This week we welcome another good friend in former WCW and ECW star PN News! Check it out as News, who is slowly winding down his independent wrestling career in the US and Europe, talks about his time with the two major companies, traveling the world, details regarding his WCW release, changing gears in ECW, influencing Walter, wrestling a young Steve Austin, and influencing the John Cena rapper persona. Plus lots of WWE Royal Rumble talk and other wrestling news with Brady Hicks, Stro Maestro, Kathie Fitz, Derrick McDonald, and Matt Grimm. Call in (914) 338-1885!
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So sorry to everybody who tuned in last night to hear our interview with Madusa on IN THE ROOM. She was amazing, but our live stream provider was having issues, so we could not stream it over the air. Then, the backup system I used failed after turning in a 90-minute non-live show. I will speak with Madusa this afternoon and apologize for wasting her time, and hopefully we can reschedule her for a later date. I’ve been doing this for almost 11 years, and this is the first time this has happened to our live program. Sorry all! I know I’m bummed.
@intheroomshow w #pwi’s @bradyhicks interviewing Tracy Smothers. @TheStro is off at the #CAC. Plus @rayITR, Kathie, and Derrick.
The “Wide-Eyed Southern Boy” Tracy Smothers steps IN THE ROOM this week to talk about his career spanning WCW, ECW, WWE, Smokey Mountain, and the USWA! Check it out [highlights below]. Plus, Brady and the gang talk lots of wrestling – including Neville, Daniel Bryan, and future stars – and take calls once again. Plus a hearty discussion of the Dustin/Seth Rollins stuff from last week’s show, and a few New Jack stories. All that and so … much … more. Thanks, as always, for the support!
Check it out as the self-professed “utility guy” talks riling up southern crowds, having fun as a Full Blooded Italian in ECW, mentoring young wrestlers, working with the Armstrongs, and being recognized while working as a bounty hunter! Here are some highlights from the interview:
On Not Catching On Better in WWE:
It was a lot of politics … I think I could have done better there as a heel at that stage. But that’s up to them … some people clip your wings and just kill you off. It was really political … It started out like an underdog thing and they gave me a couple wins. And then [when] a couple top guys don’t like it, they kind of squash it. That’s pretty much what happened … It wasn’t just me, it was a lot of guys that it happened to.
On Working Through Severe Injuries:
I had a broken ankle … [I] came down off of the ropes and I went on top of Brian [Lee]’s foot and my foot just went awkward and I snapped it. I kept ice on it and two braces on it and did a little isometrics. I had a few weeks … [of] shows around that [time] too, and I had a few-week Japan tour. You know how it is: if you don’t work [then] you don’t get paid. I worked about three months with a broken ankle. That’s what people don’t realize. How you can get hurt – and the freakish ways you can – and you have to keep going … Athletes in other professional sports, they’re out a few games, weeks, a year, or their whole career. Some of the guys in our business work hurt like that every night … Oh God it’s hard.
This week on In the Room, Brady Hicks and the gang debate the merits of WWE eliminating Smackdown and ending the brand extension. They also take some time to look back on last week’s Kurt Angle interview, and talk Bound for Glory. Thanks – as always – for the support!