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Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast
119 minutes | Jun 12, 2021
WKPWP Interview Classic: (6-9-16) Keller talks with Jonny Fairplay about NXT Takeover, Roster Split, Brock Lesnar in UFC again, more
PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents an Interview Classic from five years ago (6-9-2016). This Interview Classic features PWTorch editor Wade Keller’s interview with Jonny Fairplay, a pro wrestling manager on the indy scene and also years ago with TNA, plus famous for his reality TV appearances including on CBS’s "Survivor." They talk about NXT Takeover “The End,” the pros and cons of the roster split, Brock Lesnar’s return to UFC, the career of Mr. Kennedy/Mr. Anderson, Vince Russo’s philosophies on pro wrestling, and more with live callers and emailers.
144 minutes | Jun 11, 2021
WKPWP - Thursday Flagship - Keller & Martin talk NXT Takeover, Ratings, Inner Circle on Dynamite, NWA's PPV with Aldis-Murdoch, more
PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents a Thursday Flagship edition of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast with guest co-host Todd Martin, a PWTorch VIP analyst. They discuss New Japan Dominion, NXT on USA on Tuesday night, Preview NXT Takeover "In Your House," AEW Dynamite, WWE Smackdown, WWE Raw, NWA's "When Our Shadows Fall" PPV, UFC results and previewing this weekend.
164 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
WKPWP - New Keller Mailbag & 10 Yrs Ago Flagship: Should AEW be more serious, last night's Raw, Vince slaps Tough Enough winner
In this Wildcard Tuesday episode of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast, PWTorch editor Wade Keller begins with a 30-minute new Mailbag segment including whether AEW would benefit from a more serious product and less "wink & nod" and slapstick humor, thoughts on last night's Raw, and Tony Khan hyping his shows.Then a flashback to the Flagship episode from ten years ago this week with Wade Keller and ProWrestling.net's Jason Powell on June 7, 2011. They take live calls for most of the live hour including a lot of discussion on the previous night's Raw, Mick Foley's TNA departure, Tommy Dreamer's TNA departure, TNA vs. WWE roster strength, the value of the belt, Vince McMahon's slap of the Tough Enough winner Andy Leavine, the latest on Michael Cole, and more. In the previously VIP-exclusive Aftershow they discuss Raw in great detail segment by segment. It's the longest VIP Aftershow ever.
110 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
WKPWP - AEW Dynamite Roundtable w/Keller & Dehnel & Sage: Analysis of Double or Nothing fallout, Inner Circle celebration, Britt celebration
PWTorch editor Wade Keller is joined by PWTorch.com's Joel Dehnel and Tyler Sage for a special Roundtable podcast discussing last Friday night's episode of AEW Dynamite in a late night timeslot. They cover the highs and lows from the Inner Circle celebration to Britt Baker's celebration to the debut of Andrade with Vickie Guerrero to Dustin Rhodes vs. Nick Comoroto to the Bunny vs. Red Velvet match and much more. This essentially replaces the usual Dynamite Post-show, but rather than streaming live after the show with a single cohost and callers, because of the special timeslot, they switched to a Roundtable format.
108 minutes | Jun 5, 2021
WKPWP Interview Classic: (7-1-11) Ex-WWE Creative John Piermarini talks Punk's Pipe Bomb Promo in-depth, Sting's new character, more
PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents an Interview Classic from ten years ago (7-1-2011). This Interview Classic features PWTorch editor Wade Keller’s interview with former WWE creative team member (2009-2010) John Piermarini who discusses the C.M. Punk promo in-depth with insight from a former writer who has worked with Punk and Vince McMahon. They also take live calls mostly on the Punk promo, but other topics too. They also react to the new Sting character in TNA, plus Keller opens with a commentary on last night's Impact.
113 minutes | Jun 4, 2021
WKPWP - Flagship - Keller & Powell talk WWE roster cuts, will Vince sell, Lana-Miro, Cody's trajectory, Kross-Adam Cole segment, Jimmy Smith
PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents a Thursday Flagship edition of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast with guest co-host Jason Powell from ProWrestling.net and the Pro Wrestling Boom podcast. They discuss the WWE cutbacks, the prospects of Vince McMahon selling WWE, TV ratings and whether WWE is in a holding pattern creatively until mid-July, the lack of rule enforcement in Young Bucks tag matches, the five-way main event at the next Takeover, the Adam Cole-Karrion Kross segment this week, should Lana be reunited with Miro in AEW, will AEW's TV expansion backfire, what's the trajectory for Cody Rhodes, is Hangman Page on course to be AEW's centerpiece star, Jimmy Smith's debut on Raw and the departure of Tom Phillips, the return of fans to arenas, and more.
123 minutes | Jun 2, 2021
WKPWP - 10 Yrs Ago Flagship: (5-31-11) Lesnar, Mystery GM, Draft Fallout, Hogan & Bischoff in TNA, Kharma announcement on Raw, more
In this 10 Years Ago Flagship Flashback episode (5-31-11) of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast, Wade Keller and Jason Powell from ProWrestling.net take live calls for most of the live hour including discussion on last night's Raw, the post-draft WWE fallout, Kharma's newsworthy promo, Tough Enough, and more. In the VIP Aftershow they discuss Brock Lesnar's surgery, an anonymous G.M. theory, Zach Ryder's cameos, the state of the Diva Division, WrestleMania's buyrate, and more.
112 minutes | May 31, 2021
WKPWP - 10 Yrs Ago Flagship: (5-24-11) Randy Savage's and WWE Hall of Fame politics, Alex Riley, Miz, Punk with callers & emails
In this 10 Years Ago Flagship Flashback episode (5-24-11) of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast,Wade Keller and Jason Powell from ProWrestling.net take calls for an hour discussing Randy Savage and WWE Hall of Fame politics, Miz's character, Alex Riley's potential, C.M. Punk's discontent with the WWE schedule, the previous night's Raw, and in the VIP Aftershow, they discuss the TNA Wrestling Matters campaign, last week's Impact, Christian's character developments, and more.
158 minutes | May 29, 2021
WKPWP Interview Classic: (5-26-16) Jim Ross talks Cody's future, Reigns conundrum, Ryback issues, SD going live, Brand Split do's and don'ts
PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents an Interview Classic from five years ago (5-26-2016). This Interview Classic features PWTorch editor Wade Keller’s interview with Jim Ross with a predominant focus on WWE’s announcement that Smackdown goes live on Tuesdays in July and will include a distinct roster from Raw. Ross dissects the possible benefits and pitfalls of such a major change in WWE’s structure, looks back at the prior brand split and what is different today, his preference for how the separate rosters would be structured and how champions should be ideally featured. Also, live calls and emails delve into more aspects of the brand split and other topics. Plus some Cody Rhodes, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, and NBA OKC Thunder-Golden State Warriors talk at the end.
193 minutes | May 28, 2021
WKPWP - Cody Conference + Keller's AEW Double or Nothing PPV Roundtable Preview: Will there be a big surprise? Full card predictions, more
PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents a special PPV Preview Roundtable edition of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast with former Pro Wrestling Torch columnist (circa 1990) Eric Kroll and PWTorch.com contributor and VIP podcast host Tyler Sage looking ahead to Sunday's AEW Double or Nothing PPV. They look at possible big surprises and the wisdom of AEW not hyping that ahead of time if there is one. Which match is the actual main attraction and what are the pros and cons of various matches closing out the show? They look at Kenny Omega's AEW Title defense against Orange Cassidy and Pac, the Stadium Stampede match between the Pinnacle and Inner Circle, and everything else in the deep ensemble line-up.
109 minutes | May 26, 2021
WKPWP - Tuesday Flagship - Keller & Parks talk Virk departure, Ultimate Warrior documentary, WWE returning to fans in stands, AEW PPV, Punk
PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents a special Tuesday Flagship edition of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast with guest co-host Greg Parks, columnist for the Pro Wrestling Torch Newsletter and host of the PWTorch Dailycast's "Wrestling Night in America." They discuss Adnan Virk's departure including why he was hired and what caused his departure, extensive thoughts on the strengths and weaknesses of A&E's Ultimate Warrior documentary and how they feel about Warrior's "redemption story," WWE returning to fans in stands and whether they should be nervous about fans returning, AEW Double or Nothing PPV thoughts including which match is actually the main attraction or main event of the show, some thoughts C.M. Punk's impact if he were to return and whether AEW or WWE would be a better fit, some Raw and Smackdown ratings news, and more.
161 minutes | May 22, 2021
WKPWP Interview Classic: (5-19-16) Kevin Nash in wide-ranging interview on Reigns, NXT, Styles, Monday Night War, NWO comeback in 2002, more
PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents an Interview Classic from five years ago (5-19-2016). This Interview Classic features PWTorch editor Wade Keller’s interview with Kevin Nash, former WWF and WCW champion, former NWO and Outsider member, former WCW booker, and TNA wrestler. They cover a wide range of topics from his days as WWF Champion, the Monday Night War, the rise of the NWO, the NWO comeback in 2002, his time in TNA, A.J. Styles, Roman Reigns, NXT, and more.
149 minutes | May 21, 2021
WKPWP - Thursday Flagship - Keller & Martin talk Velveteen Dream cut, New Jack's career, Will Ospreay, Dynamite's move to TBS in 2022, more
PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents the Thursday Flagship edition of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast with PWTorch VIP analyst Todd Martin. They begin by discussing some key headlines including Will Ospreay being stripped of his IWGP Title due to injury, Velveteen Dream being released by NXT, and the death of New Jack. Then they review AEW Dynamite and talk about the move to TBS next year and the addition of quarterly TNT live specials. From there, they review NXT on USA, Smackdown, and Raw.
135 minutes | May 19, 2021
WKPWP - 10 Yrs Ago Flagship: (5-17-11) Keller and Powell talk Miz-Cena, Tawdry tone of TNA, Hogan & Bischoff running TNA, Tough Enough, more
In this 10 Years Ago Flagship Flashback episode (5-17-11) of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast, first a new introduction reacting to Miz's injury and how WWE might fill his TV time with NXT call-up ideas. Then a flash back ten years this week to Wade Keller and Jason Powell of prowrestling.net taking calls for an hour discussing mostly Raw and Tough Enough including Over the Limit hype, the Miz-John Cena feud, Kharma's future. In the previously VIP-exclusive Aftershow, they dissect the "Wrestling Matters" campaign and make concrete suggestions for how to make it work plus the early efforts and results of Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff in TNA.
127 minutes | May 17, 2021
WKPWP - 10 Yrs Ago Flagship: (5-17-11) Keller and Powell talk Christian's future, Angle's mistress, Cole-Lawler Mother's Day angle, Cena-Miz
In this 10 Years Ago Flagship Flashback episode (5-10-11) of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast, Wade Keller and Jason Powell of prowrestling.net discuss last night's Raw and take live phone calls. Subjects include the Michael Cole-Jerry Lawler angle and Mother's Day references, TNA's name, Chyna in TNA, Christian's future, and more.
189 minutes | May 15, 2021
WKPWP Interview Classic: (5-12-16) Ex-WWE writer Alex Greenfield insights into Vince, Shane, Steph plus Brand Split, Reigns push, more
PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents an Interview Classic from five years ago (5-12-2016). This Interview Classic features ex-WWE creative team member Alex Greenfield who talks about his time on WWE’s Creative Team in 2005-2006, thoughts on the brand split and first-hand stories of why it never reached its potential, plus fascinating insights into the McMahon Family with blunt comments on Shane, funny stories on Vince McMahon (including what he believes Vince would have done if he weren’t a pro wrestling promoter), and reasons for his fondness for Stephanie McMahon. Great stories, great insights, and great analysis of the 2005-2006 time and today’s push of Roman Reigns and similarities he sees between Roman and a candidate to be a top top star for WWE in the mid-2000s. A must-listen.
126 minutes | May 13, 2021
WKPWP - WWE WrestleMania Backlash Preview: Sam Roberts talks Reigns-Cesaro, Belair-Bayley, Lashley-Drew-Braun, Ripley-Charlotte-Asuka
PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents a special WWE WrestleMania Backlash preview episode with special guest Sam Roberts from WWE's Kickoff Shows and his Not Sam Wrestling Podcasts. They'll talk Roman Reigns defending against Cesaro and reaction to the return of Jimmy Uso, Bianca Belair defending against Bayley, Bobby Lashley defending against Braun Strowman and Drew McIntyre, Rhea Riplley defending against Charlotte and Asuka, Miz vs. Damien Priest with the pros and cons of Miz and John Morrison possibly breaking up, and The Dirty Dawgs vs. Dominik & Rey Mysterio.
150 minutes | May 12, 2021
WKPWP - Tuesday Flagship - Keller & Powell talk Backlash PPV hype, Jimmy Uso's return, Cassidy vs. Pac, NXT, Impact, ROH, Mailbag, more
PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents a special Tuesday Flagship edition of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast with guest co-host Jason Powell from ProWrestling.net and the Pro Wrestling Boom podcast. They discuss WrestleMania Backlash PPV hype, Jimmy Uso's return, Orange Cassidy vs. Pac as the top contenders' match, NXT's current lack of buzz, current strengths and weaknesses of Impact, the state of ROH, changes in fans over decades, and Mailbag topics from listeners.
163 minutes | May 8, 2021
WKPWP Interview Classic: (5-5-16) Ex-WWE Creative Kevin Eck talks working backstage 2011-2014 with Punk, Vince, Reigns, Bryan, more
PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents an Interview Classic from five years ago (5-5-2016). This Interview Classic features ex-WWE creative team member Kevin Eck who talks about his years from 2011 to 2014 with WWE, with a wide range of topics, insights, and behind-the-scenes details on what aired on WWE television during that time period. He has expansive thoughts on C.M. Punk, Daniel Bryan, Damien Sandow, Brian Gewirtz, Vince McMahon, Roman Reigns, and so many others, including first-hand interaction and details on dealing with them as part of his job. This show includes live callers and email topics.
143 minutes | May 7, 2021
WKPWP - Thursday Flagship - Keller & Heydorn talk Blood & Guts, Reigns vs. Bryan, NXT needing a spark, Kenny's top contenders, more
PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents the Thursday Flagship edition of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast with guest co-host Zack Heydorn, PWTorch.com assistant editor. They discuss Blood & Guts from a lot of angles, then move on to Roman Reigns vs. Daniel Bryan and then Cesaro stepping up as the next challenger, evaluating Orange Cassidy and Pac as the top contenders for Kenny Omega's AEW Title, why NXT needs a spark and some options WWE has, the Rhea Ripley-Asuka-Charlotte situation, breaking news on the AEW Dynamite ratings, and more.
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