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Join CBS Sports insider Brian Campbell as he brawls his way through the worlds of boxing, WWE and mixed martial arts in separate episodes each week. BC and his guests will share their unique takes on the hottest topics from the combat sports you love while welcoming in big-name guests.

Join CBS Sports insider Brian Campbell as he brawls his way through the worlds of boxing, WWE and mixed martial arts in separate episodes each week. BC and his guests will share their unique takes on the hottest topics from the combat sports you love while welcoming in big-name guests.
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Join CBS Sports insider Brian Campbell as he brawls his way through the worlds of boxing, WWE and mixed martial arts in separate episodes each week. BC and his guests will share their unique takes on the hottest topics from the combat sports you love while welcoming in big-name guests.




Wrestling: Ric Flair, Conrad Thompson talk history, Starrcast

Brian Campbell sits down with the legendary "Nature Boy" Ric Flair to discuss some highlights of his career, watching his daughter at WrestleMania 35 and participating in the show, Cody Rhodes following in his father's footsteps and what "The Roast of Ric Flair" will be like at Starrcast 2. The impresario of that event, Conrad Thompson, then joins BC to discuss the formation of Starrcast, his exact relationship with AEW and its chances of success, becoming a wrestling historian, his...


WWE: Becky Lynch stops by, shaken up by the Superstar Shakeup

Just over a week after winning both women's championships, Becky Lynch rejoins Brian Campbell and Adam Silverstein to discuss her wild ride to the top of WWE, main eventing WrestleMania 35, what she may have said to Sasha Banks and thoughts on her run from Steve Austin and Vince McMahon. BC and The Silver King also break down every angle from WWE's Superstar Shakeup, first explaining their disappointment in the last two weeks of shows and the concept of the shakeup itself. What will...


MMA: Catching feels at UFC 236 after star turns from Poirier, Adesanya

Brian Campbell and Brandon Wise relive an incredible close to UFC 236, including a pair of fight-of-the-year contenders in interim title victories by Dustin Poirier and Israel Adesanya. The guys answer the tough questions including: Was Adesanya-Kelvin Gastelum a top five fight in UFC history? Can Poirier defeat Khabib Nurmagomedov? Why is Jon Jones trying to crash the Adesanya party? Also, a look at Conor McGregor's passive turn on Twitter, TJ Dillashaw's suspension and the latest on the...


Boxing: Loma, Shields shine; Crawford-Khan preview, Floyd speaks

Brian Campbell and Rafe Bartholomew recap a loaded weekend in boxing, including wins from pound-for-pound king Vasiliy Lomachenko and undisputed women's middleweight champion Claressa Shields. What's next from a marketing and matchmaking standpoint for the self-proclaimed G.W.O.A.T., and will Lomachenko face Mikey Garcia in 2019? Plus, a detailed preview of this weekend's action including the Terence Crawford-Amir Khan pay-per-view and Danny Garcia's return on Fox. The guys also ponder Floyd...


WWE: Failure to follow WrestleMania 35; NXT, NJPW analysis

With WrestleMania 35 in the books, Brian Campbell and Adam Silverstein reconvene to again go over the finish to the women's triple threat main event before breaking down the "after WrestleMania" editions of Raw and SmackDown Live. Did WWE deliver or disappoint once again like last year, and is the delayed Superstar Shakeup the primary culprit? The guys discuss Becky Lynch's appearance on both shows, the brief Seth Rollins-Kofi Kingston storyline and whether anything on Monday or Tuesday hit...


Boxing: Claressa Shields previews major bout, Vasiliy Lomachenko returns

Brian Campbell welcomes unbeaten middleweight champion Claressa Shields ahead of what could be the biggest fight in women's boxing history on Saturday when she faces Christina Hammer in a Showtime unification bout. Shields talks the pressures of carrying the sport on her shoulders and relives a sparring session against UFC star Cris "Cyborg" Justino. Plus, Rafe Bartholomew returns to preview pound-for-pound king Vasiliy Lomachenko's return, react to Manny Pacquiao-Keith Thurman rumors and...


MMA: Holloway, Gastelum preview UFC 236; McGregor's uncertain future

Brian Campbell is joined by Brandon Wise and producer Mike Mormile to preview all things UFC 236 ahead of Saturday's card featuring a pair of exciting interim title bouts. Max Holloway and Kelvin Gastelum also stop by preview their title fights. Plus, Conor McGregor's disturbing trend has his fighting future in question and his public Q rating at an all-time low. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


WWE: WrestleMania 35 instant analysis

After a 7.5-hour WrestleMania 35 and endless travel, Brian Campbell and Adam Silverstein convene to break down everything that went down Sunday night at WWE's biggest show of the year. From Kofi Kingston's mountain top moment to the planned historic women's main event ultimately failing to deliver, the guys touch each of the 16 matches on the show and let you know where WWE succeeded, which bouts surprised and how WrestleMania may have fallen short throughout the night. This is a must-listen...


WWE: Kofi Kingston, The Miz joins us to talk WrestleMania 35

In a special WrestleMania 35 interview edition of the show, Brian Campbell sits down one-on-one with Kofi Kingston for an extended discussion about his rise to the top of WWE's biggest show of the year in a WWE title match against Daniel Bryan. BC and Kingston break down his early career, the creation and explosion of New Day, when the momentum shifted in 2019 and what Kingston's rise means for other African-American superstars in WWE. Adam Silverstein then joins the show as the guy speak...


WWE: WrestleMania 35 ultimate preview

The Road to WrestleMania 35 ends here. Just days before WWE's biggest show of the year, Brian Campbell and Adam Silverstein bring you an ultimate WrestleMania 35 preview. The guys break down the go-home editions of Raw and SmackDown, some hot topics heading into the show and all 15 matches from the seven-hour 'Mania card. Which matches have been built well and what storylines are lacking entering the pay-per-view? Is it possible that Becky Lynch, Seth Rollins and Kofi Kingston all win their...


WWE: Triple H, Adam Cole preview NXT TakeOver: New York

WrestleMania 35 week begins with Brian Campbell and Adam Silverstein previewing NXT TakeOver: New York. BC welcomes Adam Cole to discuss his NXT title match against Johnny Gargano, the future of the Undisputed Era and what it means to have "great chemistry in the ring" (05:52). The Silver King then helps preview Friday night's big show with the guys offering predictions and picks for the big matches and strorylines (37:12). Brian wraps things up by welcoming in NXT patriarch and WWE...


Boxing: Terence Crawford, Amir Khan talk PPV clash

Brian Campbell welcomes welterweights Terence Crawford and Amir Khan ahead of their April 20 title bout from Madison Square Garden in New York. The fighters break down both the matchup and what's potentially at stake for the winner. Plus, Rafe Bartholomew returns to recap an interesting two weeks in the sport and debate everything from the three-headed heavyweight soap opera to DAZN's financial future and whether or not Floyd Mayweather will return in 2019. Learn more about your ad choices....


WWE: Charlotte Flair interview, women to main event 'Mania

Now 11 days out from WrestleMania 35, Brian Campbell speaks with Charlotte Flair just hours before she surprised by winning the SmackDown women's championship. Flair discusses the women learning they will main event 'Mania, the women's evolution in WWE and her recent Instagram picture in a certain someone's hat. Adam Silverstein joins to break down the most recent booking of the triple threat match between Flair, Ronda Rousey and Becky Lynch and what those changes mean long-term in WWE. BC...


Wrestling: G1 Supercard preview; Jay Lethal, Joey Jalena talk 'Mania weekend

Brian Campbell chats with Ring of Honor world champion Jay Lethal about the legends who helped prepare him for stardom, his friendship with Randy Savage, what it means to headline the ROH/NJPW G1 Supercard show on April 6 in Madison Square Garden, and his take on WWE's Kofi Kingston storyline. Adam Silverstein and Jack Crosby stop by to preview the card in depth and look ahead to the big events during WrestleMania 35 weekend not promoted by WWE. Plus, independent star Joey Janela talks...


MMA: Pettis saves career, McGregor moratorium, UFC Philadelphia preview

Brian Campbell is joined by Brandon Wise and producer Mike Mormile to recap Anthony Pettis' dramatic knockout win over Stephen Thompson at UFC Nashville, debate his Hall of Fame chances and ponder whether Conor McGregor's challenge makes sense. The guys also decide to book McGregor's future one final time before he eventually announces a fight amid the endless cycle of fighters calling him out. Plus, a preview of UFC Philadelphia, including a potentially violent main event between...


WWE: Kofi Kingston, Ronda Rousey and the rocky Road to WrestleMania 35

Just over two weeks out from WrestleMania 35, it is imperative that Brian Campbell and Adam Silverstein take a broad look at where WWE's top storyline stands with the company's biggest event of the year approaching. Kofi Kingston remains the hottest superstar on either brand, but is his "old" Daniel Bryan booking actually working? Drew McIntyre has been elevated over the last two weeks, but has it come at the expense of Seth Rollins? Ronda Rousey is showing an awesome shoot-style demeanor,...


MMA: Masvidal breaks out, McGregor may be eyeing Holloway rematch

Brian Campbell and Brandon Wise recap a wild UFC London card including both a knockout victory for Jorge Masvidal over Darren Till and a backstage brawl involving Masvidal and Leon Edwards. The guys also look at Conor McGregor's takeover of the headlines from a felony arrest for robbery to trading words with Max Holloway on social media and rumors of a July comeback. Plus, a preview of Saturday's UFC Nashville card headlined by welterweights Stephen Thompson and Anthony Pettis. Learn more...


Boxing: How good is Errol Spence Jr.?

Brian Campbell and Rafe Bartholomew break down Errol Spence Jr.'s welterweight title defense against Mikey Garcia from all the angles as Spence made his case for pound-for-pound best in the world. Was Garcia too small, or was Spence too skilled? Who should be the next opponent for both fighters? The guys also break down the latest news, including Deontay Wilder's decision to possibly spurn DAZN's offer, and preview this weekend's fights including Lamont Peterson-Sergey Lipinets. Learn more...


WWE: Fastlane fallout, breaking kayfabe, Mustafa Ali stops by

A divisive WWE Fastlane has fans split with some loving and others hating the final pay-per-view before WrestleMania 35, so Brian Campbell and Adam Silverstein open by debating the show's merits and how it set the stage for the final leg of the road. BC and The Silver King then break down the last appearance of The Shield, Batista getting what he wants from Triple H and a couple kayfabe-breaking angles involving Kofi Kingston and Vince McMahon as well as the Raw Women's Championship. Brian...


WWE: Greg 'The Hammer' Valentine talks life on the road, Hall of Fame career

Brian Campbell is joined by WWE Hall of Famer Greg "The Hammer" Valentine to talk about his role in the "350 Days" documentary profiling the highs and lows of life on the road for a professional wrestler. Valentine relives his run in the 1980s as a WWF intercontinental champion during the launch of the WrestleMania era and why he was never considered for a run at the heavyweight title. "The Hammer" also shares behind the scenes stories on his epic dog collar match with Roddy Piper at...