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Join Graham "GSM" Matthews each Thursday as he runs down his weekly wrestling rants, welcomes guests, hosts exclusive interviews and more!

Graham GSM Matthews

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    WrestleRant Radio - December 30, 2021: 2021 WWE/NXT/AEW Year in Review Awards Show!

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 31, 2021 104:04

    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!

    WrestleRant Radio - December 23, 2021: Kyle O'Reilly's AEW Arrival Plants Seeds for Undisputed Era vs. The Elite

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2021 61:58

    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.

    WrestleRant Radio - December 16, 2021: Kevin Owens Re-Signs with WWE Amidst Rumors of Impending Exit

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2021 59:44

    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.

    WrestleRant Radio - December 9, 2021: Liv Morgan Interview, Jeff Hardy Released, NXT WarGames Review & More!

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2021 74:16

    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!

    WrestleRant Radio - December 2, 2021: That Atlanta Street Fight Was Everything Wrong with Cody Rhodes Right Now

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2021 73:53

    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!

    WrestleRant Radio - November 25, 2021: Becky Lynch Interview + WWE Survivor Series 2021 On-Site Report!

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2021 59:30

    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.

    WrestleRant Radio - November 18, 2021: Drew McIntyre Interview, AEW Full Gear Review + WWE Survivor Series Predictions!

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 74:12

    ​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!

    WrestleRant Radio - November 11, 2021: WWE Survivor Series Build, NXT WarGames Returning, AEW Full Gear Picks & More!

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 78:07

    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!

    WrestleRant Radio - November 4, 2021: Will Kyle O‘Reilly Be the Latest to Leave WWE for AEW?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 64:31

    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!

    WrestleRant Radio - October 28, 2021: Rey Mysterio Interview + On-Site Report From AEW Dynamite in Boston!

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 68:43

    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.

    WrestleRant Radio - October 21, 2021: Sasha Banks Interview, WWE Crown Jewel 2021 Review & More!

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 79:29

    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 - October 14, 2021: Roman Reigns Returns to Talk SmackDown, Brock Lesnar, Best Matches & More!

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 73:09

    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.

    WrestleRant Radio - October 7, 2021: Battle of the Brands - Who Won the 2021 WWE Draft?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 83:45

    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!

    WrestleRant Radio - September 30, 2021: Angelo Dawkins Interview, Extreme Rules Review, & 2021 WWE Draft Projections!

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 87:46

    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?

    WrestleRant Radio - September 23, 2021: Davey Richards Interview, AEW Grand Slam Review & WWE Extreme Rules Predictions!

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 79:38

    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!

    WrestleRant Radio - September 16, 2021: Big E Talks Becoming WWE Champion + In-Depth Analysis of NXT 2.0

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021 80:54

    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.

    WrestleRant Radio - September 9, 2021: AEW All Out 2021 Review, State of WWE Raw, Kevin Owens News, & More!

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2021 68:39

    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!

    WrestleRant Radio - September 2, 2021: Riddle Interview, Raw Thoughts, & AEW All Out 2021 Predictions!

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2021 65:45

    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.

    WrestleRant Radio - August 26, 2021: Drew McIntyre Interview, CM Punk Talk, + WWE SummerSlam & NXT TakeOver 36 Reviews!

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2021 58:55

    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.

    WrestleRant Radio - August 19, 2021: Goldberg Interview + NXT TakeOver 36 & SummerSlam 2021 Predictions!

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2021 64:18

    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.

    WrestleRant Radio - August 12, 2021: Nikki A.S.H. Interview + Full Breakdown of NXT's Latest Releases! (ft. Jonn Ritland)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2021 65:27

    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!

    WrestleRant Radio - August 5, 2021: Bray Wyatt Released, Adam Cole's WWE Status, Page vs. Omega at AEW All Out & More!

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2021 94:59

    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 - July 29, 2021: A Tale of Two Companies - Ranting and Raving About the Current States of WWE and AEW

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2021 114:24

    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!

    WrestleRant Radio - July 22, 2021: Rhea Ripley Interview, Money in the Bank Review, & CM Punk + Daniel Bryan Headed to AEW?!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2021 84:12

    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.

    WrestleRant Radio - July 15, 2021: AEW Fyter Fest Night 1 Review, WWE Money in the Bank 2021 Predictions & More!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2021 78:23

    For the first time in two weeks, RJ Marceau returns to WrestleRant Radio alongside Graham "GSM" Matthews to break down all the latest happenings in the world of wrestling! They have plenty of thoughts on last week's Road Rager edition of Dynamite as well as Night 1 of Fyter Fest this week featuring Jon Moxley defending the IWGP United States Championship against Karl Anderson, Ricky Starks winning the FTW Championship from Brian Cage and how AEW bungled Team Taz, the benefits of Malaki Black's first feud in AEW being with Cody Rhodes, the latest with Adam Page and The Elite, Christian Cage vs. Matt Hardy, and a Coffin match main event between Darby Allin and Ethan Page. GSM and RJ also have thoughts on the last WWE Raw from the ThunderDome, Bobby Lashley losing to Xavier Woods clean, Ricochet vs. John Morrison in a Falls Count Anywhere match, Mandy Rose returning to NXT in exchange for Aliyah going to Raw, why Doudrop may be better off with Alexa Bliss than Eva Marie, what's next for Karrion Kross as NXT Champion and if he's going to drop the title to Samoa Joe on the way out, and FULL PREDICTIONS for Sunday's Money in the Bank pay-per-view including Lashley vs. Kofi Kingston for the WWE Championship, Roman Reigns vs. Edge for the Universal Championship, and who will win the men's and women's Money in the Bank Ladder matches!

    WrestleRant Radio - July 8, 2021: Eva Marie Interview + AEW Dynamite: Road Rager Review (ft. Alexis DiGiacomo)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2021 81:20

    Forget everything you know about WWE Superstar Eva Marie, because she's on this week's WrestleRant Radio and is far from the person she portrays on screen! In her exclusive interview with Graham "GSM" Matthews, they discusses her being back in WWE, returning to Raw and picking up where she left off, her experience in the ThunderDome, how she deals with criticism, if she trained during her time away, if she was supposed to return sooner than she did, her NXT run, wanting to feud with Bayley and Becky Lynch again, and more! Then, Alexis DiGiacomo returns to WrestleRant Radio and replaces RJ Marceau on her and Graham's anniversary to preview Marvel's Black Widow out this weekend and give a complete breakdown of Wednesday's Road Rager edition of AEW Dynamite! Hear their thoughts on the South Beach Strap match between Cody Rhodes and QT Marshall, Adam Page confronting Kenny Omega, Darby Allin and Ethan Page hyping up their Coffin match next week, the latest six-man tag team clash between Inner Circle and The Pinnacle, Chris Jericho and MJF facing off (and the stupid fan that tried to rush the ring), Andrade El Idolo's in-ring debut against Matt Sydal, the arrival of Malaki Black, Orange Cassidy and Kris Statlander vs. The Blade and The Bunny in intergender tag team action, Lance Archer attacking Dan Lambert and if we've seen the last of Lambert in AEW, and The Young Bucks defending the AEW World Tag Team Championship against Eddie Kingston and Penta El Zero Miedo in a Street Fight main event.

    WrestleRant Radio - July 1, 2021: Tommaso Ciampa Interview, Wrestling Returning to Kansas, AEW + NXT Predictions & More!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2021 80:12

    It's an absolutely loaded week on WrestleRant Radio as Graham "GSM" Matthews first welcomes Eric Woodard and returning guest ​Branden Dross to discuss wrestling returning to Herrington, Kansas on July 30th! Hear what brought wrestling back to the area, why you need to check it out if you're in the midwest area, getting back on the road coming off the pandemic, where you can buy tickets, James Storm and Ricky Reyes being a part of it, and more! The second interview this week is with none other than WWE NXT star Tommaso Ciampa! He has plenty to say about his upcoming opportunity at the NXT Tag Team Championship at The Great American Bash, teaming with Timothy Thatcher, if it was adjustment returning to tag team wrestling, being left off TakeOver specials this past year, what motivates him, his incredible fitness, why a main roster run likely isn't in the cards, and advice for departing talent. Finally, GSM and RJ Marceau give their thoughts on all of the latest happenings in AEW including two above-average editions of Dynamite featuring an AEW World Championship match between Kenny Omega and Jungle Boy, predictions for next week's Road Rager show featuring a South Beach Strap match, Drew McIntyre qualifying for the men's Money in the Bank Ladder match, Ricochet and John Morrison rekindling their rivalry in a thrilling affair, Isiah "Swerve" Scott becoming the new NXT North American Champion on NXT, thoughts on the returning Breakout Tournament, and predictions for The Great American Bash next Tuesday!

    WrestleRant Radio - June 24, 2021: Charlotte Flair Talks All-Women's WWE Show, Andrade, Being a Heel & More!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 25, 2021 63:12

    ​Graham "GSM" Matthews welcomes another huge name in the wrestling world to WrestleRant Radio this week: 13-time WWE women's champion Charlotte Flair! She has a ton to say about her rivalry with Raw Women's Champion Rhea Ripley, her current booking and why she prefers being a heel, the state of the women's division right now, why she doesn't think an all-women's show in WWE is necessary, SummerSlam this year being her WrestleMania, Andrade's decision to leave WWE, acting aspirations, and more! RJ Marceau then joins GSM to talk the latest happenings in AEW, why certain talent are starting to feel overexposed and if the debut of Rampage is going to help with that, overall thoughts on last Sunday's Hell in a Cell pay-per-view and why four in three days was way too many, the weak finishes at the end, Shayna Baszler's latest loss, thoughts on Roman Reigns vs. Rey Mysterio from SmackDown, everyone who's qualified for the men's and women's Money in the Bank Ladder matches so far, who could win and who else could qualify, a quick review of Tuesday's NXT and the debut of Diamond Mine at the end. Are there too many factions in NXT? And are Karrion Kross and Bronson Reed main roster bound before long?

    WrestleRant Radio - June 17, 2021: LA Knight Interview, NXT TakeOver: In Your House Review & Hell in a Cell Predictions!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 18, 2021 61:57

    Fresh off his huge victory at NXT TakeOver: In Your House, new Million Dollar champion LA Knight joins Graham "GSM" Matthews on WrestleRant Radio to discuss winning the title and what it meant to him, working with Ted DiBiase, his Ladder match with Cameron Grimes, why 2021 was the right time for him to return to WWE NXT, following in the footsteps of Drew McIntyre, seeing familiar faces backstage, the inspiration behind his entrance music, and more! From there, GSM talks with RJ Marceau about the latest happenings in AEW including Team Taz splitting up, Christian Cage feuding with Matt Hardy and if All Out is the right time for Adam Page to beat Kenny Omega for the AEW World Championship, if In Your House was one of the weaker installments of TakeOver NXT has done to date, a hot follow-up show on Tuesday night featuring the return of Samoa Joe, if he'll eventually wrestle, what's next for Karrion Kross as NXT Champion, Kyle O'Reilly vs. Adam Cole being set for The Great American Bash, quick thoughts on Monday's Raw including the return of Eva Marie and Piper Niven's debut, and FULL PREDICTIONS for Sunday's Hell in a Cell pay-per-view event!

    WrestleRant Radio - June 10, 2021: Raw's Atrocious Ending, Andrade's AEW Debut & TakeOver: In Your House Predictions!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2021 59:14

    SummerSlam is hitting Las Vegas this August and, per reports, WWE is going all out for the event! Graham "GSM" Matthews and RJ Marceau open WrestleRant Radio with their thoughts on what the card could consist of as well as whether Bobby Lashley will leave Hell in a Cell still WWE Champion, where MVP's interaction with Kofi Kingston might be headed, The Viking Raiders becoming number one contenders to the Raw Tag Team Championship, Jaxson Ryker's face turn (and why it won't work), Nikki Cross pinning Raw Women's Champion Rhea Ripley, and THAT awful ending to Monday's Raw. Was it among the worst in recent memory, if not ever? The duo also discuss Andrade El Idolo's AEW debut last Friday night on Dynamite and getting paired off with Vickie Guerrero, most of the feuds from Double or Nothing continuing and why that's a mistake, Lio Rush announcing his apparent retirement from wrestling, if Braun Strowman could return to WWE, Io Shirai and the Million Dollar Championship returning on Tuesday's NXT episode, and FULL PREDICTIONS for Sunday's NXT TakeOver: In Your House event!

    WrestleRant Radio - June 3, 2021: Shayna Baszler Interview, More WWE Releases, & AEW Double or Nothing Thoughts

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2021 80:25

    Former WWE Women's Tag Team Champion Shayna Baszler joins Graham "GSM" Matthews at the beginning of this week's WrestleRant Radio to​​ discuss her Raw match against Reginald this past week and her thoughts on intergender wrestling, comparing wrestling to Marvel movies and what Marvel character she feels she relates to the most, the status of her team with Nia Jax, possible opponents, competing in front of fans at WrestleMania 37 and how she benefited from the ThunderDome era, and more! GSM and RJ Marceau then break down all of the latest shocking WWE releases including Tom Phillips (and Jimmy Smith replacing him on Raw commentary), Braun Strowman, Aleister Black, Murphy, Ruby Riott, Lana and Santana Garrett. Which departures were the most shocking? Who among them had the most potential to be a bigger star? Where will they wind up next? Is a sale of WWE imminent? They also share their quick thoughts on AEW's Double or Nothing pay-per-view event and the biggest highlights and low points from the night!

    WrestleRant Radio - May 27, 2021: Bronson Reed Interview, Latest WWE Departures & AEW Double or Nothing Predictions!

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2021 62:02

    On the exact 11-year anniversary of when he joined Bleacher Report, Graham "GSM" Matthews discusses his journey before airing his exclusive interview with all-new NXT North American Champion Bronson Reed! They talk his title win and what it meant to him, feedback he got from it, what he wants to emulate Rob Van Dam's Television title championship reign from ECW, the Australian influence in WWE currently, his goals in wrestling including facing Samoa Joe at some point, movies he wants to see, and more! RJ Marceau then joins GSM to talk WWE releasing Velveteen Dream and if it's "dream over" for his wrestling career, Adnan Virk mutually parting ways with WWE and why he was never a good fit for the announcer role on Raw, WWE officially hitting the road again this summer, if Raw was better than usual on Monday night and the biggest issues with the show, the face-off between Cameron Grimes and Ted DiBiase on NXT and if DiBiase is now the new manager for LA Knight, Franky Monet's in-ring debut, the highly-anticipated NXT Championship rematch between Finn Balor and Karrion Kross, and FULL PREDICTIONS for Sunday's AEW Double or Nothing pay-per-view event!

    WrestleRant Radio - May 20, 2021: Drew McIntyre Talks New Book, John Cena, WrestleMania 37, Fan Backlash & More!

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2021 62:47

    WWE Superstar Drew McIntyre's all-new book My Chosen Destiny is out now, and he's on WrestleRant Radio this week to talk all about it! In his exclusive interview with Graham "GSM" Matthews, The Scottish Warrior discusses what went into writing the book, growing up a fan of wrestler autobiographies, doing media and what he learned from John Cena, missing fans, his thoughts on his WrestleMania match with Bobby Lashley and if he feels fans are starting to turn on him, how it's harder to stay on top, one thing he hopes to keep doing once fans return, if we'll ever hear his "Broken Dreams" entrance theme again on WWE TV, and more! GSM and RJ Marceau then discuss when we can expect fans back in the buildings at WWE shows now that multiple mandates have been lifted, AEW Dynamite moving to TBS in 2022 along with its new Friday night program Rampage, the latest round of releases from NXT, an overall enjoyable WrestleMania Backlash pay-per-view (outside of the asinine zombies), who's next for Roman Reigns, what feuds will carry over into Hell in a Cell, Kofi Kingston's big night on Raw, Natalya and Tamina becoming WWE Women's Tag Team Champions, Bronson Reed capturing the NXT North American Championship on NXT and how the black-and-yellow brand has been firing on all cylinders lately. Plus, thoughts and highlights from Wednesday's AEW Dynamite!

    WrestleRant Radio - May 13, 2021: Braun Strowman Talks WrestleMania Backlash, His Last Year in WWE, State of Raw & More!

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2021 87:29

    Ahead of his huge WWE Championship opportunity at WrestleMania Backlash, WWE Superstar Braun Strowman returns to WrestleRant Radio to speak with Graham "GSM" Matthews about facing Bobby Lashley and Drew McIntyre this Sunday, his last year in WWE, the pros and cons of having no fans, being back in front of a crowd at WrestleMania 37, his feud with Shane McMahon, getting in great shape during his absence, the current state of Monday Night Raw, and more! In the second half of the show, RJ Marceau joins GSM to talk the recent report regarding Zelina Vega. Is the recently released Superstar already on her way back to WWE? They then review a newsworthy edition of AEW Dynamite featuring a rare IWGP United States Championship defense from Jon Moxley, SCU's swan song against The Young Bucks, the issue with the AEW World Championship match at Double or Nothing, Stadium Stampede 2, and Miro winning the AEW TNT Championship from Darby Allin. Plus, hear their thoughts on Alexa Bliss using her supernatural powers on Shayna Baszler on Raw, the return of Jinder Mahal, what the hell is going on with Jeff Hardy, if Dakota Kai is next in line for a shot at Raquel Gonzalez's NXT Women's Championship, the debut of Hit Bow on NXT, Kyle O'Reilly and Bobby Fish reuniting (kind of), what's next for Santos Escobar, and FULL PREDICTIONS for Sunday's WrestleMania Backlash pay-per-view!

    WrestleRant Radio - May 6, 2021: John Cena Talks "Wipeout", Transitioning Out of WWE, WrestleMania & More!

    Play Episode Listen Later May 7, 2021 78:26

    In one of the biggest interviews in WrestleRant Radio, Graham "GSM" Matthews welcomes 16-time WWE world champion John Cena to the show! They're talking his current hosting gig on Wipeout, his history with hosting from his time in WWE, the biggest wipeout of his career and what he learned from it, WWE Superstars that would fare well on the show, missing WrestleMania 37 and why he'll always be a part of the WWE Universe, his relationship with Vince McMahon, his thoughts on Roman Reigns' current heel work, and more! GSM is then joined by RJ Marceau as always to preview the premiere of Season 3 of Dark Side of the Ring and what episode they're looking forward to the most, Dario Cueto's return to wrestling in MLW, Daniel Bryan reportedly becoming a free agent following his fantastic championship clash with Roman Reigns on SmackDown and where he could end up, MLW's rumored working relationship with WWE, AEW's big Blood and Guts edition of Dynamite, thoughts on the main event and its polarizing ending, other major developments on the show including setup for Double or Nothing, Eva Marie returning to Raw along with the call-up of Mansoor, Charlotte Flair being added to the Raw Women's Championship match at WrestleMania Backlash, and quick thoughts on a strong show from NXT on Tuesday night headlined by a Street Fight for the NXT Women's Tag Team Championship.

    WrestleRant Radio - April 29, 2021: CM Punk Talks Acting, Horror, If He Watches WWE, AJ Lee, Staying in Shape & More!

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2021 67:40

    The exclusive interviews keep coming on WrestleRant Radio as this week's episode welcomes the incomparable Phil "CM Punk" Brooks! The wrestler-turned-actor talks to Graham "GSM" Matthews about how his role in Jakob's Wife came about, if his wife AJ Lee watches his movies with him, memorizing lines for a long scene vs. cutting a wrestling promo, if he still watches wrestling and who he keeps in contact with, staying in shape, AJ's cooking, and more! GSM and RJ Marceau then discuss Draft Day for the NFL, Kenny Omega winning the Impact World Championship and what it means, Andrade's first post-WWE match, the latest on a location for SummerSlam, another awful episode of Raw on Monday night, Charlotte Flair getting reinstated, Riddle and Randy Orton forming a tag team, Braun Strowman being added to the WWE Championship match at WrestleMania Backlash, Kyle O'Reilly vs. Adam Cole continuing in NXT, Toni Storm's latest loss, Bronson Reed earning another shot at the NXT North American Championship, the fantastic final build for Blood and Guts on AEW Dynamite, Adam Page losing to Brian Cage, the ending to the episode, and the return of Cody Rhodes.

    WrestleRant Radio - April 22, 2021: Da Pope Talks NWA, Charity Work, IMPACT Stint, Possibly Going to WWE/AEW & More!

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 23, 2021 79:29

    Joining Graham "GSM" Matthews on this week's WrestleRant Radio for an exclusive interview is none other than NWA Television champion Da Pope! They talk his extensive charity work and where it originated, how he got started with the NWA, serving as a commentator for IMPACT, his promo style, Dusty Rhodes being an inspiration, why he isn't in WWE or AEW right now, and more! From there, RJ Marceau and GSM discuss last week's shocking releases and where they see each of them going, Pat McAfee joining the SmackDown commentary team, Raw being another abysmal show on Monday night, if T-Bar and Mace are damaged goods, Charlotte Flair's "suspension," if Ronda Rousey getting pregnant means she's officially done with wrestling, Riddle upsetting Randy Orton, thoughts on Wednesday's NXT including the debut of Sarray, AEW doing a great number last week and if they can consistently do over a million viewers each week, MJF's excellent promo, Blood and Guts taking up an entire episode of Dynamite in two weeks, Team Taz being booked like losers, AEW hardly hyping Kenny Omega's involvement in IMPACT's Rebellion pay-per-view this weekend, and if Daniel Bryan will leave WWE when his current contract expires.

    WrestleRant Radio - April 15, 2021: Bianca Belair Interview, WrestleMania 37 Review & WWE Roster Cuts

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 16, 2021 68:49

    There's a ton to get to on this week's WrestleRant Radio, but first, Graham "GSM" Matthews welcomes all-new SmackDown Women's Champion Bianca Belair on the show for an exclusive interview! They chat about her history-making main event win at WrestleMania 37, her match with Banks being an instant classic, having fans back in the building, the backstage reaction, celebrating with her husband Montez Ford and her family, and more! The rest of the show features a complete breakdown of WrestleMania weekend from GSM and RJ Marceau with thoughts on NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver Night 2, the best and worst of both nights of WrestleMania, Bobby Lashley shockingly retaining the WWE Championship, how WWE can follow up on Cesaro's huge victory over Seth Rollins, Bianca Belair becoming the new SmackDown Women's Champion, why The Fiend losing to Randy Orton was incredibly stupid, the terrific Triple Threat main event for the Universal Championship, and quick thoughts on Monday's disappointing post-WrestleMania Raw and Wednesday's AEW Dynamite. Stick around for GSM's two cents on the WWE roster cuts announced on Thursday including Samoa Joe, The IIconics and Mickie James, among others.

    WrestleRant Radio - April 8, 2021: Big E Breaks Big News + WWE WrestleMania 37 Predictions!

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 9, 2021 63:28

    The excitement of WWE's WrestleMania week is in full force on WrestleRant Radio, and in a bit of breaking news, Grammy-nominated rapper and producer Wale will sing Big E to the ring on The Grandest Stage of Them All this Sunday! The Intercontinental Champion talks to Graham "GSM" Matthews about how it happened, his friendship with Wale, being back in front of fans, the importance of defending the title at WrestleMania, his favorite live performance to have taken place at The Show of Shows, and more! Then, after giving their quick thoughts on this year's WWE Hall of Fame ceremonies and Night 1 of NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver, GSM and RJ Marceau give their full preview and predictions for WrestleMania 37! Hear their thoughts on why Cesaro must beat Seth Rollins, the absurdity of the Steel Cage match between Braun Strowman and Shane McMahon, The New Day defending their Raw Tag Team Championship against AJ Styles and Omos, which match will main event Night 1, why isn't imperative Bianca Belair becomes SmackDown Women's Champion on Saturday night, WWE Champion Bobby Lashley's chances of victory versus Drew McIntyre, Logan Paul's involvement in Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn, Rhea Ripley needing to avenge last year's WrestleMania loss, and who is walking out the Universal Champion.

    WrestleRant Radio - April 1, 2021: WALTER Interview + NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver Predictions!

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 2, 2021 66:32

    NXT United Kingdom Champion WALTER joins Graham "GSM" Matthews on this week's WrestleRant Radio to talk his upcoming title defenses against Tommaso Ciampa and Rampage Brown, his WWE journey so far, returning to NXT after a year away, his historic title reign, his instant classics with Ilja Dragunov and Tyler Bate, why he's enjoyed wrestling without a crowd, being an attraction wrestler, if he'd ever go to NXT full-time, opponents he still wants to face, and more! ​GSM and RJ Marceau are also talking William Shatner being announced for the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2021, Monday's abysmal episode of Raw, the mind-boggling decision to break up The Hurt Business and what it might be leading to, Christian Cage's return to the ring on AEW Dynamite, QT Marshall debuting a new heel stable, why Cody Rhodes  the Arcade Anarchy main event, Kenny Omega's next opponent, the convoluted Battle Royal main event on NXT, what else stood out from the show, NXT officially moving to Tuesdays after WrestleMania 37, and complete predictions for TakeOver: Stand & Deliver next week!

    WrestleRant Radio - March 25, 2021: Daniel Bryan Talks Roman Reigns, WWE/AEW Dream Opponents, Fatherhood & More!

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 25, 2021 67:15

    WrestleRant Radio hosts yet another huge interview this week as Graham "GSM" Matthews chats with WWE SmackDown Superstar Daniel Bryan about his rivalry with Roman Reigns, fatherhood, why he wants to wind down his days as an active performer, stars he feels are currently underrated or underutilized in WWE, opponents he'd be interested in facing from other promotions, what he regrets about his time being retired five years ago, and more! Plus, RJ Marceau joins GSM to discuss Kane and The Great Khali being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame (as well as another notable name that's being rumored) and give their full review of Sunday's Fastlane pay-per-view including the apparent end of RETRIBUTION, if the build to Sasha Banks vs. Bianca Belair has been underwhelming, the bad finish to Apollo Crews vs. Big E, if Cesaro could beat Seth Rollins at WrestleMania 37, the No Holds Barred war between Drew McIntyre and Sheamus, the return of The Fiend, if The Miz vs. Bad Bunny being a singles match at 'Mania is a mistake, and Rhea Ripley making an immediate impact upon arriving on Raw.

    WrestleRant Radio - March 18, 2021: Shotzi Blackheart Interview, Fastlane Predictions, Andrade Quitting WWE & More!

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 18, 2021 69:47

    Fresh off her history-making NXT Women's Tag Team Championship win, Shotzi Blackheart talks to Graham "GSM" Matthews on WrestleRant Radio about her title win, teaming with Ember Moon, teams she wants to face, her WWE journey so far, debuting on NXT TV as quickly as she did, lessons she learned on the independent scene, the passing of her chicken PekPek, her favorite match, and more! RJ Marceau then joins GSM to talk more about WWE Network's move to Peacock, Andrade requesting his release from WWE and if Aleister Black will follow suit, where both would be best to wind up, Eric Bischoff being announced for the WWE Hall of Fame 2021 Class, two WrestleMania match announcements and the little fanfare surrounding them, The New Day winning back the Raw Tag Team Championship and who their next opponents will be, the latest with the Braun Strowman vs. Shane McMahon feud, who's next for Raw Women's Champion Asuka, Fastlane predictions for Sunday, quick thoughts on Wednesday's episode of NXT featuring an illogical NXT Tag Team Championship main event and the return of WALTER, and why the Unsanctioned Lights Out match between Britt Baker and Thunder Rosa on Dynamite was the greatest women's match in AEW to date.

    WrestleRant Radio - March 11, 2021: Adam Cole Explains His Actions in Exclusive Interview + AEW Revolution Review!

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 11, 2021 70:03

    WWE NXT Superstar Adam Cole is back on WrestleRant Radio to speak with Graham "GSM" Matthews about about facing Finn Balor for the NXT Championship, breaking up Undisputed Era, his reasoning for attacking Kyle O'Reilly and Roderick Strong, NXT possibly moving to Tuesdays, if he's opening to a run on Raw or SmackDown, his thoughts on Road Dogg's comments from last year regarding his size, matches he still wants to have, and more! Then, on the exact seven-year anniversary of his WrestleRant Radio debut, RJ Marceau joins GSM to talk about fans being announced for WrestleMania 37 and the card being in a state of flux at the moment, the latest on WWE Network content migrating over to Peacock and why it's a frustrating process, the highs and lows of AEW's Revolution pay-per-view including a Barbed Wire Deathmatch main event and multiple surprise appearances, if Christian Cage can be an asset to AEW and if he can help grow the audience, Scorpio Sky's heel turn on Dynamite, MJF's new faction, the awful Braun Strowman and Shane McMahon segment from Raw, and the two big announcements from Wednesday's NXT.

    WrestleRant Radio - March 4, 2021: Bobby Lashley Talks WWE Title Opportunity, MVP, IMPACT, Favorite Matches & More!

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 4, 2021 68:13

    We have a new WWE Champion, and his name is Bobby Lashley! To kick off WrestleRant Radio, The All Mighty talks to Graham "GSM" Matthews about his long awaited opportunity at the gold, why he checks all the boxes of a world champion, if retirement is on the horizon, how MVP and The Hurt Business have been instrumental in his recent success, how his IMPACT run prepared him for this moment, his favorite matches, and more! GSM and RJ Marceau then discuss Lashley's huge title win and what's in store for him at WrestleMania 37, if he should remain champion beyond that, Drew McIntyre and Sheamus putting on a banger and if it was intended to put an end to their rivalry, Braun Strowman vs. Shane McMahon, the WWE Women's Tag Team Championship being defended on Wednesday's NXT and what the controversial outcome could be leading to, LA Knight's debut, two title matches on next week's show, Shaquille O'Neal's in-ring debut on AEW Dynamite and what worked and what didn't about the match, who AEW's latest big signing could be, and full predictions for Sunday's AEW Revolution pay-per-view event.

    WrestleRant Radio - February 25, 2021: The Miz Talks WWE Title Win, Parents' Reaction, WrestleMania 37, His Haters, & More!

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 26, 2021 64:26

    ​Days removed from winning the WWE Championship at Elimination Chamber, The Miz is on WrestleRant Radio to talk to Graham "GSM" Matthews all about it! Hear his thoughts on becoming WWE Champion for the first time in a decade, why he doubted it would ever happen again, proving his "haters" wrong, how this reign will differ from his first, vowing to headline WrestleMania 37 one year out, becoming a Grand Slam Champion, his "Hate Me Now" video package from WrestleMania 27, if Downstait will ever sing him to the ring, and his parents' reaction to his title win. ​RJ Marceau then joins GSM to discuss AEW's shocking signing of Paul Wight (formerly known as Big Show)! Will he bring value to the company as a commentator? Will he wrestle and against who? Will he make Dark: Elevation must-see? They also get into the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view, what Miz as WWE Champion means for WrestleMania and where it leaves Drew McIntyre, the positives and negatives of doing Bobby Lashley vs. Brock Lesnar, Roman Reigns vs. Edge for the Universal Championship being made official, other possible 'Mania matches, thoughts on this week's episodes of NXT and Dynamite, who will win next week's WWE Women's Tag Team Championship match, why Britt Baker losing to Nyla Rose in the AEW World Women's Championship Tournament made zero sense, and more!

    WrestleRant Radio - February 18, 2021: NXT TakeOver: Vengeance Day Review + Elimination Chamber 2021 Predictions!

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 18, 2021 62:35

    After sharing some quick thoughts on this year's Daytona 500 to kick off WrestleRant Radio, Graham "GSM" Matthews and RJ Marceau delve right into NXT TakeOver: Vengeance Day and discuss why it was the spark the black-and-gold brand desperately needed. Hear their two cents on the signings of Eli Drake (now known as LA Knight) and Taya Valkyrie, the finals of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic for the men and the women, Kushida taking NXT North American Champion Johnny Gargano for the limit and if that was his peak in NXT, why the NXT Women's Championship Triple Threat fell flat, if Raquel Gonzalez is next in line for a title shot, Finn Balor battling Pete Dunne for the NXT Championship, and a complete breakdown of Undisputed Era's shocking breakup. Was it overdue, or should they have stayed together until they made it to the main roster?GSM and RJ then discuss how Lacey Evans' apparent real-life pregnancy will affect her upcoming Raw Women's Championship match against Asuka before getting into their preview and predictions for Sunday's Elimination Chamber pay-per-view including a United States Championship Triple Threat match, Keith Lee's status, what Bobby Lashley is being built up for, two huge Chamber matches, why Cesaro needs to face Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship, Kofi Kingston replacing The Miz and what it might mean (if anything), the possibility of a Brock Lesnar return and win, and more!

    WrestleRant Radio - February 11, 2021: Finn Balor Talks WWE NXT, Bullet Club, Potential WrestleMania 37 Match & More!

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 12, 2021 70:34

    Before he defends the NXT Championship this Sunday at NXT TakeOver: Vengenace Day, Finn Balor is on WrestleRant Radio! He talks to Graham "GSM" Matthews about his upcoming clash with Pete Dunne, his favorite TakeOver to date, if he came close to relinquishing the title due to injury, potentially representing the black-and-gold brand at WrestleMania 37 against Edge or another opponent, if there's been talk about him nearly returning to Raw or SmackDown in the last year, thoughts on Bullet Club and why more wrestling companies should work together, how WWE has helped him as a performer, dream matches he wants to have, and more!From there, RJ Marceau joins GSM to talk recent releases of Lars Sullivan and Steve Cutler from WWE, the WWE Championship Elimination Chamber match announced on Raw and if it will end with Sheamus capturing the title, how Damian Priest is benefiting from his partnership with Bad Bunny so far, Lacey Evans getting a Raw Women's Championship match against Asuka at the event, Bobby Lashley's upcoming United States Championship defense, the highs and lows from Wednesday's AEW Dynamite featuring a Falls Count Anywhere Anything Goes main event and the kickoff to the AEW World Women's Championship Eliminator Tournament, and quick predictions for TakeOver: Vengeance Day!

    WrestleRant Radio - February 4, 2021: Edge Reacts to Royal Rumble Win, Reuniting with Christian, "Part-Timers" & More!

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 5, 2021 82:32

    On this day, Edge is on WrestleRant Radio! Hear his exclusive conversation with Graham "GSM" Matthews regarding his Royal Rumble win on Sunday night, last year's historic return and how he kept it a secret reuniting with Christian and what that moment meant to him, when Christian was cleared to compete, why he doesn't consider himself a part-timer, and what intrigues him about facing either Drew McIntyre or Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 37.The rest of the show features GSM and RJ Marceau breaking down the Royal Rumble pay-per-view, their thoughts on Edge and Bianca Belair coming out on top in the Rumble matches, which one was stronger, why the ending to the women's Rumble was one of the best ever, Seth Rollins eliminating Daniel Bryan and if it was intended to set up a WrestleMania match between the two, if Drew McIntyre vs. Sheamus is happening sooner than 'Mania, potential Elimination Chamber matches, Christian coming out of retirement, if WWE is grooming Bobby Lashley for something bigger, Bad Bunny reportedly competing at WrestleMania, Damian Priest's upside, what's next for Kevin Owens, the cameos in the women's Rumble, why Peyton Royce should be in line for a singles push, what brand Rhea Ripley should go to, if Carlito is back for another run, Edge popping up in NXT, Joey Janela getting an AEW TNT Championship shot next week, more thoughts from Wednesday's AEW Dynamite, and more!

    WrestleRant Radio - January 28, 2021: Roman Reigns Interview + Royal Rumble 2021 Predictions!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 29, 2021 82:05

    Royal Rumble weekend is upon us once again, and Graham "GSM" Matthews and RJ Marceau are back as always on WrestleRant Radio giving their full preview, picks and predictions for the entire card including the two Rumble matches! But before then, GSM shares his exclusive interview with the current Universal champion Roman Reigns! They talk WrestleMania 37 in Tampa this April, his favorite WrestleMania match, potentially facing The Rock at some point, firing on all cylinders as a heel at the moment, when fans can expect new entrance music for him, his acting aspirations, and plenty of other topics.Then, GSM and RJ break down all the matches announced for far for Sunday's Royal Rumble pay-per-view and discuss Charlotte Flair and Asuka defending the WWE Women's Tag Team Championship against Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler and if a title change is in order, Kevin Owens getting one more shot at Roman Reigns' Universal Championship in a Last Man Standing match, if it's safe to assume Drew McIntyre will walk out still the WWE Champion against Goldberg, and everything you need to know about the men's and women's Royal Rumble matches including the best bets to win, surprise entrants, dark horses, who the final four will be, and more!

    WrestleRant Radio - January 21, 2021: AJ Styles Recalls Royal Rumble WWE Debut, TNA, Bullet Club, WrestleMania Matches & More!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 22, 2021 68:59

    Days away from the five-year anniversary of when he debuted in WWE, AJ Styles is on WrestleRant Radio this week for an exclusive interview with Graham "GSM" Matthews! They recall Styles' Royal Rumble arrival in 2016 and what that moment meant to him, if he almost went to NXT first, his time in TNA, Swoggle his entrance recently in IMPACT, if he was ever close to leaving WWE in 2019, thoughts on Bullet Club reuniting, how close he is to retirement, facing Shinsuke Nakamura and The Undertaker at WrestleMania, and more!GSM is then joined by RJ Marceau for their weekly wrestling rundown talking WWE announcing the next three WrestleMania locations, Randy Orton's Raw promo and if he's headed for another match with The Fiend, Alexa Bliss' big main event win over Asuka, the rest of Raw's women's division and why it's a mess at the moment, why the Royal Rumble declarations make no sense, Gillberg's appearance and why it worked, what's next for The Hurt Business, the latest on the men's Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, who will win the women's Dusty Classic, the return of the Fight Pit on NXT, if Adam Page will end up joining The Dark Order, Sting and Darby Allin agreeing to team up, and why Wednesday's AEW Dynamite just fell flat.

    WrestleRant Radio - January 14, 2021: Stone Cold Steve Austin Talks Reality TV, Raw Appearance, WWE Favorites & More!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2021 83:45

    WrestleRant Radio welcomes one of its greatest guests ever this week in Stone Cold Steve Austin! Graham "GSM" Matthews talks to him about Season 2 of Straight Up Steve Austin, if he has a favorite guest, eventually interviewing The Rock, his thoughts on the WWE product without fans and his current favorites, his last Raw appearance in March 2020 and why he hated it, how podcasting differs from hosting reality TV, coming into his own as an interviewer, and the origin of his "I'll catch your ass down the road" catchphrase!Meanwhile, GSM and RJ Marceau pull no punches when it comes to their review of Raw from Monday night, which saw the absence of several stars including WWE Champion Drew McIntyre who tested positive for COVID-19. However, the duo discuss why that's no excuse for why the show suffered along with Triple H's random return, all of the impromptu matches, and potential WrestleMania matches for AJ Styles and Edge. And what the hell is going on with Charlotte Flair, Ric Flair and Lacey Evans?GSM and RJ are also talking the men's and women's Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classics kicking off on NXT and who should win each one, the debut of MSK, the NXT Women's Championship and NXT Championship pictures, what could be in store at the next TakeOver special, who will win in the Fight Pit next week, Xia Li continuing to impress, Pac vs. Eddie Kingston opening Night 2 of AEW New Year's Smash, the endgame for Inner Circle, why The Waiting Room sucked, The Elite reuniting, AEW's babyface problem, Serena Deeb defending the NWA World Women's Championship against Tay Conti, Brian Cage contending for Darby Allin's AEW TNT Championship, and more!

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