In addition to hosting The Mike Janela Show, I also co-host a weekly pro wrestling podcast with my partner Betsy Struxness. Normally we focus on the company’s most divisive superstar, Roman Reigns. But this week — after WWE made the egregious mistake of allowing a male character decide its historic and first-ever women’s Money in the Bank ladder match — we spent the bulk of our episode talking about much more serious issues: equality for the sexes; our country’s political climate; the drawbacks of capitalism; and even American national identity. All this from a “fake” sport!
As a huge wrestling fan (see here, here, here), I’d never had the chance to go to a Wrestlemania before. That all changed with Wrestlemania 33 in Orlando, where I not only attended the “Showcase of the Immortals,” but also went to NXT Takeover, saw a Jim Ross panel with Mick Foley, Bruce Prichard, and Jim Cornette, AND attended the Monday Night Raw after ‘Mania.
And man did I have a lot of thoughts on all of it.
I absolutely love pro wrestling, and I’m not ashamed to admit I dedicate anywhere from 5-10 hours a week watching it in some way.
Well now, with a very successful Broadway performer and fellow fan as co-host, I’m proud to announce my latest project: a weekly wrestling podcast focusing entirely on one performer – WWE’s Roman Reigns.