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Tights and Fights Ep. 137: The irie career of Kofi Kingston w/ How2Wrestling’s Kefin Mahon

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Guests: 
Kefin Mahon

Welcome to another episode of Riteoga agus Troideanna! This week, Hal, Danielle and Lindsey are joined by Kefin Mahon.. He’s one of the hosts of the "How2Wrestling" podcast. The show started as his earnest attempt to introduce his girlfriend to the world of wrestling, one character at a time. He’ll tell us about how he saw his fellow Irish native Becky Lynch in her formative years as a wrestler and was convinced WWE would never give her a proper shot.

Now that we’re just a few days away from WrestleMania, WWE wants as much positive press as they can get. But that’s not happening now after John Oliver’s recent piece about WWE’s shoddy business practices. We’ll take a look at how we reconcile the reality of WWE’s business practices with our fandom and explain how hopeful we are that this could lead to change.

Plus, our reaction to the final card of WrestleMania and the final confrontation between Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair and Ronda Rousey.

Main Event

Kofi Kingston is an 11 year veteran of WWE. In that time, he’s become a 15-time champion and a part of one of the most bankable acts of the last decade with the New Day stable with his counterparts Xavier Woods and Big E.

When he faces Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania 35, it will be the culmination of a story that’s focussed on how much work Kofi has put in for a WWE Title opportunity. In honor of that, we’ll go back through Kofi’s career. We’ll touch on some of the highlights, including his debut in WWE’s ECW revival, his feud and de-push with Randy Orton and the original formation of the team that pushed him to new heights.

The Three Count

Kefin put over Big E’s tweet about RAW.

Danielle put over Kofi Kingston’s fan-made ‘Monster’ video.

Lindsey put over Rhea Ripley seeing snow for the first time.

Hal put over Ricochet and Aleister Black’s match against the Revival.

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

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 136: ‘S’ is for "Smile" w/ Matthew Gaydos

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Guests: 
Matthew Gaydos

Happy #MaxFunDrive! For our second episode of the week, Hal, Danielle and Lindsey are joined by Matthew Gaydos. He’s the host of the "I Love It" podcast. One thing that he loves is wrestling. Growing up his family was not very well off, financially; but they still managed to watch a number of wrestling PPV’s (he’s not sure if those two facts are at all related).

The panel will get into everything from the week in wrestling. That includes the highs like Kofi Kingston finally getting his WWE Title against Daniel Bryan; and the confirmation that Charlotte Flair vs. Ronda Rousey vs. Becky Lynch will be the closing match at WrestleMania!

Unfortunately, it also means looking at the worst things that happened this week. Like Asuka losing her Smackdown Women’s title to Charlotte. Does that inherently devalue the title? Or does having both brand’s championships in the main event help raise the stakes?

This show is dedicated to our Max Fun Members! If you’d like to join them, sign up at maximumfun.org/donate as part of the #MaxFunDrive to support this and other Maximum Fun shows you listen to for as little as $5 a month. Your membership gets you all sorts of gifts like bonus episodes of every Max Fun show, including Tights and Fights!

The Three Count

Matthew put over Dean Ambrose on the "Major Wrestling Figure" Podcast.

Danielle put over Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon discussing their WrestleMania ladder match.

Lindsey put over Nikki Bella’s retirement announcement.

Hal put over Elias and Finn Balor rendition fo ‘Shallows.’

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford, Lindsey Kelk and Matthew Gaydos

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.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 135: How wrestling can save and end lives w/ WWE Films’ Daron Jackson

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Guests: 
Daron Jackson

Happy #MaxFunDrive! For our second episode of the week, Hal, Danielle and Lindsey are joined by Daron Jackson. He’s a production attorney for WWE Studios and a lifelong wrestling fan. He’ll recount tons of details about his fandom throughout the years from making snow angels with CM Punk at an ROH show to crying at the Undertaker’s WrestleMania 29 entrance.

Plus, he’ll explain what it’s like to interact with Stephanie McMahon and Triple H during the film-release process, how he managed to land a job in the WWE machine and how the new film Fighting with my Family signals a change in the creative direction of WWE studios.

This show is dedicated to our Max Fun Members! If you’d like to join them, sign up at maximumfun.org/donate as part of the #MaxFunDrive to support this and other Maximum Fun shows you listen to for as little as $5 a month. You’ll get all sorts of gifts, including bonus episodes of every show, including Tights and Fights!

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford and Lindsey Kelk and Daron Jackson

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.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 134: Fear and Loathing in Mexico w/ Salina de la Renta

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Guests: 
Salina de la Renta

This week Hal, Danielle and Lindsey will break down some of the biggest news on the road to WrestleMania. That includes what some are calling the hottest angle in WWE: KofiMania! Kofi Kingston ran the gauntlet, defeating five men to earn a shot at Daniel Bryan. But even that wasn’t enough to convince Vince McMahon to give Kofi his title shot. As we try to collect ourselves and our shattered emotions, we’ll try to determine what comes next.

Plus, why was Travis Browne on RAW this week with Ronda? Why is Kurt Angle facing Baron Corbin for his last match ever? And does it look like the Miz will actually be a great babyface in his match against Shane McMahon?

Salina de la Renta

The team is joined by Salina de La Renta! She’s a rising star in Major League Wrestling, both as a wrestler and as a manager. She’s had to deal with a lot of injuries right now and is able to get in the ring. But she doesn’t think the pain of the bumps will ever stop her. According to her, "The bump is the sacrifice you’re willing to take to make the show great,"

She’ll tell us all about her goals, why Total Divas is directly responsible for her career and about the craziest story of her first night working in Mexico that involved a minivan, police and the dangerous kind of heat.

This show is dedicated to our Max Fun Members! If you’d like to join them, sign up at maximumfun.org/donate as part of the #MaxFunDrive to support this and other Maximum Fun shows you listen to for as little as $5 a month. You’ll get all sorts of gifts, including bonus episodes of every show, including Tights and Fights!

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.

Tights and Fights Ep. 133: Two very wet me w/ Elby Hunktears

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Guests: 
Elby Hunktears

This week Hal and Danielle are joined by Elby Hunktears! They’re the host of "Wrestlesplainia" podcast. Elby will talk about how her parents were actually closeted wrestling fans… for over 50 years.

This past Sunday was Fastlane. It’s normally a distinctly filler program before the main show of WrestleMania. But this year, reactions to the event were very positive! Stories and matches were strong throughout to keep everyone’s attention

The show was headlined by The Shield supposed last match together. Now that Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns are all about to be pulled into different directions, we’ll examine how WWE can be sure that they’re all used correctly (hint: none of us want another Baron Corbin match).

Perhaps the most significant narrative piece at Fastlane was Kofi Kingston’s ongoing trials on the road to his presumed match against Daniel Bryan for the WWE title. Has WWE struck the right notes as his journey continues?

All of that, plus a look at Finn Balor losing his Intercontinental title, Becky Lynch officially being added to the RAW Women’s title match (for the second time) and our excitement to RAW finally having a tag scene again.

The Three Count

Elby put over Kota Ibushi and Tetsuya Naito’s match in the New Japan Cup.

Danielle put over Mustafa Ali on The Secret Life of Muslims.

Hal put over Randy Orton’s promo on AJ Styles.

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford and Elby Hunktears.

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.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 132: The Alie and Ricky show w/ Sarah "The Rebel" Wolfe

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Guests: 
Sarah "The Rebel" Wolfe

This week Hal, Danielle and Lindsey are joined by Sarah "The Rebel" Wolfe! She’s the host of "Women Wrestling Friends". She’s also part of WOW - Women of Wrestling as Razor ". It’s the first time she’s wrestling more on her own and less as a manager. But she’ll explain why she thinks managers are due to make a comeback in wrestling.

This Sunday will be the last WWE PPV before WrestleMania (yeah we can’t believe it’s already here either!) Fastlane has had a number of stories that are really clicking and some that we take issue with.

Becky Lynch and Charlotte will face off once again, this time with Becky’s inclusion in the RAW women’s championship match at stake. Why has it been such a convoluted role to get us to this point? Especially with Becky already having won the Royal Rumble!

Plus, with Mustafa Ali finally returning to active competition, how does he fit into the WWE Title scene with Kevin Owens and Kofi Kingston? And while we all agree that Kofi Kingston getting the title at Mania would be for the best, we’re at odds with how long he should hold the title.

All of this plus, why we’re not sold on Mandy Rose, Ronda Rousey finally turning heel and Triple H giving Batista… what he needs.

The Three Count

Sarah put over WOW Women of Wrestling.

Lindsey put over the campaign to get Cyndi Lauper in the WWE Hall of Fame.

Danielle put over the most legendary stunner edit ever.

Hal put over Randy Orton’s burn on AJ Styles.

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford, Lindsey Kelk and Sarah "The Rebel" Wolfe.

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.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 131: The Big Dog Returns Home w/ Olive Rae Brinker

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Olive Rae Brinker

This week Danielle and Lindsey are joined by Olive Rae Brinker! She’s the creator of the webcomic "Rae the Doe". Olive came in and out of wrestling as a fan for years until she finally found the one storyline that actively hooked her. Hint: it involved Cody Rhodes, but not in a role that he was very proud of.

The panel will get into what was week of returns for the WWE. That includes Batista coming back to beat up Ric Flair and presumably challenge Triple H to a match at WrestleMania. Who would’ve thought it would be so hard for an Avenger to get the attention of Hunter!

Plus, how do we feel about Kevin Owens being immediately inserted into the WWE Title match to replace Kofi Kingston? And whose stock is on the decline after they’ve had to deal with so much sub-par booking over the course of the last month?

Main Event

Roman Reigns returned to Monday Night Raw to deliver the message that we’d all hoped to hear for months: His leukemia is officially in remission. What does this mean for the WWE’s flagship star? Does he have a match at WrestleMania? And hwo soon should the WWE wait before putting him back in the Universal Title picture?

The Three Count

Olive put over Macho Man not talking.

Lindsey put over Batista’s love of dogs.

Hal put over "Something to Wrestle With Bruce Prichard’s"episode focussing on Christian.

Danielle put over Refs as wizards.

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford, Lindsey Kelk and Olive Rae Brinker.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 130: A Squared Safe Space w/ Matthew Klein

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Guests: 
Matthew Klein

This week Danielle and Lindsey are joined by Matthew Klein! He’s the VP of sales and marketing for Valiant Comics. Matthew has some vivid memories of wrestling from throughout his life; so vivid that he’s willing to share them with anyone, even his therapist.

The team will focus on Elimination Chamber, the second to last PPV before WrestleMania.

The highlight of the show was Kofi Kingston narrowly coming up short for his first WWE Championship in the main event. Even though some have shrugged this off as a band wagon situation, the panel vehemently disagrees and will explain why Kofi has always been ready to be in this position.

Plus, there were tons of NXT stars who made their debuts on RAW and Smackdown this week. While it’s not clear how Ricochet, Johnny Gargano, Tommaso Ciampa and Aleister Black will be used going forward, they made a great impression that should bode well for their continued success.

All of this, plus the latest on Becky Lynch vs. Ronda Rousey and Charlotte Flair, Chyna’s induction into the WWE Hall of Fame as part of DX and why the main event of WrestleMania is still very much up in the air.

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The Three Count

Matthew put over Daniel Bryan’s promo before the Elimination Chamber.

Lindsey put over the Fighting with my Family.

Danielle put over Cody Rhodes’ potential plans for WrestleMania weekend.

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

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.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 129: Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart w/ Chris Gethard

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Guests: 
Chris Gethard

This week Hal, Danielle and Lindsey are joined by Chris Gethard! He’s a comedian who’s worked in TV and hosts the podcast "Beautiful/ Anonymous". He’s also someone who wouldn’t let a little thing like parent’s permission get in the way of his childhood wrestling fandom.

To start, the team will discuss some of the biggest things that happened in wrestling this week.

This includes things in WWE like Kofi Kingston’s new opportunity to the WWE Championship and the fact that Charlotte has officially been inserted into the RAW women’s title match against Ronda Rousey. Regarding the latter, it was something we all saw coming. So how are we feeling now that it’s official?

Beyond WWE, AEW had a lot of talent announcements from this week, with confirmations that Nyla Rose, Sonny Kiss and Kenny Omega are now under contract. Plus, Jay White is now the IWGP heavyweight champion after beating Hiroshi Tanahashi. Where do these moves leave each respective promotions as they prepare for the rest of 2019?

The Beatdown: Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart

After Hulk Hogan left WWF, the company faced a creative valley as it searched for its next big star. Eventually, two stars emerged in the early to mid-90’s that would be expected to carry to the company: Bret “The Hitman” Hart and The Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels. Their talent eventually coalesced into one of the most bitter rivalries in WWF and a moment that would change wrestling forever.

The team will get into the biggest moments that defined their story from the WrestleMania to the Montreal Screwjob to their reconciliation in Dayton, Ohio.

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

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.

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.

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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