The Straight Shooters

The Straight Shooters

Nick Piccone (PhillyInfluencer.com, PhillyVoice.com) and Vaughn Johnson (formerly of Inquirer.com) started a pro wrestling podcast in 2015 and have continually produced excellent episodes weekly ... Live commentary specials before they were cool, deep dives into career retrospectives, high profile guests, current product analysis, and much more ... For exclusive content and more live commentary specials, become a patron: patreon.com/shootersradio... Show More

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October 21, 2020 117 min
WWE's Hell in a Cell match has left us with lasting memories for the last 20+ plus years. On this episode, we pit the best of the best in a 16-match elimination style bracket to crown the greatest Hell in a Cell Match of all-time.The odds are we've already seen the greatest #HIAC match, so Vaughn and Nick are joined by the good brother Sawyer to determine just which one is the best. And we won't lie - there are a co...
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October 19, 2020 83 min
Recorded October 4, 2017. Join us later this week as we conduct a bracket tournament to decide which is the best Hell in a Cell match of all-time. Give us your opinion on social media!This week, the guys are joined by Sean Ross Sapp (@SeanRossSapp) of Fightful.com and talk about 20 years of Hell in a Cell. Yep, it's been 20 years since one of the most historic matches made its debut on WWE television.We talk about some of o...
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WWF In Your House: Buried Alive was the 11th In Your House pay-per-view offering from the revolutionary force in sports entertainment, and it took place on October 20, 1996 at the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana.In 1996, the World Wrestling Federation was trying some new things, especially with the nWo angle in World Championship Wrestling beginning to take off in popularity. This Buried Alive Match was one of those th...
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October 8, 2020 149 min
WCW's Halloween Havoc 1997 took place on October 25, 1998 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Despite being red hot in 1997, WCW had its best fiscal year in 1998 and was setting records. Unfortunately, by October 1998, much of that money starting going down the drain as creative got worse and worse. This pay-per-view is the epitome of what laid ahead for WCW in the coming years.We got the Hogan vs. Warrior rematch. We...
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October 1, 2020 153 min
WCW's Halloween Havoc 1997 took place on October 26, 1997 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. It garnered a 1.10 pay-per-view buyrate, and Nick Piccone was among those. WCW in 1997 was red hot and the road to Starrcade was no different. With a couple of bumps along the way, however, Halloween Havoc that year was a microcosm of what was to come for WCW. Pretty good start - lame finish. We dive deep into all the matches...
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Recorded May 19, 2017.This week, Brian Isley and Derek Badichek join Nick and Vaughn once again as the guys preview Sunday's Backlash pay-per-view highlighted by Randy Orton defending the WWE Championship against Jinder Mahal and AJ Styles vying for Kevin Owens' United States Championship.Then, the guys live commentate the main event of Backlash 2000 with Triple H defending his championship against The Rock with Shane McMah...
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The very last WCW Clash of the Champions took place on August 21, 1997 in Nashville, TN at the Municipal Auditorium. It drew 4,122 fans and popped a 3.64 rating on TBS.Vaughn and Nick take a deep dive into the matches, happenings, and see just how far Sting came from the up-and-comer from last week's deep dive into the very first Clash of the Champions to his crow character nine years later.The results (courtesy of prowrestling...
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September 17, 2020 115 min
The very first Clash of the Champions took place on March 27, 1988 in Greensboro, NC at the Greensboro Coliseum. It drew 6,000 fans and popped a 5.6 rating on TBS. Oh, and it also went head-to-head with WrestleMania IV.Vaughn and Nick take a deep dive into the matches, happenings, and ponder if things turned out differently.The results:NWA TV Champ Mike Rotunda pinned Jimmy Garvin (2nd Rnd - 1:10) in an "amateur" match.NWA ...
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Matt Hardy suffered a scary fall at Saturday's AEW All Out pay-per-view where he was knocked unconscious for nearly a minute. Thankfully, the decision was made to stop the Broken Rules Match between him and Sammy Guevara. Minutes later, the doctor cleared Hardy and they resumed the match. The next day, Tony Khan said Hardy did not have a concussion and many people apologized to him, and respected wrestling reporters did not do ...
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September 3, 2020 140 min
What made us want to deep dive into No Holds Barred: The Movie?We honestly have no clue. But we did it. And it was something. This deep dive is actually longer than the actual running time for the movie.Who was Rip? Why was Samantha cast as the bad person that Rip needed to forgive? Why did we celebrate Rip killing two people? Why is Brell a movie version of Vince McMahon? Why is Rip's brother named Randy? What did anyone get o...
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This week, we talk about the real world.The show starts off with poignant comments from Vaughn Johnson about Jacob Blake, the Black man who was shot by a police officer 7 times... and survived. Vaughn begins the episode with a monologue that you need to hear.Then we get into some wrasslin'. Roman Reigns is back, and the perception of him has been very, very different, especially now. We explore why that is.Brodie Lee squashed C...
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Nick Piccone joins Jon Jansen on the Line Change on Fox Sports The Gambler to discuss WWE SummerSlam.Recorded August 19, 2020.
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Lex Luger rode across the country inside the bus known as the Lex Express during the summer of 1993.WWE Network added a video called "All Aboard the Lex Express" to their archives about two years ago, where a bunch of raw footage was sandwiched between the Stars & Stripes Challenge and the SummerSlam 1993 main event featuring Lex Luger vs. Yokozuna for the WWF Championship. This week, Nick and Vaughn took a deep dive in...
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August 13, 2020 179 min
This week, we take another deep dive into an event that took place in Philadelphia at the Spectrum in 1990 - WWF SummerSlam.It was a double main event! Hulk Hogan returns to take on Earthquake and the Ultimate Warrior defends the WWF Championship against "Ravishing" Rick Rude inside a steel cage... and much more! Vaughn and Nick discuss the good, the bad, and the ugly in-depth for nearly 3 hours!But first, they discuss the ...
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What is happening in the world of pro wrestling?After a few weeks of looking at the past and having some fun, this week we turn to the current day. RAW Underground made its debut Monday night and it was ... something. Should this be a permanent fixture for the time being on RAW? Will it ... be good? Or will it just be one  of those Vince McMahon things that'll be forgotten about in two weeks?AEW Heels announced a new membership...
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1999 was a very interesting year in wrestling. This week, we discuss WCW Beach Brawl, which took place from MTV Spring Break in Cancún, Mexico. It was just basically a battle royal, but Vaughn and Nick took voluminous notes to take a deep dive into the event. It might've just been a half-hour,  but there was a lot to talk about. Kid Rock, Jimmy Hart, and Raven called the action on commentary, and even that was just flat-out rid...
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Recorded 6/20/2019.Vaughn Johnson and Nick Piccone celebrate the 200th episode of The Straight Shooters! The guys discuss how the podcast got started, some of the best moments of the show, inside stories, shout outs to all of our guests over the years, and more on this milestone episode!Follow us on Twitter [@nickpiccone] [@VaughnMJohnson] [@ShootersRadio]You can subscribe to The Straight Shooters on the following platf...
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July 24, 2020 87 min
The night before WrestleMania XV in Philly in March 1999, WWE held a WrestleMania Rage Party at the Pennsylvania Convention Center with legendary musical acts Isaac Hayes, Big Pun, and the... Cherry Poppin' Daddies? It was when WWE was close to if not at its peak in popularity among the masses, so... why not throw a Rage Party the night before the biggest wrestling event of the year?This week, Vaughn and Nick take a deep dive i...
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After Keith Lee became NXT Champion by defeating Adam Cole at NXT's Great American Bash finale, he added himself to a list of double champions in wrestling history as he still holds the NXT North American Championship.This week, we go down the list and name some of the best double champions in wrestling history. With NXT winning the total viewers ratings battle against AEW the last few weeks - not the demo though!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ...
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WWE unveiled a new United States Championship design this week on RAW. The guys discuss their thoughts.Then, they take a look at some of the best and not-so-best wrestling PPV posters through the decades.Follow us on Twitter [@nickpiccone] [@VaughnMJohnson] [@ShootersRadio]You can subscribe to The Straight Shooters on the following platforms: [Apple Podcasts], [Stitcher], [Google Podcasts], [Spreaker], [Spotify], [iHear...
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