E&C’s Pod Of Awesomeness – 29th December 2017

The Alpha Female, Jazzy Gabert, Shares Her Inspiring Story and Talks About Her Current Status with WWE

What’s up, Hosers?!

Welcome to another episode of E&C’s Pod of Awesomeness.

This week, The Rocket Strappers took the pod international, speaking with The Alpha Female, Germany’s Jazzy Gabert. You may remember Jazzy from the The Mae Young Classic, where she was excellent, but the story behind what it took for her to reach that point in her career could be made into a movie. A tumultuous childhood, scratching and clawing to get trained as a wrestler, a stint in TNA, MMA fights–It’s incredible. That said, Jazzy also talked a bit about the Women’s Royal Rumble and her current status with the WWE.

Plus, before the interview, Birdman and Edge covered Christmas, the Usos’ “mind pictures,” and Rusev Day.

HERE WE GO.

Hey, Hosers…

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E&C’s Pod Of Awesomeness – 22nd December 2017

The Singh Brothers and Beth Phoenix Weighs in on the First Ever Women’s Royal Rumble

What’s up, Ho Ho Hosers?

Welcome to another edition of E&C’s Pod of Awesomeness.

This week the Rocket Strappers spoke with the Singh Brothers, who detailed the incredible, inspiring journey that led them to the WWE. These guys personify the word resilience. Also, the Singhs reminisced about the time they took Edge hiking to pick his brain, and Christian cooked up an alternative gimmick for them, in case they wind up needing it down the road.

Before talking to the Singhs, though, E&C answered a few fan questions and caught up with Beth Phoenix, who shared her thoughts on the upcoming women’s Royal Rumble!

Happy Holidays, Hosers……HERE WE GO!




E&C’s Pod Of Awesomeness – 15th December 2017

Celebrating the 10-Year Anniversary of The Edgeheads with Curt Hawkins (and Zack Ryder Too, Kind of)

Welcome to another edition of E&C’s Pod of Awesomeness!

This week, the Rocket Strappers are in the same room once again, at Edge’s house in North Carolina, before the Birdman migrates south for the holidays. They kicked things off by talking about the WWE’s upcoming mixed-tag tournament, before revealing that this episode of the pod was going to be dedicated to the 10 year anniversary of…The Edgeheads.

After unsuccessfully trying to get Ryder on the phone, Hawkins called in to reminisce about being one half of the Edgeheads–how the gimmick got started; how he and Ryder picked the names they’ve carried into present day; what it was like being such a prominent part of a Wrestlemania match, at such a young age; and the one time that Edge actually got hot at them.

Edge, Christian, and Curt also talked Zack Ryder–his wrestling figure collection and how blown up he was in his ECW match against The Bird–before calling to give him one last shot at being on the show.

This one, like all the ones, was a fun one, Hosers.

Long live The Edgeheads.

HERE WE GO.

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E&C’s Pod Of Awesomeness – 8th December 2017

Bayley Talks Making The Jump From NXT To WWE, Turning Heel, and Her Chemistry With Sasha Banks

What’s up, Hosers?!

Welcome to another POD OF AWESOMENESS.

It’s time for some hugs, as this week E&C got a chance to catch up with RAW’s Bayley. She touched on what it was like to jump from NXT to WWE, potentially turning heel one day, and her desire to see a WWE women’s tag division. Also, Edge informed Bayley that she’s Lyric’s favorite wrestler, and Bayley told the Rocket Strappers a story about what happened when she said “PFFFT HERE WE GO” in front of Michael Hayes.

Plus, Edge and Bird talk Woken Matt Hardy and ask the Hosers for fresh t-shirt ideas!

HERE WE GO!

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E&C’s Pod Of Awesomeness – 1st December 2017

Dolph Ziggler Talks Past Gimmicks, Road Stories, and Getting Into Stand-Up Comedy

What’s up, Hosers?

Welcome to another edition of E&C’s POD OF AWESOMENESS

This week, The Rocket Strappers spoke with a man who strapped the rocket to himself, as he’s had one hell of a career in the WWE, The Showoff, Dolph Ziggler.

Ziggler talked with E&C about his amateur wrestling background, his early gimmicks within WWE, and his ascent to becoming WWE Champion. He also touched on his future, told some road stories, and described what it was like the first time he got on stage to do stand-up comedy (Christian gave Dolph a great opening line to use at future shows).

This was a fun episode, brother brothers. Enjoy.

HERE WE GO.




E&C’s Pod Of Awesomeness – 24th November 2017

Sinn Bodhi, Formerly WWE’s Kizarney, Talks Growing Up with E&C and His Bond with Jake “The Snake” Roberts

What’s up, Hosers? Welcome to another Pod of Awesomeness.

This week, E&C spoke with a man who knew them well before they were strapping rockets to people, Sinn Bodhi (formerly known as Kizarney in WWE). Bodhi, who first met the Rocket Strappers when he was simply known as “Nick,” reminisced about befriending E&C, their nicknames for one another, and his own journey within professional wrestling. He also spoke at length about the relationship he’s cultivated with Jake “The Snake” Roberts, and his wrestling fantasy camp, Fantasy Slam.

Also, before catching up with Sinn Bodhi, Birdman and Edge gave their thoughts on last Sunday’s Survivor Series and answered a few questions from the Hosers!

Happy belated Thanksgiving to all the American Hosers, and for the rest of you–hopefully you used yesterday as an excuse to eat a lot, even if it wasn’t officially a holiday where you are.

HERE WE GO.




E&C’s Pod Of Awesomeness – 17th November 2017

Debating the Mount Rushmores of Wrestling with TOMMAYY

What’s up Hosers?!

Welcome to another Pod of Awesomeness.

On this week’s show, E&C surprised Tommy, who was in his healing cave when they called, and asked for his help in figuring out (or trying to, at least) some of wrestling’s Mount Rushmores. And yes, it’s pluralized–Rushmores–because EC&T broke things down into categories. So, they debated the Mount Rushmore of…

The ’80s

The ’90s

ECW

Cruiserweights

Tag Teams

NWA

WCW

WWF/WWE

Entrance music

…just to name a few. Make sure to tell us who makes your Mount Rushmore for some of these categories, on Twitter, @EandCPod.

But before debating with Tommy, The Rocket Strappers talked Daniel Bryan’s Smackdown promo, what they’re looking forward to at this weekend’s Survivor Series, and Beth Phoenix quickly dropped in to say hi, via FaceTime!

HERE WE GO.




E&C’s Pod Of Awesomeness – 10th November 2017

NJPW’s Michael Elgin and TOMMAY Shares Some Big News!

What’s up, Hosers?!

Welcome to another….Pod of Awesomeness.

This week, E&C’s guest was none other than Big Mike, New Japan’s Michael Elgin. Elgin, who’s only 30, already has 14 years of wrestling experience under his belt, and told the Rocket Strappers all about it–how he started, who he feels most comfortable in the ring with, and the massive exposure that he’s been offered while wrestling for NJPW.

Among other things, Michael also spoke about the performers who influenced him while growing up, and the process of training up-and-coming wrestlers.

Before getting to Big Mike, though, Edge and Birdman had a LOT to cover–the Jericho-Kenny Omega announcement, AJ’s title win, last weekend’s UFC card, ESPN’s 30 for 30 on The Nature Boy, Ric Flair, and a big announcement from…TOMMAY!

They also managed to answer some of your emails, and I’m pretty sure both Enya and U2’s Bono were mentioned on the show as well.

It’s a good one, Hosers. Enjoy.

HERE WE GO.




E&C’s Pod Of Awesomeness – 3rd November 2017

Brian Gewirtz: Former WWE Head Writer and Current SVP of Development at Seven Bucks Productions

What’s up, Hosers?!

Welcome to the latest edition of….E&C’s Pod of Awesomeness.

On this week’s show, E&C were joined by former WWE writer Brian Gewirtz, which resulted in some of the greatest stories of all-time being told. There’s one about PF Changs, another about Wrestler’s Court, and, saving the best for last, Brian finished up by talking about what has come to be known as “The Ballad of Little Dave Bautista.”

Also, Brian told the Strappers about a podcast he’s been working on, which debuted last week, called What Really Happened? Check it out!

And before the stories commenced, Christian and Mega Matt attempted to sing to Edge, to help him celebrate his birthday. It didn’t go well.

Enjoy and…HERE WE GO.




E&C’s Pod Of Awesomeness – 27th October 2017

Sami Zayn Talks Turning Heel, Being Motivated By Kevin Owens, and The Evolution Of His Character

What’s up, Hosers?!

Welcome to another Pod of Awesomeness.

On today’s show, E&C were joined by the stained unicorn, a man who would look great wearing an orange belt and a karate gi, Sami Zayn! Sami spoke with the guys about how much indie wrestling has changed throughout the years, the impact technology has had on the business, what it was like to turn heel, and being motivated by Kevin Owens’ success. Also, Christian and Sami briefly discussed their fantasy hockey league; and Sami told a story about a moment during his career that caused him to cry, while riding a bicycle.

But before all that, the Rocket Strappers shared some thoughts and feelings on the WWE’s most recent PPV, named after a match that will forever hold a special place in their hearts, TLC.

Enjoy! HERE WE GO.




E&C’s Pod Of Awesomeness – 20th October 2017

Dustin Rhodes, AKA GOLDUST, and Tales From The Indies w/ TOMMAYYY

What’s up, Hosers?!

Welcome to another Pod of Awesomeness.

This week, E&C talked to a man who has persevered in more ways than one. From taking chances in the ring and thriving as a wrestler, to regaining his personal life through sobriety, Dustin Rhodes, AKA Goldust, has done it all. He talked to the guys about a lot, including the conception of the Goldust character, his backlot brawl with Roddy Piper, and how getting sober turned him on to working out every day.

And before Goldust, Tommmmmmmmmmaaaaayyy checked in to cover his stint at New York’s Comic Con with Christian. Plus, this week’s Tales From the Indies featured the first EVER (we think) podcast run-in from a very special Indie guest.

Also, the guys sang some Two Princes, and paid tribute to Gord Downie and John Dunsworth, who both passed away this past week.

Enjoy.

HERE WE GO.




E&C’s Pod Of Awesomeness – 13th October 2017

Kevin Owens Talks Hell in a Cell, Sami Zayn, and the Importance of Family

What’s up, Hosers?!

Welcome to another Pod of Awesomeness.

On this week’s show, E&C were joined by fellow Canadian, and Pop-Up Powerbomb specialist, Kevin Owens. Kevin talked about how he felt after last Sunday’s Hell in a Cell match with Shane McMahon, the long-standing relationship he’s had with Sami Zayn, and how he wouldn’t have ascended to WWE stardom without the unwavering support of his family.

Also, before talking to Kevin, E&C shared their thoughts on the HIAC PPV, debated how long Christian has been playing Words With Friends against Kofi Kingston, and listened to some of your voicemails!

Enjoy.

HERE WE GO.




E&C’s Pod Of Awesomeness – 6th October 2017

Remembering the WWF’s Attitude Era and Answering Tons of Your Twitter Questions

What’s up, Hosers?!

Welcome to another Pod of Awesomeness.

This week, E&C go in-depth on what it was like to experience the WWF’s Attitude Era. How did it start? When did it end? Had social media been around, would it have been an enhancement or a hindrance? Was there a “line” when it came to content and what was allowed? They covered it all and paid tribute to one of wrestling’s most popular eras, while also detailing the the ways in which today’s brand has evolved since then.

Also, E&C answered more of your Twitter questions, sang some Pearl Jam, talked about the time they ran into Lenny Kravitz at the gym, and paid tribute to the late, great Lance Russell.

Enjoy.

HERE WE GO.




E&C’s Pod Of Awesomeness – 29th September 2017

The Viper, Randy Orton and Answers to Your Twitter Questions!

Hosers, welcome to another edition of E&C’s Pod of Awesomeness.

If you listened last week, you know that Edge had one of the biggest gets in show history–John Cena. Well, in the spirit of competition, after that interview, the E half of E&C threw down the gauntlet, challenging the Birdman to snag a big-time get of his own, for this week’s show.

How did Christian respond? He put on his finest toque and threatened to slap Edge’s ass before hitting us with…

AN RKO OUT OF NOWHERE.

This week’s guest is none other than The Viper, The Legend Killer, The Apex Predator, Randy Orton! This was Randy’s first podcast so there was a lot to cover, from the impact E&C had on his career being a dad and getting to share his passion for wrestling with his children.

And before Randy jumped on the phone, the Rocket Strappers kicked things off by answering a handful of your Twitter questions! Oh, and yeah, singing Stone Cold DID in fact sing Randy’s theme for us. Shout out to Andrew Pisano.

Enjoy, Hosers. PFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFT……………Here we go.




E&C’s Pod Of Awesomeness – 22nd September 2017

John Cena Talks Roman Reigns, His Future, and Finding Success in WWE

What’s up, Hosers?!

Welcome to another Pod of Awesomeness.

This week we’re just going to cut to the chase–JOHN CENA IS ON THE SHOW (Edge’s get). A mere two days prior to No Mercy, John talked with E&C about Roman Reigns, his future in the ring, and what it takes to succeed in the WWE. Also, John reminisced about some of the great matches he had with Edge, spoke on why he hasn’t wrestled the Undertaker at Wrestlemania, and told the story of how he started integrating rap into his promos, which may have kept his wrestling career afloat.

In addition to E&C’s talk with John Cena, they honored Bobby “The Brain” Heenan and talked about Edge’s jetlag, after his flight to Ireland.

Enjoy, Hosers.

Here we go!




E&C’s Pod Of Awesomeness – 15th September 2017

Shelton Benjamin, Wrapping Up the Mae Young Classic with Beth Phoenix, and TOMMAY!

What’s up, Hosers?!

Welcome to another Pod of Awesomeness.

Things got off to a rocky start this week, as Mega Matt was late to the show. E&C got things back on track, though, by discussing Kevin Owens’ headbutt heard ’round the world and catching up with TOMMAY. Tommy talked about his upcoming trip to Germany, how much he hates sitting in the middle seat on a plane, and about his favorite Subway sandwich.

Then, it was time to check in with Edge’s better half, Beth Phoenix, who witnessed the final of the Mae Young Classic live and in-person. E&C&B talked about some of the other wrestlers, who they didn’t get to mention last week, that impressed them, the bright future of women’s wrestling, and about what a Heyman-Brock Lesnar-Shayna Baszler alliance could do in the WWE.

And finally, we caught up with a man who recently made his return to the WWE, after a seven-year hiatus, Shelton Benjamin! Shelton recalled getting smacked in the head repeatedly by Christian and his journey through the Indies and Japan, before telling E&C how excited he is to be working with his current tag partner, Chad Gable.

Enjoy, Hosers.

PFFFT Here we go!




E&C’s Pod Of Awesomeness – 8th September 2017

Shane Helms and Talking Mae Young Classic with Beth Phoenix

What’s up, Hosers?!

Welcome to another Pod of Awesomeness.

On today’s show the Rocket Strappers cut to the chase, jumping feet first into two great interviews. First, WWE Hall of Famer Beth Phoenix joined the show to talk about the Mae Young Classic– the tournament’s highlights thus far, who could/should thrive in the WWE, and much more. Beth will be joining the show again, once the Classic wraps up, to recap the rest of the action!

Then, E&C took a quick breath before engaging in one of the funniest conversations you’ll ever hear with SUGAH SHANE…SUGAH CANE…Shane Helms. There was an abundance of road stories, in addition to Shane reflecting on being an agent and becoming a dad.

Enjoy, Hosers. PFFFFT HERE WE GO!




E&C’s Pod Of Awesomeness – 1st September 2017

The Usos, Reaction to Reigns-Cena Promo, and Tales From the Indies with TOMMAYYY

What’s up, Hosers?!

I say it every week, and I always mean it, but, man, this week’s show is a big one.

E&C opened things up by reflecting on everything that’s gone on in Houston, while wishing the city and its residents the best. Our pal Cold Stone Andrew Pisano, who entertains you Hosers on a regular basis with his impressions, is down in Texas, and has encouraged everyone who wants to help with relief efforts to donate to JJ Watt’s fundraising page, here: http://youcaring.com/jjwatt

Every dollar helps, truly.

Next, the guys broke down this week’s Roman Reigns-John Cena promo, explaining its significance and sharing some of their own promo-cutting experiences, before pivoting and giving their thoughts on the SexyStar incident.

Then, it was time for the return of everyone’s favorite Indy wrestler…TOMMAY! E&C caught up with him for a few, talking baseball batting helmets, the Montreal Expos, and what he’s doing to try and help the people of Houston.

And FINALLY, last but certainly not least, we had the USOS join the Pod of Awesomeness. Jimmy and Jay told stories about growing up in one of the world’s most prominent wrestling families, how they began wearing face paint, and the transition from babyface to heel tag team. It was a great time catching up with those guys! #DayOneIsh

That’s about it, Hosers. Oh, also, at some point within the show E&C did a Neil Young duet. It was beautiful.

Ok, now go listen! #HereWeGo




E&C’s Pod Of Awesomeness – 25th August 2017

NJPW’s Kenny Omega

What’s up, Hosers?!

Welcome to the latest edition of E&C’s Pod of Awesomeness.

This week E&C were joined by Kenny Omega from New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW)! Kenny talked about his journey, from Deep South to his time as part of the Bullet Club, and how his initial New Japan persona was supposed to be similar to Steve Austin’s Ringmaster. Also, he touched on having freedom in the ring, and how it unlocked the Kenny Omega we know today.

The guys also compared notes on each other’s attention to detail within their matches, all the way down to thinking through exactly how long they would be affected by repeated kicks to the leg? And most importantly, they let us know the importance of having a good dance partner in the ring.

Of course they couldn’t wrap the week without a little Mayweather vs. McGregor!

PFFFT Here we go!




E&C’s Pod Of Awesomeness – 18th August 2017

Daniel Bryan Talks Being a Dad, Up-and-Coming Wrestlers, and Concussions

What’s up, Hosers?!

On this week’s pod, E&C were joined by a WWE legend, and the current GM of SmackDown, Daniel Bryan! Bryan talked about how life-changing fatherhood is, before delving into the current state of wrestling and some of the guys he loves to watch.

Daniel also walked the guys through the timeline that led to his in-ring departure, the specific diagnosis he was given, and the progressive steps he’s currently taking to try and heal, to the point where an in-ring return could be possible. It was a fascinating talk, and one that could give hope to those who have dealt, or currently deal, with concussion issues.

Before that, though, E&C caught up for a while, sending their best wishes out to the Nature Boy, talking about why they both love SummerSlam, and answering some queries that came across Mega Matt’s desk of awesomeness during this past week.

PFFFT Here we go!