Tights and Fights

Tights and Fights is the podcast that covers pro-wrestling with the sincerity and hilarity that it deserves. Every week, hosts Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford and Mike Eagle make sense of the chaos that is the world of sports-entertainment. Whether it's the latest headlines, a cultural analysis of an old angle or a debate about which wrestler has the best merch, Tights and Fights will examine every corner of the squared-circle for your enjoyment.

Tights and Fights Ep. 71: When Kevin Owens beat up Jay Washington

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Hal Lublin
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Jay Washington

Jay Washington joins the team for the week to make the Tights and Fights triple threat a fatal fourway!

WWE’s rolling out a new Facebook exclusive show: The Mixed Match Challenge. It’ll run Tuesday nights with matches between mixed male and female tag teams. How likely are we to watch? We’ll tell you about it.

And how great does Samoa Joe look? He’s probably the first guy who’s become a threat to the Shield entirely on his own. But what’s his path going forward? Could it possibly include beating Roman Reigns for the Intercontinental Title?

And did Kevin Owens REALLY beat up Jay once?

All that plus what we think of Cedric Alexander, Chris Jericho attacking Kenny Omega, why Mike love Sonya Deville and why Kane vs. Braun Strowman is already losing some of its shine.

Main Event

It’s our annual worst of wrestling list! What was the most disappointing part of 2017? Bray Wyatt’s title reign and booking? Roman Reigns and Undertaker’s match at WrestleMania? The Women’s Money in the Bank storyline? We’ll revisit the painful memory for you.

Tights and Fights Ep. 70: Bray Wyatt should not be playing Xbox

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We’re officially just a few weeks away from Clash of Champions, the final Pay-per-view of the year! But why does Smackdown feel so directionless outside of a few feuds going into the event?

Maybe it has something to do with how much Shane McMahon has been inserting his influence into the Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn angle? Or maybe it’s because the tag team division hasn’t gotten another two teams hot yet for a big match?

But at least RAW has looked really good this week! Jason Jordan seems to finally be developing a character and Samoa Joe and Roman Reigns are on a collision course for the Intercontinental Title.

We’ll talk about all this plus The Bar retaining the RAW tag titles from the Shield, the differences between the Riott Squad and Absolution and more.

Gimmick Corner

When a wrestler named Husky Harris was sent back to NXT, he came up with a character named Bray Wyatt. He was a mysterious cult-like figure that seemed larger than life. But over the past few years, things haven’t gone as well as they could have with him. He’s taken losses, been in the worst WWE Title match in recent memory and lost much of his mystique. But could a pairing with Awoken Matt Hardy finally help right his ship? We’ll find out.

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford, and Lindsey Kelk.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

Tights and Fights Ep. 69: BREAKING: Matt Hardy is at last breaking!

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We’re entering the final month of 2017, but there’s a lot being put in place before we’re full steam ahead on the road to WrestleMania!

Roman Reigns had his first title defense against Elias. It was a great match, but now that Samoa Joe is in the mix, where does the IC title competition go from here?

And AJ Styles is continuing his feud with Jinder Mahal. Most people want AJ to be the champ, but where does Jinder fit in now that he’s on the outs with his henchmen the Singh Brothers?

All that, plus a look at the Riott Squad and Absolution, another spotlight on the Velveteen Dream and a requiem for the Hype Bros. after they got bludgeoned by the Brothers of the Bludgeoning.

Main Event

Matt Hardy’s broken universe may finally be making a comeback! But has the window of excitement closed for the concept? What does a WWE version of the broken gimmick look like? And is there anything else in WWE that they could draw their inspiration from in the recreation of the hottest concept of 2016?

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford ,Mike Eagle and Lindsey Kelk

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 68: The 2017 NXT TakeOver and Survivor Series Special

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NXT TakeOver: War Games

Rarely is there ever a TakeOver that doesn’t deliver the goods and everyone definitely kept up the tradition this time.

The War Games match itself was a hard-hitting, and slightly hard to follow, affair. The Undisputed Era looked great, Roddy Strong was an adorable little member of the Authors of Pain and SaNitY looked as crazy as ever.

But that crazy match over-shadowed that Andrade “Cien” Almas is the NEW NXT Champion! He completed one of the strongest career turn-arounds in recent memory. How excited are we? We’ll talk about it.

And every year, there always seems to be one person from NXT that steps up their game and raises their stock to a new high. This year, that was Velveteen Dream. He lost to Aleister Black, but he won the hearts of millions, including all of us.

All of that, plus a look at the brand new NXT women’s champion, Ember Moon!

Survivor Series

It may be the least loved of WWE’s Big 4 PPV’s but Survivor Series week had a TON of great matches!

But let’s be real, the worst one was the main event on Sunday. Between Triple H “turning” on his team, Shane chasing away Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens and Shinsuke Nakamura and Bobby Roode being the first two people eliminated, this wasn’t the best showcase for the current stars of the WWE.

But there was still plenty to enjoy, including the best Brock Lesnar match yet against AJ Styles.

And this has also been a big week for the Shield! The trio beat the New Day and Roman Reigns won the Intercontinental Championship from the Miz, becoming the second Shield member to be a Grand Slam Champion. But why is that this reunion feels a bit… lesser than we expected it to?

Luckily, the women’s roster is staying new and exciting! After two great matches on Sunday, we’ve had SIX new stars added to the main roster: ON RAW, Paige, Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville made their presence felt and on Smackdown, Ruby Riot, Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan made their debuts. How do we make sure every one of them is showcased properly and not lost in the shuffle?

All that and plenty more in this look at what we loved most and why from an exhaustive 12+ hours of wrestling this past week.

Hosted by Danielle Radford ,Mike Eagle and Lindsey Kelk

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

If you wanna talk about more wrestling throughout the week be sure to join us on Facebook or @TightsFights on Twitter.

If you liked the show, please share it with your friends and be sure to leave us a quick review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get podcasts.

Tights and Fights Ep. 67: The art of part-time wrestler

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It’s the final stop before the last Big 4 WWE show of the year!

Survivor Series continues to have tons of wrenches thrown into it at the 11th hour. Turns out Alexa Bliss will be facing Charlotte on Sunday after she beat Natalia for the Smackdown Women’s title. Between this, Roman Reigns returning, and Jason Jordan being replaced on the RAW team, there’s a lot going on. But is all of this serving to make for a better show, or is it just showing how haphazardly WWE is putting this together?

Speaking of Roman he and the Shield finally had their first match as a unit in years. They’re all set to face the New Day in few days. Should they have wait for a bit longer for that Shield reunion? How about that RAW invasion? What are the stakes as we approach Sunday?

And how excited is Danielle to have a fourth season of Lucha Underground confirmed?!

Main Event

Triple H is officially the fifth member of Monday Night RAW’s Survivor Series team! Between him, Kurt Angle, Shane McMahon and John Cena, that’s FOUR part-time wrestlers split across each team. Is this the best way to utilize a partite performer in WWE? What is? Should a part-timer ever be champion? We’ll talk about it.

Tights and Fights Ep. 66: The newly phenomenal Survivor Series

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So much for that Jinder Mahal/Brock Lesnar match that got built up for two weeks!

WWE went ahead and decided to pull the trigger on AJ Styles winning the WWE Championship for the second time in his WWE career. But where does the Phenomenal One go from here? And does the Modern Day Maharaja get that title back before the India tour in December?

And how about Chris Jericho! He’s set to face Kenny Omega at Wrestle Kingdom 12 in January! What could this mean for his future in WWE? And will the New Day face the Shield? Is The Bar going to lose to the Usos?

Misandry Corner

Chyna was one of the most dominant figures of the attitude era. She regularly was portrayed as tougher than any of the guys and even managed to become the Intercontinental Champion! So is her excommunication from WWE lore warranted? We’ll take a look at some of her greatest moments.

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford and Mike Eagle.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

If you wanna talk about more wrestling throughout the week be sure to join us on Facebook or @TightsFights on Twitter.

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Tights and Fights Ep 65: Braun Strowman's magic healing garbage

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Two WWE legends are set to be in the ring once again!

Shane McMahon and Kurt Angle will be the captains for each of their respective brands. So what can we hope for this match now that the nostalgia pop has worn off for both of them? We’ll take a look.

Plus, Nia Jax, Stephanie McMahon and Samoa Joe are finally back on TV! What’s the best way to make sure they succeed? How did Braun Strowman Survive death by trash compactor? Wouldn’t we all love a friendship like Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens?

Main Event

Darren Young, Summer Rae and Emma have all been fired from WWE. This sort of thing comes frequently in the modern WWE. But is this a sign of a really stacked roster, or that WWE isn’t putting people in the best position to succeed? And out of the three of them which one has the best shot to continue their work as a wrestler?

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford and Mike Eagle.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

If you wanna talk about more wrestling throughout the week be sure to join us on Facebook or @TightsFights on Twitter.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 64: From Tables, Ladders & Chairs to Measles, Mumps & Meningitis

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WHAT A CRAZY SEVEN DAYS IT’S BEEN!

We were all set to have TLC show built around the first official match of the Shield 2.0 and a Demon vs. Sister Abigail encounter. But a sudden viral meningitis outbreak meant that the WWE had to reach deep into the deck to keep fans happy.

Kurt Angle made his official return to replace Roman Reigns in their main event match and Finn Balor finally got to wrestle AJ Styles for the first time ever! We’ll break down what we thought about WWE’s last-minute scramble.

Plus, how about Alicia Fox the last few shows? She’s stepped up in a big way to prove how much charisma she’s got and crazied her way to the Captain of the RAW Survivor Series team! And what about Kane’s first singles match on RAW? Or Sami Zayn’s adorably obnoxious skank routine? It’s all here and so much more!

Main Event

Now that Smackdown has officially put RAW #UnderSiege, it’s time to take a look at the classic invasion angle. Which ones throughout the course of history worked best? Are they completely ruined if the follow-up doesn’t work? And will this do anything to generate some interest in Survivor Series?

Tights and Fights Ep. 63: For the love of Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens

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Hal Lublin
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What a month for friendship!

The Shield has made their full return to form this week, complete with tactical vests, NATO music and through-the-crowd entrance. But now they’ll have to face a 5th person this Sunday: The returning Devil’s favorite demon, Kane! Its the excitement of a Shield reunion enough to justify these constant additional antics? We’ll talk it out!

And Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens have the sort of friendship that we could all hope to achieve. Their added characters might even be enough to elevate Smackdown beyond the mirth that it’s been stuck in for the last few months!

Plus, a look at AJ Styles vs. Jinder Mahal, Mahal vs. Brock Lesnar and why there are so few matches involving Tables, Ladders or Chairs before this Sunday’s TLC show.

Main Event

It’s looking more and more like Neville is completely done with the WWE. He was arguably 205 Live’s biggest star attraction, so what does this say about WWE’s purple brand? With such a thriving indie scene, how many more cruiserweight are going to follow suit and leave a brand that has an obvious ceiling?

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford ,Mike Eagle and Lindsey Kelk

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

If you wanna talk about more wrestling throughout the week be sure to join us on Facebook or @TightsFights on Twitter.

If you liked the show, please share it with your friends and be sure to leave us a quick review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get podcasts.

Tights and Fights Ep. 62: Tango India Golf Hotel Tango Sierra

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Nothing is incorruptible in this world. Not even Sami Zayn!

Sami officially decided that friendship is more important than his principle when he saved Kevin Owens from Shane McMahon at Hell in a Cell. Where could this lead his character? We’ll talk about it.

Plus, what a great match The Usos and New Day had! What fresh feuds await them now that this rivalry is over? And why Emma the first sacrificial lamb to Asuka? Will Kalisto amount to anything as the cruiserweight champion? What on Earth is Sister Abigail?

Main Event

After three years as separate superstars, the Shield is back together again! But what will this new iteration of the most famous faction in recent memory look like? Where do they go now that they’re back on the side of justice with individual aspirations? We’ll help you figure it out!

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford and Mike Eagle.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

If you want to talk about more wrestling throughout the week be sure to join us on Facebook or @TightsFights on Twitter.

If you liked the show, please share it with your friends and be sure to leave us a quick review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get podcasts.