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Tights and Fights Ep. 156: TakeOver: Toronto and SummerSlam

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This week, Hal Danielle and Lindsey discuss one of the busiest weeks of wrestling in recent memory.

Despite all of the solid wrestling across WWE’s shows, one character has captured the imagination of people more than anything else: Bray Wyatt as The Fiend. From the entrance to the music to his destruction of Finn Balor, the character is bars. We’ll break down what makes it work.

Plus, WWE managed to recapture some goodwill after another solid TakeOver, having Seth Rollins pin Brock Lesnar clean and showcasing the return of Sasha Banks as Becky Lynch’s presumed next challenger.

But of course, that’s just on the WWE side of things. This weekend also had the culmination of the G1 Climax in New Japan. As we had hoped, Kota Ibushi has finally reached the summit, defeating Jay White in the finale. Does this mean he’ll further fulfill our hopes by becoming the IWGP champion at Wrestle Kingdom?

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

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 and @TightsFights on Twitter and Instagram.

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. 155: Pro Wrestling: EVE w/ Emily and Dann Read

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Guests: 
Emily Read
Guests: 
Dann Read

CONTENT WARNING: This episode contains frank discussion of sexual assault from 4:57 to 5:57.

This week, Hal Danielle and Lindsey are joined by Emily and Dann Read from Pro Wrestling: EVE. It’s one of the most prominent all-women wrestling organizations in the world.

Recently, EVE announced that they would be embarking on a first-of-its-kind venture in wrestling: partnering with a union to make sure its performers gain representation. They’ll discuss how long the deal has been in the works and why there’s still trepidation in the wrestling world to embrace unionization.

Plus, they’ll discuss which performers within EVE they’re excited to see, why wrestling seems to be so behind in terms of equality from the rest of the world and the next changes that they’d like to see the industry embrace in the near future.

Find out more about Pro Wrestling: EVE on their website, including their upcoming shows and the charities that the company promotes.

Hosted by Hal Lublin and Danielle Radford

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 and @TightsFights on Twitter and Instagram.

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. 154: Drag, life and wrestling w/ The Nobodies

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Guests: 
DJ Accident Report
Guests: 
Lady Bearica
Guests: 
Ariel Italic

This week, Danielle and Lindsey are joined by DJ Accident Report, Lady Bearica Andrews and Ariel Italic. They’re collectively known as The Nobodies on their YouTube series where they breakdown wrestling events.

Bearica and Ariel are both relatively new fans while Accident Report has watched since childhood. And since they started their show they’ve learned something very important: the venn diagram of the world of drag and the world of wrestling is a very large circle. They’ll explain why the entertainment mediums are so identical.

They’ll also discuss how they feel about modern WWE, what it’s been like to cater to an underserved population of wrestling community and why it feels like international wrestling promotions are finally starting to gain a greater amount of attention.

The Nobodies are hosting the Mx. Nobody Pageant beginning August 8th at Brooklyn Bazaar.

The Three Count

Lindsey put over Pro Wrestling EVE establishing a trade union deal for its wrestlers.

Danielle put over Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Will Ospreay in the G1 Climax.

DJ Accident Report put over rising star, Devin Monroe.

Lady Bearica put over the new promotion Journey Pro KC.

Ariel Italic put over RJ City on Twitter.

Hosted by Danielle Radford, and Lindsey Kelk, DJ Accident Report, Lady Bearica Andrews and Ariel Italic.

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 and @TightsFights on Twitter and Instagram.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 153: Mike Quackenbush on high-spot pornography and the joy of wrestling

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Guests: 
Mike Quackenbush

This week, Hal Danielle and Lindsey are joined by Mike Quackenbush. He’s the head of the Philadelphia-based promotion Chikara. In just a few months, Chikara will be host to the largest pro-wrestling tournament in the world: King of Trios. Mike will tell us about which teams he’s excited to see.

Mike is also known as a reputable trainer in the wrestling business. He’s worked with tons of well-known stars like Drew Gulak and Aleister Black. Even though he’s still a busy guy, he says that going to the performance center is his equivalent of Christmas. He’ll explain why.

Plus, his thoughts on All Elite Wrestling, how the modern landscape of wrestling is shifting so much and why he believes in balancing quality story-telling with high-spot pornography.

Mike Quackenbush’s newest project is the YouTubeTil We Make It where he tries to give potential wrestlers (and even fans) a look at the best practices and etiquette to begin your professional career.

The Three Count

Mike put over Drake Maverick’s performance with the 24/7 Title.

Danielle put over Stokely Hathaway at the performance center with Josiah Williams.

Lindsey put over the G1 Climax.

Hal put over the future of pro-wrestling MJF.

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

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 and @TightsFights on Twitter and Instagram.

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. 152: The Mike reopens

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This week, Danielle and Lindsey are joined by their long-absent co-host Mike Eagle! Aside from putting on a great television show The New Negroes, where has he been all this time? He’ll explain everything, including why the return of Hulk Hogan to WWE led to him swearing off the company for the foreseeable future.

But luckily for us, All Elite Wrestling’s rise has provided him with a new televised wrestling product that he’s been able to enjoy and critique. He and the team will take a close look AEW’s latest show Fight for the Fallen. That includes what’s worked about the company’s single matches so far, why the tag matches haven’t quite clicked for some of us and why Jon Moxley’s connections with Frasier is so edifying.

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 and @TightsFights on Twitter and Instagram.

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 Fight Ep. 151: Rob Van Dam on his career, concussions and CBD

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Guests: 
Rob Van Dam

This week, Hal, Danielle and Lindsey are joined by Rob Van Dam. Through his 30 year career, he’s been seen in dozens of wrestling promotions and been a champion for just about all of them. He’s perhaps best known for his time in WWE where he was a multiple time Intercontinental and tag champion before he beat John Cena for the WWE Title in 2005.

RVD is also known for being one of the original founding performers of Extreme Championship Wrestling. While he doesn’t think ECW content will ever be welcome in mainstream TV again, he does think there’s still one particular fledgling company that is embracing the philosophies that made it successful.

Rob will discuss his career highlights, why he wants to keep wrestling in spite of having such a long career and why he’s dedicated to finding CBD treatments for concussions.

RVD’s documentary Headstrong is available now.

All of that, plus New Japan’s G1 Climax, Impact Wrestling’s Slammiversary and whether or not WWE’s main roster is getting left behind in a Summer full of awesome wrestling events.

Hosted by Hal Lublin Danielle Radford, and Lindsey Kelk.

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 and @TightsFights on Twitter and Instagram.

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.

Ep. 39: Go Fact Yourself with Dwayne Perkins & Gaby Dunn

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Larry Thomas, Dwayne Perkins, J. Keith van Straaten, Gaby Dunn, Helen Hong, Amy Shira Teitel
Guests: 
Dwayne Perkins & Gaby Dunn
Guests: 
J. Keith van Straaten & Helen Hong

It’s Go Fact Yourself…. IN SPAAAAACE! Or at least with a lot of discussion about space, plus tons of comedy and trivia!

Gaby Dunn is the author of the book Bad With Money and the host of the podcast of the same name. That makes her something of an authority on personal finance. And her findings on commerce are supported by some conspiracy theories that are equally insightful.

Opposite Gaby is comedian Dwayne Perkins! His star has risen in recent years with him getting his own comedy special. That success has earned him a lot of love from his peers… and just a hint of resentment as well. You can find Dwayne on the podcast Movie Night.

Our guests will talk about money, sitcoms and iconic supporting actors.

What’s the Difference: Colors

What’s the difference between purple and violet?

What’s the difference between a tint and a shade?

Areas of Expertise

Gaby Dunn: The TV show “Law & Order: SVU,” The OJ Simpson Trial, NASA’s Apollo Missions.

Dwayne Perkins: Jay-Z lyrics, The TV show “Seinfeld,” Flavors of tea.

Appearing in this episode:

J. Keith van Straaten
Helen Hong
Gaby Dunn
Dwayne Perkins

With guest experts:


Gaby Dunn and Amy Shira Teitel

Amy Shira Teitel, space flight historian, author and YouTuber.


Larry Thomas and Dwayne Perkins

Larry Thomas, Emmy-nominated actor who’s appeared on the TV shows “Scrubs,” “Arrested Development” and “Seinfeld.”

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

Theme Song by Jonathan Green.
Maximum Fun's Senior Producer is Laura Swisher.
The show is edited by Julian Burrell.

Tights and Fights Ep. 150: Tights and Fyter Fest

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This week, Hal, Danielle and Lindsey discuss AEW’s sophomore event Fyter Fest. While, there was tons of great wrestling and promos throughout the entire show, there was also an unprotected chair-shot to the head Cody Rhodes that overshadowed a lot of the other good things on the card.

But that’s not to say there wasn’t stuff to be excited about too. MJF, Jungle Boy, The Lucha Bros. and others had great showings and we’ll discuss what stood out to us… and what we’re still not sure about.

Plus, it appears that WWE has finally revealed what their creative response to AEW’s presence will be going forward. Late last week, it was announced that Paul Heyman will be responsible for the direction of RAW and Eric Bischoff for Smackdown.

We’ll look at what changes are evident for the future of the product, whether we’re into them and question their newfound desire for minor obscenities from promos and Corey Graves.

All of this… plus one more look at the G1 Climax at the stories that will come to a head at wrestling’s biggest tournament of the summer.

Hosted by Hal Lublin Danielle Radford, and Lindsey Kelk.

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 and @TightsFights on Twitter and Instagram.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 149: Tappin’ Titles w/ Emily Pratt

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Guests: 
Emily Pratt

This week, Danielle and Lindsey are joined by Emily Pratt She’s a wrestling writer and reporter for Uproxx.

There’s a lot of things to be really excited about right now, including the G1 Climax! The tournament kicks off next month and the card is STACKED! There are plenty of big returns advertised and incredibly talented performers facing throughout. Whether it’s KENTA vs. Ibushi or Okada vs. Archer, expect a lot of geeking out.

On the WWE side, there’s also the prospect of Samoa Joe taking on Kofi Kingston that we’re really into. Plus Drew Gulak finally capturing the Cruiserweight title. But there’s also a lot that we’re unsure about. Why is Shane McMahon involved in so many stories? And how much faith do we have that WWE is going to tastefully portray Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch’s relationship?

The Three Count

Emily put over the BOYZ show from DDT.

Danielle put over Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens’ post-match interview

Lindsey put over Alexa Bliss’s edition of 365.

Hosted by Danielle Radford, Lindsey Kelk and Emily Pratt.

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 and @TightsFights on Twitter and Instagram.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 148: "One Fall" w/ David F. Walker and Brett Weldele

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Guests: 
David F. Walker & Brett Weldele

This week, Hal and Danielle are joined by David F. Walker and Brett Weldele. They are the writer and artist (respectively) behind the new comic series "One Fall."

The book is all about a third-generation wrestler who fights for survival and profit in a world of supernatural creatures who all want the honor of killing him in the ring… again. They’ll tell us all about their project, how they became wrestling fans and the finer points of the best bars to watch wrestling at.

The Beatdown: Rey Mysterio vs. Eddie Guerrero (2005)

Rey Mysterio and Eddie Guerrero were both credited for helping popularize a lucha libre in the U.S. like few, if any, ever could have. They were best friends and frequent partners. And in their final series of matches, the stakes got more personal than most rivalries in WWE ever do. It was a contest that featured beat downs, betrayals, great promos and the custody of children. Hal and Danielle will look into what made one of Eddie’s last major storylines work so well… and why it wouldn’t have worked if they both weren’t so good.

The Three Count

Danielle put over Effy’s Twink Gauntlet and Stokely Hathaway’s quest to regain his CD player.

Hal put over Daniel Bryan’s commentary during Heavy Machinery’s match.

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford, David F. Walker and Brett Weldele.

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 and @TightsFights on Twitter and Instagram.

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.

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