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

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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

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

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