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Tights and Fights Ep. 85: WrestleMania's proper English school-yard brawl

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

Happy Max Fun Drive!

We’re on the cusp of WrestleMania/ Ice Cream Christmas and boy is it ever an amazing time to be a wrestling fan!

This weekend will be a cornucopia of events in New Orleans. Whether you’re invested in Supercard of Honor and the culmination of Kenny Omega vs. Cody Rhodes for the soul of Bullet Club, Impact Wrestling vs. Lucha Underground’s crossover show, or NXT TakeOver: New Orleans which will feature Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa’s grudge match, it’s safe to say there’s something for everyone.

But of course, the biggest event of the weekend will be WrestleMania 34. Over six hours of wrestling LIVE in the Super Dome! Between Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar, AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura and more, the team is HYPED.

But there are still some concerns: Why is the Cruiserweight Title Match on the pre-show when it has the potential to be one of the best matches of Mania? Could WWE use Carmella’s money in the bank cash-in to disrupt Asuka vs. Charlotte Flair? And how will anyone survive a week with SO MUCH wrestling?!

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford and Lindsey Kelk

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

Tights and Fights Ep. 84: Gronk-a-donk-a-doo, a Merry Ice Cream Christmas to you

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

FINALLY… Mike Eagle as come BACK to Tights and Fights!

Hal Lublin and Danielle Radford will catch up Mike up with everything he hasn’t gotten to express an opinion on from the two months he’s been gone, in addition to what’s happened this week.

That includes Daniel Bryan’s return to wrestling, Asuka moving to Smackdown to face Charlotte for the women’s title, Bayley and Sasha Banks’s rivalry reaching a fever pitch, The Ultimate Deletion, John Cena challenging the Undertaker and much more.

Plus, how we’re hoping WWE handles Shinsuke Nakamura vs. AJ Styles, the minor problem with Brock Lesnar constantly beating up Roman Reigns and what special holiday we learned WrestleMania falls on (besides Rusev Day).

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford and Mike Eagle

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 83: Welcome back, Daniel Bryan!

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

The leader of the “Yes Movement” is back!

Daniel Bryan became one of the most beloved stars of WWE throughout 2013 on the road to WrestleMania XXX. But, two years ago Daniel Bryan was forced to retire at the peak of his career and ability.

Now’s he’s officially been cleared to compete by a number of neurologist. And as exciting as it is to see him back doing what he does best… it’s understandable to be nervous. The Nation of Conversation breaks down how they’re feeling now that Daniel is officially back and how WWE can balance showing off one of their best wrestlers with keeping him safe.

And the Nation is heavily divided on the Ultimate Deletion between Woken Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt. Was it the pinnacle of the Hardy Compound series, a fun lark that didn’t live up to its predecessors or a terrible use of the final segment of RAW?

Plus, Brock Lesnar finally showed up to confront and beatdown Roman Reigns before their Universal Title match at WrestleMania. The team is unanimously onboard with the match… but there’s a definite disconnect between the story and the audience.

All this, plus some thoughts on Mark Henry entering the Hall of Fame, who Braun Strowman’s WrestleMania partner could be and the value in supporting the people you love.

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford and Lindsey Kelk

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 82: Keep Moolah out of WrestleMania Forever

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Hal, Danielle, Katie
Guests: 
Hal Lublin
Guests: 
Danielle Radford
Guests: 
Katie Willert

Katie Willert is the newest member of the nation of conversation!

She joins Hal Lublin and Danielle Radford to discuss the latest on the road to Wrestlemania. Everything from John Cena challenging the Undertaker, Roman Reigns being “temporarily suspended” and Asuka calling out Charlotte Flair for a match for the women’s title.

Plus, why does Danielle take MAJOR issue with the storyline between Alexa Bliss and Nia Jax? And who do we think Sami and Kevin should face in their feud with Shane?

Main Event:

NOTE: THIS WAS RECORDED BEFORE WWE DECIDED TO RENAME THE FABULOUS MOOLAH MEMORIAL BATTLE ROYAL.

WWE decided to have a catch-all women’s rumble at WrestleMania. It sounds like it could be fun, but they also decided to have The Fabulous Moolah as the namesake for the event. We’ll fill you in on why the “Fabulous” Moolah is such an awful figure from wrestling’s past who’s not worth immortalizing.

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford and Katie Willert.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 81: Fast Lane and the broken music of Matt Hardy

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Danielle, Jay, Hal
Guests: 
Hal Lublin
Guests: 
Danielle Radford
Guests: 
Jay Washington

Jay Washington is officially back in the Nation of Conversation!

RAW has us asking all sorts of questions including who’s going to face women’s champion Alexa Bliss at WrestleMania. At first glance, it looks like Asuka. But Jay thinks the seeds are being planted for the Empress of Tomorrow to face Charlotte, leaving Nia Jax to take on Alexa.

And after Roman Reigns fired the first salvo in against Universal Champion Brock Lesnar, Paul Heyman was quick to shoot back… but is this feud clicking on all levels like it should be? And if we do, in fact get Shinsuke Nakamura vs. AJ Styles, which of those matches closes out Mania?

Plus, what we think of John Cena being involved in the Fast Lane main event, why the Mixed Match Challenge is still so much fun, and why Hal may finally be close to giving up on Smackdown.

Ring Tones:

He’s been Xtreme, he’s been V.1, he’s been broken and awoken… We’re taking a special musical journey through the career of Matt Hardy. Is his music getting us in the right mood for the latest phase of his career? We’ll take deep dive.

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford ,and Jay Washington

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 80: The Elimination Chamber of Secrets

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Hal, Des and Julian
Guests: 
Hal Lublin
Guests: 
Julian Burrell
Guests: 
Des Delgadillo

When the chips are down, Tights and Fights has decided to tag in producer Julian Burrell to fill in the host seat!
He sits with Hal Lublin and the returning Des Delgadillo to discuss Elimination Chamber and the solidifying card for WrestleMania.

We now know that Roman Reigns will face Brock Lesnar for the Universal Title and the Alexa Bliss will be the women’s champion going into the biggest WWE show of the year. But how excited are we for these match-ups? And what will RAW look like once they’ve played out in April?

Plus, Des was actually at Smackdown in the Staples Center this past Tuesday. Even though Smackdown has been an inferior product overall than RAW this year, was it any better live?

But, of course, we all know that one of WWE’s best products these is none other than 205 Live. Des and Julian will discuss what’s made the show so much fun to watch after it was reinvigorated last month.
Main Event

Commentary is one of the most important elements to a televised wrestling show; The wrestlers provide the music and the commentators provide the lyrics. But what makes for a great commentator? And which commentators are doing their best work these days? We’ll do a deep dive to find out.

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Julian Burrell and Des Delgadillo.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 79: How can we enjoy Ronda Rousey wrestling?

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

Woooooo! We're back! And just in time for Elimination Chamber and one of the best RAW's this year!
Seth Rollins put on an absolute CLINIC on Monday night. Even though he came up short in the match, he still endeared himself to the audience. But how confident are we that WWE is going to properly follow up on this?

And with Dolph Ziggler and Baron Corbin in the mix for Smackdown's WWE Title, are we at all enthused... or does this just fill like padding until we get to the proper matches at Wrestlemania?

Plus, we'll talk about Buddy Murphy's debut on 205 Live, how much fun the Mixed Match Challenge is, and why we're still waiting to get excited for Sasha Banks vs. Bayley.

Main Event:

With Ronda Rousey set to sign her WWE contract this Sunday, how much are we expecting from her? Should she be used in a similar way to how other UFC fighters have been showcased in WWE? And could her success mean more success for the rest of the women's division?

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

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Bonus Ep. 7: The Greatest Hits feat. Box Brown and Hannibal Buress

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Guests: 
Julian Burrell
Guests: 
Hal Lublin
Guests: 
Danielle Radford
Guests: 
Mike Eagle
Guests: 
Box Brown
Guests: 
Hannibal Buress

Welcome to the very first “Greatest hits collection of Tights and Fights!

Producer Julian Burrell has collected three of the best segments from the show’s archives for your enjoyment.

Misandry Corner

Danielle Radford leads the team to discuss some of the sexist history of wrestling’s past. In this inaugural edition of the segment, the spotlight is on WWE’s most sordid Diva’s moments: a water balloon wet T-Shirt contest. How terrible was this? And which men would we like to see recast in it?

My Special Wrestler

Comic Creator Box Brown joins the program to discuss one of the greatest heels of all time: Ravishing Rick Rude.

Ring Tones

Comedian Hannibal Buress joins the program to discuss the music of Triple H. This will include every phase of his career from his time as Hunter Hearst Healmsley to his joining DX to becoming the cerebral assassin to his modern day role as the WWE’s chief executive of talent relations.

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

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 78: Preserve Fwendship for WrestleMania and Beyond

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Danielle and Hal
Guests: 
Hal Lublin
Guests: 
Danielle Radford

Welcome everyone to our official post-Royal Rumble decompression. Most of WWE is in a bit of a holding pattern as the final WrestleMania picture takes shape.

But there are still tons of things happening throughout both shows. Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens are seemingly headed for a break-up which we are very much NOT in favor. We’ll explain how we’d like to see their partnership developed alongside the WWE Title scene with AJ Styles.

Plus, Jason Jordan is dealing with a neck injury that’s going to have him out of the ring for a number of months. But where does this leave his character and Seth Rollins before he’s able to head back to the ring?

And we’ll take a closer look at where everyone else is heading into the final weeks before the biggest show in wrestling, including Asuka, Nia Jax and everyone on the Smackdown Top 10 (Whatever that ends up being like!).

Main Event: Gimmick Corner

For the past 15 years or so, WWE television has had one man at the forefront: John Cena. He’s been the franchise player for WWE up until a few years ago. So it’s hard to believe that he started out as a generic babyface with ruthless aggression and eventually became the doctor of thuganomics with some impressive (?) rap skills. We’ll take a look at what makes him tick and whether or not he’s lost a step as he ascended the card.

Hosted by Hal Lublin and Danielle Radford.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 77: The TakeOver: Philadelphia and Royal Rumble special

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

NXT TakeOver: Philadelphia

NXT’s hot streak of quality events continues!

Champion Andrade “Cien” Almas and Johnny Gargano tore the house down in the NXT Title match. They both seem destined for big stories in the coming months before the next TakeOver but, for now, we can just bask in the afterglow of how special this match was.

Plus Ember Moon retained her woman’s title against Shayna Baszler in a hard-hitting match. But will Moon lose that title to Baszler in the coming months to head to the main roster or should she stick around NXT a bit longer?

Not to be outdone, Undisputed Era’s Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly retained their tag titles over The Authors of Pain while their leader Adam Cole came up short against Aleister Black. Where does this trio go next to keep their footing in NXT?

All that… and we’ll even discuss the return of the XFL, the latest rifts in Bullet Club and why Kenny Omega’s reunion with Kota Ibushi brought tears to our eyes.

Royal Rumble

Oh, what a Royal Rumble it was!

It’s great to finally have a Big 4 weekend that everyone’s given rave reviews too. We had not one, but TWO great Royal Rumble matches, including the first-ever women’s event. Shinsuke Nakamura and Asuka have been near-unanimously praised as the right winners of the contests and there were tons of legends who returned to keep the crowd engaged.

But significantly, UFC star Ronda Rousey made her debut after Asuka’s big win. With reports coming out that she’s a full-time wrestler now, how optimistic are we that we’ll enjoy what she brings to the table?

And now that we’re pretty sure Nakamura will face AJ Styles for the WWE championship, where does that leave best friends Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens? And how does Roman Reigns get his long-expected match with Brock?

Welcome to the Road to WrestleMania!

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford, Mike Eagle and Lindsey Kelk

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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

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