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Tights and Fights

Tights and Fights is the podcast that covers pro-wrestling with the sincerity and hilarity that it deserves. Every week, hosts Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford and Mike Eagle make sense of the chaos that is the world of sports-entertainment. Whether it's the latest headlines, a cultural analysis of an old angle or a debate about which wrestler has the best merch, Tights and Fights will examine every corner of the squared-circle for your enjoyment.
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Jun 21, 2018

What a week of wrestling it’s been!

And not just because of WWE; we’re still basking in the afterglow of New Japan Dominion and Kenny Omega finally capturing the IWGP World Heavyweight. But Kenny’s big month wasn’t done there; he traveled to Los Angeles with the Young Bucks to take on the New Day in Street Fighter at E3! And our own Mike Eagle was there live to watch the whole thing happen. He’ll tell us all about and explain what he did with the Pancake he caught from Xavier Woods at the event.

NXT TakeOver: Chicago II

Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano’s feud of the year continues, Aleister Black and the NXT Title once again are left out of the main event spot, Undisputed Era had a really fun bout with One Lorcan and Danny Burch, and Shayna Baszler gave Nikki Cross the collapse into unconsciousness that she longed for.

We’re running down everything… including Velveteen Dream’s gear choice in his match against Ricochet.

Money In The Bank

In the last week, we’ve crowned new champions in Alexa Bliss and Dolph Ziggler and have a new Monster in the Bank in Braun Strowman.

Which stars are in the best position to be successful as we enter the second half of the year? Is Shinsuke Nakamura worse off for not having captured the WWE Championship? And what do we think of the sudden and unceremonious firing of Big Cass?

Hosted by Danielle Radford, Mike Eagle and LindseyKelk.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

If you want to talk about more wrestling throughout the week be sure to join us on Facebook or @TightsFights on Twitter.

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Jun 7, 2018

Aubrey Sitterson officially joins the Nation of Conversation!

He’s a comic book writer and editor who actually used to work for WWE’s web team. But nowadays, he’s a bigger fan of New Japan Pro Wrestling.

In that spirit, he’s got a lot to say about Hiromu Takahashi winning the 2018 Best of the Super Juniors tournament, Kenny Omega vs Kazuchika Okada IV and Chris Jericho vs. Tetsuya Naito!

Plus, the team will discuss tons of things from WWE, including Baron Corbin’s new job as the constable of RAW, Becky Lynch scoring the tap-out victory against Charlotte and the biggest cliches that both main shows revisited this week.

Aubrey’s upcoming comic book is The Comic Book Story of Professional Wrestling. It’s available for pre-order now

Hosted by Danielle Radford ,Mike Eagle and Aubrey Sitterson.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

If you want to talk about more wrestling throughout the week be sure to join us on Facebook or @TightsFights on Twitter.

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May 31, 2018

It’s a brand new week in wrestling as Money in the Bank is finally on the horizon!

The stage is set for those who will compete in the ladder matches on June 17th, but who’s in the best position to get that golden ticket for the world title match? And has WWE been building this up the contest for all of the entrants in the right way?

Plus, NXT red-hot angle between Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa has continued to pick up steam, and has now incorporated Candice LeRae, Gargano’s real-life wife. But she’s someone who’s known around the country for standing on her own; shouldn’t she be plowing her own path rather than just following in her man’s story?

All of this, plus a look whether or not the Universal Title is relevant, the B-Team barbecue vs. Naomi and Lana’s dance-off and Julian stan’s for the cruiserweight championship match between Cedric Alexander and Buddy Murphy.

Britney Young from GLOW

The Netflix series GLOW returns on June 29th! Lindsey Kelk sat down with Britney Young who stars in the show as Carmen Wade aka Machu Picchu. Young tells us all about what it was like to make the show in a post-#MeToo world, why she loves Lucha Underground and what it was like to get in the ring with Kia Stevens.

Britney can be found on Twitter and Instagram.

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford, Mike Eagle and Lindsey Kelk

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

If you want to talk about more wrestling throughout the week be sure to join us on Facebook or @TightsFights on Twitter.

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May 24, 2018

Simon Grimm is ready to join the Nation of Conversation!

Grimm formerly wrestled for WWE under the name Simon Gotch. There he was a member of the NXT Tag-team champion Vaudvillains. From there, he made his way to the Smackdown live main roster along with his partner, Aiden English.

Then he was let go by the WWE, a decision he says he couldn’t be happier about. Why? Because the independent wrestling scene is thriving. And Grimm sees tons of talented wrestlers that he can’t wait to work with.

Grimm will tell Hal, Mike and Danielle all about what it’s like to transition to the indies after being in the WWE, why he doesn’t believe in giving advice to wrestlers and he’ll even discuss what he thinks about that, "Bobby Lashley’s sisters" segment that was on Monday Night RAW this week.

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford , and Simon Grimm.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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May 10, 2018

It seems like everyone’s got opinions on Sunday’s WWE show Backlash.

Audiences in attendance walked out on the main event of Samoa Joe vs. Roman Reigns. But was the match really all that bad? Or has WWE just put Roman in such a poor position after WrestleMania that this level of disconnect between the product and the fans is understandable?

Contributing to the disappointment in the show was that the WWE championship match between Shinsuke Nakamura and AJ Styles did not close out the evening. Is this feud still working after two matches ending in non-finishes? And who should come away with the WWE title at this point?

Plus, we look at the upcoming fourth installment in the much-loved Kenny Omega and Kazuchika Okada series. After a respective record 1-1-1, is it time for Kenny to finally get that IWGP title? And with Chris Jericho officially setting his sights on New Japan’s Intercontinental Title, there’s a lot to keep an eye on in the land of the rising sun.

All of this and a look at the latest in NXT, 205 Live and the… unusual entrance of Mandy Rose.

The Three Count

Lindsey put over the latest edition of Up Up Down Down featuring Ruby Riot.

Mike put over the new podcast 83 Weeks.

Hal put over Elias at Backlash.

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Mike Eagle, and Lindsey Kelk.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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May 3, 2018

As always Hal, Danielle and Lindsey breakdown the latest in the world of wrestling. And this week that includes Greatest Royal Rumble live from Saudi Arabia. 

Everyone on the panel has seen at least a little of the event, but was the show and the payday worth preventing the entire women’s roster from performing at the show?

Greatest Royal Rumble was also the precursor to this Sunday’s BackLash event. With Roman Reigns losing once again, how much have they damaged his presentation and the perception of the Universal Title?

And with Shinsuke Nakamura set for what could be his final match for the WWE title against AJ Styles, does he need to win that strap to cement his positioning as the top heel on Smackdown?

All this plus a look at which feuds could go on forever, why WWE needs women’s tag team titles and who the uncrowned king of 205 Live is.

Three Count

Danielle put over Mauro Renallo's upcoming documentary "Bipolar Rock N' Roller".

Lindsey put over Shinsuke Nakamura's WWE documentary.

Hal put over Corey Graves's reaction to Titus Slipping on the way to the ring.

Hosted by Hal LublinDanielle Radford and Lindsey Kelk. 

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

If you wanna talk about more wrestling throughout the week be sure to join us on Facebook or @TightsFights on Twitter.

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Apr 6, 2018

Welcome to our special EXTRA episode as part of the Max Fun Drive!

Hal, Danielle and Mike are joined by Kia Stevens. Stevens has wrestled around the world as Awesome Kong and Amazing Kong. She also wrestled for WWE under the name Karma where she was one of three women who entered the original Royal Rumble. Between all of the promotions she’s appeared at, she’s won a total of 13 championships.

But these days, she might be more well known for playing Tamme’ “The Welfare Queen” Dawson for the Netflix series “GLOW”

She tells the team all about the highlights of her career, what it’s like to teach a group of actors how to wrestle, and why her career in acting all got started when she was passed over for the lead role a grade-school play.

This show is made possible by the members of Max Fun who have decided to contribute to Tights and Fights. If you'd like to join them, go to Maximumfun.org/donate and sign up for as little as $5 a month to earn all sorts of great gifts.

Hosted by Hal LublinDanielle Radford and Mike Eagle. 

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Apr 5, 2018

Happy Max Fun Drive! 

We’re on the cusp of WrestleMania/ Ice Cream Christmas and boy is it ever an amazing time to be a wrestling fan!

This weekend will be a cornucopia of events in New Orleans. Whether you’re invested in Supercard of Honor and the culmination of Kenny Omega vs. Cody Rhodes for the soul of Bullet Club, Impact Wrestling vs. Lucha Underground’s crossover show, or NXT TakeOver: New Orleans which will feature Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa’s grudge match, it’s safe to say there’s something for everyone.

But of course, the biggest event of the weekend will be WrestleMania 34. Over six hours of wrestling LIVE in the Super Dome! Between Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar, AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura and more, the team is HYPED.

But there are still some concerns: Why is the Cruiserweight Title Match on the pre-show when it has the potential to be one of the best matches of Mania? Could WWE use Carmella’s money in the bank cash-in to disrupt Asuka vs. Charlotte Flair? And how will anyone survive a week with SO MUCH wrestling?!

If you enjoy this show, consider becoming a Max Fun member for as little as $5 a month to keep it going and earn tons of wonderful gifts during the #MaxFunDrive!

Hosted by Hal LublinDanielle Radford and Lindsey Kelk.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

If you wanna talk about more wrestling throughout the week be sure to join us on Facebook or @TightsFights on Twitter.

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Mar 29, 2018

FINALLY… Mike Eagle as come BACK to Tights and Fights!

Hal Lublin and Danielle Radford will catch up Mike up with everything he hasn’t gotten to express an opinion on from the two months he’s been gone, in addition to what’s happened this week.

That includes Daniel Bryan’s return to wrestling, Asuka moving to Smackdown to face Charlotte for the women’s title, Bayley and Sasha Banks’s rivalry reaching a fever pitch, The Ultimate Deletion, John Cena challenging the Undertaker and much more.

Plus, how we’re hoping WWE handles Shinsuke Nakamura vs. AJ Styles, the minor problem with Brock Lesnar constantly beating up Roman Reigns and what special holiday we learned WrestleMania falls on (besides Rusev Day).

Hosted by Hal LublinDanielle Radford and Mike Eagle. 

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

If you wanna talk about more wrestling throughout the week be sure to join us on Facebook or @TightsFights on Twitter.

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Mar 22, 2018

The leader of the “Yes Movement” is back!

Daniel Bryan became one of the most beloved stars of WWE throughout 2013 on the road to WrestleMania XXX. But, two years ago Daniel Bryan was forced to retire at the peak of his career and ability. 

Now’s he’s officially been cleared to compete by a number of neurologists. And as exciting as it is to see him back doing what he does best… it’s understandable to be nervous. The Nation of Conversation breaks down how they’re feeling now that Daniel is officially back and how WWE can balance showing off one of their best wrestlers with keeping him safe.

And the Nation is heavily divided on the Ultimate Deletion between Woken Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt. Was it the pinnacle of the Hardy Compound series, a fun lark that didn’t live up to its predecessors or a terrible use of the final segment of RAW?

Plus, Brock Lesnar finally showed up to confront and beatdown Roman Reigns before their Universal Title match at WrestleMania. The team is unanimously onboard with the match… but there’s a definite disconnect between the story and the audience.

All this, plus some thoughts on Mark Henry entering the Hall of Fame, who Braun Strowman’s WrestleMania partner could be and the value in supporting the people you love.

Hosted by Hal LublinDanielle Radford and Lindsey Kelk. 

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

If you wanna talk about more wrestling throughout the week be sure to join us on Facebook or @TightsFights on Twitter.

If you liked the show, please share it with your friends and be sure to leave us a quick review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get podcasts.

Mar 16, 2018

Katie Willert is the newest member of the nation of conversation!

She joins Hal Lublin and Danielle Radford to discuss the latest on the road to Wrestlemania. Everything from John Cena challenging the Undertaker, Roman Reigns being “temporarily suspended” and Asuka calling out Charlotte Flair for a match for the women’s title.

Plus, why does Danielle take MAJOR issue with the storyline between Alexa Bliss and Nia Jax? And who do we think Sami and Kevin should face in their feud with Shane? 

Main Event:

NOTE: THIS WAS RECORDED BEFORE WWE DECIDED TO RENAME THE FABULOUS MOOLAH MEMORIAL BATTLE ROYAL.

WWE decided to have a catch-all women’s rumble at WrestleMania. It sounds like it could be fun, but they also decided to have The Fabulous Moolah as the namesake for the event. We’ll fill you in on why Moolah is such an awful figure from wrestling’s past who’s not worth immortalizing.

Hosted by Hal LublinDanielle Radford and Katie Willert 

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

If you wanna talk about more wrestling throughout the week be sure to join us on Facebook or @TightsFights on Twitter.

If you liked the show, please share it with your friends and be sure to leave us a quick review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get podcasts.

Mar 9, 2018

Jay Washington is officially back in the Nation of Conversation!

RAW has us asking all sorts of questions including who’s going to face women’s champion Alexa Bliss at WrestleMania. At first glance, it looks like Asuka. But Jay thinks the seeds are being planted for the Empress of Tomorrow to face Charlotte, leaving Nia Jax to take on Alexa.

And after Roman Reigns fired the first salvo in against Universal Champion Brock Lesnar, Paul Heyman was quick to shoot back… but is this feud clicking on all levels like it should be? And if we do, in fact get Shinsuke Nakamura vs. AJ Styles, which of those matches closes out Mania?

Plus, what we think of John Cena being involved in the Fast Lane main event, why the Mixed Match Challenge is still so much fun, and why Hal may finally be close to giving up on Smackdown.

Ring Tones:

He’s been Xtreme, he’s been V.1, he’s been broken and awoken… We’re taking a special musical journey through the career of Matt Hardy. Is his music getting us in the right mood for the latest phase of his career? We’ll take deep dive.

Hosted by Hal LublinDanielle Radford and Jay Washington. 

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

If you wanna talk about more wrestling throughout the week be sure to join us on Facebook or @TightsFights on Twitter.

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Mar 2, 2018

When the chips are down, Tights and Fights has decided to tag in producer Julian Burrell to fill in the host seat!

He sits with Hal Lublin and the returning Des Delgadillo to discuss Elimination Chamber and the solidifying card for WrestleMania.

We now know that Roman Reigns will face Brock Lesnar for the Universal Title and the Alexa Bliss will be the women’s champion going into the biggest WWE show of the year. But how excited are we for these match-ups? And what will RAW look like once they’ve played out in April?

Plus, Des was actually at Smackdown in the Staples Center this past Tuesday. Even though Smackdown has been an inferior product overall than RAW this year, was it any better live? 

But, of course, we all know that one of WWE’s best products these is none other than 205 Live. Des and Julian will discuss what’s made the show so much fun to watch after it was reinvigorated last month.

Main Event

Commentary is one of the most important elements to a televised wrestling show; The wrestlers provide the music and the commentators provide the lyrics. But what makes for a great commentator? And which commentators are doing their best work these days? We’ll do a deep dive to find out.

The Three Count

Julian put over Andrew David Cox's musical tribute to Braun Strowman

Des put over the loving environment of the Smackdown Live Crowd.

Hal put over Alexa Bliss' post-Elimination Chamber promo.

Hosted by Hal LublinJulian Burrell and Des Delgadillo. 

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

If you wanna talk about more wrestling throughout the week be sure to join us on Facebook or @TightsFights on Twitter.

If you liked the show, please share it with your friends and be sure to leave us a quick review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get podcasts.

Feb 22, 2018

Woooooo! We're back! And just in time for Elimination Chamber and one of the best RAW's this year!

Seth Rollins put on an absolute CLINIC on Monday night. Even though he came up short in the match, he still endeared himself to the audience. But how confident are we that WWE is going to properly follow up on this?

And with Dolph Ziggler and Baron Corbin in the mix for Smackdown's WWE Title, are we at all enthused... or does this just fill like padding until we get to the proper matches at Wrestlemania?

Plus, we'll talk about Buddy Murphy's debut on 205 Live, how much fun the Mixed Match Challenge is, and why we're still waiting to get excited for Sasha Banks vs. Bayley.

Main Event:

With Ronda Rousey set to sign her WWE contract this Sunday, how much are we expecting from her? Should she be used in a similar way to how other UFC fighters have been showcased in WWE? And could her success mean more success for the rest of the women's division?

Hosted by Hal LublinDanielle Radford and Lindsey Kelk. 

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

If you wanna talk about more wrestling throughout the week be sure to join us on Facebook or @TightsFights on Twitter.

If you liked the show, please share it with your friends and be sure to leave us a quick review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get podcasts.

Feb 9, 2018

Welcome everyone to our official post-Royal Rumble decompression. Most of WWE is in a bit of a holding pattern as the final WrestleMania picture takes shape. 

But there are still tons of things happening throughout both shows. Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens are seemingly headed for a break-up which we are very much NOT in favor. We’ll explain how we’d like to see their partnership developed alongside the WWE Title scene with AJ Styles.

Plus, Jason Jordan is dealing with a neck injury that’s going to have him out of the ring for a number of months. But where does this leave his character and Seth Rollins before he’s able to head back to the ring?

And we’ll take a closer look at where everyone else is heading into the final weeks before the biggest show in wrestling, including Asuka, Nia Jax and everyone on the Smackdown Top 10 (Whatever that ends up being like!).

Gimmick Corner

For the past 15 years or so, WWE television has had one man at the forefront: John Cena. He’s been the franchise player for WWE up until a few years ago. So it’s hard to believe that he started out as a generic babyface with ruthless aggression and eventually became the doctor of thuganomics with some impressive (?) rap skills. We’ll take a look at what makes him tick and whether or not he’s lost a step as he ascended the card.

Three Count 

Danielle put over some of Twitter's best wrestling artists

Julian put over John Cena's best joke ever

Hal put over the Philly Special

Hosted by Hal Lublin, and Danielle Radford 

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

If you wanna talk about more wrestling throughout the week be sure to join us on Facebook or @TightsFights on Twitter.

If you liked the show, please share it with your friends and be sure to leave us a quick review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get podcasts.

Feb 1, 2018

NXT TakeOver: Philadelphia

NXT’s hot streak of quality events continues! 

Champion Andrade “Cien” Almas and Johnny Gargano tore the house down in the NXT Title match. They both seem destined for big stories in the coming months before the next TakeOver but, for now, we can just bask in the afterglow of how special this match was. 

Plus Ember Moon retained her woman’s title against Shayna Baszler in a hard-hitting match. But will Moon lose that title to Baszler in the coming months to head to the main roster or should she stick around NXT a bit longer?

Not to be outdone, Undisputed Era’s Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly retained their tag titles over The Authors of Pain while their leader Adam Cole came up short against Aleister Black. Where does this trio go next to keep their footing in NXT?

All that… and we’ll even discuss the return of the XFL, the latest rifts in Bullet Club and why Kenny Omega’s reunion with Kota Ibushi brought tears to our eyes.

Royal Rumble

Oh, what a Royal Rumble it was! 

It’s great to finally have a Big 4 weekend that everyone’s given rave reviews too. We had not one, but TWO great Royal Rumble matches, including the first-ever women’s event. Shinsuke Nakamura and Asuka have been near-unanimously praised as the right winners of the contests and there were tons of legends who returned to keep the crowd engaged.

But significantly, UFC star Ronda Rousey made her debut after Asuka’s big win. With reports coming out that she’s a full-time wrestler now, how optimistic are we that we’ll enjoy what she brings to the table?

And now that we’re pretty sure Nakamura will face AJ Styles for the WWE championship, where does that leave best friends Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens? And how does Roman Reigns get his long-expected match with Brock?

Welcome to the Road to WrestleMania!

Hosted by Hal LublinDanielle Radford, Lindsey Kelk and Mike Eagle. 

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

If you wanna talk about more wrestling throughout the week be sure to join us on Facebook or @TightsFights on Twitter.

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Jan 12, 2018

We’ve already got a ton of things to deal with that have overturned what we expected from the Road to Wrestlemania!

Balor Club is officially a thing and is beginning to get going as force on RAW. As they beat up Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Jason Jordan, and throw up the too sweets, Finn and company look like they’re having tons of fun again.

Plus, Jason finally gets to develop more as a character as Seth and Roman try to teach him how to be at the cool kids table. Could we finally be at a point where WWE remembers how to get multiple stories going at one time on RAW? 

And Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens look excited for their chance to be co-WWE Champions! While we all love AJ Styles, wouldn’t it be great to see the pair of friends get this just to see how much fun they would have together?

All this and a look at Samoa Joe’s injury, the current state of the Riott Squad and Absolution and whether Titus Brand is actually set to get some wins in the next few weeks.

Main Event

It’s New Japan’s annual equivalent to WrestleMania: Wrestle Kingdom! The full team joins up to discuss what they enjoyed from the major wrestling show, how it compares as an experience to WrestleMania and geek out about Daryl Takahashi in a mask. They’ll also break down that Kenny Omega and Chris Jericho match that took the world by storm.

Three Count:

Hal put over the latest episode of We Got This with Simon Grimm

Lindsey put over a great NXT live show in South Carolina

Danielle put over the WWE Mixed Match Challenge announcement videos

Julian put over Edge's response to everyone who said the Alabama Crimson Tide wouldn't win a championship this year.

Hosted by Hal LublinDanielle Radford and Lindsey Kelk 

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

If you wanna talk about more wrestling throughout the week be sure to join us on Facebook or @TightsFights on Twitter.

If you liked the show, please share it with your friends and be sure to leave us a quick review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get podcasts.

Jan 5, 2018

Welcome to the first episode of the year 2018!

And unlike the rest of society, there’s a whole host of things we get to look forward to in the New Year*. We’re well on the road to WrestleMania, as evidenced by all the news about the Royal Rumble that’s been coming out in recent weeks.

But we also don’t know what’s going on with a lot of RAW’s most prominent characters. What will Jason Jordan’s current story with Seth Rollins evolve into? Will Samoa Joe continue to pursue the Intercontinental title after losing to Roman Reigns? And will Brock Lesnar vs. Kane amount to anything exciting?

Plus, on Smackdown, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn have finally seen some renewed success in their new alliance. They’ve beaten WWE Champion AJ Styles in back to back weeks. But is it okay for AJ to be taking losses like that?

*Yes, including Wrestle Kingdom. But we’ll get to that next week!

Main Event

Women in the Royal Rumble were always treated as a novelty. Only gals like Kharma, Beth Phoenix and Chyna were ever afforded the honor of joining in the male-dominated event. But now that we’ll have a full Women’s Royal Rumble, what can we expect? And how confident are we that they won’t ruin this?

The Three Count

Danielle put over Xavier Woods and Aiden English's Twitter battle.

Mike put over this Sid Viscious's voicemail.

Hal put over Drew Gulak covering for Enzo on RAW.

Hosted by Hal LublinDanielle Radford and Mike Eagle. 

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

If you wanna talk about more wrestling throughout the week be sure to join us on Facebook or @TightsFights on Twitter.

If you liked the show, please share it with your friends and be sure to leave us a quick review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get podcasts.

Dec 29, 2017

Because YOU helped make it happen:

Here's a special music-filled episode of Tights and Fights!

Tons of hits are explored from the Honkey Tonk Man theme, the RAW intro song, Bray Wyatt's theme and tons more.

Hosted by Hal LublinDanielle Radford and Mike Eagle. 

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

If you want to talk about more wrestling throughout the week be sure to join us on Facebook or @TightsFights on Twitter.

If you liked the show, please share it with your friends and be sure to leave us a quick review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get podcasts.

Dec 21, 2017

It’s our final full episode of the year, so let’s close it out in style!

Looking ahead to next year, WWE has confirmed that the first ever women’s Royal Rumble is set for the January PPV. How hopeful are we that WWE has learned its lesson from the last few women’s “firsts” that they decided to institute?

And at this weeks Clash of Champions event, AJ Styles retained his title over Jinder Mahal. Is this a sign that he’s going to be the top champion going into WrestleMania?

Plus, how devastating Dean Ambrose’s injury is for WWE storylines, The third RAW debut of the Revival, Dolph Ziggler’s US Title win, and a lot more.

Main Event

It’s our annual best of wrestling list! What was the most exciting part of 2017? Kenny Omega vs. Kazuchika Okada? Braun Strowman? The Mae Young Classic? We’ll break down all of this and so much more.

The Three Count:

Mike put over The tag team of Aiden English and Rusev at Clash of Champions.

Lindsey put over Kenny Omega attacking Chris Jericho at an NJPW press conference.

Danielle put over Eva Marie advocating for wrestling against Mia Khalifa.

Hosted by Danielle Radford, Mike Eagle and Lindsey Kelk

 

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

If you wanna talk about more wrestling throughout the week be sure to join us on Facebook or @TightsFights on Twitter.

If you liked the show, please share it with your friends and be sure to leave us a quick review on Apple Podcast or wherever you get podcasts.

 

Dec 15, 2017

Jay Washington joins the team for the week to make the Tights and Fights triple threat a fatal fourway!

WWE’s rolling out a new Facebook exclusive show: The Mixed Match Challenge. It’ll run Tuesday nights with matches between mixed male and female tag teams. How likely are we to watch? We’ll tell you about it.

And how great does Samoa Joe look? He’s probably the first guy who’s become a threat to the Shield entirely on his own. But what’s his path going forward? Could it possibly include beating Roman Reigns for the Intercontinental Title?

And did Kevin Owens REALLY beat up Jay once?

All that plus what we think of Cedric Alexander, Chris Jericho attacking Kenny Omega, why Mike love Sonya Deville and why Kane vs. Braun Strowman is already losing some of its shine.

Main Event

It’s our annual worst of wrestling list! What was the most disappointing part of 2017? Bray Wyatt’s title reign and booking? Roman Reigns and Undertaker’s match at WrestleMania? The Women’s Money in the Bank storyline? We’ll revisit the painful memory for you.

Three (four) Count

Danielle put over Nia Jax being adorable

Mike put over the latest episode of Something to Wrestle with Bruce Prichard.

Jay put over Jason Jordan embracing his inner brat.

Hal put over the New Day on Commentary.

Hosted by Hal LublinDanielle Radford, Mike Eagle and Jay Washington

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Dec 7, 2017

We’re officially just a few weeks away from Clash of Champions, the final Pay-per-view of the year! But why does Smackdown feel so directionless outside of a few feuds going into the event?

Maybe it has something to do with how much Shane McMahon has been inserting his influence into the Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn angle? Or maybe it’s because the tag team division hasn’t gotten another two teams hot yet for a big match?

But at least RAW has looked really good this week! Jason Jordan seems to finally be developing a character and Samoa Joe and Roman Reigns are on a collision course for the Intercontinental Title.

We’ll talk about all this plus The Bar retaining the RAW tag titles from the Shield, the differences between the Riott Squad and Absolution and more.

Gimmick Corner

When a wrestler named Husky Harris was sent back to NXT, he came up with a character named Bray Wyatt. He was a mysterious cult-like figure that seemed larger than life. But over the past few years, things haven’t gone as well as they could have with him. He’s taken losses, been in the worst WWE Title match in recent memory and lost much of his mystique. But could a pairing with Awoken Matt Hardy finally help right his ship? We’ll find out.

The Three Count

Danielle put over the RISE live show that she went to this week.

Lindsey put over the latest episode of Being The Elite.

Hal put over Drew Gulak's No Fly Zone.

Hosted by Hal LublinDanielle Radford and Lindsey Kelk 

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Nov 30, 2017

We’re entering the final month of 2017, but there’s a lot being put in place before we’re full steam ahead on the road to WrestleMania!

Roman Reigns had his first title defense against Elias. It was a great match, but now that Samoa Joe is in the mix, where does the IC title competition go from here?

And AJ Styles is continuing his feud with Jinder Mahal. Most people want AJ to be the champ, but where does Jinder fit in now that he’s on the outs with his henchmen the Singh Brothers?

All that, plus a look at the Riott Squad and Absolution, another spotlight on the Velveteen Dream and a requiem for the Hype Bros. after they got bludgeoned by the Brothers of the Bludgeoning.

Main Event

Matt Hardy’s broken universe may finally be making a comeback! But has the window of excitement closed for the concept? What does a WWE version of the broken gimmick look like? And is there anything else in WWE that they could draw their inspiration from in the recreation of the hottest concept of 2016?

Three Count

Danielle put over Nia Jax's response to the body-shaming she's had to deal with.

Julian put over WWE's 365 on Kevin Owens.

Hal put over the latest episode of the Fashion Files.

Hosted by Hal LublinDanielle Radford and Mike Eagle. 

 

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Nov 24, 2017

NXT TakeOver: War Games

Rarely is there ever a TakeOver that doesn’t deliver the goods and everyone definitely kept up the tradition this time. 

The War Games match itself was a hard-hitting, and slightly hard to follow, affair. The Undisputed Era looked great, Roddy Strong was an adorable little member of the Authors of Pain and SaNitY looked as crazy as ever.

But that crazy match over-shadowed that Andrade “Cien” Almas is the NEW NXT Champion! He completed one of the strongest career turn-arounds in recent memory. How excited are we? We’ll talk about it.

And every year, there always seems to be one person from NXT that steps up their game and raises their stock to a new high. This year, that was Velveteen Dream. He lost to Aleister Black, but he won the hearts of millions, including all of us.

All of that, plus a look at the brand new NXT women’s champion, Ember Moon!

Survivor Series

It may be the least loved of WWE’s Big 4 PPV’s but Survivor Series week had a TON of great matches!

But let’s be real, the worst one was the main event on Sunday. Between Triple H “turning” on his team, Shane chasing away Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens and Shinsuke Nakamura and Bobby Roode being the first two people eliminated, this wasn’t the best showcase for the current stars of the WWE.

But there was still plenty to enjoy, including the best Brock Lesnar match yet against AJ Styles.

And this has also been a big week for the Shield! The trio beat the New Day and Roman Reigns won the Intercontinental Championship from the Miz, becoming the second Shield member to be a Grand Slam Champion. But why is that this reunion feels a bit… lesser than we expected it to?

Luckily, the women’s roster is staying new and exciting! After two great matches on Sunday, we’ve had SIX new stars added to the main roster: ON RAW, Paige, Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville made their presence felt and on Smackdown, Ruby Riot, Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan made their debuts. How do we make sure every one of them is showcased properly and not lost in the shuffle?

All that and plenty more in this look at what we loved most and why from an exhaustive 12+ hours of wrestling this past week.

Hosted by Danielle Radford, Mike Eagle and Lindsey Kelk

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Nov 17, 2017

It’s the final stop before the last Big 4 WWE show of the year!

Survivor Series continues to have tons of wrenches thrown into it at the 11th hour. Turns out Alexa Bliss will be facing Charlotte on Sunday after she beat Natalia for the Smackdown Women’s title. Between this, Roman Reigns returning, and Jason Jordan being replaced on the RAW team, there’s a lot going on. But is all of this serving to make for a better show, or is it just showing how haphazardly WWE is putting this together?

Speaking of Roman he and the Shield finally had their first match as a unit in years. They’re all set to face the New Day in few days. Should they have wait for a bit longer for that Shield reunion? How about that RAW invasion? What are the stakes as we approach Sunday?

And how excited is Danielle to have a fourth season of Lucha Underground confirmed?!

Main Event

Triple H is officially the fifth member of Monday Night RAW’s Survivor Series team! Between him, Kurt Angle, Shane McMahon and John Cena, that’s FOUR part-time wrestlers split across each team. Is this the best way to utilize a partite performer in WWE? What is? Should a part-timer ever be champion? We’ll talk about it.

Three Count

Danielle put over the magical run of James Ellsworth

Mike put over the latest episode of Killing the Town with Storm and Cyrus.

Hal put over the great 205 Live star, Drew Gulak.

Credits

Hosted by Hal LublinDanielle Radford and Mike Eagle. 

 

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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