The Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast

Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame Journalist Wade Keller and a top shelf rotation of guest analysts with diverse backgrounds in pro wrestling provide timely and hard-hitting analysis of the latest TV shows, PPVs, and breaking news in pro wrestling. He also interviews some of pro wrestling's biggest names and most influential people on a weekly basis.

LATEST EPISODE

WKPWP - Flagship Friday w/Keller & Parks talking the path to Summerslam for WWE Universal and WWE Titles, plus Mailbag (6-22-18)

PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents "Flagship Friday" with PWTorch Newsletter columnist and PWTorch Livecast host Greg Parks. They dive into the topic of Greg's feature column in this week's PWTorch Newsletter looking at the path to Summerslam for the top two men's titles on Raw and Smackdown. They begin looking at the surprise Rusev vs. A.J. Styles title match at Extreme Rules and then what the options are after that for Summerslam. Then they look at the various candidates to enter and win the multi-man match at Extreme Rules and where Braun Strowman's MITB briefcase fits in. Then they answer some Mailbag questions from listeners including the prospects of the All In crew working with WWE, should Takeovers move away from the same weekend as WWE PPVs, should WWE talk more about NXT Title reigns when wrestlers move to Raw and Smackdown, Sanity's Smackdown debut, and more.
01:30:00 6/21/2018

Past Episodes

PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents "Interview Thursday" featuring ex-WWE Creative Team Member Kevin Eck. Eck worked behind the scenes in WWE from 2011 to 2014. In this show, he talks current events from this past week but sprinkles relevant anecdotes and insights from his time in WWE about Vince McMahon, the creative process, the women's division, and some specific wrestlers. Topics covered include the multi-man match at Extreme Rules and whether Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar is something fans will accept as a Summerslam main event if that happens, his frustration with Carmella's push, Vader's legacy, and more.
01:29:00 6/20/2018
PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents "Interview Friday" featuring ex-WWE Creative Team Member Jason Allen on the ten year anniversary of his time with WWE in 2008. In this third and final installment, he expands on the John Cena "Poopy" moment with JBL's limo and describes the backstage reaction he faced after doing that. He also talked about Freddie Prinze Jr. on the creative team, the Legacy trio with Ted DiBiase, Cody Rhodes, and Randy Orton, his on-camera debut at Extreme Rules and what went really wrong, working on the creative side with Bruce Prichard and Michael Hayes, and more.
01:20:00 6/14/2018
PWTorch editor Wade Keller is joined by PWTorch VIP Analyst Todd Martin for the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast weekly Thursday Flagship. They focus on three prime topics: C.M. Punk's latest UFC fight, his future in MMA and pro wrestling, how Vince McMahon, fans, and other wrestlers might look at him differently now, and whether he was delusional to think he could be a legit MMA fighter. Then they discuss NXT Takeover with a preview of this Saturday night's show in Chicago along with a look at the latest hype on NXT TV. And finally, Todd gives an in-depth review of Kenny Omega vs. Okada and Naito vs. Chris Jericho from the New Japan Dominion event.
01:29:00 6/13/2018
PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents "Interview Friday" featuring ex-WWE Creative Team Member Jason Allen on the ten year anniversary of his time with WWE in 2008 talks about when he realized life as a WWE writer might not have been a good long-term fit including a conversation on a plane with Mick Foley about his doubts, plus insights into some happenings in WWE in 2008 including John Cena's "Poopy" incident with JBL's limo, the Mike Adamle disaster, insight into Vince McMahon's quirky Million Dollar Giveaway on Raw and how people reacted internally, did writers check out online reviews of their shows, how it was difficult to watch veteran wrestlers be a shell of themselves backstage when the cameras were off, and much more.
01:09:00 6/7/2018
PWTorch editor Wade Keller is joined by Jonny Fairplay of "Survivor" fame and TNA to discuss hot topics in pro wrestling this week including a long discussion at the start about Shawn Michaels's tease of a one-time nostalgia comeback. Who should he face on the current WWE roster? The pros of cons of just about every option. Also, some talk about John Morrison/Johnny Nitro/Johnny Impact/Johnny Mundo/Johnny Island being a contestant on the next season of Survivor and how Fairplay believes he'll do given his personality and athletic skills. Then they talk about what WWE could do special for the first Smackdown on Fox in 15 month, Jonny's experience at Smackdown TV last week, and then the Mailbag including questions about New Day, Shayna Baszler-Dakota Kai, Big Cass camera angles, Ronda Rousey, and more. Also, some notes about the Jonny's conversation with production crew members about how Smackdown moving to Fridays changes things.
01:46:00 6/6/2018
PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents "Interview Friday" featuring ex-WWE Creative Team Member Jason Allen on the ten year anniversary of his time with WWE in 2008 talking about life as a writer, how he got his job, what it was like on the first day, how he adapted to the lifestyle, why it came to an end, and various fascinating anecdotes about the creative process and big names he worked with.
01:18:00 5/31/2018
PWTorch editor Wade Keller is joined by Jason Powell from ProWrestling.net with a focus on the impact of the Fox-WWE Smackdown deal on WWE, Impact, Indy Scene, plus Roman Reigns taking the week off, Roseanne controversy affected WWE's scripted promos and social media, and more.
01:44:00 5/30/2018
PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents "Interview Friday" featuring Sam Roberts & Keller discussing the many ramifications of the new WWE TV deal with Fox, assess the Superstar Shake-up so far and which wrestlers and which brand seem to have benefited the most, plus they predict the Money in the Bank match order.
01:22:00 5/24/2018
In this episode of the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast, the Thursday Flagship edition, Wade is joined by PWTorch columnist Todd Martin and they discuss WWE's new mega-deal with Fox from many perspectives and how it affects Vince McMahon, the Raw-Smackdown dynamic, wrestling fans, pro wrestlers, Triple H, and more. Plus analysis of the top segments on Raw and Smackdown including Daniel Bryan vs. Jeff Hardy, the return of Stephanie McMahon, the Ronda Rousey-Nia Jax angle, Bobby Lashley's sisters, Shinsuke Nakamkura-A.J. Styles stipulation segment, and more.
01:17:00 5/23/2018
PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents "Interview Friday" featuring the second of a two installment interview with Mick Foley. Keller begins with a review of Mick Foley's one man stand-up show at Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn. earlier this week, then the interview picks up with Foley discussing any regrets he has over bumps or moves he took in his career, advice for indy wrestlers and how they define success, what's not working with Roman Reigns and if it's fixable, the delicate balance he struck with asserting himself creatively on promos while also working with writers who presented hm with scripts as G.M., why Terry Funk would mess up moves on purpose, memories of Bruno Sammartino and what Bruno thought of him, and more.
01:20:00 5/17/2018
PWTorch editor Wade Keller is joined by Something to Wrestle With and What Happened When host Conrad Thompson talking All In's sellout, his Starrcast convention, the rise of Pro Wrestling Podcasts and will it last, is anything really wrong with Roman Reigns, and more.
01:14:00 5/16/2018
PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents "Interview Friday" featuring Mick Foley discussing the parallels between how he approaches his current career doing one-man stand-up shows and pro wrestling in terms of pacing and playing to the crowd. Also, he talks about the Women's Revolution, Ronda Rousey compared to Bill Goldberg, Kurt Angle's drive, how he's feeling better physically after surgery, the challenge of fitting into your place on the card even if it means cutting back on the quality of a match earlier in the card, how he built his reputation early, Kane, and more.
01:10:00 5/10/2018
PWTorch editor Wade Keller is joined by ProWrestling.net's Jason Powell discussing whether Daniel Bryan's push is going well since his return, what stood out about latest WWE financials and ratings, New Japan, whether Shinsuke Nakamura-A.J. Styles will ever reach original high expectations, various concerns with the WWE Women's Division, and more.
01:25:00 5/9/2018
PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents "Interview Friday" featuring a show dedicated to remembering Bruno Sammartino with two guests - photographer and magazine writer Bill Apter and historian and book author George Schire looking at Bruno's second reign for the WWWF in the 1970s, what happened in his final years as an active wrestler including the Larry Zbyszko feud, and his relationships with both Vince McMahon Sr. and Jr., his Hall of Fame resistance and eventual acceptance, and more.
01:42:00 5/3/2018
PWTorch editor Wade Keller is joined by Rich Fann to cover these topics: WWE Backlash in-depth preview, Saudi Arabia controversy, Tomasso Ciampa social media persona, New Japan hot topics, and more.
01:28:00 5/2/2018

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PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents "Flagship Friday" with PWTorch Newsletter columnist and PWTorch Livecast host Greg Parks. They dive into the topic of Greg's feature column in this week's PWTorch Newsletter looking at the path to Summerslam for the top two men's titles on Raw and Smackdown. They begin looking at the surprise Rusev vs. A.J. Styles title match at Extreme Rules and then what the options are after that for Summerslam. Then they look at the various candidates to enter and win the multi-man match at Extreme Rules and where Braun Strowman's MITB briefcase fits in. Then they answer some Mailbag questions from listeners including the prospects of the All In crew working with WWE, should Takeovers move away from the same weekend as WWE PPVs, should WWE talk more about NXT Title reigns when wrestlers move to Raw and Smackdown, Sanity's Smackdown debut, and more.
01:30:00 6/21/2018
PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents "Interview Thursday" featuring ex-WWE Creative Team Member Kevin Eck. Eck worked behind the scenes in WWE from 2011 to 2014. In this show, he talks current events from this past week but sprinkles relevant anecdotes and insights from his time in WWE about Vince McMahon, the creative process, the women's division, and some specific wrestlers. Topics covered include the multi-man match at Extreme Rules and whether Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar is something fans will accept as a Summerslam main event if that happens, his frustration with Carmella's push, Vader's legacy, and more.
01:29:00 6/20/2018
PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents "Interview Friday" featuring ex-WWE Creative Team Member Jason Allen on the ten year anniversary of his time with WWE in 2008. In this third and final installment, he expands on the John Cena "Poopy" moment with JBL's limo and describes the backstage reaction he faced after doing that. He also talked about Freddie Prinze Jr. on the creative team, the Legacy trio with Ted DiBiase, Cody Rhodes, and Randy Orton, his on-camera debut at Extreme Rules and what went really wrong, working on the creative side with Bruce Prichard and Michael Hayes, and more.
01:20:00 6/14/2018
PWTorch editor Wade Keller is joined by PWTorch VIP Analyst Todd Martin for the Wade Keller Pro Wrestling Podcast weekly Thursday Flagship. They focus on three prime topics: C.M. Punk's latest UFC fight, his future in MMA and pro wrestling, how Vince McMahon, fans, and other wrestlers might look at him differently now, and whether he was delusional to think he could be a legit MMA fighter. Then they discuss NXT Takeover with a preview of this Saturday night's show in Chicago along with a look at the latest hype on NXT TV. And finally, Todd gives an in-depth review of Kenny Omega vs. Okada and Naito vs. Chris Jericho from the New Japan Dominion event.
01:29:00 6/13/2018
PWTorch editor Wade Keller presents "Interview Friday" featuring ex-WWE Creative Team Member Jason Allen on the ten year anniversary of his time with WWE in 2008 talks about when he realized life as a WWE writer might not have been a good long-term fit including a conversation on a plane with Mick Foley about his doubts, plus insights into some happenings in WWE in 2008 including John Cena's "Poopy" incident with JBL's limo, the Mike Adamle disaster, insight into Vince McMahon's quirky Million Dollar Giveaway on Raw and how people reacted internally, did writers check out online reviews of their shows, how it was difficult to watch veteran wrestlers be a shell of themselves backstage when the cameras were off, and much more.
01:09:00 6/7/2018

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