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The best and worst of pro wrestling covered weekly by Nick Piccone (PhillyVoice.com, PhillyInfluencer.com) and Vaughn Johnson (formerly of Inquirer.com). Since 2015, the duo has produced compelling, unique, and entertaining weekly episodes along with special exclusive content on Patreon ... Live commentary specials before they were cool, deep dives into career retrospectives, high profile guests, current product analysis, and much more ... Become a patron at patreon.com/shootersradio

The best and worst of pro wrestling covered weekly by Nick Piccone (PhillyVoice.com, PhillyInfluencer.com) and Vaughn Johnson (formerly of Inquirer.com). Since 2015, the duo has produced compelling, unique, and entertaining weekly episodes along with special exclusive content on Patreon ... Live commentary specials before they were cool, deep dives into career retrospectives, high profile guests, current product analysis, and much more ... Become a patron at patreon.com/shootersradio

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United States

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The best and worst of pro wrestling covered weekly by Nick Piccone (PhillyVoice.com, PhillyInfluencer.com) and Vaughn Johnson (formerly of Inquirer.com). Since 2015, the duo has produced compelling, unique, and entertaining weekly episodes along with special exclusive content on Patreon ... Live commentary specials before they were cool, deep dives into career retrospectives, high profile guests, current product analysis, and much more ... Become a patron at patreon.com/shootersradio

Twitter:

@nickpiccone

Language:

English

Contact:

856-625-1190


Episodes

252: Deep Dive into Clash of the Champions I

9/16/2020
The very first Clash of the Champions took place on March 27, 1988 in Greensboro, NC at the Greensboro Coliseum. It drew 6,000 fans and popped a 5.6 rating on TBS. Oh, and it also went head-to-head with WrestleMania IV. Vaughn and Nick take a deep dive into the matches, happenings, and ponder if things turned out differently. The results (courtesy of prowrestlinghistory.com): NWA TV Champ Mike Rotunda pinned Jimmy Garvin (2nd Rnd - 1:10) in an "amateur" match. NWA U.S. Tag Champs The...

Duration:01:55:43

251: AEW/Matt Hardy Concussion Confusion and WWE/"Indepedent Contractors"

9/10/2020
Matt Hardy suffered a scary fall at Saturday's AEW All Out pay-per-view where he was knocked unconscious for nearly a minute. Thankfully, the decision was made to stop the Broken Rules Match between him and Sammy Guevara. Minutes later, the doctor cleared Hardy and they resumed the match. The next day, Tony Khan said Hardy did not have a concussion and many people apologized to him, and respected wrestling reporters did not do additional research. This really irked Nick Piccone, so he goes...

Duration:01:40:57

250: No Holds Barred: The Movie Deep Dive

9/2/2020
What made us want to deep dive into No Holds Barred: The Movie? We honestly have no clue. But we did it. And it was something. This deep dive is actually longer than the actual running time for the movie. Who was Rip? Why was Samantha cast as the bad person that Rip needed to forgive? Why did we celebrate Rip killing two people? Why is Brell a movie version of Vince McMahon? Why is Rip's brother named Randy? What did anyone get out of this movie? Also quite a few WWF cameos. Join us on...

Duration:02:20:07

249: Jacob Blake, Roman Reigns, and the Meaning of Titles

8/26/2020
This week, we talk about the real world. The show starts off with poignant comments from Vaughn Johnson about Jacob Blake, the Black man who was shot by a police officer 7 times... and survived. Vaughn begins the episode with a monologue that you need to hear. Then we get into some wrasslin'. Roman Reigns is back, and the perception of him has been very, very different, especially now. We explore why that is. Brodie Lee squashed Cody on Dynamite to win the TNT Championship. So why does he...

Duration:01:10:07

SummerSlam Preview with Nick Piccone and Jon Jansen on Fox Sports The Gambler

8/22/2020
Nick Piccone joins Jon Jansen on the Line Change on Fox Sports The Gambler to discuss WWE SummerSlam. Recorded August 19, 2020.

Duration:00:18:49

248: All Aboard the Lex Express Deep Dive

8/22/2020
Lex Luger rode across the country inside the bus known as the Lex Express during the summer of 1993. WWE Network added a video called "All Aboard the Lex Express" to their archives about two years ago, where a bunch of raw footage was sandwiched between the Stars & Stripes Challenge and the SummerSlam 1993 main event featuring Lex Luger vs. Yokozuna for the WWF Championship. This week, Nick and Vaughn took a deep dive into all that raw footage and discussed it all in-depth, which some...

Duration:02:00:09

247: Deep Dive into SummerSlam 1990

8/12/2020
This week, we take another deep dive into an event that took place in Philadelphia at the Spectrum in 1990 - WWF SummerSlam. It was a double main event! Hulk Hogan returns to take on Earthquake and the Ultimate Warrior defends the WWF Championship against "Ravishing" Rick Rude inside a steel cage... and much more! Vaughn and Nick discuss the good, the bad, and the ugly in-depth for nearly 3 hours! But first, they discuss the current day and the Retribution angle on WWE television. It's...

Duration:02:59:46

246: Raw Underground, AEW Heels, SummerSlam in AC and More

8/5/2020
What is happening in the world of pro wrestling? After a few weeks of looking at the past and having some fun, this week we turn to the current day. RAW Underground made its debut Monday night and it was ... something. Should this be a permanent fixture for the time being on RAW? Will it ... be good? Or will it just be one of those Vince McMahon things that'll be forgotten about in two weeks? AEW Heels announced a new membership platform for $49/year, which is supposed to be a "safe...

Duration:01:19:29

245: WCW's Beach Brawl 1999 at MTV Spring Break

7/29/2020
1999 was a very interesting year in wrestling. This week, we discuss WCW Beach Brawl, which took place from MTV Spring Break in Cancún, Mexico. It was just basically a battle royal, but Vaughn and Nick took voluminous notes to take a deep dive into the event. It might've just been a half-hour, but there was a lot to talk about. Kid Rock, Jimmy Hart, and Raven called the action on commentary, and even that was just flat-out ridiculous. The guys also discuss possible plans for SummerSlam...

Duration:01:50:27

CLASSIC #200: Inside Stories and Greatest Moments of The Straight Shooters

7/27/2020
Recorded 6/20/2019. Vaughn Johnson and Nick Piccone celebrate the 200th episode of The Straight Shooters! The guys discuss how the podcast got started, some of the best moments of the show, inside stories, shout outs to all of our guests over the years, and more on this milestone episode! Follow us on Twitter [@nickpiccone] [@VaughnMJohnson] [@ShootersRadio] You can subscribe to The Straight Shooters on the following platforms: [Apple Podcasts] [Google Podcasts] [Spotify] [iHeartRadio]...

Duration:01:16:31

244: The WrestleMania Rage Party

7/24/2020
The night before WrestleMania XV in Philly in March 1999, WWE held a WrestleMania Rage Party at the Pennsylvania Convention Center with legendary musical acts Isaac Hayes, Big Pun, and the... Cherry Poppin' Daddies? It was when WWE was close to if not at its peak in popularity among the masses, so... why not throw a Rage Party the night before the biggest wrestling event of the year? This week, Vaughn and Nick take a deep dive into the Rage Party, as they both watched it separately and took...

Duration:01:27:17

243: Double Champions and the Flower Show

7/15/2020
After Keith Lee became NXT Champion by defeating Adam Cole at NXT's Great American Bash finale, he added himself to a list of double champions in wrestling history as he still holds the NXT North American Championship. This week, we go down the list and name some of the best double champions in wrestling history. With NXT winning the total viewers ratings battle against AEW the last few weeks - not the demo though!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - we also talk a little ratings after Tony Khan and Chris...

Duration:02:04:52

242: The Best and Not-So-Best Wrestling PPV Posters

7/8/2020
WWE unveiled a new United States Championship design this week on RAW. The guys discuss their thoughts. Then, they take a look at some of the best and not-so-best wrestling PPV posters through the decades. Follow us on Twitter [@nickpiccone] [@VaughnMJohnson] [@ShootersRadio] You can subscribe to The Straight Shooters on the following platforms: [Apple Podcasts], [Stitcher], [Google Podcasts], [Spreaker], [Spotify], [iHeartRadio], [Pandora], [TuneIn Radio], [Player FM] and wherever else...

Duration:01:47:38

CLASSIC #47: The Most Patriotic Figures in Wrestling History

7/4/2020
Recorded 7/1/2016. This week, Vaughn and Nick discuss patriotic wrestling figures throughout history to begin the July 4th celebration weekend. They then discuss Roman Reigns and whether keeping him in the Battleground main event even though he's been suspended is a good thing. Brock Lesnar talked about fighting in UFC and not caring about what his WWE fans think or even what Stephanie McMahon thinks about him losing credibility if he loses at UFC 200. They also discuss Dean Ambrose...

Duration:01:10:37

241: The Best and Worst Wrestling PPV Taglines

7/1/2020
This week, Vaughn discusses his little Twitter dust-up with Dave Meltzer and his incels over whether his comments on Sammy Guevara in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter about the term "rape" being a common way to describe a man thinking a woman was attractive were accurate or not 20 years ago, much less four years ago. Much to nobody's surprise - Meltz decides to block Vaughn. Then we have some fun. We're going over the best and worst taglines for wrestling pay-per-views in modern history....

Duration:01:36:49

240: Evolution of Wrestling Fandom; Live Commentary of Flair/Steamboat III

6/26/2020
This week, Nick and Vaughn revisit last week's discussion of sexual predators in wrestling and how we need to be accountable and call that out. They also discuss the latest in the WWE COVID-19 breakout at the Performance Center, with Renee Young, Kayla Braxton, and Adam Pearce publicly stating they've tested positive. Then, the guys discuss the evolution of their wrestling fandom through their childhood to adult years. With the wrestling industry just in a sucky state right now inside and...

Duration:01:33:30

CLASSIC #111: Remembering Bobby "The Brain" Heenan

6/23/2020
Recorded 09/17/2017. Nick, Vaughn and Brian Isley discuss their memories of the late Bobby "The Brain" Heenan, who passed away Sunday, September 17, 2017, at the age of 73. Follow us on Twitter [@nickpiccone] [@VaughnMJohnson] [@ShootersRadio] You can subscribe to The Straight Shooters on the following platforms: [Apple Podcasts] [Google Podcasts] [Spotify] [iHeartRadio] [Radio.com] [TuneIn Radio] [Pandora] [Stitcher] [Spreaker] [Player FM] and wherever else you get your...

Duration:01:05:25

239: Calling Out Sexual Predators, Wrestling Video Games, Live Commentary of Flair/Steamboat II

6/19/2020
Over the past few days, a lot of sexual predators have been put on blast for sexual assault in the wrestling community. Kudos to those speaking up. We talk about it. After the PS5 was unveiled last week, we wanted to talk about some of our favorite wrestling video game memories growing up in-depth, so we did. After that, we live commentated the second match in the Ric Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat trilogy from 1989 - a 2-out-of-3 Falls Match on April 2, 1989 at the Clash of the Champions VI:...

Duration:02:20:39

CLASSIC #147: Roman Reigns Retrospective

6/18/2020
Recorded 05/09/2018. Nick, Vaughn and eventually Sawyer discuss the ongoing career arc of the polarizing Roman Reigns. The guys take a look at his debut in WWE as a member of The Shield, to his breakout as a singles star, to his run as being "The Guy" in WWE, what went wrong, what went right, and what might be for The Big Dog. Follow us on Twitter: [@nickpiccone] [@VaughnMJohnson] [@ShootersRadio] You can subscribe to The Straight Shooters on the following platforms: [Apple Podcasts],...

Duration:01:32:12

238: NXT TakeOver: In Your House Watch Party

6/7/2020
The guys are joined by fellow wrestling fans Saywer (@ASawyer1397) and Inquirer.com's Tommy Rowan (@tommyrowan) to sit back and watch a pay-per-view 25 years in the making! NXT TakeOver: In Your House brought the guys back together for this watch party. Join in on the fun! Follow us on Twitter: [@nickpiccone] [@VaughnMJohnson] [@ShootersRadio] You can subscribe to The Straight Shooters on the following platforms: [Apple Podcasts], [Stitcher], [Google Podcasts], [Spreaker], [Spotify],...

Duration:02:09:26