Favorite WrestleMania Moments – Episode 152

 

Ring Of Honor Wrestling’s “The Kingpin” Brian Milonas and referee Mike Crockett are getting ready for the biggest pro wrestling spectacle of the year, but enough about G1 Supercard from Madison Square Garden. This week, we’re recalling the moments that have been etched onto our brains from WWE’s signature event. They’ve been dubbed “WrestleMania moments” and we talk about that term, the emotion that makes a “moment”, and what happens when you try to manufacture one. Then we delve into some of our favorites – from Hogan, to Rock, to Austin, to Shawn, to Bret (kind of) and more! What’s your favorite Mania moment? Plus, we check in with Leo Connors, who hosts his own TV show where he’s talking the New England indies! Also in this episode, this Promo About Nothing is a mother-f*cker, the latest on Brian Milonas presents LSW’s AstroMania, and Crockett has a dirty shirt!

Promo About Nothing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2mG7mIijqA

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The Interview With Ring Of Honor Ambassador Cary Silkin – Episode 151

 

Ring Of Honor Wrestling’s “The Kingpin” Brian Milonas and referee Mike Crockett are celebrating this week’s 17th Anniversary event for Ring Of Honor by sitting down with the former owner of the company, Cary Silkin (@rohcary)! We discuss with ROH’s Ambassador his fandom growing up and his affinity for Madison Square Garden, where the company runs for the first time on April 6th. He was actually at the first WrestleMania there, and he’s got a fun story of how he actually got into the building! How did Cary end up in Puerto Rico doing a wrestling magazine? You’ll find out. Of course, he goes into his history with Ring Of Honor – buying in, witnessing all the great moments and watching all the great stars, hanging out with legends like Bobby Heenan, Mick Foley and Bruno Sammartino, hanging with the not-so-legendary Bobby Cruise and Todd Sinclair, selling to Sinclair Broadcasting and so much more! Also in this episode, this Promo About Nothing is electric, our thoughts on Tommaso Ciampa’s setback, and Brian shares his big news with someone else first!

Promo About Nothing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDz8pY3TnK4

Truckin’ Thru The Territories: Maple Leaf Wrestling (1984) – Episode 150

 

Ring Of Honor Wrestling’s “The Kingpin” Brian Milonas and referee Mike Crockett are watching a different regional wrestling television show every month ’til we see them all! “Truckin’ Thru The Territories” has been taking us through Canada, and now we’re in Toronto for Maple Leaf Wrestling from 1984! The Tunneys have willingly given in to the WWF by this point and this show is chock full of mid-80s WWF good(?)ness. Hear about the surprising Sal Bellomo, the dynamic Billy Red Lyons, the subdued Hulkster, the pre-revolution WWF Ladies Tag Team Champions, the bucking horse, the unintelligible Andre The Giant, the abbreviated Piper’s Pit, the singing of Russia The Beautiful and so much more! Plus, we check in on some of our peers from New England and what’s going on in their lives this peak wrestling season! Also this week, this Promo About Nothing falls flat on its face, a shout out to a friend having a rough time, and Slaughter’s at it again – more of Sarge’s Tall Tales!

Maple Leaf Wrestling from September 22, 1984: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obcOWw0-onc

Promo About Nothing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7Q4EVpIFIk

The Interview With New England Veteran “Fabulous” Johnny Vegas – Episode 149


Ring Of Honor Wrestling’s “The Kingpin” Brian Milonas and referee Mike Crockett are joined this week by a LONGER-time veteran of the New England independent mat wars, “Fabulous” Johnny Vegas! Johnny started in radio and got into wrestling to be a humble announcer, but before long he was managing and then, of course, became a full-fledged dastardly heel wrestler. Johnny takes us through his time in John McAdam’s UCW, training at Champs Arena in Salisbury, MA with Big City Mike, and his managerial roles as Mr. French and Fabulous Frenchie before eventually breaking in as Johnny Vegas in the ring for Jeff “Lobsterman” Costa! Hey, is he still the authority figure in Chaotic Wrestling? SPOILER: No one knows. Then, in the closing moments, Johnny recounts his experience being a part of “John Cena, This Is Your Life” on WWE RAW in 2011! Plus, this Promo About Nothing has a lot of bad habits, names are named when talking more indy politics, and we wonder how Collision Rules A$$hole!

Promo About Nothing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebN17xoJbLg

Indy Wrestling Politics & Brian’s New Moniker! – Episode 148


Ring Of Honor Wrestling’s “The Kingpin” Brian Milonas and referee Mike Crockett reflect on their long histories in the New England independent scene to give examples of the politics of pro wrestling, even on this small scale. From the tug-of-war between rival promotions – banning people from doing other shows, tearing down posters, running opposition on the same night on the same street, even VANDALIZING the property of competition – to the interpersonal political game in one promotion’s locker room – refusing to do jobs, lobbying to bookers, the backstage hierarchy, referees jockeying for position – we discuss a lot, including Milonas’ response to accusations of using politics to keep people out of his home promotion! PLUS, big news out of Brian’s trip to Florida for Ring Of Honor: He’s got a NEW NAME! Also in this episode, this Promo About Nothing will beat you like woah-eyed matches, Crockett’s got his ticket to MSG and Kingpin talks about his debut on the Art Of Wrestling with Colt Cabana!

Promo About Nothing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvDAGB9m13U

Worst Gimmick Matches & More On The ROH Reveal – Episode 147

 

Ring Of Honor Wrestling’s “The Kingpin” Brian Milonas and referee Mike Crockett have some match types that they love, and some that they don’t. This time out, we’re giving our thoughts on the Worst Types Of Gimmick Matches in wrestling! What specialty matches are especially bad? We’ll give our answers and even site examples to make our point. Also, Brian reacts to the reaction to his exclusive reveal last week that he is now under Ring Of Honor Wrestling contract, we clear up some confusion about the deal, discuss the current plight of the independents in the current contract-happy climate, and much more! Plus, this Promo About Nothing is bootylicious, YES, AstroMania is happening, and be a Pin-Head and win a shirt!

Promo About Nothing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDQaILK7oRY

PHASE TWO & Truckin’ Thru The Territories: International Wrestling (1986) – Episode 146

 

Ring Of Honor Wrestling’s “The Kingpin” Brian Milonas and referee Mike Crockett WILL answer the question, after the mysterious posts on social media, “What is PHASE TWO?” What does it mean for the podcast and/or your fearless hosts? But first, on the first Monday of each month, we are watching regional wrestling television shows of the 70s and 80s, one territory at a time ’til we see them all! This time, “Truckin’ Thru The Territories” takes us north to Montreal, Quebec for International Wrestling, also known as Lutte Internationale, from the year 1986! We’re talking fiery babyfaces, pushing the promoter’s son, Steve Strong being weak, Brian playing bingo, Ricky Martel is Carrottop, referees making it about themselves, Scott Hog, and the true story of how Vince systematically destroyed this promotion too! Plus, this Promo About Nothing sees three trash cans, Milonas gives up on football, and BUY OUR SHIRT to get a call!

International Wrestling from June 21, 1986: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exxh_h3mtpM

Promo About Nothing: https://www.facebook.com/gfetty/videos/10157457204316393/

GOATs, Championships & The Super Bowl With Rundown Wrestling Podcast’s Jason Stuart – Episode 145

 

Ring Of Honor Wrestling’s “The Kingpin” Brian Milonas and referee Mike Crockett are gearing up for the Super Bowl (mostly) and it sparked thoughts about not only football championships, but championship titles in pro wrestling. When the debates are happening about the greatest of all time, we think not only about Tom Brady, but about the GOATs of the wrestling world as well. So with the help of one of Milonas’ online rivals, Jason Stuart of the Rundown Wrestling Podcast & Rundown Wrestling Network (@rundownnetwork), we talk about the importance of wrestling titles and name our picks for wrestling’s GOAT! Will you agree? And of course, we leave time for Brian and Jason to bitterly chat about the big game on Sunday! Plus, hey man, check it out, it’s the Promo About Nothing, more on JYD’s gimmick, and we talk so little about the Royal Rumble, you’ll swear we recorded way in advance!

Promo About Nothing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MLW_jR84QU

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

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