Hal Lublin

Tights and Fights Ep. 169: The cult of a new reality

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This week Hal and Danielle have a special announcement: Tights and Fights is officially moving to SATURDAYS!

In order to talk about NXT and AEW in a more timely manner, we’ll be moving our recording and publication days later in the week. Look forward to hearing us as part of your weekends!

Speaking of AEW, this past weekend was their PPV “Full Gear.” We’ve got a lot of opinions to share on including our thoughts on MJF’s actions at the end of the World Title match, whether or not we have an appetite for unsanctioned violent matches like the Jon Moxley/Kenny Omega match that closed out the show and Jim Ross’ family of shaving products.

Plus, CM Punk is officially affiliated with the WWE product once again! We’ll chat about his new role on FOX, what this could mean for his role in (if any) in WWE and how it feels to have him back in wrestling for the first time in years.

Hosted by Hal Lublin and Danielle Radford.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 168: Blue Chew Dobadeedoo

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This week: WAR! Now that NXT is going head to head (to head) with RAW and Smackdown at Survivor Series, Hal, Danielle and Lindsey geek out about the first steps towards this new invasion. It’s already led to a lot of great matches like Tommaso Ciampa vs. Miz and Daniel Bryan vs. Adam Cole. That’s not even mentioning the promise of more at the PPV itself like Shayna Baszler vs. Becky Lynch vs. Bayley.

Plus: AEW Dynamite has made a lot of strides lately in improving its story segments across the last few weeks, but that doesn’t mean the show has completely delivered on its promise. We’ll give credit where credit is due and call out the shortcomings that we see as they prepare for their Full Gear PPV.

All that… and we’ve just gotta reminisce about the quality of Jim Ross’s podcast advertisements.

The Three Count

Lindsey put over this celebration of big boi season.

Danielle put over the all women’s tag match on AEW Dark.

Hal put over the Paul Heyman’s explanation of Brock Lesnar quitting Smackdown.

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford and Lindsey Kelk

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 167: Only slightly inappropriate

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This week Lindsey and Danielle embrace the last week of wrestling before Blood Money Jewel and its fall out is upon us. Speaking of the Saudi show, news came through prior to our recording that Natalia and Lacey Evans would be allowed to take part in a match at the event. However, this doesn’t solve all of the issues we have with the show. Far from it.

On the positive side, Finn Balor now has an exciting new direction as a heel for the first time in his WWE tenure. We’ll explain why this is the breath of fresh air that will endear him to fans now that he’s back in NXT.

On AEW there’s still a lot ot enjoy, including Cody forming the Nightmare family to take on Chris Jericho’s Inner Circle. But there are a few things to take issue with: For one, why has Kenny Omega not gotten the portrayal as a superstar that he’s more than capable of? And for another, why is the women’s scene in such a holding pattern, especially when compared to NXT’s incredibly deep counterparts?

The Three Count

Lindsey put over Asuka’s YouTube Channel.

Julian put over the Big Game Leroy.

Danielle put over the Sunny Kiss and Dustin Rhodes’ tag match on AEW Dark.

Hosted by Lindsey Kelk and Danielle Radford.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 166: A rabbit hole of WWE history w/ Bill Hanstock

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Guests: 
Bill Hanstock

This week Hal and Lindsey are joined by Bill Hanstock. He’s known for his wrestling writing in Uproxx and SBNation. But now he’s got a new project: a book about the complete and comprehensive history of WWE. Yeah.

In addition to getting all the details about that, we’ll also talk about a bunch of recent wrestling programming. For one, RAW had no women’s matches. It certainly didn't make the show easier to watch, especially as the build to the Saudi show is in full swing. What did get us excited though was the debut of Humberto on Monday nights.

AEW Dynamite continues to keep us entertained. One common criticism has been that each show has only one women’s match. How long are we willing to give the company the benefit of the doubt? We’ll explain. Plus, our thoughts on what they could continue to do from a production standpoint to truly stand-out from WWE and, yeah, we’ll weigh in on the Marko Stunt’s "controversy".

In contrast to AEW, NXT has maybe as deep a women’s roster as they’ve had in years. Multiple stars are vying for Shayna Baszler’s women’s championship. We’ll discuss who should get the nod as number one contender and explain Roderick Strong’s cast-type in film.

The Three Count

Lindsey put over Emily Pratt’s article about the Daddy’s of WWE.

Hal put over the Bayley’s heelish actions on twitter.

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Lindsey Kelk and Bill Hanstock.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 165: Everybody’s eatin’ it

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This week Danielle, Lindsey and Mike break down tons of Wednesday night’s AEW and NXT.

This week Danielle, Lindsey and Mike take a look at the October 9th editions of AEW Dynamite and NXT.

Perhaps the biggest story detail from AEW was the introduction of Chris Jericho’s Inner Circle. Sammy Gueverra, LAX and Jake Hager are on the list of Le Champion. We explain our reservations with one of the members faction and marvel at the sight of Jericho as the very top guy of a company.

In terms of matches, Private Party upsetting The Young Bucks was a fantastic showcase of tag team wrestling and it’s great to see Dustin Rhodes after such a lengthy career. We discuss it all, including what Mike’s son thinks of the show after his first exposure to wrestling.

And on the WWE front, NXT continues to showcase tons of great matches. Most notably, Lio Rush is the new Cruiserweight champion and Kushida had an outstanding match with WALTER. But surprisingly, the thing we’re most excited for from WWE was on Smackdown. And it had to do with the deaths of some inflatable tubemen

The Three Count

Julian put over WOW Women of Wrestling.

Lindsey put over the tribute to the fallen Bayley Buddies.

Danielle put over NWA Powerr.

Hosted byDanielle Radford, Lindsey Kelk and Mike Eagle.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 164: Get them nuts w/ Jacquis Neal

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Guests: 
Jacquis Neal

This week Hal and Danielle are joined by Jacquis Neal from the Culture Kings podcast.

After months of build up, AEW and NXT are officially live in primetime on Wednesday Night on TNT and USA, respectively. Naturally, the two shows are going to be compared a lot but, more importantly, they’re going to be appreciated for the entertaining programs that they are. We do a bit of both, looking at the matches that we enjoyed, nitpicking the things that need work and explaining why Wednesday night may be the only night in wrestling we unabashedly look forward to.

Of course, WWE’s flagship shows also made headlines after the premier of Smackdown on FOX and Hell in a Cell on Sunday. Smackdown started with a lot of positives on the presentation front; but a lot of that promise was washed away by Kofi Kingston lose the WWE title to Brock Lesnar in seconds. As if that wasn’t enough, Seth Rollins retained the Universal Title against the Fiend after a convoluted finish to a chorus of boos. We take a look at the shortcomings of both shows (and not without pointing out the great parts of the shows as well).

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford, and Jacquis Neal.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 163: We keep it in context

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This week Hal Danielle and Lindsey take a look at the season premiere of RAW. With AEW and NXT going live, SURELY the flagship program of the WWE would come out swinging, right?

We’ll discuss how we felt about everything, from the brand new set to storylines, to the surprising lack of wrestling for most of the show.

The good news of course is that if RAW isn’t doing it for you, there are plenty of new wrestling shows to entertain you. And last week NXT showed that it will continue to deliver the goods as it prepares for a two hour broadcast on USA.

Keith Lee, Matt Riddle, Io Shirai, Dakota Kai… there’s almost too many stars in place that look poised to keep the show as WWE’s best, even when it airs at the same time as the fledgling AEW.

The Three Count

Julian put over Vince McMahon directed by David Lynch.

Lindsey put over Jungle Boy’s farewell to indie wrestling.

Danielle put over AEW’s Real Different promo.

Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford, and Lindsey Kelk.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 162: Crashing Crowns

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This week Hal Danielle and Lindsey take a look at the first week of NXT on USA. Tons of great wrestling got a chance to shine, including Candice LeRae who now has a shot at the NXT women’s title on Oct. 2nd.

Not only that, but the Undisputed Era now holds every men's title on the brand. With Roderick Strong defeating Velveteen Dream for the North American title, it looks like NXT has its central antagonists for once their on for a full two hours.

Plus: with NXT now on live TV, more people under the WWE umbrella will be stopping by Full Sail for the exposure. That included WALTER with the Imperium faction from NXT UK and Oney Lorcan and Lio Rush from 205 Live came through. We’ll explain what we thought of their showings.

All of this, plus who on RAW and Smackdown got our attention on the “season finales” of the shows as they prepare for major reboots? Is Carmella the master of the long con? And have King Corbin and Chad Gable found the grounds for a real rivalry?

The Three Count

Hal put over Carmella winning the 24/7 championship.

Lindsey put over Kairi Sane.

Danielle put over Ali in Hawaii.

Hal LublinDanielle Radford, and Lindsey Kelk.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 161: Clash of Champions w/ Rachel Millman

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Guests: 
Rachel Millman

This week Danielle and Lindsey are joined by Rachel Millman. She’s one of the founders of the "WrestleSplania" podcast. She’ll explain how her journey into wrestling led to her starting the podcast and how she plans to reboot the show in the coming weeks.

Clash of Champions

This past weekend, WWE held "Clash of Champions," the final PPV before they air three live televised wrestling programs every week.

Seth Rollins may have lost on of his championships, but he is still the Intercontinental Champion. And while his match with Braun was good, if a little rushed, the bigger story is his next opponent: Bray Wyatt aka The Fiend. Is Braun being lost in the shuffle with all of this? And does WWE have things pointing in the right direction for its most significant title with competition closing in?

And speaking of new opponents, Brock Lesnar has challenged Kofi Kingston for the WWE title. Is this the end for the dream run? And how do we feel about Brock being the one to end it?

Plus, Baron Corbin is your new King of the Ring, The Revival continue their career resurgence and why Danielle sees Randy Orton as a buffer version of certain celebrity (hint: 500 Days of Summer)

The Three Count

Rachel put over Jake Atlas vs. Priscilla Kelly at Rise.

Lindsey put over Yamashiro restaurant in Hollywood.

Danielle put over MJF on Twitter.

Danielle Radford, and Lindsey Kelk.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 160: Wrestling with curiosity w/ RJ City

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Guests: 
RJ City

This week Hal, Danielle, and Lindsey are joined by RJ City. He’s an actor, comedian and wrestling raconteur across the international scene.

RJ is involved in a lot of different avenues of entertainment.That’s given him a lot versatility as a performer since he learns a lot from working with so many different audiences. But it’s also made him acutely aware of the different… physical requirements with wrestling compared to being a stand up comic. He’ll explain.

Plus, he’ll tell us all about why he’s become so bored with the traditions of wrestling; in his mind it’s a whole lot of very passionate people competing for very small stakes. That’s why he works to combat a lot of the ideas of traditional masculinity in his work. RJ will tell us about how intentional that is.

All of this and why he thinks wrestling isn’t headed for a mainstream audience any time soon.

RJ City’s can be seen in an upcoming comedy show with Dalton Castle in Toronto and on his YouTube channel.

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford, 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 and @TightsFights on Twitter and Instagram.

If you liked the show, please share it with your friends and be sure to leave us a quick review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get podcasts.

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