signing with MLW, why it was the right time to return to wrestling, if he thought he'd ever come out of retirement, competing in the Opera Cup against Tom Lawlor, opponents he wants to face, and more! RJ Marceau then joins GSM to break down an incredibly newsworthy week in the world of wrestling starting with AEW partnering up with The Owen Hart Foundation and the rumors surrounding AEW debuting a secondary women's title. Is it necessary? They're also giving their complete review of AEW's Grand Slam edition of Dynamite featuring a dream match between Bryan Danielson and Kenny Omega and how it lived up to the hype, CM Punk's promo, MJF battling Brian Pillman Jr., Malaki Black scoring a second straight win over Cody Rhodes, the issue with Sting and Darby Allin's win over FTR, and Britt Baker's successful AEW Women's World Championship defense against Ruby Soho. In the remainder of the show, GSM and RJ discuss Monday's Raw hosting two huge matches, Shayna Baszler going back to being a badass, Humberto Carrillo and Angel Garza forming an alliance, Rhea Ripley and Nikki A.S.H. becoming the new WWE Women's Tag Team Championship, reports regarding the Charlotte Flair and Alexa Bliss segment, Gran Metalik requesting his release from WWE, Roderick Strong capturing the NXT Cruiserweight Championship, other highlights from Tuesday's NXT, the Plane Ride From Hell episode of Dark Side of the Ring, and FULL PREDICTIONS for Sunday's WWE Extreme Rules pay-per-view event!
In an absolutely loaded edition of WrestleRant Radio, Graham "GSM" Matthews hosts his exclusive interview with NEW WWE Champion, Big E! They talk about the amazing feedback to his title win and who he heard from, how last minute his Money in the Bank cash-in was, why it was worth the wait, a New Day split not being in the cards, if he's officially a Raw Superstar now, his thoughts on black stars' success in WWE becoming the norm, and more! RJ Marceau and GSM also discuss Big E's big title win and what it means for Monday Night Raw before giving their in-depth analysis of the grand premiere of NXT 2.0 on Tuesday night! Hear their thoughts on its presentation and why its upgrade over the Capitol Wrestling Center, the debut of Bron Breakker and why his new name is a deal-breaker, B-Fab's first match, Carmelo Hayes' new friend, the trio of Toxic Attraction, Ridge Holland and The Creed Brothers having potential, Von Wagner filling in for Kyle O'Reilly in the NXT Championship Fatal 4-Way, Tommaso Ciampa becoming the new champion, and the wedding of Dexter Lumis, and Indi Hartwell. Plus, they preview next week's stacked edition of AEW Dynamite at Arthur Ashe Stadium and if it's too soon for Kenny Omega vs. Bryan Danielson.
Graham "GSM" Matthews and RJ Marceau open WrestleRant Radio looking ahead to Friday's Super SmackDown at Madison Square Garden and talking the current state of Monday Night Raw! What does WWE need to do to improve the red brand? They also analyze what's in store for this rumored rebrand of NXT come next Tuesday, what kind of influence Vince McMahon and Bruce Prichard will have on the show, the next number one contender to the NXT Championship, and what Gable Steveson's ceiling could be in WWE. In the remainder of the show, the duo discuss Sunday's critically-acclaimed AEW All Out pay-per-view event including the AEW TNT Championship clash between Miro and Eddie Kingston, Minoru Suzuki targeting Jon Moxley, Kris Statlander battling Britt Baker for the AEW Women's World Championship and how they exceeded expectations, mixed thoughts on the Steel Cage match for the AEW World Tag Team Championship, Ruby Soho debuting in (and winning) the Casino Battle Royale, Chris Jericho vs. MJF and where MJF goes from here, CM Punk's in-ring return against Darby Allin, Paul Wight squashing QT Marshall, Kenny Omega vs. Christian Cage for the AEW World Championship, and the highly-anticipated arrivals of Adam Cole and Bryan Danielson. Plus, catch their two cents on Kevin Owens' potentially leaving WWE when his contract expires next year!
Ahead of AEW's All Out weekend, Graham "GSM" Matthews shares his much-talked-about interview with one-half of WWE's Raw Tag Team Champions, Riddle! They chat about the success of SummerSlam 2021, why he enjoys the WWE grind, thoughts on Roman Reigns' rise, Brock Lesnar's return, RK-Bro, the best advice he's received since coming to the main roster, legitimately forgetting his lines during a promo on Raw earlier this year, and more! From there, RJ Marceau and GSM give their quick thoughts on Monday's Raw (featuring a hell of a United States Championship Triple Threat match, build for Extreme Rules, and a bunch of filler) before getting into their picks and predictions for the All Out pay-per-view! They talk who's winning the Casino Battle Royale and if there will be any surprise entrants, Jon Moxley's random match against Satoshi Kojima, Paul Wight making his in-ring debut for AEW against QT Marshall, Pac vs. Andrade El Idolo, and Eddie Kingston challenging Miro for the AEW TNT Championship. And that's not all! The duo discuss Britt Baker defending the AEW Women's World Championship against Kris Statlander, if Chris Jericho's match against MJF will be his last (and why it should be), if The Lucha Brothers will become the AEW World Tag Team Champions, CM Punk returning to the ring for the first time in seven years against Darby Allin, and the likely main event between Kenny Omega and Christian Cage for the AEW World Championship.
Graham "GSM" Matthews is back from a wrestling-filled weekend in Las Vegas, and one of the interviews he was able to conduct with Drew McIntyre while there kicks off this week's WrestleRant Radio! The two-time WWE champion talks facing Jinder Mahal at SummerSlam, representing the company, the Special Olympics, his favorite SummerSlam matches, comparing where he was five years ago to where he is now, and more! RJ Marceau then joins GSM to discuss the wild weekend's festivities including CM Punk's return to wrestling on AEW Rampage and where he goes from here, other thoughts on Wednesday's Dynamite, a newsworthy SummerSlam pay-per-view, Becky Lynch's polarizing return to WWE and if Bianca Belair can rebound from the loss, Edge and Seth Rollins stealing the show, the atrocity that was Bobby Lashley vs. Goldberg, John Cena chasing his 17th world title against Roman Reigns, Brock Lesnar resurfacing and whose side Paul Heyman should be on, if NXT TakeOver 36 marked the end of an era for the black-and-gold brand and overall thoughts on the event.
On the eve of one of the biggest weekends in recent wrestling history, WrestleRant Radio is loaded as ever as Graham "GSM" Matthews interviews WWE Hall of Famer Bill Goldberg! They talk his upcoming WWE Championship opportunity at SummerSlam, his thoughts on Bobby Lashley's rise, Big E potentially cashing in, if his son Gage will follow his footsteps into wrestling, having crowds back, benefiting from having more time to prepare going into SummerSlam, not having control over his booking, and more! From there, RJ Marceau returns for previews and predictions for NXT TakeOver 36 this Sunday and SummerSlam this Saturday! Hear their thoughts on why this could be the most loaded lineup for a TakeOver in years, what (if any) championships are changing hands, if the two-out-of-three falls match will mark Adam Cole's swan song from NXT, the latest additions to the SummerSlam card, why the time is right for RK-Bro to become Raw Tag Team Champions, SmackDown's marquee matches, Bobby Lashley vs. Goldberg for the WWE Championship, and Roman Reigns vs. John Cena for the Universal Championship.
Raw Women's Champion Nikki A.S.H. joins Graham "GSM" Matthews at the start of this week's WrestleRant Radio to talk about her upcoming title defense at SummerSlam against Charlotte Flair and Rhea Ripley, why she's almost a superhero, inspirations for the character, connecting with the crowd, her wild last month in WWE, her stint in NXT, opponents she wants to face, and more! In the second half of the show, Jonn Ritland returns to help GSM break down the latest round of releases from NXT! Who was the most shocking of the bunch, and where could we see each of them next? They discuss Ari Sterling's departure and the fact he was only just recently signed, when WWE put the final nail in the coffin of 205 Live, why letting go of Bronson Reed was so baffling and what he could contribute elsewhere, where Leon Ruff would be best suited, Tyler Rust, Jake Atlas, and the bigger issue with WWE firing Mercedes Martinez. Plus, hear their thoughts on the current state of the NWA among other topics!
It's yet another newsworthy week on WrestleRant Radio and Graham "GSM" Matthews and RJ Marceau are giving their complete thoughts on everything that's gone down! They're talking Bray Wyatt's shocking release from WWE and where they went wrong with him, Ric Flair getting his release granted and if he could pop up in AEW, Monday's Raw and the problem with 50/50 booking, the stark difference between SmackDown's side of the SummerSlam card and Raw's, NXT TakeOver 36 shaping up to be one of the strongest cards all year, and the latest on Adam Cole's contract situation with WWE. Will he stay or will he go? GSM and RJ also discuss if a brand split would be practical in AEW, Max Caster's polarizing promo from Tuesday's AEW Dark, Dan Lambert returning to AEW next week and who his "backup" could be, other thoughts on Wednesday's Homecoming edition of Dynamite featuring Chris Jericho vs. Juventud Guerrera and Malaki Black's dominant in-ring debut against Cody Rhodes, why Kenny Omega vs. Adam Page for the AEW World Championship not happening at All Out is the wrong call, if Ruby Soho is AEW bound, Bobby Eaton passing away, and breaking news on another top NXT star's contract reportedly expiring soon!
WrestleRant Radio lives up to its name this week as Graham "GSM" Matthews and RJ Marceau share their compete unfiltered thoughts on everything going on in the world of wrestling right now, most notably with WWE and AEW! They're talking AEW running Rampage in Chicago on August 20th and if it means CM Punk is indeed on his way in, Darby Allin being his first opponent and what Allin's current trajectory is, the current state of AEW's women's division and why All Out is too soon for Britt Baker to be losing the AEW Women's World Championship to Thunder Rosa, Miro lacking direction as AEW TNT Champion, if Punk and Daniel Bryan coming in could affect Adam Page winning the AEW World Championship, Cash Wheeler's injury, the No Rules main event between Chris Jericho and Nick Gage, and Hiroshi Tanahashi popping up on Dynamite. GSM and RJ also engage in a lengthy discussion about a variety of WWE topics including Nikki A.S.H. losing her first match as Raw Women's Champion, the booking of Karrion Kross and why the writing may be on the wall for him, what's up with Keith Lee, a newsworthy NXT featuring Dakota Kai turning on Raquel Gonzalez and Samoa Joe announcing his in-ring return for NXT TakeOver 36 against Kross, the black-and-gold brand's babyface problem, Adam Cole's uncertain future on the main roster as well as other potential call-ups, WWE's weird relationship with NXT and why the "wait and see" excuse doesn't work with the main roster, the women's tag team division, and more!
Before breaking down a massively-newsworthy week in wrestling, Graham "GSM" Matthews welcomes the now-former Raw Women's Champion Rhea Ripley to WrestleRant Radio! They talk her match with Charlotte Flair at Money in the Bank, fans returning, her roller coaster of a last year in WWE, her current character dynamic, why she's reverted back to being the Rhea Ripley from NXT UK, adjusting to the Raw roster, her call-up from NXT and when it was supposed to happen, her interactions with Vince McMahon, her thoughts on the recent call-ups of Toni Storm and Piper Niven based on her history with them from NXT UK, and more! GSM is then joined by RJ Marceau to talk about the huge breaking news: SummerSlam is coming to movie theaters this August! Okay, so not that (though they do discuss it), but rather CM Punk and Daniel Bryan reportedly being in talks with AEW! How big would they be for the promotion? Who can they face? When should they debut? They talk about all of this and much more, as well as their thoughts on last Friday's SmackDown in front of fans and the newest additions to the blue brand, Sunday's electric Money in the Bank pay-per-view, their thoughts on who won each briefcase, Nikki A.S.H. cashing in to become Raw Women's Champion, if AJ Styles is being underutilized, Bobby Lashley squashing Kofi Kingston before being challenged by Goldberg to a WWE Championship match at SummerSlam, Charlotte Flair vs. Rhea Ripley, John Cena's epic return following Roman Reigns vs. Edge, Karrion Kross' polarizing Raw debut and if he can recover from it, if it takes away from the hype from Kross vs. Samoa Joe at NXT TakeOver 36, and a quick recap of Night 2 of Fyter Fest on AEW Dynamite.