Tights and Fights

Tights and Fights

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Tights and Fights is the podcast that covers pro-wrestling with the sincerity and hilarity that it deserves. Every week, hosts Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford and Lindsey Kelk make sense of the chaos that is the world of sports-entertainment. Whether it’s the latest headlines, a cultural analysis of an old angle or a debate about which wrestler has the best merch, Tights and Fights will examine every corner of the squared-circle for your enjoyment.


Ep 207: The Golden Lovers w/ John Walsh (Super Eyepatch Wolf)
Aug 7 • 83 min
This week, our friend John Walsh aka Super Eyepatch Wolf on YouTube rejoins us to talk about AEW’s women’s division and the story of the Golden Lovers.
Ep 206: RJ City, the real deal holy heel
Aug 1 • 75 min
Internet wrestling, coffee and dog breeding sensation RJ City returns to talk about the wrestlers with the most kind eyes, the best late night personalities and why you can always trust a wrestler with a ton of cats.
Ep 205: Extreme Rules: Six One Eye!
Jul 25 • 56 min
Booyaka Booyaka! Six One Eye! What a disgusting show Extreme Rules was. We’ll talk all about the worst and weirdest, but also some fun stuff that didn’t evolve fake vomit from Seth Rollins.
Ep 204: It’s Called a Money Plane!
Jul 18 • 58 min
Wrangle up some Alligators and stow all weapons before boarding, we’re talking all about the film Money Plane! It stars one Mr. Adam “Edge” Copeland and Kelsey Grammer and has plenty of things to laugh and be confused by. Seat backs and tray tables up,…
Ep 203: Mailbag!
Jul 11 • 65 min
Mailbag episode! Hal, Danielle and Lindsey are ready to answer your burning questions on everything from Tappin’ Titles to cats to WrestleMania and so much more.
Aldi-Lete Wrestling
Jul 4 • 53 min
The unusual twosome of Lindsey Kelk and producer Julian Burrell team up to talk Great American Bash, Fyter Fest and Alidi-lete Wrestling! (just go with it).
201: #SpeakingOut
Jun 27 • 48 min
Unfortunately this week necessitates another look at Problematic Wrestling Corner. We reflect on everything from the #SpeakingOut Campaign, Tessa Blanchard, WWE’s positive COVID cases before chatting about some things that restored our faith in wrestling.
Ep 200: The 200th episode!
Jun 20 • 49 min
Happy Episode 200! We’ve been at this so long so what better way to celebrate with what certainly was called The Greatest Wrestling Match EVER, plus a chat about the return of New Japan and the power of circus tunes.
Ep 199: NXT TakeOver & Dagwoodin’
Jun 13 • 48 min
We’re breaking down NXT TakeOver In Your House (including the return of Todd Pettengill!) and discussing why Sasha’s latest big win… also feels like a bit of a bummer in the context of her career. Let’s eat a sandwich!
198: The Tennessee Loop
Jun 6 • 57 min
The protests for the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor have affected people across the world and wrestling is no exception. We’ll talk about how people in this weird bubble have responded… and try to talk a bit about the normal news as well
Ep 197: Trouble or Nothing
May 30 • 57 min
The charming twosome of Hal and Lindsey join forces to discuss AEW’s Double or Nothing PPV, Apollo Crews as champ and three times as many AEW Women’s matches than usual! WHAT!
196: Give Kairi Sane an Ocarina
May 23 • 52 min
Hal, Lindsey and Danielle have a whole lot of wrestling to talk about, especially concerning the women. Plus, we’ll pay tribute to our lost hero Shad Gaspard.
195: Mommy in the Bank
May 16 • 51 min
Money in the Bank! Mom in the making! Hal, Danielle and Lindsey discuss Becky Lynch’s pregnancy, Asuka as the RAW women’s champion and the rest of WWE’s first post-Mania PPV (No office buildings were harmed in the making of this podcast)
194: The joy of prestling
May 9 • 64 min
We’ve got us a full house once again! Mike Eagle makes his triumphant return to join Hal, Danielle and Lindsey and discuss empty arena shows and the career of Jon Moxley/Dean Ambrose.
193: Wrestling brain food with Simon Gotch
May 2 • 49 min
Hal and Danielle are joined by former WWE star Simon Grimm (aka Simon Gotch). He tells us all about what it’s been like to exploring the new wrestling normal as an independent worker plus his overall thoughts on matches, diseases, and the evolution of…
192: Colt “Zoom Zoom” Cabana
Apr 25 • 70 min
Hal, Danielle and Lindsey are joined by AEW’s Colt Cabana. He’ll tell us all about why he decided to sign with the company, which member of his family is desperate for him to win the title and why wrestlers have gotten a lot less shy with showcasing…
191: Let’s get ready to furlough
Apr 18 • 48 min
This was one of the bleakest weeks in wrestling history. WWE announced sweeping layoffs that affected tons of people behind the scenes, including locker room favorites and people that were involved in WrestleMania. It’s hard to even know where to begin…
190: WrestleMania 36
Apr 11 • 59 min
The loneliest WrestleMania in history has officially wrapped up. It was a setting unlike any other in history, with a grand total of zero spectators and truly bizarre taped segments in the place of vignettes. How were the matches affected by the lack of…
189: One bang by land
Apr 4 • 46 min
It’s the final week before WrestleMania! And despite everything, WWE has set up a match that we’re at least cautiously interested in. Without being able to use a live audience, they have leaned on in-ring and pre-taped promos to carry the weight of the…
188: Nation of Conversation in Isolation
Mar 28 • 49 min
Hal, Lindsey and Danielle are back together… remotely! But the hits just keep coming for WrestleMania. Roman Reigns has formally dropped out of his match against Goldberg for the Universal Title for the sake of his health. And he has reason to be…
187: EmptyMania
Mar 21 • 54 min
Hal, Lindsey and Danielle are back together… in a manner of speaking. They’re hanging out remotely just like 90% of wrestlers in the world. This week we finally got to see what WWE is going to do about WrestleMania in the wake of safety concerns with…
186: Wrestling From Home
Mar 14 • 55 min
Hal and Lindsey are joined by Dan Sinker from the “Says Who?” podcast to discuss one of those rare instances where the real world actually affected wrestling. COVID-19 has led to AEW and Smackdown scheduling empty arena live shows. And that’s gotta mean…
185: Rap slack and Edge’s career
Mar 7 • 53 min
Hal and Lindsey discuss AEW’s Revolution PPV. The match that undoubtedly stole the show was Kenny Omega and Hangman Adam Page defending the titles vs. The Young Bucks. It exemplified the strong story-telling that Kenny and his cohorts are capable of.…
184: Thank your local Bella
Feb 29 • 50 min
Danielle’s once again in the throes of some real-deal TV work and hasn’t had much time to watch wrestling. But, luckily we’ve got a Lindsey Kelk here to chat things up. That includes NXT, which is shaping up its road to WrestleMania and TakeOver nicely.…
183: Nat King Cole Bay-Bay
Feb 22 • 43 min
Confession time: Danielle has had one helluva busy week with work beyond wrestling. But never fear, she still got to watch NXT TakeOver: Portland! Banger matches, character progression, story advancement… pretty standard fare for a TakeOver at this point,…
182: TakeOver: Pirates’ Booty.
Feb 15 • 56 min
The full group of wrassle friends is reunited! Hal, Danielle and Lindsey have tons of good wrestling to discuss after so long apart. Including Shayna Baszler taking a big bite out of Becky Lynch, AEW’s battle of the One-eyed Willies and new AEW women’s…
181: The Wrestling Cinematic Universe
Feb 8 • 55 min
Pod Dad Hal Lublin is finally back! And in the absence of Danielle and Lindsey, he’s hanging out with producer Julian Burrell to discuss his retrospective thoughts on all the wrestling he’s missed. That starts with the Royal Rumble and the two winners of…
180: NXT TakeOver Worlds Collide & Royal Rumble
Feb 1 • 49 min
It’s the first WWE Big 4 Weekend of the year! First Lindsey and Danielle break down NXT TakeOver: Worlds Collide. There were plenty of great matches, but the event did highlight a problem WWE has with the presentation of foreign wrestlers. For instance:…
179: Hornin’ it up
Jan 25 • 55 min
Danielle and Lindsey are ready to breakdown the final shows before WWE’s Royal Rumble show! No matter how we’re feeling about the current WWE product, the Rumble always seems to draw back the audience at large. Why? Because it’s the formal start of…
178: Wrestling should be FUN w/ Darnell Mitchell
Jan 18 • 60 min
This week, Danielle and Lindsey are joined by Darnell Mitchell. He’s one of the heads behind the Brooklyn-based wrestling promotion Uncanny Attraction. Like any respectable wrestling organization, Uncanny Attraction will be in Tampa Bay on WrestleMania…
177: Wrestling Kingdom 14 w/ James Durbin
Jan 11 • 56 min
Buy the new Tights and Fights shirt at maxfunstore.com! This week, Hal and Lindsey are joined by James Durbin. He’s a known singer, actor and American Idol participant who’s also a HUGE wrestling fan. But a major blindspot in his fandom has been New Japan…
Tights and Fights Ep. 176: Full Jellicle
Jan 4 • 59 min
Don’t let that final segment on RAW fool you; there was actually a lot of really great wrestling to end 2019 and kick off 2020! Buddy Murphy and Aleister Black continue to impress in their second outing, Andrade and Zelina are back on track with the…
175: The Rusev Day Special
Dec 28, 2019 • 57 min
Tights and Fights has a new shirt available at maxfunstore.com! Happy Holidays! And there’s no better way to celebrate this special time a year with the most important holiday that coincidentally shares a date with all other holidays: Rusev Day! Comedian…
174: Slide off your chairs
Dec 21, 2019 • 39 min
We’ve made it through one of the last times that significant wrestling events will happen in this decade! After a hard-fought main-event contest against Shayna Baszler, Rhea Ripley is now the first new NXT women’s champion in almost a year and a half.…
173: Slap that hippo
Dec 14, 2019 • 55 min
Grab that spare knee brace, and prepare to have your body parts yeeted! RAW women’s champion Becky Lynch and AEW’s women’s champion Riho may be in very different places in their career but they both have one thing in common: They haven’t been on TV that…
172: Picture-in-picture podcast
Dec 7, 2019 • 51 min
Keep your ears front, this podcast will never be enter picture-in-picture mode! It’s been a full week of wrestling and Hal, Danielle and Lindsey are ready to break it down. Seth Rollins is getting a lot of attention for his new character direction in his…
171: NXT TakeOver: War Games and Survivor Series
Nov 30, 2019 • 54 min
What better way to celebrate the holiday season than with a whole bunch of wrestling! Hal and Lindsey break down the two biggest WWE shows from last weekend. First, NXT TakeOver: War Games. It featured two very different versions of the signature match,…
170: Hype Bomb
Nov 23, 2019 • 56 min
It’s the first ever Tights and Fights on SATURDAY! Join us as we take a look at the most recent episode of AEW Dynamite. In addition to some of the matches like Nick Jackson vs. Fenix and the developing feuds like Luchasauras vs. Jake Hager, we’ll take a…
169: The cult of a new reality
Nov 14, 2019 • 38 min
This week Hal and Danielle have a special announcement: Tights and Fights is officially moving to SATURDAYS! In order to talk about NXT and AEW in a more timely manner, we’ll be moving our recording and publication days later in the week. Look forward to…
168: Blue Chew Dobadeedoo
Nov 7, 2019 • 51 min
This week: WAR! Now that NXT is going head to head (to head) with RAW and Smackdown at Survivor Series, Hal, Danielle and Lindsey geek out about the first steps towards this new invasion. It’s already led to a lot of great matches like Tommaso Ciampa vs.…
167: Only slightly inappropriate
Oct 31, 2019 • 61 min
This week Lindsey and Danielle embrace the last week of wrestling before Blood Money Jewel and its fall out is upon us. Speaking of the Saudi show, news came through prior to our recording that Natalia and Lacey Evans would be allowed to take part in a…
166: A rabbit hole of WWE history w/ Bill Hanstock
Oct 24, 2019 • 52 min
This week Hal and Lindsey are joined by Bill Hanstock. He’s known for his wrestling writing in Uproxx and SBNation. But now he’s got a new project: a book about the complete and comprehensive history of WWE. Yeah. In addition to getting all the details…
165: Everybody’s eatin’ it
Oct 17, 2019 • 54 min
Show: Tights and Fights This week Danielle, Lindsey and Mike break down tons of Wednesday night’s AEW and NXT. This week Danielle, Lindsey and Mike take a look at the October 9th editions of AEW Dynamite and NXT. Perhaps the biggest story detail from AEW…
164: Get them nuts w/ Jacquis Neal
Oct 10, 2019 • 56 min
This week Hal and Danielle are joined by Jacquis Neal from the Culture Kings podcast. After months of build up, AEW and NXT are officially live in primetime on Wednesday Night on TNT and USA, respectively. Naturally, the two shows are going to be compared…
163: We keep it in context
Oct 3, 2019 • 49 min
This week Hal Danielle and Lindsey take a look at the season premiere of RAW. With AEW and NXT going live, SURELY the flagship program of the WWE would come out swinging, right? We’ll discuss how we felt about everything, from the brand new set to…
162: Crashing Crowns
Sep 26, 2019 • 41 min
This week Hal Danielle and Lindsey take a look at the first week of NXT on USA. Tons of great wrestling got a chance to shine, including Candice LeRae who now has a shot at the NXT women’s title on Oct. 2nd. Not only that, but the Undisputed Era now holds…
161: Clash of Champions w/ Rachel Millman
Sep 19, 2019 • 53 min
This week Danielle and Lindsey are joined by Rachel Millman. She’s one of the founders of the “WrestleSplania” podcast. She’ll explain how her journey into wrestling led to her starting the podcast and how she plans to reboot the show in the coming weeks.…
160: Wrestling with curiosity w/ RJ City
Sep 12, 2019 • 54 min
This week Hal, Danielle, and Lindsey are joined by RJ City. He’s an actor, comedian and wrestling raconteur across the international scene. RJ is involved in a lot of different avenues of entertainment.That’s given him a lot versatility as a performer…
159: The Fallout from All Out
Sep 5, 2019 • 55 min
This week Hal, Danielle, Lindsey and Mike are reunited to discuss All Out! It’s AEW’s last show before they go live on TNT in October. The brand still had a few surprises in store. That included the debuts of LAX and Orange Cassidy; fan favorites from the…
158: The life and career of Chris Jericho w/ Ify Nwadiwe
Aug 29, 2019 • 59 min
This week Hal and Danielle are joined by Ify Nwadiwe! He’s the host of the Max Fun podcast Who Shot Ya? and a life-long wrestling fan that never took the PSAs to “Not try this at home” seriously. Now that AEW’s All Out show is just around the corner, the…
157: GLOW season 3 w/ Travis McElroy
Aug 22, 2019 • 55 min
This week Hal and Danielle are joined by Travis McElroy! He’s one-third of podcasting’s most famous brotherhood as the middlest brother on My Brother, My Brother and Me and The Adventure Zone. Travis joins us to talk about his experience as a lapsed fan…
TakeOver: Toronto and SummerSlam
Aug 15, 2019 • 68 min
This week, Hal Danielle and Lindsey discuss one of the busiest weeks of wrestling in recent memory. Despite all of the solid wrestling across WWE’s shows, one character has captured the imagination of people more than anything else: Bray Wyatt as The…
155: Pro Wrestling: EVE w/ Emily and Dann Read
Aug 8, 2019 • 49 min
CONTENT WARNING: This episode contains frank discussion of sexual assault from 4:57 to 5:57. This week, Hal Danielle and Lindsey are joined by Emily and Dann Read from Pro Wrestling: EVE. It’s one of the most prominent all-women wrestling organizations in…
Tights and Fights Ep. 154: Drag, life and wrestling w/ The Nobodies
Aug 1, 2019 • 51 min
This week, Hal Danielle and Lindsey are joined by DJ Accident Report, Lady Bearica Andrews and Ariel Italic. They’re collectively known as The Nobodies on their YouTube series where they breakdown wrestling events. Bearica and Ariel are both relatively…
153: Mike Quackenbush on high-spot pornography and the joy of wrestling.
Jul 25, 2019 • 61 min
This week, Hal Danielle and Lindsey are joined by Mike Quackenbush. He’s the head of the Philadelphia-based promotion Chikara. In just a few months, Chikara will be host to the largest pro-wrestling tournament in the world: King of Trios. Mike will tell…
152: The Mike reopens
Jul 18, 2019 • 53 min
This week, Danielle and Lindsey are joined by their long-absent co-host Mike Eagle! Aside from putting on a great television show The New Negroes, where has he been all this time? He’ll explain everything, including why the return of Hulk Hogan to WWE led…
151: Rob Van Dam on his career, concussions and CBD
Jul 11, 2019 • 54 min
This week, Hal, Danielle and Lindsey are joined by Rob Van Dam. Through his 30 year career, he’s been seen in dozens of wrestling promotions and been a champion for just about all of them. He’s perhaps best known for his time in WWE where he was a…
150: Tights and Fyter Fest
Jul 4, 2019 • 49 min
This week, Hal, Danielle and Lindsey discuss AEW’s sophomore event, Fyter Fest. While, there was tons of great wrestling and promos throughout the entire show, there was also an unprotected chair-shot to the head Cody Rhodes that overshadowed a lot of the…
149: Tappin’ Titles w/ Emily Pratt
Jun 27, 2019 • 58 min
This week, Danielle and Lindsey are joined by Emily Pratt She’s a wrestling writer and reporter for Uproxx. There’s a lot of things to be really excited about right now, including the G1 Climax! The tournament kicks off next month and the card is STACKED!…
148: “One Fall” w/ David F. Walker and Brett Weldele
Jun 20, 2019 • 54 min
This week, Hal and Danielle are joined by David F. Walker and Brett Weldele. They are the writer and artist (respectively) behind the new comic series “One Fall.” The book is all about a third-generation wrestler who fights for survival and profit in a…
147: Robe Warrior Ric Flair w/ Adam Pranica
Jun 13, 2019 • 59 min
This week, Hal and Danielle are rejoined by Adam Pranica. He’s the host of the fellow Max Fun Podcasts “The Greatest Generation,” “The Greatest Discovery,” and “Friendly Fire.” He joins the team to discuss one of the most important and storied figures in…
146: CMLL at Arena Mexico w/ Jesse Thorn
Jun 6, 2019 • 53 min
This week, Hal and Danielle are rejoined by Jesse Thorn. He’s the Max Fun Network’s top Big Boss Man and he’s had almost no experience with wrestling. But a few weeks ago he and his wife traveled to Mexico City and Arena Mexico where they saw their first…
145: Double or Nothing w/ Box Brown
May 30, 2019 • 51 min
This week, Hal and Danielle are rejoined by Box Brown. He’s a comic creator whose new book “Cannabis: The Illegalization of Weed in America”. Brown is a longtime, but lapsed, fan of WWE. The trends of the product have led to him being less dedicated to…
144: An Encyclopedia of Women’s Wrestling w/ LaToya Ferguson
May 23, 2019 • 44 min
This week, Danielle and Lindsey are rejoined by LaToya Ferguson. She’s the author of the brand new book “An Encyclopedia of Women’s Wrestling: 100 Profiles of the Strongest in the Sport.” In it, she details some of wrestling’s most important and…
143: The Road to 20-0 w/ John Walsh (a.k.a. Super Eyepatch Wolf)
May 16, 2019 • 52 min
This week, Danielle and Lindsey are joined by John Walsh. His fans on YouTube know him as Super EyePatch Wolf, where he’s gained following for deep dives into anime, video-games and wrestling. The panel takes a look at the latest stories and characters in…
Tights and Fights Ep 142: Young and Wild and Free
May 9, 2019 • 51 min
This week, Hal, Danielle and Lindsey take a look at WWE’s new Wild Card rule! For the last several years WWE’s two shows have existed as (mostly) separate shows with separate rosters. But a lot of that went right out the window this week, as more…
141: Impact Wrestling Rebellion w/ Elle Collins
May 2, 2019 • 54 min
It’s that special rare week where Julian Burrell steps out of the production booth to join Danielle Radford in the hosting chair! They’re joined by Elle Collins, podcaster and writer for Uproxx. Elle actually became a fan of wrestling fairly recently.…
140: More Superstar Shake-ups w/ Jo Graham.
Apr 25, 2019 • 57 min
Jo Graham from the How2Wrestling podcast joins Hal, Danielle and Lindsey to break down tons of news from the week in wrestling! She originally got into wrestling as a way to bond with her partner. Now, that’s turned into her own podcast and rabid fandom.…
139: I Heart WrestleMania
Apr 18, 2019 • 66 min
Lindsey rejoins the show to regale us with stories of her journey to WrestleMania! She’ll talk about what it was like in Metlife Stadium, how much she enjoyed the G1 Classic and the special project that she was a part of while she was there. WWE…
138: The 2019 WrestleMania special w/ Quiet Riot’s James Durbin
Apr 11, 2019 • 57 min
Congratulations! You survived WrestleMania week! Hal and Danielle are joined by James Durin. He’s the lead singer of the band Quiet Riot. As a kid, he had a hard time being comfortable in who he was. But through the character-driven aspects of wrestling,…
137: The irie career of Kofi Kingston w/ How2Wrestling’s Kefin Mahon
Apr 4, 2019 • 51 min
Welcome to another episode of Riteoga agus Troideanna! This week, Hal, Danielle and Lindsey are joined by Kefin Mahon.. He’s one of the hosts of the “How2Wrestling” podcast. The show started as his earnest attempt to introduce his girlfriend to the world…
136: ‘S’ is for “Smile” w/ Matthew Gaydos
Mar 28, 2019 • 64 min
Happy #MaxFunDrive! For our second episode of the week, Hal, Danielle and Lindsey are joined by Matthew Gaydos. He’s the host of the “I Love It” podcast. One thing that he loves is wrestling. Growing up his family was not very well off, financially; but…
135: How wrestling can save and end lives w/ WWE Films’ Daron Jackson
Mar 22, 2019 • 44 min
Happy #MaxFunDrive! For our second episode of the week, Hal, Danielle and Lindsey are joined by Daron Jackson. He’s a production attorney for WWE Studios and a lifelong wrestling fan. He’ll recount tons of details about his fandom throughout the years…
Tights and Fights Ep. 134: Fear and Loathing in Mexico w/ Salina de la Renta
Mar 21, 2019 • 58 min
This week Hal, Danielle and Lindsey will break down some of the biggest news on the road to WrestleMania. That includes what some are calling the hottest angle in WWE: KofiMania! Kofi Kingston ran the gauntlet, defeating five men to earn a shot at Daniel…
133: Two very wet men w/ Elby Hunktears
Mar 14, 2019 • 48 min
This week Hal and Danielle are joined by Hunktears! They’re the host of “Wrestlesplainia” podcast. Elby will talk about how her parents were actually closeted wrestling fans… for over 50 years. This past Sunday was Fastlane. It’s normally a distinctly…
132: The Alie and Ricky show w/ Sarah “The Rebel” Wolfe
Mar 7, 2019 • 52 min
This week Hal, Danielle and Lindsey are joined by Sarah “The Rebel” Wolfe! She’s the host of “Women Wrestling Friends”. She’s also part of WOW - Women of Wrestling as Razor “. It’s the first time she’s wrestling more on her own and less as a manager. But…
131: The Big Dog Returns Home w/ Olive Rae Brinker
Feb 28, 2019 • 53 min
This week Danielle and Lindsey are joined by Olive Rae Brinker! She’s the creator of the webcomic “Rae the Doe”. Olive came in and out of wrestling as a fan for years until she finally found the one storyline that actively hooked her. Hint: it involved…
130: A Squared Safe Space w/ Matthew Klein
Feb 21, 2019 • 50 min
This week Danielle and Lindsey are joined by Matthew Klein! He’s the VP of sales and marketing for Valiant Comics. Matthew has some vivid memories of wrestling from throughout his life; so vivid that he’s willing to share them with anyone, even his…
129: Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart w/ Chris Gethard
Feb 14, 2019 • 52 min
This week Hal, Danielle and Lindsey are joined by Chris Gethard! He’s a comedian who’s worked in TV and hosts the podcast ”Beautiful/Anonymous.”. He’s also someone who wouldn’t let a little thing like parent’s permission get in the way of his childhood…
128: Cut a promo on my what now? w/ Omar Holmon
Feb 7, 2019 • 48 min
This week Hal, Danielle and Lindsey are joined by Omar Holmon. He’s the content editor for the website Black Nerd Problems. He’ll explain which part of WWE is keeping him engaged with the company’s programming. WWE is currently building towards…
127: NXT TakeOver: Phoenix & The Royal Rumble
Jan 31, 2019 • 53 min
This week Hal, Danielle and Lindsey are joined by Vita Ayala. They’re a comic book writer whose work has been published by Marvel, DC Comics and Valiant. Before getting into the news, Vita will explain how they getting into wrestling led to them to some…
126: Don’t stumble on the road to the Rumble
Jan 24, 2019 • 44 min
This week Hal and Lindsey discuss the premier of WOW: Women of Wrestling. The show finally made its AXS TV debut last Friday. It’s got tons of great action and colorful performers. But does it lean too far into caricature rather than character? We’ll…
125: Watch women’s wrestling w/ Stephy Slays
Jan 17, 2019 • 50 min
This week Hal and Lindsey discuss NXT TakeOver: Blackpool. It was the very major TakeOver event from the UK side of WWE’s developmental promotion. Responses from viewers were incredibly strong, with plenty of familiar faces to reintroduce some new ones to…
124: The Jeremy Bearimy timeline of wrestling
Jan 10, 2019 • 49 min
This week Hal, Danielle and Lindsey are joined by Shawn Marek. He’s a podcast host and producer who’s worked with wrestlers such as Lance Storm, Steve Austin and more on their respective shows. The panel will take a deep dive into New Japan’s Wrestle…
123: The wrestling that was and will be
Jan 3, 2019 • 53 min
This week Danielle and Lindsey are joined by Mat Ricardo. He’s a variety performer who actually sees a lot of similarities between his profession and the art of pro wrestling. There’s a lot for wrestling fans to look forward to in 2019, including WWE…
Bonus Ep. 11: WOW - Women of Wrestling w/ Selina Majors
Dec 27, 2018 • 17 min
This week Danielle and Lindsey are joined by Selina Majors. She’s been a wrestler since the 80’s for promotions like AWA and WCW. These days, she spends her time with WOW - Women of Wrestling, where she continues to perform and train the next generation…
122: A Fresh Refresh at TLC w/ Chris Cubas
Dec 20, 2018 • 48 min
This week Hal and Danielle are joined by Chris Cubas. He is a podcaster and TV host who’s been watching wrestling for years. Lately he’s gotten more into New Japan Pro Wrestling, Progress and other international wrestling promotions than WWE. But he is…
Tights and Fights Ep. 121: The Premier of WOW - Women of Wrestling w/ David McLane
Dec 13, 2018 • 41 min
For the last several weeks the panel has been in agreement: RAW is in a funk. It’s featured segments with juvenile humor, interesting stories and a lack of stars that make us want to watch. Turns out there’s someone who agrees with our commentary: Vince…
Tights and Fights Ep. 120: Maintaining the Land of Giants w/ Jeff Dye
Dec 6, 2018 • 45 min
Jeff Dye is comedian and star of numerous TV shows like Girl Code and Money From Strangers. He also happens to be a lifelong wrestling fan who’s got tons of thoughts about WWE’s past and present. That includes things like why he wants WWE to hardly ever…
119: Baby Girl Bubble Bath
Nov 29, 2018 • 48 min
TLC is the last WWE event left in the year and both RAW and Smackdown have begun to build towards it. The difference is that the reception for both shows has been very different for the last few weeks. While Smackdown has generated a lot of buzz with…
118: The 2018 NXT TakeOver: War Games and Survivor Series Special
Nov 22, 2018 • 46 min
Dave Schilling is ready to join the Nation of Conversation! He, Danielle and Hal were all in Staples Center on various days this week to take in all the WWE wrestling that happened in Los Angeles. NXT TakeOver: War Games The final NXT TakeOver of the year…
Tights and Fights Ep. 117: A low-blow to all of our hearts w/ Katie Willert
Nov 15, 2018 • 46 min
This Saturday, Danielle Radford, Hal Lublin, Lindsey Kelk and Julian Burrell will be at NXT: TakeOver War Games at the Staples Center in Los Angeles! If you’d like to meet up with them beforehand, they’ll be eating lunch at Yard House at 2 PM. Katie…
116: I’M BAKING A LEMON INSIDE YOU w/ Jacquis Neal
Nov 8, 2018 • 51 min
Jacquis Neal from the Culture Kings podcast joins the Nation of Conversation! Crown Jewel was that rare show that managed to disappoint and frustrate just viewers of every stripe. Hulk Hogan made his return that many dreaded, but also felt inevitable. And…
115: Evolution is female thing
Nov 1, 2018 • 52 min
Evolution was WWE’s very first all-women Pay-Per-View. And by most accounts, the event delivered in just about every way possible, including providing a candidate for match of the year. Mike, Hal, Danielle and Lindsey provide their reactions to the…
114: Thank you, Roman
Oct 25, 2018 • 48 min
Roman Reigns opened RAW with the announcement that he will be surrendering the Universal Championship since his leukemia has returned. This was the first time Roman had gone public with his diagnosis. His first encounter with the disease was 11 years ago.…
Bonus Ep. 11: The inside story behind Mike Eagle’s match against OVW’s Shiloh Jonze
Oct 18, 2018 • 41 min
Mike Eagle is already known as the insightful, funny and sometimes heelish co-host of Tights and Fights. He’s also regarded as a great rapper; he’s even started touring for the next several weeks. But recently he also became an undefeated pro-wrestler.…
113: We’re in WWE’s robot car w/ Dan Sinker
Oct 18, 2018 • 52 min
This week, Danielle and Lindsey are joined by Dan Sinker Dan Sinker. He’s the host of the creator of tons of things on the internet including the Says Who? podcast and The Hitch podcast. But his presence on the internet pales in comparison to his greatest…
112: Wrestling conversations with Marty the Moth, Aubrey Sitterson and Chris Moreno
Oct 11, 2018 • 48 min
This week, we’ve got two conversations with people who have made big waves in the world of wrestling in the past few weeks. First, Mike Eagle speaks with Aubrey Sitterson and Chris Moreno. They’re the creators of The Comic Book Story of Professional…
111: The gang’s back together again!
Oct 4, 2018 • 51 min
This week, the founding members of the Nation of Conversation return for a fun look at all things wrestling! There’s been tons of news this week to dive into, especially in the midst of the go-home shows for WWE Super Show-Down in Australia. Which titles…
110: At your house w/ Screen Junkies’ Joe Starr
Sep 27, 2018 • 51 min
This week Danielleis joined by Joe Starr! He’s a comedian and writer who’s new EP is entitle A British Murder Robot Tries Stand Up Comedy for the First Time. He’s been a wrestling fan since he was young enough to unironically pretend to be the British…
109: Hell in a Cell in a handbasket w/ Wrestle and Flow’s Josiah Williams
Sep 20, 2018 • 51 min
This week, Hal, Danielle and Lindsey joined by Josiah Williams! He’s the creator of the online series Wrestle and Flow, where he raps over remixed versions of different wrestlers’ entrance music. He’s been a fan for 15 years and is equipped and ready to…
108: Konami code twerking w/ Brian Brushwood
Sep 13, 2018 • 51 min
This week the team is joined by Brian Brushwood! He’s a magician, comedian and host of the podcast Night Attack. And he also happens to be a lapsed wrestling fan. Even though he still checks in with wrestling on occasion, he actually finds the stories…
107: All In on Life Beyond WWE w/ Jensen Karp
Sep 6, 2018 • 51 min
This week, the team is joined by Jensen Karp! He’s a lifelong wrestling fan who has fond memories of watching WWF and WCW go to war as a kid. He also got the chance to write for WWE in 2006, which gave him a special insiders perspective to the madhouse…
106: Baron Cobin’s magical style w/ LaToya Ferguson
Aug 30, 2018 • 48 min
This week, the team is joined by LaToya Ferguson! She’s written about wrestling for The AV Club and Paste and is ready to share her thoughts on tons of the biggest happenings in wrestling. That includes LaToya’s renewed anxiety about the women’s division…
105: The 2018 NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn 4 and SummerSlam Special w/ Meghan Sullivan
Aug 23, 2018 • 48 min
This week, Hal, Danielle and Mike are joined by Meghan Sullivan, formerly from IGN! They’ll breakdown the news from NXT: TakeOver Brooklyn 4 and SummerSlam. Ep. 105: The 2018 NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn 4 and SummerSlam Special w/ Meghan Sullivan This week,…
104: Cat WrestleMania and a Full Life Beyond Wrestling w/ Kris Wolf
Aug 16, 2018 • 50 min
The road to WWE’s second biggest show of the year is finally coming to an end! This weekend NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn 4 and SummerSlam will take place live at the Barclays Center. Hal, Danielle and Lindsey will look ahead to the biggest things happening ;…
103: Wrestling as a product and an art w/ Chikara’s Mike Quackenbush
Aug 9, 2018 • 50 min
This week Mike Quackenbush joins the Hal, Danielle and Mike in the Nation of Conversation! He’s one of the founders of the independent wrestling promotion Chikara, which he says is, “the Marvel Cinematic Universe realized as a pro wrestling company.” The…
102: The Horniest Episode Ever w/ Sarah “The Rebel” Wolfe
Aug 2, 2018 • 51 min
This week, Danielle and Mike are joined by Sarah “The Rebel” Wolfe! She’s a wrestling manager who’s been in wrestling rings all over the country and the host of the podcasts Women Wrestling Friends and Women’s Pro Wrestling Weekly. This week, Danielle and…
101: WWE Evolution and The Big Show w/ Jamie Loftus
Jul 26, 2018 • 52 min
This week, Hal, Danielle and Mike are joined by Jamie Loftus! She’s a comedian and the creator and star of Irrational Fears on Comedy Central. She joins the Nation of Conversation to discuss our favorite news from the week in wrestling including the…
100: Keep Hulkamania on a Leash
Jul 19, 2018 • 45 min
When Danielle is away, the heels will play! Mike and Danielle have the booth all to themselves this week and they have plenty of things they need to talk about. That includes, perhaps most significantly, the return of Hulk Hogan to the WWE Hall of Fame.…
99: WWE x New Japan w/ BJ Mendelson
Jul 12, 2018 • 53 min
This week BJ Mendelson joins the Nation of Conversation! He’s an author and comic book writer and he’s got tons of thoughts on everything that happened in wrestling this week, from the pull-apart brawl between Roman Reigns and Bobby Lashley to the…
98: Ice Cream Christmas 2000
Jul 5, 2018 • 37 min
We’re in the middle of a holiday week, so it’s a good time to take a look at the greatest holiday for wrestling fans: Ice Cream Christmas! That’s right, we’re looking back in the time of our fandom to once again take a look at a past WrestleMania. For our…
97: GLOW w/ Sydelle Noel & Britt Baron and the Phantom of the Playa
Jun 28, 2018 • 52 min
SPOILERS: SKIP FROM 4:32 TO 5:43 TO AVOID A SPOILER REGARDING NXT Tights and Fights is set to Feel the GLOW once again as Sydelle Noel and Britt Baron join the show once again to talk about the upcoming season premier of one of the best shows on Netflix!…
96: The NXT TakeOver Chicago II and Money in the Bank Special
Jun 21, 2018 • 49 min
What a week of wrestling it’s been! And not just because of WWE; we’re still basking in the afterglow of New Japan Dominion and Kenny Omega finally capturing the IWGP World Heavyweight. But Kenny’s big month wasn’t done there; he traveled to Los Angeles…
Bonus Ep. 10: Kimmy Gatewood and Rebekka Johnson on GLOW season 2
Jun 18, 2018 • 40 min
Before their back on Netflix in GLOW, Kimmy Gatewood and Rebekka Johnson are BACK in the Nation of Conversation! They chat with Hal and Danielle all about what will change with the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling in the second season, how the show has been a…
95: Chris Jericho’s Greatest Rivalry Ever(?) w/ Adam Pranica
Jun 14, 2018 • 49 min
Adam Pranica officially joins the Nation of Conversation! He’s the host of other amazing shows on the Maximum Fun Network, Like The Greatest Generation and Friendly Fire, but he also used to be a HUGE wrestling fan. It all started when he learned that his…
94: The Doctrine of Two Dudes with Aubrey Sitterson
Jun 7, 2018 • 49 min
Aubrey Sitterson officially joins the Nation of Conversation! He’s a comic book writer and editor who actually used to work for WWE’s web team. But nowadays, he’s a bigger fan of New Japan Pro Wrestling. In that spirit, he’s got a lot to say about Hiromu…
93: #CookieDreams and Britney Young from Netflix’s GLOW
May 31, 2018 • 49 min
It’s a brand new week in wrestling as Money in the Bank is finally on the horizon! The stage is set for those who will compete in the ladder matches on June 17th, but who’s in the best position to get that golden ticket for the world title match? And has…
92: Simon Grimm (a.k.a. Simon Gotch) advises against advice in wrestling
May 24, 2018 • 49 min
Simon Grimm is ready to join the Nation of Conversation! Grimm formerly wrestled for WWE under the name Simon Gotch. There he was a member of the NXT Tag-team champion Vaudvillains. From there, he made his way to the Smackdown live main roster along with…
91: Mick Foley’s music from Tip to Tip w/ Brian Fernandes
May 17, 2018 • 56 min
Brian “Sunny D” Fernandes is here to make his Tights and Fights debut! Whether you’re familiar with him as the creator of the Tights and Fights logo or the producer of “Jordan, Jesse, Go!,” you should know that he’s rediscovered his longtime fandom for…
90: Backlash and Suddenly Dinosaurs
May 10, 2018 • 51 min
It seems like everyone’s got opinions on Sunday’s WWE show Backlash. Audiences in attendance walked out on the main event of Samoa Joe vs. Roman Reigns. But was the match really all that bad? Or has WWE just put Roman in such a poor position after…
89: Strong Style Me, Daddy
May 3, 2018 • 48 min
As always Hal, Danielle and Lindsey breakdown the latest in the world of wrestling. And this week that includes Greatest Royal Rumble live from Saudi Arabia. Everyone on the panel has seen at least a little of the event, but was the show and the payday…
88: A Royal Rumble Without any Queens
Apr 26, 2018 • 51 min
With Daryl Takahashi looking on with love, Danielle and Lindsey take control of the show! The two will break down the problems that have arisen with the Greatest Royal Rumble in Saudi Arabia; it’s WWE’s second major live event to air this month on the…
87: Shook Superstars
Apr 19, 2018 • 52 min
Mike and Lindsey have survived their trip to New Orleans and WrestleMania and are here to regale Danielle Radford with stories of Ice Cream Christmas! They’ll talk all about why they learned about the wonderful parts of wrestling… And some of the worst…
Bonus Ep. 9: w/ comic writer Box Brown and filmmaker Chris Bournea
Apr 13, 2018 • 41 min
Welcome to our big finale of the Max Fun Drive! In that spirit, here’s producer Julian Burrell interviewing two people from the world of wrestling. First, in honor of the HBO’s “Andre the Giant” documentary, comic writer and artist Box Brown joins the…
86: The NXT TakeOver: New Orleans and WrestleMania 34 special
Apr 12, 2018 • 69 min
We’ve survived the biggest weekend of wrestling of the year! Hal and Danielle are joined by Producer Julian Burrell to break down the biggest Ice Cream Christmas of all time. The team will have a deep dive into a few of the biggest events from Lucha vs.…
Bonus Ep. 8: Kia Stevens on being a wrestler and playing one on TV
Apr 6, 2018 • 39 min
Welcome to our special EXTRA episode as part of the Max Fun Drive! Hal, Danielle and Mike are joined by Kia Stevens. Stevens has wrestled around the world as Awesome Kong and Amazing Kong. She also wrestled for WWE under the name Karma where she was one…
85: WrestleMania’s proper English school-yard brawl
Apr 5, 2018 • 59 min
Happy Max Fun Drive! We’re on the cusp of WrestleMania/ Ice Cream Christmas and boy is it ever an amazing time to be a wrestling fan! This weekend will be a cornucopia of events in New Orleans. Whether you’re invested in Supercard of Honor and the…
84: Gronk-a-donk-a-doo, a Merry Ice Cream Christmas to you
Mar 29, 2018 • 48 min
FINALLY… Mike Eagle as come BACK to Tights and Fights! Hal Lublin and Danielle Radford will catch up Mike up with everything he hasn’t gotten to express an opinion on from the two months he’s been gone, in addition to what’s happened this week. That…
83: Welcome back, Daniel Bryan!
Mar 22, 2018 • 51 min
The leader of the “Yes Movement” is back! Daniel Bryan became one of the most beloved stars of WWE throughout 2013 on the road to WrestleMania XXX. But, two years ago Daniel Bryan was forced to retire at the peak of his career and ability. Now’s he’s…
82: Keep Moolah out of WrestleMania Forever
Mar 15, 2018 • 48 min
Katie Willert is the newest member of the nation of conversation! She joins Hal Lublin and Danielle Radford to discuss the latest on the road to Wrestlemania. Everything from John Cena challenging the Undertaker, Roman Reigns being “temporarily suspended”…
81: Fast Lane and the broken music of Matt Hardy
Mar 8, 2018 • 50 min
Jay Washington is officially back in the Nation of Conversation! RAW has us asking all sorts of questions including who’s going to face women’s champion Alexa Bliss at WrestleMania. At first glance, it looks like Asuka. But Jay thinks the seeds are being…
80: The Elimination Chamber of Secrets
Mar 1, 2018 • 49 min
When the chips are down, Tights and Fights has decided to tag in producer Julian Burrell to fill in the host seat! He sits with Hal Lublin and the returning Des Delgadillo to discuss Elimination Chamber and the solidifying card for WrestleMania. We now…
79: How can we enjoy Ronda Rousey wrestling?
Feb 22, 2018 • 49 min
Woooooo! We’re back! And just in time for Elimination Chamber and one of the best RAW’s this year! Seth Rollins put on an absolute CLINIC on Monday night. Even though he came up short in the match, he still endeared himself to the audience. But how…
Bonus Ep. 7: The Greatest Hits feat. Box Brown and Hannibal Buress
Feb 15, 2018 • 53 min
Welcome to the very first greatest hits collection of Tights and Fights! Producer Julian Burrell has collected three of the best segments from the show’s archives for your enjoyment. Misandry Corner Danielle Radford leads the team to discuss some of the…
78: Preserve fwendship for WrestleMania and beyond
Feb 8, 2018 • 47 min
Welcome everyone to our official post-Royal Rumble decompression. Most of WWE is in a bit of a holding pattern as the final WrestleMania picture takes shape. But there are still tons of things happening throughout both shows. Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens are…
77: The NXT TakeOver: Philadelphia and Royal Rumble special
Feb 1, 2018 • 54 min
NXT TakeOver: Philadelphia NXT’s hot streak of quality events continues! Champion Andrade “Cien” Almas and Johnny Gargano tore the house down in the NXT Title match. They both seem destined for big stories in the coming months before the next TakeOver…
76: The De-reviving the Revival at RAW 25
Jan 25, 2018 • 48 min
It was an incredibly eventful week for WWE, but not entirely for the reasons that the company wanted it to be. Enzo Amore has been fired following the revelations that he has been accused and is under investigation for rape and kept the situation from his…
75: You are tearing me apart, Strowman! Ft. Mega Ran
Jan 18, 2018 • 49 min
Noted wrestling fan, video-game aficionado and rapper Mega Ran officially joins the Nation of Conversation. And we’re going to continue to talk all about his experience with Wrestle Kingdom 12 since he saw it LIVE in the Tokyo Dome! Plus, we’ll take a…
74: Oh hi, Marks. It’s Wrestle Kingdom 12!
Jan 11, 2018 • 49 min
We’ve already got a ton of things to deal with that have overturned what we expected from the Road to Wrestlemania! Balor Club is officially a thing and is beginning to get going as force on RAW. As they beat up Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Jason…
73: Brock-oli Lesnar and the Women’s Royal Rumble
Jan 4, 2018 • 48 min
Welcome to the first episode of the year 2018! And unlike the rest of society, there’s a whole host of things we get to look forward to in the New Year*. We’re well on the road to WrestleMania, as evidenced by all the news about the Royal Rumble that’s…
6: The singalong special
Dec 28, 2017 • 34 min
Because YOU helped make it happen: Here’s a special music-filled episode of Tights and Fights! Tons of hits are explored from the Honkey Tonk Man theme, the RAW intro song, Bray Wyatt’s theme and tons more. Hosted by Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford and Mike…
72: Royalty Rumbling in equality
Dec 21, 2017 • 49 min
It’s our final full episode of the year, so let’s close it out in style! Looking ahead to next year, WWE has confirmed that the first ever women’s Royal Rumble is set for the January PPV. How hopeful are we that WWE has learned its lesson from the last…
71: When Kevin Owens beat up Jay Washington
Dec 14, 2017 • 49 min
Jay Washington joins the team for the week to make the Tights and Fights triple threat a fatal fourway! WWE’s rolling out a new Facebook exclusive show: The Mixed Match Challenge. It’ll run Tuesday nights with matches between mixed male and female tag…
70: Bray Wyatt should not be playing Xbox
Dec 7, 2017 • 48 min
We’re officially just a few weeks away from Clash of Champions, the final Pay-per-view of the year! But why does Smackdown feel so directionless outside of a few feuds going into the event? Maybe it has something to do with how much Shane McMahon has been…
69: BREAKING: Matt Hardy is at last breaking!
Nov 30, 2017 • 49 min
We’re entering the final month of 2017, but there’s a lot being put in place before we’re full steam ahead on the road to WrestleMania! Roman Reigns had his first title defense against Elias. It was a great match, but now that Samoa Joe is in the mix,…
68: The 2017 NXT TakeOver: War Games and Survivor Series
Nov 24, 2017 • 49 min
NXT TakeOver: War Games Rarely is there ever a TakeOver that doesn’t deliver the goods and everyone definitely kept up the tradition this time. The War Games match itself was a hard-hitting, and slightly hard to follow, affair. The Undisputed Era looked…
67: The art of the part-time wrestler
Nov 16, 2017 • 45 min
It’s the final stop before the last Big 4 WWE show of the year! Survivor Series continues to have tons of wrenches thrown into it at the 11th hour. Turns out Alexa Bliss will be facing Charlotte on Sunday after she beat Natalia for the Smackdown Women’s…
66: The newly phenomenal Survivor Series
Nov 9, 2017 • 47 min
So much for that Jinder Mahal/Brock Lesnar match that got built up for two weeks! WWE went ahead and decided to pull the trigger on AJ Styles winning the WWE Championship for the second time in his WWE career. But where does the Phenomenal One go from…
65: Braun Strowman’s magic healing garbage
Nov 2, 2017 • 48 min
Two WWE legends are set to be in the ring once again! Shane McMahon and Kurt Angle will be the captains for each of their respective brands. So what can we hope for this match now that the nostalgia pop has worn off for both of them? We’ll take a look.…
64: From Tables, Ladders & Chairs to Measles, Mumps & Meningitis
Oct 26, 2017 • 49 min
WHAT A CRAZY SEVEN DAYS IT’S BEEN! We were all set to have TLC show built around the first official match of the Shield 2.0 and a Demon vs. Sister Abigail encounter. But a sudden viral meningitis outbreak meant that the WWE had to reach deep into the deck…
63: For the love of Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens
Oct 19, 2017 • 46 min
What a month for friendship! The Shield has made their full return to form this week, complete with tactical vests, NATO music and through-the-crowd entrance. But now they’ll have to face a 5th person this Sunday: The returning Devil’s favorite demon,…
62: Tango India Golf Hotel Tango Sierra
Oct 12, 2017 • 48 min
Nothing is incorruptible in this world. Not even Sami Zayn! Sami officially decided that friendship is more important than his principle when he saved Kevin Owens from Shane McMahon at Hell in a Cell. Where could this lead his character? We’ll talk about…
Bonus Ep. 5: The Mae Young Classic Special
Oct 6, 2017 • 42 min
WWE’s made tournaments a regular part of their network. There’s been one based on the Cruiserweights, the United Kingdom, tag teams and more. But the Mae Young Classic isn’t just a way to continue that idea; it’s WWE’s most prolific showcase of women’s…
61: The Undertaker’s butt obsession
Oct 5, 2017 • 52 min
Sierra, Hotel, etc. etc. This week, the team discusses the upcoming Shield reunion. Sure, it’s an inherently exciting thing, but would it have been better if it was a little less telegraphed and little more of a surprise? And the crowd seems to be coming…
60: No Mercy and the benevolent king of the cruiserweights
Sep 28, 2017 • 48 min
Two-thirds of WWE’s No Mercy was really great and one-third of it… was just fine! But there’s plenty of stuff to break down all over the show including! Braun Strowman lost to Brock Lesnar. How badly did losing so decisively hurt the character of…
59: Bobby “The Brain” Heenan: jack of all trades, master of most
Sep 21, 2017 • 48 min
This week, the team bids a fond farewell to the late great Bobby “The Brain” Heenan. He’ll always be remembered for his hilarious commentary, being a great bad guy… and that one time he wore a weasel suit. Plus Bayley and Charlotte made their big returns…
58: Kevin Owens did it the hard way
Sep 14, 2017 • 49 min
With Hal out for the week, Danielle is stepping into the hosting chair with Des Delgadillo back for another week of graps! Boy did Kevin Owens have a big week. He made Vince McMahon bleed (hard-way?) after one helluva headbutt and is set to take on Shane…
Bonus Ep. 4: The Q & A’s special
Sep 7, 2017 • 41 min
While the Nation of Conversation take a post-summer break, here’s a special bonus episode that was recorded for the Max Fun Drive. Learn all about the origins of Tights and Fights, how we would decide to break up the new day and what we think are the most…
57: Roman Reigns and John Cena at Full Shell University
Aug 31, 2017 • 42 min
This week, Danielle steps into the hosting seat with Mike and Hal absent. In their place are the newest members of the Nation of Conversation: Des Delgadillo, the blind wrestling fan, and Jay Washington, a former wrestler and a current internet…
56: The 2017 NXT TakeOver Brooklyn III and SummerSlam Special
Aug 24, 2017 • 48 min
It’s been a full weekend of wrestling and, thankfully there were tons of great matches. Most of them were on TakeOver Brooklyn III. Drew McIntyre beat Bobby Roode (to allow Roode to make his debut on Smackdown later); Asuka beat Ember Moon for her biggest…
55: Slam your Summer at night
Aug 17, 2017 • 48 min
It’s time to for the biggest… longest… most exhausting… Party of the Summer! We’re all set for a big weekend, especially after a ton of crazy stuff has gone down this week. Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins are friends again! Baron Corbin failed to cash in…
Bonus Ep. 4: The Lucha Underground Special
Aug 11, 2017 • 37 min
It’s time for another bonus episode of Tights and Fights! This week, we’re delving into the temple for our very first extended look at Lucha Underground. What caught Hal and Mike’s eyes as relative newcomers to the brand? Is there anything that they…
54: The Chinforcer and Bray’s baby boys
Aug 10, 2017 • 47 min
We’re getting closer and closer to SummerSlam weekend and boy will there be a lot of wrestling had; six hours worth that Sunday alone, in fact! Luckily the Universal Title match is hitting all the right notes, especially Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman…
53: Non-binary butts
Aug 3, 2017 • 48 min
The Summerslam card is filling up fast! By beating John Cena, Shinsuke Nakamura, secured a date with Jinder Mahal for the WWE Title! And in, the most dad match of the Summer, AJ Styles will defend his US Title against Kevin Owens with Shane McMahon as the…
52: Whatever happened to the brand of tomorrow?
Jul 27, 2017 • 49 min
We did it. We survived the Punjabi Prison to hopefully not see it again for at least another ten years. While that match and most of Battleground were pretty average, this was a pretty great week for RAW and Smackdown. Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar vs.…
51: I love my fake black son
Jul 20, 2017 • 47 min
Intensity! Integrity! Intelligence! Interracial love! Kurt Angle has been dominating the headlines for one reason: he’s Jason Jordan’s fake white dad. And that… is really weird. But we’ll talk about why it could be a great chance for Jason Jordan to get…
50: Bring back the bear
Jul 13, 2017 • 49 min
It’s a shame that Great Balls of Fire was actually a really fun show because that means it’ll be back next year. Samoa Joe came incredibly close to beating Brock Lesnar and winning the Universal Title… but he still lost. Now him and Roman Reigns are…
49: Because Jesus said so
Jul 6, 2017 • 48 min
Goodness gracious, we’re really only a few days away from Great Balls of Fire! And we’ve really solid feuds to look forward to ahead of the damnedest named PPV of the year: Braun Strowman vs. Roman Reigns, Brock Lesnar vs. Samoa Joe, Enzo vs. Big Cass.…
48; Great Big Baller Brand of fire
Jun 29, 2017 • 48 min
So after a really rotten week of WWE’s portrayal of women’s wrestling, we were due for a really GOOD week! The RAW women main-evented the show, with Nia Jax looking great AND Sasha Banks winning the right to challenge Alexa Bliss for the Women’s Title. On…
47: The Case against controversy
Jun 22, 2017 • 49 min
Wow, what a week it’s been. The WWE decided that the first ever Women’s Money in the Bank match should be won by James Ellsworth. Well, not really, he won it on behalf of Carmella. But was having Ellsworth climb the ladder, retrieve that briefcase and…
Bonus Ep. 3: GLOW with Rebekka Johnson and Kimmy Gatewood
Jun 17, 2017 • 43 min
Rebekka Johnson and Kimmy Gatewood star as “Stacey” and “Dawn” in the upcoming Netflix series “GLOW.” The show is all about the 80’s LA-based wrestling promotion Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling. It tells the story of a group of women who were cast to learn…
46: Get benched
Jun 15, 2017 • 48 min
WWE has got us incredibly excited for Samoa Joe vs. Brock Lesnar! Paul Heyman has done his job to sell the match as the dream encounter that it is and we can’t wait to go along for the ride. Plus, Smackdown’s tag and women’s divisions are both so much fun…
45: Samoa Joe the contract killer
Jun 8, 2017 • 49 min
Joe’s gonna kill you! It took a little while, but Samoa Joe is officially in the main event spotlight, where he deserves to be! He’ll face Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship… and probably lose, but for right now, this is AWESOME! Plus, what ever…
Tights and Fights Bonus Ep. 2: The Total Divas Special
Jun 2, 2017 • 34 min
Because you demanded it: Here’s a Tights and Fights special devoted entirely to Total Divas! We’re breaking down Season 2: Episode 2 of one of the most popular shows on the E! Network. We’ll discuss things like Daniel Bryan’s bus, Nikki Bella and John…
44: That Hal over there
Jun 1, 2017 • 47 min
Since this week’s storyline developments from WWE were lacking, at least there were some pretty solid matches. Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins had a great RAW main-event match; Finn Balor and Samoa Joe are looking great going into Extreme Rules; Bray Wyatt……
43: The TakeOver Chicago and Backlash Special
May 25, 2017 • 49 min
All hail the Maharaja! Jinder Mahal is officially the WWE champion! His big win the biggest shocker from BackLash on Sunday, and it seems like fans are divided on whether it’s a good thing. We’ll explain why we’re firmly on board to enjoy this ride as…
42: The last clash before Backlash
May 18, 2017 • 49 min
We’re tagging in Lindsey Kelk to talk with us about the last show before WWE’s big PPV weekend! And while Smackdown didn’t have that much happening, how can you not love the Usos and Breezango constantly putting together brilliant promos? But we’ll…
41: The sounds of a king with Hannibal Buress
May 11, 2017 • 60 min
This week, the team is joined by comedian and podcaster, Hannibal Buress to take a special look at the music of Triple H! From his early WWF days as Hunter Hearst Helmsley to the modern King of Kings, we promise you’ll never hear his music the same way…
40: The Passion of Roman Reigns
May 4, 2017 • 48 min
Payback was on its way to being a really solid show! There were plenty of smartly told stories in the ring, great moments throughout… and then the House of Horrors match happened. Then the quality went as backward as Bray Wyatt’s tractor. We’ll tell you…
39: Survivors of the house of horrors
Apr 27, 2017 • 46 min
It’s a tale of two WWE shows… You’ve got Smackdown which has set up a lot of stars, including Jinder Mahal, The Singh Brothers and Breezango, for the spotlight that’s eluded them in their careers. But is that push coming too fast and too soon? We’ll take…
38: Hindered no more
Apr 20, 2017 • 47 min
The Superstar shake-up has led to some new developments that we all expected and ones that we absolutely couldn’t have seen coming. Jinder Mahal has officially become the Number 1 contender for the WWE Title! He’s got the Bollywood Boyz as his new heaters…
37: Mr. Strowman’s wild ride
Apr 13, 2017 • 49 min
HOW SHOOK ARE YOU?! Thanks to the Superstar Shake-up, let’s say very! So many wrestlers have switched shows, including guys who elevated themselves in the last year like The Miz, Kevin Owens, Alexa Bliss, Charlotte and more. But was this the best thing to…
Bonus Ep. 1: Tales from Wrestlemania
Apr 8, 2017 • 35 min
As a thank you for making our first Max Fun Drive such a great success, we’re happy to provide you with this special BONUS episode of Tights and Fights. Julian Burrell, producer of the show, chats with Charlotte Wilder. She recently wrote an article for…
36: The 2017 Wrestlemania 33 Special
Apr 6, 2017 • 48 min
Wrestlemania is the longest, most exciting and most exhausting WWE event every single year. The 33rd edition of the show was no different. In fact, between Mania, the Hall of Fame, RAW, Smackdown, TakeOver: Orlando and the pre and post-shows for those…
35: Rusev’s tank! It’s Wrestlemania week!
Mar 30, 2017 • 59 min
Happy Max Fun Drive finale week! And HAPPY WRESTLEMANIA! This week our show is dedicated to the show of shows. Wrestlemania 33 starts this Sunday for a 57-hour wrestling extravaganza! We’re gonna take a look at some of the biggest matches on the card.…
34: I’d rather be at Lethal Leap Year
Mar 23, 2017 • 58 min
Happy Max Fun Drive! be sure to donate to show us how important Tights and Fights is to you at maximumfun.org/donate. It’s not paranoia! It’s the USOS! Now that they’ve become three-time tag team champions after defeating American Alpha, what’s next for…
33: High-Definition nonsense
Mar 16, 2017 • 47 min
Hal Lublin’s returned from his great boat adventure as we inch closer and closer to Wrestlemania! We’ve gotten more matches confirmed for the show of shows! Seth Rollins vs. Triple H looks like it will happen; AJ Styles put Shane McMahon’s head through a…
Ep 32: Wake up! It’s Reading Time
Mar 9, 2017 • 48 min
So… Fast Lane. It wasn’t the best-received show in recent memory, but it did give us plenty to discuss as we head into the last few weeks before Wrestlemania. Goldberg is now the WWE Universal Champion. But what does this mean for Kevin Owens and Chris…
31: She kept the receipts
Mar 2, 2017 • 48 min
This week Smackdown and RAW both took turns on the road to Wrestlemania… And the Nation of Conversation was not in favor of all of them. The team explains their frustrations with Seth Rollins and Randy Orton and how they’re divided on how much they’re…
30: Too comfortable to be dangerous
Feb 23, 2017 • 48 min
The road to Wrestlemania is far from set! Will Bray Wyatt’s opponent for the WWE Title be Luke Harper and AJ Styles? Who will hold the Universal Title after Kevin Owens and Goldberg face each other? Is Naomi out of Wrestlemania completely? Hal and…
29: Friends to the end (but the end is now)
Feb 16, 2017 • 48 min
Wow, a bunch of things happened on WWE TV this week! There have been THREE Champions crowned since Sunday: Bray Wyatt finally captured the WWE Championship at Elimination Chamber; Naomi beat Alexa Bliss for the Smackdown Women’s Championship, and Bayley…
28: Go Samoa Joe Go
Feb 9, 2017 • 47 min
Even in a quiet week of wrestling, the WWE machine keeps on moving. Samoa Joe made his big debut against a Samoan Joe (who you may know better as Roman Reigns). We’ll talk about what we thought of Joe’s first RAW main event. Plus, Smackdown’s got a Pay…
27: The 2017 Royal Rumble Special
Feb 2, 2017 • 49 min
For the last two years, the Royal Rumble has been a controversial affair. The previous winners have led to many accusations that the WWE doesn’t understand its audience anymore. Was this year any different? Well… kinda. We’re breaking down everything we…
26: From Rumble, with love
Jan 26, 2017 • 47 min
The Royal Rumble is when the road to Wrestlemania really starts to heat up. And it also happens to be Hal’s favorite pay per view. The Nation of Conversation will reminisce about some of their favorite Rumble winners and moments throughout the years. And…
25: Rather proper UK wrestling
Jan 19, 2017 • 48 min
Greetings grapple fans! WWE has crowned its inaugural United Kingdom Champion: Tyler Bate. The Nation of Conversation will discuss what they thought of the tournament and whether or not they’re on board for the eventual UK-centric WWE Network show that’s…
24: My kingdom for good wrestling
Jan 12, 2017 • 48 min
Mike Eagle is out for the week, but we’ve got another Chicagoan stepping in in his stead: Mira Waters from the website Fight Booth. The team discusses Wrestle Kingdom 11 and why it hopefully set the tone for a great year of wrestling. And yes, they’ll…
23: Rumbling into a new year
Jan 5, 2017 • 48 min
It’s the first the first episode of Tights and Fights in 2017! To celebrate, we’re looking back on some of the most significant events that defined 2016. That includes happenings like the reintroduction of the Women’s Title, AJ Styles’s coming out party…
22: Holiday extras
Dec 29, 2016 • 32 min
Before Tights and Fights properly launched, the Nation of Conversation recorded several pilot episodes to help work out the format of the show. This week, with the show on holiday hiatus, we’re sharing a sampling of some of our favorite moments from those…
21: The sun sets on a New Day
Dec 22, 2016 • 46 min
*This week’s episode was recorded on Monday evening, which means this week’s RAW and Smackdown had not occurred yet for us to discuss them. Roadblock: End of the Line wasn’t the best show, both from a wrestling and a naming perspective. But between the…
20: Back in black excellence
Dec 15, 2016 • 48 min
In a move that’s been over a year in the making, The New Day has official become the longest reigning WWE World Tag Team Champions in history. There’s been ups and downs throughout their tenure, but the Nation will explain why their record breaking night…
19: Tables, ladders and chairs (ad nauseam)
Dec 8, 2016 • 45 min
This past Sunday was TLC (Tables, Ladders and Chairs), December’s Smackdown exclusive PPV. And between a table match, a ladder match, a chairs match AND and tables, ladders and chairs match, it all got to be a little exhausting. But The Nation of…
18: Not all title reigns are created equal
Dec 1, 2016 • 48 min
In an effort to prove the investment into the Cruiserweight division was worthwhile, WWE finally gave the performers in the division their own show: 205 Live! And while it’s a step up from what we had before, there’s still room to improve. And some major…
17: The 2016 Survivor Series Special
Nov 24, 2016 • 47 min
This year the WWE has really been pushing the boundaries of how much wrestling they can squeeze into a single week. NXT TakeOver Toronto aired on Saturday featuring a ton of great matches, including what Hal thinks may have been the match of the year. NXT…
16: Starring Colt “Boom Boom” Cabana
Nov 17, 2016 • 59 min
This week the Nation of Conversation is joined by Independent Wrestler and host of the Art of Wrestling podcast, Colt Cabana. He’s got a brand new documentary out called Wrestling Road Diaries 3 . In it he’s joined by fellow wrestlers Grado from Scotland…
15: Nero watched wrestling as Rome burned
Nov 10, 2016 • 47 min
As the world turns, we may as well keep enjoying wrestling. This week, the team discusses live-audiences “hijacking” WWE TV. When is it acceptable? And when does it just get in the way of how good the product can be? Plus: Tons of stories are being built…
14: A Boss and a queen walk into a cell…
Nov 3, 2016 • 47 min
We’ve gone to Hell (in a cell) and back again and the Nation of Conversation is ready to explain how… adequate the show was. And there’s plenty of other news to tackle like Dolph Ziggler’s Intercontinental open challenge, the brand new Cruiserweight show…
13: WWE is your crazy lover
Oct 27, 2016 • 47 min
So much of Monday Night RAW has revolved around the upcoming Hell in a Cell Pay-per-view which will feature three (!!!!) iterations of the titular match. Sure those matches could be good… but the Nation of Conversation has some concerns. But one thing…
12: The goldest of bergs.
Oct 20, 2016 • 47 min
Rachel Sam Evans joins the crew once again to discuss the man they call Bill Goldberg. And Hal opens the show telling the story about the time that Goldberg did him a major favor for his job… by putting him in a fireman’s carry. And Goldberg’s appearance…
11: Hellsworth in a Cellsworth
Oct 13, 2016 • 49 min
The Nation of Conversation has a TON of wrestling news to cover and memories to enjoy. First: Why did chinless-hero James Ellsworth get a huge win over WWE Champion AJ Styles? And why is everyone on the team totally on board for it? What’s the best…
10: The good, the bad and the Boss
Oct 6, 2016 • 43 min
With Mike Eagle out for the week, that means Rachel Sam Evans is in! And that also means a greater amount of Lucha Underground and indie wrestling chatter than Hal can handle. The team also takes a look at this past Monday Night RAW, aka the first RAW…
9: Total Nonstop Buyouts?
Sep 29, 2016 • 48 min
The first ever RAW Pay Per View “Clash of Champions” has come and gone… so why do Mike, Hal and Danielle feel unfulfilled? They’ll explain. Plus, is it time for the suicide dive to be banned from WWE the same way that Pile-driver has been? A certain…
8: Cruisers get RAW
Sep 22, 2016 • 47 min
This week on Tights and Fights: The Cruiserweight have arrived on the main roster! The leaders of the Nation of Conversation explain their biggest takeaways from the ten week-long Cruiserweight Classic tournament and where they hope the division goes from…
Ep 7: An equal and opposite Backlash
Sep 15, 2016 • 47 min
This week on Tights and Fights: Mike Eagle makes his triumphant return to the program as he joins us from Canada. Mike will tell us all about his experience at PWG’s Battle of Los Angeles… including seeing indie tag team The Young Bucks sport some…
6 The Broken Episode
Sep 8, 2016 • 45 min
This week on Tights and Fights, we’re introducing a new member of the Nation of Conversation: Rachel Evans from the YouTube series “Snarled” and “Afterbuzz TV!” The team start out by examining what’s going on with Seth Rollins. Now that he’s on the outs…
5: KO-Mania’s running wild!
Sep 1, 2016 • 47 min
This week: a celebration of the new Universal Champion: Kevin Owens! His coronation as the champion of the Universe had the entire wrestling world buzzing and the leaders of the Nation of Conversation are no different. Hal, Mike and Danielle will discuss…
4 The SummerSlam Special
Aug 25, 2016 • 63 min
There was a ton of pro-wrestling that happened this week. It was intense, exciting and exhausting and now the leaders of the Nation of Conversation are ready to talk about all of the things they enjoyed most. From TakeOver to SummerSlam to the Universal…
3: Peak Wrestling (and Other Fulfilled Desires)
Aug 18, 2016 • 51 min
On this week’s episode of Tights and Fights, the leaders of the Nation of Conversation take a look at whether 12+ hours of wrestling in one weekend means there’s too much content for anyone to possibly consume… and whether they will any way. Plus, TNA’s…
2: How great is the Cruiserweight Classic?
Aug 11, 2016 • 61 min
This week on Tights and Fights, the Nation of Conversation breaks down what made round one of the Cruiserweight Classic so awesome. Does this mean the new Cruiserweight division on RAW will follow suit? Well… they’ll discuss. And Danielle was at RAW live…
Ep 1: Do We Really Want MORE Belts in WWE?
Aug 5, 2016 • 48 min
Welcome to the inaugural episode of Tights and Fights, the podcast from The Maximum Fun Network that discusses wrestling with the sincerity and hilarity that it deserves. This week, hosts Hal Lublin, Danielle Radford and Mike Eagle discuss who they hope…