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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…
 
The BSB are here to break down and preview one of the most prestigious events in the world of professional wrestling today, AAW pro's Jim Lynam Memorial Tournament! The fourth annual JLMT is mere moments away and Basil Mahmud, Trent Zuberi, and Nate Speckman look at a match by match rundown of night 1 and offer unswayed predictions of each and take…
 
Basil and Trent are back this week without a net! It's been a soft lull in the Chicago scene as we build up to quite possibly the biggest weekend of the wrestling calendar at the end of August taking place in our very town! We discuss Trent's band HEMI getting another slot in an IMPACT Wrestling commerical, this time for Bound for Glory coming up o…
 
The annual BSB/2 Heels and a Face Hot Tag podcast is here! For the second year in a row the Backstage Boys joined our friends 2 Heels and a Face to break down the highly anticipated AAW Jim Lynam Memorial Tournament! Yes we were missing members of both parties due to scheduling conflicts but that didn’t stop Trent Zuberi, Nate Speckman, Rob Malinow…
 
It’s Destination Milwaukee and we are back from the land of cheese and dairy to break down the big show from the Turner Hall Ballroom as AAW made their Wisconsin debut on July 12th 2019!So while Basil and Trent forgot that this show marks one year of doing this podcast we did a deep dive into Destination Milwaukee with a match by match review and a…
 
The Backstage Boys Basil Mahmud, Trent Zuberi, Rob Malinowski, and Nate Speckman are back to preview AAW's debut in Wisconsin for the upcoming Destination Milwaukee show!Full match listing and analysis along with our picks on who we think will come away with each match. We also recap Basil's weekend shooting for Freelance Wrestling, MLW, and IMPACT…
 
AAW's Never Say Die is in the books and the Backstage Boys, Basil Mahmud and Trent Zuberi are joined by referee Nate Speckman to break the show down match by match with expert analysis, insider takes, and a hell of a lot of connection problems! The show featured a Loser Leaves AAW match between Mance Warner and Jimmy Jacobs, the three-way tag team …
 
It’s preview time! AAW’s Never Say Die is coming up and The Backstage Boys are here with your official preview! We take a look at whats on deck for the big show that kicks off the Summer live from 115 Bourbon Street! We have some big matches on deck with AAW Heavyweight Champion Sami Callihan getting ready to face a mystery opponent, LAX defending …
 
Two weeks in a row? Looks like the BSB is back on track after the debacle known as May 2019! Basil and Trent are back this week joined by fellow ZMT member, Filmmaker Rob Malinowski to discuss a variety of topics including the release of his critically acclaimed film, "And Then There Was King" The Story of Eddie Kingston,Of course in typical BSB fa…
 
It's been a long time, a way way way long time, 27 days to be exact since we last dropped a podcast but we're sorry! We really are! However a soon as you hear this show you'll see why! The BSB of Basil and Trent were busy, super busy as were our ZMT compadres Rob Malinowski and Nate Speckman! We were all over the place between Austin, Texas to Phil…
 
AAW's Take No Prisoners 2019 is in the books and already our favorite show of the year! Basil and Trent are here this week to break down the show match by match and provide full background and analysis on the card and even some insider information. What else would you expect from the Backstage Boys?It was truly a memorable night that saw new champi…
 
We had a week off and things got a little nuts! Basil and Trent were traveling to Philly for Impact Wrestling and special guest this week, filmmaker Rob Malinowski wrapped up and premiered his new David Starr film "MASTRMIND" at Marz Brewery in Chicago! After all that we are back this week and headed right into another chaotic weekend consisting of…
 
Well this has been one hell of a damn week! We had angry fans, frustrated promoters, defensive wrestlers, and two production guys who had enough and are using their podcast to vent it all out! Basil and Trent saw and heard a lot this week and are letting it loose after what they had to witness this week!No show talk, no hype talk, no review, only l…
 
AAW's EPIC 2019 - The 15th year anniversary show is in the books and my my what a 15 years it has been! On a show marred with scheduling issues and missing talent not only did the locker room step up to deliver one of the most memorable shows of the year thus far but so did the production crew to make this night extremely special and to give back t…
 
Wrestlemania week aka hell week is OVER and Basil is back from shooting his 4,786th show in a week to break down all the insanity that went on New York while Trent's carrier along the narration and asks the hard hitting questions like "exactly how much DID you spend on Ubers this week" The answer was $400, yikes!We discuss GCW Bloodsport, Joey Jane…
 
Tis the season for Wrestlemania! What a crazy week coming up for one half of the Backstage Boys as Basil not only worked the Rise and Glory Pro shows leading into Mania week but he's also heading out to New York to be a part of the insanity of the biggest week of pro wrestling of the year!The Boys discuss what went on this past weekend at Rise and …
 
The Backstage Boys are back and this week we are once again joined by filmmaker Rob Malinowski who comes in to talk about some of his recent projects at AAW and what is coming up in the future of film from his end.We also talk about the recent trip Trent, Rob, and Nate took to Windsor, Ontario Canada to attend the IMPACT Wrestling tapings and some …
 
What a hell of a weekend in Chicago! Tons of professional wrestling that included debuts, returns, title changes, and farewells! We kicked things off with Warrior Wrestling 4 at Marion Catholic High School for a supercard of epic proportions and crescendo'd with an incredible AAW Hell Hath No Fury 2019!We touch on WW4 briefly as Basil was on site b…
 
Chicago wrestling stayed busy as always with MLW making their return to the Cicero Stadium on March 2nd 2019 for Intimidation Games where Basil was taking photos and being right in the mix for the night. We also run down the card for Freelance Wrestling's Thrill Your Idols coming up on March 8th 2019 from the Logan Square Auditorium and while Trent…
 
Everybody loves a good surprise right? Well did we ever give the fans a surprise at The Art of War 2019! A complete capacity crowd at the Logan Square Auditorium was treated to a special kind of run in when AEW's very own, the Young Bucks hit the lights and snuck into an AAW ring to confront the Lucha Brothers, Pentagon and Fenix! Needless to say i…
 
Late night pods and why? Because it took us until the Thursday night at 11pm before the Saturday show to realize that we never did a preview episode for AAW's The Art of War 2019! But alas Trent called Basil at 11pm, woke him up, angered him in the process, and made him lay this down so here we are!The Art of War 2019 is SOLD THE F OUT and now we a…
 
The stars at night are big and bright...DEEP IN THE HEART OF TEXAS! We are back from Austin, Texas and the Backstage Boys did not come alone this week! We have Referee Nate Speckman joining Trent & Basil to discuss AAW's Lucha City Limits that took place on February 8th 2019 live from Austin, Texas and aired on the Highspots Network! It was an incr…
 
AAW's Final Stand is in the books and your favorite Backstage Boys, Trent Zuberi and Basil Mahmud are back to break it all down but we didn't come alone! This week's show is joined by the Steven Spielberg of AAW, the man behind the movies and the one bringing you the incredible visuals over the last half year, Rob Malinowski. Alongside him we are j…
 
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