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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
 
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The guys open this week’s episode by discussing the surprising news of Paul Wight, aka the Big Show, signing with All Elite Wrestling after reportedly unable to come to an agreement with WWE to extend his contract. They talk about the wrestling landscape nowadays and touch on a few current items before moving into their deep dive. The deep dive thi…
 
Recorded December 18, 2015. This week, the guys talk about this past Raw from Philly and Roman Reigns winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Where does Reigns go from here? And the guys also talk about NXT TakeOver from London this past Wednesday. Did Samoa Joe capture the NXT Championship from Finn Balor? Brian Isley from BoomBoxLife radi…
 
It's one of the most critically-acclaimed wrestling documentaries of all-time, and this week, we're taking a deep dive into it. Beyond The Mat was released on October 22, 1999, and was directed, written, produced, and narrated by Barry W. Blaustein, who was a pretty famous writer and did a lot of projects with Eddie Murphy: Saturday Night Live, Com…
 
Happy St. Valentine's Day Weekend! This week, we're heading back to 1999 WWF and the height of the Austin vs. McMahon rivalry: St. Valentine's Day Massacre. Austin and McMahon carried these few months along with The Rock and Mick Foley, as WWF TV was must-watch each and every week. This pay-per-view was no different, but not because of the undercar…
 
This episode comes from a Patreon request! Request your deep dive at patreon.com/shootersradio. The WWF in February 2001 was on another level. Just a month later, Vince McMahon would purchase WCW and that's all she wrote for the modern-day wrestling wars. This week, we deep dive into the last WWF pay-per-view before their purchase of WCW, what thin…
 
This episode comes from a Patreon request! Request your deep dive at patreon.com/shootersradio. Did y'all know Stone Cold Steve Austin and Vince McMahon had a bitter rivalry in 1999? Well, if you didn't, the 1999 Royal Rumble will certainly get you up to date quickly on everything regarding this feud. The 1999 Royal Rumble was really a two-match sh…
 
This week, the guys are live commentating the 1997 Royal Rumble. This year, the Rumble returns to San Antonio's Alamodome, where the '97 Rumble took place. Join us for the entire Rumble match as we provide our commentary for the duration of it. Originally recorded on January 13, 2017. -- Follow us on Twitter [@nickpiccone] [@VaughnMJohnson] [@Shoot…
 
The 1991 Royal Rumble took place from the Miami Arena in Miami, Florida on January 19, 1991 ... two days after the United States started an offensive on Iraqi troops occupying Kuwait. The WWF exploited the hell out of this by having Sgt. Slaughter adopt an Iraqi Sympathizer gimmick and acquire manager General Adnan months earlier, who would carry a…
 
Patreon request: Extreme Rules 2011. SUBSCRIBE: [patreon.com/shootersradio] Join us as we take a deep dive into this pay-per-view from May 1, 2011. John Cena looks to win the WWE Championship from The Miz in a Triple Threat Steel Cage Match with John Morrison, CM Punk and Randy Orton battle to be the Last Man Standing, Sheamus defends the United St…
 
We take a deep dive into this movie: Gordie Boggs (David Arquette) and Sean Dawkins (Scott Caan) are best friends who operate a sewage truck and idolize pro wrestler Jimmy King (Oliver Platt). After Diamond Dallas Page (Diamond Dallas Page) dethrones their hero, Gordie and Sean embark on a mission to help King get his title back. When they finally …
 
Jon Huber (Brodie Lee, Luke Harper) passed away this past week. We pay tribute to the man and the wrestler at the beginning of this show. The man was beloved by everyone in the wrestling industry and we pay our respects to the 41-year-old husband and father. After our tributes, we take a deep dive into WCW Starrcade 1998 with the Third Man returnin…
 
Vaughn and Nick give their gifts to professional wrestling for the holiday season. 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…
 
The World Wrestling Federation ended the year 2000 with a 6-man Hell in a Cell Match for the WWF Championship. Kurt Angle defended the title against Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, Triple H, Undertaker, and Rikishi in what might be one of the most underrated HIAC matches of all-time. There were more matches, too, but this was pretty much a one-m…
 
We're here. We've talked about it before on the podcast, but this episode we're taking a deep dive into the most important pay-per-view in the history of World Championship Wrestling. It was arguably the most anticipated wrestling pay-per-view of all-time, and it marked the beginning of the end for WCW. The end product looked nothing like what was …
 
All Elite Wrestling had their biggest Dynamite show to date on December 2, 2020, as the event titled "Winter Is Coming" aired on TNT live. And we live commentate all the happenings, including Sting's AEW debut and Kenny Omega winning the AEW World Heavyweight Championship while hightailing it out of town with Don Callis to... IMPACT WRESTLING? We'r…
 
The night after the 1990 Survivor Series, the Ultimate Warrior defended the WWF Championship against "The Million Dollar Man" Ted DiBiase on The Main Event on NBC. On this episode, we're taking a deep dive into the entire show. Follow us on Twitter [@nickpiccone] [@VaughnMJohnson] [@ShootersRadio] You can subscribe to The Straight Shooters on the f…
 
It was Deadly Game at the 1998 Survivor Series, as a one-night tournament to crown a new WWF Champion was had! The guys dive deep into the happenings of what Nick says is Vince Russo's shining moment. Follow us on Twitter [@nickpiccone] [@VaughnMJohnson] [@ShootersRadio] You can subscribe to The Straight Shooters on the following platforms: [Apple …
 
Perhaps the most infamous night in professional wrestling history, the guys deep dive into the Montreal Screwjob and the 1997 Survivor Series! 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…
 
Recorded November 9, 2017. On the date of the 20th anniversary of the infamous Montreal Screwjob, Nick, Vaughn and Brian discuss everything about the 1997 Survivor Series main event ending. They give their thoughts on the Montreal Screwjob, whether one or another is to blame, their thoughts then and now, and what it's meant to professional wrestlin…
 
This week, Vaughn and Nick watch NXT's Halloween Havoc and live commentate as it happens on the USA Network. 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] [St…
 
Recorded on October 29, 2015. This week, the Shooters are joined again by Brian Isley of BoomBoxLife radio and talk about Hell in a Cell, Raw, the 1990's, Blockbuster Night, and a whole lot more on this jam-packed episode of The Straight Shooters. Tune in for wrestling, stay for the humor. Follow us on Twitter [@nickpiccone] [@VaughnMJohnson] [@Sho…
 
WWE's Hell in a Cell match has left us with lasting memories for the last 20+ plus years. On this episode, we pit the best of the best in a 16-match elimination style bracket to crown the greatest Hell in a Cell Match of all-time. The odds are we've already seen the greatest #HIAC match, so Vaughn and Nick are joined by the good brother Sawyer to d…
 
Recorded October 4, 2017. Join us later this week as we conduct a bracket tournament to decide which is the best Hell in a Cell match of all-time. Give us your opinion on social media! This week, the guys are joined by Sean Ross Sapp (@SeanRossSapp) of Fightful.com and talk about 20 years of Hell in a Cell. Yep, it's been 20 years since one of the …
 
WWF In Your House: Buried Alive was the 11th In Your House pay-per-view offering from the revolutionary force in sports entertainment, and it took place on October 20, 1996 at the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana. In 1996, the World Wrestling Federation was trying some new things, especially with the nWo angle in World Championship Wres…
 
WCW's Halloween Havoc 1997 took place on October 25, 1998 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Despite being red hot in 1997, WCW had its best fiscal year in 1998 and was setting records. Unfortunately, by October 1998, much of that money starting going down the drain as creative got worse and worse. This pay-per-view is the epitome of wha…
 
WCW's Halloween Havoc 1997 took place on October 26, 1997 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. It garnered a 1.10 pay-per-view buyrate, and Nick Piccone was among those. WCW in 1997 was red hot and the road to Starrcade was no different. With a couple of bumps along the way, however, Halloween Havoc that year was a microcosm of what was to…
 
Recorded May 19, 2017. This week, Brian Isley and Derek Badichek join Nick and Vaughn once again as the guys preview Sunday's Backlash pay-per-view highlighted by Randy Orton defending the WWE Championship against Jinder Mahal and AJ Styles vying for Kevin Owens' United States Championship. Then, the guys live commentate the main event of Backlash …
 
The very last WCW Clash of the Champions took place on August 21, 1997 in Nashville, TN at the Municipal Auditorium. It drew 4,122 fans and popped a 3.64 rating on TBS. Vaughn and Nick take a deep dive into the matches, happenings, and see just how far Sting came from the up-and-comer from last week's deep dive into the very first Clash of the Cham…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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 movi…
 
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…
 
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. Yokozun…
 
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, …
 
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 th…
 
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…
 
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] [@Shoo…
 
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 …
 
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 …
 
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: [A…
 
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…
 
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 - Me…
 
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 evo…
 
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] …
 
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 sec…
 
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:…
 
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 …
 
This episode is powerful. Vaughn Johnson explains in great detail what's happening and why black lives feel under attack. You won't understand unless you listen. If you refuse to listen, you're a part of the problem. The first 50 minutes of this episode are as real as real gets, as candid as candid gets. Then, we live commentate the first in the tr…
 
AEW's banking on Mike Tyson for some mainstream exposure - and that's a good thing for the company. As far as how it played out on the latest episode of Dynamite... well... let's just say it was as close to a recreation of the Tyson/Austin angle from January 1998 as you could get. This week, Nick and Vaughn discuss why AEW decided to go that route …
 
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