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Tights and Fights Ep. 117: A low-blow to all of our hearts w/ Katie Willert

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Guests: 
Danielle Radford
Guests: 
Katie Willert
Guests: 
Lindsey Kelk

This Saturday, Danielle Radford, Hal Lublin, Lindsey Kelk and Julian Burrell will be at NXT: TakeOver War Games at the Staples Center in Los Angeles! If you’d like to meet up with them beforehand, they’ll be eating lunch at Yard House at 2 PM.

Katie Willert is ready to rejoin the Nation of Conversation!

Becky Lynch is as hot a star as anyone in WWE right now. She led the Smackdown invasion into RAW that left her a bloody mess and as a bonafide sensation in wrestling. Unfortunately, because of a stray shot from Nia Jax, Becky is no longer medically cleared for her match with Ronda Rousey at Survivor Series. Where does that leave her as the champion? And will Charlotte Flair, her replacement in the match, be able to deliver a satisfactory performance for a conflict everyone was excited for?

Plus, Daniel Bryan defeated AJ Styles for the WWE championship! But in the process, he turned heel and shunned the persona and attitude that made him the hottest babyface in the company from 2013-14. The panel will discuss what they hope for Bryan as he prepares to face Universal Champion Brock Lesnar on Sunday.

All of that and a look at everything coming up for NXT TakeOver: War Games in Los Angeles; that includes Johnny Gargano vs. Aleister Black, Tommaso Ciampa vs. Velveteen Dream… and the possibility of a Matt Riddle appearance.

Misandry Corner

TRIGGER WARNING: This segment contains a discussion of a WWE situation that involved staged sexual assault. To skip this segment, scrub forward from 24:26 to 38:09 on the episode.

Trish Stratus was the WWF women’s champion in 2001. Throughout this time, she was heavily involved in storylines that featured Vince McMahon and their supposed affair. This led to a moment on Smackdown when Vince tried to make her join his infamous club, only for her to be rescued by the Rock. We’ll take a look at what made this segment so awful and rewrite and recast it to make it better.

The Three Count

Katie put over Becky Lynch’s tweet to Ronda Rousey.

Lindsey put over Daniel Bryan’s heel turn.

Danielle put over the trailer for Fighting With My Family.

Hosted by Danielle Radford, Lindsey Kelk and Katie Willert.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 116: I’M BAKING A LEMON INSIDE YOU w/ Jacquis Neal

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Guests: 
Jacquis Neal
Guests: 
Hal Lublin
Guests: 
Danielle Radford

Jacquis Neal from the Culture Kings podcast joins the Nation of Conversation!

Crown Jewel was that rare show that managed to disappoint and frustrate just viewers of every stripe. Hulk Hogan made his return that many dreaded, but also felt inevitable. And Brock Lesnar defeated Braun Strowman to become a two-time Universal Champion.

Even as the build to Survivor Series begins, there’s a distinct lack of urgency in booking right now that hopefully gets filled soon.

But that’s not to say everything is doom and gloom in the land of WWE; Becky Lynch is on her way to being the most white-hot star in the company. Her promo skills have been remarkable and her matches have been great, including her victory this week over a debuting Nikki Cross. The panel will explain what’s making her work so effective right now.

The Beat-Down

The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin were two of the biggest stars in the history of the WWE. Their star power and fan interest culminated at and on the road to WrestleMania X-Seven. We’ll take a look at how the company built up to this match and why their final WrestleMania main-event confrontation signified the end of one the companies most storied times.

The Three Count

Jacquis put over CM Punk vs. Brock Lesnar, which he considers Lesnar’s last great match

Danielle put over the promo for Sasha Banks’ WWE Network Collection.

Hal put over The six-way Hell in a Cell Match from Armeggedon 2000.

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford and Jacquis Neal.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 115: Evolution is female thing

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

Evolution was WWE’s very first all-women Pay-Per-View. And by most accounts, the event delivered in just about every way possible, including providing a candidate for match of the year. Mike, Hal, Danielle and Lindsey provide their reactions to the matches (including Lindsey’s account from attending the event in person).

But now this is immediately being followed up Crown Jewel. Not only will no women wrestlers be at the event, but John Cena and Daniel Bryan have also been written out due to, in all likelihood, their own personal disagreement.

Plus, Lindsey and Mike explain their feelings about Roman Reigns’s leukemia diagnosis and WWE decision to immediately capitalize on the real-life illness for story-telling purposes. How do you balance the need for the show to go on with sensitivity towards consequential issues? Especially with WWE toeing the line between characters and reality as much as ever with Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins?

All this, including Danielle looking forward to Lucha Underground’s Ultima Lucha Cuatro, finding out who attacked Aleister Black and grooving to that sweet sweet Brood music.

The Three Count

Lindsey put over her conversation with NXT women’s champ Shayna Baszler.

Mike put over the YouTue video Kanye and the End of Reality.

Danielle put over the House Hardy Halloween Special.

Hal put over Becky Lynch’s social media prowess.

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

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 114: Thank you, Roman

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Guests: 
Hal Lublin
Guests: 
Danielle Radford

Roman Reigns opened RAW with the announcement that he will be surrendering the Universal Championship since his leukemia has returned. This was the first time Roman had gone public with his diagnosis. His first encounter with the disease was 11 years ago.

Danielle and Hal discuss their reactions to the news, including why it affected them personally, their hopes for Roman’s return and what this means for a Monday Night RAW and WWE that now has to move forward without their biggest full-time star.

Plus, the pair will discuss the lackluster build to Evolution. The booking has been slipshod and lackluster for the past several months. Outside of the novelty of a brand new women’s only event, WWE hasn’t done much to get people excited about this show. Add in the fact that it’s happening so close to Crown Jewel, which won’t include any women and will still air from Saudi Arabia, and it’s hard to take the “women’s evolution” seriously these days.

The Three Count

Danielle put over Asuka and Naomi’s fun moment in the Mixed Match Challenge.

Julian put over Samoa Joe’s well wishes to Roman Reigns.

Hal put over Dean Ambrose’s supporters after his heel turn.

Hosted by Danielle Radford and Hal Lublin.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Bonus Ep. 11: The inside story behind Mike Eagle’s match against OVW’s Shiloh Jonze

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Guests: 
Mike Eagle
Guests: 
Danielle Radford

Mike Eagle is already known as the insightful, funny and sometimes heelish co-host of Tights and Fights. He’s also regarded as a great rapper; he’s even started touring for the next several weeks. But recently, he also became an undefeated pro-wrestler.

That’s right… Mike went to the promotion OVW and took on wrestler Shiloh Jonze and actually came out victorious.

How did all of this get started? What possessed Mike to think that he could actually have a successful wrestling match?

How did all of this get started? What possessed Mike to think that he could actually have a successful wrestling match?

He’s ready to tell the story. Mike will detail everything; from why he was petty enough to answer Shiloh’s callout to any MC on the internet, to how he only had one day to learn how to wrestle, and how he decided what he was going to wear in the ring.

Plus, he’ll talk about how this may have been the ultimate culmination of everything he’s done throughout his life and career as a rapper.

If you want to see Mike’s wrestling debut, It will be on episode 1000 of OVW.

Hosted by Danielle Radford and Mike Eagle.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 113: We’re in WWE’s robot car w/ Dan Sinker

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Guests: 
Dan Sinker
Guests: 
Danielle Radford
Guests: 
Lindsey Kelk

This week, Danielle and Lindsey are joined by Dan Sinker Dan Sinker. He’s the host of the creator of tons of things on the internet including the Says Who? podcast and The Hitch podcast.

But his presence on the internet pales in comparison to his greatest accomplishment: Getting his wife and kids into professional wrestling. Which segment does he credit for helping him do this successfully? None other than the Festival of Friendship.

The panel has plenty of things to get into this week, including the ongoing International drama surrounding WWE’s planned show in Saudi Arabia, the lack of build towards Evolution and why the Bellas vs. Ronda Rousey already feels like it’s off on the wrong foot.

Main Event

Last week Shawn Michaels, one of the WWE’s all-time greatest performers announced that he was officially coming out of retirement for a match against The Brothers of Destruction alongside his partner Triple H. Retirement rarely ever sticks in WWE, especially when it’s by choice. And while we never want to deny someone the right to do what they do well for money, where do we draw the line between nostalgia and an over-reliance on legacy?

The Three Count

Dan put over Austin Creed and Xavier Woods’ Battle of the Brands series on YouTube.

Lindsey put over John Oliver on Last Week tonight discussing WWE’s business with Saudi Arabia.

Danielle put over put over indie wrestler Effy using YouTube to get his name out to potential bookers.

Hosted by Danielle Radford and Lindsey Kelk and Dan Sinker.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 112: Wrestling conversations with Marty the Moth, Aubrey Sitterson and Chris Moreno

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Guests: 
Aubrey Sitterson
Guests: 
Chris Moreno

This week, we’ve got two conversations with people who have made big waves in the world of wrestling in the past few weeks.

First, Mike Eagle speaks with Aubrey Sitterson and Chris Moreno. They’re the creators of The Comic Book Story of Professional Wrestling. The two go deep on the book and what it was like creating the first major historical record of the art form that is wrestling.

Then, in a conversation recorded live at San Diego Comic-Con courtesy of Gamma Ray TV, Danielle and Hal sit down with Marty the Moth. These days he’s known for being the Lucha Underground Champion. But there was a time that he was just trying to get the attention of WWE for a chance to live his dream as a professional wrestler. Marty will detail his journey from watching wrestling for the first time to WWE’s reality show Tough Enough all the way to the temple of Lucha Underground.

Hosted by Danielle Radford and Mike Eagle and Hal Lublin.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 111: The gang’s back together again!

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

This week, the founding members of the Nation of Conversation return for a fun look at all things wrestling!

There’s been tons of news this week to dive into, especially in the midst of the go-home shows for WWE Super Show-Down in Australia. Which titles should change hands at the stadium event? Is there actually any chance that WWE follows up on the possibility of Dean Ambrose betraying the Shield?

And in news from the international wrestling scene, Neville is officially back in the ring. He’s returned to his original name of PAC in Dragon Gate is finally set to perform everywhere that the WWE doesn’t touch. But why Dragon Gate? We’ve got some ideas.

The Main Event

This Saturday begins a string of 5 PPV’s for the WWE in two months. It’s two international stadium shows and three arena events. But for the viewers, is it really ideal for them to have so many shows airing at what, for U.S. fans, are off hours? Especially when so many of them are in this weird space of mattering to the overall narrative, but not mattering enough to affect said narrative?

The Three Count

Danielle put over Carmella’s finishing sequence against Zelina Vega.

Mike put over Shiloh Jonze calling him out from a grocery store.

Hal put over the latest episode of Table for 3 featuring 3MB.

Hosted by Danielle Radford and Mike Eagle and Hal Lublin.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 110: At your house w/ Screen Junkies’ Joe Starr

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Guests: 
Joe Starr
Guests: 
Danielle Radford

This week Danielleis joined by Joe Starr! He’s a comedian and writer who’s new EP is entitle A British Murder Robot Tries Stand Up Comedy for the First Time. He’s been a wrestling fan since he was young enough to unironically pretend to be the British Bulldog and is here to chat about the week!

That includes Lucha Underground’s new champion: Marty the Moth. The wrestler’s managed to come all the around from being a total joke to the top of the mountain and it’s really been something to see, even if you haven’t watched the entire saga from the beginning.

Plus, Samoa Joe has taken his rivalry to a whole new level after threatening AJ Styles’ family via Facetime from Smackdown. But Joe will explain why he wishes the rivalry for the WWE title was kept a bit more simple.

And why Danielle Radford is no longer interested in watching wrestling without any women, what the duo thinks of some of the biggest teams in the WWE and why The Revival is having such a hard time getting establishing themselves as a solid heel tag team.

The Main Event

Friendship is a fickle thing in wrestling. No matter how tight a team appears to be it always seems inevitable that they’ll be broken up by one person deciding to betray the other in their quest for singles glory. As recently as this past Monday, WWE planted the seeds for Dean Ambrose to be the one to break up the latest version of the Shield.

Why does it seems like betrayal is constantly in the background of wrestling? What are the other ways that WWE could try to separate its teams? And who on the current roster is set to receive that ultimate push that comes with both turning on your partner(s)... or being on the receiving end of that turn?

The Three Count

Joe put over Truth TV, as a reminder for why R-Truth is one of the greatest wrestlers ever.

Julian put over the unaired pilot of NXT Kids.

Danielle put over Asuka being a hardcore aly for Naomi.

Hosted by Danielle Radford and Joe Starr.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 109: Hell in a Cell in a handbasket w/ Wrestle and Flow’s Josiah Williams

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Guests: 
Josiah Williams
Guests: 
Hal Lublin
Guests: 
Danielle Radford
Guests: 
Lindsey Kelk

This week, Hal, Danielle and Lindsey joined by Josiah Williams! He’s the creator of the online series Wrestle and Flow, where he raps over remixed versions of different wrestlers’ entrance music. He’s been a fan for 15 years and is equipped and ready to talk about Hell in a Cell weekend!

The team’s feeling a little sour at the cluster of a main event from Sunday, especially at the return of Brock Lesnar. Plus, they’re none too happy about WWE immediately having another woman-free Saudi Arabian show, so quickly after Evolution no less.

But there were a lot of other things to get excited about, including the Becky Lynch finally capturing the Smackdown women’s championship! And if the panel has anything to say about it, she won’t lose that title until WrestleMania! But between Samoa Joe, Miz, and Andrade “Cien” Almas, who should get the WWE Title? And is anybody else still feeling a little sick from watching Randy rip off Jeff Hardy’s ear?

The Three Count

Josiah put over the RAW tag team division, which finally looks like it’s on an upswing.

Lindsey and Danielle put over the Mixed Match Challenge.

Hal put over Dolph Ziggler talking smack in the middle of his, match on Sunday.

Hosted by Danielle Radford, Lindsey Kelk and Josiah Williams.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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