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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. 103: Wrestling as a product and an art w/ Chikara’s Mike Quackenbush

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

This week Mike Quackenbush joins the Hal, Danielle and Mike in the Nation of Conversation! He’s one of the founders of the independent wrestling promotion Chikara, which he says is, “the Marvel Cinematic Universe realized as a pro wrestling company.” The organization has gained a following for its original approach to stories and hosting the largest tournament in pro-wrestling today.

Quackenbush is also a semi-retired wrestler who’s had a hand in developing some stars in WWE, including Cesaro, Ruby Riott, Mandy Rose and Drew Gulak. He’ll explain what goes into teaching wrestling and what it was like to spend a week as a coach at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida.

Plus, he’ll talk about why there’s so much disappointment among fans with the WWE’s current product, who he thinks are the greatest wrestlers of all-time and why he believes wrestling is just starting to discover its power as a storytelling medium.

More of Mike Quackenbush’s work can be found in his recent book “7 Keys to Becoming a Better Performer: A Book for Fellow Pro-Wrestlers.”

The Three Count

Danielle put over Twitter user CokeIbushi’s edit job on Ronda Rousey’s promo.

Mike put over Randy Orton’s promo on Smackdown.

Hal put over Paul Heyman’s promo on RAW.

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford, Mike Eagle and Mike Quackenbush.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

Tights and Fights Ep. 101: WWE Evolution and The Big Show w/ Jamie Loftus

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

This week, Hal, Danielle and Mike are joined by Jamie Loftus! She's a comedian and the creator and star of Irrational Fears on Comedy Central.

She joins the Nation of Conversation to discuss our favorite news from the week in wrestling including the announcement of WWE Evolution, the first ever all-women PPV that the company has ever put on. But even though we're excited about this show and hope that it's as good as it could be, this is yet another example of WWE patting themselves on the back for removing barriers that they established.

And Roman Reigns is officially the number one contender for Brock Lesnar's Universal Championship. What hope is there that it will be better received than the WrestleMania match? And is this guaranteed to end with a Money in the Bank cash-in to send the Brooklyn crowd home happy?

All of this, plus why Smackdown was a very strong show this week and we'll heap praise upon Impact Wrestling for their recent influx in talent and last weekend's Slammiversary PPV.

Ring Tones

He's been known as The Giant, The World's Largest Athlete, Paul Wight and The Big Show. He's had a 20+ year career that's included being a grand slam champion and Jamie Loftus's favorite wrestler! She'll talk all about her fandom for him as the team takes a journey through his entrance music over the years.

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford, Mike Eagle and Jamie Loftus.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 100: Keep Hulkamania on a Leash

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Guests: 
Hal Lublin
Guests: 
Mike Eagle

When Danielle is away, the heels will play!

Mike and Danielle have the booth all to themselves this week and they have plenty of things they need to talk about. That includes, perhaps most significantly, the return of Hulk Hogan to the WWE Hall of Fame. Wrestlers like the New Day, Titus O'Neil and Mark Henry have voiced their opinion about and Mike is happy to speak his truth Then, Now and Forever.

Plus, the two will break down Extreme Rules and all of the subsequent fallout from the event. That includes the audience in Pittsburgh that decided that instead of paying attention to Seth Rollins and Dolph Ziggler's Iron Man match, they were going to countdown the end of every minute, Royal Rumble style. Thus Hal has no choice but to take them to task.

The Three Count

Mike wants to The New Day's response to Hulk Hogan returning.

Hal wants to put over the recent episode of Something to Wrestle with Bruce Prichard about Muhammad Hassan.

Hosted by Hal Lublin and Mike Eagle.

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. 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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