Episode 121: From the Archives – Rowdy Roddy Piper, Part 2

“Why am I still alive? A question I ask myself a lot… God takes care of fools and babies.”

We go back into the archives this week for part 2 of Brian’s July 2006 interview with Roddy Piper!

Turn back the clock and hear Roddy talk about the infamous Lord Alfred Hayes rib, the making of They Live, his many fallen comrades, Hulk Hogan’s acting chops, the time he and Ric Flair got stuck in Santo Domingo, and much more.

It’s Brian’s personal favorite interview from his seven years with WWE, and he’s excited and proud to finally share it in its entirety.

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Episode 120: From the Archives – Rowdy Roddy Piper, Part 1

“If you have any creativity in you, and you have enough balls, there’s nothing that you can’t do in that squared circle… And that’s freedom.”

In the summer of 2006, Brian went to a warehouse in Utica, New York and spent two hours interviewing Roddy Piper. We go back into the archives this week for part one of that interview!

Listen to Roddy as he expounds on the psychology of being a heel, talks about the time Jonny Fairplay tried to kill him, remembers the infamous MSG bagpipes rib, and so much more.

And be sure to come back next week for part two!

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Episode 119: Brad Balukjian

Hello, wrestling fans! It’s time for Episode #119 of Shut Up and Wrestle, with @BrianRSolomon!

This week, Brian is joined by Brad Balukjian, author of The Six Pack: On the Open Road in Search of WrestleMania!

Brad discusses his interesting new book on the early years of Vince McMahon’s WWF and the wrestlers who took part in it–plus Brian even shares a few memorable stories of his own time working behind the scenes for Vince.

Another amazing look behind the curtain this week on Shut Up and Wrestle!

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Episode 118: Lou Kipilman

Hello, wrestling fans! It’s time for Episode #118 of Shut Up and Wrestle, with Brian R. Solomon!

This week, Brian is joined by Arcadian Vanguard’s very own Lou Kipilman!

Join Brian and Lou for a conversation that wanders everywhere. Hollywood voiceover legends! San Francisco wrestling history! NWA World Champion Harley Race in the WWF! Samoans! The WWE photo archive! You name it…

We’re graced by the dulcet tones of Sweet Lou this week on Shut Up and Wrestle!

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Episode 117: Matt Farmer

Hello, wrestling fans! It’s time for Episode #117 of Shut Up and Wrestle, with Brian R. Solomon!

This week, Brian is joined by the accomplished wrestling promoter and historian, Matt Farmer!

Join Brian and Matt for a discussion of old school vs. new school, WWF vs. NWA, the life of a wrestling researcher, Singapore, the Caribbean and a whole lot more.

Late night WCW, curtain-jerkers, Road Warriors vs. LOD, Gorilla Monsoon’s lost matches, the different versions of Ric Flair–it’s all here this week on Shut Up and Wrestle!

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Episode 116: Candace Cordelia

Hello, wrestling fans! It’s time for Episode #116 of Shut Up and Wrestle, with Brian R. Solomon!

This week, Brian is joined by wrestling reporter and interviewer, Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s own Candace Cordelia!

Join Brian and Candace for a discussion of PWI, wrestling reality shows, women’s wrestling, early 2000s fandom, life on the red carpet and a whole lot more.

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Episode 115: Whipdog & Mr. Joe Walker

Hello, wrestling fans! It’s time for Episode #115 of Shut Up and Wrestle, with Brian R. Solomon!

This week, Brian is joined by DeSean “Whipdog” Whipple and Mr. Joe Walker of the Wrestling Heroes and Insiders Podcast!

It’s an in-depth three-man panel talking about everything from the ins and outs of wrestling journalism, to hip-hop and wrestling connections, to the legacy of Hulk Hogan, and more.

Jay-Z big times WWE, John Cena meets Method Man, Brian stays at the Hulkster’s house, and many other stories!

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Episode 114: WWE Employee Roundtable

Hello, wrestling fans! It’s time for Episode #114 of Shut Up and Wrestle, with Brian R. Solomon!

In honor of WrestleMania week, and in light of recent discussions of WWE corporate culture, Brian has put together a roundtable of former WWE employees.

Brian and his guests, former head of security Jimmy Noonan, former creative director Deb Jaswaye, and former WWE.com web editor Lou DiPietro, engage in a frank, nuanced discussion of what it was like to work inside the WWE machine.

It’s a complex, in-depth discussion and an emotional rollercoaster you won’t want to miss.

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Episode 113: Kris P. Lettuce

Hello, wrestling fans! It’s time for Episode #113 of Shut Up and Wrestle, with Brian R. Solomon!

This week, Brian is joined by vintage wrestling footage curator extraordinaire, Kris P. Lettuce!

The proprietor of Armstrong Alley on YouTube and the keeper of the best wrestling Google Drive in existence, the elusive Mr. Lettuce joins Brian for a discussion about wrestling past and present, and how having access to so much historical footage provides such a unique perspective on modern wrestling.

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Episode 112: Mike Rodgers

Hello, wrestling fans! It’s time for Episode #112 of Shut Up and Wrestle, with Brian R. Solomon!

This week, Brian is joined by Portland Wrestling historian, Mike Rodgers!

Recipient of the 2019 Jim Melby Award from the Cauliflower Alley Club, Mike is the author of such books as The Encyclopedia of Portland Wrestlers, Katie Bar the Door, and others, and stops by this week for an in-depth discussion of growing up with wrestling in the Pacific Northwest, and the many stars who made it special.

It’s a trip to Don Owen territory, this week on Shut Up and Wrestle!

Shut Up and Wrestle is a production of the Arcadian Vanguard Podcast Network.