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Welcome to Awesome Truth, a wrestling book club in podcast form. Every episode, your hosts Steve Cimino and Walt Schwenk will dissect a classic piece of wrestling literature. Join them as they dive into the oft-seamy underbelly of professional wrestling's written word.
 
The In Reel Deep Podcast is for cinema fans interested in hot takes, great debate and smart reviews. Hosted by Andrew Johnson and Steve Cimino, it provides the best in cinematic ramblings from two movie fans and clever critics.
 
Writer/teacher Steve Cimino (@sjcim), ESPN broadcaster Adam Amin (@adamamin), and guests discuss the ABC television show "Sports Night" and various topics surrounding it.
 
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By every account, including his own, Death Proof is minor Quentin Tarantino. But that also makes it a little fascinating; when you're going through the QT filmography, how do you judge this random, Kurt Russell-led murderous endeavor? Is it a real movie, or just a fun romp with his buddy Robert Rodriguez that doesn't actually count? Join us as ...…
 
After two weeks of AEW Dynamite, NXT on USA, and Friday Night SmackDown, where does the WWE vs AEW war stand? Did WWE's new flagship show change with the move to Fox, or is it more of the same from Vince McMahon and company? And will 5-star Young Bucks matches and unique Chris Jericho promos make a dent in WWE's dominance? Join us as we leave t ...…
 
Jim Cornette and graphic novels don't seem like they go together, which made reading Jim Cornette Presents: Behind the Curtain – Real Pro Wrestling Stories an intriguing endeavor. Why did Cornette decide to tell a series of loosely related wrestling stories in a comic book format, ranging from Ric Flair's plane crash to the Montreal Screwjob? A ...…
 
We've leapt forward in our journey through Quentin Tarantino's filmography to tackle his latest: the captivating Once Upon a Time In Hollywood. Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie lead a tremendous cast that includes the famed Alfredo Pacino; as such, we've brought And Justice for Al co-star Tom onto the big show to discuss Pacino's ...…
 
Kofi Kingston's remarkable win at WrestleMania 35 was the feel-good moment of the wrestling decade; to commemorate the occasion, the WWE Network has produced what might be their finest documentary. It's the latest installment in the WWE 24 series, and it follows the WWE Champion as he visits his home country of Ghana after vanquishing Daniel Br ...…
 
ECW legend Sabu has penned his autobiography, and it's as extreme as you'd expect. From a childhood story about getting shot in the face to all his in-ring and extracurricular antics as arguably the biggest star of Paul Heyman's Extreme Championship Wrestling, Sabu's tales are as crazy as they get. Join us as we dissect the dirty life and times ...…
 
What happens when a show about female pro wrestlers removes the wrestling? Unfortunately, this eternal question is answered on the latest season of GLOW. It's still a wonderful show, but less Zoya the Destroya, Liberty Belle, Machu Picchu and Welfare Queen means less enthusiasm from your best buds at Awesome Truth. Join us for our thoughts on t ...…
 
We've reached a major moment in Quentin Tarantino's filmography: Kill Bill Vol. 1 and Vol. 2. There hadn't been a QT film in 6 years when Vol. 1 came out in 2003, and we'd never think of a Tarantino movie the same way again. Does The Bride's revenge quest against David Carradine and the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad hold up in 2019? Or was i ...…
 
The Rock and Roman Reigns, together again for the first time since being booed mercilessly at the 2015 Royal Rumble: what could go wrong? Unfortunately, a whole lot; it turns out 135 minutes of Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham trading lame insults is not what the doctor ordered, and Reigns is nothing more than a glorified extra. Awesome Truth w ...…
 
Our resident Fast & Furious expert Holc has returned to break down this new adrenaline-fueled blockbuster, only with a slight twist; we're bringing it to you via a special bonus episode from Steve's other podcast, Awesome Truth! It's a pro wrestling book club that also dibs into documentaries and feature films, so get ready for lots of talk abo ...…
 
We continue our journey through the Quentin Tarantino filmography with Jackie Brown, the 1997 crime thriller that is unlike anything QT has made before or since. It revitalized the careers of Pam Grier and Robert Forster, gave Robert De Niro one of his last truly great roles, and showed that Tarantino can write for women after all. It doesn't h ...…
 
In 1991, Roddy Piper and Jesse Ventura could've been the biggest television stars in the world. Their pilot Tag Team had the kind of perfectly lame premise — pro wrestlers become cops — that might've cruised to the top of the ratings. Alas, ABC didn't pick up the show. But now, 28 years later, we're revisiting their first and only episode and d ...…
 
A Royale with cheese. Ezekiel 25:17. They speak English in What? I love you, Honey Bunny. Zed's dead, baby. We could go on for hours: Pulp Fiction may be the most quotable movie of all time, and it's next up as we journey through Quentin Tarantino's filmography. A quarter-century after its release, is it as good as we remember? Of course; it's ...…
 
No one has written a definitive book on indie wrestling, until now. We welcome back returning champion Keith Elliot Greenberg – who is currently in the middle of penning a deep tome on PWG, wXw, EVOLVE, and numerous other indie promotions – to discuss how his conversations with the Young Bucks, Hangman Page, Marty Scurll and other modern indie ...…
 
You've heard our take on Toy Story 4 and the entire Pixar franchise; now find out what a 3-year-old girl loves (and doesn't love) about what might be the finest cinematic franchise of all time.
 
Now that Toy Story 4 has received glowing reviews, it's time to acknowledge the increasingly obvious: the Toy Story franchise might be the best in cinematic history. Is there any other quadrilogy that has been this good for this long? To appropriately dissect this classic series, the In Reel Deep guys watched all four stories about toys and sho ...…
 
Conrad Thompson, Keith Elliot Greenberg, Liam O'Rourke, Chris Charlton: these are just a few of the terrific guests we've been blessed to have on Awesome Truth. To celebrate our 50th episode, we're revisiting our interviews with the best of them. Join us for classic insights into Ric Flair, Brian Pillman, and New Japan Pro Wrestling, and find o ...…
 
In 1992, Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs announced the arrival of a brash new auteur, inspired a million copycats, and arguably changed American cinema. As part of our journey to Tarantino's Once Upon a Time In Hollywood, we're revisiting the director's entire filmography. We begin with Harvey Keitel, Chris Penn, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, an ...…
 
A documentary series on the seedy underbelly of pro wrestling, produced by famed truth-tellers Vice Media? This is what we've been clamoring for...except not at all. How could telling the stories of Bruiser Brody, the Von Erich family, the Fabulous Moolah, and 'Macho Man' Randy Savage go so wrong? We break down all six episodes of the Viceland ...…
 
It took almost 13 years, but Deadwood: The Movie has arrived. To celebrate HBO somehow bringing back David Milch and maybe the greatest cast in television history, the In Reel Deep Podcast has convened to discuss Ian McShane, Gerald McRaney, Molly Parker, and everyone else who participated in this minor miracle. We also wonder if, in the age of ...…
 
For years, a dark match between Bret Hart and Tom Magee was lost in the WWE archives. Now it has been found, just in time for the WWE Network to slap together a documentary and scoop Conrad Thompson's Starrcast event. Fortunately, the doc happens to be great. Join us as we offer a rare bit of praise for a WWE Network offering and ponder why Mag ...…
 
ECW's true swan song is one of the best moments in modern wrestling history; inspired by John Lister's Turning the Tables: The Story of Extreme Championship Wrestling, we're about to revisit it. Join us for Awesome Truth's first event recap, where we dissect what made ECW special, praise Eric Bischoff and JBL for being the evening's perfect hee ...…
 
We're back, and we're breaking down what will likely end up being the biggest movie of all time. In this spoiler-heavy analysis of Avengers: Endgame, longtime special guest Holc returns to discuss how the Russo brothers ended Marvel's 22-movie run and how the grand finale affects Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow, Thanos, and the rest of t ...…
 
It's finally time to get extreme. Despite growing up outside of Philadelphia, Awesome Truth has yet to cover Extreme Championship Wrestling. To accompany us on this long-awaited deep dive into Paul Heyman, Tommy Dreamer, Raven, Sabu, Taz, and the rest of the legends who made ECW great, we welcome John Lister, author of Turning the Tables: The S ...…
 
Break out the pitchforks because we're heading back to the barren wasteland that is WWE Chronicle. You'd think a brief documentary on the WrestleMania 35 main event would be a nonstop thrill ride, but you'd be wrong. The New York crowd was hot for Becky Lynch, Ronda Rousey, and Chronicle subject Charlotte Flair, but this kayfabe-centric series ...…
 
When HBO's Last Week Tonight devotes an entire episode to WWE business practices, you know Awesome Truth will reassemble for a special bonus episode of their own. John Oliver took aim at WWE's wrestlers being labeled independent contractors and the internet lost its collective mind; we break down his detailed thoughts on the matter, Vince McMah ...…
 
With WrestleMania weekend and the NJPW/ROH G1 Supercard show at Madison Square Garden right around the corner, there's no better time to talk New Japan Pro-Wrestling with author and historian Chris Charlton. He's written two books on Japanese wrestling, Lion's Pride and Eggshells, and he's here to discuss the history of the Tokyo Dome, comparis ...…
 
The WWE Network is awash in documentary content, but nothing gets in-depth quite like Breaking Ground. Covering NXT and the Performance Center in late 2015, you get a real glimpse into future superstars like Bayley, Baron Corbin, Tyler Breeze and Apollo Crews, plus cameos from William Regal, Sami Zayn, Scott Hall, and Triple H himself. But is i ...…
 
For the first time in forever, there's a major motion picture in theaters and it's about WWE! The rise of former female phenom Paige has been adapted into a feature film called Fighting with My Family, and its 91% Rotten Tomatoes score means critics are weirdly onboard with a movie where Vince Vaughn says "NXT" and "belly to back suplex." What ...…
 
We hate the Academy Awards, but we also can't stop talking about them. In what's become an In Reel Deep tradition, we break down the six big categories for 2019, including Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Picture. Along the way, we complain about how the Oscars have embarrassed themselves over and over again and continue to dri ...…
 
He created three of the biggest wrestling podcasts in the world, and now he's here on Awesome Truth! Conrad Thompson, the host of Something to Wrestle with Bruce Prichard, 83 Weeks with Eric Bischoff, and What Happened When with Tony Schiavone, joins us for a very special episode to discuss his favorite recent wrestling book, how he snagged a W ...…
 
That's more like it, WWE Network. Though WrestleMania 34 wasn't the best show of all time, you could be tricked into thinking it was after this documentary. From Matt Hardy and Rusev roaming Bourbon Street to Shawn Michaels praising Ronda Rousey and Titus O'Neil tying Paul Heyman's tie, this is the kind of backstage pass that makes wrestling do ...…
 
BlacKkKlansman, The Favourite, First Reformed, Roma, or A Star is Born: which will be chosen as In Reel Deep's top movie of the year? If you've read our best of 2018, you know it has to be one of the five. This is not 'nam, this is blogging; there are rules. In accordance with said rules, Andrew and Steve break down their 2018 top 10 lists and ...…
 
New Japan Pro Wrestling is arguably the hottest wrestling promotion in the world, second only to WWE in worldwide success. But their ups and downs are legendary, and documented brilliantly in Chris Charlton's book on everything from Antonio Inoki to Kazuchika Okada. Though it was written in 2015, before the rise of Kenny Omega and the arrival o ...…
 
There's no love lost between Awesome Truth and WWE Network's Chronicle series, but a Becky Lynch episode has to turn everything around, right? Right?! "The Man" might be the hottest character in WWE, but this 'documentary' series from the Network seems beyond saving. We dissect WWE's 24-minute recap of Lynch's rehab from a Nia Jax punch and ran ...…
 
"Mean" Gene Okerlund died on January 2, 2019, but he'd already been granted eternal life in the hearts and minds of wrestling fans everywhere. There will never be another interviewer like Gene, beloved by all and perfect at telling the stories that make wrestling so great. To celebrate his remarkable life and career, we gathered to discuss all ...…
 
There's no better way to end a December filled with movies than The Muppet Christmas Carol, perhaps the most adorable holiday film of all time. This Muppet masterpiece doesn't force its iconic characters onto the screen. Instead, it doles them out in story-centric doses and lets acting legend Michael Caine handle the heavy lifting; the result i ...…
 
In December of 2017, we slaughtered Love Actually for being a terrible movie. We even insisted that it was not, in fact, a Christmas movie. Have we softened over the last year? To celebrate the Xmas holiday being just around the corner, your three yuletide buddies sat down and ranked every story in this beloved mishmosh. Who takes the top spot: ...…
 
Mick Foley's first book changed the wrestling literature game. Before its release in 1999, wrestling books were mostly lame tales penned by ghostwriters, but Foley showed the world that stories about WCW, ECW, WWF, and life on the road could be well-written and entertaining while also selling like hotcakes. For our last episode of 2018, we sat ...…
 
This 2003 holiday classic has it all: Will Ferrell, Zooey Deschanel, and enough laugh-out-loud comedy goodness to lift it from "Christmas treat" to "genuinely good movie." But that doesn't mean it's perfect; what's with that ending, and those evil police horses? Despite the best wishes of Christmas lover Sam Johnson, we break down Jon Favreau's ...…
 
We've pursued some ambitious projects here on the In Reel Deep Podcast, but none as time-consuming as watching 215 minutes of How the Grinch Stole Christmas adaptations. Yet that is what our holiday overlord Sam Johnson demanded, and that's what we did; we viewed the iconic 1966 television special, the 2000 live-action version with Jim Carrey, ...…
 
Awesome Truth is going to the movies! Or, more accurately, renting one through a streaming service. We invited a very special guest from the In Reel Deep Podcast to discuss the latest entry in The Marine franchise, starring Mike "The Miz" Mizanin, Shawn Michaels, and "The Man" Becky Lynch. Was it worth our $4 and 85 minutes? And how do "The Hea ...…
 
Casting Kurt Russell as Santa Claus in The Christmas Chronicles was the coup of the holiday season for Netflix; it guaranteed everyone would be talking about his sexy DILF version of Saint Nick just as much as the movie. But is the final product worth adding to your holiday viewing rotation, or is it just a ho-hum Hallmark movie with the Captai ...…
 
Some would say that we're in the middle of a War on Christmas. Sam Johnson would agree, but only in the cinematic sense. He's the In Reel Deep Podcast's holiday expert, and he's back for another December to force Christmas classics onto your hosts, specifically ones where the bad guys are out to disrupt the season. Which five timeless "classics ...…
 
Anyone who grew up on the Attitude Era knows Good Ol' JR, but there's more to Jim Ross than being the voice of WWF/WWE. He was a fixture in Mid-South Wrestling, Crockett Promotions, and WCW, all of which he outlines in his 2017 autobiography Slobberknocker. Though Ross ends this tale at WrestleMania XV, there are still plenty of Vince McMahon s ...…
 
From starring as Razor Ramon to co-founding the nWo, very few wrestlers have a more legendary resume than Scott Hall. But he also has one of the most unique and depressing tales in pro wrestling history, a story the WWE captures perfectly in this 80-minute documentary. What drove Scott Hall down such a dark hole, and how did he climb out of it? ...…
 
A truncated Horror Month concludes with The Witch, the 2015 gem from writer-director Robert Eggers that makes 1630s New England look as horrifying as it probably was. This sleeper hit was horror done perfectly, an excellent movie that terrifies without big lazy scares. Find out why these two semi-horror fans found it to be so very captivating.…
 
From Frank Gotch and Ed "Strangler" Lewis to Giant Baba, El Santo, and Vince McMahon's modern-day WWE, the history of pro wrestling is colorful, detailed, and always fascinating. So it makes a surprising amount of sense that The Comic Book Story of Professional Wrestling would be the best way to tell the story of the squared circle. Co-creators ...…
 
Bradley Cooper as director? Lady Gaga as a lead actress? A Star is Born raised a lot of eyebrows before its release, and then lowered them almost immediately by being an emotional gem of a film. But what makes the 2018 remake really special is how, if you peel back the layers of this tumultuous love story, you'll uncover a very honest dissectio ...…
 
Comic book fans have been waiting for Venom for years, hoping and praying that the Spider-Man frenemy would finally get a movie worthy of his backstory and popularity. But is this Ruben Fleischer-directed, Tom Hardy-starring feature what we all had in mind? We've invited Venom expert Holc back onto the show to talk symbiotes; he's our resident ...…
 
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