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Discussion and interviews with all things wrestling. Whether it is valets, wrestlers, managers, referees, producers or commentators The Pro Wrestling Post Podcast is talking to aspiring stars, stars of yesterday and stars of today.
In this August 2018 interview, Ring of Honor’s TK O’Ryan shared a number of different stories. He discussed how he had burst onto the wrestling scene in such a relatively short time and how many had taken notice. At the time he was part of the Ring of Honor's six-man tag team champions, alongside Vinny Marsaglia and Matt Taven. O’Ryan himself had shown his professional growth in only a few years. During our chat, O'Ryan shared how he was originally an aspiring baseball player that transitioned to wrestling seamlessly.The proud resident of Lowell, Massachusetts, O’Ryan had first developed his craft training under the likes of ‘H20’ Ryan Waters and Nick Steele. Through an awful injury, however, came awareness and growth. Since his injury, TK O’Ryan has developed a different approach in the ring. Despite losing time in the ring due to the ankle injury, O'Ryan was still able to hone his craft in other areas. His optimistic outlook is refreshing, and thus his injury led to fresh opportunities and different competition. His future is bright, as he has engaged in many storylines in different places that have helped to further his character.O’Ryan is not one to rest on his laurels. In this interview, he discusses how he has learned to adjust to his environment, his relationships with the members of the Kingdom both in and out of the ring, how facing a former member of the Kingdom helped garner his attention and his perspective on facing the stars of Japan.
In this interview conducted in June 2018, Mia Yim shared about her career to that point. Yim is among the most talented and exciting female wrestlers in the world. A nine-year pro, Yim continues to defy the odds and injury to show just how talented she is, all over the world. This proud Korean-Ameican talent continues to work each and every match with the hope of getting better each time, aspiring for greatness along the way. Her effort is evident, in her matches outside the United States and the ones she has had as part of IMPACT and the WWE's Mae Young Classic. One of the most remarkable in-ring qualities she possesses is; an incredible range of moves, including an array of strikes and punches that make up her hybrid style of combat. In addition, her exciting collection of high flying moves showcase what she is willing to do in the ring.Her future is bright, as she has engaged in many storylines in different places that have helped to further her character. She has recently recovered from an injury and is making up for the time lost because of it. In this interview, she discusses how she has learned to adjust to her environment regardless of where she is in the world, her passion for wrestling and the lasting relationships she has built along the way. A world-traveled competitor, she has learned from those experiences and applies them to her craft.
A veteran of the ring of nearly twenty years, Matt Cross has competed all over the world. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Cross took time out of his busy schedule to share stories and his experiences traveling the world. As a freelance independent wrestler, Cross is free to work for anyone, anywhere all over the world. This freedom lends itself to providing wrestling fans some new and exciting opportunities for matches. During our chat, Cross discussed an array of different topics. In an interview after an event hosted by SMASH Wrestling in Toronto, Ontario Canada Cross shared his feelings about SMASH Wrestling.Cross and SMASH go back to the beginning with one another as he was their inaugural champion back in 2012. Cross' relationship with wrestling goes as far back as 1999 when under the tutelage of JT Lightning began to cut his teeth for his hometown promotion Cleveland All-Pro Wrestling. His style is reflected in his incredibly athletic means of competition. Cross is as proficient in the air as he is on the ground. One of the most remarkable in-ring qualities about Cross is his incredible range of movements.In 2010, Cross was part of the WWE' Tough Enough competition. Despite the result, the opportunity allowed Cross to be seen. Cross is quite open about how he feels about the industry and puts it in perspective with life. A long-time fan of Punk music, Cross also shares his passion for various bands as well.
For Lucha Undergrounds, star Ivelisse Velez is among the most talented and exciting female wrestlers in the world. A thirteen-year pro, Ivelisse continues to defy the odds and injury to show just how talented she is. This proud Puerto Rican talent continues to work each and every match in the hopes of getting better each time. Her effort is evident, and both in her matches outside the United States and the ones she has had as part of Lucha Underground, Ivelisse continues to showcase her athleticism week in and week out. One of the most remarkable in-ring qualities about Velez is that her incredible range of moves, including an array of strikes and punches can be attributed to her training in Mixed Martial Arts as well. Her exciting collection of high flying moves showcase what she is willing to do in the ring.Her future is bright, as she has engaged in many storylines in different places that have helped to further her character. She is currently recovering from injury, but that doesn’t mean she is resting on her laurels. In this interview, she discusses how she has learned to adjust to her environment, regardless of where she is in the world. As a world-traveled competitor, she has learned from those experiences and applies them to her craft.
 In a recent interview after his departure from WWE, TJ Perkins opened up on an array of different topics. As a veteran of the ring for over twenty years, Perkins shared his knowledge and experience in the industry and how he found his time in WWE to be. After capturing the WWE Cruiserweight Championship at the Cruiserweight Classic, TJ's character moved into different directions. He came into the company as a face and ultimately departed as a heel. Throughout his time he was embroiled in some fantastic matches against the likes of Neville, Cedric Alexander, and Rich Swann. With each match came continued growth and further learning. While it would have been wonderful to continue to see Perkins continue to grow it was time to move on. A world traveled athlete with nothing to prove but ultimately everything to gain has sought out moving into a new direction professionally and doesn't appear to be slowing down any time soon.During our chat, TJ Perkins revealed the plans for him before he left the company. Would the CruiserGREAT have remained on 205 Live or would he have moved to either Raw, Smackdown Live or competed in NXT? He also reveals his passion for basketball and his beloved Los Angeles Lakers. What does Perkins share about his international experiences and his time competing in Canada among other places? Perkins was also asked about his Filipino heritage and his goals as a performer and how they are tied to ensuring his nationality is equally spotlighted for its growing wrestling talent. To listen to this edition and several others click on the link below or any of the featured podcast carriers beneath that.
In this archived edition of the Pro Wrestling Post Podcast from 2015, we spoke with 'Da Pope' former WWE and IMPACT Wrestling star, Elijah Burke. Burke shares in great detail his life and career in the wrestling ring and boxing ring. During the interview, Burke shared how a certain current WWE female superstar inspired him to continue to pursue education even while being employed part of the largest promotion in the world. He spoke of who he was able to lean on in great detail during his time in Ohio Valley Wrestling (the WWE's developmental system at the time).When asked about his time as part of the WWE's ECW rebranding and part of The New Breed, Burke said “That was the best confidence building experience that a guy in my position at that time could have. One, because Vince himself was behind the Elijah Burke movement at the time. I had no idea that any of that was about to transpire with me and the ECW originals, and being called the new face of extreme, or however, it was put at the time. It did so much for me because I have the boss deeming me the new face of ECW. So it was “Put up right now or shut up,” because everything I had worked for by that point, or dreamed of doing or being, led to this.
 In this archived edition recorded in 2015, we speak with Eric Van Wagenen one of the Executive Producers of Lucha Underground. Upon the rise and popularity of the program on the El Rey Network, Van Wagenen discussed an array of topics. He begins to take about how the show concept and vision originally came about. The show was under the umbrella of several Mark Burnett programs that became popular with other reality based programs. Van Wagenen brought with him a wealth of experience going into this project including working with the WWE for what was their initial season of Legend's House.The program had come off the finale that could be what put one of today's most popular independent stars on the map in Pentagon Jr. Van Wagenen was asked about what storylines fans could anticipate for an upcoming season and if it was much like what fans could anticipate from the season before. He continues on discussing the original vision of the program and if it was meant to go into the realm of science fiction as much as it had been.One of the questions he was asked about was the likeliness that the program is made available on a streaming service or those with no access to the program outside the country. Listeners will have to check in to hear what his response was to that question. Van Wagenen was also asked about what they need to consider when casting the talent for the show. He speaks of the shows early success and why he believed it connected with an audience. To listen to Eric Van Wagenen or any previous edition of the Pro Wrestling Post podcast click the links below.Also to read the transcribed version of this podcast as our interview with Eric Van Wagenen click here.
In this interview conducted in 2018, Hyde shares his thoughts on a number of different topics as it relates to his career and his promotion Combat Zone Wrestling. Hyde shares his sports background and time in football. He shares how training at such a young age for the likes of Pete Dunn and Tyler Bate have long made him the successes they are today in the ring. DJ Hyde discusses his early training and what CZW initially was. He also discusses the number of both good and weaker wrestling schools there are in wrestling today. It is also at this time when he talks about what it is that separates wrestling schools. While actively competing today himself, Hyde still can reflect on how mentors have contributed to his success. He can attribute the success in a number of today's WWE stars is also attributed to the on-going mentoring that the talent today receives. At the time of the interview, Hyde spoke of CZW's shows with other promotions. This included in what had become an annual promotion versus promotion event with Smash Wrestling. With the number of names that have crossed through CZW's doors, Hyde spoke of how each past talent has helped to build a name for themselves and long carried with them a certain element that has made them as successful as they are today. To listen to this edition with DJ Hyde feel free to click any of the podcast links below or click the icon at the bottom of the page to navigate to our podcast homepage. 
In this archived interview from 2015, we spoke with Caprice Coleman at the time about his past, present, and future with Ring of Honor. During our conversation, Coleman shared about his time working alongside Cedric Alexander as part of the C&C Wrestle Factory, his emergence working alongside Matt and Jeff Hardy in the promotion OMEGA his early experiences working with the WWE. He opens up about his split from Alexander and knew that Cedric was a special competitor then. Many can see Cedric Alexander compete as part of the WWE's Raw brand currently. Coleman also reflects on his time working with Steve Corino while the two were with OMEGA. Their time in OMEGA became second nature as the two men took that experience and carried it with them while working with one another in Ring of Honor later on.Coleman has since this interview taken on various roles within the promotion. Whether it is as a competitor, a commentator or as a manager, Coleman has never rested on his laurels, but only further looked to develop them along the way. One of the most poignant points of discussion was over the use of religion in wrestling and whether or not it had a place. Coleman's faith is as much a part of who he is fundamental as it is in whom he portrays. Today, Coleman is one of the longest-tenured talents in Ring of Honor. He has been an important influence on the likes of Shane Taylor, Rhett Titus, Cedric Alexander, and Kenny King. To listen to our interview and hear what Caprice Coleman had to say a few years ago click the link below. If readers would prefer to feel free to click any of the other available podcast providers that also carry the interview as well below.
In this week's inaugural edition of the Pro Wrestling Post Podcast staff episode Marc Madison, Brandi Wagner and Robbie Sutter discuss an array of topics in the world of professional wrestling along with available on the site . Brandi, Robbie and Marc shared their thoughts on the WWE's current SuperStar Shakeup and potential implications for both brands. Who did the three feel walked away with the better end of the roster? Brandi shared about one wrestler's injury and how that affected the presentation of the program.Both Brandi and Robbie discussed their WrestleCation and how their mutual admiration for one another was only furthered by their enjoyment of all things wrestling. The discuss attenting MLW Battle Riot, Pizza Party and the Ring of Honor/New Japan Pro Wrestling G1 Supercard. Was the week that was all had hoped to be for the couple? Also, Marc shared his thoughts of WrestleMania and how difficult it can be to watch a triple threat women's main event when you're asleep, the challenges of watching Demon face the Almighty while your rocking your baby to sleep and avoiding them spitting up on your and more.  The group also shared about a current #IndieSpotlightWatch of Adam Brooks and Robbie shares his admiration for Marc as the most recent AEW Profile Preview with Hikaru Shida is highly talked about. What does Robbie say exactly? Click the links below to find out. To listen feel free to do so by clicking on any of the available platforms below or the icon just underneath this post. There was so much to say and not enough time to cover it.
In this archived edition interview for the Pro Wrestling Post Podcast, we speak to current WWE NXT superstar and member of the faction the Forgotten Sons, Jaxson Ryker. At the time of the interview, Ryker was competing under the name Gunner. He had recently departed TNA/Impact Wrestling and in the process was looking to explore other professional options. A talented and physical performer, Lail also was working in film as pursuing an acting career was something he wanted to do. During our interview, one of the most notable points of discussion was how Lail's plays an integral role in his life and career.As a former United States Marine Corp that served in the Iraq War, Lail was a 'machine gunner' that ultimately became as high as a lance corporal. Lail first was seen on Impact Wrestling television as a security guard but with time his role began to evolve and he took on a much more meaningful role. He was with TNA/ Impact Wrestling from 2011 until 2015. In our interview, Lail doesn't hide the fact that coming to the WWE had long been a goal of his. At the time of the interview he hadn't signed with the company but in 2017 Lail agreed to a deal with the WWE's developmental brand NXT. Today Jaxson Ryker is viewed as the leader of the Forgotten Sons faction with Wesley Blake and Steve Cutler. At 36 years of age, Lail is making sure he making the most of his opportunity with the WWE. To listen to the interview with Chad click the link below to do so or click any of the highlighted podcast options also provided.
In an archived interview from 2015,  ec3 who at the time used his entire name at that point Ethan Carter III has endured a great deal of change. As a former up and coming talent as part of  WWE developmental territories such as Ohio Valley Wrestling, Deep South Wrestling and then later NXT where Daniel Bryan was his mentor. A pro wrestler/sports entertainer for nearly 17 years, ec3 has experienced a number of highs and lows professionally. After being released from the WWE, ec3 was borne as part of Impact Wrestling. As the nephew of Dixie Carter, ec3 isn't unlike independent wrestlers such as MJF that believe they come from privilege. After achieving all he could in IMPACT Wrestling, Ethan Carter III left the promotion that showed him that he is exactly who he says he is. During our chat, we addressed his past, his present, and his professional future. To hear this interview and what he (at the time IMPACT Wrestling) had to say, stay tuned. All links to the interview along with the podcast preference of your choice are available below.
 In this archived interview with former WWE superstar 'The Patriot" Del Wilkes from 2015, Wilkes shares about his history and redemption in wrestling. During our conversation, Wilkes discussed his time in the AWA under Verne Gagne and how the incarnation of ‘The Trooper' came about. He also discussed his time in WCW and his teamwork alongside Marcus ‘Buff' Bagwell and their team of Stars and Stripes. His patriotic nature isn't a far stretch from the man behind the mask either. Wilkes continued on sharing his time in All Japan Wrestling and how the years competing for the promotion took a toll on his life. Finally, Wilkes shares his time in WWE and how his life began to take a different turn.By his own accord, Wilkes discussed how the pain his body had endured competing under the stiff Japanese fighting style contributed to shortening his career. After a life overcoming personal demons, Wilkes was able to overcome the odds and to this day shares his message for fans across the UnitedStates to follow. It was certainly a case of redemption and starting over. To listen to this edition of the Pro Wrestling Post Podcast click the link below or listen to any of the other platforms below to this weeks' installment.
In an interview conducted in 2015, then former Ring of Honor World Champion, Adam Cole discusses his time in the promotion. He opens up about his relationships and what they have meant to him along with his past matches, his relationships with the likes of the Young Bucks and Kevin Steen. He then shares what Mount Rushmore of Wrestling meant to him and his role within it. Cole isn't shy either about sharing his longtime relationship with Kyle O'Reilly and how they have continued to build a friendship along the way as well. Future Shock was the emergence of them as a team working under Gabe Sapolsky. He has competed in such notable promotions as Pro Wrestling Guerrilla and Combat Zone Wrestling as well. At the time of the interview, Cole shared his auditions with the WWE but that he was ultimately happy with his place and Ring of Honor as well. During the interview, Adam Cole shares why The Kingdom has been so successful and how they ultimately came together.  
On the eve of DEFY Wrestling's DEFY On Edge, DEFY Wrestling's executive producer Matt Farmer took a few minutes to speak with Marc Madison and Pro Wrestling Post west coast correspondent Philip Jones. Farmer discusses the promotions history, the vision of the future and those that have graced the promotion by competing for them throughout their history. This conversation also goes to touch base on all the things DEFY Wrestling has done and hopes to achieve. Farmer shares his thoughts on the rise in popularity in the Pacific North West Wrestling scene and where it is headed.He works diligently to create a show that fans will long talk about. Matt Farmer runs down the card and how it all came about as those involved are all actively a part of the development of event and all play a crucial role in the promotion's growth and development. To listen to this edition of this raw edition of the podcast and hear what Matt Farmer has to say click the icon below to listen or click on any of the podcast providers below to listen to Matt Farmer's thoughts as well. As a special bonus Philip and Marc discuss the event and attempt to gain perspective on what is taking place as it happens. Philip is attending the show and will have a birds-eye view of what is happening at DEFY On Edge.
As one half of The Addiction tag team with Christopher Daniels, ROH's Frankie Kazarian has achieved so much outside the ring that it is easy to forget. The longstanding champion in both TNA and Ring of Honor is not one to rest on his laurels and in fact, has continued to show his growth. Kazarian's interests aren't simply relegated to this time in the ring but far outweigh them as the bass player for the band VexTemper. The longstanding band member is as passionate about music as he is about wrestling.During our conversation, Kazarian does more than simply discuss his passion for wrestling but discusses his role in VexTemper and what his aspirations for the band would be in the future. Our nearly twenty-minute conversation shares Kazarian has a great deal to achieve and during this process doesn't want to simply rest on what he does in the ring. He wants VexTemper to be a success and shares the music writing process that took place with him and his bandmates.
As a former WWE NXT superstar the Madman Fulton became successful in the promotion. He was a member of the Eric Young led faction Sanity. It was during this time when fans became aware of his physical prowless and ability to show just what he is capable of doing. During our chat, Fulton discussed how a legendary WWE wrestler and agent scouted him and left him hoping for an opportunity. It was from that day forward where he remained indebted to this man. He continues to connect with this and his son who also contributes to helping him improve in all facets of the sport.Today Fulton continues to compete all over the independent circuit with the intent on improving on what he learned. With aspirations of going to different companies and compete in different countries, Fulton continues to grow and develop. To listen to our discussion click the link to listen to it in its entirety.
LAs a former WWE superstar and tag team champion PJ Black has taken his talent and notoriety in one promotion and didn't allow himself to rest on his laurels. Black has traveled all the world and in the process an old enthusiasm that he had competing on the independents prior to his signing with the WWE. While his passion wasn't lost, Black was able to come to a place where he could read the audience and learn from their reactions on the fly.During our conversation, Black discusses his early training and how the name 'Pure Juice' came about as one-half of a tag team with another former WWE superstar. The South African native shares about his early training and learning that he gained under his father's tuteledge and how as a seasoned veteran is just as motivated as ever to be seen. As the 'dare-wolf', Black has emerged as a persona that reaches into the depths of his living on the edge lifestyle reflects who he is in the ring. atest episode of Pro Wrestling Post Podcast
Ring of Honor's notorious one has emerged from a tough life in Cleveland, Ohio to become one of the most valuable commodities in the company. As one half of a tag team with current WWE NXT star Keith Lee. Once on his own, Taylor knew that he had a great deal of work to do to prove that he is just as much as a tag team partner as he is as a singles competitor. Shane Taylor has a deceptively agile nature that several fans may overlook. During this edition of the podcast, Taylor discusses life, wrestling and how his exchanges have led to some incredible opportunities for both himself and his fellow Ring of Honor colleagues. What does Taylor think about Cleveland, native LeBron James? Taylor gives an honest opinion on the NBA star that listens will respect after hearing it. To listen to this edition please click the link below. Taylor also shares his intentions on his career moving forward.
A native of Hawaii, Jeff Cobb has traveled the world over facing some of the best men and women wrestling has to offer. A former amateur wrestler, Cobb has continued to develop a name for himself whereever he has competed. He has long embraced an ability to face those of different skillsets, sizes and shapes than him. During our discussion, Cobb shares his thoughts on competing around the world and his thoughts of promotions that he has competed for and those he is currently competing with. To access our interview please follow the link below or click on any of the podcasting platforms below to access the episode.
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