W2M: WWE Monopoly, More Indy Wrestling on WWE Network, Lucha Underground Problems

WWE Monopoly

On this W2M episode, Sean Garmer, Gary Vaughan and Paul Leazar look at all of these things that have gone down recently with WWE. Should fans be worried about a WWE Monopoly or something close to it happening with WWE expanding into so many subsets? Or this just really about WWE trying to grow logically? And understand that the wrestling landscape is changing.

Is Triple H planning another Vince McMahon type takeover, this time using the indies, instead of territories? Is there anything to WWE pulling UK talent from other events, as a showcase of what things could become?

Where does New Japan Pro-Wrestling factor into this? NJPW President Takkaki Kidani seems gung-ho about starting a localized promotion in California and making an imprint on the US market. Can it actually work? Kidani certainly has a plan, but is it too big? Or is he thinking the right way about this? We discuss all of this in our main topic on the show.

There’s also some other wrestling news to get into in Quick Hits. The latest on WWE signing more UK indies to the WWE Network. A new wrinkle in how WWE deals with ROH talent in contract talks. WWE being interested in the SHIMMER library and also in Rev Pro, Pro Wrestling Eve and more. NJPW World subscriber numbers. Don Callis (Cyrus in ECW) joining Kevin Kelly on commentary for New Japan shows. Problems with Lucha Underground ratings and more.

After that, the guys discuss the latest Impact Wrestling Episode.

Finally, it is the W2M Power Rankings and Superstar of the Week.

W2M: WWE Monopoly, More Indy Wrestling on WWE Network, Lucha Underground Problems

About Wrestling 2 the MAX

Wrestling 2 the MAX tries to covers everything from WWE, NXT, TNA Impact, and ROH to other global entities like Lucha Underground and New Japan Pro Wrestling. This show comes to you twice a week and is informative, fun, and meant for every kind of pro-wrestling fan out there. Wrestling 2 the MAX airs live on early Tuesday and Friday mornings at Midnight EST (on Spreaker.com). Then is available immediately after airing on-demand via I-Tunes, Stitcher, Tune-In Radio, Youtube (Via W2M Network) The Spreaker App and other podcast hosting locations. W2M also has a Facebook group you can join. Listeners can follow them on twitter @W2MSean, @W2MGary, @hailtothechimp7 or the entire network @W2MNetwork.

Sean Garmer

Sean studied Journalism at the University of North Texas. He loves pro-wrestling so much that he even trained to be a wrestler at the age of 17. Though he eventually had to quit wrestling to go to college, he still returned to do play-by-play commentary, help write storylines, and most of all, to watch matches. Sean started his love of pro-wrestling at the age of five after watching a Hulk Hogan match. Due to his family hating sports-entertainment, there were many years he missed. However, he returned full-time to being a fan in the late 1990’s. Since then, Sean has gone on to write for various wrestling websites in a number of capacities, but he discovered his true passion, Podcasting, four years ago when he and Gary started the Wrestling 2 the MAX Podcast.

Gary Vaughan

Gary is a native North Texan with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas. His time in college actually rekindled his love of pro wrestling he had lost somewhere along the way. Gary’s enjoyment of the sport began around 1996. As a fan, he has become a student of the wrestling business and gains knowledge through many platforms. WCW is dear to his heart because of it being his introduction to the scene. Now, Gary is a proud podcast host, as well as a writer for wrestling columns.

Paul Leazar

Paul has a history degree from the University of North Texas, but right now works at a Comic Book store. He was born an’ raised in the great state of Texas, and began his love affair with pro wrestling at the tender age of five after watching WWF’s Summerslam 1993 pay-per-view. The relationship turned serious with the growth of independent wrestling and the internet in the early 2000’s, which has seen the love affair turn into a full blown addiction that led him to write about it for various websites, host his own podcast “The Wrestling Time Machine” and co-host the Wrestling 2 The MAX podcast.