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    Posted: 07/June/2018 at 22:06
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Conrad Thompson, co-host of the Something Else To Wrestle With podcast starring Bruce Prichard on the WWE Network recently spoke with the folks at Sports Illustrated about the next episode of the show, which is set to focus on the Impact Wrestling run of reigning WWE Champion A.J. Styles. Featured below are some of the highlights from the interview.

On plans to cover the Impact Wrestling run of current WWE Champion A.J. Styles on their next episode: "We're going to cover from October 2010, which is right when Bruce came into the company, and we'll carry it right to July of 2013. AJ was a TNA original, so when he parted ways with TNA in 2013, history changed forever. That exodus, with AJ leaving, started an immediate sharp decline in TNA."

On being hopeful that they can use Impact Wrestling footage from the Global Wrestling Network on the episode: "That's the plan. I know that WWE is trying to make a deal to license some of that footage, so we've got our fingers crossed. I think that deal would be good for everyone if such a deal were put together, but we'll see."

Check out the complete Conrad Thompson interview at SI.com.

If that gets the green light, it could be the best one yet and I have seen every episode.
 
I've only been watching because the subject topics are interesting. I don't particularly care about Bruce Pritchard with his impressions and Conrad with his dullllll slow speaking voice, of a man with zero history in the business.
 
They always seem to do old topics. I would like them to be more like Bring It To The Table was by doing episodes based on the big current talking point. For example episodes are around 90 minutes and they could easily fill that per week on single topics such as Brock dropping the title, Reigns being booed, Fox TV deal etc.
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Just watched the WWECW episode, really enjoyed it was good to get some inside knowledge on this topic.

I enjoy how Bruce and Conrad spar and bounce off each other, I would have liked them to dig a little deeper here it felt like Prichard wasn't giving us everything on certain subjects like I wish they had got into RVD more and his distain for this version of ECW, but you have to expect that with WWE. Was interesting to learn that Vince was actually a big Sabu fan and pushed for him to become a top babyface but Sabu screwed that up by refusing to evolve his character by attempting to develop promo skills.

I will definitely try to watch a few more of these before my subscription expires next week.



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Originally posted by Fletch Fletch wrote:

Just watched the WWECW episode, really enjoyed it was good to get some inside knowledge on this topic.

I enjoy how Bruce and Conrad spar and bounce off each other, I would have liked them to dig a little deeper here it felt like Prichard wasn't giving us everything on certain subjects like I wish they had got into RVD more and his distain for this version of ECW, but you have to expect that with WWE. Was interesting to learn that Vince was actually a big Sabu fan and pushed for him to become a top babyface but Sabu screwed that up by refusing to evolve his character by attempting to develop promo skills.

I will definitely try to watch a few more of these before my subscription expires next week.


Probably the best one yet with Conrad showing some emotion for a change fighting against what the new ECW was.

Pritchard was a typical company guy of trying to support all the shit decisions they made. But even he had to have a go at December To Dismember as the worst PPV ever LOL

This week will be great about AJ Styles with permission to use TNA footage. Can't wait.
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I mostly agreed with Prichard that resurrecting a dead brand was always set to fail, the one off nostalgia shows were great but as a full time extension of WWE it was never going to work.

Conrad came across as a ECW mark who expected the WWE version to be identical to the original which couldn’t happen for so many reasons. Made me laugh how he was so critical of the zombie that featured on the first WWECW episode which Prichard defended, again I agree with BP as while the execution of the segment could have been better the idea behind it was fine, it was a spoof with the zombie representive of the sy-fy network and then ECW original The Sandman came out and destroyed him with a cane. It was silly but fun.
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Got to watch the AJ Styles/TNA episode today just before my subscription ends. I may renew in the near future but my work hours have changed meaning I will have less opportunities to watch the Network and in honesty there’s nothing must see on there at the moment and the stuff I do want to watch like NXT and PPV’s I can easily download or stream.

Back to topic, it was a good episode, they didn’t get as deep into TNA as I would have liked but it was still very interesting, I think in future they need to have a episode that is just all about TNA. That would be must see.

They covered AJ’s departure which it seems was a collossal fuck up by management, AJ had agreed to terms on a lesser dollar figure as TNA were cutting costs but then Dixie decided to wait it out thinking if they got closer to the end AJ may get nervous and agree to even less money, of course they let it run right to the end and Styles rejected the terms offered and exited the company.
As Prichard said at this time AJ had really discovered his niche as a more edgy character and was the World champion, yet they allowed the last true homegrown star of the company to leave due to a breakdown in communication. It really was a horrendous way to treat a talent and to manage a company and is one of the main reasons I no longer watch TNA.

The only good thing to come from it was the storyline they were running which mirrored CM Punks ‘out of contract/take the title hostage’ angle appeared completely legit as almost everything that was unfolding on screen was happening for real and AJ really did leave the company at the end of it.
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It was a let down. It was suppose to be about AJ Styles but it was more about TNA in general and mentioned so many guys when they should have stayed on topic.
 
Can't believe management didn't like him being against a storyline where a good Christian man, husband and father with his kids birthdays tattooed on him, didn't want to do a stupid affair storyline.
 
The funniest part of Pritchard being asked why he was working for TNA and him saying he needed a job LOL Honesty.
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