Backstage With The Bouncers – Episode 130

Pro wrestler “The Kingpin” Brian Milonas is in Philadelphia for Ring Of Honor Wrestling, and he’s taking the microphone with him! Referee Mike Crockett sets the table from home, but Brian takes the reigns and talks with his ROH tag team partner, the Beer City Bruiser (@bcbwinchester) about their current run – the opportunities they’ve gotten and the people they’ve worked with. Plus, they discuss the vibe in the ROH locker room, their wish for next April’s Madison Square Garden show and the Hall Of Famer who is their biggest supporter. After schmoozing with the Bruiser, Brian tracks down ROH stalwarts and past WPAN guests Todd Sinclair and Bobby Cruise as well – and look out for random Ring Of Honor wrestler run-ins!

Also in this episode, let me tell you something about this Promo About Nothing, Bobby proposes a new format and WE HAVE A WINNER of last week’s Today vs. Yesterday argument!

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Today vs. Yesterday – Episode 129


Pro wrestler “The Kingpin” Brian Milonas and referee Mike Crockett have heard all the grumbling about today’s wrestling product. It’s really unavoidable. But is it really all that terrible, especially in comparison to the past? We are analyzing nine different facets of pro wrestling, contrasting the current landscape with the product we grew up with. Which era wins out in the end? Today or yesterday? We may just need your help on Twitter (@TheWPAN)! Plus, we promise we want to love this Promo About Nothing, more on Silas & The Bouncers vs. The Bullet Club, and reliving agonizing referee injuries!

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The WPAN AMA – Episode 128


Pro wrestler “The Kingpin” Brian Milonas and referee Mike Crockett solicited questions all week on social media and, in this episode, embark on the first-ever WPAN AMA – Ask Milonas (or Mike) Anything! Queries came in from all over about Milonas’ wrestling wish list, competition for WWE, favorite wrestling memories, the hazards of refereeing, Wine City Wailer origins, the Jim Duggan blender rumor (!), witnessing history, untrue rumors about us, the most cringeworthy TV wrestling moment and in the main event, we recast Seinfeld with professional wrestlers! A really fun show and thanks to the listeners for making it happen! Also this week, a Promo About Nothing without punctuation, feedback from our Ready To Rumble Review last week, Milonas gets nastisized, and the truth about pickle rubbing!

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Let’s Get Ready To Ramble – Episode 127


Pro wrestler “The Kingpin” Brian Milonas has done it! In the aftermath of his recent run-in with David Arquette, he’s finally forced referee Mike Crockett to sit through WCW’s foray into cinema, 2000’s Ready To Rumble! We review the movie from start to finish – all the awful jokes, insulting fan stereotypes, and more! Ever wanted to see Oliver Platt rap? Neither did Crockett, but he watched it all for your (and Brian’s) pleasure. Plus, a Promo About Nothing that Bellomos, following up on last week’s “Mean Tweets” segment, and Milonas is EGGcited to talk about his return to TV’s Inside Edition!

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Kingpin’s Mean Tweets & The Evolution Of The Wrestling Match – Episode 126


Pro wrestler “The Kingpin” Brian Milonas and referee Mike Crockett are examining the constantly evolving state of the pro wrestling match – where it’s been, what it is today, and where it’s headed. We break down the basic match structure, how it’s been tweaked over time, calling it in the ring vs. calling it in the back, TV vs. indy matches, working to your audience, plus big bumps, false finish overload and SO much more – it’s a real jerking back of the curtain as we deep dive into the art of the match. But before all that, The Kingpin is confronted with MEAN TWEETS in a scathing new segment entitled Search & Destroy! Also in this episode, a diseased Promo About Nothing, figuring out Meltzer & Cornette, and Brian hangs with the most infamous WCW World Champion of them all!

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Drafting Wrestling’s Best Feuds – Episode 125


Pro wrestler “The Kingpin” Brian Milonas and referee Mike Crockett are celebrating the start of football season (or Brian is, and Crockett is being dragged along) by doing the WPAN’s second annual draft! This time out, we are drafting the best pro wrestling feuds of all time! Which wrestling rivalries make our lists? There’s at least one pick you will NOT see coming! Which feuds would you select? Also, we look back at Milonas’ last few weeks participating in CHIKARA’s King Of Trios and main eventing for Ring Of Honor at the ECW Arena against the Bullet Club! Plus, a misdirected Promo About Nothing, ALL IN in brief, more talk about wrestling legend Killer Kowalski, and NXT’s Keith Lee is a Pinhead!

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The Interview With The Kingpin’s Trainer “Coach” Mike Hollow Featuring Jamie Jamitkowski – Episode 124


Pro wrestler “The Kingpin” Brian Milonas is hitting the highways and biways this Labor Day weekend, leaving referee Mike Crockett to run the show with a guest co-host, For The Pops and Let The Chaos Begin Podcasts’ own Jamie Jamitkowski (@ForThePops)! Ironically, Milonas booked this week’s guest – his trainer at the Chaotic Training Center, former head trainer for Killer Kowalski’s Institute of Professional Wrestling and ex-WWF employee “Coach” Mike Hollow – but we’re all friends here, so we can handle it without the big guy. In fact, both Mike and Jamie have great stories about the late Walter “Killer” Kowalski, including an interaction Walter had backstage at WWE with Ric Flair that will leave you in stitches! Mike and Jamie recount the split from Kowalski and the opening of Chaotic Wrestling’s school, the eventual reunion with Walter, and the students that have made the big time along the way. Plus, hear about Hollow’s humble beginnings with Titan Sports, which includes an infamous spot in 1988 where a WWE Hall Of Famer tumbled to the floor on his watch! Also this week, a Promo About Nothing full of pissants, we talk ALL IN for all of 30 seconds, and THE WORLD’S FIRST PODCAST SIMULCAST!

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The Life And Legacy Of Walter “Killer” Kowalski With NECW’s Sheldon Goldberg – Episode 123

Pro wrestler “The Kingpin” Brian Milonas and referee Mike Crockett have done a few podcasts highlighting the “founding fathers” of New England pro wrestling and this time, just a few days before the 10-year anniversary of his passing, we focus on the nucleus of the local wrestling landscape and an all-time legend, Walter “Killer” Kowalski! We both had the opportunity to be around Walter in his later years, and we share some memories of meeting the man, visiting the old school in Malden, Massachusetts, his vegetarian lifestyle, his favorite stories, our understanding of the origin of the nickname “Killer” and more. Then, New England Championship Wrestling promoter and noted wrestling historian Sheldon Goldberg (@necw) joins the show to school us on Kowalski’s unreal in-ring career, Walter’s friendship with WWWF promoter Abe Ford, Killer Kowalski’s Institute Of Pro Wrestling (one of the nation’s first wrestling training facilities), the birth of his promotion, the IWF, and why those sold shows went away, his studio wrestling TV show Bedlam From Boston, his claim to the New England “territory” and the true legacy of the man as wrestler and teacher! If you’re reading this and you’re a wrestling fan in New England, or anywhere else to be honest, you owe a debt of gratitude to the late Walter Kowalski. Also in this episode, a Promo About Nothing that’s definitely NOT a blast, a referee correction for episode 1-2-3 and will Crockett be buffing a ROH World Six-man championship belt?

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The NXT Renaissance – Episode 122


Pro wrestler “The Kingpin” Brian Milonas and referee Mike Crockett check in on WWE’s third brand, NXT, after seeing it live in lovely Lowell, Massachusetts and then watching NXT Takeover Brooklyn 4 this past Saturday night on the WWE Network! Are we in the midst of their second “golden era” on the back of some of New England’s best exports? The Lowell house show was proof of that, and our… “special correspondent” gives his thoughts on the entire night and what it meant to him. Then, it’s on to Brooklyn where we rank our favorite moments, matches and more from another great Takeover card! Also this week, a spirited Promo About Nothing, The Kingpin returns to Inside Edition, and he and his pals get a golden opportunity at The Bullet Club!

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The Red-Headed Stepchild Of The Entertainment Industry – Episode 121


Pro wrestler “The Kingpin” Brian Milonas and referee Mike Crockett take a look this week at pro wrestling’s place in the world. We all seem to have accepted that it’s not sport, but why is it still the most disrespected brand of entertainment? Why do people still ask if it’s fake? Why won’t people give a wrestling performance the same weight as they would a performance in a movie, play, or TV show? Why do those that claim to be fans of wrestling sometimes have just as negative a view as the outsiders? And can anything be done to improve wrestling’s profile? It’s a much different take on the Summer Of Negativity this time out, and we really want to get your thoughts on this one! Plus, maybe the Dingo ate your Promo About Nothing, the G1 Supercard sellout at Madison Square Garden, and The Kingpin’s gonna sit on more shit for your viewing pleasure!

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