Tights and Fights Ep. 34: I'd rather be at Lethal Leap Year

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Lindsey, Hal and Danielle
Guests: 
Hal Lublin
Guests: 
Danielle Radford
Guests: 
Lindsey Kelk

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It’s not paranoia! It’s the USOS!

Now that they’ve become three-time tag team champions after defeating American Alpha, what’s next for the Usos? Can they rebuild the Smackdown tag team division?

Plus: what needs to happen between Roman Reigns and the Undertaker to get us invested in their big match? Why are the Miz and Maryse making their match against John Cena and Nikki Bella so compelling?

And how great is South Paw Regional wrestling?! Seriously!

Misandry Corner:

An examination and recasting of one of the most famous GIFs in wrestling: Stacy Keibler's audition as Vince McMahon's secretary.

The Three Count:

Danielle Put over Southpaw Regional Wrestling.

Lindsey put over The greatest wrestling community in the world.

Hal put over The Usos on Talking Smack.

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford and Lindsey Kelk.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 33: High-Definition Nonsense

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Mike, Hal and Danielle
Guests: 
Hal Lublin
Guests: 
Danielle Radford
Guests: 
Mike Eagle

Hal Lublin’s returned from his great boat adventure as we inch closer and closer to Wrestlemania!

We’ve gotten more matches confirmed for the show of shows! Seth Rollins vs. Triple H looks like it will happen; AJ Styles put Shane McMahon’s head through a car window (a fact that WWE replays wouldn’t let us forget); and both RAW and Smackdown Tag Team Champions got the chance to perform!

We’ll break all that down and so much more.

Main Event

The rise of the smart mark has changed the business of pro wrestling, for better and for worse. How can WWE better address the storylines that fans want to see? How can fans temper the expectations so that they enjoy wrestling more? The Nation of Conversation will explore both options.

The Three Count:

Danielle put over Rich Swann and Sean Hayes’s masterful impressions of Bret Hart and Steve Austin.

Mike put over The final segment of RAW featuring Seth Rollins and Triple H

Hal put over Corey Graves on Talking Smack

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford and Mike Eagle .

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Tights and Fights Ep. 32: Wake up! It's reading time!

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Mike, Danielle and Lindsey
Guests: 
Danielle Radford
Guests: 
Mike Eagle
Guests: 
Lindsey Kelk

So… Fast Lane. It wasn’t the best-received show in recent memory, but it did give us plenty to discuss as we head into the last few weeks before Wrestlemania.

Goldberg is now the WWE Universal Champion. But what does this mean for Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho? Does this take the wind out of their scheduled match, even if it is for the U.S. Title?

Plus, now we know what’s scheduled for the RAW and Smackdown women’s division. We’ll break down the positives and the negatives of the what’s on the docket.

And with Wrestlemania just under a month away, there’s sure to be plenty of great memories… and some bitter disappointments. We’ll break down the latter in this week’s main event.

Hosted by Danielle Radford, Mike Eagle and Lindsey Kelk

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

The Three Count:

Mike put over Jack Gallagher’s headbutt.

Lindsey put over Daniel Bryan on Talking Smack

Danielle put over Ryback’s new book “Wake up It’s Feeding Time."

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Tights and Fights Ep 31: She kept the receipts

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Hal, Danielle and Mike
Guests: 
Hal Lublin
Guests: 
Danielle Radford
Guests: 
Mike Eagle

This week Smackdown and RAW both took turns on the road to Wrestlemania… And the Nation of Conversation was not in favor of all of them.

The team explains their frustrations with Seth Rollins and Randy Orton and how they're divided on how much they’re looking forward to John Cena & Nikki Bella versus The Miz and Maryse.

Plus, a celebration Ring of Honor's 15th anniversary and a look at what the latest departures from Impact Wrestling could mean for the show as it continues to fight for an identity.

Ring Tones

To kick off our brand new segment, we're doing a deep dive into the music of none other than The Rock. We go into his time from Rocky Maiavia to the Nation of Domination to Hollywood Rock to today.

The Three Count:

Danielle put over Paul Heyman’s feud with CW Anderson.

Mike put over Bruce Prichard’s explanation of how Vince McMahon helped him at the Houston wrestling territory.

Hal put over Dean Ambrose’s promo on Smackdown.

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Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford and Mike Eagle

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

Tights and Fights Ep. 30: Too confortable to be dangerous

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Danielle, Mike and Hal
Guests: 
Hal Lublin
Guests: 
Danielle Radford
Guests: 
Mike Eagle

The road to Wrestlemania is far from stable!

Will Bray Wyatt’s opponent for the WWE Title be Luke Harper and AJ Styles? Who will hold the Universal Title after Kevin Owens and Goldberg face each other? Is Naomi out of Wrestlemania completely?

Hal and Danielle are going to break down some of the biggest points of contention as we move towards the WWE’s biggest event of the year.

Then, Mike Eagle joins the show to discuss one of the under-discussed points of professional wrestling: The fashion.

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford and Mike Eagle

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

The Three Count:

Danielle put over Rusev’s impression of Dusty Rhodes on the Talk is Jericho podcast.

Mike (and Julian) put over The Usos’ promo on Smackdown.

Hal put over Luke Harper’s promo on Smackdown.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 29: Friends to the end (but the end is now)

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Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford, Mike Eagle
Guests: 
Hal Lublin
Guests: 
Danielle Radford
Guests: 
Mike Eagle

Wow, a bunch of things happened on WWE TV this week!

There have been THREE Champions crowned since Sunday: Bray Wyatt finally captured the WWE Championship at Elimination Chamber; Naomi beat Alexa Bliss for the Smackdown Women’s Championship, and Bayley defeated Charlotte for the RAW Women’s Championship.

Which one are we most excited for? We’ll explain.

And was Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens’ Festival of Friendship the best RAW segment ever? Right now it’s kind of hard to think otherwise. We’ll gush about it and speculate about what could come next.

Plus, in a new segment, Danielle breaks down the past and present of misogyny and misandry in wrestling.

The Three Count:

Danielle put over Bella Brains on YouTube.

Mike put over The return of Gillberg.

Hal put over Alexa Bliss’ continued promo perfection on Talking Smack.

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Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford and Mike Eagle

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

Tights and Fights Ep. 28: Go Samoa Joe Go

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Mike, Danielle and Hal
Guests: 
Jarrett Williams
Guests: 
Hal Lublin
Guests: 
Danielle Radford
Guests: 
Mike Eagle

Even in a quiet week of wrestling, the WWE machine keeps on moving.

Samoa Joe made his big debut against a Samoan Joe (who you may know better as Roman Reigns). We’ll talk about what we thought of Joe’s first RAW main event.

Plus, Smackdown’s got a Pay Per View this Sunday: Elimination Chamber. This year’s participants are AJ Styles, The Miz, John Cena, Bray Wyatt and Baron Corbin and Dean Ambrose. Who’s looking strong? And who should win the WWE Title to take on Randy Orton at Wrestlemania?

My Special Wrestler:

Jarrett Williams is the comics artist behind the Super Pro KO series. He’s here to tell you about one of the most loved… and hated superstars in WWE history: Triple H.

Williams just released the third installment in the Super Pro KO series. It’s entitled Gold for Glory.

The Three Count:

Danielle put over Sami Zayn’s recent article using his work to erase the stigma on Muslims.

Mike put over The Rock and Roll express being put in the WWE Hall of Fame.

Hal put over Tye Dillinger’s recent promo after entering into the Royal Rumble.

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Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford and Mike Eagle

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

Tights and Fights Ep. 27: The 2017 Royal Rumble Special

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Danielle Radford, Mike Eagle, Hal Lublin
Guests: 
Hal Lublin
Guests: 
Danielle Radford
Guests: 
Mike Eagle

For the last two years, the Royal Rumble has been a controversial affair. The previous winners have led to many accusations that the WWE doesn’t understand its audience anymore. Was this year any different? Well… kinda.

We’re breaking down everything we cared about from the Rumble… including what was probably the biggest troll job the company has ever done: Roman Reigns at Number 30.

Plus, a Big Four Pay Per View on Sunday means that we also get a new NXT TakeOver on Saturday. And while there was noticeably less stay power on this week’s show than usual, most people on the card raised their stock on the developmental brand.

We’ll break down all the biggest happenings from both shows, including the debut of Samoa Joe… and the injury of Seth Rollins.

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford and Mike Eagle

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

Tights and Fights Ep. 26: From Rumble, with love

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Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford, Mike Eagle
Guests: 
Hal Lublin
Guests: 
Danielle Radford
Guests: 
Mike Eagle

The Royal Rumble is when the road to Wrestlemania really starts to heat up.

And it also happens to be Hal’s favorite pay per view.

The Nation of Conversation will reminisce about some of their favorite Rumble winners and moments throughout the years. And they’ll decide if the fact that so few of them have had success at Wrestlemania is hurting the idea of the show.

Plus, from the World title to the Universal title, the feuds for Sunday’s show are really getting good. And why was there only 1 women’s match on WWE TV this week? All this and a lot more on this week’s show.

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford and Mike Eagle

The Three Count:

Danielle put over New Day renewing the memes of black twitter..

Mike put over Chris Jericho’s recent podcast with Perry Saturn..

Hal put over Baron Corbin’s commentary on Smackdown..

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Tights and Fights Ep. 25: Rather proper UK wrestling

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Danielle Radford, Mike Eagle, Hal Lublin
Guests: 
Hal Lublin
Guests: 
Danielle Radford
Guests: 
Mike Eagle

Greetings grapple fans!

WWE has crowned its inaugural United Kingdom Champion: Tyler Bate. The Nation of Conversation will discuss what they thought of the tournament and whether or not they’re on board for the eventual UK-centric WWE Network show that’s set to launch this year.

Plus the crowd at the UK tournament was as lively as any in recent memory. But that energy doesn’t always translate well with some people watching the action in the US. When does a crowd reaction get in the way of us enjoying the product as a viewer? We’ll discuss.

Plus, why we’re so excited for Kurt Angle to return, why this year’s Royal Rumble could be one of the best in recent memory and so much more.

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford and Mike Eagle

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

The Three Count:

Danielle put over Cody’s recent appearance at Seattle’s Defy wrestling..

Mike put over Bruce Prichard’s rib on Ravishing Rick Rude..

Hal put over Baron Corbin’s appearance on Talking Smack..

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Tights and Fights Ep. 24: My kingdom for good wrestling

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Danielle Radford, Mira Waters and Hal Lublin
Guests: 
Hal Lublin
Guests: 
Danielle Radford
Guests: 
Mira Waters
Guests: 
Lindsey Kelk

Mike Eagle is out for the week, but we’ve got another Chicagoan stepping in in his stead: Mira Waters from the website Fight Booth.

The team discusses Wrestle Kingdom 11 and why it hopefully set the tone for a great year of wrestling. And yes, they’ll talk about that great main event for the IWGP Championship.

Plus, while Smackdown’s women’s title picture is heating up, Danielle and Mira have MAJOR beef with how a certain announcer has been treating the overall division.

Also on the docket: Chris Jericho’s big title win on RAW, The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels returning to TV, how WWE can best use American Alpha in the future and much more.

My Special Wrestler:

Lindsey Kelk is an accomplished author, but she’s also quite the wrestling fan. She’s covered Wrestlemania for Cosmopolitan and interviewed plenty of popular wrestlers in the WWE and beyond.

But there’s one superstar who’s always had her attention since she was a kid: Bret “The Hitman” Hart. She’ll explain why.

Lindsey Kelk’s newest book is entitled We Were on a Break.

The Three Count:

Danielle put over The upcoming collaboration between WWE and the Jetsons..

Mira put over Chris Jericho’s entire line of work (including his constant search for friendship)..

Hal put over Alexa Bliss’s promos on Talking Smack..

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford and Mira Waters

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 23: Rumbling into a new year

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Danielle Radford, Mike Eagle and Hal Lublin
Guests: 
Hal Lublin
Guests: 
Danielle Radford
Guests: 
Mike Eagle

It’s the first the first episode of 2017!

To celebrate, we’re looking back on some of the most significant events that defined 2016. That includes happenings like the reintroduction of the Women’s Title, AJ Styles’s coming out party and more.

Plus, God help us, the WWE has ANOTHER new show that debuted this week on the WWE Network. Bring it to the Table is, apparently, WWE’s way of addressing and bashing the opinions of fans. We’ll explain why that may not be the best idea going forward.

And of course, we’ll break down the first 2017 episodes of RAW and Smackdown*.

*Authors note: Next we’ll be talking Wrestle Kingdom XI next week, promise!

The Three Count:

Danielle put over The Mack’s big moment as the Hollywood Champion.

Mike put over Teddy Hart on the latest edition of Talk is Jericho.

Hal put over The last time that he’ll appreciate Bruce Prichard’s impressions on Something to Wrestle…. With Bruce Prichard..

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford and Mike Eagle

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 22: Holiday extras

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Guests: 
Hal Lublin
Guests: 
Danielle Radford
Guests: 
Mike Eagle

Before Tights and Fights properly launched, the Nation of Conversation recorded several pilot episodes to help work out the format of the show.

This week, with the show on holiday hiatus, we’re sharing a sampling of some of our favorite moments from those pilot sessions.

You’ll hear about the team’s favorite merchandise, what they thought about the very first Final Deletion, why Goldberg is such a rude podcast guest and much much more.

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford and Mike Eagle

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 21: The sun sets on a New Day

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Guests: 
Hal Lublin
Guests: 
Danielle Radford
Guests: 
Mike Eagle

*This week’s episode was recorded on Monday evening, which means this week’s RAW and Smackdown had not occurred yet for us to discuss them.

Roadblock: End of the Line wasn’t the best show, both from a wrestling and a naming perspective. But between the multiple title changes and the interesting story-telling decisions, there are plenty of things for the Nation of Conversation to talk about.

Plus: WWE is instituting the first-ever United Kingdom Championship. How do they make it work? Naturally, we’ve got the answers.

And whatever Total Nonstop Deletion is, one thing is certain: It’s going to make Hal’s head hurt.

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford and Mike Eagle

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 20: Back in black excellence

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Danielle Radford, Hal Lublin and Mike Eagle
Guests: 
Hal Lublin
Guests: 
Danielle Radford
Guests: 
Mike Eagle

In a move that’s been over a year in the making, The New Day has official become the longest reigning WWE World Tag Team Champions in history.

There’s been ups and downs throughout their tenure, but the team will explain why their record breaking night on Monday restored a lot of their love for the RAW’s flagship team… and who they hope eventually beats them.

And wrestling intersects with the real world more than almost any form of entertainment. But is there a that needs to exist between drawing inspiration for a storyline and exploiting real-world events?

Plus, a look at all the matches that are coming up at the RAW-exclusive December PPV Roadblock: End of The Line: Redemption: Age of Extinction: The Force Awakens.

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford and Mike Eagle

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

The Three Count:

Danielle put over Kofi Kingston’s explanation for the recent Black Excellence photo.

Mike put over Vice’s recent look into the backstage business of WWE.

Hal put over The magic that is Jack Gallagher.

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Tights and Fights Ep: 19: Tables, ladders and chairs (ad nauseam)

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Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford and Mike Eagle
Guests: 
Box Brown
Guests: 
Hal Lublin
Guests: 
Danielle Radford
Guests: 
Mike Eagle

This past Sunday was TLC (Tables, Ladders and Chairs), December’s Smackdown exclusive PPV. And between a table match, a ladder match, a chairs match AND and tables, ladders and chairs match, it all got to be a little exhausting.

But The Nation of Conversation breaks down the results and explains why they’re on board for the big moment in the show’s main event between Dean Ambrose and AJ Styles.

Plus: Comic creator Box Brown joins us for the latest installment of our series “My Special Wrestler.” His comic biography “Andre the Giant: Life and Legend” earned him praise from comic and wrestling fans alike.

He’ll tell you all about why Ravishing Rick Rude, one of the most sleazy characters ever to grace the wrestling ring, is actually very under-appreciated.

Brown’s newest comic is entitled Tetris: The Games People Play.

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford and Mike Eagle

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

The three count:

Danielle put over The Black Lotus Triad on Lucha Underground.

Mike put over The break-up of Heath Slater and Rhyno on Talking Smack.

Hal put over The Miz’s promo after he defeated Dolph Ziggler in a Ladder match to retain his Intercontinental Title.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 18: Not all title reigns are created equal

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Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford and Mike Eagle (The collective Intercontinental Champion)
Guests: 
Hal Lublin
Guests: 
Danielle Radford
Guests: 
Mike Eagle

In an effort to prove the investment into the Cruiserweight division was worthwhile, WWE finally gave the performers in the division their own show: 205 Live! And while it’s a step up from what we had before, there’s still room to improve.

And some major performers on RAW seem to be changing up pushing characters in more interesting directions. How encouraging is this? We’ll try to figure that out.

Plus: Not every championship reign is created equal. To explain why, the Nation of Conversation breaks down some recent examples including Sasha, Sexy Star, The New Day and Charlotte.

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford and Mike Eagle

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

The three count:

Danielle put over Sasha Banks and her vengeful kendo stick attack.

Mike put over The new feud between wrestling podcasts Killing the Town and Keeping it 100.

Hal put over The Vader episode of Something to Wrestle With Bruce Prichard.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 17 The 2016 Survivor Series Special

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Guests: 
Hal Lublin
Guests: 
Danielle Radford
Guests: 
Mike Eagle

This year the WWE has really been pushing the boundaries of how much wrestling they can squeeze into a single week.

NXT TakeOver Toronto aired on Saturday featuring a ton of great matches, including what Hal thinks may have been the match of the year. NXT is clearly in a reloading stage right now, but the team explains why they’re still on board for the brand.

Plus: Survivor Series, the forgotten WWE big four pay-per-view, happened on Sunday. And everyone, including the Nation of Conversation, has something to say about the finish to Brock Lesnar vs. Goldberg match. And with the show featuring three tradition Survivor Series elimination matches, has the concept been revitalized or run into the ground?

But before all of that, we just had to talk about Lucha Underground’s Aztec Warfare 3. Sexy Star became the first women to ever hold the Lucha Underground Championship and Danielle was live in the temple to see it happen.

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford and Mike Eagle

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 16: Starring Colt "Boom Boom" Cabana

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Hal Lublin, Mike Eagle, Colt Cabana and Danielle Radford
Guests: 
Colt Cabana
Guests: 
Hal Lublin
Guests: 
Danielle Radford
Guests: 
Mike Eagle

This week the Nation of Conversation is joined by Independent Wrestler and host of the Art of Wrestling podcast, Colt Cabana.

He’s got a brand new documentary out called Wrestling Road Diaries 3. In it he’s joined by fellow wrestlers Grado from Scotland and Kikutaro from Japan. The three of them travel around the country spreading the joy that is comedic wrestling.

Cabana’s tells us all about what comedy adds to wrestling, how to have the best interactions with him as a fan and why he has more fun wrestling in front of smaller crowds as opposed to arena crowds.

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford and Mike Eagle

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 15: Nero watched wrestling as Rome burned

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Danielle Radford, Mike Eagle and Hal Lublin (AKA the Vaud-villains and Ol' Blue Pants)
Guests: 
Hal Lublin
Guests: 
Danielle Radford
Guests: 
Mike Eagle

As the world turns, we may as well keep enjoying wrestling.

This week, the team discusses live-audiences “hijacking” WWE TV. When is it acceptable? And when does it just get in the way of how good the product can be?

Plus: Tons of stories are being built towards Survivor Series. We’ll take a look at Sami Zayn, Dolph Ziggler, the cruiserweight division and anyone else who will be involved in WWE’s only Sunday show in November.

And comedian and newly minted author Asterios Kokkinos joins the show to tell us about his special wrestler: Daniel Bryan.

Asterios has a new book out: Toys 4 Cheap Catalog: The Magic of Toys Will Shut Up Your Child.

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford and Mike Eagle

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

The three count:

Danielle put over Sasha Banks and Bayley as her OTP.

Mike put over Kurt Angle on The Steve Austin Show podcast.

Hal put over The magic that is the big bad booty daddy, Scott Steiner.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 14: A Boss and a queen walk into a cell...

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Danielle Radford, Mike Eagle and Hal Lublin
Guests: 
Hal Lublin
Guests: 
Danielle Radford
Guests: 
Mike Eagle
Guests: 
Mira Waters

We’ve gone to Hell (in a cell) and back again and the Nation of Conversation is ready to explain how… adequate the show was. And there’s plenty of other news to tackle like Dolph Ziggler’s Intercontinental open challenge, the brand new Cruiserweight show 205 live and why Mike thinks Talking Smack is even better than Smackdown.

Plus, Hal and Danielle break down Sasha and Charlotte’s Women’s Title match that main evented the Hell in a Cell Pay Per View. Why did some folks online say that match didn’t live up to expectations? What does it mean for the future of WWE’s Women’s division?

For some help answering those questions, they’re joined by Mira Waters from Fight Booth. She recently wrote an article entitled ‘Sexism in WWE is Over, What a Relief,’ about the match and the internet’s skewed reaction to it.

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford and Mike Eagle

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

The three count:

Danielle put over Lucha Underground’s latest and greatest angle.

Mike put over The Killing the Town podcast by Lance Storm and Cyrus.

Hal put over Daniel Bryan’s tone deaf singing on Talking Smack.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 13: WWE is your crazy lover

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Mike Eagle, Danielle Radford, Hal Lublin (AKA The 3 Person Band)
Guests: 
Hal Lublin
Guests: 
Danielle Radford
Guests: 
Mike Eagle

So much of Monday Night RAW has revolved around the upcoming Hell in a Cell Pay-per-view which will feature three (!!!!) iterations of the titular match. Sure those matches could be good… but the Nation of Conversation has some concerns.

But one thing they haven’t been concerned about is Talking Smack, the best show WWE produces. But does that mean there should be ANOTHER version of that show, but for RAW? Don’t worry, we’ll decide

Plus: A look at Total Bellas; a show that Danielle is a total fan of; what Mike thinks is fundamentally wrong with WWE’s flagship show; the return of Hal Gets Woke; and a lot more.

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford and Mike Eagle

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

The three count:

Danielle put over Lucha Underground’s upcoming tour.

Mike put over Daniel Bryan burying RAW’s upcoming Pay Per View on Talking Smack.

Hal put over Jericho losing (and subsequently recovering) the List of Jericho.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 12: The goldest of bergs

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Hal Lublin, Rachel Sam Evans and Mike Eagle
Guests: 
Hal Lublin
Guests: 
Mike Eagle
Guests: 
Rachel Sam Evans

Rachel Sam Evans joins the crew once again to discuss the man they call Bill Goldberg.

And Hal opens the show telling the story about the time that Goldberg did him a major favor for his job… by putting him in a fireman’s carry.

And Goldberg’s appearance has a lot of fans split. But the Nation of Conversation will explain why his upcoming match with Brock Lesnar could be a lot of fun… as long as the competitors don’t fall into the same traps that plagued the LAST time they wrestled.

Plus, the man with no chin got himself a big win; The team discusses why James Ellsworth continues to be one of the most compelling characters on WWE television.

All that, including a look at the various tournaments of WWE, why Mike is incredibly disappointed with the Cruiserweight division, why Survivor Series is the only Big-4 Pay-per-view that’s seriously lacking an identity.

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Rachel Sam Evans and Mike Eagle

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

The three count:

Mike put over Baron Corbin speaking from the heart on Talking Smack.

Rachel put over Paul Heyman getting catty about Bill Goldberg.

Hal put over Alexa Bliss earning old-school heat in a post-match promo.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 11: Hellsworth in a Cellsworth

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Guests: 
Hal Lublin
Guests: 
Danielle Radford
Guests: 
Mike Eagle

The Nation of Conversation has a TON of wrestling news to cover and memories to enjoy.

First: Why did chinless-hero James Ellsworth get a huge win over WWE Champion AJ Styles? And why is everyone on the team totally on board for it?

What’s the best wrestling video game of all time? Is WWE overusing the Hell in a Cell match concept? What did the group think of, ‘No Mercy,’ the second Smackdown-exclusive Pay-per-view of the modern era?

Plus: There’s all sorts of rumors that the WWE Network may introduce a brand new tiered-pricing model. We’ll break down what each level could include and whether or not we think it’s best for business.

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford and Mike Eagle

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

The three count:

Danielle put over Kevin Owens roasting a heckler.

Mike put over James Ellsworth wrestling AJ Styles this week on Smackdown.

Hal put over The Miz praising the Intercontinental Championship.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 10: The good, the bad and the Boss

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Rachel Sam Evans, Danielle Radford (aka the Younger Bucks) with Hal Lublin
Guests: 
Hal Lublin
Guests: 
Danielle Radford
Guests: 
Rachel Sam Evans

With Mike Eagle out for the week, that means Rachel Sam Evans is in!

And that also means a greater amount of Luch Underground and Indie wrestlign chatter than Hal can handle.

The team also takes a loot at this past Monday Night RAW, aka the first RAW that was headlined by a women’s title match in over a decade.

Plus: Smackdown’s special Dolph-umentary, the latest on WWE buying up TNA’s video library, Goldberg’s potential return to the WWE and a lot more.

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford and Rachel Sam Evans.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

The three count:

Danielle put over This week’s saga between Ric Flair and Halle Berry.

Rachel put over Lucha Underground Head Dario Cueto encouraging the refs to count faster.

Hal put over The faux WWE 24 special “The Success of a Failure”.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 9: Total Nonstop Buyouts?

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Danielle Radford, Hal Lublin and Mike Eagle (AKA The Nation of Conversation)
Guests: 
Hal Lublin
Guests: 
Danielle Radford
Guests: 
Mike Eagle

The first ever RAW Pay Per View, “Clash of Champions,” has come and gone… so why do Mike, Hal and Danielle feel unfulfilled? They’ll explain.

Plus, is it time for the suicide dive to be banned from WWE the same way that Pile-driver has been? A certain spiked-swiss Superman may think so after what happened this weekend.

And there are plenty of rumors about a sale of TNA on the horizon. One of the potential buyers is none other than Vince McMahon and WWE. We'll discuss what WWE has to gain but purchasing the brand.

All that, including why Hal is so taken with Ziggler’s tears from Smackdown, why Danielle might have found another wrestler to love almost as much as Sasha Banks, why Mike is struggling to continue to watch RAW... And we'll finally talk about Lucha Underground for a little bit.

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford and Mike Eagle

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

The three count:

Danielle put over Bianca Blair’s performance at the NXT combine.

Mike put over John Cena on talking smack.

Hal put over Jericho’s dumb heel moment from this week’s Highlight Reel.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 8: Cruisers get RAW

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Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford and Mike Eagle
Guests: 
Hal Lublin
Guests: 
Danielle Radford
Guests: 
Mike Eagle

This week on Tights and Fights: The Cruiserweight have arrived on the main roster! The leaders of the Nation of Conversation explain their biggest takeaways from the ten week-long Cruiserweight Classic tournament and where they hope the division goes from here.

Plus Mike still doesn’t care for how Dean Ambrose is being presented, what it would mean for John Cena to become a 16 time champion, what Hal thinks RAW’s women’s division could learn from its Smackdown counterpart and why Danielle found a weapons of mass destruction so much fun.

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford and Mike Eagle

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

The three count:

Danielle put over The Weapons of Mass Destruction match between Marty the Moth and Killshot on Lucha Underground.

Mike put over the podcast "Something to Wrestle With" on the MLW network.

Hal put over The List of Jericho.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 7: An equal and opposite Backlash

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Guests: 
Hal Lublin
Guests: 
Danielle Radford
Guests: 
Mike Eagle

This week on Tights and Fights: Mike Eagle makes his triumphant return to the program as he joins us from Canada.

Mike will tell us all about his experience at PWG’s Battle of Los Angeles… including seeing indie tag team The Young Bucks sport some wrestling gear featuring the likeness one of the business’s most well known insiders.

Plus the team breaks down what happened when CM Punk made is much-anticipated UFC debut, why Backlash may have been one of the best PPV’s of the year and a look at how the WWE’s doing when it comes to getting talent from the performance center in Florida to the main roster.

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Daniel Radford and Mike Eagle

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

The three count:

Danielle put over Kevin Owens revealing more about the backstage mannerisms of Sami Zayn on the latest week’s “Talk is Jericho” podcast.

Mike put over Chris Jericho hitting Sami Zayn with an iPhone in the latest edition of the highlight reel.

Hal put over One of Mauro Renallo’s latest Mauro-isms.

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Tights and Fights Ep 6: The Broken Episode

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Hal Lublin, Rachel Evans and Danielle Radford
Guests: 
Hal Lublin
Guests: 
Danielle Radford
Guests: 
Rachel Evans

This week on Tights and Fights, we’re introducing a new member of the Nation of Conversation: Rachel Evans from the YouTube series “Snarled” and “Afterbuzz TV!”

The team start out by examining what’s going on with Seth Rollins. Now that he’s on the outs with Triple H and The Authority, could it be that he’s finally headed for the face turn that people have been wanting for him?

Plus, you wouldn’t expect an accented Matt Hardy who’s best friends with a dilapidated boat to be the thing that revived TNA in the eyes of many fans… but that’s exactly what happened. The Nation will take a look at what’s making the “Broken” gimmick work and whether or not TNA can count on it to carry the TNA brand.

All of that and a lot more on this weeks episode.

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Daniel Radford and Rachel Evans.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

The three count:

Danielle put over Chris Jericho recognizing Kevin Owens as the “longest reigning Universal champion in WWE history.”

Rachel put over the Season 3 of Lucha Underground on El Rey

Hal put over Dean Ambrose’s promo on AJ Styles ahead of their big match up at Backlash.

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Ep. 5: KO-Mania's running wild!

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Guests: 
Hal Lublin
Guests: 
Danielle Radford
Guests: 
Mike Eagle

This week: a celebration of the new Universal Champion: Kevin Owens!

His coronation as the champion of the Universe had the entire wrestling world buzzing and the leaders of the Nation of Conversation are no different.

Hal, Mike and Danielle will discuss why the're so stoked to see the prize fighter as the new top guy on RAW and how they would position him to succeed in the coming weeks.

Plus, a progress report of RAW and Smackdown in the month following the draft. What is each show doing well and what should they fix going forward? They’ll break it down.

All that and a lot more on this KO-mania-centric episode of Tights and Fights.

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Daniel Radford and Mike Eagle

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

The three count (KO-mania edition):

Danielle put over young Owen Steen being “speechless” at his Dad’s big title win

Mike put over the huge crowd pop that came after Triple H pedigreed Rollins

Hal put over Kevin Owens’s mic skills during the “group therapy session” that opened RAW.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 4: The SummerSlam Special

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Guests: 
Hal Lublin
Guests: 
Danielle Radford
Guests: 
Mike Eagle

There was a ton of pro-wrestling that happened this week. It was intense, exciting and exhausting and now the leaders of the Nation of Conversation are ready to talk about all of the things they enjoyed most. From TakeOver to SummerSlam to the Universal Championship, this extended episode is a tribute to the Biggest Party of the Summer.

Hal will explain why Brock Lesnar needs to make major changes if he wants to continue to interest Hal as a regular part of the WWE roster.

Mike will explain how he personally knows the violin player who played Shinsuke Nakamura's music at Brooklyn... and why he has some twitter beef with him.

Danielle will talk about the first thing that the WWE has made that felt like it was made just for her.

All that, and a lot more is coming up on this special episode of Tights and Fights.

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford, and Mike Eagle.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximumfun.org

The Three Count

Danielle put over the latest episode of WWE 24, "Women's Evolution"

Mike put over the back stage fight between Chris Jericho and Brock Lesnar (in the inaugural edition of Kayfabe theater).

Hal put over the Miz's promo on Talking Smack

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Tights and Fights Ep 3: Peak Wrestling (and Other Fulfilled Desires)

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Guests: 
Hal Lublin
Guests: 
Danielle Radford
Guests: 
Mike Eagle

On this week's episode of Tights and Fights, the leaders of the Nation of Conversation take a look at whether 12+ hours of wrestling in one weekend means there's too much content for anyone to possibly consume... and whether they will any way.

Plus, TNA's got a new president: Billy Corgan (Yeah the Smashing Pumpkins guy). They'll break down what went wrong in the Impact Zone and how TNA can hook them again as wrestling viewers.

All that and a look at why people in the crowd think they can jump into the ring during a live event, the team's favorite Summerslam moments and whether or not WWE should be giving away PPV attractions on free TV.

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford and Mike Eagle.

Produced by Julian Burrell.

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The Three Count:

Danielle put over the heckler in Dolph Ziggler's opening promo.

Mike put over Nia Jax's banter after she shoved a local wrestler out of the ring.

Hal put over Heath Slater's continued quest for a contract on Raw and Smackdown.

Tights and Fights Ep. 2: How great is the Cruiserweight Classic?

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Guests: 
Hal Lublin
Guests: 
Danielle Radford
Guests: 
Mike Eagle

This week on Tights and Fights, the Nation of Conversation breaks down what made round one of the Cruiserweight Classic so awesome. Does this mean the new Cruiserweight division on RAW will follow suit? Well... they'll discuss.

And Danielle was at RAW live in Anaheim! She’ll tell you about what you didn’t see if you were watching on TV. Plus, the team talk about whether there’s hope for Cesaro to finally get the push he deserves, what the best championship belt design of all time is and whether or not Ziggler is worthy of making the Superkick his permanent finish.

All that… AND how you’ll be able to find Danielle in season 3 of Lucha Underground.

With Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford and Mike Eagle

Produced by Julian Burrell

The Three Count:

Danielle put over The Rock's epic Facebook rant against his Fast and Furious co-stars.

Mike put over Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano's #GLORIOUSBOMB.

Hal put over Heath Slater and his quest to get a contract for his ever expanding family.

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Tights and Fights Episode 1: Should we really add MORE belts to the WWE?

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Guests: 
Mike Eagle
Guests: 
Hal Lublin
Guests: 
Danielle Radford

Welcome to the inaugural episode of Tights and Fights, the podcast from The Maximum Fun Network that discusses wrestling with the sincerity and hilarity that it deserves.

This week, hosts Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford and Mike Eagle discuss who they hope is the next superstar to make a big return to RAW or Smackdown and their thoughts on the latest angles on WWE TV this week.

Plus, they’ll break down the benefits of downfalls of adding MORE championships to Smackdown and share some recommendations from the world of wrestling that you should check out.

Hosts: Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford and Mike Eagle

Producer: Julian Burrell