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Tights and Fights Ep. 143: The Road to 20-0 w/ John Walsh (a.k.a. Super Eyepatch Wolf)

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Guests: 
John Walsh a.k.a. Super Eyepatch Wolf

This week, Danielle and Lindsey are joined by John Walsh. His fans on YouTube know him as Super EyePatch Wolf, where he’s gained following for deep dives into anime, video-games and wrestling.

The panel takes a look at the latest stories and characters in NXT. That includes the drama surrounding the Undisputed Era, Matt Riddle’s cannabis and shoe habits, who the next women’s champion should be and the potential of Mr. Eric Bugenhagen.

The Beatdown

For years it was considered the sacred cow of WWE: The Undertaker’s WrestleMania undefeated streak. The drama and mythos behind “The Streak” really ramped up when Shawn Michaels and Triple H tried to end it for four consecutive years.

We’ll take a look at what made The Road to 20-0 so effective, including our thoughts on this 20+ year story and how we felt about its conclusion.

If you want to see more about the Undertaker and what The Streak meant to his character, be sure to check out this Super Eyepatch Wolf video.

Hosted by Danielle Radford and Lindsey Kelk and John Walsh.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 138: The 2019 WrestleMania special w/ Quiet Riot’s James Durbin

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Guests: 
James Durbin

Congratulations! You survived WrestleMania week! Hal and Danielle are joined by James Durin. He’s the lead singer of the band Quiet Riot. As a kid, he had a hard time being comfortable in who he was. But through the character-driven aspects of wrestling, he learned to express himself and find tons of new career avenues.

NXT TakeOver: New York

Johnny Gargano stands tall as the NXT Champion! He along with Shayna Baszler, the War Raiders and Velveteen Dream hold the gold of WWE’s yellow and black brand. With this year’s post-TakeOver featuring fewer call-ups to the main roster than usual, how should WWE balance building up NXT as its own promotion vs. making sure their budding stars have the biggest possible platform to entertain?

WrestleMania

Happy Ice Cream Christmas! What a show it was. The culmination of KofiMania. The return of Roman Reigns. The coronation of Becky Lynch. The slaying of the Beast.

The team will take a wandering look at a show that was incredibly long but also delivered tons of fun moments to keep everyone engaged. What was the deal with the finish of the main event? How many tears were shed for the new WWE Champion? How did the long runtime affect our enjoyment of the entire program? All that and so much more.

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford,and James Durbin.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 137: The irie career of Kofi Kingston w/ How2Wrestling’s Kefin Mahon

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Guests: 
Kefin Mahon

Welcome to another episode of Riteoga agus Troideanna! This week, Hal, Danielle and Lindsey are joined by Kefin Mahon.. He’s one of the hosts of the "How2Wrestling" podcast. The show started as his earnest attempt to introduce his girlfriend to the world of wrestling, one character at a time. He’ll tell us about how he saw his fellow Irish native Becky Lynch in her formative years as a wrestler and was convinced WWE would never give her a proper shot.

Now that we’re just a few days away from WrestleMania, WWE wants as much positive press as they can get. But that’s not happening now after John Oliver’s recent piece about WWE’s shoddy business practices. We’ll take a look at how we reconcile the reality of WWE’s business practices with our fandom and explain how hopeful we are that this could lead to change.

Plus, our reaction to the final card of WrestleMania and the final confrontation between Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair and Ronda Rousey.

Main Event

Kofi Kingston is an 11 year veteran of WWE. In that time, he’s become a 15-time champion and a part of one of the most bankable acts of the last decade with the New Day stable with his counterparts Xavier Woods and Big E.

When he faces Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania 35, it will be the culmination of a story that’s focussed on how much work Kofi has put in for a WWE Title opportunity. In honor of that, we’ll go back through Kofi’s career. We’ll touch on some of the highlights, including his debut in WWE’s ECW revival, his feud and de-push with Randy Orton and the original formation of the team that pushed him to new heights.

The Three Count

Kefin put over Big E’s tweet about RAW.

Danielle put over Kofi Kingston’s fan-made ‘Monster’ video.

Lindsey put over Rhea Ripley seeing snow for the first time.

Hal put over Ricochet and Aleister Black’s match against the Revival.

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

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 136: ‘S’ is for "Smile" w/ Matthew Gaydos

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Guests: 
Matthew Gaydos

Happy #MaxFunDrive! For our second episode of the week, Hal, Danielle and Lindsey are joined by Matthew Gaydos. He’s the host of the "I Love It" podcast. One thing that he loves is wrestling. Growing up his family was not very well off, financially; but they still managed to watch a number of wrestling PPV’s (he’s not sure if those two facts are at all related).

The panel will get into everything from the week in wrestling. That includes the highs like Kofi Kingston finally getting his WWE Title against Daniel Bryan; and the confirmation that Charlotte Flair vs. Ronda Rousey vs. Becky Lynch will be the closing match at WrestleMania!

Unfortunately, it also means looking at the worst things that happened this week. Like Asuka losing her Smackdown Women’s title to Charlotte. Does that inherently devalue the title? Or does having both brand’s championships in the main event help raise the stakes?

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The Three Count

Matthew put over Dean Ambrose on the "Major Wrestling Figure" Podcast.

Danielle put over Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon discussing their WrestleMania ladder match.

Lindsey put over Nikki Bella’s retirement announcement.

Hal put over Elias and Finn Balor rendition fo ‘Shallows.’

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford, Lindsey Kelk and Matthew Gaydos

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 98: Ice Cream Christmas 2000

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

We’re in the middle of a holiday week, so it’s a good time to take a look at the greatest holiday for wrestling fans: Ice Cream Christmas! That’s right, we’re looking back in the time of our fandom to once again take a look at a past WrestleMania.

For our previous special member-only episode, Mike, Hal and Danielle looked at one of the best events ever, WrestleMania X-Seven; this time, the gang is taking a look at one of the worst: WrestleMania 2000!

In a year of so many great PPV’s from the WWE, ironically the one show that didn’t live up to standard was the biggest one for the company. But what made it not work? Was it the convoluted main event? Or the lack of any traditional singles matches?

Plus, we’ll talk about the things that definitely did work, like the Triangle Ladder match between the Hardy Boyz, Edge and Christian and the Dudley Boyz, and share some fun facts from the show that you may not be aware of, even if you already watched this show 18 years ago.

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford and Mike Eagle

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

Money in the Bank, Jinder Mahal, NXT, TakeOver, Chicago, WWE, SDLive, RAW, Smackdown, wrestling, E3, New Japan, NJPW, New Japan Pro Wrestling, Tommaso Ciampa, Johnny Gargano, Aleister Black, Baron Corbin, James Ellsworth, Asuka, Velveteen Dream, Ricochet, Alexa Bliss, Drew McIntyre,

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Tights and Fights Ep. 97: GLOW w/ Sydelle Noel & Britt Baron and the Phantom of the Playa

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Guests: 
Sydelle Noel & Britt Baron
Guests: 
Hal Lublin
Guests: 
Danielle Radford
Guests: 
Mike Eagle

SPOILERS: SKIP FROM 4:32 TO 5:43 TO AVOID A SPOILER REGARDING NXT

Tights and Fights is set to Feel the GLOW once again as Sydelle Noel and Britt Baron join the show once again to talk about the upcoming season premier of one of the best shows on Netflix!

But first, there’s plenty of news in wrestling to discuss. Danielle is once again heavily invested in the drama of Lucha Underground including the debut of Jake Strong (fka as Jack Swagger in the WWE) and the title defense of Pentagon Dark. Fwendships in WWE have run the gamut this week from Sasha Banks and Bayley finally coming to blows and Team Hell No reuniting on Smackdown! But which Union is the team incredibly concerned for as the months continue?

GLOW

Sydelle Noel and Britt Baron sit down with Danielle to discuss the second season of GLOW. They’ll also take a deep dive into their training schedule, what it’s like to be on a TV show with a bunch of your best friends and even what their favorite “bad” movies are.

Season 2 of GLOW premiers on Netflix on June 29th!

The Three Count

Danielle wants to put over Batista’s adorable family photos.

… and the food that Mustafa Ali misses most when he’s away from home.

Hal wants to put over the recent episode of the 83 weeks podcast focusing on Chris Jericho.

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

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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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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