In this ALL-NEW bonus episode, The WPAN’s Mike Crockett is joined by Julian Starr & Matt “Tarzan Taylor” Spectro from the Truth, Justice & The New England Pro Wrestling Way podcast (@prowrestlingway) to wrap-up last week’s episode of their show (also featuring Brian Milonas & Brian Fury) that revealed the All-time New England Indy Wrestling Top Ten. What feedback did they get? What did they miss? Why did so-and-so not get ranked? And is one of the top ten DISQUALIFIED? We’ll let you know all the dirt in this companion podcast to episode 25 of Truth, Justice & The New England Pro Wrestling Way!
Welcome back to WPAN: The Interviews! Before he was Dominik Dijakovic in WWE NXT, he was Donovan Dijak in the independent and in Ring Of Honor. Take a listen to this classic conversation from before his WWE signing! PLUS, will there be a WPAN reunion on a DIFFERENT podcast?
FROM 2016: Pro wrestler “The Kingpin” Brian Milonas and referee Mike Crockett are talking shop with Donovan Dijak from Ring Of Honor Wrestling! Hear about his training with Brian Fury, having his first match in a WWE – yes, WWE – ring, his thoughts on the ever-changing indy landscape, how he got to ROH, his run so far in Beyond Wrestling, the biggest match of his career coming up in Lowell, MA on September 30th and more!
This time on WPAN: The Interviews, it’s independent wrestling standout Josh Briggs! We got him before he got his EVOLVE contract and before the WWE put him on the Network. PLUS, if you’re involved in the New England wrestling scene, we NEED to hear from you. Listen for details!
FROM 2018: Pro wrestler “The Kingpin” Brian Milonas and referee Mike Crockett are back at their home away from home, the New England Pro Wrestling Academy, to speak with one of their top students, independent wrestling phenom Josh Briggs (@TheJoshBriggs)! Josh came from the West Coast to play college football and stayed here to pursue his true dream as a pro wrestler. We talk about his early training with Mike Hollow and what then brought him to Brian Fury’s school, his first encounter with Donovan Dijak, marketing himself, being Mike Honcho, reaching his goals, working with Jack Swagger, winning titles, being backstage at NXT, getting put over by Dijak and so much more. Chances are he doesn’t like you, but there’s a better chance you’ll dig this conversation with one of the wrestling’s biggest rising stars!
This week on WPAN: The Interviews, we hear from maybe the hottest (maybe the only?) heel in wrestling, All Elite Wrestling’s Maxwell Jacob Friedman. MJF peels back the curtain in a way that just doesn’t happen for him these days, so take a listen!
FROM 2017: Pro wrestler “The Kingpin” Brian Milonas and referee Mike Crockett are joined for a compelling conversation by 21-year-old Maxwell Jacob Friedman (@The_MJF), current CZW Wired Champion and a guy who has had great success in a short period of time. We’ll get into his whirlwind career and what it’s taken to get to this point, including his training with Pat Buck and WWE’s Curt Hawkins, the development of the MJF character, his bond with Sami Callahan, and his appearances on the Rosie O’Donnell show as a young kid!
Here’s another in our new series – WPAN: The Interviews! With WrestleMania this weekend, we’re going to hear from one of the busiest guys this time of year, former wrestler and current WWE gear maker Mikaze!
FROM 2017: Pro wrestler “The Kingpin” Brian Milonas and referee Mike Crockett are talking shop with an old friend who made wrestling gear for Milonas back in the day – and now he’s making it for the Superstars of WWE! Mikaze (@IAmMikaze) is a pro wrestler out of New England who’s currently on an extended hiatus as he pursues his other dream as a costume designer. We discuss his stints in Chaotic Wrestling and Ring Of Honor, his match on RAW with Ryback and the bout in NXT that ended with him being knocked out cold. Find out how a high school sewing class started Mikaze on a path to making gear for WrestleMania! Plus, tons of insight on Sasha Banks’ gear, collaborating with talent, seeing his designs on a Barbie, making something for a McMahon, being a part of Up Up Down Down, taking his work home with him and so much more!
We’re back with WPAN: The Interviews! It’s one of our most awesome, yet most overlooked conversations with New England talent turned NXT superstar Axl Keegan, known to us as Max Bauer!
FROM 2016: Pro wrestler “The Kingpin” Brian Milonas and referee Mike Crockett are back with Max Bauer, also known in WWE Developmental and NXT as Axl or Mickey Keegan. We hit all the points – his beginnings with Chaotic Wrestling, his connection with Tommaso Ciampa, wrestling by a pond, Max and Brian whacking each other with bats, his WWE dark match, getting his contract, FCW and NXT! Plus, the early days of the Performance Center, working with Ricky Steamboat and “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes, being a part of the idea that birthed the Vaudevillains, and the heartbreaking series of events that lead to the end of his in-ring career.
Presenting WPAN: The Interviews! First up, our conversation with WarBeard Hanson, the future Ivar of WWE’s Viking Raiders!
FROM 2016: Pro wrestler “The Kingpin” Brian Milonas and referee Mike Crockett bring you an in-depth interview with one half of War Machine, Ring Of Honor Wrestling’s WarBeard Hanson! Hear about his tumultuous journey from the bottom to the top of Chaotic Wrestling, his dark match at the FleetCenter/TD Garden and more WWE stories, the numerous setbacks that threatened his wrestling career, plus hear about how Simon Dean helped him out, what lead to his complete change of character, being contacted for the ROH Top Prospect Tournament, an inside look at his week at the Performance Center for WWE, Ray Rowe’s injury, winning the ROH World Tag Team Titles, going to Japan and so much more.
Ring Of Honor Wrestling’s “The Brawler” Brian Milonas, Chaotic Wrestling’s Brian Fury and referee Mike Crockett are all back together again to celebrate the big one! It’s been a while since we’ve been in the same room so there’s a lot to talk about. AND, in honor of the occasion, the Dirt Sheet Shuffle comes out of moth balls and Fury is put to the test! Plus, it’s the first-ever Promo About Nothing two-fer, we got congratulatory voicemails, Search Terms returns and STAY TUNED ‘TIL THE END as the future of the #WPAN is addressed. Thanks, for… everything.
Ring Of Honor Wrestling’s “The Brawler” Brian Milonas flies solo! Referee Mike Crockett and the New England Pro Wrestling Academy’s Brian Fury are both MIA, so Milonas is in the driver’s seat this week. And as a bit of a pre-celebration for next week’s 200th episode, he’s sharing some classic clips of his good friend Crockett at (what he says is) his absolute worst, including two of the most infamous one-time bits in WPAN history! But before the burial, The Brawler addresses some controversy after a clip of him from last week’s NWA Powerrr episode began circulating in wrestling trainer circles! Plus, Kingpin wants YOU to submit your Promos About Nothing, and he talks about the unfortunate passing of a New England wrestling mainstay over the weekend.