The wrestling world is still feeling the aftershock of Daniel Bryan's surprising in-ring retirement from Monday afternoon, and less than 24 hours removed from the announcement, John Napolitano checks in with Graham "GSM" Matthews on WrestleRant Radio to break it all down! They shoot the breeze on their initial reaction to hte news, how it all went down on Raw, their favorite memories of The American Dragon, what his future holds, and whether he is WWE Hall of Fame bound before long.
From there, GSM gets into his thoughts on the recent releases of Bull Dempsey, Sylvester Lefort and Marcus Louis and how some were more underutilized than others, as well as Awesome Kong's release from TNA and whether it was justified.
In his abbreviated Raw review, he discusses Dean Ambrose mixing it up with Brock Lesnar, updates on reports regarding The Undertaker vs. Braun Strowman potentially happening at WrestleMania 32, Goldberg's rumored return, The Dudley Boyz turning heel, the ongoing feud (?) between Kevin Owens and Dolph Ziggler, and much more!
WWEC Radio makes its highly anticipated premiere on EC Radio with a BANG (as Diamond Dallas Page would say) as hosts Tom Sharp and Graham "GSM" Matthews open up with why they love pro wrestling, what makes it so special, and why you should give it a chance! They discuss every aspect of the business including the athletes, the production, the characters, the perception of pro wrestling in the public eye, pro wrestling vs. sports entertainment and so much more.
From there, the two talk Raw from Monday night including the opening segment with Brock Lesnar, Paul Heyman and Dean Ambrose. Who has the advantage going into the Fastlane main event? Also, Kalisto faced off against Rusev in a hotly contested bout and Tom praises Del Rio for his motivation as a heel and what makes his current program with Kalisto so fun.
You aren't going to want to miss the rest of the hour that featured a character analysis of The Usos, talk of AJ Styles matches with The Miz and Chris Jericho, and how SmackDown has been the best thing going on Thursday nights since its move to US Network!
Start off your month the right way by checking out Graham "GSM" Matthews' exclusive interview with WWE Superstar Ryback on this week's WrestleRant Radio! They talk SmackDown's move to USA Network, the Brand Split, his debut on the blue brand, potential opponents he would like to face, the return of the World Heavyweight Championship, a Nexus reunion and much more!
From there, GSM flies solo as he gives his two cents on the week in wrestling including Bret Hart being diagnosed with prostate cancer, Shinsuke Nakamura coming to NXT, Brock Lesnar's interactions with Dean Ambrose on Raw and why it feels fresh, AJ Styles on 'Miz TV' and why The Miz is an underrated talker/talent, Brie Bella's weird win over Charlotte and what it means for the Divas Championship picture, Braun Strowman reportedly headed for a feud with The Undertaker at WrestleMania 32, how WWE continues to waste Tyler Breeze, even-steven booking striking again with Dolph Ziggler and Kevin Owens, Team B.A.D. splitting up, and the Fastlane card shaping up.
Stay tuned until the end for a brief recap of Lucha Underground's Season 2 premiere from January 27!