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A podcast of fights and feels. A biweekly NXT review show for would-be wrestling fans who don't know where to start, and current wrestling fans who want to relive the magic of that first time. This podcast is unofficial and not associated or affiliated with World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ("WWE") in any way.
 
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It's Saturday and you know what that means! The third episode of The AEW Wrestling Fan covering Full Gear 2022 -- or rather, ironically, HALF of Full Gear -- the PPV that originally aired November 19th, 2022. This episode gives us the long-awaited return of The Elite, as well as the wrestling return and AEW debut of Saraya. Also in this episode! Ca…
 
Have you ever found yourself slipping into the role of imposter? Have you been duped by a pretender, a conniver, a phony? Did life compel you to orchestrate a ruse, engage in subterfuge, run a con? We’ve all had to alter our personalities to fit in, get by, or measure up but what happens if the deceit goes too far or is used against you? Storytelle…
 
It's Saturday and you know what what means! The second episode of The AEW Wrestling Fan covering the episode of Rampage that originally aired on November 18th, 2022. This episode introduces Kris not only to the heart of what AEW is, but also to the secrets of his own heart. Also in this episode! The art of brawl-walking The dislocation of commentar…
 
It's Saturday and you know what that means! It's time for the AEW Wrestling Fan covering the episode of AEW Dynamite that originally aired on November 16th, 2022. This episode throws Kris Newton headlong into the go-home show for Full Gear. Don't worry, Kris has a whole different go-home show after this one to help get him up to speed, but in the m…
 
The NXT Wrestling Fan returns in roughly six weeks to tell the tale of Sami Zayn's journey through Golden Age NXT! In the meantime, we have to say goodbye to one of our very oldest friends here on the podcast. We also say hello to the new permanent (and familiar) co-host that will guide us through to the conclusion of The NXT Wrestling Fan. As we w…
 
The eighth annual Cagematch arrives in your podcatcher as the legends foretold! Cagemas is a time for family, a time for self-reflection, and a time for watching an ill-advised amount of Nicholas Cage movies in an artificially compressed amount of time. To honor this spirit, Kit got us all to explore the whimsical version of Arizona that is Raising…
 
Awake again, no shut-eye or rest even though I try my best. Insomnia, that dreaded companion. Tried calming music, melatonin, and meditation- but all I get is aggravation. Relaxing and breathing, no electronics, “highly-recommended” herbal tonics. Yet insomnia has settled in, invisible and inescapable. Will I ever fall asleep? How I long for one th…
 
Real talk: When I (Miles) originally started talking to MeganBob about doing this podcast, I knew that two things needed to happen: We needed to start with Sami Zayn's debut, and we needed to, at the very least, make it to NXT Takeover: R Evolution. Getting past R Evolution would be great (and don't worry, we will) but as long as we made it there, …
 
We're almost there. We're SO CLOSE. And we have so many appetizers to dig into before the main course! The episode of NXT that originally aired on December 4th, 2014, is the go-home show for NXT Takeover: R Evolution, and while other feuds are fractionally furthered and we take delight in various small moments througout the show, it's the final con…
 
The episode of NXT that originally aired on November 27th, 2014, is...strangely devoid of Sami Zayn and Adrian Neville? Huh. That's kind of weird for this time period. But it's still compelling, as we get to catch up on a few of NXT's other storylines, with developments that include: The Continued Adventures Of Jason Jordan, Wrestling Detective Tyl…
 
Survivors, men and women of steel, getting away with murder. Invulnerable, untouchable (or maybe vulnerable, prone, and touchable). Perhaps, like this episode, refusing to just go away and be forgotten, insisting on being seen and heard no matter the circumstances. Bulletproof! Storytellers include: Sharon Schneiderman Bob Finn Anna Darian Terry Ah…
 
The episode of NXT that originally aired on November 20th, 2014, isn't exactly a four-course meal — more like a bunch of single-serving h'orderves followed by an absolutely massive and sumptuous dessert. But there's still plenty to talk about in the early parts of the episode (Bayley getting advice from Charlotte that she's definitely going to igno…
 
At long last, the moment has come! To cover the episode of NXT that originally aired on November 13th, 2014, we are joined by none other than MeganBob's husband, Neal Butler! Now, this is normally where we put the whole bulleted list of things we talk about on the episode, but to be honest, we mostly just talk about Finn Balor, who is ridiculously …
 
The episode of NXT that originally aired on November 6th, 2014, has many things to recommend it (most of which happen backstage) but we only have eyes for the debuting Finn Balor and his omnipresent dick. We dare you to look at anything else when he's on-screen, which fortunately is only at the end of the episode, so at least we have a few other th…
 
He doesn't actually appear on the episode of NXT that originally aired on October 30th, 2014, but he's here to talk about it with us, and we couldn't be happier! And by "he," we mean former NXT wrestler AJ Ryder, aka Troy McClain! AJ joins us for the entire show, breaking down Sami Zayn's latest redemption roadblocks, Hideo Itami's inexplicable dec…
 
It's nearly inconceivable, but we have reached 75 episodes! As MeganBob quite astutely points out, that's three quarters of the way to 100 (the numbers don't lie)! There's only one way to celebrate such a milestone: watching Adrian Neville tell Sami Zayn "We all know you can't win the big one." Ouch. Sick Shire burn, bro. Of course, that's not the …
 
We have finally arrived at the episode of NXT that originally aired on October 16th, 2014. And that means that we have finally arrived at the official beginning of Sami Zayn's Road to Redemption! So naturally, we brought in Annie Craton of Crooked Russian Cam, because she knows basically nothing about wrestling. And it's a blast. Topics of conversa…
 
Hi all, we are so sorry, but unfortunately there is no new episode of The NXT Wrestling Fan this week. We hope that after listening to our explanation, you'll understand and forgive us, and we promise that in two weeks, you will have Episode #74 in your hands, and we will be back to normal from there (except for the fact that every episode for a wh…
 
Episode #73 is here to give you a big 'ol hug, which you probably need after watching the episode of NXT that originally aired on October 9th, 2014, aka "The One Where Sami Loses to Titus O'Neill." Yes, that's a thing that happened. It's an outrage. But of course, it needed to happen. Also in this episode: MeganBob's secret "large people tossing ar…
 
Numbers are empirical and magical, rigid and flexible, and every part of every day of everybody’s life. They are an exact and a pseudo-science. I’m a six in numerology and a 9 on the Enneagram. They’re frustrating and fun, if you’re keeping score or stats. They can point to a buried treasure on a map, or mark an anniversary, like this show marks Od…
 
Episode #72 is here and coming in hot, and honestly, if this one doesn't make you a fan of our show, you might be out of opportunities. Just like Tyson Kidd on the episode of NXT that originally aired on October 2nd, 2014! Highlights include: Selling on offense, explained (and demonstrated by Bayley) The collective noun for a group of referees The …
 
Even getting our heads shaved and having to put on terrible wigs wouldn't be enough to stop us from covering the episode of NXT that originally aired on September 25th, 2014, in which Jason Albert takes a stand for bald people everywhere! Also on this episode: The maturation of the Bayley character Charlotte is apparently a babyface now Why MeganBo…
 
Takeover: Fatal 4-Way is in the rearview mirror, which means it's time for the fallout! There's a lot going on in the episode of NXT that originally aired on September 18th, 2014, and there's a lot going on in our episode covering it, including: The NXT Championship continues to be very much the One Ring The Ascension are finally in a storyline Tys…
 
Nice! And fittingly, the Takeover Fatal Four-Way that originally aired on September 11th, 2014 was also very nice! Having Elle Collins along to join us made it even better yet! So what's in store on this chonker of an episode? Well produced stuff versus chaotic dumbness Losing to a random guy Enzo Amore is a scumbag THE FORBIDDEN DOOR Soft-Butch Jo…
 
We've almost arrived at Takeover 2: Takeover Boogaloo, and while the go-home show this time around features all four NXT title contenders in action, another confrontation between Bayley and Charlotte, and the finals of the #1 contender's tag team tournament, the real main event is a trip to a hair salon. Other subjects that come up as we cover the …
 
No matter how well you hide, you can't escape the penetrating gaze of the episode of NXT that originally aired on August 28th, 2014. Or at least, our coverage of it! Topics of conversation include: There's a new NXT General Manager and it's WILLIAM BY GOD REGAL Sarotiral speculation The women's division is actually getting a real feud for once, fin…
 
Apologies for the sound quality in Episode #66 - beyond some technical difficulties we had in recording this one, Miles was also recovering from COVID, so he might not sound entirely like his usual foul-mouthed anti-capitalist self. Fortunately, we have some back-up in the form of Kam Servo, who's here to bring her unique perspective on wrestling t…
 
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