Join Graham "GSM" Matthews each Thursday as he runs down his weekly wrestling rants, welcomes guests, hosts exclusive interviews and more!
The annual Thanksgiving edition of WrestleRant Radio features Graham "GSM" Matthews and RJ Marceau reviewing AEW Full Gear and talking the top takeaways! Hear their thoughts on MJF successfully defending his AEW World Championship against Jay White, Swerve Strickland beating Adam Page in a gruesome Texas Death match and where Swerve goes from here, The Golden Jets earning an AEW World Tag Team Championship opportunity with a win over The Young Bucks and how there's nothing left for The Elite to do collectively, Toni Storm and Julia Hart capturing gold, Will Ospreay signing with AEW and if he made the right call, wanting to see more wrestlers take risks in 2024, MJF potentially "secretly re-signing" with AEW and what the better career choice for him would be, and WWE reportedly having interest in Kazuchika Okada. Plus, FULL PREDICTIONS for Saturday's WWE Survivor Series pay-per-view including Carlito vs. Santos Escobar, Gunther vs. The Miz for the Intercontinental Championship, Rhea Ripley vs. Zoey Stark for the Women's World Championship, who will win women's WarGames, Randy Orton joining field for men's WarGames, if CM Punk will pop up in Chicago, and more!
It's RJ Marceau's birthday this week on WrestleRant Radio! He checks in with Graham "GSM" Matthews on the special occasion to discuss WWE officially announcing Backlash 2024 for Paris, Santos Escobar's betrayal of Rey Mysterio on SmackDown and how it can culminate in a big WrestleMania match with a certain celebrity, Asuka and Kairi Sane aligning with Damage CTRL and who the final member of the women's match could be at Survivor Series, Drew McIntyre turning heel on Monday's Raw and the very obvious candidate for who will join the babyfaces to even the odds, and The Bunny's departure from AEW and if more will soon follow suit. Plus, they've got FULL PREDICTIONS for Saturday's AEW Full Gear pay-per-view event, including who they believe the big signing will be!
On this week's WrestleRant Radio, Graham "GSM" Matthews and RJ Marceau give their top takeaways from WWE Crown Jewel including what's next for LA Knight following his hard-fought loss to Roman Reigns, why the blue brand could use a boost in the absence of Roman Reigns and John Cena, why a women's WarGames match isn't necessary, IYO SKY reuniting with Kairi Sane and the possibility of a Bayley babyface turn, where the John Cena story could be headed and how WWE can have Solo Sikoa capitalize on his win over him. They're also talking a men's WarGames match being announced for Survivor Series and if more members will be added to each team, Zoey Stark and The Miz earning title shots on Monday's Raw, NXT joining The CW and the NWA's deal with the network likely falling through, Ric Flair and Mariah May signing with AEW, why Samoa Joe relinquishing the ROH World Television Championship on Dynamite was a dumb booking decision, who's under The Devil mask, and more!
Graham "GSM" Matthews and RJ Marceau open WrestleRant Radio this week reviewing WWE Raw from Monday night with thoughts on the many video packages that aired and who will be able to get over from the current crop of competitors, The Creed Brothers' successful debut against Alpha Academy, #DIY's return to action, and an argument for how The Miz's babyface turn COULD work. Plus, the duo discuss Night 2 of NXT Halloween Havoc as well as Wednesday's AEW Dynamite with a review of Tony Khan's latest "important announcement," the busy AEW World Championship scene with MJF being the centerpiece of several storylines at the moment, Bryan Danielson getting injured (again), Paul Wight's return to television, and new ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Champions crowned. They've also got full predictions for Saturday's Crown Jewel pay-per-view event!
Not only is Bianca Belair back on WWE SmackDown, she's also back on this week's WrestleRant Radio! She talks to Graham "GSM" Matthews about a potential dream match with Jade Cargill, working with Charlotte Flair and Damage CTRL, experiencing the Sunday "scaries," thoughts on Raw potentially moving off Mondays, Saturday premium live events, and more! RJ Marceau then joins GSM on the show to discuss IMPACT rebranding as TNA (again) and why it's a step in the right direction, the odds of CM Punk working with the promotion, where Will Ospreay will sign when he enters free agency in early 2024 and where he'll have the best chance for success, WWE announcing a pay-per-view in Berlin in August 2024 and rumors of an event in Paris, overall thoughts on Monday's Raw including a new match being announced for Crown Jewel, Lyra Valkyria beating Becky Lynch for the NXT Women's Championship on Night 1 of NXT Halloween Havoc, picks for Night 2, top takeaways from Wednesday's Dynamite featuring the AEW debut of Ric Flair, and more!
Graham "GSM" Matthews welcomes wrestling legend Konnan to WrestleRant Radio this week to discuss IMPACT's upcoming Lucha Libre Celebration this coming weekend, who will be a part of it, giving Mexican wrestling its flowers and witnessing its evolution, why he doesn't make more public appearances, thoughts on Ricochet, Juventud Guerrera and Samuray del Sol, how lucha libre stereotypes can be prevented, advice he has for today's luchadors and who's already taken him up on it, and more. From there, GSM and RJ Marceau get into their thoughts on the successful "season premiere" of WWE SmackDown last week including Kevin Owens being traded to the blue brand and what's in store for him on the show, LA Knight stepping up to Roman Reigns and his long-term outlook heading into WrestleMania 40, Logan Paul challenging Rey Mysterio for the United States Championship at Crown Jewel, why there's a legitimate chance Reigns could retain against Rhodes at 'Mania, and Nick Aldis being named the new SmackDown general manager. The duo are also analyzing what Sami Zayn's ceiling is as a singles star on Raw, The Judgment Day regaining the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship from Rhodes and Jey Uso, predictions for Night 1 of NXT Halloween Havoc, and Sting announcing his upcoming retirement on AEW Dynamite. Who should his final match be against?
It's the “season premiere” of WrestleRant Radio (okay, not really), and Graham “GSM” Matthews and RJ Marceau are ushering in the next era! They open the episode with their thoughts on the “Will he or won't he?” situation regarding the latest CM Punk-WWE updates, the likelihood of if we'll see him back and when, if he's worth the risk and whether pushing him right out of the gate sends the wrong message to the rest of the roster, his best possible opponent for WrestleMania 40 if he returns by then, and much more. The duo also discuss last weekend's WWE Fastlane pay-per-view event, specifically the Seth Rollins dilemma with a certain contingent of fans getting tired of his World Heavyweight Championship reign. Is there truth to that or is it just an issue of his lack of character development as of late? Plus, hear their thoughts on when they expect LA Knight to challenge Roman Reigns for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship, Cody Rhodes and Jey Uso capturing the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship, previewing Friday's SmackDown, Triple H reportedly being “knighted” by Endeavor to be in complete creative control of WWE going forward and if it's enough to be optimistic for the product going forward, the rumored WarGames match at Survivor Series, and a breakdown of the battle between NXT and AEW Dynamite this past Wednesday night! Can the black-and-gold brand sustain the momentum?
It's the 10-year anniversary episode of WrestleRant Radio! Graham "GSM" Matthews and RJ Marceau celebrate the historic milestone by reflecting on the early days of the show. They then get right into their thoughts of NXT No Mercy where two new champions were crowned, the Ilja Dragunov era got underway, and Becky Lynch and Tiffany Stratton killed it in an Extreme Rules main event. The duo discuss how the NXT product has been lately and what to expect when the brand goes head-to-head with AEW Dynamite in a thrilling Tuesday night showdown next week. From there, GSM and RJ review AEW WrestleDream and the highlights of the night, including Adam Copeland's electric debut. Did he make the right choice leaving WWE? How much worth does he have to AEW? Will it be where he finishes his Hall of Fame career? And if Edge to AEW is considered a "trade" for CM Punk to WWE, who gets the better of that exchange? Plus, they're talking Wardlow returning on Dynamite, DIY reuniting on Raw, Drew McIntyre's slow-burn heel turn, WWE Fastlane predictions, and more!
WWE Women's Tag Team Champion Chelsea Green chats with Graham "GSM" Matthews to open WrestleRant Radio this week about her reign so far, her dynamic with Piper Niven compared to her dynamic with Sonya Deville, her time away from WWE and returning, how fans have perceived her so far, creative input with her character, how Samantha Irvin announces her to the ring, and more! From there, GSM and RJ Marceau discuss Jade Cargill officially arriving in WWE and how heavily it was touted by the company. What could this mean for other AEW originals such as MJF, Wardlow and Ricky Starks potentially making the jump at some point? They also have thoughts on Matt Riddle's release, Randy Orton being spotted at the Performance Center, The Rock's return to SmackDown two weeks ago and why the rumored match with Roman Reigns should not happen at WrestleMania 40. Plus, FULL PREDICTIONS for this weekend's WWE NXT No Mercy and AEW WrestleDream events, including thoughts on Adam Cole's injury and how it affects his current storyline with AEW World Champion MJF.
Coming off one of the most newsworthy weeks in wrestling in recent memory, Graham "GSM" Matthews and RJ Marceau are breaking it all down on WrestleRant Radio, starting with the news that Jade Cargill has exited AEW and is reportedly WWE bound. They discuss her departure and run there, why a move to WWE is logical, if she should go straight to the main roster or to NXT first, when she should debut, and much more. They also have thoughts on Edge being removed from WWE's internal roster and if Sheamus will re-sign with WWE or leave when his contract expires next year. GSM and Mr. Marceau then give their top takeaways from Monday's Raw and Wednesday's Grand Slam edition of AEW Dynamite including the Jey Uso saga and how it's been the focal point of WWE's flagship show, what to do with The Viking Raiders, two AEW championships changing hands, and AEW expanding to monthly pay-per-views starting in October. What are the pros and cons? Finally, they get into today's breaking news regarding SmackDown moving back to USA Network in October 2024 as part of a lucrative deal, if the WWE-Fox relationship lived up to its full potential, what it means for the future of Raw and NXT on USA, Elimination Chamber being announced for Australia next February, and a slew of talent releases including Dolph Ziggler, Mustafa Ali, Elias, Top Dolla, and more.
RJ Marceau shares his on-site report from last Friday's SmackDown in Boston with Graham "GSM" Matthews on WrestleRant Radio as the duo discuss the latest developments in the Bloodline saga and if Jimmy Uso can hold his own as a main event act in singles competition, if AJ Styles is being built up as Roman Reigns' next challenger for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship, and an update on LA Knight's contract negotiations with WWE and how it could affect his current push. GSM and RJ then get into WWE's merger with UFC under TKO now being made official, if it will drastically affect anything within WWE, and how big the crossover between the two fan bases is and could become. Plus, hear their thoughts on Nia Jax's Raw return and how she can help (or hinder) the women's division, what's going on with Matt Riddle and if his future in the company is in doubt, why we need to get Seth Rollins vs. Cody Rhodes before Rhodes heads to SmackDown, Tommaso Ciampa being next in line for a shot at Gunther's Intercontinental Championship, and Becky Lynch winning the NXT Women's Championship! Is it an overall positive or negative for Lynch and NXT?
Ahead of IMPACT Wrestling's Victory Road event coming up this Friday night, Graham "GSM" Matthews chats with IMPACT star Josh Alexander about returning from injury to face a familiar foe in Steve Maclin, their match being called off back in Rebellion, being back ahead of schedule, if there's a different dynamic this time, working his way back toward the Impact World Championship, IMPACT's identity right now, what IMPACT 1000 means to him, who he'd want to face from IMPACT's past, and more! From there, GSM and RJ Marceau discuss CM Punk's not-so-surprising departure from AEW last weekend and why the promotion was justified in firing him, their reaction to the news and the timing of it before a big weekend in Chicago, how it got to this point and how it could have been avoided, other parties at fault and why Tony Khan should have stepped in sooner, rumors of a return to WWE and if it's realistic, and everything else about the unfortunate situation. GSM and RJ then shift gears to talk their thoughts on AEW All Out and specifically Ricky Starks' breakout performance, if Bryan Danielson can fill the void left behind by Punk on Collision, top takeaways from WWE Payback and the show-stealing Steel Cage match between Becky Lynch and Trish Stratus, all of The Judgment Day holding gold, if a WarGames match is on the horizon, and Jey Uso joining the Raw roster. Could he be the one to end Gunther's record-setting Intercontinental Championship reign?!
Graham "GSM" Matthews and RJ Marceau open WrestleRant Radio this week with a tribute to Bray Wyatt, who tragically passed away at the age of 36 on August 24th. They talk WWE honoring him this past week before celebrating his life and legacy and remembering his greatest matches and moments. There's also unfortunately more AEW behind-the-scenes drama for the duo to discuss, specifically centered around CM Punk and Jack Perry. In addition to both stars getting suspended, what consequences will stem from the situation? How much blame does Tony Khan bare for not stepping in sooner? And is it time for AEW to finally part ways with Punk? GSM and RJ then give their overall thoughts on AEW All In emanating from Wembley Stadium in London last Sunday and if it lived up to the hype, the best bout of the night, Saraya winning the AEW Women's World Championship, Mercedes Mone making an appearance and her future with the promotion, what's next for MJF and Adam Cole coming off their AEW World Championship clash, and if All In can become AEW's WrestleMania going forward. Stick around for FULL PREDICTIONS for WWE Payback and AEW All Out this weekend!
It's an eventful edition of WrestleRant Radio this week with Graham "GSM" Matthews and RJ Marceau discussing the passing of wrestling legend Terry Funk and his impact on the business, an update on Edge's status with WWE, if he's indeed done in the ring or if he could be AEW bound, John Cena's next appearance announced and who he'll face in his return to the ring, the odds of Drew McIntyre turning heel soon, if Chad Gable could ultimately dethrone Gunther for the Intercontinental Championship, Rhea Ripley vs. Raquel Rodriguez being added to the Payback card, Piper Niven's new role as one-half of the WWE Women's Tag Team Champions, Shinsuke Nakamura's excellent pre-taped promo, and why we're overdue for a Judgment Day development. Plus, full previews and predictions for Sunday's massive AEW All In pay-per-view event including if they feel the build has lived up to the hype, changes to the card, CM Punk vs. Samoa Joe for the "Real World Championship", why Will Ospreay must beat Chris Jericho, if Cash Wheeler's legal trouble will affect the outcome of FTR's AEW World Tag Team Championship clash with The Young Bucks, what will go down when Adam Cole challenges MJF for the AEW World Championship, and more!
Lacey Evans is officially gone from WWE as of earlier this week, but is she an example of someone the company missed the boat on? Graham "GSM" Matthews opens WrestleRant Radio with his analysis of her departure and where WWE went wrong with her, if it's a significant loss for the women's division, and where she could go next. He also reviews Raw from Monday with thoughts on the latest Judgment Day developments, Gunther vs. Chad Gable for the Intercontinental Championship going down next week, if Drew McIntyre will turn heel on Matt Riddle, Indi Hartwell's singles Raw debut against Rhea Ripley, Shinsuke Nakamura's lame explanation for why he attacked Seth Rollins, why Becky Lynch vs. Trish Stratus underwhelmed, and Cody Rhodes vs. Finn Balor in the main event. Finally, GSM discusses AEW's latest behind-the-scenes drama involving CM Punk and why Tony Khan stepping in is long overdue before breaking down the Fight for the Fallen edition of Dynamite on Wednesday night! He talks new matches being made for All In, Chris Jericho seemingly turning babyface, MJF and Adam Cole cutting strong promos ahead of their upcoming encounter, and arguably the worst match in Dynamite history. Plus, has AEW botched the build to All In?
It's the SummerSlam fallout edition of WrestleRant Radio, and Graham "GSM" Matthews and RJ Marceau are giving their full on-site report from the pay-per-view! Hear their thoughts on whether Logan Paul and Ricochet were able to go "viral" in the opener, Cody Rhodes beating Brock Lesnar and what's next for both men, LA Knight finally getting a big moment, why the MMA Rules match fell flat, Gunther getting closer to breaking the all-time Intercontinental Championship record and Chad Gable becoming the new number one contender, Seth Rollins retaining the World Heavyweight Championship and Shinsuke Nakamura being next in line for a shot, why the WWE Women's Championship picture is in a much better spot with IYO SKY as champ post-SummerSlam and the reported return of Kairi Sane to the company, what Sonya Deville's injury means for the WWE Women's Tag Team Championship, the Tribal Combat main event between Roman Reigns and Jey Uso for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship and why Jimmy Uso's betrayal of Jey makes no sense, a positive update on Bray Wyatt, and more!
It's our second-annual on-site SummerSlam prediction show, this time in Detroit with Graham "GSM" Matthews and RJ Marceau running down everything they expect to happen at the biggest party of the summer! Hear their experience in the city so far along with thoughts on the two women's matches bumped from the card, why LA Knight should win the Slim Jim SummerSlam Battle Royal but probably won't, why Ronda Rousey must put over Shayna Baszler, Ricochet battling Logan Paul, if Gunther's historic Intercontinental Championship reign is in jeopardy, Asuka defending the WWE Women's Championship in a Triple Threat and if IYO SKY could cash in Money in the Bank, what will happen when Finn Balor challenges Seth Rollins for the World Heavyweight Championship, the rubber match between Brock Lesnar and Cody Rhodes and what's next for Rhodes, and the Tribal Combat main event for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship! Will Jey Uso be the one to dethrone Roman Reigns? And will The Rock return for real this time? Plus, a prediction for where SummerSlam will hail from last year!
In an interview recorded prior to the SAG-AFSTRA strike, Graham "GSM" Matthews chats with Heels star Stephen Amell about Season 2, wrestling falling under "nerd culture" like comics, attracting audiences that don't understand the business, if he's incorporated advice from wrestlers into the show, if he can outdo Bad Bunny or Logan Paul in a celebrity match, and more! GSM then discusses the reports that Brian Pillman Jr. and Nick Aldis could be WWE bound and where they should be assigned before reviewing Raw from Monday night! He talks why WWE should be careful to not overexpose The Judgment Day, Becky Lynch beating Zoey Stark, the two SummerSlam matches that need stipulations, Dominik Mysterio defending the NXT North American Championship against Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens and Liv Morgan both reportedly suffering from legitimate injuries, if Morgan could or should be the one to ultimately dethrone Rhea Ripley as Women's World Champion, Damian Priest squashing Apollo Crews, more SummerSlam matches made official, and the World Heavyweight Championship contract signing. He also has thoughts on Wednesday's AEW Dynamite including the progression of several storylines, AR Fox's heel turn, Jack Perry going face-to-face with Jerry Lynn, a three-way tag team main event, and a lack of build for All In. Plus, FULL PREDICTIONS for Sunday's NXT The Great American Bash, featuring an NXT Championship main event between Carmelo Hayes and Ilja Dragunov!
Graham "GSM" Matthews and RJ Marceau review Raw from this past Monday night to open WrestleRant Radio this week and share their thoughts on multiple matches being made official for SummerSlam including Cody Rhodes vs. Brock Lesnar, if Gunther's historic Intercontinental Championship reign is in jeopardy, WWE's mess of a tag team division at the moment and why the constant title changes haven't helped, who's a bigger challenger for Rhea Ripley between Raquel Rodriguez and Liv Morgan, the Viking Rules match, SummerSlam potentially consisting of four women's matches, if Shinsuke Nakamura is headed for a heel turn, Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens continue to ride high as WWE Women's Tag Team Champions, and what Dominik Mysterio winning the NXT North American Championship means for NXT and The Judgment Day. Plus, what are the pros and cons of AEW reportedly expanding their pay-per-view schedule? The duo discuss along with an on-site report from Wednesday's Blood and Guts edition of Dynamite including Jack Perry winning the FTW Championship, MJF and Adam Cole winning the Blind Eliminator Tag Team Tournament and if AEW should hold off on their inevitable breakup, The Elite vs. Blackpool Combat Club in the Blood and Guts main event, and more!
Graham "GSM" Matthews and RJ Marceau delve into a myriad of WWE topics including The Trial of The Tribal Chief from last Friday's SmackDown, LA Knight's absence from the episode, Grayson Waller's in-ring debut, The Judgment Day dominating Monday's Raw and possible matches for them at SummerSlam, if Giovanni Vinci will be split from Imperium, thoughts on the Ricochet and Logan Paul face-off, Zoey Stark scoring a big win over Becky Lynch, Alpha Academy's graduation ceremony for Maxxine Dupri, the issue with the Ronda Rousey vs. Shayna Baszler feud, Cody Rhodes' official SummerSlam challenge to Brock Lesnar, and if The Miz beating Tommaso Ciampa with Bronson Reed's assistance is leading to a DIY reunion. Plus, they've got a full review of Wednesday's AEW Dynamite! The duo discuss Chris Jericho teasing an alliance with Don Callis and if it means the end of Jericho Appreciation Society is imminent, thoughts on the Blind Eliminator Tag Team Tournament, who will win the men's and women's Owen Hart Cups, Nick Wayne's in-ring debut, why Collision is superior to Dynamite and if ratings will improve, Pac and Kota Ibushi being named the final members of Blood and Guts next week, and more!
There's a ton of topics for Graham "GSM" Matthews and RJ Marceau to delve into on WrestleRant Radio this week including AEW's updated ticket sales for All In and if they can sell out Wembley Stadium, if WrestleMania is likely for London someday, Damian Priest captures the men's Money in the Bank briefcase and he'll cash in on the World Heavyweight Championship successfully, what's next for LA Knight and why fans shouldn't consider him "buried" just yet, Logan Paul vs. Ricochet at SummerSlam, IYO SKY becoming Ms. Money in the Bank and the status of Damage CTRL, Shayna Baszler betraying Ronda Rousey, Rousey reportedly leaving WWE and where it leaves the women's tag team division. The duo also discuss if the returning Drew McIntyre will be the one to dethrone Gunther as Intercontinental Champion, Cody Rhodes vs. Dominik Mysterio from Money in the Bank, what the World Heavyweight Championship match will be at SummerSlam, Edge's next feud, Jey Uso pinning handing Roman Reigns his first pinfall loss in three-and-a-half years, and more!
Before she takes part in the star-studded women's Money in the Bank Ladder match, WWE Raw Superstar Zoey Stark makes her WrestleRant Radio debut to chat with Graham "GSM" Matthews about qualifying for the bout and what she's expecting at the event, her favorite match she's had in WWE, her Raw run so far, showing more personality, being paired with Trish Stratus, her reaction to being called up to the main roster from NXT, her entrance music and innovative finisher, and more! GSM and RJ Marceau also give their full review of AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door with thoughts on why Adam Cole is the biggest threat to MJF's AEW World Championship right now, recent polarizing crowd responses to CM Punk and if a heel turn is on the horizon, if Jack Perry can do well in the heel role, early prediction for the men's and women's Owen Hart Cup tournaments, Will Ospreay besting Kenny Omega in a barn burner for the IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship and if a third match at All In is necessary, if Bryan Danielson vs. Kazuchika Okada lived up to the hype, and an unfortunate update on Danielson's arm injury. Plus, a complete preview of Money in the Bank coming up on Saturday night with predictions for every match! Who will win the Money in the Bank briefcases this year? Could Drew McIntyre return and attack Seth Rollins? Will one of The Usos hand Roman Reigns his first pinfall loss in years? GSM and RJ answer all of these questions and much more!
Fresh off capturing the WWE Women's Tag Team Championship with Ronda Rousey, Shayna Baszler is on WrestleRant Radio this week talking all about the title win, why it was the right time, teaming with Rousey and some of her recent comments, their journey to this point, how she feels they can elevate the women's tag team division, unifying the WWE and NXT Women's Tag Team titles, and even some Star Wars! GSM and RJ Marceau then discuss the two newly-announced WWE pay-per-views for the fall: Payback and Fastlane. Is there still a chance King of the Ring is brought back at some point? Hear their thoughts on The Usos leaving The Bloodline and the new match made official for Money in the Bank, if Vince McMahon made the right call by nixing the World Heavyweight Championship open challenge from Monday's Raw, thoughts on Bron Breakker's performance against Seth Rollins on Tuesday's Gold Rush edition of NXT, Tommaso Ciampa's return and if a DIY reunion is on the horizon. Plus, they're breaking down Logan Paul entering the men's Money in the Bank Ladder match and why he's the new odds-on favorite, what that means for LA Knight, the state of Raw's women's division, a hot six-man tag team main event, thoughts on the premiere of AEW Collision and how it will do in the ratings long-term, and FULL PREDICTIONS for Sunday's AEW/NJPW Forbidden Door pay-per-view event!
There's tons to talk about on this week's WrestleRant Radio, but Graham "GSM" Matthews and RJ Marceau kick things off discussing Damian Priest qualifying for the men's Money in the Bank Ladder match and a possible babyface turn, why the briefcase shouldn't be cashed in on a midcard championship, Seth Rollins vs. Finn Balor for the World Heavyweight Championship being made official for Money in the Bank and what was so aggravating about the segment that set it up, Cody Rhodes facing Dominik Mysterio at Money in the Bank and what it's bound to lead to, who will answer Rollins' open challenge on Raw this Monday, and thoughts on the new WWE Women's Championship and Women's World Championship belts and the reported mindset behind copying the designs of the men's titles. GSM and RJ also speculate what's next for the returning Logan Paul, the problem with Rollins vs. Breakker for the World Heavyweight Championship happening on NXT, if fan criticism toward NXT these days is too harsh, why it won't be a third brand again and the identity crisis NXT currently faces, yay or nay on main roster talent being brought back to the show, and quick thoughts on Wednesday's eventful edition of AEW Dynamite and why more consistency with the show is needed from week to week.
NXT Champion Carmelo Hayes joins Graham "GSM" Matthews on WrestleRant Radio to talk defending the title in his backyard of Lowell, MA at Battleground, his journey to the brand, working as a babyface, who he considers the "four pillars" of NXT, and more! From there, RJ Marceau and GSM discuss the passing of The Iron Sheik, updated fields for the men's and women's Money in the Bank Ladder match and who has the best chances of winning each briefcase, the latest on the Bloodline drama and if Jey Uso can be the one to dethrone Roman Reigns, thoughts on the new Undisputed WWE Championship belt, Seth Rollins defends his World Heavyweight Championship in the Raw main event against Damian Priest and why going to NXT would be beneath him, tension within The Judgment Day and if Priest is about to be replaced, an excellent match between Gunther and Kevin Owens, two major matches made official for AEW/NJPW Forbidden Door as well as what the AEW Collision main event will be, the verbal exchange between MJF and Adam Cole on Dynamite, Swerve Strickland challenges Orange Cassidy for the AEW International Championship, Bullet Club Gold's (apparent) new two members, and more!
Graham "GSM" Matthews airs his exclusive interview with Masters of Puppets star Kurt Fuller to kick off WrestleRant Radio talking his role in the new Connecticut play all about the inner workings of the wrestling business, what you can expect, working with James Roday Rodriguez again, being a wrestling fan, No Holds Barred being a highlight of his career, thoughts on Vince McMahon, and much more. GSM is then joined by RJ Marceau to discuss CM Punk officially being announced for the premiere of AEW Collision in Chicago and if a heel turn could be coming before reviewing WWE Night of Champions! Hear their thoughts on Seth Rollins becoming the inaugural World Heavyweight Champion and why the title already feels secondary, Ricochet and Shinsuke Nakamura qualifying for the men's Money in the Bank Ladder match on Monday's Raw, why Zoey Stark and Trish Stratus are a winning combo, Matt Riddle being next in line for a shot at Gunther's Intercontinental Championship, Asuka ending Bianca Belair's record-setting reign as Raw Women's Champion and if a heel turn for Belair is in the works, Brock Lesnar evening the score with Cody Rhodes and what that means for the future of thee Undisputed WWE Universal Championship, Jimmy Uso betraying Roman Reigns and what that means for The Bloodline going forward. Plus, the duo share their overall impressions of AEW Double or Nothing and top takeaways, along with an on-site report from NXT Battleground including who shined and interesting names rumored for imminent main roster call-ups!
A massive weekend of wrestling approaches, and WrestleRant Radio's got you covered! Graham "GSM" Matthews and RJ Marceau give their complete previews and predictions for the upcoming events including WWE Night of Champions, NXT Battleground and AEW Double or Nothing. Hear their thoughts on the Raw and SmackDown women's divisions, if Brock Lesnar will avenge his loss to Cody Rhodes, Roman Reigns and Solo Sikoa challenging for the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship, who will become the inaugural World Heavyweight Champion between Seth Rollins and AJ Styles, which championships will change hands at Battleground, some questionable entrants in the Blackjack Battle Royale for the AEW International Championship, Adam Cole vs. Chris Jericho in an Unsanctioned match, The Elite vs. Blackpool Combat Club in the second-ever Anarchy in the Arena match, MJF defending the AEW World Championship in a "four pillars" main event, and more!
The iconic "Stone Cold" Steve Austin returns to WrestleRant Radio to shoot the breeze with Graham "GSM" Matthews about his new Stone Cold Takes on America show on A&E, life after wrestling, his line of beer, staying busy and why he didn't compete at WrestleMania 39, what it would have entailed exactly, if he's leaving the door open for another match, thoughts on LA Knight, how to combat the "What?" chant, and more! GSM and RJ Marceau have plenty to discuss regarding "Superstar" Billy Graham's passing, the official announcement of AEW Collision on Saturday nights, the rumored brand split for it and who is advertised to appear, CM Punk's latest holdup with AEW and if he'll actually return in time for the show's premiere, the finals of the World Heavyweight Championship Tournament set for Night of Champions and if there's a chance AJ Styles could win, Mustafa Ali becoming number one contender to the Intercontinental Championship on Monday's Raw, Roman Reigns and Solo Sikoa challenging Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens for the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship and whether it's the right or wrong call, where the Bloodline storyline could be headed and if Cody Rhodes will factor in at all, the Becky Lynch vs. Trish Stratus feud, and the return of Ronda Rousey falling flat.
Graham "GSM" Matthews welcomes WWE Hall of Famer Lita to WrestleRant Radio for the first time ever to discuss the second season of "WWE's Most Wanted Treasures" on A&E, dealing with the difficulty of collectors parting with their items, her most prized possessions, wanting to see a physical WWE Hall of Fame, her most recent run with WWE, working with Trish Stratus and Becky Lynch again, the women's division getting more non-title stories, if she'll ever have a definitive retirement match, wanting to wrestle Rhea Ripley, and more! RJ Marceau and GSM then break down WWE Backlash from Saturday including the electric atmosphere in Puerto Rico, IYO SKY's standout showing against Bianca Belair, Seth Rollins vs. Omos exceeding expectations, Austin Theory escaping once again as United States Championship, Zelina Vega's emotional homecoming, Bad Bunny's San Juan Street Fight and why Damian Priest deserves to be higher on the card, The Bloodline's latest win and what's next for them, Cody Rhodes besting Brock Lesnar and what needs to happen in the rematch at Night of Champions, and where else WWE should hold an international premium live event. They also have thoughts on Roman Reigns' next challenger, who will win the World Heavyweight Championship Tournament (and how a SmackDown Superstar could conceivably capture the title), and a pair of surprise debuts on Wednesday's AEW Dynamite!
It's been a historic week in wrestling for more reasons than one, including AEW selling an astounding amount of tickets for August's All In event in London from pre-sales alone! Graham "GSM" Matthews and RJ Marceau break down the news, what it means, and what they expect the ultimate attendance to be. They also discuss Dark and Dark: Elevation reportedly coming to an end and whether it's a positive or a negative. Did the 2023 WWE Draft truly "change the game" as promised? Well, not really, but the two-night event was certainly eventful, and GSM and RJ have their full breakdown. Hear their thoughts on everyone who switched shows (and stayed put), the most surprising moves, whether SmackDown or Raw emerged stronger, if Cody Rhodes can still "finish the story" with Roman Reigns, what happens with the Raw Women's Championship and the SmackDown Women's Championship, and the NXT call-ups with the most potential. Plus, FULL PREDICTIONS for Saturday's WWE Backlash pay-per-view!
It's Draft week on WrestleRant Radio! Graham "GSM" Matthews and RJ Marceau briefly preview the NFL Draft and some potential top picks before discussing the passing of Jerry Springer and his involvement with WWE, the former Naomi reportedly set to debut in IMPACT this weekend, Roderick Strong being declared "All Elite" as of Wednesday's Dynamite and where he'll fit into the AEW shuffle, CM Punk visiting backstage at Monday's Raw in Chicago and what it might mean, and the announcement of a new World Heavyweight Championship debuting at Night of Champions! Is it necessary? Who will be the inaugural champion? Thoughts on the design? Does it feel like a consolation prize? After answering all of those questions, GSM and RJ do a MOCK DRAFT for the 2023 WWE Draft! They make their selections for the Raw and SmackDown rosters and address what happens with the world titles, potential tag team and stable breakups, NXT call-ups, and more!
On this week's WrestleRant Radio, Graham "GSM" Matthews and RJ Marceau review Raw highlights from Monday night including The Bloodline and The Judgment Day reaching a short-term agreement and what consequences Judgment Day may face for not holding up their end of the deal, if The Usos will regain the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship from Sami Zayn and The Usos, mapping out where the Bloodline storyline is headed, potential ideas for Jey Uso and Solo Sikoa defecting from the group, if Cody Rhodes will still be the one to ultimately dethrone Roman Reigns and thoughts on his program with Brock Lesnar, the perfect opponent for Reigns at Night of Champions, and if the King and Queen of the Ring tournaments are still happening this year. The duo also discuss Trish Stratus' heel promo on Raw explaining her actions and when we can expect her to face Becky Lynch, the curious case of Austin Theory right now and why he feels like an afterthought, reports of CM Punk heading up AEW's new Saturday show and an apparent brand split being implemented, how it could backfire, who will win the Four Pillars tournament to face MJF for the AEW World Championship at Double or Nothing and if a four-way is still possible, why it's hard to care about Wardlow regaining the AEW TNT Championship, and more!
Graham "GSM" Matthews and RJ Marceau open WrestleRant Radio with a complete analysis of the returning WWE Draft! Will WWE actually enforce the rules of the Brand Split this time, what moves should be made, and what tag teams and stables are in jeopardy of being split up? Where should certain championships end up, and how should WWE handle the situation surrounding the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship? The duo also discuss Trish Stratus' heel turn on Raw and how her feud with Becky Lynch will play out, IYO SKY becoming the new number one contender to the Raw Women's Championship, Raw exceeding expectations despite travel woes, Logan Paul re-signing with WWE and if championship gold is in his future, CM Punk reportedly being on his way back to AEW, and thoughts on Wednesday's Dynamite featuring the returns of Wardlow and Jeff Hardy. Plus, who are AEW's actual "four pillars"?
Graham "GSM" Matthews and RJ Marceau are breaking down everything from one of the most newsworthy weeks in wrestling history, starting with Endeavor buying WWE! The duo discuss what it means for the company, pay-per-view prices potentially reverting to what they were years ago, and Vince McMahon seemingly being back in creative control. They then give their complete review of WrestleMania 39 including whether Austin Theory's win over John Cena was enough to make up for Cena's verbal burial of him, the WrestleMania Showcase matches, why a character change for Seth Rollins is desperately needed, why Damage CTRL is done, how Rey Mysterio vs. Dominik Mysterio and Charlotte Flair vs. Rhea Ripley delivered big time, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn ending The Usos' historic run as Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions, Gunther shockingly retaining the Intercontinental Championship, Drew McIntyre's contract reportedly expiring soon and whether he'll stick around, what's next for Bianca Belair following her successful defense of the Raw Women's Championship, and if Roman Reigns beating Cody Rhodes was the right call and how WWE can "finish the story." Plus, quick thoughts on AEW's latest acquisitions and All In headed to London this August!
It's an abbreviated edition of WrestleRant Radio this week as Graham "GSM" Matthews hosts the show solo from WWE's WrestleMania weekend in Los Angeles, featuring an exclusive interview with SmackDown Superstar and new WWE Hall of Famer Rey Mysterio! They talk his induction and how much it means to him, why in-ring retirement isn't on the horizon, his partnership with Cinnamon Toast Crunch, feeling rejuvenated by his recent run and rivalry with Dominik Mysterio, and more. Plus, GSM gives his last-minute WrestleMania 39 predictions!
Ahead of her return to the ring at WrestleMania 39, WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus chats with Graham "GSM" Matthews on WrestleRant Radio about the new A&E doc focusing on her feud with Lita, when she realized they forever changed women's wrestling, how Becky Lynch reminds her of Lita, coming out of retirement once more and what factors went into making that decision, competing at WrestleMania, and more! The back half of the show features GSM and RJ Marceau discussing Randy Orton reportedly returning soon from injury and how it could happen, Andy Kaufman being announced as the newest inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame, The Usos vs. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn being made official for 'Mania and why it should headline Night 1 over Charlotte Flair vs. Rhea Ripley, the issue with the WrestleMania Showcase matches, the outstanding exchange between Roman Reigns and Cody Rhodes that closed Monday's Raw, why Rhodes beating Reigns is a must, and what The Bloodline will look like once Reigns loses the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship.
Graham "GSM" Matthews welcomes Danny Cage to WrestleRant Radio this week to discuss the premiere of "Monster Factory" on Apple TV+ this Friday, what viewers can expect from it and why non-wrestling fans will want to tune in, how long it's been in the works, what went into filming it, his experience training the talent of tomorrow, and more! Then, after giving their thoughts on The Bella Twins' departure from WWE and Bray Wyatt's status for WrestleMania 39 being up in the air, GSM and RJ Marceau then give their full on-site report from Monday's Raw in Providence including Edge vs. Finn Balor in a Hell in a Cell match being made official for 'Mania, how Johnny Gargano can get over with the main roster audience, why the Brock Lesnar and Omos face-off was what it needed to be, LA Knight's trajectory, Cody Rhodes' latest excellent promo and why he needs to beat Roman Reigns, the follow-up with Austin Theory this week, Dominik Mysterio continuing to taunt Rey, and the Street Fight main event between Solo Sikoa and Kevin Owens.
For the first time ever, WWE Hall of Famer Kane is on WrestleRant Radio! He talks to Graham "GSM" Matthews about his upcoming episode of "Biography: WWE Legends" on A&E, his iconic debut and at what point he felt the Kane character was truly established, his rivalry with The Undertaker, what he attests his longevity to, if the character would work today, becoming mayor and what his wrestling career would've looked like if he wasn't successful, filming See No Evil and why he prefers the wrestling ring, his favorite time of his career, if one more match is in the cards, and more! GSM and RJ Marceau then discuss WWE Backlash emanating from Puerto Rico this May and a potential match for the host Bad Bunny on the show, why WWE adding more international events to its premium live event schedule is a positive, Sarray's departure from NXT, the top takeaways from AEW Revolution and high praise for the AEW World Championship Iron Man match, why MJF is such a star and if he's already re-signed, why the Texas Death match was a low point, Ruby Soho's heel turn, FTR returning to rekindle their rivalry with The Gunns, House of Black becoming the new AEW World Trios Champions, Wardlow winning the AEW TNT Championship before losing it to Powerhouse Hobbs on Dynamite, an ongoing issue with the product, and on-site report from Monday's Raw in Boston from Mr. Marceau, including a rant on John Cena's complete verbal burial of Austin Theory and how it could be difficult to bounce back from.
Independent wrestling standout Vinny Pacifico is a guest star on this week's WrestleRant Radio talking to Graham "GSM" Matthews about his partnership with Bang Energy, the origin of his current gimmick, his recent experiences at WWE, AEW and MLW and if there was any noticeable differences between the three companies, what feedback he got, when he felt he started getting noticed more, favorite music to listen to at the gym, best wrestling video game soundtrack songs, and more! From there, RJ Marceau joins GSM to discuss Becky Lynch and Lita capturing the WWE Women's Tag Team Championship in the main event of Monday's Raw and how it affects the WrestleMania 39 card, Brock Lesnar vs. Omos being made official for 'Mania and why it's a total waste of Lesnar, Bray Wyatt vs. Bobby Lashley not being much better and how Wyatt's return run so far has underwhelmed, quick thoughts on Wednesday's edition of AEW Dynamite, and FULL PREDICTIONS for Sunday's Revolution pay-per-view event.
Graham "GSM" Matthews and RJ Marceau are back at it on WrestleRant Radio this week giving their complete ON-SITE REPORT from an electric Elimination Chamber event in Montréal! They have plenty of thoughts on the two excellent Elimination Chamber matches, Asuka becoming the number one contender to Bianca Belair's Raw Women's Championship, why the women's division could use more stories outside of the title pictures, the indecisive finish to Brock Lesnar vs. Bobby Lashley and rumors of them facing Omos and Bray Wyatt instead at WrestleMania 39, Edge and Beth Phoenix besting The Judgment Day, Austin Theory retaining his United States Championship inside Satan's Structure, how Seth Rollins vs. Logan Paul can be a 'Mania show-stealer, why it would have been shortsighted for Roman Reigns to lose the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship to Sami Zayn, the drawback of Cody Rhodes losing to Reigns, how everything should be executed with Zayn, Kevin Owens and Jey Uso, other expected 'Mania matches, and what will and should happen with the WWE Women's Tag Team Championship. They're also giving free agency updates on Kenny Omega, Kota Ibushi and Jay White. Which of the three is most likely to jump to WWE? Who would be the best fit there? Plus, a rundown of Wednesday's AEW Dynamite including the highlights and low points, if the Revolution build has been lackluster, and Tony Khan's latest "important" announcement falling flat.
It's a podcast over a decade in the making! Jamie Lee Mac finally joins Graham "GSM" Matthews and RJ Marceau for a live WrestleRant Radio (along with two great guests in Brandon and John!) for an epic prediction panel ahead of WWE Elimination Chamber. They're talking their histories of watching wrestling, their wild journeys to Montréal, an in-person perspective on the raucous reaction to Sami Zayn on Friday's SmackDown and if it means he should beat Roman Reigns for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship, how they'd book the finish, Bray Wyatt possibly facing Brock Lesnar or Bray Wyatt at WrestleMania 39 and who wins between Lashley and Lesnar at Chamber, Edge and Beth Phoenix vs. The Judgment Day, who wins the Raw Women's Championship number one contender's and United States Championship Elimination Chamber matches, other potential 'Mania matches, testing Jamie on his knowledge of Elimination Chamber theme songs, and a little Chamber trivia game naming every person to win inside Satan's Struture!
Graham "GSM" Matthews and RJ Marceau have a ton to talk about on WrestleRant Radio this week, starting with the news that SmackDown will be airing live from London for the first time ever the day before Money in the Bank! They also have plenty of thoughts on Roman Reigns vs. Sami Zayn for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship being made official for Elimination Chamber and the finish should be booked, if WWE should stay the course with everyone involved in the storyline, and the exceptional exchange between Cody Rhodes and Paul Heyman on Monday's Raw. And that's not all! They're breaking down Bobby Lashley vs. Brock Lesnar III being added to Elimination Chamber and why WrestleMania 39 should still be the endgame, the upcoming United States Championship Elimination Chamber match, if Austin Theory needs the star-spangled prize for a rumored 'Mania clash with John Cena and if Theory needs to beat Cena, why the Raw Women's Championship number one contender's Elimination Chamber is a bit more clear-cut, thoughts on Chelsea Green's new gimmick, Edge and Beth Phoenix vs. The Judgment Day at Elimination Chamber, potential plans for Becky Lynch and Bayley at WrestleMania, and if Baron Corbin can be salvaged. Plus, quick thoughts on NXT Vengeance Day and Wednesday's edition of AEW Dynamite featuring The Gunns becoming the new AEW World Tag Team Champions!
Let 'em talk to ya! LA Knight is on WrestleRant Radio this week chatting with Graham "GSM" Matthews about facing Bray Wyatt in a Pitch Black match, his transition to the main roster, making the most of what he's given, the name change, his interaction with The Undertaker on Raw 30 and connection to Paul Bearer, his merchandise and entrance music, the possibility of a match with "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, and more! After GSM gives quick picks for Saturday's NXT Vengeance Day event, he's joined by RJ Marceau to review Royal Rumble and discuss their overall thoughts on the show, if the undercard matches fell flat, WWE getting the Rumble winners right with Rhea Ripley and Cody Rhodes, which Rumble was better, if Becky Lynch vs. Bayley will extend through WrestleMania 39, Ripley choosing to face Charlotte Flair for the SmackDown Women's Championship, if Ronda Rousey has any value left to WWE, who will win the Raw Women's Championship number one contender's Elimination Chamber match, if Rhodes' return should have been kept a surprise in retrospect, if there were enough surprise entrants, and if Sami Zayn should be the one to dethrone Roman Reigns as Undisputed WWE Universal Champion.
WrestleRant Radio kicks off Royal Rumble weekend with Graham "GSM" Matthews and RJ Marceau reacting to the breaking news of "Stone Cold" Steve Austin reportedly being offered a big-money match deal against Roman Reigns! Could and should the marquee match come to fruition? They're also giving their full review of Raw's 30th anniversary episode on Monday night featuring the trial of Sami Zayn and why it was one of the greatest segments in Raw history, The Usos vs. The Judgment Day for the Raw Tag Team Championship, the return of The Undertaker's American Badass persona, Becky Lynch vs. Bayley in a Steel Cage match not happening as advertised, D-Generation X interacting with Imperium, and Brock Lesnar returning to cost Bobby Lashley the United States Championship (again). Plus, GSM and Mr. Marceau give their complete preview and predictions for Saturday's Royal Rumble pay-per-view! Hear their thoughts on Bray Wyatt's in-ring return against LA Knight in a Pitch Black match, Bianca Belair defending the Raw Women's Championship against Alexa Bliss, if and how Sami Zayn could factor into the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship match between Roman Reigns and Kevin Owens, who will win the women's and men's Royal Rumble matches, potential surprise entrants, and more!
You know it's Royal Rumble season when Kofi Kingston returns to WrestleRant Radio! The NXT Tag Team Champion talks to Graham "GSM" Matthews about everything he's going going on, his current run on NXT and where the idea originated from, a special project he's working on and how people can contribute, his history at the Rumble and some of his greatest saves, if he practiced any of them beforehand, who helped him come up with a few of the ideas, and more! GSM and RJ Marceau then discuss Cody Rhodes officially declaring himself for the men's Royal Rumble match, what other surprises we may see instead, if the hype for Raw's upcoming 30th anniversary episode has been disappointing, if The Rock will make his presence felt during The Bloodline's acknowledgement ceremony, the shocking passing of ROH World Tag Team Champion Jay Briscoe, WarnerMedia reportedly not wanting Wednesday's Dynamite to be a tribute show for him, and other thoughts from the episode including Toni Storm and Saraya seeming turning heel.
MLW World Heavyweight Champion Alexander Hammerstone joins Graham "GSM" Matthews at the start of this week's WrestleRant Radio for an exclusive interview talking his reign so far, reflecting on his 2022, honing his skills on the mic and as an all-around performer, MLW's identity, what he sees being the biggest match he can possibly have in MLW right now, and more! From there, GSM and RJ Marceau get into what the entire wrestling world is talking about right now: the official return of Vince McMahon to WWE's Board of Directors, Stephanie McMahon's resignation, and the possibility of the promotion being sold. They discuss the Saudi Arabia rumors being overblown, wanting the best for the product, and why it's important to take a wait-and-see approach. Plus, they have plenty of thoughts on WWE and AEW both reportedly showing interest in NJPW star Jay White, the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship possibly being split up and a rumored tag title match for WrestleMania 39, the odds-on favorite to win the women's Royal Rumble, Wednesday's excellent edition of AEW Dynamite being highlighted by Adam Page vs. Jon Moxley and the return of Adam Cole.
The first WrestleRant Radio of 2023 is nothing short of newsworthy as Graham "GSM" Matthews first welcomes WWE Raw Superstar Kevin Owens for an exclusive interview! They're talking him teaming with John Cena on the final SmackDown of 2022, reflecting on his great year including facing "Stone Cold" Steve Austin at WrestleMania 38 and when he found out about it, re-signing with WWE, his new mindset, logic in WWE, if he has goals for 2023, and more! From there, GSM wastes no time getting into the breaking news regarding Vince McMahon planning his comeback to WWE, as confirmed by the former company chairman himself. GSM gets into why it would be a massive step backward, his true intentions, holding them hostage ahead of their upcoming negotiations for television rights deals, bringing back George Barrios and Michelle Wilson, letters he wrote WWE, and the potential consequences this situation could have. Plus, GSM has plenty of thoughts on WWE announcing the Money in the Bank pay-per-view for London this summer, Raw's first show of the year being an uneventful one, if Cody Rhodes will announce his entry into the men's Royal Rumble match ahead of time, highlights from NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 17, the debut of Mercedes Mone and if she'll indeed be Saraya's partner on AEW Dynamite next week, and a quick recap of Wednesday's excellent edition of Dynamite featuring Darby Allin regaining the AEW TNT Championship from Samoa Joe.
It's the annual WWE/AEW Year in Review Awards show! After giving their quick thoughts on the new Ric Flair documentary available on Peacock and Dragon Lee signing with WWE (and what it should mean for Triple H's talent expansion in 2023), they reveal and review what you voted for in the 2022 WWE/AEW Year in Review Awards. In this 90-plus-minute year-end special, they're talking the the best shows of the year, 2022's most shocking wrestling stories, who will break out in 2023, WWE and AEW's best signings and returns of the year, best bouts, top teams, who dominated for the men and women in each company, and more!
It's the WrestleRant Radio holiday show! Graham "GSM" Matthews and RJ Marceau break down a surprisingly strong episode of Raw from Monday night including Rhea Ripley battling Akira Tozawa in intergender action, all of the focus on The Bloodline and if they're headed for a feud with The O.C., the excellent exchange between Bianca Belair and Alexa Bliss, Bronson Reed returning to WWE and why it didn't deserve the backlash it got, Bayley vs. Becky Lynch, and Kevin Owens and Seth Rollins reuniting against The Usos. Then, in their complete review of the Holiday Bash edition of AEW Dynamite, the duo discuss Ricky Starks starting a program with Chris Jericho, Match #5 in the Best-of-7 Series between The Elite and Death Triangle, Ethan Page interrupting Bryan Danielson, The Gunns beating FTR, how the debut of Swerve Strickland's new faction fell flat, and Jamie Hayter defending her AEW Women's World Championship against Hikaru Shida in a banger of a main event.
In an absolutely stacked WrestleRant Radio, Graham "GSM" Matthews and RJ Marceau attempt to break down one of the most newsworthy weeks in wrestling all year, starting with former NXT Women's Champion Mandy Rose's shocking release from WWE on Wednesday. They discuss the circumstances surrounding the situation, double standards, what's relevant and what's not, what it all comes down to, and whether we'll see her back in WWE down the road. Sasha Banks reportedly being done with WWE and being New Japan Pro-Wrestling bound was also a hot topic this past week, as well as her rumored appearance at Wrestle Kingdom 17, if an AEW run is in the cards, and why leaving WWE will make her a bigger star in the long run. They also have plenty of thoughts on Vince McMahon possibly planning a WWE comeback and why it shouldn't happen, Triple H reportedly being "severely underwhelmed" by a handful of the people he's brought back and who's to blame, John Cena returning to SmackDown on December 30th and what he'll have in store, Matt Riddle reportedly failing a drug test for a second time, Alexa Bliss and Seth Rollins winning number one contender's matches on Monday's Raw, Bobby Lashley getting "fired," Roxanne Perez winning the NXT Women's Championship, and quick thoughts on NXT Deadline, ROH Final Battle, and the Winter Is Coming edition of Dynamite!