This week on W2M, we headline with a WWE Roadblock Preview.
We also discuss this big story about Vince McMahon and Triple H, whether they have heat with each other, how is NXT involved, are their devious things behind NXT impacting both the indies and WWE as a whole, how could Shane and Stephanie figure into it all and more.
Of course, we start things by discussing the wrestling news in “Quick Hits,” where we discuss Wrestlemania 33 being in Orlando and there being a physical Hall of Fame, Lucha Underground Season 1 being on Netflix, the Hulk Hogan vs. Gawker ordeal, Big Bossman, Stan Hansen, and Jacqueline being in the WWE Hall of Fame, WWE looking to sign more international talent, and a whole lot more.
We move on to answer our questions about WWE RAW, After that, we do a WWE Roadblock Preview and we discuss the nearly 45 minute match involving Sami Zayn and Samoa Joe, and then get into our big NXT and McMahons topic here as well.
Finally, we talk about Lucha Underground, we discuss Impact on POP TV, this week’s ROH TV and end on our W2M Power Rankings (yes, we are actually ranking them this year.)
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(9:20-43:15) Wrestling News: WM 33 in Orlando, Hulk vs. Gawker, Stan Hansen, Big Bossman, & Jacqueline into the WWE HOF, & a lot more.
(43:15-1:10:38) WWE RAW
(1:10:38-1:23:35) Is WWE Roadblock hurting Wrestlemania? & WWE Roadblock Preview
(1:23:35-1:28:35) Samoa Joe vs. Sami Zayn 2 Out of 3 Falls
(1:28:35-2:04:32) Using an article by Ryan Clingman from Cubed Circle Wrestling, we discuss if NXT could wind up hurting the indies and by virtue WWE in the future, we also discuss the good things NXT has done for both as well. We also tie-in what NXT may have to do with an internal McMahon Family war. Does Vince really think the NXT roster can’t draw? Could HHH be building NXT up as a shadow promotion? Is HHH no longer on team Roman Reigns? How do Shane and Stephanie McMahon factor into it as well? We talk about all of that here and it was a damn good conversation too.
(2:04:32-2:15:15) Lucha Underground
(2:15:15-2:29:05) NJPW New Japan Cup 2016 Finals Preview
(2:29:05-2:44:05) TNA Impact Wrestling
(2:44:05-2:52:10) ROH TV
(2:52:10-End) Superstar of the Week
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 Spreaker.com) 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 Spreaker App 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 who has a History degree, but works at a Comic Book store. 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.