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.
The reigning, defending, undisputed champ as the most-listened-to episode in Mike Janela Show history makes his triumphant return, as the show’s first-ever two-time guest.
Stat Guy Greg, from ESPN’s pro wrestling podcast “Cheap Heat,” jumped on the line to talk about what happened to “Cheap Heat” after ESPN shut down Grantland, preview the 2016 Royal Rumble, pick the greatest Rumble wrestler ever (here’s my blog on the issue), debate who would win the match if it was real, and do not preview the new season of “Total Divas.”
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Music for The Mike Janela Show provided by Grapes’ “I Dunno.” Definitely check his work out here.