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New England's Hidden Gems - Episode 131

Pro wrestler "The Kingpin" Brian Milonas and referee Mike Crockett look back at some of New England independent wrestling's most unheralded talent over the years, hoping to shine a light on the region's hidden gems. From enhancement talent with more talent than the talent they're enhancing (hold on, I'm dizzy), to New England mainstays who came to prominence in the wrong era, to budding superstars that were just plain overlooked, we'll send you scrambling to YouTube to discover these unsung...


Backstage With The Bouncers - Episode 130

Pro wrestler "The Kingpin" Brian Milonas is in Philadelphia for Ring Of Honor Wrestling, and he's taking the microphone with him! Referee Mike Crockett sets the table from home, but Brian takes the reigns and talks with his ROH tag team partner, the Beer City Bruiser (@bcbwinchester) about their current run - the opportunities they've gotten and the people they've worked with. Plus, they discuss the vibe in the ROH locker room, their wish for next April's Madison Square Garden show and the...


Today vs. Yesterday - Episode 129

Pro wrestler "The Kingpin" Brian Milonas and referee Mike Crockett have heard all the grumbling about today's wrestling product. It's really unavoidable. But is it really all that terrible, especially in comparison to the past? We are analyzing nine different facets of pro wrestling, contrasting the current landscape with the product we grew up with. Which era wins out in the end? Today or yesterday? We may just need your help on Twitter (@TheWPAN)! Plus, we promise we want to love this...


The WPAN AMA - Episode 128

Pro wrestler "The Kingpin" Brian Milonas and referee Mike Crockett solicited questions all week on social media and, in this episode, embark on the first-ever WPAN AMA - Ask Milonas (or Mike) Anything! Queries came in from all over about Milonas' wrestling wish list, competition for WWE, favorite wrestling memories, the hazards of refereeing, Wine City Wailer origins, the Jim Duggan blender rumor (!), witnessing history, untrue rumors about us, the most cringeworthy TV wrestling moment and...


Let's Get Ready To Ramble - Episode 127

Pro wrestler "The Kingpin" Brian Milonas has done it! In the aftermath of his recent run-in with David Arquette, he's finally forced referee Mike Crockett to sit through WCW's foray into cinema, 2000's Ready To Rumble! We review the movie from start to finish - all the awful jokes, insulting fan stereotypes, and more! Ever wanted to see Oliver Platt rap? Neither did Crockett, but he watched it all for your (and Brian's) pleasure. Plus, a Promo About Nothing that Bellomos, following up on...


Kingpin's Mean Tweets & The Evolution Of The Wrestling Match - Episode 126

Pro wrestler "The Kingpin" Brian Milonas and referee Mike Crockett are examining the constantly evolving state of the pro wrestling match - where it's been, what it is today, and where it's headed. We break down the basic match structure, how it's been tweaked over time, calling it in the ring vs. calling it in the back, TV vs. indy matches, working to your audience, plus big bumps, false finish overload and SO much more - it's a real jerking back of the curtain as we deep dive into the art...


Drafting Wrestling's Best Feuds - Episode 125

Pro wrestler "The Kingpin" Brian Milonas and referee Mike Crockett are celebrating the start of football season (or Brian is, and Crockett is being dragged along) by doing the WPAN's second annual draft! This time out, we are drafting the best pro wrestling feuds of all time! Which wrestling rivalries make our lists? There's at least one pick you will NOT see coming! Which feuds would you select? Also, we look back at Milonas' last few weeks participating in CHIKARA's King Of Trios and main...


The Interview With The Kingpin's Trainer "Coach" Mike Hollow Featuring Jamie Jamitkowski - Episode 124

Pro wrestler "The Kingpin" Brian Milonas is hitting the highways and biways this Labor Day weekend, leaving referee Mike Crockett to run the show with a guest co-host, For The Pops and Let The Chaos Begin Podcasts' own Jamie Jamitkowski (@ForThePops)! Ironically, Milonas booked this week's guest - his trainer at the Chaotic Training Center, former head trainer for Killer Kowalski's Institute of Professional Wrestling and ex-WWF employee "Coach" Mike Hollow - but we're all friends here, so we...


The Life And Legacy Of Walter "Killer" Kowalski With NECW's Sheldon Goldberg - Episode 123

Pro wrestler "The Kingpin" Brian Milonas and referee Mike Crockett have done a few podcasts highlighting the "founding fathers" of New England pro wrestling and this time, just a few days before the 10-year anniversary of his passing, we focus on the nucleus of the local wrestling landscape and an all-time legend, Walter "Killer" Kowalski! We both had the opportunity to be around Walter in his later years, and we share some memories of meeting the man, visiting the old school in Malden,...


The NXT Renaissance - Episode 122

Pro wrestler "The Kingpin" Brian Milonas and referee Mike Crockett check in on WWE's third brand, NXT, after seeing it live in lovely Lowell, Massachusetts and then watching NXT Takeover Brooklyn 4 this past Saturday night on the WWE Network! Are we in the midst of their second "golden era" on the back of some of New England's best exports? The Lowell house show was proof of that, and our... "special correspondent" gives his thoughts on the entire night and what it meant to him. Then, it's...


The Red-Headed Stepchild Of The Entertainment Industry - Episode 121

Pro wrestler "The Kingpin" Brian Milonas and referee Mike Crockett take a look this week at pro wrestling's place in the world. We all seem to have accepted that it's not sport, but why is it still the most disrespected brand of entertainment? Why do people still ask if it's fake? Why won't people give a wrestling performance the same weight as they would a performance in a movie, play, or TV show? Why do those that claim to be fans of wrestling sometimes have just as negative a view as the...


The Reunion Wrestling Roundup & Worst Day Ever - Episode 120

Pro wrestler "The Kingpin" Brian Milonas and referee Mike Crockett embark on the most anticipated reunion since Foreigner, and it's URGENT that we talk about the slew of news that's been breaking over the past month - not the least of which is a new additon to the Crockett family! But we are a wrestling podcast after all, so we'll also share opinions on WWE Evolution, more wrestling Twitter silliness with Bliss & Brock, Tommaso Ciampa reaching the top of the NXT mountain, WWE hoarding...


Reviewing Wrestling's Worst Matches With Our Vantage Point's Joe Marotta & Michael Quinn - Episode 119

Pro wrestler "The Kingpin" Brian Milonas is BACK, baby, but referee Mike Crockett is preoccupied with other duties (doodies?), leaving Brian to call backup in the form of Joe Marotta & Michael Quinn from Our Vantage Point, the Retro Wrestling Podcast (@ovppodcast)! For two weeks straight, we've looked at the WORST of wrestling, so the Summer of Negativity continues as we review three of the worst matches in WWE, TNA and WCW history. Hear us gag over Chris Nowinski & Jackie Gayda vs. Bradshaw...


Worst Gimmicks Of The 80s With #BTTPod's Mike Mills - Episode 118

With pro wrestler "The Kingpin" Brian Milonas again away on wrestling business, referee Mike Crockett has recruited as co-host this week the guy behind Booking The Territory, the UNprofessional Wrestling Podcast (@BTT_Podcast), Mike Mills - and it's the perfect topic for an old school wrestling fan like him. He's salivating to run down the Worst Gimmicks of the 1980s with a list of WWF gimmicks a mile long - but don't worry, we spread the love around. From African Dreams in the Northeast, to...


Worst Wrestling Ideas We've Heard With Brian Fury - Episode 117

Pro wrestler "The Kingpin" Brian Milonas is out on assignment, so referee Mike Crockett has again enlisted the services of the permanent guest host of the WPAN, owner of both Chaotic Wrestling and the New England Pro Wrestling Academy, Brian Fury (@xbrianxfuryx)! We reflect on some of the WORST ideas we've ever heard - booking plans, characters, production ideas and much more, including the humble beginnings of an NXT favorite. But before that, it's the return of a new bit to the podcast,...


The Interview With Viral Video Star Ace Romero - Episode 116

Pro wrestler "The Kingpin" Brian Milonas and referee Mike Crockett have the EXCLUSIVE first interview with the latest wrestler to go viral, Brian's old tag team partner Ace Romero (@The AceyBaby)! If you've been anywhere near wrestling Twitter in the past week, you've seen the big guy launching an unfortunate soul from the ring into the seventeenth row with a mighty pounce - that's Acey Baby, a guy who met Milonas on day one of his training! We talk about the genesis of the spot, did it go...


The GLOW Primer With Greetings From Allentown's Peter Winson - Episode 115

Pro wrestler "The Kingpin" Brian Milonas and referee Mike Crockett dive into the world of the Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling by recapping season 1 of GLOW on Netflix, just a couple days after the new season is released. Helping us with this GLOW Primer is our next door neighbor, the host of the Greetings From Allentown podcast (@GFAllentownPod), Peter Winson! PW is not only a fan of the new series, but reviewed the pilot episode of the original GLOW series from 1985 on his show last week, so...


The Battle Of The Big Men - Episode 114

Pro wrestler "The Kingpin" Brian Milonas and referee Mike Crockett talk about the recent passing of one of wrestling's best superheavyweights, Leon White AKA Big Van Vader, and that leads to a discussion of the best big men in history! "Fat guys" in the business have come a long way from Haystacks Calhoun, and we'll take you through years with our picks for the best of the big guys! Get Brian's insights on working like a big man, who he's emulated in his career and who has captured his...


True Wrestling Confessions & The Most Important Shuffle - Episode 113

Pro wrestler "The Kingpin" Brian Milonas and referee Mike Crockett are telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth as they make True Wrestling Confessions! Get Brian's thoughts on a new wrestling fad, hear about the rib that Mike still can't shake, plus the real story about the world's worst druids at Survivor Series 2008 and much more. But first, it's an all-important edition of America's Game, the Dirt Sheet Shuffle, with a possible winning record hanging in the balance!...


The Art Of Managing & Favorite Wrestling Manager - Episode 112

Pro wrestler "The Kingpin" Brian Milonas and referee Mike Crockett are ready to discuss what YOU voted for on Twitter (@TheWPAN), our Favorite Wrestling Manager. But first, we take a look at the "lost art" of managing as a whole - the purpose of having one for interviews, the benefits (and drawbacks) of having a second at ringside, and what's good heat and when is the best time for a manager to get it? From the origins of the managerial role to its height in the 1980s to what happened to the...