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Wrestling 2 the MAX: WWE Royal Rumble 2016 Preview, Wrestling Observer Awards, & More

Sean, Gary, and Paul discuss the Wrestling Observer Awards and do a full WWE Royal Rumble 2016 Preview as well.

This week on W2M, we headline with our WWE Royal Rumble 2016 Preview, discussing our thoughts on all of the title matches and of course the Royal Rumble Match. Who could win? Who are some of the dark horses? Will A.J. Styles appear? We discuss all of that and more.

We also give our thoughts on all of the Wrestling Observer Award winners and losers as well.

Of course, we start things by discussing the wrestling news in “Quick Hits,” Jim Ross is returning to announcing, Sunny signing a deal for another kind of feature film, Lucha Underground being on Sportscenter, the WWE Hall of Fame list being leaked, Austin Aries signing with NXT, Tough Enough Josh social media issues and more.

We move on to answer our questions about WWE RAW, and then we do our WWE Royal Rumble 2016 Preview and finally move onto this week’s NXT too.

We take some time out to discuss some of the Wrestling Observer Award Winners, including A.J. Styles winning the Flair/Thesz and Most Outstanding.

Then we finish out with a look at this week’s ROH TV, we discuss TNA Impact on POP TV, and our W2M Power Rankings (yes, we are actually ranking them this year.)

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(9:15-41:15) Wrestling News

(41:15-1:08:30) WWE RAW

(1:08:30-1:34:30) WWE Royal Rumble Preview

(1:34:30-1:46:45) WWE NXT

(1:46:45-1:58:30) Wrestling Observer Awards

(1:58:30-2:09:20) ROH, (2:09:20-2:25:00) TNA, Superstar of the Week (2:25:00-End)

Wrestling 2 the MAX:  WWE Royal Rumble 2016 Preview, Wrestling Observer Awards, & More

Wrestling 2 the MAX is the “Every Wrestling Fan” Pro-Wrestling podcast because it covers everything from WWE, NXT, TNA Impact, and ROH to other global entities like Lucha Underground and New Japan Pro Wrestling. This show is informative, fun, and meant for every kind of pro-wrestling fan out there. Wrestling 2 the MAX airs live on early Friday mornings at 1AM EST (on and then is available immediately after airing on-demand via I-Tunes, Stitcher, LAST WORD RADIO on I-Tunes and Stitcher, Tune-In Radio, Youtube (Via W2M Network) the PodBean App, The Spreaker App, Player FM, VOC Nation Radio Network, Bluburry, Downcast, and other podcast hosting locations. W2M also has a Facebook group you can join and listeners can follow them on twitter @wrestling2max

Sean Garmer: studied Journalism at the University of North Texas. Sean loves pro-wrestling so much that he even trained to be a wrestler at the age of 17. Though he eventually had to quit wrestling to go to college, he still returned to do play-by-play commentary, help write storylines, and most of all, to watch matches. Sean started his love of pro-wrestling at the age of five after watching a Hulk Hogan match. Due to his family hating sports-entertainment, there were many years he missed. However, he returned full-time to being a fan in the late 1990’s. Since then, Sean has gone on to write for various wrestling websites in a number of capacities, but he discovered his true passion, Podcasting, two years ago when he and Gary started the Wrestling 2 the MAX Podcast.

Gary Vaughan: is a native North Texan with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas. His time in college actually rekindled his love of pro wrestling he had lost somewhere along the way. Gary’s enjoyment of the sport began around 1996. As a fan, he has become a student of the wrestling business and gains knowledge through many platforms. WCW is dear to his heart because of it being his introduction to the scene. Now, Gary is a proud podcast host, as well as a writer for wrestling columns.

Paul Leazar: is a recent college graduate from the University of North Texas with an immense amount of time on his hands because nobody wants to hire the idiot with the History degree. He was born an’ raised in the great state of Texas, and began his love affair with pro wrestling at the tender age of five after watching WWF’s Summerslam 1993 pay-per-view. The relationship turned serious with the growth of independent wrestling and the internet in the early 2000’s, which has seen the love affair turn into a full blown addiction that led him to write about it sporadically for various websites, and co-host the Wrestling 2 The Max podcast.


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