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Tights and Fights Ep. 148: "One Fall" w/ David F. Walker and Brett Weldele

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Guests: 
David F. Walker & Brett Weldele

This week, Hal and Danielle are joined by David F. Walker and Brett Weldele. They are the writer and artist (respectively) behind the new comic series "One Fall."

The book is all about a third-generation wrestler who fights for survival and profit in a world of supernatural creatures who all want the honor of killing him in the ring… again. They’ll tell us all about their project, how they became wrestling fans and the finer points of the best bars to watch wrestling at.

The Beatdown: Rey Mysterio vs. Eddie Guerrero (2005)

Rey Mysterio and Eddie Guerrero were both credited for helping popularize a lucha libre in the U.S. like few, if any, ever could have. They were best friends and frequent partners. And in their final series of matches, the stakes got more personal than most rivalries in WWE ever do. It was a contest that featured beat downs, betrayals, great promos and the custody of children. Hal and Danielle will look into what made one of Eddie’s last major storylines work so well… and why it wouldn’t have worked if they both weren’t so good.

The Three Count

Danielle put over Effy’s Twink Gauntlet and Stokely Hathaway’s quest to regain his CD player.

Hal put over Daniel Bryan’s commentary during Heavy Machinery’s match.

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford, David F. Walker and Brett Weldele.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 147: Robe Warrior Ric Flair w/ Adam Pranica

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Guests: 
Adam Pranica

This week, Hal and Danielle are rejoined by Adam Pranica. He’s the host of the fellow Max Fun Podcasts "The Greatest Generation," "The Greatest Discovery," and "Friendly Fire."

He joins the team to discuss one of the most important and storied figures in the history of wrestling: Ric Flair. He’s known as a 16-time world champion, a classic wrestling figure, and the father of Charlotte Flair. We take a look at his life and career form some of his best matches, most rambling promos, what made him such a significant figure in wrestling

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford, and Adam Pranica.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 146: CMLL at Arena Mexico w/ Jesse Thorn

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Guests: 
Jesse Thorn

This week, Hal and Danielle are rejoined by Jesse Thorn. He’s the Max Fun Network’s top Big Boss Man and he’s had almost no experience with wrestling.

But a few weeks ago he and his wife traveled to Mexico City and Arena Mexico where they saw their first live wrestling show, put on by Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre. He’ll share all the fun and absurdity that he experienced, including why he found the heels more entertaining for the wrestling, how indie-wrestling star Colt Cabana helped make this happen and which wrestler inspired his future tattoos.

Hosted by , Danielle Radford,Lindsey Kelk and Jesse Thorn.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 145: Double or Nothing w/ Box Brown

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Box Brown

This week, Hal and Danielle are rejoined by Box Brown. He’s a comic creator whose new book "Cannabis: The Illegalization of Weed in America".

Brown is a longtime, but lapsed, fan of WWE. The trends of the product have led to him being less dedicated to following televised wrestling. But this week featured a show that rekindled that love and has the entire panel excited for what’s to come: Double or Nothing from All Elite Wrestling.

It wasn’t perfect. But it was a great first step for a fledgling promotion that has the money and roster to compete with WWE for attention. We’ll go over everything that worked and what didn’t work… and take a quick look at what RAW’s response to the show was.

The Three Count

Box put over the all-women promotion AEW’s post-show press conferences.

Danielle put over wrestling in WWE shouting out AEW.

Hal put over Zack Ryder’s appearance on the Defunctland Podcast.

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford and Box Brown.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 144: An Encyclopedia of Women's Wrestling w/ LaToya Ferguson

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Guests: 
LaToya Ferguson

This week, Danielle and Lindsey are rejoined by LaToya Ferguson. She’s the author of the brand new book "An Encyclopedia of Women’s Wrestling: 100 Profiles of the Strongest in the Sport." In it she details some of wrestling’s most important and impressive female athletes through the years, from Act Yasukawa to Wendi Richter.

The panel will also discuss Money in the Bank. As WWE’s first PPV after WrestleMania, it had the responsibility of setting the tone for the future narratives of the company, which it did in some ways we’re excited about and in others that we’re less sure about.

In good news: Bayley won the Money in the Bank ladder match and used it on the same night to become the Smackdown Women’s Champion. But now that Becky is one title short, what will the story be going forward? Should Bayley and Becky have a match or is The Man going to focus on RAW and take on Lacey Evans.

Plus, while Brock Lesnar returning to win the men’s Money in the Bank Briefcase disappointed many, Lindsey will explain why she’s actually okay with this version of the Beast involved in WWE programing.

All of this… plus a look at WWE’s newest accolade: The 24/7 Championship.

The Three Count

Latoya put over the all-women promotion Rise.

Lindsey put over Paul Heyman’s promo on RAW.

Danielle put over Ali’s tweet about his match with Andrade.

Hosted by Danielle Radford and Lindsey Kelk and LaToya Ferguson.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 143: The Road to 20-0 w/ John Walsh (a.k.a. Super Eyepatch Wolf)

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Guests: 
John Walsh a.k.a. Super Eyepatch Wolf

This week, Danielle and Lindsey are joined by John Walsh. His fans on YouTube know him as Super EyePatch Wolf, where he’s gained following for deep dives into anime, video-games and wrestling.

The panel takes a look at the latest stories and characters in NXT. That includes the drama surrounding the Undisputed Era, Matt Riddle’s cannabis and shoe habits, who the next women’s champion should be and the potential of Mr. Eric Bugenhagen.

The Beatdown

For years it was considered the sacred cow of WWE: The Undertaker’s WrestleMania undefeated streak. The drama and mythos behind “The Streak” really ramped up when Shawn Michaels and Triple H tried to end it for four consecutive years.

We’ll take a look at what made The Road to 20-0 so effective, including our thoughts on this 20+ year story and how we felt about its conclusion.

If you want to see more about the Undertaker and what The Streak meant to his character, be sure to check out this Super Eyepatch Wolf video.

Hosted by Danielle Radford and Lindsey Kelk and John Walsh.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 138: The 2019 WrestleMania special w/ Quiet Riot’s James Durbin

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Guests: 
James Durbin

Congratulations! You survived WrestleMania week! Hal and Danielle are joined by James Durin. He’s the lead singer of the band Quiet Riot. As a kid, he had a hard time being comfortable in who he was. But through the character-driven aspects of wrestling, he learned to express himself and find tons of new career avenues.

NXT TakeOver: New York

Johnny Gargano stands tall as the NXT Champion! He along with Shayna Baszler, the War Raiders and Velveteen Dream hold the gold of WWE’s yellow and black brand. With this year’s post-TakeOver featuring fewer call-ups to the main roster than usual, how should WWE balance building up NXT as its own promotion vs. making sure their budding stars have the biggest possible platform to entertain?

WrestleMania

Happy Ice Cream Christmas! What a show it was. The culmination of KofiMania. The return of Roman Reigns. The coronation of Becky Lynch. The slaying of the Beast.

The team will take a wandering look at a show that was incredibly long but also delivered tons of fun moments to keep everyone engaged. What was the deal with the finish of the main event? How many tears were shed for the new WWE Champion? How did the long runtime affect our enjoyment of the entire program? All that and so much more.

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford,and James Durbin.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 137: The irie career of Kofi Kingston w/ How2Wrestling’s Kefin Mahon

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Kefin Mahon

Welcome to another episode of Riteoga agus Troideanna! This week, Hal, Danielle and Lindsey are joined by Kefin Mahon.. He’s one of the hosts of the "How2Wrestling" podcast. The show started as his earnest attempt to introduce his girlfriend to the world of wrestling, one character at a time. He’ll tell us about how he saw his fellow Irish native Becky Lynch in her formative years as a wrestler and was convinced WWE would never give her a proper shot.

Now that we’re just a few days away from WrestleMania, WWE wants as much positive press as they can get. But that’s not happening now after John Oliver’s recent piece about WWE’s shoddy business practices. We’ll take a look at how we reconcile the reality of WWE’s business practices with our fandom and explain how hopeful we are that this could lead to change.

Plus, our reaction to the final card of WrestleMania and the final confrontation between Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair and Ronda Rousey.

Main Event

Kofi Kingston is an 11 year veteran of WWE. In that time, he’s become a 15-time champion and a part of one of the most bankable acts of the last decade with the New Day stable with his counterparts Xavier Woods and Big E.

When he faces Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania 35, it will be the culmination of a story that’s focussed on how much work Kofi has put in for a WWE Title opportunity. In honor of that, we’ll go back through Kofi’s career. We’ll touch on some of the highlights, including his debut in WWE’s ECW revival, his feud and de-push with Randy Orton and the original formation of the team that pushed him to new heights.

The Three Count

Kefin put over Big E’s tweet about RAW.

Danielle put over Kofi Kingston’s fan-made ‘Monster’ video.

Lindsey put over Rhea Ripley seeing snow for the first time.

Hal put over Ricochet and Aleister Black’s match against the Revival.

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford, Lindsey Kelk and Kefin Mahon.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 136: ‘S’ is for "Smile" w/ Matthew Gaydos

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Matthew Gaydos

Happy #MaxFunDrive! For our second episode of the week, Hal, Danielle and Lindsey are joined by Matthew Gaydos. He’s the host of the "I Love It" podcast. One thing that he loves is wrestling. Growing up his family was not very well off, financially; but they still managed to watch a number of wrestling PPV’s (he’s not sure if those two facts are at all related).

The panel will get into everything from the week in wrestling. That includes the highs like Kofi Kingston finally getting his WWE Title against Daniel Bryan; and the confirmation that Charlotte Flair vs. Ronda Rousey vs. Becky Lynch will be the closing match at WrestleMania!

Unfortunately, it also means looking at the worst things that happened this week. Like Asuka losing her Smackdown Women’s title to Charlotte. Does that inherently devalue the title? Or does having both brand’s championships in the main event help raise the stakes?

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The Three Count

Matthew put over Dean Ambrose on the "Major Wrestling Figure" Podcast.

Danielle put over Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon discussing their WrestleMania ladder match.

Lindsey put over Nikki Bella’s retirement announcement.

Hal put over Elias and Finn Balor rendition fo ‘Shallows.’

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford, Lindsey Kelk and Matthew Gaydos

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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Tights and Fights Ep. 130: A Squared Safe Space w/ Matthew Klein

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Guests: 
Matthew Klein

This week Danielle and Lindsey are joined by Matthew Klein! He’s the VP of sales and marketing for Valiant Comics. Matthew has some vivid memories of wrestling from throughout his life; so vivid that he’s willing to share them with anyone, even his therapist.

The team will focus on Elimination Chamber, the second to last PPV before WrestleMania.

The highlight of the show was Kofi Kingston narrowly coming up short for his first WWE Championship in the main event. Even though some have shrugged this off as a band wagon situation, the panel vehemently disagrees and will explain why Kofi has always been ready to be in this position.

Plus, there were tons of NXT stars who made their debuts on RAW and Smackdown this week. While it’s not clear how Ricochet, Johnny Gargano, Tommaso Ciampa and Aleister Black will be used going forward, they made a great impression that should bode well for their continued success.

All of this, plus the latest on Becky Lynch vs. Ronda Rousey and Charlotte Flair, Chyna’s induction into the WWE Hall of Fame as part of DX and why the main event of WrestleMania is still very much up in the air.

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The Three Count

Matthew put over Daniel Bryan’s promo before the Elimination Chamber.

Lindsey put over the Fighting with my Family.

Danielle put over Cody Rhodes’ potential plans for WrestleMania weekend.

Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford, Lindsey Kelk and Matthew Klein.

Produced by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

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