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  • INTERVIEW CLASSIC: Ex-WWE Creative Matt McCarthy reacts to Moxley and Batista comments on WWE writers, Vince and Triple H backstage stories

    15 JUN 2024 · SHOW SUMMARY: In this Interview Classic episode of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast from five years ago (6-14-2014), PWTorch editor Wade Keller interviewed Matt McCarthy, an ex-WWE Creative Team member.LIST OF TOPICS COVERED... - As a professional stand-up comedian, he evaluates R-Truth's 24/7 Title reign and ideas for others with the 24/7 Title including Bob Backlund. - What's not working for him with the Bray Wyatt's "Firefly Funhouse." - The sloppy narrative structure of WWE including a story about a proposed "Kane Cam" that Vince liked. - Vince's attitude toward the approach he takes when people push for changes internally. - Vince's attitude toward writers pitching matches and the main rule he has for booking a match. - A detail Triple H pays attention to when it comes to matches being announced on TV that Vince McMahon doesn't. - His reaction to the Jon Moxley and Batista comments in recent weeks about the creative process, including his suggestions on how to change certain things but why certain aspects Batista and Mox took issue with are baked into the system for better or for worse. - Examples with Chris Jericho trying to make the creative process work for them including a time he sat in with Jericho in - Vince McMahon's office making his pitch to change things in his aborted feud with Randy Orton. - How some creative writers get disengaged or demoralized and work within the system instead of fighting it. - The choices AEW has to make with the tone of the product and if the undercard should match or contrast the main event storylines and tone. - Whether AEW should start from scratch introducing characters or assume that fans either have knowledge or in this binge-watch era will research them on their own. - Orange Cassidy's presentation on the indy scene and how it's changed. - His thoughts on AEW Double or Nothing from attending live. - Which wrestler he'd pluck from WWE and send to AEW. - And more fascinating backstage insights from his time in WWE, great historical pop culture references that relate to pro wrestling, and more topics about the larger wrestling scene including his excitement for this fall when everything changes.
    2h 47m 8s
  • 5 YRS AGO FLAGSHIP: Keller & Mitchell compare value of McIntyre to Moxley, Post-Rousey WWE Women’s Div, AEW PPV Buyrate, Firefly Funhouse

    14 JUN 2024 · In this week's Flagship Flashback episode of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast from five years ago (6-13-2019), PWTorch editor Wade Keller is joined by cohost PWTorch Newsletter senior columnist Bruce Mitchell. They compare short-term and long-term value of 34 year olds Drew McIntyre and Jon Moxley, evaluate the post-Ronda Rousey WWE Women’s Division, the implications of the AEW PPV buyrate and the growing signs of synergy with Warner Media, the latest Firefly Funhouse, WWE back to celebrating Saudi Arabia visits, Shane McMahon’s push and where it is leading, and more.
    1h 44m 16s
  • NEW FLAGSHIP: Keller & Powell talk about change in WWE locker room culture with contract renewals, Clash at the Castle, Forbidden Door, MJF

    12 JUN 2024 · PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents the Tuesday Flagship edition of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast with guest co-host Jason Powell from ProWrestling.net. They discuss these topics: - A change in WWE locker room culture when it comes to locker room contract renewals, the change in the pace of re-signing wrestler, and how wrestlers are showing how aware they are of the money WWE is raking in these days. - Clash at the Castle hype analysis and show predictions including extended discussions on Chad Gable, Otis, Sami Zayn, Cody Rhodes, Bianca Belair & Jade Cargill, and other key wrestlers on the card. - A look at the choices Paul Levesque will make regarding booking decisions the rest of the summer and how unpredictable it appears to be. - AEW Forbidden Door's line-up and whether it looks like it'll be a success. - The tough call between Swerve Strickland and Will Ospreay winning the AEW World Title match. - The good and bad so far from MJF since his return.
    1h 56m 21s
  • 10 YRS AGO FLAGSHIP: Keller & Powell discuss the follow-up to the breakup of The Shield, how Bryan was cheated out of something, live calls

    11 JUN 2024 · In this week's Flagship Flashback episode of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast from ten years ago (6-10-2014), PWTorch editor Wade Keller was joined by ProWrestling.net's head honcho Jason Powell discuss in-depth the follow-up to the breakup of The Shield, a better promo approach for Seth Rollins fresh off of his heel turn, possible Shield replacement members, how Daniel Bryan was cheated out of something most injured babyfaces get, MITB thoughts, and much more with live calls and emails from listeners.
    1h 42m 58s
  • 5 YRS AGO MAILBAG: Keller & Powell talk Ricochet and Aleister Black, NXT UK, Austin Aries-AEW, 24/7 Title, Fox debut championship picture

    9 JUN 2024 · Today we flash back five years (6-7-2019) to a Mailbag Saturday edition of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast with cohost Jason Powell from ProWrestling.net and the Pro Wrestling Boom Podcast. They answer mailbag questions on these topics: Ricochet and Aleister Black, NXT UK, Austin Aries-AEW, 24/7 Title, Fox debut championship picture, Jon Moxley interview talking points, Brock Lesnar bait and switch, WWE frustrations, pros and cons of various non-WWE alternative weekly TV shows, Bray Wyatt’s Firefly Funhouse, Kofi Kingston’s WWE Title future and an idea for Big E, and more.
    1h 25m 27s
  • 5 YRS AGO FLAGSHIP: Keller & Powell talk AEW roster expansion potential, preview Super Showdown, review NXT Takeover, react to Mox interview

    8 JUN 2024 · In this week's Flagship Flashback episode of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast from five years ago (6-6-2019), PWTorch editor Wade Keller is joined by cohost Jason Powell from ProWrestling.net and the Pro Wrestling Boom Podcast. They preview WWE Super Showdown in Saudi Arabia, review NXT Takeover, speculate on the main roster potential for key NXT takes, discuss AEW potential signings, reaction to the Jon Moxley interview revelations, and more.
    2h 1m 33s
  • INTERVIEW CLASSIC: Jon Moxley (pt. 2 of 2): The story behind Lesnar WrestleMania match frustrations, awkward Stone Cold podcast, more

    6 JUN 2024 · PWTorch editor Wade Keller hosts a special Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast with guest Jon Moxley (f/k/a Dean Ambrose). This was Mox’s second long-form interview and the first he recorded since his AEW surprise debut last Saturday night at “AEW Double or Nothing” in Las Vegas. This was, by design, a follow-up to his first interview earlier that week with Chris Jericho on his podcast which has been the talk of the pro wrestling industry for several days, so we didn't cover the same territory but instead covering topics he didn’t get to with Jericho. This interview, conducted on May 29, lasts nearly two-and-a-half hours. This is the second half of that interview.LIST OF TOPICS COVERED… - The story behind the videos he has produced on Twitter and the excitement he feels being an artist in control again and collaborating with colleagues… - On people’s skepticism that “by the boys, for the boys” will never work in AEW because there’s too many cooks in the kitchen… - Producers he really respected and liked in WWE… - On his growing relationship with Cody behind the scenes on creative matters and how it contrasts to his WWE experience… - His amazement that top writers on WWE don’t go insane working in that system… - Details on his frustration with how The Shield return was handled Summerslam weekend last year and details on how it originally was supposed to play out and who derailed it at last second… - Tons of details told for the first time ever, on his WrestleMania frustrations the year he wrestled Brock Lesnar… - The awkward Stone Cold Podcast on WWE Network, finally explained in (agonizing) detail… - Did he hesitate to sign another “corporate contract” with AEW so soon after being free from his WWE contact?… - What the greatest moment of his career was so far… - What did he think watching back at his entrance at Double or Nothing… - His reluctance to dive head first into social media like most wrestlers… - PPV payoff structure under the WWE Network and strong thoughts about WWE’s way of scheduling house shows in this era… - Why he thinks WWE will soon have to start paying wrestlers more money, and it’s not (just) because of AEW as competition… - And more.
    1h 25m 5s
  • INTERVIEW CLASSIC (10 Yrs Ago): Ex-WWE Creative John Piermarini with backstage insights from his days on writing team, Seth's turn, more

    5 JUN 2024 · In this week’s Interview Classic episode from ten years ago (6-6-2014), PWTorch editor interviewed ex-WWE Creative Team Member John Piermarini. They go in-depth with reaction to the Seth Rollins turn, Money in the Bank and Summerslam speculation, lots of backstage insights from his days on writing team, and much more with live callers and email questions.
    1h 56m 33s
  • NEW FLAGSHIP: Keller & Fann discuss Liv-Dom, Alpha Academy, McAfee controversy, paths of AEW World Title and WWE Hvt Title this summer, more

    5 JUN 2024 · PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents the Tuesday Flagship edition of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast with guest co-host Rich Fann, a PWTorch columnist and podcaster. They cover these topics: - Pat McAfee controversy - The choice Tony Khan for the AEW World Title this summer with Swerve Strickland, Will Ospreay, and MJF, among others - The possible paths the Raw-based WWE Hvt. Title could take this summer including Damien Priest, Drew McIntyre, C.M. Punk, and Gunther. - The Liv Morgan-Dominik Mysterio story, it's lack of impact on Raw rating this week, and their respective futures - Jey Uso's promo and Money in the Bank announcement - The latest Solo Sikoa-Paul Heyman interactions - TNA cutting some workers and trying to streamline - Tanahashi's bullet point goals for changes in New Japan - Tony Khan's response to Andrade's cryptic tweets - Chad Gable getting serious and what his upside is and what his role should be with The Creed Brothers if that's next. - Can Otis break off from Gable and become a featured singles wrestler?
    2h 17m 33s
  • 10 YRS AGO FLAGSHIP: Keller & Powell talk pros and cons of Seth Rollins heel turn, is Reigns best choice to push to top, MITB possibilities

    4 JUN 2024 · In this week's Flagship Flashback episode of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast from ten years ago (6-3-2014), PWTorch editor Wade Keller was joined by ProWrestling.net's head honcho Jason Powell to discuss the pros and cons of the Seth Rollins heel turn, whether Roman Reigns was the best choice to push to top, and Money in the Bank possibilities with live callers.
    2h 5m 42s

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30+ year veteran Hall of Fame pro wrestling journalist Wade Keller from Pro Wrestling Torch Newsletter and PWTorch.com discusses the top stories of the week in pro wrestling with top-level guest cohosts and interviews pro wrestling's newsmakers each week. 640160
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