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A Drink at the Inn With: Les Thatcher

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Noob Japan: Konosuke Takeshita
Host CiaranRH welcomes guests to explore the wonderful world of Japanese pro-wrestling one wrestler at a time. Each episode sees an enthusiast have a discussion with a noob about a wrestler from Japan, hoping to encourage the noob to broaden their horizons. In this episode, the seasoned Robert McCauley of Eastern Lariat joins the podcast to gush about DDT's Konosuke Taekshita! Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
35:57
November 30, 2021
Flight of 5: First Time IWGP Heavyweight Champions
Host Ryan Dilbert welcomes a revolving door of guests to break down their top 5 picks for a variety of wrestling topics. In this episode, Ryan welcomes Jamie Johnson to rank the NJPW stars most likely to win the IWGP Heavyweight Championship for the first time! Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
33:07
November 23, 2021
Noob Japan: Kazuchika Okada
Host CiaranRH welcomes guests to explore the wonderful world of Japanese pro-wrestling one wrestler at a time. Each episode sees an enthusiast have a discussion with a noob about a wrestler from Japan, hoping to encourage the noob to broaden their horizons.  In this episode, Wrestle Inn columnist Adam joins the podcast to learn about NJPW's Kazuchika Okada! Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
40:05
November 16, 2021
Flight of 5: Dream G1 Climax Entrants
Host Ryan Dilbert welcomes a revolving door of guests to break down their top 5 picks for a variety of wrestling topics. In this episode, CiaranRH joins Ryan to each pick their top 5 dream G1 Climax entrants! Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
51:42
November 9, 2021
Flight of 5: Joshi Building Blocks
Host Ryan Dilbert welcomes a revolving door of guests to break down their top 5 picks for a variety of wrestling topics.  In the series’ first episode, Trent Breward joins Ryan to each pick their top 5 joshi building blocks. Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
59:01
October 12, 2021
G1 Climax 31 Preview
A panel of the Wrestle Inn team discuss their thoughts ahead of NJPW's G1 Climax 31, including some extra spicy opinions and cursed fantasy booking! Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
56:14
September 10, 2021
A Drink at the Inn With: Les Thatcher
Les Thatcher is a man who's seen and done it all in his over 60-year career in professional wrestling. He's been a wrestler, a promoter, a TV commmentator, a trainer, and has even worked with WCW and WWF/WWE. He's also been a t-shirt designer (designed the first wrestling t-shirt sold, the "Brisco Booster") and helped work on some of the early WWWF magazines. From 1995-2003, Les ran the Main Event Pro Wrestling Camp and also the Heartland Wrestling Association (HWA) out of Cincinnati, Ohio.  During his time running HWA, he helped develop stars such as Nigel McGuinness, Shark Boy, Rory Fox, Chad Collyer, Charlie Haas, and The Island Boys (aka Three Minute Warning aka Rosey and Umaga) to name a few. During that time he also promoted the annual Brian Pillman Memorial Shows from 1998-2001 which featured stars from WWF, WCW, and ECW along with independent stars from HWA, OVW, and other independent promotions on the same show. In this near hour long conversation, Les and I chat about his distinguished career and how he got started in professional wrestling; what led to the creation of the HWA and the Main Event Pro Wrestling Camp, how the Brian Pillman Memorial Show anthology DVD project with Joe Dombrowski came together, the legacy of the Chris Benoit vs. William Regal match from Pillman 2000, promoting Pillman '99 at the legendary Cincinnati Gardens, how HWA became a developmental territory for both WCW and WWF, and why he ultimately stepped away from HWA in 2003. We also talk Jon Moxley, Nigel McGuinness, and so much more in this fantastic interview! Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
58:18
June 24, 2021
A Drink at the Inn With: Tama Tonga
Record breaking, history making, Bullet Club founding. One of the greatest tag team wrestlers of all time, Tama Tonga is a record holding seven time IWGP Tag Team Champion. Alongside his brother Tanga Loa, Guerrillas of Destiny have built a legacy as the tag team in NJPW. Tama is one of the original members of Bullet Club, paramount in the worldwide success the group has had since being formed in 2013. Spending his whole career within New Japan, there aren't many that can match the illustrious career that Tama has had. In this compact interview, Tama talks about the G.o.D legacy; the tag teams he has battled over the years; the ever changing and growing Bullet Club; his beef with the ex-Bullet Club members in America; if he'll show up on AEW or IMPACT one day; which teams he'd like to see join NJPW; Will Ospreay winning the New Japan Cup; Andrade leaving WWE and much more! Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
22:02
March 25, 2021
A Drink at the Inn With: Adnan Kureishy
A name and face you may not have seen before, but a voice you’ve definitely heard, Adnan Kureishy is the terrific ring announcer for NJPW Strong! A long-time New Japan fan, Adnan has found himself living the dream, an integral part of New Japan’s USA expansion, introducing stars including Jay White, KENTA, Jon Moxley and many more. In this lively interview Adnan talks about how he got his start with New Japan; how it felt going from buying a ticket to the Strong Style Evolved tour three years ago, to now being the ring announcer for that same tour; the highlights of his time with NJPW so far, including calling the IWGP US Heavyweight Championship match between Jon Moxley and KENTA; the work that goes into being a New Japan ring announcer; his hopes for the future; which NJPW wrestlers he’d like to play video games with (Minoru Suzuki?!) and much more! Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
52:09
March 22, 2021
A Drink at the Inn With: Alex Coughlin
One of the first recruits of Katsuyori Shibata'a LA Dojo, Alex Coughlin is making a name for himself as a Young Lion in NJPW. He is the powerhouse of the LA Dojo and doesn't let the Young Lion restrictions hold him down, constantly able to explode in the ring with his versatile and unique neck-based offense. When Alex inevitably graduates from the LA Dojo and returns to Japan, he's going to turn heads in the best way possible, a guaranteed future champion. In this interview Alex talks about his life within New Japan under the tutelage of Katsuyori Shibata in the LA Dojo; his return from injury in an intense Strong match and back-to-back Bloodsport matches; why he puts so much effort into making his neck so powerful; his time spent in Japan including his Tokyo Dome debut; who he wants to face within New Japan; the "forbidden door"; his love of video games and much more! Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
33:50
March 14, 2021
A Drink at the Inn With: Kevin Kelly
Always in the conversation for greatest commentator of all time, the incomparable Kevin Kelly has been part of the wrestling business for 30 years, most famously for his work as an interviewer during WWE’s Attitude Era, interacting with mega-stars such as The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin. For a number of years he was the lead commentator for Ring of Honor, before finding himself a second home in Japan as the English voice for New Japan Pro Wrestling, where he today provides sublime commentary to English speaking fans worldwide. In this interview, Kevin gave us a peak behind the commentary curtain, detailing his process from preparing his notes, to producing his fellow commentators and being a tremendous play-by-play commentator. He spoke about the numerous people who have joined him at the desk over the years, including wrestlers such as Juice Robinson, and even revealed that NJPW wanted to bring in Bret Hart to do commentary! Kevin regaled how Shinya Hashimoto ribbed Satoshi Kojima by filling his hotel room with cicadas, and how just a few years ago a number of the roster filled Kojima’s room with oranges, poor Kojima! This, and so much more, make this rare interview unmissable! Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
50:51
March 10, 2021
A Drink at the Inn With: Rocky Romero
Rocky Romero is an unsung hero within NJPW. Newer fans may be entirely unaware of his Hall of Fame worthy career because the maestro can seemingly do it all; he’s on English commentary; he’s managing Roppongi 3K; he’s dropping awesome hip-hop tracks; he’s integral to the development and promotion of New Japan Strong. You’d be forgiven for not knowing that he is also one of the greatest junior heavyweight wrestlers of all time, a record holding 8 time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champion and a former IWGP Heavyweight Champion (as Black Tiger Mask)! In this interview, Rocky discusses the unforgettable Wrestle Kingdom 15 and Kota Ibushi’s ascension to becoming God; the incredible Mega Coaches vs Roppongi 3K title match; his future as a wrestler; his life behind the commentary desk; who his favourite son is; whether the Okada cruise will return; how NJPW Strong is akin to NXT or AEW Dark; why he hates BUSHI and so (so so so!) much more! Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
42:45
March 10, 2021
A Drink at the Inn With: Chris Dickinson
The dream of stepping foot in a NJPW ring became a reality for Chris Dickinson when he made his debut as the surprise new member of Team Filthy on New Japan Strong. A veteran of the independent scene, he has made his mark in recent years competing for the likes of Beyond and GCW, most notably competing against Jon Moxley at Bloodsport in 2020, and now he’s finally where he belongs! In this interview, Dickinson discusses his admiration for Japanese wrestling, from the fans to the wrestlers themselves; what the future hopefully holds for him within New Japan, and who he is most eager to step into the ring with; how it felt completing his first tour in Japan in early 2020; the big match against Jon Moxley; his love of music and drumming, and so much more! Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
45:43
March 10, 2021
A Drink at the Inn With: Karl Fredericks
Karl Fredericks was a last minute recruit to Katsuyori Shibata’s LA Dojo, choosing to join NJPW over the WWE Performance Centre. He was the first to graduate the dojo, but in his time as a Young Lion he became the first foreigner to ever win the Young Lion Cup; his confidence and ability often unable to be restrained by the Young Lion regime. Touted as a guaranteed star in the future, Fredericks is a currently a constant on the main roster of NJPW’s weekly American show, New Japan Strong. In this interview, Fredericks discusses life at the LA Dojo under the tutelage of Shibata; what changed for him when he graduated from being a Young Lion; his thoughts on the “forbidden door” happenings; his experience making his Wrestle Kingdom and Tokyo Dome debut; competing in the World Tag League alongside Hirooki Goto; how he discovered he could hit his gravity-defying dropkick; his love of music and horror films, and so much more! Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
44:14
March 10, 2021
A Drink at the Inn With: Danny Limelight
In a year of uncertainty, Danny Limelight has turned the pandemic into prosperity. A main-stay on New Japan Strong and marquee matches on AEW Dark have given Limelight a taste of the spotlight, but he’s not here for just a taste. In this interview, Limelight discusses his time with both NJPW and AEW, wrestling against the likes of Brian Cage, Matt Sydal and Rocky Romero and he gives us the five wrestlers on his 2021 bucket list. Plus there’s lots more wrestling talk and Limelight talks about his love of Marvel! Read our features on our website WrestleInn.com. Follow us on Twitter @WrestleInn. Support us on Patreon at patreon.com/WrestleInn.
20:20
March 10, 2021