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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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Tights and Fights Ep. 108: Konami code twerking w/ Brian Brushwood

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Guests: 
Brian Brushwood
Guests: 
Mike Eagle
Guests: 
Danielle Radford

This week, the team is joined by Brian Brushwood! He’s a magician, comedian and host of the podcast Night Attack. And he also just happens to be a lapsed wrestling fan. Even though he still checks in with wrestling on occasion, he actually finds the stories behind the in-ring action to be even more fascinating than the TV product.

Mike and Danielle will bring Brian up to speed on some of the hottest stars and stories in wrestling today and what they think of them; that includes Braun Strowman turning heel and relying on others for victory after being such a capable monster on his own for a year, Becky Lynch’s new characteristics heading into Hell in a Cell and the amazing outfits from Alicia Fox.

Ring Tones

¡Viva La Raza! This segment is devoted to the music of Latino Heat, Eddie Guerrero! He died much too soon, but he still had an incredible career and is widely regarded as one of the greatest wrestlers of all time.

We’ll hit all of his best tracks including LWO, the Radicalz, Latino Heat and more!

The Three Count

Brian put over David Shoemaker’s book The Squared Circle: Life, Death and Professional Wrestling.

Mike put over OVW, even though they have someone who may have one of the most insulting musical gimmicks of all time.

Danielle put over The New Day’s newest bit, Kramer Kingsman.

Hosted by Danielle Radford, Mike Eagle and Brian Brushwood.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 107: All In on Life Beyond WWE w/ Jensen Karp

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Guests: 
Jensen Karp
Guests: 
Danielle Radford
Guests: 
Lindsey Kelk

This week, the team is joined by Jensen Karp! He’s a lifelong wrestling fan who has fond memories of watching WWF and WCW go to war as a kid. He also got the chance to write for WWE in 2006, which gave him a special insiders perspective to the madhouse that is the McMahon family creative HQ.

Jensen was in Chicago this past weekend to watch All In live (as part of his bachelor party!). He tells Danielle and Lindsey about what he thought of the largest independent wrestling show ever. Plus, the team discusses their favorite matches from the event; matches that included the likes of Kenny Omega, the Young Bucks, Pentagon DARK, Joey Ryan and tons more. And they’ll explain why the match between Tessa Blanchard, Madison Rayne, Chelsea Green and Britt Baker could be a turning point for independent women’s wrestling.

Plus, there’s plenty of WWE stories progressing... even if we're still not sure what to make of all of it. Why is Braun Strowman now aligned with the entire heel roster against Roman Reigns? Why is Drake Maverick now managing The Authors of Pain? Is Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz hitting all of the notes that we want it to hit?

And why… WHY… do the Authors of Pain still look like adult toddlers?

The Three Count

Jensen put over PWG’s Brody King and all of the potential he has as a future champion.

Lindsey put over Brie Bella returning to the ring after lengthy maternity leave.

Danielle put over Lio Rush and Keith Lee reuniting in WWE.

Hosted by Danielle Radford, Lindsey Kelk and Jensen Carp.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 106: Baron Cobin’s magical style w/ LaToya Ferguson

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

This week, the team is joined by LaToya Ferguson! She’s written about wrestling for The AV Club and Paste and is ready to share her thoughts on tons of the biggest happenings in wrestling.

That includes LaToya’s renewed anxiety about the women’s division slipping back into some Divas era tendencies like shorter matches with as many competitors as possible shoved into the ring. The team will set it straight that this doesn’t make for quality showing, especially as roads lead up to Evolution.

Plus, many indications are that Braun Strowman is leading into heelish tendencies. But how good of an idea is that when he’s really over with the audience? And speaking of which, has WWE corrected course with Becky Lynch and learned that having her antagonize the audience is a losing game?

All of that and the team will finally, definitively explain what Baron Corbin’s outfit makes them think of. Seriously, you’ll never be able to look at him the same way again.

The Three Count

LaToya put over Kevin Nash’s Paparazzi Productions.

Danielle put over Hal Lublin at Dragon Con.

Mike put over Danielle Radford on Patreon.

Hal put over Mike’s upcoming tour dates in the U.S. and Europe through November.

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

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 105: The 2018 NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn 4 and SummerSlam Special w/ Meghan Sullivan

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

This week, Hal, Danielle and Mike are joined by Meghan Sullivan, formerly from IGN! They'll breakdown the news from NXT: TakeOver Brooklyn 4 and SummerSlam.

Ep. 105: The 2018 NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn 4 and SummerSlam Special w/ Meghan Sullivan

This week, the team is joined by Meghan Sullivan! She’s a 12-year alumna of IGN, the internet’s biggest video-game website. Most of her coworkers there weren’t big wrestling fans, but she joins Hal, Danielle and Mike to let her mark flag fly.

NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn 4

For the third consecutive time, Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano headlined TakeOver. This time it was a last man standing match for the NXT championship. Mike was there live and he can confirm that there was a pocket of the audience chanting “Johnny Loser” in the aftermath of the match. So is it time to give this feud time to breath?

Plus, we’ll highlight the other big matches of the show, including two title changes and why we’re so nervous for some of the brand’s MVP’s to be moved up to the main roster.

SummerSlam

It’s WWE’s second biggest show of the year, and the reviews have actually been great, both from the internet and from the team.

Roman Reigns is now the Universal Champion after beating Brock Lesnar (fifth time’s the charm!). But where does this leave Money in the Bank holder Braun Strowman, especially now that the Shield is back together and ready to run roughshod on WWE once again?

Plus, what other title changes did the group think made a lot of sense? And just what was it about this show that led to so many great matches throughout the card, in spite of some slightly wonky finishes?

All that… and why Meghan and Danielle are ready for Samoa Joe to forever refer to himself as Daddy.

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

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

You can keep up with Meghan on Instagram and on Twitch!

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Tights and Fights Ep. 104: Cat WrestleMania and a Full Life Beyond Wrestling w/ Kris Wolf

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Guests: 
Kris Wolf
Guests: 
Hal Lublin
Guests: 
Danielle Radford
Guests: 
Lindsey Kelk

The road to WWE’s second biggest show of the year is finally coming to an end! This weekend NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn 4 and SummerSlam will take place live at the Barclays Center. Hal, Danielle and Lindsey will look ahead to the biggest things happening ; that includes the Miz vs. Daniel Bryan, the next installment of Johnny Gargano vs. Tommaso Ciampa and (hopefully) the final installment of Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns.

Kris Wolf

Kris Wolf joins the Nation of Conversation! She’s a wrestler who got her start at the Japanese promotion Stardom after she left her job as an English teacher. Since then, she’s gone completely independent and is in the middle of touring all over the world to perform in the ring and meet fans. She talks to the team all about her unique promos, what it’s like being best friends with Kairi Sane and why she believes in living a full life beyond just wrestling.

Kris Wolf has merchandise available on What a Maneuver and can be supported on Patreon.

She’s also got a match coming up this Saturday, August 18th, at FSW in Las Vegas!

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford, Kris Wolf.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 99: WWE x New Japan w/ BJ Mendelson

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

This week, author and comic book writer BJ Mendelson joins the Nation of Conversation! He’s got tons of thoughts on everything that happened in wrestling this week, from the pull-apart brawl between Roman Reigns and Bobby Lashley to the continued reunion between Daniel Bryan and Kane as Team Hell No.

Plus, a closer look at the next phase of Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa’s feud in NXT, who BJ thinks may be better than Paul Heyman on the mic and Danielle explains to the team what the Aztec Medallions of Lucha Underground are.

The Main Event

A few weeks ago, WWE promoted a special encounter between the New Day and New Japan’s The Elite. Sure it was a Street Fighter V competition at E3, but afterward, Triple H said that the company is open to a cross-promotional show with New Japan. But how likely is such a meeting to REALLY happen? And what would we like to see go down at this hypothetical event?

The Three Count

BJ put over Fantasy Super Cosplay Wrestling.

Danielle put over Episode 8 of Season 2 of GLOW.

Mike put over Robbie E’s podcast Why it Ended.

Hal put over the recent segment on Smackdown that featured Rusev on commentary.

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

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun

Tights and Fights Ep. 96: The NXT TakeOver Chicago II and Money in the Bank Special

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

What a week of wrestling it’s been!

And not just because of WWE; we’re still basking in the afterglow of New Japan Dominion and Kenny Omega finally capturing the IWGP World Heavyweight. But Kenny’s big month wasn’t done there; he traveled to Los Angeles with the Young Bucks to take on the New Day in Street Fighter at E3! And our own Mike Eagle was there live to watch the whole thing happen. He’ll tell us all about and explain what he did with the Pancake he caught from Xavier Woods at the event.

NXT TakeOver: Chicago II

Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano’s feud of the year continues, Aleister Black and the NXT Title once again are left out of the main event spot, Undisputed Era had a really fun bout with One Lorcan and Danny Burch, and Shayna Baszler gave Nikki Cross the collapse into unconsciousness that she longed for.

We’re running down everything… including Velveteen Dream’s gear choice in his match against Ricochet.

Money In The Bank

In the last week, we’ve crowned new champions in Alexa Bliss and Dolph Ziggler and have a new Monster in the Bank in Braun Strowman.

Which stars are in the best position to be successful as we enter the second half of the year? Is Shinsuke Nakamura worse off for not having captured the WWE Championship? And what do we think of the sudden and unceremonious firing of Big Cass?

Hosted by Danielle Radford, Mike Eagle and LindseyKelk.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 93: #CookieDreams and Britney Young from Netflix's GLOW

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Mike, Hal, Danielle, Britney and Lindsey
Guests: 
Britney Young
Guests: 
Hal Lublin
Guests: 
Danielle Radford
Guests: 
Mike Eagle
Guests: 
Lindsey Kelk

It’s a brand new week in wrestling as Money in the Bank is finally on the horizon!

The stage is set for those who will compete in the ladder matches on June 17th, but who’s in the best position to get that golden ticket for the world title match? And has WWE been building this up the contest for all of the entrants in the right way?

Plus, NXT red-hot angle between Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa has continued to pick up steam, and has now incorporated Candice LeRae, Gargano’s real-life wife. But she’s someone who’s known around the country for standing on her own; shouldn’t she be plowing her own path rather than just following in her man’s story?

All of this, plus a look whether or not the Universal Title is relevant, the B-Team barbecue vs. Naomi and Lana’s dance-off and Julian stan’s for the cruiserweight championship match between Cedric Alexander and Buddy Murphy.

Britney Young from GLOW

The Netflix series GLOW returns on June 29th! Lindsey Kelk sat down with Britney Young who stars in the show as Carmen Wade aka Machu Picchu. Young tells us all about what it was like to make the show in a post-#MeToo world, why she loves Lucha Underground and what it was like to get in the ring with Kia Stevens.

Britney can be found on Twitter and Instagram.

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. 90: WWE Backlash and Suddenly Dinosaurs

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Hal, Mike and Lindsey
Guests: 
Hal Lublin, Mike Eagle & Lindsey Kelk

It seems like everyone’s got opinions on Sunday’s WWE show Backlash.

Audiences in attendance walked out on the main event of Samoa Joe vs. Roman Reigns. But was the match really all that bad? Or has WWE just put Roman in such a poor position after WrestleMania that this level of disconnect between the product and the fans is understandable?

Contributing to the disappointment in the show was that the WWE championship match between Shinsuke Nakamura and AJ Styles did not close out the evening. Is this feud still working after two matches ending in non-finishes? And who should come away with the WWE title at this point?

Plus, we look at the upcoming fourth installment in the much-loved Kenny Omega and Kazuchika Okada series. After a respective record 1-1-1, is it time for Kenny to finally get that IWGP title? And with Chris Jericho officially setting his sights on New Japan’s Intercontinental Title, there’s a lot to keep an eye on in the land of the rising sun.

All of this and a look at the latest in NXT, 205 Live and the… unusual entrance of Mandy Rose.

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

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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