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Episode 66: Shinsuke Nakamura's King of Strong Style: 1980-2014

2/5/2020
Before he came to WWE, Shinsuke Nakamura was a sensation in New Japan Pro Wrestling, first winning the IWGP Heavyweight Championship at the age of 23. In this semi-autobiography, Nakamura explains how he became a Japanese star, including confrontations with Antonio Inoki, feuds with Hiroshi Tanahashi, and even a match with Brock Lesnar. But does the one-man oral history format hold up for 300 pages? And is Shinsuke interesting enough to deserve a full mid-career book?

Duration:00:41:31

Episode 65: WWE 365: Seth Rollins

1/22/2020
The Architect. The Kingslayer. The Beastslayer. Seth Rollins is one of WWE's biggest stars, and he has an array of inorganic nicknames to prove it. But is Rollins a budding legend in the making, or just a thin-skinned grappler who has above-average matches? From two big showdowns against Brock Lesnar to his new relationship with Becky Lynch, the latest installment in the WWE 365 series covers a busy year in Seth's life. Did it make us like him more, or does it only reinforce why he's such...

Duration:00:44:03

Episode 64: Life Is Short and So Am I: My Life Inside, Outside, and Under the Wrestling Ring

1/8/2020
Call it the luck of the Irish: Hornswoggle may have written the best wrestling autobiography in years. In his recap of a decade with WWE, Dylan Postl shares his honest opinions on Vince McMahon, CM Punk, Triple H, John Cena, Kofi Kingston, and countless other wrestlers who became his friends and (occasionally) his enemies. We break down what made Hornswoggle such a unique character, and why that uniqueness made his book such a treat to read.

Duration:00:42:51

Episode 63: Netflix's The Toys That Made Us: Professional Wrestling

12/25/2019
Merry Christmas! To celebrate the holiday, we're heading to Netflix and streaming the pro wrestling episode of The Toys That Made Us, a documentary series that focuses on hit popular toys from the '80s and '90s. From Galoob to Hasbro to Jakks, from the big rubber action figures to WWF Wrestling Buddies, we travel back to the days when Hulk Hogan, Bret Hart, and a blue plastic ring were all wrapped and waiting under your Christmas tree.

Duration:00:38:45

Episode 62: 100 Things WWE Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die

12/11/2019
Bryan Alvarez is beloved by smarks everywhere for his book The Death of WCW and his work with Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Live. Unfortunately, his new book, 100 Things WWE Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die, likely won't inspire the same enthusiasm. We break down why, despite terrific chapters on Chris Benoit and WrestleMania III, the format and template don't suit Alvarez's knowledge or style.

Duration:00:55:38

Episode 61: WWE Untold: That's Gotta Be Kane!

11/27/2019
Don't be fooled; this isn't just a Kane documentary. Instead, it covers all the buildup to Badd Blood 1997, including the beginning of the legendary feud between Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker and the first-ever Hell in a Cell match. But it's also a reminder that Kane might've had the best debut in wrestling history, and that the WWE Network might actually be finding their way with these short docs. Join us as we somehow find more nice words to say about another Network offering.

Duration:00:46:16

Episode 60: Tommaso Ciampa: blackHEART

11/13/2019
When Tommaso Ciampa vacated the NXT Championship in March of 2019, wrestling fans everywhere were devastated. Fortunately, the WWE Network cameras were also rolling, which led to the terrific documentary Tommaso Ciampa: blackHEART. It's proof that, despite the horrible WWE Chronicle series, the Network can indeed produce docs that are both emotional and relevant. Join us as we dissect the rise of Ciampa, the glory of NXT, and the joy of a simple, well-told story.

Duration:00:51:49

Episode 59: WWE Greatest Rivalries

10/30/2019
Steve Austin versus Vince McMahon. Hulk Hogan versus Andre the Giant. Bret Hart versus Shawn Michaels. Dolph Ziggler versus The Miz? Not all rivalries are created equal, although WWE Greatest Rivalries would love to convince you otherwise. We dive into this coffee table book of the best feuds in WWE history and rank our favorite showdowns of the last four decades.

Duration:00:51:46

Episode 58: WWE vs AEW, Two Weeks In

10/16/2019
After two weeks of AEW Dynamite, NXT on USA, and Friday Night SmackDown, where does the WWE vs AEW war stand? Did WWE's new flagship show change with the move to Fox, or is it more of the same from Vince McMahon and company? And will 5-star Young Bucks matches and unique Chris Jericho promos make a dent in WWE's dominance? Join us as we leave the written word behind and attempt to dissect wrestling history as it happens.

Duration:01:05:46

Episode 57: Jim Cornette Presents: Behind the Curtain

10/2/2019
Jim Cornette and graphic novels don't seem like they go together, which made reading Jim Cornette Presents: Behind the Curtain – Real Pro Wrestling Stories an intriguing endeavor. Why did Cornette decide to tell a series of loosely related wrestling stories in a comic book format, ranging from Ric Flair's plane crash to the Montreal Screwjob? And who made him the arbiter of all things kayfabe? Join us as we crack open this comic and break down Cornette's life and legacy in wrestling.

Duration:00:41:54

Episode 56: WWE 24 - Kofi Kingston: The Year of Return

9/18/2019
Kofi Kingston's remarkable win at WrestleMania 35 was the feel-good moment of the wrestling decade; to commemorate the occasion, the WWE Network has produced what might be their finest documentary. It's the latest installment in the WWE 24 series, and it follows the WWE Champion as he visits his home country of Ghana after vanquishing Daniel Bryan. Find out why everyone loves the New Day legend, and what his long path to WWE stardom was really like.

Duration:00:40:12

Episode 55: Sabu: Scars, Silence, & Superglue

9/4/2019
ECW legend Sabu has penned his autobiography, and it's as extreme as you'd expect. From a childhood story about getting shot in the face to all his in-ring and extracurricular antics as arguably the biggest star of Paul Heyman's Extreme Championship Wrestling, Sabu's tales are as crazy as they get. Join us as we dissect the dirty life and times of the homicidal, suicidal, genocidal wildman.

Duration:00:45:54

Episode 54: GLOW Season 3

8/21/2019
What happens when a show about female pro wrestlers removes the wrestling? Unfortunately, this eternal question is answered on the latest season of GLOW. It's still a wonderful show, but less Zoya the Destroya, Liberty Belle, Machu Picchu and Welfare Queen means less enthusiasm from your best buds at Awesome Truth. Join us for our thoughts on the Gorgeous Ladies shifting to Las Vegas and where the Netflix hit can go from here.

Duration:00:46:02

Episode 53: Hobbs & Shaw

8/7/2019
The Rock and Roman Reigns, together again for the first time since being booed mercilessly at the 2015 Royal Rumble: what could go wrong? Unfortunately, a whole lot; it turns out 135 minutes of Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham trading lame insults is not what the doctor ordered, and Reigns is nothing more than a glorified extra. Awesome Truth welcomes a special guest and Fast & Furious aficionado to break down exactly where Hobbs & Shaw went wrong.

Duration:00:36:02

Episode 52: Tag Team, the Roddy Piper and Jesse Ventura Cop Show

7/24/2019
In 1991, Roddy Piper and Jesse Ventura could've been the biggest television stars in the world. Their pilot Tag Team had the kind of perfectly lame premise — pro wrestlers become cops — that might've cruised to the top of the ratings. Alas, ABC didn't pick up the show. But now, 28 years later, we're revisiting their first and only episode and dissecting whether Piper and Ventura really had a shot at fame.

Duration:00:52:27

Episode 51: Writing the Book on Indie Wrestling

7/10/2019
No one has written a definitive book on indie wrestling, until now. We welcome back returning champion Keith Elliot Greenberg – who is currently in the middle of penning a deep tome on PWG, wXw, EVOLVE, and numerous other indie promotions – to discuss how his conversations with the Young Bucks, Hangman Page, Marty Scurll and other modern indie legends have contributed to this upcoming, much anticipated book.

Duration:00:39:36

Episode 50: The Best Interviews, From Ric Flair to NJPW

6/26/2019
Conrad Thompson, Keith Elliot Greenberg, Liam O'Rourke, Chris Charlton: these are just a few of the terrific guests we've been blessed to have on Awesome Truth. To celebrate our 50th episode, we're revisiting our interviews with the best of them. Join us for classic insights into Ric Flair, Brian Pillman, and New Japan Pro Wrestling, and find out how we booked all these new friends to come on our show. It's a very special anniversary show, and the truth will set you free.

Duration:01:07:59

Episode 49: Viceland's Dark Side of the Ring

6/12/2019
A documentary series on the seedy underbelly of pro wrestling, produced by famed truth-tellers Vice Media? This is what we've been clamoring for...except not at all. How could telling the stories of Bruiser Brody, the Von Erich family, the Fabulous Moolah, and 'Macho Man' Randy Savage go so wrong? We break down all six episodes of the Viceland series Dark Side of the Ring and try to figure out why this exciting idea ultimately flopped.

Duration:00:42:52

Episode 48: Holy Grail: The Search for WWE’s Most Infamous Lost Match

5/29/2019
For years, a dark match between Bret Hart and Tom Magee was lost in the WWE archives. Now it has been found, just in time for the WWE Network to slap together a documentary and scoop Conrad Thompson's Starrcast event. Fortunately, the doc happens to be great. Join us as we offer a rare bit of praise for a WWE Network offering and ponder why Magee was considered a potential heir to the Hulk Hogan throne.

Duration:00:41:31

Episode 47: ECW One Night Stand 2005

5/15/2019
ECW's true swan song is one of the best moments in modern wrestling history; inspired by John Lister's Turning the Tables: The Story of Extreme Championship Wrestling, we're about to revisit it. Join us for Awesome Truth's first event recap, where we dissect what made ECW special, praise Eric Bischoff and JBL for being the evening's perfect heels, and reward WWE for finally getting out of the way and letting a rival promotion have its moment in the sun.

Duration:01:06:06