WWE TLC PPV, ROH Talk and Pop Vinyl Figures (Episode 109)

Running Wild Podcast’s Rich and Runz bring you another episode of wrestling discussion, sharing their thoughts on all the latest in the world of professional wrestling.

On this episode of Running Wild Podcast, the guys preview WWE’s TLC, talk new Pop Vinyl figures and much more.

Rich and Runz talk about everything that occurred in the WWE this week, within reason, speaking about Monday Night RAW, Smackdown and Sunday’s TLC PPV.

All that and more on yet another episode of Running Wild Podcast!

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ROH Global Wars, PWG BOLA, EVOLVE 94 & 95 Reviews (Episode 108)

ROH Global Wars, PWG BOLA, EVOLVE 94 & 95 Reviews (Episode 108)

Running Wild Podcast’s Rich and Runz bring you another episode of wrestling discussion, sharing their thoughts on all the latest in the world of professional wrestling.

On this episode of Running Wild Podcast, the guys review ROH Global Wars, Evolve 94 and 95, and PWG BOLA 2017.

Runz is finally off off his social media hiatus and is excited to share his thoughts on BOLA 2017.

Rich and Runz talk the big news from Hell in a Cell and the fallout on Smackdown, sharing their surprising takes on Sami Zayn’s alignment with Kevin Owens Hell in a Cell PPV.

The two then review a full weekend of shows, talking about all the high points and their favorite bits of all the major shows.

All that and more on yet another episode of Running Wild Podcast!

Hell in a Cell Preview, Rico De La Vega Interview (Episode 107)

Running Wild Podcast’s Rich and Runz bring you another episode of wrestling discussion, sharing their thoughts on all the latest in the world of professional wrestling.

On this episode of Running Wild Podcast, the guys preview WWE’s Hell in a Cell PPV and interview ROH Commentator, Rico De La Vega!

Rich tries to stump Runz again with “2 Truths, 1 Lie”, much to the chagrin of Runz, who is on his last week social media hiatus.

Rich and Runz talk about everything that occurred in the WWE this week, within reason, speaking about Monday Night RAW, Smackdown and Sunday’s Hell in a Cell PPV.

Rich gets the opportunity to talk to Rico De La Vega about how he fell in love with the wrestling as a child, how he began his training and about being a multi-tool talent who is looking to continue making an impact where he can.

All that and more on yet another episode of Running Wild Podcast!

Bullet Club Invades RAW, ROH DBD & WWE No Mercy Review (Episode 106)

Running Wild Podcast’s Rich and Runz bring you another episode of wrestling discussion, sharing their thoughts on all the latest in the world of professional wrestling.

On this episode of Running Wild Podcast, the guys review Ring of Honor’s Death Before Dishonor, WWE’s No Mercy and talk about the Bullet Club invasion of WWE Monday Night RAW!

Rich tries to stump Runz again with “2 Truths, 1 Lie”, much to the chagrin of Runz, who is still on social media hiatus.

Rich and Runz talk about everything that occurred in the WWE this week, within reason, speaking about Monday Night RAW, Smackdown and Sunday’s No Mercy PPV.

They also chat about the announcement of Ethan Page leaving EVOLVE, The Bullet Club invading WWE Monday Night RAW and the cease and desist order issued to the Young Bucks regarding the Too Sweet hand gesture. The Bucks have bounced back quickly and you can purchase their shirt in response at their ProWrestling Tees shop.

The two chat about Ring of Honor this week and the the Death Before Dishonor PPV, sharing their thoughts on the matches and the huge title changes that took place at the event, as well as the discuss some of the announcements for the upcoming Global Wars tour.

All that and more on yet another episode of Running Wild Podcast!

And Then We Wait: The Story of Sacrifice for PWG BOLA 2017

And Then We Wait…

By Jeff “Runz” Miner

October 11th? October freaking 11th!!!? That was my reaction (Ok, maybe there was some more colorful language sprinkled in there) when I was told that the PWG BOLA ‘17 DVDs would not be delivered until October 11th.

Now many of you may ask, “What’s the big deal?” Well, sit back and allow me to give you a glimpse into my life since the weekend of September 1st, and explain why it is a very, very, big, life changing deal. There are only two ways to watch Pro Wrestling Guerrilla. You can either buy a ticket to a show, or you can buy the shows on DVD/Blu-ray when they are released. Tickets sell out in less that 3 minutes and buying one would also require a plane ticket and hotel room since I am on the east coast. Therefore, flying out to a BOLA seems next to impossible at this stage. What a great solution then, that I could purchase any and every PWG show I wanted on Blu-ray and enjoy it in my own living room, right? Wrong. Typically, the results for these shows are out instantly, and the DVD release takes about a month before they are shipped and delivered.

Now, if you’ve ever watched a PWG show you know that it is truly something special and should never be spoiled before you watch it. The best talents in independent wrestling from around the world gather in Reseda, California on a monthly basis to be a part of PWG. Several hundred insane fans surround them and the end result is something absolutely beautiful. The annual Battle of Los Angeles is the culmination of all of this. A 24-man tournament takes place over three days and features the biggest names in Independent wrestling doing things that you need to see in order to believe. These shows range from the most serious and physical of tournament matches to the always entertaining as all hell multi-man tag team matches featuring thumbs being shoved where the sun don’t shine and slow motion wrestling. It is a must-see event every year, and this year was no different for me.

Oh how wrong I was. Over the last year I have followed Independent wrestling closer than ever and suffice it to say this year’s BOLA actually felt a little bit more special to me. Wrestlers whom I’ve had the privilege to watch wrestle and grow less than 4 blocks from my house, whom I’ve had the honor of speaking to for reasons related to our Running Wild Podcast, and many other times strictly because I wanted to buy their t-shirt and ask for a photo, were about to be THE GUYS in this year’s Battle Of Los Angeles. Guys like Matt Riddle, Keith Lee, Zack Sabre Jr., Marty Scurll, the Young Bucks, Chuck Taylor, others who I have grown to love even more from watching every PWG show like Trevor Lee, Jeff Cobb, Pentagon and Fenix, Trent?, and again, Chucky T. In my mind, there’s a good chance one of those guys walked out of this year’s BOLA as the winner, but I am doing my best to avoid finding out, and it is driving me crazy!

On September 1st I made the very conscious decision to stay off of all wrestling sites to avoid spoilers and any news coming out of BOLA. Easy right? Wrong again. (Are we sensing a pattern here?). BOLA is a HUGE deal in the wrestling community that we are a part of with the RWP and it was going to be impossible to avoid. What I quickly realized was that due to all of the great fans of the Running Wild Podcast, Twitter was also going to have to cease to exist until I received the BOLA DVDs. Wrestling podcasts? Also gone. While this may not seem so bad, anyone who knows me, or has listened to our podcast, knows how big a part of my life revolves around wrestling. Checking these websites for information, or listening to a podcast, and having conversations with fans on Twitter was part of my daily routine. It didn’t end there though.

This paranoia (or is it the Uso’s?) has crept into my personal life. I have essentially become afraid of my own wrestling shadow. I’ve taken time out of each day to basically sit and conjure up asinine scenarios of BOLA being ruined. I fear that in the most non-chalant, uncaring way possible, someone or something is going to spoil this event that I have worked probably too hard to avoid for the last 3 weeks. I’ve pictured random wrestlers and personalities from other companies shouting out the BOLA winner on Up Up Down Down or Being The Elite, or any of the 684 wrestling podcasts that I listen to. I’ve envisioned sports websites having a piece on the winner and what his success means for the future of wrestling. I’ve stopped opening promotional emails from other wrestling companies just knowing there would be potential spoilers inside. I have forced myself off a vast majority of the internet that I frequent out of sheer terror. However it is not just contained to the online world either. Everyone is a suspect. Cab drivers, convenience store employees, friends and family members, random players on PS4, they’re all just waiting to spoil my hard work. Every last one of them, just clamoring to get their moment in the sun and tell me that “Insert Name Here” won BOLA ’17.

As I was walking to the Mr. Softee truck last night, I seriously considered that the driver might break some news to me that the old WWE ice cream bars were back and then he’d say “hey, did you hear CM Punk returned to wrestling and won BOLA?” My co-host, and best friend, has even begun to make up lies just to see what I will or won’t believe went on in the wrestling world this week for his own amusement. This is my life since September 1st, and apparently until October 11th. I refuse to be spoiled and cheated out of one of the most fun weekends of wrestling all year, even if that means making myself comically paranoid for the 5 weeks leading up to it. I ain’t afraid to drop a Ric Flair style elbow on my own laptop if some spoilers try to get me.

WOO!

Silas Young Interview, ROH Death Before Dishonor Preview, Heenan Tribute (Episode 105)

Photo Credit: ROH’s Lee South

Running Wild Podcast’s Rich and Runz bring you another episode of wrestling discussion, sharing their thoughts on all the latest in the world of professional wrestling.

On this episode of Running Wild Podcast, the guys preview Ring of Honor’s Death Before Dishonor, WWE’s No Mercy and interview ROH superstar Silas Young!

Rich and Runz talk about everything that occurred in the WWE this week, within reason, speaking about Monday Night RAW, Smackdown and Sunday’s No Mercy PPV. They also chat about the announcement of WWE’s Starcade and the passing of Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, sharing some reader mail about the all time great.

The two chat about Ring of Honor this week and the the Death Before Dishonor PPV, sharing their thoughts on the matches.

Rich got a chance to sit down with Silas Young and talk about the upcoming Ring of Honor PPV Death Before Dishonor, specifically his Last Man Standing match with Jay Lethal. The two always talk about Young’s character, his inspirations and more.

Lastly, Rich tries to stump Runz again with “2 Truths, 1 Lie”, much to the chagrin of Runz, who is still on social media hiatus.

All that and more on yet another episode of Running Wild Podcast!

Headbutting to the Top, MYC Finals, More (Episode 104)

Running Wild Podcast’s Rich and Runz bring you another episode of wrestling discussion, sharing their thoughts on all the latest in the world of professional wrestling.

On this episode of Running Wild Podcast, the guys discuss the Mae Young Classic finals, the headbutt heard round the world and much more.

Rich and Runz talk about everything that occurred in the WWE this week, within reason, speaking about Monday Night RAW, the Kevin Owens show on Smackdown Live. They also chat about the Mae Young Classic, who from the tournament sticks around now that the tournament is over, and NXT’s newest faction, the Undisputed Era.

Lastly, the two chat about Ring of Honor this week and the build toward Death before Dishonor and how the card is shaping up thus far.

Rich tries to stump Runz again with “2 Truths, 1 Lie”, much to the chargrin of Runz and debut a brand new outro from past show guest, Ring of Honor Commentator Ian Riccaboni.

All that and more on yet another episode of Running Wild Podcast!