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For the first time ever, you are listening to a live, in-person recording of Awesome Truth! To celebrate this momentous occasion, we decided to answer the question on everyone's lips: Should I watch Heels on Starz? The Stephen Amell show recently premiered on the premium network; is it worth hunting down a subscription? Does this Friday Night Light…
 
Before The Ringer and The Masked Man Show, before becoming a WWE talking head, David Shoemaker was writing "Dead Wrestler of the Week" for Deadspin and telling tales of the many pro wrestlers who'd lost their lives. This week on Awesome Truth, we're revisiting those days and discussing The Squared Circle: Life, Death, and Professional Wrestling, th…
 
"Stone Cold" Steve Austin's podcast-turned-TV show is streaming on Peacock and features top guests like AEW's Chris Jericho, Kevin Nash, and the Undertaker, but is it any good? Austin was one of the pioneers of wrestling podcasting, but is his interview style better suited to an audio format? Join us as we dissect Steve Austin's Broken Skull Sessio…
 
A&E, long the home of hit show Storage Wars, has dipped their toe into the world of wrestling memorabilia with the weirdly titled WWE's Most Wanted Treasures. But instead of collectors going wild over Undertaker's urn and Ric Flair's robe, it's Triple H and Stephanie McMahon trying to collect lost items for the WWE archives. Is this type of wrestli…
 
Brian Pillman's story is so influential and consequential that it took Dark Side of the Ring two episodes to tell it fully. Well, we're topping them and making it three! Years after we read Crazy Like a Fox and talked to author Liam O'Rourke, we're discussing the recently aired two-part Pillman saga and reflecting on how magnetic it still is to wat…
 
He was arguably the second-biggest star of the 1980s, and then it all came apart in spectacular fashion. The rise and fall of the Ultimate Warrior is a wrestling story for the ages, which is why it's not surprising that Vice's Dark Side of the Ring and A&E's Biography both recently covered it in detail. But is either documentary any good? Do we sti…
 
In roughly a dozen years, Drew McIntyre has gone from Scottish upstart to "The Chosen One" to 3MB to the indies to the WWE Championship. He's had a wild ride for a wrestler in his 30s, one very worthy of an autobiography despite being a superstar still in his prime. Join us as we discuss A Chosen Destiny: My Story, Drew's inspiring redemption tale …
 
WWE 24 is back with another installment, and it’s AWESOME. Awesome Truth finally talks about one-half of its namesake as we dive deep on all things Mike “The Miz” Mizanin. We discuss his origins in reality TV, his struggles to break into wrestling (specifically, the WWE locker room), and his most memorable moments since becoming a main roster mains…
 
If you were a teenage wrestling fan in the early '90s, you had to love Shawn Michaels and Diesel. Both men went onto bigger and better things, including D-Generation X and the nWo, but for a brief second there, nothing was cooler than HBK and Big Daddy Cool. So when your hosts -- who grew up with the New Generation -- heard about WWE Untold: Two Du…
 
Awesome Truth is back to the written word, but we’re having a hard time labeling this episode’s entry as a book. On March 16, 2021, ECW Press published a unique piece of wrestling literature, all about Stone Cold Steve Austin’s life and career. Michael McAvennie’s Austin 3:16: 316 Facts and Stories about Stone Cold Steve Austin is exactly what it s…
 
4 years. 100 episodes. 5 top wrestling books. Awesome Truth reaches a major podcasting milestone: 100 episodes! After years of reading books and recording pods, join us as we look back at them all and craft our definitive list of the top 5. We also give our hot takes on some of our least favorite entries into the book club. Want to know more about …
 
You may know him from WCW, AEW, the What Happened When podcast, or that time he wore a denim vest, but soon you'll know him from Butts in Seats: The Tony Schiavone Story, an upcoming graphic novel that's breaking records on Kickstarter. The man himself, Tony Schiavone, joins us with his co-author Dirk Manning to discuss where the graphic novel idea…
 
Yes, you read that right: in the year 2021, NBC is airing a sitcom about the childhood of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. And it's not just all about Rock; we get a little Andre the Giant, The Iron Sheik, and "Macho Man" Randy Savage to boot. But why is our favorite pro wrestler-turned-movie star dipping his toe into the dying medium of network TV? And …
 
We're back to the WWE Network for probably the last time (hello, Peacock) but luckily it's for a rare good cause. It's our second Big E episode in so many weeks, and this time we're talking about his installment of WWE 24. How did Ettore Ewen go from a self-professed introvert to the voice of the New Day and perhaps the most iconic Black WWE supers…
 
You may know Ettore Ewen as WWE's Big E, but if everything goes right, you'll also know him as the brains behind an animation empire. In tandem with his friends Jonathan Davenport and Andreas Hale, they've got a Kickstarter going called Our Heroes Rock, a potential 3D animated series that explores the heroes of Black history. The trio joins us toda…
 
Alright hosers, it's time for another episode of the Awesome Truth Book Club That Totally Reeks of Awesomeness! For the benefit of those who enjoy reading, we're covering all things Edge pre-2005, as written in his autobiography, Adam Copeland on Edge. Adam chronicles his humble upbringing, his death-defying road trips while wrestling in Canada’s i…
 
For anyone who grew up on '90s wrestling, Yokozuna was larger than life. He was the man who sat on Hulk Hogan, the foe of Bret Hart and the Undertaker, the behemoth who Lex Luger somehow slammed on the USS Intrepid. And now, on the first episode of WWE Icons, we finally get to hear his story. What made Yoko burn too bright too fast and become — lit…
 
Take a trip on the greatest wrestling nostalgia tour we’ve ever had on Awesome Truth! With Hardcore Gaming 101 Presents: Wrestling with Pixels as our guide, we discuss the features and nuances behind the most iconic wrestling video games of all time. From WrestleMania: The Arcade Game to Fire Pro Wrestling World, we discuss games from every era and…
 
Bacurau. Da 5 Bloods. Mank. First Cow. Which of those four 2020 releases was the finest film of the year? As has become tradition on the In Reel Deep Podcast, we gather to discuss our recent best of 2020 list and choose a favorite from the year that was. Also, we share a big announcement concerning the future of the podcast and of InReelDeep.com.…
 
Do we need another detailed history of WWE? That's the question we couldn't stop asking while reading Bill Hanstock's otherwise entertaining We Promised You a Great Main Event, and it's what we're talking about today on Awesome Truth. Who is this book for? Is there really a chunk of the fan base that wants to read about wrestling's recent past yet …
 
2021 is already shaping up to be Kenny Omega’s greatest year in professional wrestling. So what better way to ring in the new year than to watch the Kenny Omega documentary? From Kenny’s humble beginnings in wrestling to his decision to turn down a WWE contract and his incredible rise in Japan, Awesome Truth is here to dissect his journey thus far,…
 
For a year and change, Bill Goldberg was the biggest name in wrestling. His unbeaten streak and championship win over Hulk Hogan captivated fans and gave WCW an aura of invincibility that felt endless...until it ended. In this episode of WWE Network's Untold series, Goldberg and frenemies like Kevin Nash and DDP dissect the phenomenon that was the …
 
We're wrapping up our 2020 journey through Christmas movies with a bang: It's a Wonderful Life, the 1946 masterpiece that's both a holiday classic and an all-time wonderful film. In a slight twist for our December episodes, we get in real (reel) deep and speculate about director Frank Capra's message, star Jimmy Stewart's acting prowess, and whethe…
 
It's a Christmas classic that came out in 1983, lovingly depicted 1940s pre-war holiday magic, and as of 2020 still airs for 24 hours straight in late December. It's A Christmas Story, and it's as good as you remember. We discuss which member of the Parker family is the MVP, our top 5 favorite scenes, and how this movie somehow defies being remade.…
 
You've heard our interview with Matt and Nick Jackson; now it's time to go in-depth on their smash-hit book, Young Bucks: Killing the Business from Backyards to the Big Leagues. Would the Bucks have made it big in WWE? What do we think of their performance thus far in AEW? And are they the most important indie act of the last few decades? We break …
 
I've heard of one Vanessa Hudgens, even two Vanessa Hudgenses, but THREE Vanessa Hudgenses?! That's the premise of The Princess Switch: Switched Again, the 2020 sequel to the possibly beloved Netflix movie about...princesses who switch. The original was certainly a Christmas movie; what about this one? Does it feel you with holiday cheer, or is it …
 
It's a Superkick Party on Awesome Truth; the Young Bucks are here. Tag team champions of the world Matt and Nick Jackson join us to discuss their new book Killing the Business from Backyards to the Big Leagues and explain how they went from indie darlings to AEW executive vice presidents to best-selling authors — and how they documented that remark…
 
It's the holiday season! And we're back to talk holly jolly Christmas movies. Our December to Remember guru Sam Johnson returns as well to assign us several options for this month of wintry mayhem; some are classics and some, well, are nightmares. What are the flicks we'll be enjoying during this Covid Christmas? You've got to listen to find out.…
 
For our very special 100th episode, there was only one film we wanted to cover: Orson Welles' Citizen Kane. Widely regarded as the best movie ever made, Kane is a masterpiece, and timelier than ever in the era of President Donald Trump. We break down its origins, its impact, and why Welles' work stands the test of time when so many other movies fro…
 
Vice's Dark Side of the Ring has become a surprise sensation, the network's highest-rated show and a much-needed alternative to WWE's stranglehold on the history of pro wrestling. To share how this engrossing docuseries came to be, we welcome Evan Husney, the show's co-creator and executive producer, as he discusses his favorite episode(s) and what…
 
We've reached the end of our journey through the selected filmography of Tom Hanks: 2019's A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, also known as The Mr. Rogers Movie. It's Tom's first true supporting role in quite a while, and it earned him an Oscar nomination for his trouble. What does this film's success mean for the future of Hanks? And what was ou…
 
Welcome to 30 Days of the Deadman, whatever that means. Though The Last Ride came out mere months ago, it's been 30 years since The Undertaker's debut at Survivor Series 1990, which means the WWE Network is once again awash in Mark Calaway content. Fortunately, this one is a good one: wrestlers remembering the first time they met The Phenom. Join u…
 
There may not be a better one-two cinematic combo than 1979's Alien and 1986's Aliens. Ridley Scott's masterpiece melded sci-fi and horror like peanut butter and jelly, and James Cameron's follow-up is a fantastic action film that cemented Sigourney Weaver as a star among stars. To celebrate October, that classic month of horror, we're revisiting t…
 
It's a little weird to say, but this Chris Jericho autobiography from 2011 might be the best Vince McMahon book ever written. The shockingly honest Y2J dissects his Raw is Jericho debut, his uncomfortable first few years in WWE, and most importantly, his day-to-day interactions with the oft-manipulative Mr. McMahon. Plus, there are Fozzy and Hollyw…
 
The Da Vinci Code came out to great fanfare in 2006, followed by two relatively successful sequels, yet we still have no idea why Tom Hanks decided to play Robert Langdon. Best-case scenario is "nerdy Indiana Jones," and this is far from the best case. As we near the end of our jaunt through Tom's filmography, we examine the reasons why this bland,…
 
Many wrestling fans think David Arquette winning the WCW championship killed the business, and the man himself doesn't agree. That's why the Hollywood actor decided to return to pro wrestling the right way, a journey documented in the 2020 documentary You Cannot Kill David Arquette. But is this really a doc? And who wants or needs a stylized, overp…
 
Ken Shamrock is a UFC Hall of Famer and a star from the early days of WWE's Attitude Era; he's also one of the few wrestlers to fall out with Vince McMahon so thoroughly that he's never, ever returned to the company. We sit down with Jonathan Snowden, acclaimed author of a new Shamrock biography, to discuss Ken's thoughts on pro wrestling and to di…
 
Medicine for goat! Our trip through the Tom Hanks filmography has led us to 2004's The Terminal, without a doubt the oddest Hanks/Steven Spielberg team-up. Tom's beyond charming as Krakozhia's Viktor Navorski, but in retrospect this was the beginning of the end of his run as a no-doubt box office superstar. Join us as we dissect why the two Hollywo…
 
The rise of AEW and the rebirth of indie wrestling have changed the game for WWE and beyond, and the first great chronicle of this new world order has emerged: Too Sweet: Inside the Indie Wrestling Revolution by Keith Elliot Greenberg. We welcome Keith back to the show yet again to discuss the Young Bucks, Kevin Steen, Pro Wrestling Tees, PWG, and …
 
We've booked our first star of the small screen! Ben Giroux, also known as Coach Fener on Netflix's The Big Show Show, joins us to discuss acting alongside The Big Show himself, Paul Wight. Sadly, their show was canceled right after we recorded this interview, but that doesn't mean we can't all enjoy his stories of going toe to toe with Show on set…
 
Just because Netflix canceled The Big Show Show moments before we recorded this episode doesn't mean we abandoned our plans to talk Paul Wight's sitcom debut! It's not every day that a WWE superstar gets a starring role on TV, and surprisingly enough, Big Show proves up to the task. To talk about Show's fake family, I needed my family; my brother C…
 
The last time the world's economy tanked, back in 2008, it wasn't because of a global pandemic. It was because a handful of billionaires, mostly Americans, decided to rig our financial system for their benefit. As a result, trillions of dollars were lost, the planet spun into economic ruin, and few — if any — people stood trial for their crimes. Th…
 
As the "Million Dollar Man" and beyond, Ted DiBiase is one of pro wrestling's all-time greats. But like almost every star from the 1980s, DiBiase had his demons. His son, former WWE superstar Ted DiBiase Jr., decided to dissect those demons in the 2017 film The Price of Fame. It's a decent little conceit for a wrestling documentary, but does it hol…
 
Next up in our Tom Hanks miniseries? 2000's Cast Away, also known as the apex of his storied acting career. At the turn of the century, there was no one bigger than Hanks, which is why a movie where his costars are Helen Hunt, Nick Searcy and a volleyball made $420 million worldwide and got him an Oscar nomination. Join us as we break down what mak…
 
Once upon a time, Vince McMahon gave a director named Barry Blaustein full access to the WWF locker room. Paul Heyman, Terry Funk and Jake Roberts all signed up as well. Almost 21 years later, it's amazing that Beyond the Mat even exists, but it does. Why did all these wrestling luminaries provide the cowriter of Coming to America with so much acce…
 
We've reached the end of our crime miniseries, and we're going out with a bang: 2007's No Country for Old Men, perhaps the shiniest gem in the Coen brothers' catalog. Beyond a life-changing performance from Javier Bardem and some of the tensest scenes you'll ever see, this film has plenty to say about crimes and the people who commit them. Join as …
 
No pro wrestler has battled his "demons" quite like Jake "The Snake" Roberts. His recovery from years of drug and alcohol abuse was documented in 2015's The Resurrection of Jake the Snake, in which Diamond Dallas Page famously adopts Jake and Scott Hall while nursing them back to health. To break down this instant-classic wrestling doc, we've invit…
 
Our journey through the Tom Hanks filmography originally led us down The Green Mile, but over the course of 189 minutes of supposed movie magic we realized that it...wasn't very good. So we called an audible; not only are you getting some Frank Darabont banter but we're also returning to Nora Ephron and Meg Ryan to discuss You've Got Mail as well. …
 
For years, Mark Calaway fully lived the Undertaker gimmick. Now, he's finally speaking out as himself, a decision highlighted in great detail throughout WWE Network's Undertaker: The Last Ride. Though it's become one of the network's highest profile documentaries, how entertaining is it to watch Calaway lament all his recent injuries and subpar Wre…
 
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