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Tights and Fights Ep. 95: Chris Jericho's Greatest Rivalry Ever(?) w/ Adam Pranica

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

Adam Pranica officially joins the Nation of Conversation!

He’s the host of other amazing shows on the Maximum Fun Network, Like The Greatest Generation and Friendly Fire, but he also used to be a HUGE wrestling fan. It all started when he learned that his grandfather could very easily be mistaken for Ric Flair and blossomed from there.

Even though he’s lapsed as a fan over the years, he’s still got great memories of being huge fan when wrestling was at its zenith in pop culture; think back to the Nitro and Thunder days. Now, he’s ready to rekindle his fandom with Mike, Hal and Danielle!

The Beat Down

In this brand new segment, the panel takes a special look at each story beat of a significant wrestling saga and explains what made it so special.

For this first installment, in honor of his big win against Tetsuya Naito at Dominion, the team will examine Chris Jericho’s 2008 rivalry against Shawn Michaels. It led to tons of great matches, a brand new version of the Jericho character and was so great that Y2J has since called it the best story of his career.

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford ,Mike Eagle and Adam Pranica

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

Tights and Fights Ep. 94: The Doctrine of Two Dudes with Aubrey Sitterson

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Guests: 
Aubrey Sitterson
Guests: 
Danielle Radford
Guests: 
Mike Eagle

Aubrey Sitterson officially joins the Nation of Conversation!

He’s a comic book writer and editor who actually used to work for WWE’s web team. But nowadays, he’s a bigger fan of New Japan Pro Wrestling.

In that spirit, he’s got a lot to say about Hiromu Takahashi winning the 2018 Best of the Super Juniors tournament, Kenny Omega vs Kazuchika Okada IV and Chris Jericho vs. Tetsuya Naito!

Plus, the team will discuss tons of things from WWE, including Baron Corbin’s new job as the constable of RAW, Becky Lynch scoring the tap-out victory against Charlotte and the biggest cliches that both main shows revisited this week.

Aubrey’s upcoming comic book is The Comic Book Story of Professional Wrestling. It’s available for pre-order now

Hosted by Danielle Radford ,Mike Eagle and Aubrey Sitterson.

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. 92: Simon Grimm (a.k.a. Simon Gotch) advises against advice in wrestling

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

Simon Grimm is ready to join the Nation of Conversation!

Grimm formerly wrestled for WWE under the name Simon Gotch. There he was a member of the NXT Tag-team champion Vaudvillains. From there, he made his way to the Smackdown live main roster along with his partner, Aiden English.

Then he was let go by the WWE, a decision he says he couldn’t be happier about. Why? Because the independent wrestling scene is thriving. And Grimm sees tons of talented wrestlers that he can’t wait to work with.

Grimm will tell Hal, Mike and Danielle all about what it’s like to transition to the indies after being in the WWE, why he doesn’t believe in giving advice to wrestlers and he’ll even discuss what he thinks about that, "Bobby Lashley’s sisters" segment that was on Monday Night RAW this week.

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford , and Simon Grimm.

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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Ep. 11: Go Fact Yourself with Edi Patterson and Wayne Federman.

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(l-r) J. Keith Van Straaten, Helen Hong, Karie Bible, Wayne Federman, Edi Patterson
Guests: 
Edi Patterson & Wayne Federman
Guests: 
Edi Patterson
Guests: 
Wayne Federman

This week, actress Edi Patterson and comedian Wayne Federman will go head-to-head, answering such biting trivia as the difference between a cemetery and a graveyard, the politics of Beverly Hills and the finer points of childbirth. It’s a competition as funny as it is eclectic!

But first, Edi will explain how her time at the Impro theatre primarily leads to the creation of full-length, fully improvised plays (yeah with an intermission and everything). And Wayne will explain what it’s like teaching stand-up comedy… as an actual class at a University.

Edi’s areas of expertise include The Lost Boys, Midsouth Championship Wrestling from the 1980’s and Howard Stern’s Sirius XM radio show. Wayne’s area of expertise includes films that have won the Academy Award for Best Picture, drummers who sing while drumming and fast-food.

As always, listen to find out if your trivia knowledge surpasses those of our guests.

J. Keith van Straaten
Helen Hong
Edi Patterson
Wayne Federman

With guest experts:
Podcaster and pro-wrestling historian Jim Cornette.

Box-office analyst and author of several books on movies Karie Bible.

Go Fact Yourself was devised by Jim Newman and J. Keith van Straaten, and produced in collaboration with Maximum Fun. The show is recorded at the Angel City Brewery in downtown Los Angeles.

Theme Song by Jonathan Green
David McKeever is the Live Sound Engineer.
Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher
The show is edited by Julian Burrell.

Tights and Fights Ep. 89: Strong Style Me, Daddy

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

As always Hal, Danielle and Lindsey breakdown the latest in the world of wrestling. And this week that includes Greatest Royal Rumble live from Saudi Arabia.

Everyone on the panel has seen at least a little of the event, but was the show and the payday worth preventing the entire women’s roster from performing at the show?

Greatest Royal Rumble was also the precursor to this Sunday’s BackLash event. With Roman Reigns losing once again, how much have they damaged his presentation and the perception of the Universal Title?

And with Shinsuke Nakamura set for what could be his final match for the WWE title against AJ Styles, does he need to win that strap to cement his positioning as the top heel on Smackdown?

All this plus a look at which feuds could go on forever, why WWE needs women’s tag team titles and who the uncrowned king of 205 Live is.

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford and Lindsey Kelk

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 88: A Royal Rumble Without any Queens

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Danielle, Daryl, Lindsey
Guests: 
Danielle Radford
Guests: 
Lindsey Kelk
Guests: 
Daryl Takahashi

With Daryl Takahashi looking on with love, Danielle and Lindsey take control of the show!

The two will break down the problems that have arisen with the Greatest Royal Rumble in Saudi Arabia; it’s WWE’s second major live event to air this month on the Network… but it will not feature a single women’s match. How much is that undercutting WWE’s supposed “women’s evolution?” And is the company doing everything they could be to make sure women are being properly used on their programming to make up for this absence?

The Saudi Arabian show will be host to other matches, including Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship. But what is it about this match that’s not clicking, compared to the build for their WrestleMania match?

Plus, why Shinsuke Nakamura’s new music is so amazing, who we wish was getting a shot at the Cruiserweight Championship and why it may be time to give Impact Wrestling another shot after so long.

Hosted by Danielle Radford and Lindsey Kelk.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 87: Shook Superstars

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

Mike and Lindsey have survived their trip to New Orleans and WrestleMania and are here to regale Danielle Radford with stories of Ice Cream Christmas!

They’ll talk all about why they learned about the wonderful parts of wrestling… And some of the worst parts of the fandom.

But we can’t dwell on the past for too long, because there’s a ton of new things to deal with as well, especially the Superstar shake-up! RAW and Smackdown is full of new stars. But which are set up for success and which are we most concerned about?

All of that plus, a requiem for the relationship between John Cena and Nikki Bella, the life and career of Burno Sammartino and a look at what WWE programming is like a mini-ice cream Christmas every week.

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford , Lindsey Kelk

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Bonus Ep. 9: w/ comic writer Box Brown and filmmaker Chris Bournea

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Guests: 
Julian Burrell
Guests: 
Box Brown
Guests: 
Chris Bournea

Welcome to our big finale of the Max Fun Drive!

In that spirit, here’s producer Julian Burrell interviewing two people from the world of wrestling.

First, in honor of the HBO’s "Andre the Giant" documentary, comic writer and artist Box Brown joins the show to discuss his time writing his own biography of the 8th Wonder of the World entitled "Andre the Giant: Life and Legend". Brown discusses what made Andre so special and why it was important to show Andre in the book with all of his flaws intact.

Next, Chris Bournea joins the program to discuss his new film "Lady Wrestler: The Amazing, Untold Story of African-American Women in the Ring." In it, he covers the lesser discussed black women of the 50’s and 60’s. He’ll talk about some of the biggest women wrestlers of this time and how he sought them out to uncover one of wrestling’s best-kept secrets.

Hosted and produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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