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61 minutes | 2 years ago
Women’s Division Shakeup, ROH Creates Own Worst Enemy
WWE Shakes Up Women’s Division, ROH Creates Own Worst Enemy Take a deep dive into WWE’s women’s division and where things are headed into the TLC pay-per-view. With two storyline shakeups this week, Chuck and Aaron talk about the possibility that neither Becky Lynch or Charlotte Flair will be champion following the TLC pay-per-view and how that will factor into plans for WrestleMania. Plus, the latest on Alexa Bliss. The guys also look at what could be the biggest thing to hit pro wrestling in decades and how Ring of Honor may have created its own worst enemy in Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks. The trio now have apparent ties to major money and the backing of an NFL ownership family as rumors swirl about plans to start their own wrestling promotion. Also on the show, why a ROH star attending Raw doesn’t mean he’ll be making the jump anytime soon. And is NXT truly overtaking the main roster on the WWE Network? We look at the surprising viewership numbers following Survivor Series.
57 minutes | 2 years ago
Breaking Becky Lynch News: The Guy Who Broke The Internet After She Broke Her Face
Take a deep dive into the world of Becky Lynch as we chat with the guy who broke the story that doctors had yanked “The Man” the man off Survivor Series. Ted Gruber was first with news that Lynch sustained a concussion and would miss her heavily-hyped match against Ronda Rousey. How did he get the scoop and when did he know it?! He tells us. Also on the show this week: - Controversial remarks by Dean Ambrose and Stephanie McMahon - What’s in store for Braun Strowman following elbow surgery - Ronda Rousey gets first real taste of WWE boo birds - Cody Rhodes post-Ring of Honor future - Enzo Amore out Enzo’s himself **Follow** [@PressSlam](http://www.twitter.com/pressslam) [@ChuckCarrollWLC](https://twitter.com/chuckcarrollwlc) [@smFISHMAN](https://twitter.com/smFISHMAN) [@RajGiri_303](https://twitter.com/RajGiri_303) *** Subscribe To The Show ***
64 minutes | 2 years ago
Major Survivor Series Shakeup! Daniel Bryan Goes Dark
Major changes are happening in WWE! The wrestling world has been turned upside down in a matter of days! With a gruesome injury forcing Becky Lynch off Survivor Series card, Charlotte Flair is stepping in to face Ronda Rousey. And Daniel Bryan turns heel and wins the WWE Championship. This week joining Chuck and Scott for the Reporter’s Roundtable is longtime Wrestling Inc. head honcho Raj Giri as the panel looks to make sense of it all and how it could effect creative plans for WrestleMania. Also, where The Elite winds up in 2019 is still a mystery. But the guys look at the potential for a major name to give a big boost to Ring of Honor and New Japan as they go head-to-head with WWE NXT on the eve of WrestleMania. Plus, the problem journalists have when misinformation spreads with their name on it. **Follow** [@PressSlam](http://www.twitter.com/pressslam) [@ChuckCarrollWLC](https://twitter.com/chuckcarrollwlc) [@smFISHMAN](https://twitter.com/smFISHMAN) [@RajGiri_303](https://twitter.com/RajGiri_303) *** Subscribe To The Show ***
57 minutes | 2 years ago
Hulk Hogan's Under The Radar Return, Brock Cashes In
WWE is dodging press bullets left and right after proceeding with Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia despite major international tensions! This week, Chuck, Scott and Aaron talk about why the huge uproar heading into the show has faded into a minor whimper. And who benefited the most from this? Hulk Hogan! The Hulkster’s return largely flew under the radar and that’s what’s best for business for WWE. The gang puts on their newsboy hats to shed light on why this one has slipped by the media. Reporters ordinarily would have claws out trying to find out why a company would allow somebody back into the fold after making derogatory racist comments, especially in this age. Then, the guys take a look at how WWE and UFC could tag team a champion with Brock Lesnar! The Beast reportedly signed a new contract to be the top guy again in WWE with Roman Reigns no longer available. The headline potential for the Universal Champion in the octagon is enormous and could lead to one of the most purchased pay-per-view events in UFC history. Plus, the president and CEO of Ring of Honor’s parent company has huge goals for the promotion’s future.
57 minutes | 2 years ago
Heat On Daniel Bryan Over Saudi Arabia? + WWE Media Frenzy
Is Daniel Bryan in trouble with WWE? That's the big topic on the show this week as Chuck and Aaron take a hard look at the blowback he could face for refusing to wrestle in Saudi Arabia. Could John Cena also be in the dog house for bowing out of Crown Jewel? Plus, the guys give insight on how newsrooms will react if WWE airs pro-Saudi messages during the pay-per-view. Even FOX News would raise an (people's) eyebrow at that. But one rumored surprising move on the announce team could give WWE at least one positive story coming out of Crown Jewel. **Also on the Show** * Linda McMahon says "talk to Vince" ... wants no part of the controversy * Evolution was epic, so why didn't WWE treat it that way * How far is too far when it comes to exploiting Roman Reigns? * WWE's empire grows as it redefines independent wrestling via Evolve **Follow** * [@PressSlam](http://www.twitter.com/pressslam) * [@ChuckCarrollWLC](https://twitter.com/chuckcarrollwlc) * [@TheAOster](https://twitter.com/theaoster) * [@SMFishman](https://twitter.com/smFISHMAN)
55 minutes | 2 years ago
WWE STUNNER: Get Well Roman / News On Crown Jewel Status
With the wrestling world still shell-shocked by the announcement the Roman Reigns is stepping aside to battle leukemia, the guys talk about the extraordinary lengths WWE went to keep the diagnosis a secret until the emotional reveal Monday night. Russ Weakland of HollywoodLife.com joins Chuck, Scott, and Aaron to look at the optics of having Dean Ambrose turn heel on the same night his brother in the ring revealed he is now in a very real fight for his life. Should there be blowback? Plus, the guys get into the latest news on the status of Crown Jewel as major stars within WWE reportedly refuse to go to Saudi Arabia. The group uses their media background to examine the ramifications of going through the show. How costly would that be for the $6 billion company? Potentially VERY. And there is a major historic pay-per-view this weekend that isn’t getting as much attention as it deserves. WWE Evolution seems like an afterthought at this point given all that’s going on. So, the guys dive into how critical it is that Ronda Rousey’s opponent be Nikki Bella. Because without The Bella Twins, there’s a good chance we’d be hearing even less about the show outside the wrestling circle.
62 minutes | 2 years ago
WWE Forgot About Women, Why The Saudi Show Should Go On
Press Slam comes fresh off another busy week in professional wrestling. And helping Chuck Carroll and Scott Fishman break it all down is veteran Miami Herald pro wrestling editor Jim Varsallone. The Reporter’s Roundtable looks back on SmackDown 1000, the build of Evolution, the latest on the controversial Crown Jewel event still scheduled to take place from Saudi Arabia and the way Austin Aries left Impact Wrestling’s Bound For Glory. **Follow** * [@PressSlam](http://www.twitter.com/pressslam) * [@ChuckCarrollWLC](https://twitter.com/chuckcarrollwlc) * [@smFISHMAN](http://www.twitter.com/smFISHMAN) * [@JimmyV3](http://www.twitter.com/jimmyv3)
59 minutes | 2 years ago
HBK: More Than Just One Match? & Trouble Looms For WWE
Shawn Michaels is officially coming out of retirement. But is this just one match or is the Heartbreak Kid going to make another run? Chuck Carroll of CBS, Aaron Oster of The Baltimore Sun and Scott Fishman of TVInsider and Channel Guide Magazine welcome Brian Fritz of The Sporting News to talk about the probability we’ll see HBK stick around for a while. Plus, with Crown Jewel just weeks away, is WWE teetering on the verge of a major PR nightmare with new bombshell accusations against the Saudi government? Investigators fear a Washington Post journalist who has been critical of the regime was murdered after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul recently. With the U.S. actively involved in the investigation, could the alleged heinous act derail the massive money deal between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and WWE? It may only take one major news outlet to ask questions to find out. So why hasn’t that happened yet? Also on the docket, did Austin Aries go too far by criticizing John Morrison’s real-life wife on Twitter before Bound For Glory? Rey Mysterio comes back to WWE with a dream match and why Ronda Rousey versus Nikki Bella is the right call to headline the Evolution pay-per-view. *** be sure to subscribe to the show ***
60 minutes | 2 years ago
The Rock WWE Rumors, Dirty Secrets Of Booker T's Theme
WWE is rumored to be throwing a ton of money at The Rock in an effort to book him on the upcoming Saudi Arabia show. But is this “fake news”? That’s what Chuck, Aaron and Scott attempt to sort out as Sean Ross Sapp from Fightful.com takes a seat at the reporter’s roundtable. Also, Sapp has unearthed some shocking secrets about some of the most popular wrestler themes. A sample in Booker T’s music is enough to make a sailor blush and Maryse’s isn’t far behind! Also on the show... * Batista and Rey Mysterio set for WWE return * Hangman Page reportedly turns down WWE offer * Punishment Martinez doesn’t and bids farewell to ROH * Impact Wrestling officials meet with WWE * Neville is back
59 minutes | 2 years ago
WWE Hits Record Low, SCARY Injury!
What’s up with WWE’s record-low ratings?! Jim Varsallone of The Miami Herald joins the panel to talk about whether it’s time for WWE to hit the panic button. Then the guys zero in on a scary situation involving Liv Morgan where she was accidentally kicked unconscious by Brie Bella in the middle of the ring. WWE is taking a ton of heat after she got back in the ring to take a triple suplex! Is it time for them to adopt a concussion policy similar to the NFL? Also on the docket: Bullet Club’s future, Madison Rayne signs with Ring of Honor, and the Philadelphia Flyers new creepy drug-addicted serial killer looking mascot, Gritty, makes the guys wonder about the need for more of them in pro wrestling. Plus, Chuck relives his week hanging out with Impact Wrestling champion Austin Aries in Washington, DC. Shockingly (cough cough), the two vegans got along famously. *** be sure to subscribe to the show ***
74 minutes | 2 years ago
Wrestling RIBS with Jake "The Snake"& WWE Storylines After HIAC
A special post-Hell in a Cell edition of Press Slam! The guys are joined by legendary WWE Hall of Famer Jake "The Snake" Roberts who recounts some of the best ribs he's ever seen in the business! Plus, he tells a few other tales from his one-man show. The Snake also has some harsh words for the young talent coming up these days, and why he doesn't necessarily agree with what he's seeing in wrestling these days. Then, they're joined by the new managing editor of Wrestling Inc, Nick Hausman. After some (surprising) Pokemon Go talk, they all give their thoughts on Hell in a Cell. Was the AJ/Joe finish the right one? Where are they going with Miz/Daniel Bryan? Now that Becky has won the title, what's next? And finally, what on earth did we see in the main event, is Brock actually sticking around for a bit?
86 minutes | 2 years ago
WWE Scoops and BACKSTAGE at MLW War Games
A huge show overflowing with backstage interviews and a ton of WWE news and insight from PWInsider.com's Mike Johnson! Go behind the scenes of the MLW “War Games” where Scott got a chance to sit down with Barrington Hughes, Tommy Dreamer, Joey Ryan and Rey Fenix before doors opened to the War Memorial Auditorium. Barrington talks about what it means to be in the War Games main event in front of a hometown crowd. Tommy shares ECW memories from the venue. Joey talks growth of intergender wrestling and his controversial “All In” entrance. And in a rare interview, Fenix talks what it’s like to travel the world wrestling alongside brother Pentagon Jr. and what their futures. Then respected wrestling journalist Mike Johnson participates in the first Reporter’s Roundtable. The panel run down the biggest headlines including what Bullet Club’s next move could be, Renee Young joining the “Raw” broadcast team full-time, Shawn Michaels wrestling again and more. Subscribe, listen and share your love of “Press Slam” with the world by leaving a five-star review!
66 minutes | 3 years ago
MICK FOLEY! CHRISTOPHER DANIELS! DAVEY BOY SMITH JR!
Mick Foley brings a touch of mankind to Press Slam before appearing on Monday Night Raw! The WWE Hall of Famer checks in from an RV while traversing Canada to give his thoughts on All In and what’s next for Bullet Club now that the biggest independent show in history is behind us. Are they WWE bound? Plus, he’s doing some good for the Humane Society and Jacksonville shooting victims with two special shows on his 20 Years of Hell tour. Then, former ROH World Champion Christopher Daniels gives the boys a ring with his firsthand account of All In where he tussled with Stephen Amell. Attention then turns to the ROH Death Before Dishonor PPV this month where he and Frankie Kazarian will challenge The Briscoes for the World Tag Team Championship. And Davey Boy Smith Jr. has a few thoughts before MLW War Games! It's a jam-packed Press Slam!
67 minutes | 3 years ago
Gail Kim and the State of Women's Wrestling
Women's wrestling has never been hotter, and we have one of the pioneers of this revolution this week in Gail Kim! The TNA Hall of Famer talks about what it was like transitioning from the ring to a behind the scenes role in Impact Wrestling, the feel of the locker room and the company moving forward. She also shares her opinions on WWE's current push for women's wrestling with the 'Mae Young Classic' and 'Evolution' Pay-Per-View. Plus, the guys get into if the wrestling journalism community has an obligation to start pressing WWE on Saudi Arabia before the next show there. Also, Kevin Owens names his dream opponent for WrestleMania and rumors swirl about a big name resurfacing at 'All In'! Please subscribe to the show, go all-in and leave a 5-star review! It helps us out a bunch.
72 minutes | 3 years ago
Matt Striker and Backstage At SummerSlam!
School is in session with teacher extraordinaire Matt Striker! He’s here talking all things MLW and Lucha Underground. Speaking of teaching, Striker drops a bombshell about his future plans! Plus, Chuck takes you backstage at WWE after wrapping four days of covering SummerSlam! Hear about his conversation with Triple H about Matt Riddle and what it takes to make it in NXT. Plus, the international press can be verrrrry interesting! **WE BEG YOU** Please subscribe to the show and leave us a nice 5-star rating and comment! We're not above begging.
76 minutes | 3 years ago
The Pile Driving Painter & ROH WrestleMania News
What would have happened if WWE successfully blocked Ring of Honor and New Japan from running Madison Square Garden? Chuck Carroll has the scoop on where the show may have moved to… including another city altogether. Plus, Scott Fishman and Aaron Oster remember the late Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart and speculate on how his untimely passing may effect WWE’s plans for Natalya. Pro wrestling’s only elegant artist Rob Schamberger then joins the show! We learn how he first got involved with WWE, painting personally for the McMahon family and one of the best Jim Neidhart stories you’ll ever hear! And the guys give their picks for SummerSlam. You know there’s going to be a heel turn coming!
66 minutes | 3 years ago
Brian Pillman Jr: FANNY PACKS, Zubaz and Legacy
The son of the loose cannon is here! Brian Pillman Jr. joins Press Slam after making his national TV debut at MLW’s Battle Riot! He tells the guys about following in his famous father’s footsteps and his meteoric rise in the wrestling industry. Plus, he’s on a crusade to bring back the fanny pack! But is the bulky waist wallet a fashion faux pas or the best thing ever? As for those Zubaz pants, there is no man with a stronger opinion on the flashy pants than Pillman! Chuck, Aaron, and Scott then dive into the major news heading in to SummerSlam. With Dean Ambrose rumored to be returning, will he cost Roman Reigns the Universal Title … again. Plus, there is huge news from the All In pay-per-view, Hulk Hogan, the Matt Hardy, and more! **— Follow —** [@PressSlam](http://www.twitter.com/pressslam) [@ChuckCarrollWLC](https://twitter.com/chuckcarrollwlc) [@smFISHMAN](https://twitter.com/smFISHMAN) [@TheAOster](https://twitter.com/theaoster) [Like ‘Press Slam’ on Facebook](https://www.facebook.com/PressSlamPodcast/)
75 minutes | 3 years ago
Hornswoggle! Star Wars SUCKS and Muppets Rule
Chewbacca can suck it! Hornswoggle is making a BIG impact on Press Slam, hating on Star Wars and putting over The Muppets much to Chuck's delight! This leads to a great debate with Scott and Aaron… is Luke Skywalker and company overrated? On the wrestling front, Swoggle hits on how boredom during a lull in his time at WWE led to the creation of his own promotion and the boom of indy wrestling. Plus, we hear about his fatherly relationship with Tommy Dreamer and the possibility of another run in WWE! **— Follow —** [@PressSlam](http://www.twitter.com/pressslam) [@ChuckCarrollWLC](https://twitter.com/chuckcarrollwlc) [@smFISHMAN](https://twitter.com/smFISHMAN) [@TheAOster](https://twitter.com/theaoster) [Like ‘Press Slam’ on Facebook](https://www.facebook.com/PressSlamPodcast/)
71 minutes | 3 years ago
The Beautiful People Reunion!
One of the hottest acts in TNA history is back together and on Press Slam! The Beautiful People — Velvet Sky and Angelina Love — join the show just after returning from a tour of Australia where the crowd down under went nuts to see them together again. Hear their take on WWE trying to recreate their gimmick on two occasions and whether they’d be interested in bringing their reunion to Impact Wrestling to reclaim the Knockouts Division. Plus, we find out why they are both truly beautiful inside and out. Chuck, Scott and Aaron have the ramifications of WWE’s plans for an all-women’s pay-per-view and some rumblings about a talent that could be NXT bound with a very unique clause in their contract. **— Follow —** [@PressSlam](http://www.twitter.com/pressslam) [@ChuckCarrollWLC](https://twitter.com/chuckcarrollwlc) [@smFISHMAN](https://twitter.com/smFISHMAN) [@TheAOster](https://twitter.com/theaoster) [Like ‘Press Slam’ on Facebook](https://www.facebook.com/PressSlamPodcast/)
65 minutes | 3 years ago
Austin Aries and The Miz!
Impact World Champion Austin Aries has a strong opinion about obnoxious fans! So don’t cross the line! Aries chats with Chuck and Scott just days before putting the title on the line against Moose at Slammiversary. He also gives his two cents on Impact’s comeback and WWE’s attempts to block the ROH-NJPW show at Madison Square Garden. Aaron catches up with The Miz at the MLB All-Star Game and gets exclusive comments about Hulk Hogans reinstatement to the WWE Hall of Fame!
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