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The Backstage Boys are back and this week we have a TON to discuss! We look at AAW's United We Stand 2021 where Trent made his return to the commentary table for what is being said to be one of the best storytelling shows of the year along with Basil being in Philly for MLW's big return to the ECW Arena! Full show reviews and breakdowns plus whats …
 
It's episode 93 and the Backstage Boys are off a huge weekend of Six Flags, and Cracker Barrel plus professional wrestling ring announcer, graphic designer, video editor, camera man, creative director, and every other title you can imagine, J. Rose joins us to talk independent wrestling and what's coming up as the indie wrestling world begins to op…
 
The Backstage Boys, Basil & Trent are back this week and after Chicago opened up last week they are off to the races with full calendars and full plates of projects.This week they are talking Trent at AAW's Crush and Destroy 2021 and all the behind the scenes happenings going on as we now head to 3 weeks of #AAWALIVE airings and United We Stand in …
 
It's starting to feel normal again! Independent and television professional wrestling is back with fans and in full force as things begin to open up at a steady clip which means the Backstage Boys, Basil & Trent are busier than ever!We discuss the recent string of AAW Alive shows leading up to Crush and Destroy along with Warrior Wrestling's Stadiu…
 
The Backstage Boys, Basil & Trent are back this week to discuss AAW's Take No Prisoners and AEW's Blood and Guts! The boys were each on site for both of these events so tune in to get the behind-the-scenes take on each show and what went into them!We discuss production and what went on to bring both shows to life plus what we can expect from both c…
 
No harm, no foul it's a free for all show! It's a bit of an off-week here at the BSB camp, one of those weeks where nothing is really going on so we kind of just...talk? We go down the list of some general happenings as we await Basil's next round of AEW tapings and Trent's next round of AAW Alive tapings so we set it up and knock 'em down with som…
 
The Backstage Boys, Trent and Basil are back and this week we are ALIVE! Trent discusses the big AAW Alive episodes IV, V, VI tapings along with all the fallout and production behind the scenes from that as well as Basil giving a recap of his most recent AEW on-site experience in Florida!Lots going on in the world of professional wrestling as more …
 
We seem to love referees around here and this week is no different! The Backstage Boys, Basil & Trent are back this week and we are sitting down with referee Daniel Spencer of IMPACT Wrestling and the legendary OVW (Ohio Valley Wrestling) to hear his story! It's been one hell of a year but Daniel has been busy going from OVW to getting an opportuni…
 
Indies are coming back in Chicago! With the announcement of a full year schedule for AAW Pro and Warrior Wrestling's Stadium Series this Summer, Basil & Trent discuss how the reboot of the industry will feel and what promotions need to do in order to not only regain momentum but also keep it after what has been one of the most difficult times in th…
 
The Revolution will be televised...and it was! Basil is now officially working for AEW (All Elite Wrestling) and has made a few loops to Jacksonville, Florida for not only AEW Dynamite and AEW Dark tapings but he was also present for the big AEW Revolution ppv! The BSB sit down to discuss the live experience at AEW, how it differs from previous org…
 
The Backstage Boys Trent & Basil are back live this week and joined by Referee Dan Perch! Perch, as he is affectionately known is a fixture on the Midwest independent wrestling scene, especially in his native Wisconsin which we get to hear a lot more about.Wisconsin has a rich wrestling history and it's often overlooked these days but Perch is here…
 
The Backstage Boys Trent & Basil are back live this week and joined by Referee Nate Speckman once again for a special look at Limitless Wrestling's upcoming premiere of The Road on February 24th as well as their next big show Double Vision on March 19th 2021!He is the third corner to our triangle and one of the beloved #ZMT boys so it's always a pl…
 
Chicago is stuck in a snowglobe AND there's no independent wrestling here due to the lockdown so what the hell are we going to talk about? Well have no fear, we have some EXTREMELY special guests on episode 82 of The Backstage Boys Podcast this week as we welcome the infamous Wrestling with Unicorns!Martin and Jonathan have created a brand that has…
 
The Backstage Boys, Basil & Trent and here to kick off February to discuss all of whats going on in our worlds when it comes to professional wrestling and how the outlook for 2021 is with the world beginning to open back up.Is there news to report? Maybe! We are also joined last minute by "Compadre" Cris Romero of the 2 Heels and Face podcast to di…
 
The Backstage Boys, Basil & Trent are back this week and we are joined by a very special guest! He's the man behind the Smash this Podcast empire and a co-host on Total Nonstop IMPACT, a guy who has been a fixture on the professional wrestling podcast scene for 8 years and one of the most solid anchormen in the game today, Jaybone! He's usually got…
 
Jean-Claude Van Damme, Steven Seagal, Chuck Norris, Jet Li, Jackie Chan, and The Karate Man!? It's true, the hottest martial arts sensation on the planet drops by to discuss his origins, his influences, and his upcoming match against Ethan Page at IMPACT Wrestling's Hard to Kill on January 16th 2021! One must follow the ancient art of concentration…
 
Happy New Year! The Backstage Boys, Basil & Trent are back in 2021 with our first guest to kick off the new year, AEW Photographer Speedy Ruiz of Speedy Photos!We talk to Speedy not only about professional wrestling photography and what it's importance and climate is in the industry today compared to what it once was but also about shooting during …
 
The Backstage Boys Trent & Basil are back live this week and we are joined by an extremely special guest as we discuss the importance and power of social media in professional wrestling, the head of IMPACT Wrestling's social media team, Mr. Garrett Kidney!Garrett has been the driving force behind what has been the greatest growth in IMPACT Wrestlin…
 
The Backstage Boys Trent & Basil are back live this week and joined by Referee Nate Speckman once again for this special Christmas week episode!We talk to Referee Nate about this past weekend's Limitless Wrestling Vacationland Cup 2020 that he worked that garnered a lot of buzz with the independent wrestling community as well as what we all have pl…
 
The Backstage Boys, Trent & Basil are joined by Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) Editor-in-Chief Kevin McElvaney on tonight's live broadcast for an exclusive interview and discussion! The gents discuss a variety of topics from the PWI 500 to the professional wrestling climate in 2020 and everything in between!Join us for this special interview with …
 
The Backstage Boys Trent & Basil are joined by Referee Nate Speckman for their first LIVE broadcast on Twitch and Youtube!We talk a variety of topics including what Referee Nate Speckman has been up to since leaving Chicago and working for Limitless Wrestling in Maine as well as a little background of the show for new listeners and how we are takin…
 
It's been a while but the Backstage Boys are back with an all-new episode! We had a TON to catch up on and we somehow condensed it into an hour! Basil & Trent discuss the October road trip to Nashville for the IMPACT Wrestling Bound for Glory tapings and the incredible and memorable experience that it was along with the hectic schedule of coming ba…
 
The Backstage Boys, Basil and Trent are back this week to discuss the rebooting of independent pro wrestling in the midst of the pandemic as more shows are added and the hotbed of Chicago has turned things up even more this month! Warrior Wrestling has come off their highly successful Stadium Series as AAW announced their new set of shows until the…
 
The doors of the world are creaking open just a little, not too much, just a tad so that a little pro wrestling can return here and there and the Backstage Boys, Basil & Trent are here to discuss it! The BSB get together to discuss promotions being creative during one of the most challenging times in not only the history of the industry but also th…
 
The Backstage Boys, Trent, Basil, and Nate are back to break down the critically acclaimed IMPACT Wrestling PPV, Slammiversary 2020! Basil was on site for the historic event doing photos while Trent and Nate watched live.We go through each match while discussing what lead up to it all as the brilliance of the perfectly psychological booking leading…
 
The Backstage Boys, Basil & Trent are back this week with a multitude of topics and probably some of the best segways of topics known to podcast man! We discuss the highly controversial #SpeakingOut movement that hit professional wrestling last week and how the domino effect of it hit everything from the majors to the indies. We also discuss the re…
 
There's a whole lot of nothing going on! Well, maybe a little but not a lot in the world of pro wrestling BUT since Basil works for IMPACT Wrestling we at least have that to talk about to kick things off!We somehow blend this talk into discussing the Squared Circle Restaurant that has been gone for years and crying about how no one has picked up th…
 
The Backstage Boys, Basil and Trent are still stuck in quarantine so what better thing to do than get Referee Nate Speckman and do a mini watchalong to AAW's Destination Milwaukee from July 12th 2019!Since we never get to watch the shows we work we picked a few of our favorite matches from the exciting Destination Milwaukee from Turner Hall in Milw…
 
The Backstage Boys, Basil & Trent are back and this week they didn’t come alone! We are joined by our good friends from the 2 Heels and A Face podcast, Charley and Cris as we look at historic AAW matches in this very special edition of the “Hot Tag” series!What is the “Hot Tag you ask? Well what we do is split the show between the two podcasts wher…
 
The Backstage Boys Basil, Trent, and Nate are locked down and we are bored as hell! We find some wrestling related things to talk about but mostly take a backstage approach to the creative ways promotions are staying relevant during the shutdown and best practices to keep branding as high as you can.We also discuss Basil's trip down for the IMPACT …
 
With no shows during the industry shutdown as a result of COVID-19 / Coronavirus the BSB Basil Mahmud and Trent Zuberi, joined by Referee Nate Speckman and "Polish" Rob Malinowski, decided to try something new and have a watchalong for a few highlighted matches from a recently uploaded free event from AAW Pro, the Windy City Classic XI from 2015! W…
 
The world has sadly been hit extremely hard with a global pandemic that has affected the lives of countless individuals globally. The devastation to thousands of businesses worldwide has been one of the strongest economic downturns of our lifetimes and the professional wrestling business wasn't any exception. Everyone from the top down of our busin…
 
The BSB are back and with a little different approach this week. We are talking about the production aspect of the show in various facets with an open-ended format. No specific show, no specific promotion, no specific characters but rather the template of independent wrestling.Trent & Basil look at character development within and independent wrest…
 
The Backstage Boys Trent, Basil, and Nate are back this week to discuss a variety of things that went down this week! Basil worked AEW's Revolution weekend in Chicago at C2E2 and the Wintrust Arena, Trent filmed the pilot episode of his new AAW series "REDEFINED" and Nate furthered his training at the Freelance Academy.On top of all that we fit in …
 
The Backstage Boys Basil, Trent, and Nate are back this week to break down AAW Pro's Art of War 2020 live from The Logan Square Auditorium!The Art of War is said to be one of the most memorable shows in AAW history and is being seen as a turning point event with the amount of new talent, storylines, and aesthetics the company displayed for the show…
 
The Backstage Boys are back with Trent Zuberi, Basil Mahmud, Nate Speckman breaking down Warrior Wrestling 8 that took place on February 15th 2020!Nate and Basil were on site for the big show that featured talent from nearly every major promotion in the country as well as international talent and special attractions!We go match by match and look at…
 
The Backstage Boys, Basil & Trent are back this week with stomachs full of copious amounts of sushi and ready to get distracted off any little thought that pops in our head as we try and navigate a review of Freelance Wrestling's Send in the Clowns!We also discuss recent AAW Pro happenings and projects we have both been working on and again get so …
 
It's a new year and it's a New Dawn for AAW and the Backstage Boys Trent, Basil, and Nate are back to break down the show that has set the tone for 2020! In what is being called the premiere show for the year, AAW filled itwith intricate storylines, debuts, returns, and epic matches that are ushering in a new era for the company and the BSB are her…
 
The BSB are back in full force this week as Trent, Basil, and Nate sit down to recap the big IMPACT Wrestling Hard to Kill weekend in Dallas, Texas! We were there for all the festivities that included the Arlington Brawl fanfest and showcase as well as the historic Hard to Kill pay per view live from the Bomb Factory. Lots of amazing moments for th…
 
The Backstage Boys are back with a preview of AAW’s A New Dawn taking place on January 24th 2020 as AAW kicks off the new year with an action packed show!Basil is out sick this week so Trent is joined by the one and only Referee Nate Speckman to break down the card and give some insider analysis.Be sure to use our exclusive promo code BSBSHOW for $…
 
HAPPY NEW YEAR! We kick off 2020 with one of the most anticipated episodes of the BSB! It was the biggest show of the year for AAW Pro and the guys behind the scenes are here to break it all down as the Backstage Boys of Basil Mahmud and Trent Zuberi are joined by ZMT brother and head referee Nate Speckman to discuss the 15th annual Windy City Clas…
 
Season 2 is officially underway with a huge episode! Did we really go 90+ minutes you ask? We sure as hell did but we had a lot of ground to cover! Not only did we give a react to Warrior Wrestling 7 but also previewed the upcoming AAW Windy City Classic 15 with a full show analysis on each announced match!We also got into our upcoming travel for I…
 
We made it! ONE YEAR of The Backstage Boys podcast in the books....and only took us a year and a half! Episode 52 has dropped and we are considering this the one year anniversary so it lines up with with 52 weeks!Basil and Trent are so honored to have met so many new friends, made amazing connections, and invited you all behind the scenes with us a…
 
Long breaks are bad but they aren't bad when we are busy and making cool stuff happen! The Backstage Boys Basil and Trent are back and we finally got some time to sit down and talk about everything thats been going on as well as preview AAW's Unstoppable show and Basil's recent AEW experience working on some special projects!Join us as we discuss a…
 
The Backstage Boys Basil and Trent are coming off one of the busiest weekend's of the year and are here to recap the huge IMPACT Wrestling Bound for Glory weekend!The BSB were not only at Prelude to Glory, All Glory, and Bound for Glory but they were working the shows, wheeling and dealing, and making things happen at all 3 events between Basil's p…
 
The Backstage Boys Basil and Trent are back this week to talk about one of the busiest professional wrestling weekends of the year, Bound for Glory weekend! Not only are the BSB attending each show, Prelude to Glory, All Glory, and Bound for Glory but they are working too! Basil will be ringside taking photos while Trent and his band HEMI will be p…
 
The Backstage Boys, Trent Zuberi and Basil Mahmud are back this week to break down AAW Pro's Defining Moment 2019 and discuss the backstage happenings covering everything from production to execution and even a shoot fight between the BSB themselves!?We also look at the huge October in Chicago wrestling coming up with IMPACT Wrestling's Bound for G…
 
The Backstage Boys, Basil & Trent are here for a last minute episode to get not only a review of Glory Pro's Thunderstruck show but also a preview of AAW Pro's Defining Moment 2019! We not only give a match by match preview of the show but we also go into great detail about our ridiculously blown tire on the way to Glory Pro that had us stranded fo…
 
The Backstage Boys, Basil, Trent and Nate are back this week to talk about...nothing! Yes, this was like an episode of Seinfeld, ladies & Gentlemen, a show about nothing BUT we managed to sprinkle in a preview of our upcoming road trip to see Glory Pro Wrestling this coming Sunday in St. Louis!We also touch on a myriad of various topics, various in…
 
The 4th annual Jim Lynam Memorial Tournament is in the books and the Backstage Boys Basil Mahmud and Trent Zuberi are here to break it all down for you!On what was one of the biggest professional wrestling weekends of the year with AEW's All Out, Starrcast 3, GCW and Warrior Wrestling 6 rounding joining in AAW's JLMT double shot, there was plenty g…
 
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