Hal Lublin

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

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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.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 159: The Fallout from All Out

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This week Hal, Danielle, Lindsey and Mike are reunited to discuss All Out! It’s AEW’s last show before they go live on TNT in October.

The brand still had a few surprises in store. That included the debuts of LAX and Orange Cassidy; fan favorites from the international wrestling scene who have an opportunity to make a name for themselves on a bigger stage.

Plus there was the somewhat surprising coronation of Chris Jericho as the AEW champion. But we all agree that the best moment of this story came after the broadcast when Jericho had his AEW World Championship stolen.

We’ll laugh about that, break down the rest of the show and discuss Bayley’s newly minted heel turn.

Hosted by Danielle Radford, Lindsey Kelk and Mike Eagle.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 158: The life and career of Chris Jericho w/ Ify Nwadiwe

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Guests: 
Ify Nwadiwe

This week Hal and Danielle are joined by Ify Nwadiwe! He’s the host of the Max Fun podcast Who Shot Ya? and a life-long wrestling fan that never took the PSAs to "Not try this at home" seriously.

Now that AEW’s All Out show is just around the corner, the panel will discuss the career of one of the competitors for AEW World Championship: Chris Jericho.

He’s been known as Y2J, Lionheart, The Alpha and a bunch of other nicknames. We’ll go through all of the major phases of his wrestling career to share personal memories and dissect what’s made him so enduring and affecting.

Hosted by Danielle Radford and Ify Nwadiwe.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 157: GLOW season 3 w/ Travis McElroy

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Guests: 
Travis McElroy

This week Hal and Danielle are joined by Travis McElroy! He’s one-third of podcasting’s most famous brotherhood as the middlest brother on My Brother, My Brother and Me and The Adventure Zone.

Travis joins us to talk about his experience as a lapsed fan of wrestling and as a fan of the Netflix series GLOW. With season 3 now available to stream, what did everyone think? Was it as strong as the previous seasons? And how much longer should the show continue?

Plus, Lindsey joins us to discuss the news of NXT officially moving to primetime on Wednesdays at the same time as AEW. With the news of Vince McMahon supposedly taking on a larger role in producing the show, how hopeful are we that the brand will maintain the same level of quality that it’s had for the past five years?

All of that… and we’ll even have some fun about the team names of the XFL.

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

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 156: TakeOver: Toronto and SummerSlam

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This week, Hal Danielle and Lindsey discuss one of the busiest weeks of wrestling in recent memory.

Despite all of the solid wrestling across WWE’s shows, one character has captured the imagination of people more than anything else: Bray Wyatt as The Fiend. From the entrance to the music to his destruction of Finn Balor, the character is bars. We’ll break down what makes it work.

Plus, WWE managed to recapture some goodwill after another solid TakeOver, having Seth Rollins pin Brock Lesnar clean and showcasing the return of Sasha Banks as Becky Lynch’s presumed next challenger.

But of course, that’s just on the WWE side of things. This weekend also had the culmination of the G1 Climax in New Japan. As we had hoped, Kota Ibushi has finally reached the summit, defeating Jay White in the finale. Does this mean he’ll further fulfill our hopes by becoming the IWGP champion at Wrestle Kingdom?

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

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 155: Pro Wrestling: EVE w/ Emily and Dann Read

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Guests: 
Emily Read
Guests: 
Dann Read

CONTENT WARNING: This episode contains frank discussion of sexual assault from 4:57 to 5:57.

This week, Hal Danielle and Lindsey are joined by Emily and Dann Read from Pro Wrestling: EVE. It’s one of the most prominent all-women wrestling organizations in the world.

Recently, EVE announced that they would be embarking on a first-of-its-kind venture in wrestling: partnering with a union to make sure its performers gain representation. They’ll discuss how long the deal has been in the works and why there’s still trepidation in the wrestling world to embrace unionization.

Plus, they’ll discuss which performers within EVE they’re excited to see, why wrestling seems to be so behind in terms of equality from the rest of the world and the next changes that they’d like to see the industry embrace in the near future.

Find out more about Pro Wrestling: EVE on their website, including their upcoming shows and the charities that the company promotes.

Hosted by Hal Lublin and Danielle Radford

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 154: Drag, life and wrestling w/ The Nobodies

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DJ Accident Report
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Lady Bearica
Guests: 
Ariel Italic

This week, Danielle and Lindsey are joined by DJ Accident Report, Lady Bearica Andrews and Ariel Italic. They’re collectively known as The Nobodies on their YouTube series where they breakdown wrestling events.

Bearica and Ariel are both relatively new fans while Accident Report has watched since childhood. And since they started their show they’ve learned something very important: the venn diagram of the world of drag and the world of wrestling is a very large circle. They’ll explain why the entertainment mediums are so identical.

They’ll also discuss how they feel about modern WWE, what it’s been like to cater to an underserved population of wrestling community and why it feels like international wrestling promotions are finally starting to gain a greater amount of attention.

The Nobodies are hosting the Mx. Nobody Pageant beginning August 8th at Brooklyn Bazaar.

The Three Count

Lindsey put over Pro Wrestling EVE establishing a trade union deal for its wrestlers.

Danielle put over Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Will Ospreay in the G1 Climax.

DJ Accident Report put over rising star, Devin Monroe.

Lady Bearica put over the new promotion Journey Pro KC.

Ariel Italic put over RJ City on Twitter.

Hosted by Danielle Radford, and Lindsey Kelk, DJ Accident Report, Lady Bearica Andrews and Ariel Italic.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 153: Mike Quackenbush on high-spot pornography and the joy of wrestling

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Guests: 
Mike Quackenbush

This week, Hal Danielle and Lindsey are joined by Mike Quackenbush. He’s the head of the Philadelphia-based promotion Chikara. In just a few months, Chikara will be host to the largest pro-wrestling tournament in the world: King of Trios. Mike will tell us about which teams he’s excited to see.

Mike is also known as a reputable trainer in the wrestling business. He’s worked with tons of well-known stars like Drew Gulak and Aleister Black. Even though he’s still a busy guy, he says that going to the performance center is his equivalent of Christmas. He’ll explain why.

Plus, his thoughts on All Elite Wrestling, how the modern landscape of wrestling is shifting so much and why he believes in balancing quality story-telling with high-spot pornography.

Mike Quackenbush’s newest project is the YouTubeTil We Make It where he tries to give potential wrestlers (and even fans) a look at the best practices and etiquette to begin your professional career.

The Three Count

Mike put over Drake Maverick’s performance with the 24/7 Title.

Danielle put over Stokely Hathaway at the performance center with Josiah Williams.

Lindsey put over the G1 Climax.

Hal put over the future of pro-wrestling MJF.

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

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 152: The Mike reopens

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This week, Danielle and Lindsey are joined by their long-absent co-host Mike Eagle! Aside from putting on a great television show The New Negroes, where has he been all this time? He’ll explain everything, including why the return of Hulk Hogan to WWE led to him swearing off the company for the foreseeable future.

But luckily for us, All Elite Wrestling’s rise has provided him with a new televised wrestling product that he’s been able to enjoy and critique. He and the team will take a close look AEW’s latest show Fight for the Fallen. That includes what’s worked about the company’s single matches so far, why the tag matches haven’t quite clicked for some of us and why Jon Moxley’s connections with Frasier is so edifying.

Hosted by Hal Lublin Danielle Radford, and Mike Eagle.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fight Ep. 151: Rob Van Dam on his career, concussions and CBD

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Guests: 
Rob Van Dam

This week, Hal, Danielle and Lindsey are joined by Rob Van Dam. Through his 30 year career, he’s been seen in dozens of wrestling promotions and been a champion for just about all of them. He’s perhaps best known for his time in WWE where he was a multiple time Intercontinental and tag champion before he beat John Cena for the WWE Title in 2005.

RVD is also known for being one of the original founding performers of Extreme Championship Wrestling. While he doesn’t think ECW content will ever be welcome in mainstream TV again, he does think there’s still one particular fledgling company that is embracing the philosophies that made it successful.

Rob will discuss his career highlights, why he wants to keep wrestling in spite of having such a long career and why he’s dedicated to finding CBD treatments for concussions.

RVD’s documentary Headstrong is available now.

All of that, plus New Japan’s G1 Climax, Impact Wrestling’s Slammiversary and whether or not WWE’s main roster is getting left behind in a Summer full of awesome wrestling events.

Hosted by Hal Lublin Danielle Radford, and Lindsey Kelk.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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