Hal Lublin

Tights and Fights Ep. 128: Cut a promo on my what now? w/ Omar Holmon

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Guests: 
Omar Holman

This week Hal, Danielle and Lindsey are joined by Omar Holmon. He’s the content editor for the website Black Nerd Problems. He’ll explain which part of WWE is keeping him engaged with the company’s programming.

WWE is currently building towards Elimination Chamber, which will likely determine who will be the WWE champion going into WrestleMania. One of the competitors in that match is Samoa Joe. He’s been doing brilliant work. But how much has his character taken a hit with all of the losses he’s accumulated?

Becky Lynch will also likely pay a big part in this event. She’s the most active part of WWE TV these days, appearing on both RAW and Smackdown as part of the story to her match with Ronda Rousey at Wrestlemania. We’ll discuss how WWE’s playing with the possibility of Charlotte entering the match… and if Asuka has been lost in the shuffle as Smackdown women’s champion.

All of this, plus the on-going drama surrounding Dean Ambrose, the possibility of Seth Rollins working hurt and the return of Halftime Heat on the WWE network.

Main Event

In just a few weeks, WWE will crown its inaugural women’s tag team champions. It’s been a long time coming and there are tons of talented women who will compete for the titles. But do we have any assurance that WWE will be able to build this into something consistently interesting? And who should be trusted as the first champions to help establish the division?

The Three Count

Omar put over the the entire WWE women’s division which he credits for maintaining his interest in WWE

Lindsey put over the worlds collide tournament.

Danielle put over the campaign for Drew Gulak to join NXT.

Hal put over the 2015 tag team Elimination Chamber match.

Julian put over Oso_Obscuro’s portrait of Eddie Guerrero.

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

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 127: NXT TakeOver: Phoenix & The Royal Rumble w/ Vita Ayala

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Guests: 
Vita Ayala

This week Hal, Danielle and Lindsey are joined by Vita Ayala. They’re a comic book writer whose work has been published by Marvel, DC Comics and Valiant. Before getting into the news, Vita will explain how they getting into wrestling led to them to some rough sleeping arrangements growing up.

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NXT TakeOver: Phoenix

Like most of the last few TakeOvers, this show was built around the ongoing drama between Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano. Now both of these two are on the same page and are champions. What’s the future hold for Dark-DIY?

And while those two are fixtures of TakeOvers, Bianca Belair had her first showing at the event, coming up short against Shayna Baszler for the NXT Women’s championship. But no one on the panel is ready for this feud to be over any time soon.

Plus, how the War Raiders finally won us over as the top tag team on RAW, who the ashiest NXT star may be and why Matt Riddle has gotta wear some shoes (a controversial take, to be sure).

The Royal Rumble

For the second consecutive year, WWE succeeded in giving us two great Royal Rumble winners. Seth Rollins won the men’s contest and is in line to face Brock Lesnar for the Universal title and Becky Lynch was a late entrant in the women’s Rumble and will finally have her match against Ronda Rousey.

But that doesn’t mean we’re on board with everything that happened on Sunday. Was it the best move to have Asuka tap Becky out in the opening match of the night? And why didn’t WWE ever address why Finn Balor didn’t use his Demon persona in his match against Lesnar?

All of that, plus all of the fallout on RAW and Smackdown and our favorite moments from one of the most chaotic matches in all of WWE.

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

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 126: Don’t stumble on the road to the Rumble

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Guests: 
Hal Lublin
Guests: 
Lindsey Kelk

This week Ha land Lindsey discuss the premier of WOW: Women of Wrestling. The show finally made its AXS TV debut last Friday. It’s got tons of great action and colorful performers. But does it lean too far into caricature rather than character? We’ll discuss.

Plus, Finn Balor and Daniel Bryan have major title matches at WWE’s Royal Rumble event on Sunday. Will Finn regain the Universal Title against Brock Lesnar and fulfill the underdog win of the decade? Will Daniel Bryan retain the WWE Title against AJ Styles in his quest to be the planet’s champion?

And with the WrestleMania card still looking murky, there are still tons of options in play including who will take on Ronda Rousey for the RAW women’s title, whether or not Asuka will still be the Smackdown Women’s champion and plenty more

Main Event

It’s the annual event that symbolizes the road to WrestleMania: The Royal Rumble. Last year we had two really solid versions of the match. Will the men and women be able to deliver shows of similar quality? How should the women follow up their second ever edition of the event? And who do we expect to be the winners?

The Three Count

Lindsey put over the Sasha Banks’ interview on the Edge and Christian podcast.

Hal put over Aiden English on commentary for 205 Live.

Julia put over Bobby Lashley and Apollo Crews’ pose-off on RAW.

Hosted by Hal Lublin and Lindsey Kelk.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 125: Watch women's wrestling w/ Stephy Slays

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Guests: 
Stephy Slays
Guests: 
Hal Lublin
Guests: 
Lindsey Kelk
Guests: 
Julian Burrell

This week Hal and Lindsey discuss NXT TakeOver: Blackpool. It was the very major TakeOver event from the UK side of WWE’s developmental promotion. Responses from viewers were incredibly strong, with plenty of familiar faces to reintroduce some new ones to a wider audience. What’s behind the positivity surrounding the brand? And what does the future hold, especially now that WALTER has debuted to challenge Pete Dunne for the UK Championship?

One person who was at the TakeOver event was Finn Balor. But that was just the start of his week. Not only did he defeat his protege Jordan Devlin, but he was named the new number one contender for the Universal Championship! But do we have any hope that he’s going to win, even with that +10 Demon modifier?

Plus, WWE introduced their brand new Women’s Tag Team Championships. The designs are great, but WWE hasn’t followed it up with quality women’s wrestling for all of its stars. There’s some great stuff like with Becky Lynch and the IIconics; And then there are some awful things like Mandy Rose’s home-wrecker character and Alexa Bliss being involved in a topless segment. What’s the response to the inconsistency?

Stephy Slays

Stephy Slays began wrestling when she was 18 years old. Now that she’s 25, she’s come a long way; from learning how to take her first bump, to developing her character and training the next generation of stars for WOW Women of Wrestling. She’ll tell us all about how she got her start, what her goals are and why wrestling helped her combat her depression.

WOW Women of Wrestling debuts on AXS TV on January 18th.

Hosted by Hal Lublin and Lindsey Kelk.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 124: The Jeremy Bearimy timeline of wrestling w/ Shawn Marek

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Guests: 
Shawn Marek
Guests: 
Hal Lublin
Guests: 
Danielle Radford
Guests: 
Lindsey Kelk

This week Hal, Danielle and Lindsey are joined by Shawn Marek. He’s a podcast host and producer who’s worked with wrestlers such as Lance Storm, Steve Austin and more on their respective shows.

The panel will take a deep dive into New Japan’s Wrestle Kingdom 13. The annual show from Japan featured matches from Hiroshi Tanahashi, Tetsuya Naito, Jay White and more. The show had the feeling of the start of a new era, with champions The Young Bucks, Cody and Kenny Omega all losing their titles.

The reason for that is that Cody and the Bucks will be devoted to their new promotion All Elite Wrestling. The organization had their first ever promotional press rally that outlined new details on the company. That includes practices like equal pay for men and women and paying for wrestling injuries. Also announced was the involvement of stars like Britt Baker, PAC, Hangman Page and Chris Jericho.

What are the reasonable expectations for AEW as it gets set for launch? What does this mean for Kenny Omega, now that his New Japan contract is done and he’s courting offers from multiple parties? And where does New Japan go now that the baton has been passed to a new crop of stars?

All of this and plenty more… including some yelling about Hulk Hogan showing up on RAW.

The Three Count

Shawn put over the Major Wrestling Figure Podcast.

Lindsey put over Kota Ibushi’s appearance on game show.

Danielle put over Zelina Vega and Andrade “Cien” Almas cosplaying as Team Rocket.

Hal put over his birthday buddy Ruby Riott.

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

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 115: Evolution is female thing

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

Evolution was WWE’s very first all-women Pay-Per-View. And by most accounts, the event delivered in just about every way possible, including providing a candidate for match of the year. Mike, Hal, Danielle and Lindsey provide their reactions to the matches (including Lindsey’s account from attending the event in person).

But now this is immediately being followed up Crown Jewel. Not only will no women wrestlers be at the event, but John Cena and Daniel Bryan have also been written out due to, in all likelihood, their own personal disagreement.

Plus, Lindsey and Mike explain their feelings about Roman Reigns’s leukemia diagnosis and WWE decision to immediately capitalize on the real-life illness for story-telling purposes. How do you balance the need for the show to go on with sensitivity towards consequential issues? Especially with WWE toeing the line between characters and reality as much as ever with Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins?

All this, including Danielle looking forward to Lucha Underground’s Ultima Lucha Cuatro, finding out who attacked Aleister Black and grooving to that sweet sweet Brood music.

The Three Count

Lindsey put over her conversation with NXT women’s champ Shayna Baszler.

Mike put over the YouTue video Kanye and the End of Reality.

Danielle put over the House Hardy Halloween Special.

Hal put over Becky Lynch’s social media prowess.

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

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 114: Thank you, Roman

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Guests: 
Hal Lublin
Guests: 
Danielle Radford

Roman Reigns opened RAW with the announcement that he will be surrendering the Universal Championship since his leukemia has returned. This was the first time Roman had gone public with his diagnosis. His first encounter with the disease was 11 years ago.

Danielle and Hal discuss their reactions to the news, including why it affected them personally, their hopes for Roman’s return and what this means for a Monday Night RAW and WWE that now has to move forward without their biggest full-time star.

Plus, the pair will discuss the lackluster build to Evolution. The booking has been slipshod and lackluster for the past several months. Outside of the novelty of a brand new women’s only event, WWE hasn’t done much to get people excited about this show. Add in the fact that it’s happening so close to Crown Jewel, which won’t include any women and will still air from Saudi Arabia, and it’s hard to take the “women’s evolution” seriously these days.

The Three Count

Danielle put over Asuka and Naomi’s fun moment in the Mixed Match Challenge.

Julian put over Samoa Joe’s well wishes to Roman Reigns.

Hal put over Dean Ambrose’s supporters after his heel turn.

Hosted by Danielle Radford and Hal Lublin.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Bonus Ep. 11: The inside story behind Mike Eagle’s match against OVW’s Shiloh Jonze

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Guests: 
Mike Eagle
Guests: 
Danielle Radford

Mike Eagle is already known as the insightful, funny and sometimes heelish co-host of Tights and Fights. He’s also regarded as a great rapper; he’s even started touring for the next several weeks. But recently, he also became an undefeated pro-wrestler.

That’s right… Mike went to the promotion OVW and took on wrestler Shiloh Jonze and actually came out victorious.

How did all of this get started? What possessed Mike to think that he could actually have a successful wrestling match?

How did all of this get started? What possessed Mike to think that he could actually have a successful wrestling match?

He’s ready to tell the story. Mike will detail everything; from why he was petty enough to answer Shiloh’s callout to any MC on the internet, to how he only had one day to learn how to wrestle, and how he decided what he was going to wear in the ring.

Plus, he’ll talk about how this may have been the ultimate culmination of everything he’s done throughout his life and career as a rapper.

If you want to see Mike’s wrestling debut, It will be on episode 1000 of OVW.

Hosted by Danielle Radford and Mike Eagle.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 113: We’re in WWE’s robot car w/ Dan Sinker

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Guests: 
Dan Sinker
Guests: 
Danielle Radford
Guests: 
Lindsey Kelk

This week, Danielle and Lindsey are joined by Dan Sinker Dan Sinker. He’s the host of the creator of tons of things on the internet including the Says Who? podcast and The Hitch podcast.

But his presence on the internet pales in comparison to his greatest accomplishment: Getting his wife and kids into professional wrestling. Which segment does he credit for helping him do this successfully? None other than the Festival of Friendship.

The panel has plenty of things to get into this week, including the ongoing International drama surrounding WWE’s planned show in Saudi Arabia, the lack of build towards Evolution and why the Bellas vs. Ronda Rousey already feels like it’s off on the wrong foot.

Main Event

Last week Shawn Michaels, one of the WWE’s all-time greatest performers announced that he was officially coming out of retirement for a match against The Brothers of Destruction alongside his partner Triple H. Retirement rarely ever sticks in WWE, especially when it’s by choice. And while we never want to deny someone the right to do what they do well for money, where do we draw the line between nostalgia and an over-reliance on legacy?

The Three Count

Dan put over Austin Creed and Xavier Woods’ Battle of the Brands series on YouTube.

Lindsey put over John Oliver on Last Week tonight discussing WWE’s business with Saudi Arabia.

Danielle put over put over indie wrestler Effy using YouTube to get his name out to potential bookers.

Hosted by Danielle Radford and Lindsey Kelk and Dan Sinker.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 112: Wrestling conversations with Marty the Moth, Aubrey Sitterson and Chris Moreno

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Guests: 
Aubrey Sitterson
Guests: 
Chris Moreno

This week, we’ve got two conversations with people who have made big waves in the world of wrestling in the past few weeks.

First, Mike Eagle speaks with Aubrey Sitterson and Chris Moreno. They’re the creators of The Comic Book Story of Professional Wrestling. The two go deep on the book and what it was like creating the first major historical record of the art form that is wrestling.

Then, in a conversation recorded live at San Diego Comic-Con courtesy of Gamma Ray TV, Danielle and Hal sit down with Marty the Moth. These days he’s known for being the Lucha Underground Champion. But there was a time that he was just trying to get the attention of WWE for a chance to live his dream as a professional wrestler. Marty will detail his journey from watching wrestling for the first time to WWE’s reality show Tough Enough all the way to the temple of Lucha Underground.

Hosted by Danielle Radford and Mike Eagle and Hal Lublin.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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