Tag Archives: WWE

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.

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

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!

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

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 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.

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

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.

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

Episode 109: Melissa Costabile

Hello, wrestling fans! It’s time for Episode #109 of Shut Up and Wrestle, with Brian R. Solomon!

This week, Brian is joined by his former WWE Publications colleague Melissa Costabile for a trip back to Titan Tower!

Melissa has loads of amusing tales and anecdotes from her days in Stamford, so listen in as she and Brian take a look back at working for the McMahons, popping up on Monday Night Raw, and navigating the strange waters of WWE.

Vince rides his motorcycle, Shane vs. Stephanie, Benoit takes a nap, Stone Cold cracks up, plus much more…

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Episode 105: From the Archives – Bruno Sammartino

“Those people were loyal, they believed. I used to get goosebumps, after all those years, because every time I showed my face in the Garden, the whole building would start chanting, ‘Bruno! Bruno!'”

We go back into the Brian R. Solomon archives this week for a 2007 interview Brian did with “The Living Legend” Bruno Sammartino!

The interview took place on the occasion of the passing of Bruno’s former manager Arnold Skaaland, but Bruno candidly discussed a wide range of topics, including his issues with WWE, the Hall of Fame, the infamous night he lost the title, and much more!

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

Episode 103: Discussing The Iron Claw w/BJ Colangelo

Hello, wrestling fans! It’s time for Episode #103 of Shut Up and Wrestle, with Brian R. Solomon!

This week, Brian is joined by film critic, film maker and wrestling aficionado BJ Colangelo for a discussion of The Iron Claw!

BJ shares the experience of attending the Iron Claw premiere in Dallas, plus we give our thoughts on the film and its homage to the Von Erich legacy.

It’s a world class episode of Shut Up and Wrestle if ever there was one!

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

Episode 102: Jon Finkel

Hello, wrestling fans! It’s time for Episode #102 of Shut Up and Wrestle, with Brian R. Solomon!

This week, Brian is joined by Jon Finkel, author of the upcoming book, Macho Man: The Untamed, Unbelievable Life of Randy Savage!

It’s a deep dive into the life and career of one of wrestling’s most popular figures, as Brian talks to Jon about his work researching and writing about the one and only Macho Man.

Ride the lightning bolt this week with Shut Up and Wrestle, dig it!

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

Episode 101: Steve Gennarelli

Hello, wrestling fans! It’s time for Episode #101 of Shut Up and Wrestle, with Brian R. Solomon!

This week, Brian is joined by devoted old school fan and frequent Stick to Wrestling co-host, Steve Gennarelli!

Join Steve and Brian for a conversation that covers everything from Bruno’s HOF induction, possible heat between Flair and The Sheik, classic magazine covers, the legacy of Gorilla Monsoon and a whole lot more!

Plus, Brian tells the story of his grandfather going to see Primo Carnera wrestle in Brooklyn in the 1940s.

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