Wrestling is Life is Wrestling with Cody Deaner

Wrestling is Life is Wrestling with Cody Deaner

Wrestling is Life is Wrestling isn’t just another wrestling podcast. It’s a life podcast. Cody Deaner sits down with successful professional wrestlers to discuss how wrestling imitates life and life imitates wrestling. And all the lessons that can be learned in between. Cody Deaner has been a professional wrestler for almost 25 years. He has travelled the world and wrestled for major companies worldwide including the WWE, TNA Wrestling, and various renowned independent companies. He has been a professional speaker for over a decade and travels across North America speaking to youth about such topics as being a positive influence in your community, developing grit & resilience, and overcoming adversity. He shares his personal story and struggles in his journey in professional wrestling to teach youth valuable life lessons. Cody Deaner can currently be seen every week on the TNA Wrestling IMPACT! Wrestling show that airs in 120 countries in over 150 million homes around the globe. He works in TNA as an on-air talent, as well as behind the scenes as a producer. Cody is bringing his years of experience in the wrestling industry and the life lessons he’s learned along the way to his podcast listeners through unique interviews with wrestling personalities where they share their own life story and life lessons with fans and soon-to-be fans alike.

Episodes

February 22, 2024 53 mins

It’s story-time with ECW original, former WWE superstar, former WWE talent relations & current TNA Wrestling creative team member & on-screen talent – “The Innovator of Violence” Tommy Dreamer.

 

In Part 1 of this 2-part conversation, Cody Deaner sits under the Tommy Dreamer story-time tree and you’re welcomed to sit down, relax, and enjoy the ride! Tommy tells various never-before-heard behind-the-scenes stories from his c...

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Get to know the REAL Heath (formerly known as Heath Slater in the WWE).

In Part 2 of this 2-part conversation, Heath continues to open up about the men who influenced him most in his life during his struggle to break into the world of professional wrestling. And the man who helped him the most when he got injured and lost his confidence in himself and his abilities. He also talks about the joy of fatherhood and his goals after he’s...

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February 8, 2024 50 mins

A lot of people think they know Heath (formerly known as Heath Slater in the WWE). But, to know the REAL Heath, you have to know where he came from.

In Part 1 of this 2-part conversation, Heath discusses his humble upbringing and shares some deep, personal stories of the man who raised him and inspired him to believe in himself and achieve his dream of becoming a professional wrestler. Listen to a version of Heath that most wrestli...

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February 1, 2024 60 mins

Cody Deaner sits down for the second part of his conversation with his long-time friend and TNA Hall of Famer – Traci Brooks.

Last week, Cody and Traci discussed her upbringing. Traci was born and raised in a very small, rural, Canadian town on a pig farm. And she grew up dealing with a physical disability known as Erb’s Palsy. Despite these things, she overcame all these obstacles to make it to the top of the professional wrestlin...

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January 25, 2024 62 mins

Cody Deaner sits down with his long-time friend and TNA Hall of Famer – Traci Brooks.

Traci Brooks is an original TNA Knockout. She is the longest reigning contracted TNA Knockout in company history. She’s worked alongside some of the biggest names in the professional wrestling business. Oh… and she posed for Playboy. Those are just a few of the things Traci Brooks is known for.

But, what you might not have known about Traci is tha...

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January 18, 2024 65 mins

Cody Deaner sits down for Part 2 of his conversation with his long-time friend and professional wrestling veteran journeyman of almost 30 years – Tornado.

They start where they left off last week, talking about lessons Tornado learned while working the independent wrestling scene. They also discuss his work with WWE and the trials and tribulations of a Canadian indy wrestler striving to get a job in the largest wrestling company in...

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January 11, 2024 71 mins

Cody Deaner sits down for Part 1 of his conversation with his long-time friend and professional wrestling veteran journeyman of almost 30 years – Tornado. Tornado has led a fascinating life. Whether it’s the fact that he started playing with famous Canadian bands as a professional musician when he was only a teenager, worked for the WWE for almost two years without a contract, became a successful Canadian wrestling promoter, or sta...

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January 4, 2024 62 mins

Cody Deaner sits down for Part 2 of his conversation with fellow IMPACT Wrestling tag-team partner and The Design stablemate – Kon. Kon is a veteran of over 2 decades in the wrestling business. He worked for the WWE for over 13 years in various sectors of the company (Deep South, FCW, NXT, and the WWE main roster).

Cody and Kon start where they left off last week discussing the dangers of losing yourself due to the rough life on th...

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December 28, 2023 59 mins

Cody Deaner sits down with fellow IMPACT Wrestling tag-team partner and The Design stablemate – Kon. Kon is a veteran of over 2 decades in the wrestling business. He’s worked in the WWE developmental system in Deep South, FCW, and in NXT and the WWE main roster.

Cody and Kon discuss a variety of topics in Part 1 of this conversation, including:

- what led to Cody and Kon’s friendship

- their first match together, that involved a lo...

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December 21, 2023 48 mins

Cody Deaner sits down for Part 2 of his conversation with former Impact Knockout Champion, Impact Knockout Tag-Team Champion, Ring of Honor Women’s Champion, AAA Reina de Reinas Champion and former WWE / NXT Superstar – “The Virtuosa” Deonna Purrazzo.

Deonna continues in this conversation to be vulnerable and honest with her successes and failures within the wrestling business and what that taught her about herself as a woman. We s...

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December 14, 2023 49 mins

Cody Deaner sits down former Impact Knockout Champion, Impact Knockout Tag-Team Champion, Ring of Honor Women’s Champion, AAA Reina de Reinas Champion and former WWE / NXT Superstar – “The Virtuosa” Deonna Purrazzo.

Deonna opens up in this conversation like she never has before. She is open, honest, and vulnerable about her wrestling career and the successes and failures within it that taught her so much about herself. Deonna and C...

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December 7, 2023 60 mins

Cody Deaner sits down for the 2nd part of his conversation with wrestler, singer/songwriter, and all-around great dude – Chris Bey. Chris is a former X-Division Champion, proud member of the Bullet Club and current TNA Impact Tag-Team Champion.

Cody and Chris start where they left off last week discussing the lessons Chris learned in wrestling school. They go on to discuss various topics, such as:

- a wild story of the advice he re...

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November 30, 2023 63 mins

Cody Deaner sits down with wrestler, singer/songwriter, and all-around awesome guy – Chris Bey. Chris is a former X-Division Champion and current TNA Impact Tag-Team Champion. He’s accomplished a lot during his relatively short time in the wrestling business (including appearing for WWE, Impact Wrestling, and ROH all within the first few years of breaking into the business).

Cody and Chris work together at TNA, and in this discussi...

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November 23, 2023 56 mins

Cody Deaner sits down with his longtime friend of over two decades - AEW star Shawn Spears (formerly known as WWE/NXT superstar Tye Dillinger). They continue their very personal conversation discussing their lives and lessons they've learned in their two different journeys in the wrestling business.

Shawn discusses a variety of things in this second installment of this 2 part conversation, such as:

- Shawn & Cody's WWE tryout e...

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November 16, 2023 55 mins

Cody Deaner sits down with current AEW star Shawn Spears (formerly known as WWE/NXT superstar Tye Dillinger). Cody and Shawn have been friends for over two decades. They sit down for a very personal conversation discussing their lives and lessons they've learned in their two different journeys in the wrestling business.

Shawn discusses a variety of things in Part 1 of this 2 part conversation, such as:

- how being a new dad has cha...

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November 15, 2023 50 mins

This is a special BONUS episode where Cody Deaner takes questions LIVE from his fans!

Cody ends up telling some stories from his career including: what Ricky Steamboat said to him in the locker room after they worked together, his admiration for Roddy Piper as a heel and someone who persevered through hardship, sitting on his porch and talking about life with the late Brodie Lee, working with ODB in TNA, unsung heroes of the Ontari...

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Cody Deaner sits down for the 2nd part of his conversation  with the creator of the very popular website Kayfabe News - Colin Hunter. 

Kayfabe News has been viewed by MILLIONS of viewers and has been endorsed by WWE legend Mick Foley as "it's like The Onion for wrestling fans." Colin has a very unique story of how he got into the wacky world of professional wrestling via writing for Pro Wrestling Illustrated and how that love grew ...

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Cody Deaner sits down for his very first non-IMPACT Wrestling guest this week with the creator of the very popular website Kayfabe News - Colin Hunter. 

Kayfabe News has been viewed by MILLIONS of viewers and has been endorsed by WWE legend Mick Foley as "it's like The Onion for wrestling fans." Colin has a very unique story of how he got into the wacky world of professional wrestling via writing for Pro Wrestling Illustrated and h...

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October 26, 2023 64 mins

Cody Deaner sits down for Part 2 of his conversation with former IMPACT Wrestling Knockouts Champion & former IMPACT Wrestling Knockouts Tag-Team Champion World Champion Jessicka Havok. In Part 2 of this conversation, Havok discusses a variety of topics in her career including:

 

  • Signing her first big TV contract after struggling on the indies for 10 years
  • Gail Kim saying she wanted to work with her in TNA Wrestling
  • Christy...
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October 19, 2023 70 mins

Cody Deaner sits down for Part 1 of his conversation with former IMPACT Wrestling Knockout Champion & former IMPACT Wrestling Knockout Tag-Team Champion World Champion Jessicka Havok. In Part 1 of this conversation, they take a deep dive into Jessicka’s journey to becoming a professional wrestler. Havok discusses a variety of topics in her career including:

 

  • Her love of animals & job working at veterinary clinics while...
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