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Are WWE embracing their greatest competitors legacy? The answer is finally yes!

With the recent announcement of the long-awaited return of War Games to the wrestling calendar and with the previous announcement of Starrcade as well as last year’s Clash of Champions. It is safe to say WWE has finally come to realise how profitable the use of its former biggest challenge in the Wrestling business; World Championship Wrestling products can and will prove to be.

War Games was a staple of the WCW programming with the ‘golden era’ of the match generally being regarded as the years between 1987 to 1992. But the last televised War Games match taking place on an episode of WCW Monday Nitro in the later part of the year 2000. The match has seen some absolute stellar showings most notably at WrestleWar 1991, where the team of The Four Horsemen; Ric Flair, Larry Zbyszko, Barry Windham and Sid Vicious defeated the team of Sting, Brian Pillman and the Steiner Brothers. But as with all gimmick matches it has also seen some bottom of the barrel non-noteworthy matches, which quite frankly if I could delete from my memory I would but that sort of technology hasn’t been invented yet and the odds of me forgetting it if I took some blunt force trauma to the head are very slim. Of course, I am talking about the cavalcade of nonsense that was The Hulkamaniacs (Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Lex Luger and Sting) versus the Dungeon of Doom (Kamala, The Zodiac, The Shark and Meng) at Fall Brawl 1995. It’s so bad that you simply must endure the time to watch it, even though you will never get it back.

The next official War Games match will take place at the newly christened NXT War Games event (formerly NXT Houston). Three teams will compete in the match; one more than the standard two team format of former War Games matches. The teams will consist of current NXT tag team Champions SAnitY (Alexander Wolfe, Eric Young, Killian Dian) vs The Undisputed Era (Adam Cole, Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly) vs The Authors of Pain and Roderick Strong. With the Free bird rule coming into effect in recent times and being used to excellent effect by the current Smackdown Tag Team Champions; The New Day will the NXT Tag Team titles be on the line? Quite simply, why not? Let’s raise the stacks for what no doubt will be a triumphant return of the double ring, double cage extravaganza. I personally, cannot wait for the build-up this match as no doubt there will be several brawls involving all teams at many NXT events leading up to NXT Houston. Obviously, William Regal will be backed into a corner and forced to announce that the NXT Tag Team titles will be up for grabs in the match. Maybe as punishment for certain actions from the group SAnitY or maybe because it just makes sense, I mean it’s not like when in previous gimmick matches i.e. Money in The Bank when current mid-card title holders haven’t defended their belt in the match because the other competitors were already going for a prize in that case the Money in The Bank briefcase. But as of yet the three teams current scheduled for the War Games match haven’t got a prize to fight for; other than pride of course but you don’t get to wear a belt of gold and leather around your waist to represent your pride.

With the hype already surrounding the return of War Games and the current trend of WWE using former acquisitions Pay Per View concepts I think it’s only a matter of time before WWE continues their current trend and brings back more of WCW’s concepts and maybe even some of ECW’s. Which in my eyes means one thing and one thing only; the return of my favourite Pay Per View, Halloween Havoc. I mean let’s face it, it’s the next logically step to bring Halloween Havoc and all its bells and whistles. Yes, I’m talking about the giant blow up pumpkin, tombstone titantron and more dry ice than any human being has ever needed.
I for one am all for WWE bringing back these events and why? Because of one simple reason nostalgia. Nostalgia when used properly can reignite the flame of passion in waiving fans soul and from a business point of view can be an absolute gold mind. All we have to do is look at the recent return of Crash Bandicoot to modern consoles and how well that performed and continues to perform. But as rational human beings will also have to look at the bad side of nostalgia or as I am now calling it ‘The Goldberg Effect’. The saving grace of the return of War Games is that it is an NXT event, which means the border insane but absolute genius that is Vince McMahon won’t get his dinosaur brain or hands anywhere near it because the ultra-dependable Triple H will be running the show. If previous NXT Takeovers are anything to go by then NXT War Games should set the bar even higher

But only time will tell if NXT War Games will be a success, let’s hope it is until then remember to Too Sweet every wrestling fan you ever see randomly walking past you and keep it real.

Peace out!

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Hell in a cell predictions 2017 

Welcome to another IWP predictions this time we attempt to correctly predict Hell in a cell! 


Nick – The Hype Bros, Owens, Nakamura, The Usos, Charlotte, AJ Styles, Bobby Roode, Rusev 


Gary – Gable/Benjamin, Rusev, Ko, Nakamura, New Day, Nattie (carmella cash in and win) , Roode, Corbin


Sean – ko, Nakamura, new day,  Charlotte, gable/Benjamin, Corbin, Roode, rusev


Richard – Gable and Benjamin, KO, Jinder, New Day, Natalya, AJ, Ziggler, Orton


Craig B – Gable/Benjamin, Kevin Owens, Nakamura, New Day, Nattie, Baron Corbin, Bobby Roode, Rusev


Buster – Gable and Benjamin. Kevin Owens. Jinder Mahal. The Usos. Natalya to retain but Carmella cashes in and wins. AJ Styles. Bobby Roode. Randy Orton.


Connor – Gable/Shelton, Shane McMahon, Jinder Mahal, Usos, Nattie, Corbin, Roode, Rusev


Craig G – Gable/Benjamin, Kevin Owens, Jinder Mahal, New Day, Natayla (carmella cash in and win) , AJ Styles, Bobby Roode, Randy Orton 


Jacob – Shelton and gable, Charlotte (carmella cash in and win) , AJ, Roode, Orton, New Day, Shinsuke, KO


Joe – Jinder, New Day, Owens, Charlotte (carmella cash in and win) , AJ, Roode, Rusev and Gable & Benjamin


Kael – Owens, Nakamura, Usos, Charlotte, Corbin, Roode, Orton and Shelton and gable


Shell – Gable and Benjamin, Kevin Owens, Shinsuke, Usos, Charlotte, AJ, Roode, Orton


Do you agree with anyone? What would your predictions be? Make sure to have your say and let us know! 

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On This Day In Pro Wrestling October 6th

20 years ago today, 

WWF RAW is WAR gets stomped in the ratings by WCW Monday Nitro, but the WWF show creates the bigger impression with a pair of controversial moments and boy does James e know how to do that he did a few of these promos in the late 99s which were very good.

In one segment, Jim Cornette shoots on WCW. He made these comments previously on his WWF.com audio show, and Vince McMahon decided to let him air his grievances to a larger audience which is was a wise decision. below is the full quotes from the segment it is a juicy one.

“This is Jim Cornette, and the views that I’m about to express are not necessarily those of anybody else but me. But they ought to be. And as a matter of fact, they probably are. You know, a lot of things in the wrestling world make me cranky these days. Especially the way some talent is treated and some talent is looked at, by not only the promoters, but some wrestling fans as well.

“For example, a man like Arn Anderson, who just had to retire from this sport, after giving it his entire life, because of some injury he suffered. A guy like “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, who in my opinion, is one of the greatest talents in the history of this business. Guys like Mankind, Cactus Jack, Dude Love, whatever you want to call him. Great talents in the WWF or WCW.

“But who gets a lot of the attention, from the wrestling fans especially? Guys like the NWO, the New World Order. You know, all the fans think these guys are so cool and so ‘sweet’, and so funny. Well, as far as I’m concerned, the NWO is like a bunch of guys meeting out in the backyard in a clubhouse in a tree. They’re guys who, all they have to do, they’ve got the easiest job in the world, all they have to do is go out there and be themselves. Childish, obnoxious, adolescent guys with a case of severe arrested emotional development, and a fixation on trying to act macho.

“You’ve got a guy like Kevin Nash, 40 years old, trying to act like a teenager. Far as I’m concerned, the biggest “no talent” in the business. He’s got six moves, no mobility, and enough timing to cover up for some of it. But what he does is he goes around and manipulates. Kevin Nash had a multi-million dollar promotional company, the WWF, push him to the moon to make him a star, and what does he do? He leaves, after he gives his word he’s staying, so by the way, he’s a liar too, he leaves and he goes to WCW for a big contract. Why? More on that later.

“You’ve got a guy like Scott Hall, who’s a good wrestler, but good is about it. He’s the best of the bunch. But he had the same million dollar promotional company make him a star, after being in the business 10 years without putting three asses in a seat. And what does he do? He goes to WCW for a big contract. Why? More on that later.

“And then you’ve got a guy, Syxx, 1-2-3 Kid, his name’s Sean Waltman. Whatever you want to call him. As far as I’m concerned, the only reason he’s employed is because the other guys think he’s funny when he gets drunk and throws up on himself. He has the distinction, in case you haven’t noticed, of being the only guy since this wrestling war got started, that was released from a valid contract for one company to go to the other side, which shows you how valuable he is.

“You know why they’re all employed? Why they’re all in the spot they are today? Because of Eric Bischoff. The boss of WCW, not the NWO. Look at the credits on the PPV, if you can get one for free. The idiot’s name is on it. He’s the boss of WCW. He works for Ted Turner, and he throws a billionaire’s money around, just like water, so he can have guys that he likes to hang out with.

“Because, even more than being a mark, yeah, for his own face and his own voice, Eric Bischoff is a guy who’s a big fan of hanging around studly guys with long hair and beards, that smoke cigars, and ride Harley’s, so that some of that can rub off on his little pansy-ass frame. So he takes that billionaire’s money, and he throws that around like water to buy guys that he can hang around, to prove that his “johnson” is bigger than everybody else’s.

“And that’s the sole reason the NWO guys are employed.

“I think, me personally, that it’s about time that the wrestling fans and the promoters, all of them in this business, start recognizing guys like “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, like Arn Anderson, like Cactus Jack. Guys who bust their ass, who work hard, and have ability and talent to get where they are. Instead of a bunch of guys that get to their spot by hanging around with the boss and sucking-up.

“I’m Jim Cornette, and that’s my opinion.”

Cornette has since apologized to Sean Waltman aka X-Pac for comments relating to him.

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On This Day in Pro Wrestling October 5th

On this day in Pro Wrestling history in 1999, WWF wrestler Darren Drozdov aka Droz sadly suffered a career ending injury at a SmackDown taping in Uniondale, New York.

D-Lo Brown was going for a powerbomb on Drozdov but ended up botching it and dropping Drozdov on his head. Drozdov would suffer two fractured disks in his neck as a result of landing on his head, an injury that initally left him a quadriplegic.

After this accident, he became a contributor to WWE’s website and their program “Byte This!”. That match never ever aired and there’s no video of it. Drozdov being taken out on a stretcher became a part of the WWF’s “Don’t Try This At Home” PSA.

Also on this day in 1997, the 1st ever Hell in a Cell match took place at Badd Blood : In Your House, between Shawn Michaels & The Undertaker. Kane made his WWF debut during the match and attacked Undertaker. Prior to this event, Brian Pillman tragically passed away at the age of 35. Vince McMahon acknowledged Pillman’s death during the PPV event.

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Match Review – ECW Extreme Elimination Chamber

Personally I love the elimination chamber its one of my favourite “gimmick” matches and I just think it’s brilliant. The chamber is described as a hardcore structure so surely mixing the ‘land of extreme’ with the elimination chamber and then including weapons sounds like a hardcore dream right ???? Well , not exactly. The issue with the match as I will showcase is the talent and story lines involved not really the match itself , there is good reason ECW never got its own PPV ever again .

The match was apart of  December to Dismember 2006 a prominently ECW PPV that was a fairly dull card from the start but maybe this match could turn things around .The superstars involved are CM Punk , Bobby Lashley , Test , Big Show , RVD and Sabu . A pretty stacked list featuring ECW legends , hot new talent and the Big Show.

Before the match we get a Paul Heyman promo saying how ECW is better than WWE and the amount of boos is through the roof. Now on the previous chapter I said Sabu is in the match , well not exactly… Heyman announces Sabu has lost his chance and how he hates ECW legends like RVD and how great the Big Show is .

So Big Show , Lashley , Test and Punk are in the pods whilst RVD and Sabu’s replacement Hardcore Holly start the match.

About a minute the action spills the one of the chamber steel floor sections and they fight back and forth using the chamber as a weapon. Holly awkwardly dives from the top rope straight to RVD’s boot shortly followed by rolling thunder.

First entrant is CM Punk with a chair he fires in with a chair shot and then a springboard clothesline , from there he goes back and forth with little spots with RVD. Most notable is Punk smashing RVD through a chair wedged between turnbuckles , out of nowhere though Holly grabs Punk and in a power bomb position swings punk in to chain wall with a very nasty noise  . Also RVD’s face is covered in blood at this point .

Entrant number 2 is Test , who has a crowbar. He goes round hitting everyone and wedging crowbar in RVD’s head. A five star frog splash to Punk and he is then eliminated shortly after a massive boot to Holly’s head and Test eliminates Hardcore Holly.

RVD attacks Test and tries to climb up one of the pods , however Big Show grabs him through the chains on the roof of the pod. Test takes advantage and starts hammering RVD with a chair till he falls off the pod , Test then climbs up and then hit a big elbow drop from the pod to eliminate RVD.

The match is great so far so what could go wrong ? Well from this point strange ECW storylines come in to play .

So at this point Lashleys pod is selected to open but Heymans’s enforces grab the ref and keep the pod closed trapping Lashley whilst Test taunts him on the outside. Lashley uses the table in his pod the break the chains above him to enter the match and hits a big clothesline from the top to Test. He then smashes Test through the pod and starts dominating the match.

A big Lashley spear eliminates Test , Lashley throws a table at Big Show’s pod and sits in the ring waiting for Show to enter. Big Show enters with a barbed wire baseball bat and Lashley stands with a chair . This is in the midst of Big Shows 500 pounds run and you can really tell with how slow he moves about . Also he takes a swing at Lashley with the bat but Lashley clearly sells it too early and the camera gets a beautiful botch in perfect frame.

Show gets the bat stuck in the wall and takes big hits from Lashley and then gets thrown threw another pod. For those counting Lashley has broken 3 pods so far by throwing people them. Show fights back and goes for choke slam in middle ring which Lashley counters with a DDT.

Big Show goes for a big powerslam which Lashley counters , follows with a spear and then pins the big show and takes the title. Bobby Lashley has done he overcame Heyman and won the title what a great moment for a young career , unfortunately then we got more Lashley every week on ECW and soon people realised there’s a reason he is on ECW not SmackDown or RAW and had a lot practise to come.

Final Thoughts: 

Overall this match is like a train wreck horrible but you still watch anyway. Big Show being horribly overweight , Punk getting eliminated first , Test’s quite loud and obvious spot calling  , Hardcore Holly just being a bit bland , and RVD probably being stoned throughout (you know its true) . In addition I pretty much ignored the commentary mainly because its not that good , and when I mean not good I mean Tazz is on commentary.

My Name is Connor and  I hope you enjoyed this article about one match wrestling fans forget about , for quite good reason as well .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On This day in Pro Wrestling October 4th 2009

8 years ago today, WWE presented Hell in a Cell from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.  The event, replacing No Mercy, was the first gimmick PPV since King of the Ring was introduced in 1993. 12,356 were in attendance, with 283,000 homes watching on PPV. That’s up from 261,000 for the October 2008 event No Mercy. The event had three Hell in a Cell matches, the only time three such matches were held in a single night in WWE history. This was a joint RAW, Smackdown & ECW show now it’s a Smackdown show last year RAW hosted it.

  • In a preshow dark match, Matt Hardy defeated Mike Knox.
  • The Undertaker defeated CM Punk in a Hell in a Cell match to win the World Heavyweight Championship.
  • John Morrison defeated Dolph Ziggler to retain the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
  • Mickie James defeated Alicia Fox to retain the WWE Divas Championship.
  • The Big Show & Chris Jericho defeated Batista & Rey Mysterio to retain the WWE Unified Tag Team Championship.
  • Randy Orton defeated John Cena in a Hell in a Cell match to win the WWE Championship (21:24)
  • Drew McIntyre defeated R-Truth.
  • Kofi Kingston defeated The Miz & Jack Swagger in a triple threat match to retain the WWE United States Championship.
  • D-Generation X (Triple H & Shawn Michaels) defeated The Legacy (Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase) in a tag team Hell in a Cell match.
Interviews

A Q&A With Jurn Simmons

Hello and welcome to an IWP Q&A with Jurn Simmons, so lets get going shall we.

jurn

 

1. How do you not kill yourself doing that entrance every night?

I am a highly conditioned and well-trained professional athlete obviously. Also, I take a breather afterwards.

 

2.If you could pick one person to wrestle, who and why? Also what stipulations would you pick?

Brock Lesnar, because it’s the biggest possible match so it would elevate me and make me the most money.

 

3. How did you come up with the dancing gimmick?

I’m assuming you mean the dancing I do during my entrance, because my gimmick is not that I’m a dancer. Anyway, I got bored just doing the poses during the entrance so I just started goofing around.

 

4.Where would you like to wrestle next?

WWE, I guess.

 

5.What do you like to do in your spare time?

Procrastinate.

 

6.What has been the biggest challenge so far?

Getting booked on a weekly basis.

 

7.In five years what would you like to have accomplished?

Ideally I’d like to be retired in five years after having made a ton of money.

 

8.Growing up was wrestling something you always wanted to do? And If so who was it that got you hooked?

No, I didn’t watch wrestling growing up and wasn’t particularly interested in it.

 

9. If you could give any advice to someone wanting to become a wrestler what advice would you give?

Give it your all or don’t bother.

 

10. Lastly what has been your favourite match so far in your career?

Vs Bad Bones John Klinger at wXw Shortcut to the Top 2016

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Thanks for taking the time to read our Q&A with Jurn Simmons, make sure to check him out on Twitter at https://twitter.com/JurnSimmons and give him a follow, to stay updated with him.

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The Uprising in Irish Wrestling….is here

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By @cb3attie for @indie_pod

Has there ever been a boom in the independent wrestling scene quite like we are seeing right now in 2017. So many companies are thriving all over the U.K and Ireland and it’s about damn time. We have always had a ridiculous amount of talent on this little island but for years we just didn’t have many places to showcase it. Oh how times have changed. I can count at least 7 different promotions here all doing great things for local talent. For us fans we are truly spoilt for choice these days and I for one have never been as excited to see it all develop so quickly.

Today I want to focus on Uprising – one of Northern Ireland’s newest promotions. Formed in 2016 by Bonesaw Al and Damien Corvin – they have set about making their mark on the Irish independent scene and having attended a lot of shows in the last 5 years, I have been very impressed. All 3 shows have had another element added each time. You feel as if you’re part of something special. Like growing with them as they show the world what their vision of wrestling is. I can’t quite explain it but there is something different about Uprising. So let’s have a look….

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Owners of Uprising – School of Professional Wrestling. Damien Corvin and Bonesaw (KOTN)

The Talent

Mixing experience, standout up and comers with young local trainees is a tried and trusted method. On Uprisings three shows we have seen reigning OTT Tag Team Champions (The Kings Of The North), WWE UK Tournament stars Tucker and Jordan Devlin plus the former OTT and current PWU Women’s champion Katey Harvey. Curtis Murray, the standout of the prospects has proven on multiple occasions that he is destined for great things. After suffering a near career ending injury a few years ago, Curtis has returned better than ever and has been rewarded recently with spots on OTT’s WrestleRama and WrasslePop shows respectively. Mixing it up with Jody Fleisch, Will Ospreay El Ligero and Flip Gordon.

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Curtis Murray in action at OTT contenders

Eddie Stone has all the hallmarks of a proper old school heel. He looks the part and acts like it. Expecting big things from him in the next year or so. Gavin Fitz is one of the hardest working young stars around. He’s quick, agile and technically very good inside the ropes. Brian Corr has bags of potential. Haven’t seen as much of him but from what I have he is always entertaining. Russell Dempster (breaking ropes aside…joke) has improved very quickly. Big lad but moves fast and is powerful. Blake Richards aerial abilities are fantastic. He truly puts his body on the line every match. Never afraid to risk it all. “The View” Steven Carvel has his character down to a T. His attitude blends well with his in ring work. Shotgun Scott Speers has also made an impression with his smart one liners and antics. These are all products of the Uprising Wrestling School. Looking forward to seeing more of the above again and hopefully some fresh talent to come.

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The set up before Uprising 3

The Shows

On the first show alone ‘The Beginning’ we had a classic fatal 4 way that left myself and others in awe (free to view now on Uprisings social media pages) and a main event pitting two of the top stars of the Irish scene in Tucker and Jordan Devlin. Like they said at the show, its was the match that the WWE UK tournament wouldn’t give us. The second show ‘Hit Hard Or Die Trying’ gave us Devlin vs Corr and Tucker vs Murray. Two outstanding matches. Uprising 3 had another one of their brilliant fatal 4 ways featuring Scotty Davis, Angel Cruz, Russell Dempster and Blake Richards. Aswell as their own prospects – Al and Corvin have drafted in some of Ireland’s best to assist with making the shows a success. Scotty Davis, Amy Allonsy, Valkyrie, Angel Cruz, Debbie Keitel, Calum Black, Nathan Byrne and many more. Working relationships with OTT, Main Stage Wrestling and Fight Factory Pro Wrestling will surely benefit all these future stars.

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The Future

At the time of my idea to write this piece I kept thinking where will they go next? What is in store for us fans in the next few months? We didn’t have wait long as the newly announced ‘Rise To The Throne’ on November 5th at the Europa Hotel Belfast will be our next instalment. So many questions but who will come out on top. Devlin? Murray? Fitz? Stone? Or maybe some of the other prospects will shock us all and make a name for themselves. And will we finally get the Allonsy vs Keitel feud that we all want? Ok that’s just me but one hell of an idea…..book it.

Tickets on sale October 9th for the Rise To The Throne show. I highly recommend you check it out. Keep and eye on Uprisings social media pages for information and updates.

Thank you for reading.

@UprisingWres

https://www.facebook.com/UprisingWrestling/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On This Day in Pro Wrestling History

18 years ago on this date ECW presented Anarchy Rulz from the Odeum Expo Center in Villa Park, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. Over 6,000 fans were in attendance, the largest crowd for an original ECW show in its history, with about 92,000 homes watching on PPV.

The show was the final ECW PPV of Taz as a full-time performer. Three days later, he would sign a deal to join the WWF. He would appear for the promotion sporadically until November to Remember. Taz would win the ECW title again a few months in April 2000 at When Worlds Collide defeating Mike Awesome when Awesome was going to WCW.

Full match card

  • Lance Storm defeated Jerry Lynn.
  • Jazz defeated Tom Marquez.
  • Nova and Chris Chetti fought Simon Diamond and Tony DeVito to a no-contest.
  • Yoshihiro Tajiri defeated Super Crazy and Little Guido in a Three-Way Dance.
  • Justin Credible defeated Sabu.
  • Mike Awesome defeated Masato Tanaka and Taz in a three-way dance to win the ECW World Heavyweight Championship.
  • Tommy Dreamer and Raven defeated Steve Corino and Rhino to retain the ECW World Tag Team Championship.
  • Rob Van Dam defeated Balls Mahoney to retain the ECW World Television Championship.

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Our next visitor on the podcast

Ladies and gentlemen, let us introduce our next visitor for the podcast. It is none other than a true Irish Wrestling Legend The Lord of the Manor Sir Paul Treacy. We so are hyped for this one and we hope you also are! If you would like to ask any questions for the main man, be sure to get them in the comments section quickly as the podcast will be recorded and published this coming Saturday it will be on our youtube page.