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Rich Sigwald & Tim Hackman

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Two nerdy librarians aim to preserve the art form that is Professional Wrestling by watching old shows and discussing their place in the lore. They also interview wrestlers and wrestling personalities to share their story and have conversations on topics relating to the pro wrestling community.
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We stayed up past our bedtime to have the opportunity to talk with the legendary Jesús Ricardo Rodriguez. He shares his incredible story that took him around the world twice over. We talk about his introduction to the business, his love for Eddie Guerrero, and his meteoric rise to fame as the personal ring announcer and valet to the WWE/World Heavy…
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Alright, you've been having a pretty killer summer. In an exchange with your mom, you watched (and secretly enjoyed) "A League of Their Own." In this bargain, you got to go see "Batman Returns." Your dad said no to "Lethal Weapon 3," but felt bad so he secretly took you to see "Encino Man" because Pauly Shore is so funny!!! In the lobby of the movi…
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It's January 1990. You're happy they've finally stopped playing that dang Christmas song by Band Aid and you are fully jamming to Hangin' Tough by New Kids on the Block. Most Sundays you have to decide between America's Funniest Home Videos or ALF. But, not this Sunday. You were really good and did your chores and washed your grandma's feet so your…
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It's the most wonderful time of the year! It's WrestleMania week, and since Tim and Rich have a real soft spot for the showcase of the immortals, it's time for them to make their predictions, get everything wrong, and have fun while doing it. Sure, they get distracted easily and go off on tangents, but what do you expect when WWE insists on making …
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It's April 7, 2014. You've turned off Happy by Pharrell Williams so you can sit down for the next four hours and watch WrestleMania from the SuperDome, not the SilverDome (Looking at you Hulk Hogan). You have on your Obama-esque "YES!" shirt. Everything seems normal and routine. They parade out last generation's superstars. They wheel out the new m…
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If you're a wrestling fan from the late 90's, you already know why we're doing an episode on this event. June 28, 1998, Pittsburgh, PA. Wrestling changes. Whether it's for the best or the worst, that's up for debate. What we do know is that it saved the WWF and secured the win for Vince McMahon in the Monday Night Wars with Ted Turner. While we def…
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The Greek God Papadon blessed Tim and Rich with his presence in a no holds barred interview that talked about everything. One thing I can tell you, this God among men loves Star Wars and hates thigh slapping. This interview gets raucous as we discuss his 3-way match against Dirty Money and Chris Slade next week at Virginia Championship Wrestling's …
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Tim and Rich flashback to Texas in 1984. Tragedy had struck the Von Erich family in February when David Von Erich was stricken with an intestinal illness and passed away while on tour in Japan. Fritz, the patriarch and promoter of World Class Championship Wrestling assembled a super card in his honor with the main event being Ric Flair vs Kerry Von…
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One of the most notorious and infamous wrestling shows ever. In 1995, six months before the start of the Monday Night Wars, WCW decided to bring peace and harmony through violence. The great Antonio Inoki contacted Eric Bischoff with the terrible idea of taking professional wrestling to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, street name North K…
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Hey y'all we made a friend! The Hoss of all Hosses and former Virginia Championship Wrestling United States Champion, Devantes stops by to have a chat. He's been burned by his former manager, scum of the Earth Neil Sharkey, and is looking for vengeance. While we do talk a lot of wrestling, our boy is from Philly, so that leaves us with no choice bu…
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Look, some strange stuff has happened over the years in pro wrestling; Mae Young birthing a hand, the Gobbledy Gooker, Kane beating up Pete Rose, but nothing has become quite as infamous or part of the wrestling lore as Capital Combat '90: The Return of RoboCop. Tim and Rich break down this show which had a pretty solid card for an early WCW show. …
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New Year, new show name! New guest! We welcome Celine Dion's favorite pro wrestler to the Archives, Vince Valor. While skimming the socials, Rich picked up a distress call from Vince Valor. Vince had recently suffered a devasting injury and was needing support and was offering to do interviews since he couldn't do any ring work. The Invincible One …
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Here we are, at the end of 2023. A year dominated by wrestling drama. In what has become a tradition, we sat down and had a talk about the wrestling year that was 2023. The high spots, the low spots, those we lost, those we gained. The people we talked to, the stories we shared. The matches we loved and the ones we didn't. It's been an incredible y…
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As we say farewell to the name "All The WrestleManias," another icon of the wrestling business is saying farewell. Though we talked for almost 2 hours, we barely scratched the surface of the story of the man that is George Pantas. You may not have heard of George, but everyone that you have heard of has heard of him. George is the source of some of…
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It is our pleasure to give to you this interview of wrestling royalty. David Crockett is the son of Jim Crockett, Sr. who created an entertainment empire in the south, but is most famous for running the "Charlotte" territory in wrestling, better known as Mid-Atlantic Wrestling/Jim Crockett Promotions/NWA/World Championship Wrestling. He came to us …
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With the new year upon us, we felt it was time for a fresh coat of paint, so to speak. Our scope has expanded so much from just covering WrestleManias that the name is feeling restrictive. Starting in the 2024, we will become known as "The Wrestling Archives!" We discuss why we're making this change and some of the great content we have coming soon…
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This week we sit down with the other half of the VCW tag team champs, the man hailing from a gated community within a gated community, Logan Easton Laroux. Logan is hanging it up, leaving his boots in the ring, and walking away from the business (well, unless a large contract comes his way). He may only be 33 years old, but he's been working the sq…
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We hop in the time machine and drive up I-95 to 2300 South Swanson Street in Philadelphia to bear witness to 1997's ECW Barely Legal, Extreme Championship Wrestling's first Pay-Per-View. We are treated to some of the bloodiest, and most violent action we've watched on this podcast. We had to watch through our fingers a few times! But we meet young …
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In a very special episode, we are joined by the head of talent relations AND current co-holder of the Virginia Championship Wrestling Tag Championship, Jonathan "The Reason" Elliott. We talk about a whole lot of stuff, but definitely about VCW's upcoming events in Norfolk and in Alexandria, Virginia. October 7th is the Nightmare on Granby Street an…
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If you paid for WrestleMania 28 due to the tag line, "Once in a Lifetime" you may be owed compensation. In a huge case of deja vu, we're confronted with John Cena vs. The Rock from the Meadowlands, just outside of New York City in swampy New Jersey (everything's legal in New Jersey). Not far from where Aaron Burr shot Alexander Hamilton, Chris Chri…
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When Tim is away, Rich will play! While Tim enjoys the Dutch tropics, Rich toils away endlessly for content to entertain the masses. Rich comes back to you with another episode of Classical Music and Professional Wrestling. This time, Rich digs into circus music, film scores about the founding of Israel, and post-modern American music. Mix in a spr…
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Virginia Championship Wrestling's former World Tag Team champs, the Golden Pinky Society stop by to talk about the upcoming VCW Show on September 2 at Hampton High School. We dive deep into their disgust with friend of the show and VCW Director of Operations, Jerry Stephanitsis. We also talk a little bit about anime and the art of cosplaying, wrest…
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"Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more," as Henry V says in the Shakespeare play. Tim and Rich charge back into the quixotic quest with the the nearly 4-hour bloat that is WrestleMania 28 from sunny Miami, Florida. Ironically given the tag line, "Once in a lifetime," we are greeted by a WrestleMania tradition - a squash match! We have …
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We hop in the ol' WrestleMania Time Machine and warp back to Madison Square Garden on the night of December 17, 1979. We find a strange, mysterious WWF that we're not familiar with; a WWF not owned by Vince K. McMahon dominating the pro wrestling landscape, but a northeastern territory owned by Vincent J. McMahon that has packed the most famous are…
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This week, we have the VCW Director of Operations, Jerry Stephanitsis on the show in advance of his big match for the VCW World Tag Team Championship at the Liberty Lottery on July 29. He regales us with tales of being trained by Lou Thesz and how much of a shooter he is, but Rich isn't having any of it and things get a little heated to the point t…
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This week we welcomed Dr. Marc Ouellette (pronounced Well-ette), associate professor of English from Old Dominion University, to the show. Dr. Marc is a life-long wrestling fan and has published on all bits of pop culture, from video games to professional wrestling and how they intertwine with gender relations and studies. We talked about his 2016 …
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Tim and Rich hop on to YouTube to get back to 1985 and the SuperClash 1985 from Chicago's Comiskey Park. SuperClash, the NWA/AWA/WCCW's response to the first WrestleMania has a star-studded lineup, a big, hot crowd, and some subpar presentation issues. Larry Nelson calls the whole show himself. He barrels through classics like Candi Divine vs Sherr…
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In another installment of the "I Was There" series, we time travel to November of 1995, when Rich attended the Survivor Series. There's discussion of the Kliq, The Bone Street Krew, waiting in line at Ticketmaster at Hechts and not to mention a beautifully violent main event of Diesel (Kevin Nash) vs. Bret "The Hitman" Hart and the first time a wre…
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On this very special episode, we sit down with Mr. Xcellence himself, Brandon Scott. We talk all things wrestling from storytelling and influences to how to deal with the flippy-style guys. He talks what it was like to work with WWE and how does one get called to work as enhancement talent. He shares stories about Arn Anderson, Road Dogg, Billy Gun…
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Time marches on! Tim and Rich sit down to watch WrestleMania 27, which came from Atlanta, Ga in 2011. John Cena, The Miz, Undertaker, HHH, CM Punk, Heath Slater, Jerry Lawler, Randy Orton, and other favorites come together to put on a spectacularly mediocre show. It's the driest of the dry. But, hey! PeeWee Herman is there, so it can't be all that …
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Since Rich took the fam on vacay and Tim has been crazy busy with work stuff, we didn't get to sit down and watch an old show for you, so we thought we'd talk some wrestling news, like the new WWE Heavyweight Championship, the WWE Draft and give a rundown on our thoughts of what to expect at Backlash. Thanks for downloading! Support the boys: http:…
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Some people just like to watch the world burn. This week, we continue our Hulk Hogan retrospective and warp back to July 7, 1996. Rich's 16th birthday. A lackluster card of a pay-per-view from WCW turns into one of the most dramatic and unthinkable moments of professional wrestling history. A meteoric shift happens and we're not talking about Disco…
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On this very special episode of All The WrestleManias, we sit down with the one and only Virginia Championship Wrestling Heavyweight Champion, Boar! The dude is a walking encyclopedia and shares his story with us. We could have talked with this guy all night. He may be Rich's new best friend. Sorry Tim. Thanks for listening! Check out their show in…
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We are amped up for this weekend's WrestleMania 39 from Hollywood, CA! We talk this year's hall of Fame class, then dive into the action! Brock Lesner vs. Omos, Seth Freakin' Rollins vs. Logan Paul. Bianca Belair vs Asuka, Charlotte Flair vs Rhea Ripley. Is this the end of the Bloodline's dominance of the men's wrestling world? Can Sami and Kevin t…
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We finally, after a year, finish the Steamboat vs. Flair trilogy, and we think we saved the best one for last! There's other matches on this show but, really, that's the one that counts. It's exciting, it's relentless, it's exhausting. It's a stunning masterclass of professional wrestling. This show aired the same night as Hulk Hogan vs. Macho Man …
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We continue our exploration of the rise of the phenomenon of Hulkamania. We flash back to St. Paul, Minnesota on April 24, 1983 to the AWA Super Sunday and Hulk Hogan challenging Nick Bockwinkel for the AWA World Championship and how this pivotal match sets in motion the meteoric rise of the Hulkster and the WWF. While Hogan vs. Bockwinkel may be t…
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We finally lured Andy and Geoff from the Turtle Wars podcast into our studio. All it took was Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant, using the name Luscious, and some bean dip! We explore little person wrestling, the tragedy of Adrian Adonis, Ricky Steamboat and Macho Man putting on a show for the ages, and how the WWF has lied to the audience forever, and t…
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We climb into our time machine (Peacock streaming service) and go back to Madison Square Garden on the evening of January 23, 1984. The atmosphere is electric for The Masked Superstar vs Chief Jay Strongbow...or maybe for Ivan Putski vs Sgt. Slaughter, or maybe it's this match of a young guy named Hulk Hogan taking on the evil champion, The Iron Sh…
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We sit down and talk about our thoughts and predictions on this year's Royal Rumble! Who will win? Who will be left? What's going on with WWE's advertising? What children's programming is driving Rich nuts? What are the good restaurants in LA Knight's home town? Plus much more!! Be sure to click subscribe and leave us a review! Support the boys and…
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We decided on this Friday, we'd look at Tuesdays! The first two of WWE's Tuesday Pay-Per-View experiments. We have get to watch the unfolding of the long-forgotten Undertaker/Hulk Hogan feud, and the equally forgotten gem of a cage match between Randy Orton and Ric Flair. Plus, baby vomit! Happy New Year and thanks for listening! Remember to subscr…
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It's been a year of podcasts! A time to grapple, a time to chop A time to pin, a time to tap A time to face, a time to heel A time to cheer, a time to boo! Join us as we talk about the favorite things we watched and things we didn't like so much. We also talk about things to come and the year that was pro wrestling. Thanks for downloading and happy…
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We were inspired by WWE reviving the War Games match so we decided to find a good one to watch. One with violence and blood, and Wrestle War '91 did NOT disappoint! Plus, we get blessed with matches featuring Doom, Bobby Eaton, members of the Armstrong family, and some talented Japanese women. Our ears and brains are tickled by the wits of Dusty Rh…
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It's time for that Thanksgiving tradition! Not just Survivor Series, but talking about controversial things with the people you love. This week we are giving the Survivor Series 97 and it's amazeballs ending the JFK/Oliver Stone treatment...back...and to the left. Was it the best wrestling finish ever? was it real? What even is real? Also, we talk …
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She's back! Dr. Jess joins us to talk WrestleMania 25! The Silver Anniversary, if you're bad at math! We talk about wrestling aiding our vocabulary development and the WWE modifying the historical records. We don't understand the placement of the Kid Rock segment, or its length, or its existence. We have a 25-woman battle royal that is won by a man…
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Slim Jim presents: Halloween Havoc 1997! We get into the dated main event, the rickety cage, and Styrofoam tombstones, and all the advertising! Wowza! Rich also talks about his fun at CelebFest 5 and the juicy gossip he got out of Bret Hart and the incredible stories from Jimmy Hart. Tim has a few too many beers and Rich sings to show off his new m…
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This week, we are uncooked, uncut, and uncensored! The shows that started it all! We talk how Raw is the template for the modern wrestling presentation. We are baffled by the choice of having Rob Bartlett in the roll of offensive commentary. We marvel at how even from the beginning, the matches didn't matter. We enjoyed Doink making children cry an…
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It's another We Were There episode!! This time, Tim attended the 2011 event Capital Punishment from the then Verizon Center in Washington, DC. We continue to not like Edge. We note that CM Punk and Rey Mysterio steal the show. We complain whenever possible about Michael Cole who is now heel??? Rich also shares the tales of his military service (sic…
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We take the plunge into the beautiful world of High-Definition television! Tim has COVID and in true show fashion, caught it at an indie-wrestling show. We talk John Legend and Jesus Christ Superstar. We discuss Harry Potter a little bit, and how much of a hellhole Orlando can be. Also, we talk about WrestleMania 24. There's a discussion of Edge's …
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