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With AEW Dynamite moved to Saturday night this week, we jump back two years to the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Post-show episode immediately following the second-ever episode of AEW Dynamite. After a new introduction by host Wade Keller discussing today's news from Tony Khan about a potential streaming network along with Wade's updated thoughts on the Rampage vs. Smackdown battle this Friday. Then the Oct. 9, 2019 post-show features PWTorch editor Wade Keller and PWTorch's Joel Dehnel who discuss AEW Dynamite on TNT with live callers and mailbag questions, plus an on-site correspondent from Boston. They discuss Chris Jericho's stellar in-ring promo establishing his Inner Circle faction and shouting down “We The People” chants, Jon Moxley vs. Shawn Spears (w/Tully Blanchard), Young Bucks vs. Private Party, Jericho & Sammy Guevara vs. Dustin Rhodes & Adam Page, and more. Should Moxley and Kenny Omega have cut signature promos by now? Is the roster diversified enough in terms of size? Are there too many snide insider references? Could AEW beat Raw or Smackdown in the ratings?
PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents the Tuesday Flagship edition of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast with guest co-host Rich Fann, PWTorch columnist. They open with a conversation about whether Tony Khan is setting himself and AEW fans up for disappointment by building up Friday's battle between Rampage and Smackdown, and also what's going on with Rampage viewership continuing to drop despite C.M. Punk wrestling last Friday. They assess the progress and predict the futures of WWE's King of the Ring and Queen's Crown Tournament matches, discuss Jon Moxley vs. Nick Gage and how Renee is dealing with Jon's violent matches, MLW's efforts to fit into the crowded U.S. pro wrestling landscape including reaction to the Fightland special, and more. They also answer Mailbag questions on an alternate scenario with Aleister Black in WWE, the women's tag match on Raw last night, and Rich's Justice League of Japanese wrestlers. Some non-wrestling topics include thoughts on Squid Game and how to cut a peanut butter & jelly sandwich creatively.
PWTorch editor Wade Keller is joined by PWTorch.com's Bruce Hazelwood to review WWE Monday Night Raw with live calls and emails. They discuss the hodgepodge of unsatisfying endings and predictable sequences throughout the show, how few wrestlers were positioned to be likable and admirable, the King and Queen tournament matches, and more segment and match analysis. Topics include Jimmy Smith's continued struggles with English language, Bobby Lashley's standout mic work, Bianca Belair showing how to be cool and side with fairness and against cheating, the stench of Crown Jewel on everything, and more. The show includes live callers and emails, plus an on-site correspondent joins who attended in San Francisco to talk about the in-arena experience and crowd reactions.
In the first of a double-header Post-show Flashback five years ago (10-10-16), PWTorch editor Wade Keller went live right after WWE Monday Night Raw went off the air and talked with callers about all of the news coming out of the show including all of the Hell in a Cell matches announced because three is always better than one, how they bungled the announcement of the Women's Title HIAC match, the Brock Lesnar-Goldberg hype including Paul Heyman, the mess of a set-up for the mixed tag match, and more with callers.Then in the second podcast from five years ago (10-11-16), Wade went live right after WWE Smackdown Live with PWTorch columnist Greg Parks discussing the show with callers. They cover No Mercy fallout, big Survivor Series developments, the celebrations by Dolph Ziggler and A.J. Styles, Becky Lynch, looking ahead to Nov. 8 Smackdown, and much more.
PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents an Interview Classic from five years ago (10-5-2016) with long-time pro wrestling radio show host and book author John Arezzi about the reported Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar match set for Survivor Series and the prospects of Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks in a Hell in a Cell match. They also delve into the changes in how pro wrestling delivers its product to fans over the decades to put in perspective WWE Network in its early stages. They also take live calls on a range of current events stemming from Raw and Smackdown.
PWTorch Assistant Editor Zack Heydorn guest hosts for Wade Keller and is joined by PWTorch.com contributor, Alex McDonald, to break down WWE Smackdown with listener calls, emails, and an on-site correspondent. Discussion points include the success and failures of the King of the Ring and Queen's Crown tournament matches, the weak depth in the mid-card of the Smackdown women's division, all the nuance between Roman Reigns and Paul Heyman, Reigns getting a babyface reaction in the building, Edge vs. Seth inside Hell in a Cell taking place at Crown Jewel, and more. Enjoy!
On the second stop on the #2021HalloweenHavocSeries, the Dirty Dawg Darsie dives into 1998 and discusses the Warrior vs. Hollywood Hogan from WCW Halloween Havoc 1998 on the 248th edition of Wrestling With the Dawg Podcast! The Dawg discusses Vince McMahon and the Undertaker on the cover of the New York Magazine, Wade Keller of the Pro Wrestling Torch's thoughts on what was going on in WCW at the time, Jesse Ventura being elected at the new Governor of Minnesota, and so much more on the When It Was Cool Podcast Network and FlairFlop.com!
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PWTorch editor Wade Keller is joined by former PWTorch Newsletter columnist Eric Krol to discuss the 2nd anniversary episode of AEW Dynamite with live callers, emails, and an on-site correspondent, Patrick Moynahan from Philadelphia, Pa. They discuss the return of Hangman Page, the Sammy Guevera defense of the TNT Title against Bobby Fish making his AEW debut, the revealing of the TBS Title and Britt Baker's response, the C.M. Punk promo and his impact on ratings and PPV buys so far, and much more.
PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents a Bonus Mailbag edition of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast with guest co-host Jason Powell from ProWrestling.net. Mailbag questions include: Could a billionaire start a third major promotion with the talent out there? Is AEW booking young rising stars to have enough wins? Will WWE pay a price for not being the promotion young wrestlers aspire to work for? Did AEW's wrestler EVPs earn their executive titles and do the EVPs even get along with each other anymore? Does Jason stand by his comments ten years ago about Cody Rhodes's potential? Is Cody avoiding trying to be a top wrestler in AEW for fear of failure given deep roster of top stars in AEW? Did USA Network overpay for WWE and does "Dark Side of the Ring" hurt their image to get a new TV deal? Were announcers too harsh on Dana Brooke before she took a beating on Raw from Shayna Baszler? And also reaction to the first episode of "Rhodes to the Top" including early impressions of Cody and Brandi and the behind the scenes look at AEW.
PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents the Tuesday Flagship edition of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast with guest co-host Jason Powell from ProWrestling.net. They thoroughly review the reshuffled WWE roster after the draft beginning with Raw's men's division, tag team division, and women's division, then Smackdown's mens, tag team, and women's division. They isolate key wrestlers and look at potential opponents including Becky Lynch, Big E, Roman Reigns, Drew McIntyre, and Bobby Lashley. Then they ask whether AEW Rampage's ratings indicate it's more of a burden already for Tony Khan than a success, and different ways to read the ratings so far with the additions of C.M. Punk, Bryan Danielson, and Adam Cole. Then some thoughts on Impact not benefiting greatly from AEW wrestlers crossing over, and AEW Dynamite in general.
PWTorch editor Wade Keller is joined by PWTorch.com's Brandon LeClair to review WWE Monday Night Raw with live calls and emails. They discuss the latest WWE Draft picks and also how WWE missed some opportunities to make the draft execution more special. They also talk about the content of Raw in the ring and on the mic including the debut of Austin Theory, whether Becky Lynch is shifting away from trying to get booed already, Big E-Drew McIntyre segment, Goldberg doubling down on death threats against Bobby Lashley, whether Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch should appear together on TV, Shayna Baszler's trajectory, the weak Smackdown main event men's depth chart, and much more.
In a podcast from five years ago (10-3-16), PWTorch editor Wade Keller went live right after WWE Smackdown Live with PWTorch senior editor Bruce Mitchell discussing the show with callers. They begin with a spirited pro and con discussion on the merits of the closing segment with A.J. Styles, Dean Ambrose, and John Cena. Then they take calls on that topics, the Miz-Dolph Ziggler storyline, the Baron Corbin-Jack Swagger finish, and more in the lead-up to No Mercy. At the end of the show they hear from a fan who attended Smackdown in person in San Diego with some off-air news and observations.Then, a bonus episode from the prior night when PWTorch columnist Pat McNeill went live right after WWE Monday Night Raw went off the air and discussed this episode with callers for an hour including the latest on the Cruiserweight Division, the Women's Title change, the latest with Seth Rollins, Ashton Kutcher's involvement, and more.
PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents an Interview Classic from five years ago (9-29-2016) with Kevin Eck, former WWE creative team member from 2011-2014 and also a long-time journalist who currently writes a popular blog on pro wrestling. Keller begins with an update on TNA's ownership situation with developments ongoing during the show, then gets insights from Kevin on how WWE management is likely to evaluate TNA wrestlers should WWE acquire TNA or that talent become available to sign, including Bobby Lashley, EC3, Drew Galloway, Gail Kim, and Abyss. Also, in-depth discussions on the Cruiserweight Division, Dolph Ziggler, A.J. Styles, Seth Rollins, and Roman Reigns.
PWTorch editor Wade Keller is joined by Mike Chiari from Ring Rust Radio and Bleacher Report to discuss WWE Friday Night Smackdown with live callers and on-site correspondents to discuss the WWE Draft's first night in great depth, including assessing the order, what fresh match-ups could occur, and who might be next to be drafted on Monday. They also discuss the Roman Reigns-Brock Lesnar angle, the Sasha Banks vs. Bianca Belair match, the Seth Rollins home invasion of Edge and Beth Phoenix's house, Crown Jewel's line-up and hype, the King of the Ring and Queen's Crown tournaments, and more. They also talk with three on-site correspondents with details on what happened off live TV, crowd reactions, and the live show experience.
PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents the Thursday Flagship edition of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast with guest co-host Todd Martin, a PWTorch VIP analyst. This is a simulcast of this week's PWTorch VIP podcast, "The Fix with Todd & Wade," which we do roughly every three weeks. The following topics are covered in roughly this order:- A review of AEW Rampage and AEW Dynamite including thoughts on Sammy Guevara's TNT Title win and Miro's future, MJF's harsh promo on Darby Allin, C.M. Punk on commentary, and everything else on those shows.- Reaction to the premiere episode of "Rhodes to the Top" including how Brandi Rhdoes came across, what felt real and what felt contrived, whether Darby showed too much of his real self, analysis of the Cody-Brandi dynamic, behind the scenes glimpses of AEW operations, and more.- Reviews of Smackdown and Raw including the latest with Roman Reigns, Big E's push as WWE Champion, Doudrop's character, Drew McIntyre's appearance at the end of Raw, what's up with Shayna Baszler, and more.- Review of NXT 2.0 and a reaction to the drop in viewership.- Thoughts on the latest New Japan G1 tournament happenings
PWTorch assistant editor Zack Heydorn guest hosts for Wade Keller and is joined by Joel Dehnel of PWTorch.com to discuss AEW Dynamite with an onsite correspondent, callers, and emails. Discussion points include Sammy Guevara as TNT Championship, Guevara's future as a babyface, Miro's ceiling in AEW, Arn Anderson's promo on Cody Rhodes, Cody as a heel, Jungle Boy vs. Adam Cole, "Rhodes to the Top" reality show, pros and cons of going with Danielson vs. Omega at Full Gear, and more.
PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents a special WWE Draft Special edition of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast with guest co-host Nick Barbati from the PWTorch VIP podcast "Nick & Tom's Intercontinental Adventure" and PWTorch.com's Smackdown Hits & Misses column. They predict how Raw and Smackdown men's and women's rosters will be redistributed in the draft and make their cases for some potential surprises in terms of heel/face turns and brand placement. Also, a jump back to Wade's 2011 Draft Analysis including the John Cena "psych!" angle where he switched brands twice, plus familiar names in the draft including Drew McIntyre, Cody Rhodes, Wade Barrett, and many others.
PWTorch editor Wade Keller is joined by PWTorch.com's Robert Vallejos to review WWE Monday Night Raw with live calls and emails. They discuss a pre-draft "lame duck" episode storyline-wise and try to make sense of what happened and determine what matters and ultimately doesn't matter, including cross-signals and head-scratching women's segments throughout. Also, was it bait and switch or a bonus to have Big E vs. Bobby Lashley twice, thoughts on the reuniting of Hurt Business, what Drew McIntyre's appearance might be about, the standout A.J. Styles vs. Riddle and Sheamus vs. Damian Priest matches, plus Goldberg's boneheaded statement that he hopes to murder Bobby Lashley in Saudi Arabia and is Vince McMahon on the verge of outright cutting Karrion Kross. Oh, some Jimmy Smith bashing and sympathy for Corey Graves holding it together as well as he does each week.
In a podcast from five years ago (9-26-16), PWTorch editor Wade Keller went live right after WWE Monday Night Raw went off the air and was joined by James Caldwell, his last appearance on the Livecast as assistant editor of the Torch. They talked about Raw and the progression of key storylines coming out of the Clash. They also talked with callers about their opinions on the Hillary Clinton-Donald Trump debate. They also shared memories of James's time with the Torch.
PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents an Interview Classic from five years ago (9-22-2016) with Mick Karch, longtime wrestling ring announcer and play-by-play commentator, one-time fan club president of the Nick Bockwinkel Fan Club. They discuss a wide-ranging list of fascinating topics from the contributions and legacy of the late Nick Bockwinkel and how he is underappreciated by today's fanbase, to Bobby Heenan's continued active appearance schedule and what made him so great, to a discussion the state of wrestling announcing and how it could improve and why it's faltered over the last 10-20 years, have crowds in past generations dating back to the 1970s ever rejected babyfaces and cheered heels at the rate they do today and is it a solvable problem, to the changes in the attitudes and approaches of indy wrestlers today compared to 30 years ago, and much more. The scope of this discussion is vast, and Karch brings insights and anecdotes few others today can provide based on his decades of experience active in pro wrestling, which includes a continued busy schedule in Minnesota and the East Coast, along with his current viewing of the WWE product weekly.
PWTorch editor Wade Keller is joined by Mike Meyers from PWTorch.com to discuss WWE Friday Night Smackdown with live callers and emails discussing the final Extreme Rules hype including Roman Reigns vs. Montez Ford with The Demon showing up, a Bianca Belair-Becky Lynch segment which was a setback for Belair, Liv Morgan's stale cliche ring entrance routine, Happy Corbin, and more with live callers and emails.
SHOW SUMMARY: PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents the Thursday Flagship edition of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast with guest co-host Zack Heydorn, PWTorch assistant editor. They answer a lot of Mailbag questions on Dynamite last night, the dynamic with Bianca Belair and Becky Lynch so far, optimism about a best-case scenario for NXT 2.0, reaction to the AEW Dynamite ratings just as they came in during the recording session, the controversies coming out of Vice's “Dark Side of the Ring” documentary on the 2002 “Plane Ride from Hell” including Ric Flair and Tommy Dreamer, whether AEW can overtake WWE and at what pace if so, will Raw end up on streaming network instead of USA, and much more.
PWTorch editor Wade Keller is joined by PWTorch.com contributor Tyler Sage to discuss AEW Dynamite with live callers, emails, and on-site correspondents from Queens, N.Y. They discuss Kenny Omega vs. Bryan Danielson, Cody Rhodes being booed against Malakai Black, the return of Brandi Rhodes, are Cody and Brandi self-aware of why fans are booing them, Britt Baker vs. Ruby Soho, MJF vs. Brian Pilllman Jr., C.M. Punk addresses Happy Punk criticism, and much more.
PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents a WWE Extreme Rules PPV preview with two-time former WWE Creative Team member Matt McCarthy. Matt and Wade discuss the full announced line-up, plus plenty of tangents including some great Vince McMahon behind the scenes stories, Michael Hayes, John Laurinaitis, Roman Reigns, Triple H, and more.
PWTorch editor Wade Keller is joined by ProWrestling.net's Jake Barnett to review WWE Monday Night Raw with live calls and emails. But first, they start with an on-site report from Jonny Fairplay. Then callers and emails discussing key happenings on the show including having Roman Reigns wrestle twice, the A.J.Styles vs. Randy Orton match, the Women's Tag Team Title change, the Charlotte-Alexa Bliss exchange, and much more.
In a podcast from five years ago (9-19-16), PWTorch editor Wade Keller was joined by PWTorch.com's Joel Dehnel right after WWE Monday Night Raw went off the air to discuss Seth Rollins saving Roman Reigns, Kevin Owens vs. Reigns in cage, Cruiserweights debut, plus LuchaU and NXT talk.
PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents an Interview Classic from five years ago (9-15-2016) with Kevin Nash, former WWE, WCW, and TNA main event wrestler and behind the scenes force. Topics include C.M. Punk in UFC, Baron Corbin, Raw rating, WWE's PG rating problem, Shinsuke Nakamura's upside on the main roster, updated thoughts on Kevin Owens, the rise of A.J. Styles in WWE, Raven, the new WWE belts, Donald Trump, and much more with live callers and email questions.
PWTorch editor Wade Keller is joined by Alex McDonald from PWTorch.com to discuss WWE Friday Night Smackdown with live callers and emails plus two on-site correspondents who attended in Knoxville, Tenn. They discuss whether Vince McMahon is showing he's shaken by AEW beating Raw in demographic ratings two weeks in a row, Big E appearing in the ring with Reigns as a possible Survivor Series preview, the Roman Reigns-Paul Heyman dynamic, how Becky Lynch's attempt to get booed is coming along and what could be next for her after the Bianca Belair feud, Rey Mysterio as the too-intense little league dad, Seth Rollins, Boogs, Extreme Rules hype, the lay of the land for Reigns with three future opponents discussed, and more.
PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents the Thursday Flagship edition of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast with guest co-host Todd Martin, a PWTorch VIP analyst. This is a simulcast of this week's PWTorch VIP podcast, "The Fix with Todd & Wade," which we do roughly every 3-4 weeks. The following topics are covered in roughly this order:Todd's in--perspective perspective from the premiere of NXT 2.0 on Tuesday at the P.C.Full review of NXT 2.0 including the NXT Title situation and the weddingFull review of AEW Rampage and AEW DynamiteThoughts on next week's big line-up at Arthur Ashe StadiumReviews of WWE Smackdown and WWE RawReaction to Big E's WWE Title win and various scenarios for him going forwardA review of the ROH Death Before Dishonor PPVA New Japan G1 Tournament PreviewPreviews of UFC and Bellator cards this weekendReaction to Andrew Yang's stance against WWE classifying wrestlers as independent contractorsHow might Tony Khan feel about Yang's campaign against independent contractor statusReaction to WWE's sheepish announcement that Brock Lesnar will face Roman Reigns at Crown Jewel
PWTorch editor Wade Keller is joined by PWTorch.com contributor Brandon LeClair to discuss AEW Dynamite with live callers, emails, and an on-site correspondent from New Jersey. They discuss the major match announced for next week between Kenny Omega and Bryan Danielson and whether that will be enough to come close to beating Raw in total viewership and assure them more demo wins again. Also, C.M. Punk on commentary, Jon Moxley's current place in the hierarchy, did Dynamite veer too far into an infomercial for next week, Adam Cole's debut and post-match promo, and much more with live callers and emails.
PWTorch Assistant Editor Zack Heydorn guest hosts for Wade Keller and is joined by the host of "PWT Talks NXT" on the PWTorch Dailycast, Nate Lindberg, to break down Monday Night Raw with listener calls, an on-site correspondent, and emails. Discussion points include the future of Monday Night Raw with Big E as WWE Champion, the pros and cons of hot-shotting the win with limited hype, how far can Alexa Bliss go with her current gimmick, Damian Priest as one of the most protected acts in WWE, Karrion Kross's promo time, and much more. Enjoy!
In the first of our weekend double-header from five years ago, PWTorch editor Wade Keller went live right after WWE Monday Night Raw went off the air and led caller discussions on the Roman Reigns vs. Kevin Owens main event, Seth Rollins's babyface journey, Cruiserweights, Women's Division, WrestleMania speculation, and more.Then Wade went live right after WWE Smackdown Live with PWTorch columnist Bruce Mitchell for 10 minutes of instant analysis followed by an in-depth conversation with PWTorch East Coast Cast host Travis Bryant and callers discussing John Cena's return, the intriguing crowd reaction at the end after Dean Ambrose attacked Cena, and more Backlash fallout with callers throughout. The show ends with a lengthy conversation about what WWE can do to take back control of crowd reactions.
PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents an Interview Classic from five years ago with ex-WWE ring announcer Justin Roberts who talks about his decade-plus experience in WWE, highs and lows, including insight into Kevin Dunn and Triple H and how they treat people behind the scenes, John Cena as a leader, C.M. Punk over the years, and much more with live callers and email questions.
PWTorch editor Wade Keller is joined by Darrin Lilly from PWTorch.com to discuss WWE Friday Night Smackdown with live callers and emails plus an on-site correspondent who attended in New York City, N.Y. at Madison Square Garden. They discuss whether Bianca Belair's push is going to last, the merits of Becky Lynch's heel turn now compared how we were feeling a few weeks ago, the new version of Brock Lesnar, where Paul Heyman and Reigns are heading with tension and distrust brewing, whether some wrestlers were left off the show who should have been on it, the return of the Demon and whether it's a bummer he's likely going to lose to Reigns, and more from Smackdown. Also, a trouble-maker brings up the latest Jimmy Smith indiscretions from Raw on Monday.
PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents the Thursday Flagship edition of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast with guest co-host Rich Fann from the "Everything with Rich Fann" VIP podcast, the PWTorch Dailycasts's Deep Dive, and the PWTorch East Coast Cast VIP edition. They begin with a look at the AEW ratings this week and an overview of C.M. Punk's influence so far, they ask whether Adam Cole and Kenny Omega can or should coexist, is The Elite too big and how would it be best pruned, the prospects of Kevin Owens joining AEW, a look at AEW's babyface and heel depth chart, when should Roman Reigns fight Brock Lesnar, thoughts on the Becky Lynch-Bianca Belair exchange and their progress as a heel and a lead babyface respectively, Drew McIntyre current situation, an early look at WWE Extreme Rules, reaction to Triple H's health scare and reflecting on how his legacy for his pet project NXT is being demolished, what the NXT refresh could mean, the death of Daffney, frustration with New Japan this past weekend, MLW getting back up and running, Matt Cardona in contention as one of pro wrestling's most fascinating people of 2021 with his reinvention, and more.
PWTorch assistant editor Zack Heydorn guest hosts for Wade Keller and is joined by Eric Krol of PWTorch to discuss AEW Dynamite with an onsite correspondent, callers, and emails. Discussion points include whether or not this show was a success coming off the momentum of All Out, Bryan Danielson in AEW, C.M. Punk not playing wrestler and being a wrestler, Punk vs. Team Taz possibilities, MJF's Cincinnati promo, Moxley vs. Suzuki in the main event, and more.
PWTorch editor Wade Keller is joined by PWTorch.com contributor Bruce Hazelwood to review WWE Monday Night Raw with live calls and emails. It includes analysis of the Raw Tag Team Turmoil storyline including Jimmy Smith's choice of words when New Day were eliminated, comparisons to AEW's tag team division and some star rating talk (with Jonny Fairplay, who did a run-in on the show), how Omos is coming along, and the possibility of Randy Orton challenging Bobby Lashley for the WWE Title. Also, Doudrop, Drew McIntyre, Reggie, Riddle, Charlotte-Jax, Nikki, Shayna Baszler's trajectory, and more. They also talk about the upcoming refresh and rebranding of NXT.
In the first of our weekend double-header from five years ago, PWTorch editor Wade Keller went live right after WWE Smackdown Live on Sept. 6, 2016 with PWTorch East Coast Cast audio host Travis Bryant. They covered the final hype for the Backlash PPV, the women's title match, a show-closing angle with A.J. Styles and Dean Ambrose, and the tag title tournament semi-finals. There are a variety of callers including some first-time callers throughout the hour.Then PWTorch editor Wade Keller was joined by ProWrestling.net's Jason Powell for the weekly Flagship as they discuss with callers and emails hot topics of the week including C.M. Punk's UFC debut this Saturday, Backlash on Sunday, follow-up to the big angle leading to Kevin Owens's Universal Title win last week, Ricochet's future, and much more. Then, in the previously VIP-exclusive Aftershow, Wade and Jason Powell from ProWrestling.net discuss a ton of topics including Backlash preview, ROH World Title match announcement, Damien Sandow in TNA, and more.
PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents two Interview Classics from ten years ago. First, PWTorch editor Wade Keller talks with ex-WWE Creative Writer Matt McCarthy regarding a variety of current events on Miz-Daniel Bryan, Dolph Ziggler, Kevin Owens, and more, plus some 2011-2012 Daniel Bryan backstage stories and memories of Mr. Fuji.Then, in a bonus interview, PWTorch columnist Pat McNeill hosts the “Saturday Morning Wrestling” Livecast with special guest ROH announcer Ian Riccaboni discussing the Last Battle of Atlanta released on WWE Network, plus nostalgia wrestling and more topics with live callers.
PWTorch assistant editor Zack Heydorn guest hosts for Wade Keller and is joined by PWTorch.com contributor Mike Meyers to break down WWE Smackdown with listener calls, emails, and an on-site correspondent from Jacksonville, Fla. Discussion points include the Roman Reigns vs. Finn Balor main event for the Universal Title, nuances in the Reigns/Lesnar/Heyman story brewing, Bianca Belair matching Becky Lynch's promo, Lynch as a heel, what happens when Sasha Banks returns, Dominik Mysterio as a heel, and more.
PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents a special AEW All Out PPV Preview episode of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast. First up is over an hour and a half of a thorough preview of AEW All Out with some sidebar discussions including the ratings performance of C.M. Punk so far and the impact of "Hangman" Page being subtracted from the line-up. They discuss the pros and cons of going with certain matches in a certain order including the final match of the night. They discuss each match and various possible finishes.Then the full media Q&A Tony Khan held earlier today including PWTorch columnist Sean Radican. Tony talks about working with C.M. Punk, the logistics of the AEW Dark tapings moving to Universal Studios, deciding on the match order for this show, his thoughts on the revenue possibilities today compared to the 1990s and thoughts on Eric Bischoff's leadership of WCW, the possibility of a six-man championship in the near the future, is he head of his goals, international expansion, working with other companies, the state of the AEW Women's Division, and more.
PWTorch editor Wade Keller is joined by PWTorch.com contributor Joel Dehnel to discuss AEW Dynamite with live callers, emails, and an on-site correspondent from Chicago, Ill. They discuss C.M. Punk's latest promo and the subsequent angle, The Elite beating down their challengers in a cage at the end of the show, Britt Baker's free agent (Adam Cole) tease, MJF and Chris Jericho promos, Powerhouse Hobbs vs. Brian Cage, and more.
SHOW SUMMARY: In a podcast from five years ago (8-29-16), PWTorch editor Wade Keller went live right after Monday Night Raw ended and Kevin Owens was celebrating with his WWE Title belt. Wade was joined by PWTorch columnist Greg Parks for a half hour and then PWTorch assistant editor James Caldwell who was on-site for Raw in Houston giving an in person report. Tons of analysis and caller input on an eventful conclusion to Raw.
PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents the Tuesday Flagship edition of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast with guest co-host Jason Powell from ProWrestling.net. They discuss Adam Cole's AEW prospects, Brock Lesnar's future opponents, promo ability, and role as a face or heel, Becky Lynch's character, AEW All Out preview, C.M. Punk's trajectory and AEW ratings since his debut, Happy Corbin, a weird Raw, the reboot of NXT, and more including listener emails.
SHOW SUMMARY: PWTorch editor Wade Keller is joined by PWTorch VIP Podast host Javier Machado to review WWE Monday Night Raw with live calls and emails and two on-site correspondents from Oklahoma City, Okla. The on-site correspondents detail what happened off-air and crowd reactions. Topics with callers and emails include Damian Priest pinning Drew McIntyre, Nia Jax pinning Charlotte, reshuffled line-up including no Bobby Lashley vs. Sheamus match as advertised, Doudrop vs. Eva Marie, and more.
SHOW SUMMARY: PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents this weekend's Interview Classics from ten years ago with “X-Pac” Sean Waltman who talks about the Miz-Daniel Bryan segment on Talking Smack, NXT Takeover with a focus on Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Samoa Joe, the Randy Orton-Brock Lesnar conclusion at Summerslam, fans booing Roman Reigns, the awkward Steve Austin interview with Dean Ambrose, the death of Chyna, and much more including live callers and email questions.
This week's “Best of PWTorch Livecast” jumps back five years to the Aug. 22, 2016 Raw Post-show with PWTorch editor Wade Keller and PWTorch assistant editor James Caldwell who went live right as Raw ended with analysis of the program and live callers discussing the Finn Balor title forfeiture, the Fatal Four-way set-up for the vacated title, the debut of Bayley, and much more.
SHOW SUMMARY: PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents the Thursday Flagship edition of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast with guest co-host PWTorch VIP analyst Todd Martin and host PWTorch editor Wade Keller, they cover the following topics: Extensive C.M. Punk discussion including thoughts on ratings for him so far and his first two promos... AEW Rampage episode two review including Jon Moxley vs. Danny Garcia... AEW Dynamite review including Chris Jericho's challenge to MJF and All Out developments... Review of final WWE Smackdown before Summerslam including Roman Reigns-John Cena segment... Review of WWE Monday Night Raw with Summerslam fallout... Additional thoughts on the fallout of the Bianca Belair-Becky Lynch match at Summerslam... NXT Takeover 36 review including Adam Cole vs. Kyle O'Reilly, Karrion Kross vs. Samoa Joe, Dragonov vs. Walter... NXT on USA review including Takeover fallout... UFC Fight Night review...
In our Wildcard Tuesday episode of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast, first PWTorch editor Wade Keller reads and responds to Mailbag topics including the Becky Lynch-Bianca Belair situation, reviewing AEW's commitment to tag team wrestling, C.M. Punk's impact, the contrast between Nick Khan and Tony Khan, how will R-K-Bro end, is Nikki A.S.H. a failure, and more.Then in a 10 Years Ago Flagship Flashback from Aug. 16, 2011, Wade Keller is joined by ProWrestling.net's Jason Powell. They discuss Raw, SummerSlam 2011, Impact, debate Christian's work as a heel, speculate on what's next for C.M. Punk and John Cena, and more.