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Tights and Fights Ep. 70: Bray Wyatt should not be playing Xbox

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Lindsey Kelk, Danielle Radford, Hal Lublin
Guests: 
Hal Lublin
Guests: 
Danielle Radford
Guests: 
Lindsey Kelk

We’re officially just a few weeks away from Clash of Champions, the final Pay-per-view of the year! But why does Smackdown feel so directionless outside of a few feuds going into the event?

Maybe it has something to do with how much Shane McMahon has been inserting his influence into the Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn angle? Or maybe it’s because the tag team division hasn’t gotten another two teams hot yet for a big match?

But at least RAW has looked really good this week! Jason Jordan seems to finally be developing a character and Samoa Joe and Roman Reigns are on a collision course for the Intercontinental Title.

We’ll talk about all this plus The Bar retaining the RAW tag titles from the Shield, the differences between the Riott Squad and Absolution and more.

Gimmick Corner

When a wrestler named Husky Harris was sent back to NXT, he came up with a character named Bray Wyatt. He was a mysterious cult-like figure that seemed larger than life. But over the past few years, things haven’t gone as well as they could have with him. He’s taken losses, been in the worst WWE Title match in recent memory and lost much of his mystique. But could a pairing with Awoken Matt Hardy finally help right his ship? We’ll find out.

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

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

Tights and Fights Ep. 69: BREAKING: Matt Hardy is at last breaking!

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

We’re entering the final month of 2017, but there’s a lot being put in place before we’re full steam ahead on the road to WrestleMania!

Roman Reigns had his first title defense against Elias. It was a great match, but now that Samoa Joe is in the mix, where does the IC title competition go from here?

And AJ Styles is continuing his feud with Jinder Mahal. Most people want AJ to be the champ, but where does Jinder fit in now that he’s on the outs with his henchmen the Singh Brothers?

All that, plus a look at the Riott Squad and Absolution, another spotlight on the Velveteen Dream and a requiem for the Hype Bros. after they got bludgeoned by the Brothers of the Bludgeoning.

Main Event

Matt Hardy’s broken universe may finally be making a comeback! But has the window of excitement closed for the concept? What does a WWE version of the broken gimmick look like? And is there anything else in WWE that they could draw their inspiration from in the recreation of the hottest concept of 2016?

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. 68: The 2017 NXT TakeOver and Survivor Series Special

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Danielle, Mike and Lindsey
Guests: 
Danielle Radford
Guests: 
Mike Eagle
Guests: 
Lindsey Kelk

NXT TakeOver: War Games

Rarely is there ever a TakeOver that doesn’t deliver the goods and everyone definitely kept up the tradition this time.

The War Games match itself was a hard-hitting, and slightly hard to follow, affair. The Undisputed Era looked great, Roddy Strong was an adorable little member of the Authors of Pain and SaNitY looked as crazy as ever.

But that crazy match over-shadowed that Andrade “Cien” Almas is the NEW NXT Champion! He completed one of the strongest career turn-arounds in recent memory. How excited are we? We’ll talk about it.

And every year, there always seems to be one person from NXT that steps up their game and raises their stock to a new high. This year, that was Velveteen Dream. He lost to Aleister Black, but he won the hearts of millions, including all of us.

All of that, plus a look at the brand new NXT women’s champion, Ember Moon!

Survivor Series

It may be the least loved of WWE’s Big 4 PPV’s but Survivor Series week had a TON of great matches!

But let’s be real, the worst one was the main event on Sunday. Between Triple H “turning” on his team, Shane chasing away Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens and Shinsuke Nakamura and Bobby Roode being the first two people eliminated, this wasn’t the best showcase for the current stars of the WWE.

But there was still plenty to enjoy, including the best Brock Lesnar match yet against AJ Styles.

And this has also been a big week for the Shield! The trio beat the New Day and Roman Reigns won the Intercontinental Championship from the Miz, becoming the second Shield member to be a Grand Slam Champion. But why is that this reunion feels a bit… lesser than we expected it to?

Luckily, the women’s roster is staying new and exciting! After two great matches on Sunday, we’ve had SIX new stars added to the main roster: ON RAW, Paige, Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville made their presence felt and on Smackdown, Ruby Riot, Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan made their debuts. How do we make sure every one of them is showcased properly and not lost in the shuffle?

All that and plenty more in this look at what we loved most and why from an exhaustive 12+ hours of wrestling this past week.

Hosted by Danielle Radford ,Mike Eagle and Lindsey Kelk

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 67: The art of part-time wrestler

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

It’s the final stop before the last Big 4 WWE show of the year!

Survivor Series continues to have tons of wrenches thrown into it at the 11th hour. Turns out Alexa Bliss will be facing Charlotte on Sunday after she beat Natalia for the Smackdown Women’s title. Between this, Roman Reigns returning, and Jason Jordan being replaced on the RAW team, there’s a lot going on. But is all of this serving to make for a better show, or is it just showing how haphazardly WWE is putting this together?

Speaking of Roman he and the Shield finally had their first match as a unit in years. They’re all set to face the New Day in few days. Should they have wait for a bit longer for that Shield reunion? How about that RAW invasion? What are the stakes as we approach Sunday?

And how excited is Danielle to have a fourth season of Lucha Underground confirmed?!

Main Event

Triple H is officially the fifth member of Monday Night RAW’s Survivor Series team! Between him, Kurt Angle, Shane McMahon and John Cena, that’s FOUR part-time wrestlers split across each team. Is this the best way to utilize a partite performer in WWE? What is? Should a part-timer ever be champion? We’ll talk about it.

Tights and Fights Ep. 66: The newly phenomenal Survivor Series

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

So much for that Jinder Mahal/Brock Lesnar match that got built up for two weeks!

WWE went ahead and decided to pull the trigger on AJ Styles winning the WWE Championship for the second time in his WWE career. But where does the Phenomenal One go from here? And does the Modern Day Maharaja get that title back before the India tour in December?

And how about Chris Jericho! He’s set to face Kenny Omega at Wrestle Kingdom 12 in January! What could this mean for his future in WWE? And will the New Day face the Shield? Is The Bar going to lose to the Usos?

Misandry Corner

Chyna was one of the most dominant figures of the attitude era. She regularly was portrayed as tougher than any of the guys and even managed to become the Intercontinental Champion! So is her excommunication from WWE lore warranted? We’ll take a look at some of her greatest moments.

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford and Mike Eagle.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 64: From Tables, Ladders & Chairs to Measles, Mumps & Meningitis

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Danielle, Lindsey and Mike
Guests: 
Danielle Radford
Guests: 
Mike Eagle
Guests: 
Lindsey Kelk

WHAT A CRAZY SEVEN DAYS IT’S BEEN!

We were all set to have TLC show built around the first official match of the Shield 2.0 and a Demon vs. Sister Abigail encounter. But a sudden viral meningitis outbreak meant that the WWE had to reach deep into the deck to keep fans happy.

Kurt Angle made his official return to replace Roman Reigns in their main event match and Finn Balor finally got to wrestle AJ Styles for the first time ever! We’ll break down what we thought about WWE’s last-minute scramble.

Plus, how about Alicia Fox the last few shows? She’s stepped up in a big way to prove how much charisma she’s got and crazied her way to the Captain of the RAW Survivor Series team! And what about Kane’s first singles match on RAW? Or Sami Zayn’s adorably obnoxious skank routine? It’s all here and so much more!

Main Event

Now that Smackdown has officially put RAW #UnderSiege, it’s time to take a look at the classic invasion angle. Which ones throughout the course of history worked best? Are they completely ruined if the follow-up doesn’t work? And will this do anything to generate some interest in Survivor Series?

Tights and Fights Bonus Ep. 4: The Lucha Underground Special

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

It's time for another bonus episode of Tights and Fights!

This week, we're delving into the temple for our very first extended look at Lucha Underground.

What caught Hal and Mike's eyes as relative newcomers to the brand? Is there anything that they thought this promotion does BETTER than WWE? And do they plan to watch any more now that they've gotten a full taste?

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford and Mike Eagle.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep 46: Get Benched

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Danielle, Lindsey and Hal
Guests: 
Hal Lublin
Guests: 
Danielle Radford
Guests: 
Lindsey Kelk

WWE has got us incredibly excited for Samoa Joe vs. Brock Lesnar!

Paul Heyman has done his job to sell the match as the dream encounter that it is and we can’t wait to go along for the ride.

Plus, Smackdown’s tag and women’s divisions are both so much fun right now. Hopefully that rubs off on RAW soon?

And Danielle finally gets to talk about Lucha Underground once again (and Hal gets to try and figure out what she’s explaining)

Main Event:

Money! Money, money monaaaaaaay!

Money in the Bank is this Sunday! We’ll talk about our favorite winners of the big event, the best cash-ins and what we think about it being a brand exclusive pay per view for the first time ever.

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford and Lindsey Kelk.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

If you wanna talk about more wrestling throughout the week be sure to join us on Facebook or @TightsFights on Twitter.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 20: Back in black excellence

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

In a move that’s been over a year in the making, The New Day has official become the longest reigning WWE World Tag Team Champions in history.

There’s been ups and downs throughout their tenure, but the team will explain why their record breaking night on Monday restored a lot of their love for the RAW’s flagship team… and who they hope eventually beats them.

And wrestling intersects with the real world more than almost any form of entertainment. But is there a that needs to exist between drawing inspiration for a storyline and exploiting real-world events?

Plus, a look at all the matches that are coming up at the RAW-exclusive December PPV Roadblock: End of The Line: Redemption: Age of Extinction: The Force Awakens.

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford and Mike Eagle

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

The Three Count:

Danielle put over Kofi Kingston’s explanation for the recent Black Excellence photo.

Mike put over Vice’s recent look into the backstage business of WWE.

Hal put over The magic that is Jack Gallagher.

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Tights and Fights Ep: 19: Tables, ladders and chairs (ad nauseam)

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Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford and Mike Eagle
Guests: 
Box Brown
Guests: 
Hal Lublin
Guests: 
Danielle Radford
Guests: 
Mike Eagle

This past Sunday was TLC (Tables, Ladders and Chairs), December’s Smackdown exclusive PPV. And between a table match, a ladder match, a chairs match AND and tables, ladders and chairs match, it all got to be a little exhausting.

But The Nation of Conversation breaks down the results and explains why they’re on board for the big moment in the show’s main event between Dean Ambrose and AJ Styles.

Plus: Comic creator Box Brown joins us for the latest installment of our series “My Special Wrestler.” His comic biography “Andre the Giant: Life and Legend” earned him praise from comic and wrestling fans alike.

He’ll tell you all about why Ravishing Rick Rude, one of the most sleazy characters ever to grace the wrestling ring, is actually very under-appreciated.

Brown’s newest comic is entitled Tetris: The Games People Play.

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford and Mike Eagle

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

The three count:

Danielle put over The Black Lotus Triad on Lucha Underground.

Mike put over The break-up of Heath Slater and Rhyno on Talking Smack.

Hal put over The Miz’s promo after he defeated Dolph Ziggler in a Ladder match to retain his Intercontinental Title.

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