John Cena

Tights and Fights Ep. 128: Cut a promo on my what now? w/ Omar Holmon

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Guests: 
Omar Holman

This week Hal, Danielle and Lindsey are joined by Omar Holmon. He’s the content editor for the website Black Nerd Problems. He’ll explain which part of WWE is keeping him engaged with the company’s programming.

WWE is currently building towards Elimination Chamber, which will likely determine who will be the WWE champion going into WrestleMania. One of the competitors in that match is Samoa Joe. He’s been doing brilliant work. But how much has his character taken a hit with all of the losses he’s accumulated?

Becky Lynch will also likely pay a big part in this event. She’s the most active part of WWE TV these days, appearing on both RAW and Smackdown as part of the story to her match with Ronda Rousey at Wrestlemania. We’ll discuss how WWE’s playing with the possibility of Charlotte entering the match… and if Asuka has been lost in the shuffle as Smackdown women’s champion.

All of this, plus the on-going drama surrounding Dean Ambrose, the possibility of Seth Rollins working hurt and the return of Halftime Heat on the WWE network.

Main Event

In just a few weeks, WWE will crown its inaugural women’s tag team champions. It’s been a long time coming and there are tons of talented women who will compete for the titles. But do we have any assurance that WWE will be able to build this into something consistently interesting? And who should be trusted as the first champions to help establish the division?

The Three Count

Omar put over the the entire WWE women’s division which he credits for maintaining his interest in WWE

Lindsey put over the worlds collide tournament.

Danielle put over the campaign for Drew Gulak to join NXT.

Hal put over the 2015 tag team Elimination Chamber match.

Julian put over Oso_Obscuro’s portrait of Eddie Guerrero.

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

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 127: NXT TakeOver: Phoenix & The Royal Rumble

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Guests: 
Vita Ayala

This week Hal, Danielle and Lindsey are joined by Vita Ayala. They’re a comic book writer whose work has been published by Marvel, DC Comics and Valiant. Before getting into the news, Vita will explain how they getting into wrestling led to them to some rough sleeping arrangements growing up.

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NXT TakeOver: Phoenix

Like most of the last few TakeOvers, this show was built around the ongoing drama between Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano. Now both of these two are on the same page and are champions. What’s the future hold for Dark-DIY?

And while those two are fixtures of TakeOvers, Bianca Belair had her first showing at the event, coming up short against Shayna Baszler for the NXT Women’s championship. But no one on the panel is ready for this feud to be over any time soon.

Plus, how the War Raiders finally won us over as the top tag team on RAW, who the ashiest NXT star may be and why Matt Riddle has gotta wear some shoes (a controversial take, to be sure).

The Royal Rumble

For the second consecutive year, WWE succeeded in giving us two great Royal Rumble winners. Seth Rollins won the men’s contest and is in line to face Brock Lesnar for the Universal title and Becky Lynch was a late entrant in the women’s Rumble and will finally have her match against Ronda Rousey.

But that doesn’t mean we’re on board with everything that happened on Sunday. Was it the best move to have Asuka tap Becky out in the opening match of the night? And why didn’t WWE ever address why Finn Balor didn’t use his Demon persona in his match against Lesnar?

All of that, plus all of the fallout on RAW and Smackdown and our favorite moments from one of the most chaotic matches in all of WWE.

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

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 126: Don’t stumble on the road to the Rumble

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Guests: 
Hal Lublin
Guests: 
Lindsey Kelk

This week Ha land Lindsey discuss the premier of WOW: Women of Wrestling. The show finally made its AXS TV debut last Friday. It’s got tons of great action and colorful performers. But does it lean too far into caricature rather than character? We’ll discuss.

Plus, Finn Balor and Daniel Bryan have major title matches at WWE’s Royal Rumble event on Sunday. Will Finn regain the Universal Title against Brock Lesnar and fulfill the underdog win of the decade? Will Daniel Bryan retain the WWE Title against AJ Styles in his quest to be the planet’s champion?

And with the WrestleMania card still looking murky, there are still tons of options in play including who will take on Ronda Rousey for the RAW women’s title, whether or not Asuka will still be the Smackdown Women’s champion and plenty more

Main Event

It’s the annual event that symbolizes the road to WrestleMania: The Royal Rumble. Last year we had two really solid versions of the match. Will the men and women be able to deliver shows of similar quality? How should the women follow up their second ever edition of the event? And who do we expect to be the winners?

The Three Count

Lindsey put over the Sasha Banks’ interview on the Edge and Christian podcast.

Hal put over Aiden English on commentary for 205 Live.

Julia put over Bobby Lashley and Apollo Crews’ pose-off on RAW.

Hosted by Hal Lublin and Lindsey Kelk.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 125: Watch women's wrestling w/ Stephy Slays

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Guests: 
Stephy Slays
Guests: 
Hal Lublin
Guests: 
Lindsey Kelk
Guests: 
Julian Burrell

This week Hal and Lindsey discuss NXT TakeOver: Blackpool. It was the very major TakeOver event from the UK side of WWE’s developmental promotion. Responses from viewers were incredibly strong, with plenty of familiar faces to reintroduce some new ones to a wider audience. What’s behind the positivity surrounding the brand? And what does the future hold, especially now that WALTER has debuted to challenge Pete Dunne for the UK Championship?

One person who was at the TakeOver event was Finn Balor. But that was just the start of his week. Not only did he defeat his protege Jordan Devlin, but he was named the new number one contender for the Universal Championship! But do we have any hope that he’s going to win, even with that +10 Demon modifier?

Plus, WWE introduced their brand new Women’s Tag Team Championships. The designs are great, but WWE hasn’t followed it up with quality women’s wrestling for all of its stars. There’s some great stuff like with Becky Lynch and the IIconics; And then there are some awful things like Mandy Rose’s home-wrecker character and Alexa Bliss being involved in a topless segment. What’s the response to the inconsistency?

Stephy Slays

Stephy Slays began wrestling when she was 18 years old. Now that she’s 25, she’s come a long way; from learning how to take her first bump, to developing her character and training the next generation of stars for WOW Women of Wrestling. She’ll tell us all about how she got her start, what her goals are and why wrestling helped her combat her depression.

WOW Women of Wrestling debuts on AXS TV on January 18th.

Hosted by Hal Lublin and Lindsey Kelk.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 124: The Jeremy Bearimy timeline of wrestling

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Guests: 
Shawn Marek
Guests: 
Hal Lublin
Guests: 
Danielle Radford
Guests: 
Lindsey Kelk

This week Hal, Danielle and Lindsey are joined by Shawn Marek. He’s a podcast host and producer who’s worked with wrestlers such as Lance Storm, Steve Austin and more on their respective shows.

The panel will take a deep dive into New Japan’s Wrestle Kingdom 13. The annual show from Japan featured matches from Hiroshi Tanahashi, Tetsuya Naito, Jay White and more. The show had the feeling of the start of a new era, with champions The Young Bucks, Cody and Kenny Omega all losing their titles.

The reason for that is that Cody and the Bucks will be devoted to their new promotion All Elite Wrestling. The organization had their first ever promotional press rally that outlined new details on the company. That includes practices like equal pay for men and women and paying for wrestling injuries. Also announced was the involvement of stars like Britt Baker, PAC, Hangman Page and Chris Jericho.

What are the reasonable expectations for AEW as it gets set for launch? What does this mean for Kenny Omega, now that his New Japan contract is done and he’s courting offers from multiple parties? And where does New Japan go now that the baton has been passed to a new crop of stars?

All of this and plenty more… including some yelling about Hulk Hogan showing up on RAW.

The Three Count

Shawn put over the Major Wrestling Figure Podcast.

Lindsey put over Kota Ibushi’s appearance on game show.

Danielle put over Zelina Vega and Andrade “Cien” Almas cosplaying as Team Rocket.

Hal put over his birthday buddy Ruby Riott.

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

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

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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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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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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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