The Straight Shooters

The Straight Shooters

Philadelphia is a haven for professional wrestling, and we have the very best analysis coming to you from two of the best local wrestling writers. Vaughn Johnson (Philly.com, The Squared Circle Blog) and Nick Piccone (PhillyVoice.com, PhillyInfluencer.com) talk about the latest in the world of professional wrestling, and come to each show with a theme of sorts. What are we talking about this week? Tune in and find out. Follow us on Twitter: @ShootersRadio Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/thestraightshooters... Show More

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This week, Vaughn Johnson (@VaughnMJohnson) and Nick Piccone (@nickpiccone) discuss just how creatively bankrupt WWE is right now. With the Superstar Shake-Up happening just a few weeks ago, Vince McMahon basically decided to undo what his company did on RAW and SmackDown and introduced a "Wild Card" rule, allowing 4 RAW superstars to show up on SmackDown and vice versa. Continue Reading The post 195 | WWE’s creatively b... Read more

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This week, Vaughn Johnson (@VaughnMJohnson) and Nick Piccone (@nickpiccone) discuss Jon Moxley (now formerly Dean Ambrose) and his future. Mere minutes after his WWE contract expired, Moxley posted a video on Twitter that got many people hyped. Is he AEW bound? The guys discuss Moxley's possibilities.   The duo also discusses Bill Goldberg, Brock Lesnar, and The Undertaker being advertised for Continue Reading The post 194 | B... Read more

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This week, Nick and Vaughn discuss the fallout of the WWE Superstar Shake-Up on both RAW and SmackDown Live now that we've had the first two shows of the new brands since the talent exchange.   What's the deal with The Viking Raiders and all the name changes? The Viking Experience? Really? What was wrong with War Raiders? The guys Continue Reading The post 193 | The WWE Superstar Shake-Up and in-depth WWE Ratings Discussion | ... Read more

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Vaughn (@VaughnMJohnson) and Nick (@nickpiccone) are joined by ECW legend The Blue Meanie (@BlueMeanieBWO) as they take a trip down memory lane and celebrate the anniversary of ECW's first-ever pay-per-view, Barely Legal, live from the ECW Arena.   As we discuss how ECW showed up on WWF television in 1996, the invasion on RAW in February 1997 to April's Barely Continue Reading The post 192 | ECW Barely Legal Anniversary Show w... Read more

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Vaughn (@VaughnMJohnson) and Nick (@nickpiccone) discuss some of the WrestleMania fallout with a focus on random superstars appearing on RAW and SmackDown randomly. Just what the hell is going on with the brand split?   They also touch on Pat McAfee's run-in with Michael Cole, Sasha Bank's social media post and more!   You can also subscribe to The Straight Continue Reading The post 191 | What’s The Deal With The WWE Bra... Read more

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Vaughn (@VaughnMJohnson) and Nick (@nickpiccone) are joined by NJ.com's Mike Kaye (@mike_e_kaye) on this week's episode, which is a huge, almost two-hour long, in-depth preview of WrestleMania, which takes place this Sunday from MetLife Stadium IN THE SHADOWS OF NEW YORK CITY!   The guys go over all the matches in detail and make their predictions. But before that, they Continue Reading The post 190 | WrestleMania 35 Preview, ... Read more

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Vaughn (@VaughnMJohnson) and Nick (@nickpiccone) are joined by the good brother Sawyer on this week's episode, which begins with a look at KOFIMANIA!   That's right... Kofi Kingston's teammates in Xavier Woods and Big E helped propel him into the WWE Championship match at WrestleMania against Daniel Bryan after outlasting each team in a Gauntlet Match on this week's SmackDown Continue Reading The post 189 | KOFIMANIA! Charlott... Read more

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Vaughn (@VaughnMJohnson) and Nick (@nickpiccone) begin this week's episode looking at the storyline arc of Kofi Kingston and the WWE Championship from the past month.   We all thought Kofi would punch his ticket to WrestleMania on this week's SmackDown. It didn't happen. Will it happen next week? It's going to happen, right?   Nick also wrote about this on Continue Reading The post 188 | Not Quite Yet KofiMania, Angle’s ... Read more

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Vaughn (@VaughnMJohnson) and Nick (@nickpiccone) begin this episode paying respects to King Kong Bundy and "The Destroyer" Dick Beyer as they both passed away this week.   They then discuss Jim Ross leaving WWE after his contract expires and the possibility of him going to AEW.   Tampa is hosting WrestleMania 36 in 2020. Will WrestleMania ever come back to Continue Reading The post 187 | Fastlane preview; RIP King Kong Bundy; ... Read more

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It was a week of change in WWE... kind of.   Lots of news items inside and outside of the ring were touched on this week's episode of the pod.   We hit on Bruce Prichard being re-hired by WWE, the Becky Lynch/Ronda Rousey saga on social media, Roman Reigns returning, Batista returning and much more!   You can also Continue Reading The post 186 | What Is Going On In WWE? | 02/28/19 appeared first on Wildfire Radio.

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Some high-profile NXT talents made their main rosters debut this week... but why?   In what seemed more like a showcase rather than integrating these guys into the main roster, Aleister Black, Ricochet, Johnny Gargano and NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa appeared on both RAW and SmackDown Live this week, and were booked pretty strongly. But what was the purpose? What Continue Reading The post 185 | In-Depth Look at the History of N... Read more

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Becky Lynch was suspended for 60 days by Vince McMahon, and was replaced by Charlotte Flair in the main event of WrestleMania 35 against Ronda Rousey.   This got some heated reactions. But why? Why's creating an interesting storyline between the Rumble and Mania being a bad thing? Vaughn Johnson (@VaughnMJohnson) and Nick Piccone (@nickpiccone) discuss the angle, why people Continue Reading The post 184 | Lynch out, Flair in; ... Read more

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With WWE needed to string out the story for two months, Becky Lynch was suspended in storyline this past week. It sure seems like Charlotte Flair will eventually be added to the Lynch/Rousey match at WrestleMania to make it a Triple Threat. But Nick and Vaughn differ on whether that's a good or bad thing. Listen to their in-depth discussion Continue Reading The post 183 | Does Charlotte Flair fit into Becky Lynch vs. Ronda Rou... Read more

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It's been an eventful week in the world of professional wrestling, so Nick Piccone and Vaughn Johnson hit a myriad of topics this week.   First, Dean Ambrose notified WWE he wouldn't be renewing with the company and will finish up in April. That leaves it to the imagination of where he could wind up, or if he even goes Continue Reading The post 182 | Dean Ambrose Leaving WWE, Daniel Bryan’s New Belt, WrestleMania Matches... Read more

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The 2019 Royal Rumble pay-per-view event is shaping up to be a great one on paper. Will it deliver on screen on Sunday, January 27th?    The THIRD MAN! Brian Isley joins the show after a long respite to help Nick and Vaughn run down the Rumble pay-per-view and give you predictions on what they think will happen.    But Continue Reading The post 181 | 2019 Royal Rumble Preview | 01/23/19 appeared first on Wildfire Radio.

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Vaughn Johnson (@VaughnMJohnson) and Nick Piccone (@nickpiccone) discuss the latest in the WWE Universe. WWE decided to shake up the Universal Championship Match at the Royal Rumble, as now it will be Finn Bálor instead of Braun Strowman challenging "The Beast" Brock Lesnar in Phoenix on the 27th. The guys discuss their thoughts on the sudden change and what they think Continue Reading The post 180 | Bálor vs. Lesnar, Women... Read more

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Vaughn Johnson (@VaughnMJohnson) and Nick Piccone (@nickpiccone) discuss the latest on All Elite Wrestling after the company held its first rally this past Tuesday in Jacksonville. The guys discuss the current roster, the influx of talent from Oriental Wrestling Entertainment in China, the women's division and how the gender wage gap will be abolished, and their next big event happening Continue Reading The post 179 | The Outl... Read more

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Vaughn Johnson (@VaughnMJohnson) and Nick Piccone (@nickpiccone) celebrate the life of one of, if not the, greatest interviewers in the history of professional wrestling, "Mean" Gene Okerlund. Okerlund passed away on January 2, 2019.   Listen as Vaughn and Nick talk about their memories of Okerlund, favorite moments, and what exactly he meant to the industry of professional wrestling.   Continue Reading The post 178 | RIP R... Read more

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December 27, 2018 70 min

Vaughn Johnson (@VaughnMJohnson), Nick Piccone (@nickpiccone) and Ryan Anderson (@gullyblanchard) recall the top stories in the world of wrestling during 2018.   You can also subscribe to The Straight Shooters on the following platforms: Apple Podcasts (please rate and review us!), Stitcher, Google Play, Spreaker, Spotify, iHeartRadio, TuneIn Radio, SoundCloud, Player FM and wherever else you get your podcasts!   Twitter: @Shooters... Read more

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So WWE began a new era this past week. The thing is, it still looks and feels a lot like the same eras we've seen for over a decade. This week, Vaughn and Nick talk about the newest New Era in WWE and what they think fans can expect from it. They also go over all of the eras in Continue Reading The post EP 176 | WWE’s Newest “New Era” | 12/20/18 appeared first on Wildfire Radio.

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