The Ever-Changing Landscape Of New England Wrestling – Episode 144

 

Ring Of Honor Wrestling’s “The Kingpin” Brian Milonas and referee Mike Crockett take a deep dive into the New England pro wrestling scene and how it’s changed over the years. Inspired by the WWE Network’s recent Hidden Gems featuring Hanson and Tommaso Ciampa, we look at what it took in the early 2000s to get booked for TV in New England. Crockett discusses the “three islands” of local independent wrestling he learned about when first attending shows in 1991. Hear about The Kingpin’s early days working for Tony Atlas in Maine, and how Limitless Wrestling really changed the reputation of wrestling in Vacationland. Also, we highlight Beyond Wrestling and what its increased exposure has meant for NXT in particular. We touch on just about everything in this in-depth discussion on New England independent wrestling! Plus, we’re rebranding Making Towns Or Made-up Clowns – play along with Milonas in a game of “FAKE OR 500”! Also this week, this Promo About Nothing is nonsense and we love it, Kingpin the promoter finally promotes, and the verdict is in on “The Doctor Of Style’s” occupation!

Promo About Nothing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7EShWCLcB3c

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Favorite Gimmicks Of The 1980s – Episode 143

 

Ring Of Honor Wrestling’s “The Kingpin” Brian Milonas and referee Mike Crockett are putting the gimmick in the gimmick and going back to the 80s! We’re looking at the golden era of wrestling and talking about our Favorite Gimmicks of this fondly-remembered time period. How do we narrow it down? What are our number one choices? We’re sure to make some Southern wrestling fans mad. What’s your pick for the 1980s best gimmick? Plus, this Promo About Nothing is awkward, mate, Kingpin discusses the first ROH TV without The Elite, the weird backlash to the AEW rally, and Baby Playboy arrives!

Promo About Nothing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cO2ePi_bpHY

Truckin’ Thru The Territories: WWWF (1977) – Episode 142

 

Ring Of Honor Wrestling’s “The Kingpin” Brian Milonas and referee Mike Crockett bring you the first of a new feature on the WPAN. We’re watching regional wrestling television shows of the 70s and 80s, one territory a month ’til we see them all! The first “Truckin’ Thru The Territories” starts at home with the Northeast and the World Wide Wrestling Federation as we review WWWF Championship Wrestling from May of 1977. We have a new World Champion and we have unpolished Vince, the atomic drop as a finish, the original Moose Monroe, Iraqi Native Americans, inept enhancement talent, plus Milonas wants baby oil and more! Also in this episode, this Promo About Nothing is dedicated to a legend lost, adding One To Watch in 2019 and Crockett makes his AstroMania plans!

Promo About Nothing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7lHGyV7jTg

Ones To Watch In 2019 & The Last Shuffle? – Episode 141

 

Ring Of Honor Wrestling’s “The Kingpin” Brian Milonas and referee Mike Crockett toast to the year 2018 and look ahead to wrestling in the new year with a segment they’re calling “Ones To Watch”! Which stars in WWE, ROH and the independents are fixing to have a break-out year in 2019? We share our expert opinions. Plus, after an extennnnded hiatus, our signature segment the Dirt Sheet Shuffle is back, but if Brian can crack the code again, will it ever return? Also this week, the Promo About Nothing is live, pal, we discuss the year that was for the WPAN and what to look forward to in 2019, and The Kingpin reveals more about his controversial Chaotic Wrestling promo on JT Dunn!

Promo About Nothing: https://www.wwe.com/videos/sid-wants-a-redo-in-your-house-may-14-1995

A Visit From Saint Tommaso (and The Kingdom!) – Episode 140

 

‘Twas the day before Christmas, and all through the years, you’ve been waiting for this audio, and it’s finally here! Pro wrestler “The Kingpin” Brian Milonas and referee Mike Crockett conducted an interview in the very early days of this podcast with their old pal Tommaso Ciampa, and for many reasons, we were unable to release it. But it’s a Christmas miracle! As our gift to you, we are sharing a portion of our 2016 conversation with the current NXT Champion. Hear about his Seinfeld-inspired early gimmick, Thomas Penmanship, his bond with New England veteran Arch Kincaid and the feud with Milonas that got to the point where Ciampa’s dad tried to jump the rail! Also in this episode, Brian sits down with TK O’Ryan and Vinny Marseglia of the current ROH World Six Man Champions The Kingdom! Plus, your Promo About Navidad, The Kingpin on silly indy wrestling drama, and the final holiday segment. The topic: What’s at the top of our wrestling wish lists?

Promo About Nothing: https://twitter.com/i/status/1075770275440975872

Fury Fights Back & Kingpin on Final Battle – Episode 139

 

Pro wrestler “The Kingpin” Brian Milonas had a big pro wrestling weekend, so referee Mike Crockett put the call out to permanent guest host Brian Fury (@xbrianxfuryx) to fill the seat and he’s got plenty to say about his UNretirement a couple weeks ago as he returned to the squared circle in his own promotion, Chaotic Wrestling! Also, after Crockett’s antics on the “Pro Wrestling Positivity” episode, “The Firebrand” schools him on reasons he really SHOULD be excited about WWE – and it has nothing to do with the fact that he was recently flown to Orlando to once again be a guest trainer at the WWE Performance Center. And Milonas may not be with Mike, but he checks in from the road with his thoughts on Final Battle, the TV tapings the next night, and the departure of The Elite! Plus, a Promo About Nothing that will make you pale, more talk about the best and worst t-shirt designs, and week three of The Kingpin’s holiday segment. The topic: Memorable Christmas-themed moments or angles!

Promo About Nothing: https://youtu.be/fICZRloNIQ8?t=106

Best & Worst Wrestling T-shirts – Episode 138

 

Pro wrestler “The Kingpin” Brian Milonas and referee Mike Crockett are mad about merch! From the 80s & 90s to today, we’re examining the best wrestling t-shirt designs in history. They’re just 2 sweet! On the flipside, we’ll get into the ugliest, stupidest, or most ridiculous shirts ever made as well, so back dat ass into your chair and listen in! As always, let us know what we missed on Twitter (@TheWPAN). Plus, be sure to tune in for BRIAN’S BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! Also this week, a Promo About Nothing that’s Terra-ble, find out how to hang at the bar with The Bouncers this weekend, and The Kingpin’s holiday segment returns. The topic: WWE’s strangest holiday merchandise!

Promo About Nothing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PNn2GK937o

Pro Wrestling Positivity! – Episode 137

 

Pro wrestler “The Kingpin” Brian Milonas and referee Mike Crockett are here to talk you off the ledge! Last week’s RAW sent people into hysterics, so let us share with you reasons to LOVE wrestling as we head into 2019. Milonas has his thoughts (usually involving Ring Of Honor) and Crockett has his (as someone who doesn’t watch wrestling), but despite all that, there is still reason to hear them out! Well, Brian anyway. Plus, we debut a new segment for the holiday season. This week’s topic: What’s the weirdest gift you’ve received as the family “wrestling guy”? Also in this episode, a Promo About Nothing with a Magnum and bodily fluids, The Bouncers have an official ROH t-shirt, and The Kingpin is an international man of mystery!

Promo About Nothing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIQEcYbCJDo&t=2s

In The Car With The Kingpin & Cam Zagami – Episode 136

 

Pro wrestler “The Kingpin” Brian Milonas and referee Mike Crockett reunite briefly before Milonas heads out on the road for a weekend of independent wrestling with CHIKARA and Beyond Wrestling! Once our hosts part, you’re in the backseat as The Kingpin joins his tag team partner – CHIKARA Young Lions Cup 2018 winner Cam Zagami – for a road trip between Philadephia and Worcester, Massachusetts! We not only get into Cam’s stint on FOX TV’s American Grit starring John Cena, but all the behind-the-scenes scrambling at Beyond Wrestling’s Tournament For Tomorrow! Will their opponents arrive in time driving from NEBRASKA? What happens when injuries scrap an entire card? Listen in as Brian & Cam recount it all on the drive home! Plus, a Promo About Nothing that’s worse than combat, Goodspeed goodness, and The Kingpin hilariously reacts to Brian Fury’s wrestling comeback!

Promo About Nothing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1OYVEDSdZE

Storytime With Sonny Goodspeed & Max Smashmaster (Feat. Brian Fury) – Episode 135

 

With pro wrestler “The Kingpin” Brian Milonas on his bi-annual Disney excursion, referee Mike Crockett has enlisted the services of the man who is sometimes known as Max Smashmaster (@MaxSmashmaster) to co-host and also update us on what he’s been doing since we interviewed him two years ago. Then, we talk with a staple of New England independent wrestling, Sonny Goodspeed (@sonnystrut), who has AMAZING stories about, among other things, bumping on frozen lawn furniture with Jeff “Bruiser” Costa, what happens when a wrestler wins the Powerball lottery, Lobsterman for President, a phone call with Tito Santana, hiding backstage at WWF TV, working Memphis and stiffing the hell out of PG-13, slowing down The Eliminators, no-selling the finish of WCW’s Erik Watts AKA the Salisbury Beach Screwjob and so much more! Also in this episode, a Promo About Nothing that’s hard, and Brian Fury (@xbrianxfuryx) confronts Crockett about last week’s breaking news PLUS gives the first comments on his RETURN TO THE RING next month!

Promo About Nothing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ng6kpHpcfdY