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A unique podcast hosted by Basil Mahmud and Trent Zuberi takes you behind the scenes in the world of independent professional wrestling and what brings the show from backstage to the fans!

A unique podcast hosted by Basil Mahmud and Trent Zuberi takes you behind the scenes in the world of independent professional wrestling and what brings the show from backstage to the fans!
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A unique podcast hosted by Basil Mahmud and Trent Zuberi takes you behind the scenes in the world of independent professional wrestling and what brings the show from backstage to the fans!






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Episode 35: AAW Take No Prisoners 2019 Review!

AAW's Take No Prisoners 2019 is in the books and already our favorite show of the year! Basil and Trent are here this week to break down the show match by match and provide full background and analysis on the card and even some insider information. What else would you expect from the Backstage Boys? It was truly a memorable night that saw new champions crowned, other champions retain their place, and contenders fall back down the ranks. We also got to see the returns and debuts of various...


Episode 34: IMPACT in Philly, AAW Take No Prisoners 2019 Preview, and Warrior Wrestling 5!

We had a week off and things got a little nuts! Basil and Trent were traveling to Philly for Impact Wrestling and special guest this week, filmmaker Rob Malinowski wrapped up and premiered his new David Starr film "MASTRMIND" at Marz Brewery in Chicago! After all that we are back this week and headed right into another chaotic weekend consisting of not only Mother's Day but also AAW's Take No Prisoners 2019 and Warrior Wrestling 5! The BSB talk Impact Wrestling at the ECW Arena, Philly...


Episode 33: Keyboard Warriors, Misconceptions, and Twitter Insanity!

Well this has been one hell of a damn week! We had angry fans, frustrated promoters, defensive wrestlers, and two production guys who had enough and are using their podcast to vent it all out! Basil and Trent saw and heard a lot this week and are letting it loose after what they had to witness this week! No show talk, no hype talk, no review, only letting loose on the BS the internet wrestling community brought out in the world. But we did manage to discuss Six Flags Great America for about...


Episode 32: AAW Epic 2019 - The 15th Anniversary Review

AAW's EPIC 2019 - The 15th year anniversary show is in the books and my my what a 15 years it has been! On a show marred with scheduling issues and missing talent not only did the locker room step up to deliver one of the most memorable shows of the year thus far but so did the production crew to make this night extremely special and to give back to the fans for all fifteen years of AAW! Basil and Trent are joined by Rob Malinowski this week to go match by match and break down the talent and...


Episode 31: Wrestlemania Week Insanity, No Sleep, and AAW's EPIC 15 Preview!

Wrestlemania week aka hell week is OVER and Basil is back from shooting his 4,786th show in a week to break down all the insanity that went on New York while Trent's carrier along the narration and asks the hard hitting questions like "exactly how much DID you spend on Ubers this week" The answer was $400, yikes! We discuss GCW Bloodsport, Joey Janela's Spring Break, Wrestling Revolver's Pancakes and Piledrivers, Black Label Pro, IMPACT Wrestling's United We Stand, and The Bullet Club Block...


Episode 30: Rise, Glory Pro, and Wrestlemania Week!

Tis the season for Wrestlemania! What a crazy week coming up for one half of the Backstage Boys as Basil not only worked the Rise and Glory Pro shows leading into Mania week but he's also heading out to New York to be a part of the insanity of the biggest week of pro wrestling of the year! The Boys discuss what went on this past weekend at Rise and the state of Women's Wrestling as well as all the fun of Basil's trip to St. Louis for Glory Pro Wrestling. Trent anchors the conversation to see...


Episode 29: Border Stops, Stolen Photos, and Making Movies!

The Backstage Boys are back and this week we are once again joined by filmmaker Rob Malinowski who comes in to talk about some of his recent projects at AAW and what is coming up in the future of film from his end. We also talk about the recent trip Trent, Rob, and Nate took to Windsor, Ontario Canada to attend the IMPACT Wrestling tapings and some of the shenanigans they got into at the border trying to get into the country! This is a must hear story. Basil and Rob also discuss visual...


Episode 28 - AAW Hell Hath No Fury 2019 Review

What a hell of a weekend in Chicago! Tons of professional wrestling that included debuts, returns, title changes, and farewells! We kicked things off with Warrior Wrestling 4 at Marion Catholic High School for a supercard of epic proportions and crescendo'd with an incredible AAW Hell Hath No Fury 2019! We touch on WW4 briefly as Basil was on site but deep dive in to AAW's Hell Hath No Fury with a match by match discussion and analysis along with a peek behind the curtain as to what was...


Episode 27 - MLW Intimidation Games Review and Freelance Wrestling Thrill Your Idol's Preview!

Chicago wrestling stayed busy as always with MLW making their return to the Cicero Stadium on March 2nd 2019 for Intimidation Games where Basil was taking photos and being right in the mix for the night. We also run down the card for Freelance Wrestling's Thrill Your Idols coming up on March 8th 2019 from the Logan Square Auditorium and while Trent isn't too familiar with the product he asks all the questions anyone who doesn't know will ask alongside his own production opinion and...


Episode 26 - AAW Art of War Review, Young Bucks, and Wild Samoans!

Everybody loves a good surprise right? Well did we ever give the fans a surprise at The Art of War 2019! A complete capacity crowd at the Logan Square Auditorium was treated to a special kind of run in when AEW's very own, the Young Bucks hit the lights and snuck into an AAW ring to confront the Lucha Brothers, Pentagon and Fenix! Needless to say insanity ensued and people went nuts! The Art of War 2019 also marked the debut of Jacob Fatu of the Samoan Dynasty and prestigious lineage as he...


Episode 25 - AAW Art of War Preview, Sleepless Nights, and Late Podcasts!

Late night pods and why? Because it took us until the Thursday night at 11pm before the Saturday show to realize that we never did a preview episode for AAW's The Art of War 2019! But alas Trent called Basil at 11pm, woke him up, angered him in the process, and made him lay this down so here we are! The Art of War 2019 is SOLD THE F OUT and now we are going to deliver. A truly exciting show to showcase the new talent, the guys and girls looking to level up in the wake of Trevor Lee and ACH's...


Episode 24 - AAW Lucha City Limits Review, Austin Texas, and Boy Meets World Theories!

The stars at night are big and bright...DEEP IN THE HEART OF TEXAS! We are back from Austin, Texas and the Backstage Boys did not come alone this week! We have Referee Nate Speckman joining Trent & Basil to discuss AAW's Lucha City Limits that took place on February 8th 2019 live from Austin, Texas and aired on the Highspots Network! It was an incredible trip filled with insane amounts of BBQ and tacos, crazy driving, and a sold out crowd that loved everything we gave them. Check out this...


Episode 23 - AAW Final Stand Review, Fight for the Future, Referees, and Filmmakers!

AAW's Final Stand is in the books and your favorite Backstage Boys, Trent Zuberi and Basil Mahmud are back to break it all down but we didn't come alone! This week's show is joined by the Steven Spielberg of AAW, the man behind the movies and the one bringing you the incredible visuals over the last half year, Rob Malinowski. Alongside him we are joined by not only one of the most beloved in the area, but also one of the fastest rising referees in independent wrestling, Nate Speckman!...


Episode 22 - AAW Final Stand Preview, Fight for the Future, and Saved by the Bell The NEW CLASS!

Well would you look at this, we actually have a format this week! After last week's sorry excuse for a unformatted free for all the Backstage Boys, Basil Mahmud and Trent Zuberi, are back to talk the upcoming AAW Final Stand 2019 show and preview the announced matches! But what episode of The Backstage Boys would be complete without our signature tangents? Fear not because this episode went bonanza with them! We discuss conspiracy theories, contract talks, misconcepted show titles, and even...


Episode 21 - Warrior Wrestling 3, Road Trips, GCW, and Forced Conversations!

We’re struggling! Basil has photographed 276 wrestling shows in the last few days, Trent’s been cutting Impact Wrestling related podcasts left and right to keep up with all the programming and it’s too early to hype up AAW’s Final Stand show so what do we do? We babble on aimlessly and somehow we managed to get an hour and a half out of it!? Lots of ribbing, shit talking, jumping from topic to topic relentlessly, and impersonations of Sami Callihan later we wrapped a fun conversation so be...


Episode 20 - IMPACT Wrestling’s Homecoming, Nashville, Asylums, and Hot Chicken!

WELCOME TO THE SUPERCAST! It's episode 20 and the BSB are in Nashville, TN for Impact Wrestling’s Homecoming weekend and we didn't come alone! We are joined by some very special guests as we come at you all live away from home. Joining us are the ever famous Cactus King, Referee Nate Speckman, and Bryan Nalezny. Basil debuted as a ringside photographer for IMPACT this weekend and we were there to cheer him on and enjoy the amazing show and tv tapings that will debut on the Pursuit network...


Episode 19 - AAW's Windy City Classic 2018: Broken Jaws, New Champs, and WRSTLING Still Rules!

New year, who dis? Well we'll tell you who it is! It's the Backstage Boys back with you for the first podcast of 2019 and we didn't come alone! Oh no ladies and gentlemen, we brought with us the Steven Spielberg of independent wrestling, the Martin Scorcese of Bodyslams, the George Lucas of piledrivers - Rob Malinowski! Rob has become one of the most vital members of the AAW crew over the last few months as he has brought the cinematic touch to telling stories into the AAW lexicon. Rob will...


Episode 18 - AAW Windy City Classic 2018 Preview

It’s that time of year, that very special time of year that AAW waits for all calendar year long. The one that AAW builds to from January to December and the one that culminates every single thing you’ve been watching all 12 months leading to it. It’s the Windy City Classic! What better way to preview and get ready for the biggest show of AAW‘s year then with your favorite Backstage Boys Basil and Trent? But wait there’s someone else present on this episode! Someone you may know, someone who...


Episode 17 - Freelance Wrestling’s 2 Legit 2 Quit, Beating Up GPA, and Broken Cameras!

It’s a rarity on the BSB show as we took a sidetrack from talking about AAW as usual to discuss Freelance Wrestling! But wait, Trent doesn’t work for Freelance, hell he doesn’t even watch Freelance, how the hell is he going to do a show about it!? Well we have no idea either but hey we sure as hell tried! It’s a good thing Basil works for them or else we’d be screwed! Freelance presented Too Legit to Quit from the Logan Square Auditorium on December 14th 2018. What makes this perspective...


Episode 16 - AAW Last Call: Baguettes, Belts, and Farewells!

One more round, one more sip, one more time, it’s LAST CALL! The FINAL SHOW at the historic Knights of Columbus hall in LaSalle, IL has taken place as AAW bid farewell to the town in style and of course your pals Trent Zuberi and Basil Mahmud were front and center making it happen! We had DJ’s winning championships, legends returning to the ring, and even guys hitting other guys with loaves of bread! You read that right, loaves of bread! Needless to say we left LaSalle in style and with...