It's a jam-packed edition of WrestleRant Radio this week from WWE to TNA to ROH and Graham "GSM" Matthews discusses it all! First, GSM reviews Raw with thoughts on The Authority firing Brad Maddox as general manager and how the general manager position is no longer necessary, how the midcard is being built back up and Rob Van Dam's current worth to the company, the sad story of how Drew McIntyre has fallen, John Cena saving Jerry Lawler from The Wyatt Family, the debut of Bo Dallas, the latest on Daniel Bryan and the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, Alicia Fox's meltdown, Adam Rose's in-ring debut, The Shield vs. Evolution contract signing, and more.
In the second half of the show, GSM gives his predictions for NXT: Takeover this upcoming Thursday as well for the Payback pay-per-view on June 1, his reaction to watching ROH/NJPW War of the Worlds and how his first ROH show left a very good impression, comparing it to current deplorable state of TNA and expectations for the summer seasons, and other thoughts!
WrestleRant Radio is now in podcast form for the summer, but the amount of in-depth insight on the world of wrestling is still very much present! In the first portion of the show, Graham "GSM" Matthews discusses this week's Monday Night Raw with his thoughts on the John Cena and Bray Wyatt feud, Sheamus vs. Cesaro, Summer Rae returning to confront Fandango, the status of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and if it should be vacated, the Beat the Clock Challenge matches that took place over the course of the night, the awesome Evolution vs. The Shield feud and the stipulation the Payback match now has, why Paige losing in her home country was a good thing, Adam Rose's lasting power, the always amazing England crowd, and the current lineup for Payback.
Then, GSM talks to former WWE and TNA star Joe E. Legend aka Just Joe about what initially inspired him to get into wrestling, the biggest obstacle he had to overcome in becoming a wrestler, how the process of getting into the business has changed from 20 years ago, tips he has for aspiring athletes looking to make it as a pro wrestler, his relationship with WWE Hall of Famer Edge and former World Heavyweight champion Christian, how he would describe his time in WWF in the early 2000s, who he got along with there and who he didn't get along with, his time in TNA and issues he had with management, his career in acting, his involvement with ITV's World of Sport, becoming an author, what the future holds for him, and much more.
It's the FINAL edition of WrestleRant Radio on EC Radio live from Endicott College campus before Graham "GSM" Matthews, RJ and Jeff Stone take off for the summer! To kick things off, GSM and special guest Andre Nunez talk New England Championship Wrestling's Iron 8 event from this past weekend, high praise for the Antonio Thomas vs. Jay Freddie matchup and if Thomas belongs in one of the major promotions, Damien Wayne vs. Dirty Money, "The One Man Thrill Ride" Jimmy Preston and "The Masshole" Mike McCarthy and their potential, and if it was too early to put the NECW Heavyweight Championship on Brad Hollister.
Then, GSM, RJ and Jeff talk Monday's Raw, Daniel Bryan's injury announcement and who could win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship if it's vacated, thoughts on The Shield vs. Evolution feud and what stipulation the Payback match should have, Rusev's direction and his racist ways, if Sheamus and/or Roman Reigns should join Evolution, the current state of the Divas division and who should turn heel to feud with Paige, brief thoughts on the most recent edition of NXT, MVP turning heel on Eric Young and their title match at Slammiversary, the recent departures of Bad Influence, Chris Sabin and Hernandez, the return of Tough Enough, and what to watch on the WWE Network.
Note: WrestleRant Radio will go back to being live on Tuesday nights at 9/8c in early September. Until then, the show will continue to be uploaded here in podcast form every Tuesday!
It's the second to last episode of WrestleRant Radio before the Season 1 finale! Graham "GSM" Matthews welcomes New England Championship promoter Sheldon Goldberg for an exclusive interview at the start of the show to talk about the background of the company, which former and current WWE and TNA stars have competed there, how they landed a TV deal in the Boston area, garnering over three million hits on YouTube in 2013, the history of the Iron 8 tournament and a breaking news announcement as to what will be at stake, and NECW's goals going forward.
In the latter half of the show, GSM and RJ give their thoughts on WWE's Extreme Rules pay-per-view, how the WeeLC match was better than expected, Cesaro's feud with Rob Van Dam and what it does for him, Rusev now being billed from Russia, what Bad News Barrett might do for the Intercontinental Championship and why his "bad news" gimmick is a good thing, The Shield's amazing match with Evolution... and why John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt was the exact opposite, and the future of the Daniel Bryan vs. Kane feud.
Finally, the crew of WrestleRant Radio gave into their Raw review and discuss Sheamus winning the United States Championship and if a heel turn is in the works, the debut of Adam Rose and if it has any lasting power, why Batista vs. Daniel Bryan was never in the works for Payback, the recent set of NXT and specifically Mason Ryan, who might win the NXT Women's Championship tournament, quick thoughts on the latest episodes of Total Divas and Legends House and more!