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Nick loves wrestling. Stephen hates wrestling. Join us every week for You Should Love Wrestling, a podcast where Nick Gligor and a special guest try to convince Stephen Perlstein to love professional wrestling. From the greatest classics and even some clunkers, they tackle matches and promos from WWE, WWF, WCW, NJPW, NXT, ROH, Lucha Underground and beyond, all in an effort to create another pro wrestling fanatic.

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In this week’s episode, Nick and Stephen welcome writer and actor Ben Rodgers (Workaholics, Action Boyz, Hollywood Masterclass) to the show to talk about ECW, with the main highlight being the absolutely bonkers Scaffold Match between Tommy Dreamer and Brian Lee from ECW High Incident 1996. Plus, Stephen gets a sampling of other key crazy ECW moments including the infamous chair throwing inciden...
This week, Nick and Stephen welcome actor and writer Jesse Esparza (Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, Extra Extra) to the show to talk all about his favorite wrestler: Trish Stratus! Everyone takes a detailed look at Trish’s career including clips of her debut, some of her best matches, the hurdles she had to overcome (including the “We want Puppies!” chant), the perception of women’s wrestling, main eventing RAW, her exit from WWE and much more. Also, Nick fills in the blanks for Stephen when it comes to Lita, Mickie James, The Kat/Miss Kitty, Test, Albert, The Hardyz and William Rega...
In this week’s episode, Nick and Stephen are joined by guest Greg David Jones (Tournament of Nerds, Comedy Bang Bang, Funny Or Die) to discuss many of the “Infamous Incidents” - including the Fingerpoke of Doom - that led to the decline and eventual downfall of WCW. Also, everyone discusses Goldberg, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Vince Russo, Hulk Hogan, the Monday Night Wars, contracts, backstage...
Nick and Stephen’s old pal Eric Moneypenny (The Eric Andre Show, The Midnight Show, AOK) joins as a guest to examine an all-time great angle from 1985 Mid-South Wrestling that culminated in the double turn of both Dick Murdoch and Ted DiBiase; a story that also weaved Ric Flair, Butch Reed, Dick Slater and many others into its crosshairs. Also, Eric talks about growing up in North Carolina and h...
Brian James O’Connell (Bloodsucking Bastards, Dr. God, The Pack Theater) comes on the show to discuss the rivalry between the Garvins and The Midnight Express, A feud very near and dear to his heart that spanned over a number of years throughout many of the Southern wrestling territories. Then, everyone talks about the roles that nostalgia and mythology play in wrestling and how easy it may or m...
Lindsay Stidham (Welcome to the Clambake, Play Nice) joins the show to talk all about the power of “Twin Magic” in wrestling by examining clips of the Bella Twins, The Usos and more. Also, Lindsay explains her experiences as a fairly new fan to wrestling, including her first event at PWG. Then, Nick tries to sell Stephen on PWG and the wonderfully dingy American Legion in Reseda, CA that hosts...
In this week’s episode, the boys welcome actor, comedian and pro wrestling manager Jon Allen (Freakshow Wrestling, Playstation’s “Pain”) to the show to discuss one of the greatest matches of all time: the WrestleMania III bout between Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat and “Macho Man” Randy Savage, which ends up threading together many previous matches and clips Stephen has seen in the p...
In anticipation of Netflix’s upcoming scripted series GLOW, this week Nick and Stephen welcome Katie Willert (After Hours on Cracked.com, E! Network) to the show to discuss the 2012 documentary ”GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling" and examine the now defunct, all female 80s wrestling show. Also, everyone talks about where many of the wrestlers are now and their individual stor...
In this week’s episode, the boys welcome Joseph Porter (Conan, Ugly Betty, Quick and Funny Musicals) to the show to talk all about The Undertaker’s obsession with Stephanie McMahon, and the insane segments that came out of it including instances of sacrifices, an over-the-top kidnapping, a dark wedding and more. Also, Joe reveals how he tried to go by “Seph” for a while, which leads to Ste...
5! 5! 5! Guest Ronnie Adrian (Key & Peele, Comedy Bang Bang, White Women) brings a Scattershot Smörgåsbord of clips, all focusing on Ronnie’s favorite wrestling performances including Steve Austin returning to RAW to stun the Alliance, Ric Flair’s “What Dreams Are Made Of” speech, and much more. And… for some reason, Stephen likes it?! Also, everyone talks about the commitment wres...
This week, Joey is out on assignment and the boys needed a knowledgeable guest to help out, so they welcome their pal Cameron Rice (Hyper RPG on Twitch, Tiny Muscles) back to the show to talk all about WWE’s ridiculous “House of Horrors” match from Payback that pitted “The Viper” Randy Orton against perennial spookster Bray Wyatt. Also, everyone has a good laugh talking about topics from...
In this week’s episode, the boys welcome Ryan Stanger (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Dumbbells podcast) to the show to discuss “30 For 30: This Was The XFL”, the recent ESPN films documentary that examines the failed football league created by WWE chairman Vince McMahon and legendary NBC TV exec Dick Ebersol that lasted for one season. All of the most fascinating bits from the XFL are covered - fr...
This week, the boys welcome guest Robert Chan (Yahoo TV, The Science Jerks, Knowing Is Half The Podcast) to the show to give Stephen a look at “shoot” interviews, particularly ones featuring wrestlers airing their grievances about WWE Chairman Vince McMahon. A number of wrestlers and wrestling personalities’ comments are examined as Bret Hart, CM Punk, Jim Cornette, Rob Van Dam, Torrie Wilso...
In this week’s episode, the boys welcome actor and comedian Christopher Corbin (Jane The Virgin, Adam Ruins Everything, Netflix’s upcoming American Vandal) to the show to talk all about The Undertaker’s Casket (RE)Match against Yokozuna at Survivor Series 1994, complete with Chuck Norris as the special outside guest referee. Also, the story of their feud is examined further in clip of the bu...
The Ultimate Thrill Ride “WrestleMania” may have come and gone, but the ultimate CHILL ride is just beginning: it’s REQUESTLEMANIA IV! The boys take a break from guests and chill out to once again discuss fan requested matches sent in by YSLW listeners! First, Joey and Nick show Stephen a clip of Chikara’s Mike Quackenbush delivering an all-out sermon about “The Art of Pro Wrestling” at Ignite Philly 16, which leads to a discussion about comments sections, Superman and logical fallacies. Next, the boys watch Brock Lesnar destroy John Cena for the WWE Championship in “convincing f...
After a jampacked WrestleMania week, the boys decided to combat content fatigue by switching gears and bringing back their pal David Steiman (director of Santa’s Slay starring Bill Goldberg) to lend his filmmaking expertise to a discussion about the 2016 WWE Studios horror turd “Incarnate” starring Aaron Eckhart. Then, the film leads to a number of other discussions including logic, Batman, ...
[spp-player url="http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/rss.art19.com/episodes/771de66e-22be-4148-bf34-7c2d41a8d59f.mp3"]This week, the boys welcome comedian and writer Nadia Osman (UCB Theatre, The Devastator) to the show to talk all about the memorable and star-making battle between “The Extraordinary Gentleman” Jack Gallagher and “The Stamina Monster” Akira Tozawa from the 2016 WWE...
The fans asked for him, and YSLW has delivered! In this week’s episode, the boys are happy to welcome comedian Tom Sibley (We Watch Wrestling, Comedy Central’s “Comics To Watch”) to the show to talk all about the highly praised main event from Wrestle Kingdom 11 between Kazuchika Okada and Kenny Omega for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship, a match that Dave Meltzer rated 6 out of 5 stars....
This week, the boys welcome Ryan Tweedy (Nebraska Corn Huskers documentary Through These Gates, Fish Out of Water Podcast) to the show to talk all about the match billed as the “The Ultimate Challenge”: Hulk Hogan vs The Ultimate Warrior at WrestleMania VI for both the Intercontinental and WWF Championships. Then, everyone has a big laugh watching Hulk Hogan rock along to a confusing montage i...
To get in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit, Joey, Nick and Stephen sit down to break apart the complete lack of logic in the WWE Studios-produced horror movie “Leprechaun: Origins” with the help of Joan Ford (UCB Theatre, Cracked, “Killing It: The Action Girl's Guide to Saving the World”). Everyone spends most of the time wondering who the characters are, where the hell Hornswoggle is and co...
This week, the boys welcome guest Alex Hoffman (Dreamworks Animation) to the show to discuss the 1998 NBC television special “Exposed! Pro Wrestling's Greatest Secrets”, a program which sought to reveal all the behind-the-scenes details of the business. Everyone mocks the “Trash TV” tone of the show quite and bit and suddenly no one can stop talking narrator Nick Bakay’s “EXPOSED!” v...
Joey and Nick did the unthinkable… AGAIN! That’s right: they dragged Stephen out to the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA to witness a live episode of WWE Monday Night Raw! The boys enjoyed the show with a number of previous guests and friends of the show in great seats, so Stephen was able to get an up-close experience to dish out his thoughts on Kevin Owens, Sasha Banks, Charlotte, Roman Reigns, Brock Lesnar’s video address to Goldberg and more, as well as $14 margaritas and a very disappointing Blaze pizza. Then, Joey and Nick also rave about the HOSStacular clash between The Big Show...
This week, the boys welcome Nicky Urban (Comedy Girl Crush, Femmebot PHD, Late Nightmare with Emily Candini) to the show to take a look back at the “Career Threatening Match” between Shawn Michaels and his idol Ric Flair - a match that would eventually signal the end of the Nature Boy’s in-ring WWE career. Also, Nicky reveals what it was like to be at the “Showcase of the Immortals” live...
In this Bonus offshoot conversation from our Jake “The Snake” Roberts episode, the boys and guest Erik Barnes (Ranker.com, Afterbuzz TV) further elaborate on what constitutes “Ring Psychology” for Stephen, and how it may or may not relate to improvisational comedy. For full show notes, including links to watch matches, go to BoardwalkAudio.com/YouShouldLoveWrestlingFollow us on Twitter @YSLWpodcastLike us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/YouShouldLoveWrestling/Email us at YouShouldLoveWrestling@Gmail.com  ...
This week, the boys welcome comedian Erik Barnes (Ranker.com, Afterbuzz TV) to the show to look back on the storied career of the charismatic master of the DDT, WWE Hall of Famer Jake “The Snake” Roberts! Joey, Nick and Erik show Stephen a retrospective of Jake’s career highs in the ring, as well as his masterful promos, his infamous lows outside of the squared circle, his quest towards rede...
In this special bonus content piece, You Should Love Wrestling unearths a lost, totally real treasure referenced in this week’s episode with guest Gene Augusto (Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, CBS Diversity Showcase) for the very first time: an intense reading of Margaret Wise Brown’s ‘Goodnight Moon’ read by “Macho Man” Randy Savage. Follow us on Twitter @YSLWpodcast ...
Valentine’s Day is here and love is in the air, so this week the boys welcome their good friend Gene Augusto (Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, CBS Diversity Showcase) back to the show to explore one of wrestling’s greatest love stories: the romance of “Macho Man” Randy Savage and Miss Elizabeth! Known to be a tumultuous relationship both on-screen and off, Gene walks Joey, Nick and Stephe...
This week, the boys welcome pro wrestler Derek Smith, better known as Cereal Man (former DDT Pro Ironman Heavymetalweight champion, Hoodslam, Freakshow Wrestling) to the show to talk all about an insane mostly pre-taped 2009 match between Mecha Mummy and Japanese wrestling legend Minoru Suzuki. Then, everyone also watches a brief clip of Cereal Man himself in action. Also, Nick and Joey try to hel...
It’s the final installment of RUMBLE WEEK! The fans have been suggesting it for a while now, so in this episode, Stephen joined Nick and Joey at their apartment along with a number of previous YSLW guests and friends of the show to watch the 2017 Royal Rumble pay-per-view. Stephen mainly worked on his laptop for the entire show up until the actual Rumble match, which everyone mainly loved until the very last entrant. Plus, everyone talks about what this event means for future storylines building up into WrestleMania 33, as well as how previous threads were brought back into the fold and teas...
As Rumble Week continues, we thought it’d be appropriate to bring you the grandaddy of ‘em all: REQUESTLEMANIA! In the third installment of this continuing fan request series (in which Nick declares Stephen to have a streak of “0-2” so far), the boys first watch a recent bout that pitted Cedric Alexander against the “Golden Star” Kota Ibushi from WWE’s Cruiserweight Classic. Also, Jo...
There’s no stopping Rumble Week now, and today the boys welcome comedian and world’s biggest Fastball fan Chet Wild (Laughs on Fox, Unpopular Opinion Podcast) to the show to talk all about the WWE Championship title match between Brock Lesnar and Kurt Angle from WrestleMania XIX. Chet comes in hot right off the bat, wanting to get to the bottom of the psychology behind Stephen’s hatred for w...
Rumble Week rolls on, and in this episode the boys welcome Nick Mundy (Screen Junkies, Conan, Adam Ruins Everything) to the show to talk all about the 2015 bout at WWE Elimination Chamber between the NXT Champion at the time Kevin Owens and the US Champion John Cena, particularly the shocking ending that ensued. Also, Mundy elaborates on being BFFs with the Rock, working for Chris Jericho, sings t...
Rumble week continues and in this episode and the boys welcome Asterios Kokkinos (“Toys "4" Cheap: The Magic of Toys Will Shut Up Your Child”, Screen Junkies) to the show to talk all about some of wrestling’s greatest promos! Stephen gets a crash course in the art of cutting a good promo by watching classics from Randy Savage and The Ultimate Warrior, while also getting a glimpse of newer standouts from the Miz, Mark Henry and more. Then, Joey and Nick talk about the current state of promos in WWE, while Asterios also gives everyone a lot to think about. Plus, Stephen accidentally starts...
Rumble Week continues, and Justin Donaldson (UPROXX, Tournament of Nerds at UCB) is back for a Part 2 to elaborate on yesterday’s episode, this time discussing the actual WWF Championship match at Survivor Series 1997 between Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart that ended in the “Montreal Screwjob”. Along with Joey and Nick, Justin tries to stress Bret Hart’s character strengths to Stephen, parti...
It’s day two of Rumble Week and in this episode, the boys welcome back friend of the show Justin Donaldson (UPROXX, Tournament of Nerds at UCB) to dissect the fascinating documentary “Hitman Hart: Wrestling With Shadows”, a film that chronicles Bret Hart’s last year in the WWF, all culminating with the infamous “Montreal Screwjob” at Survivor Series 1997. Also, Joey, Nick and Justin tr...
To celebrate the Royal Rumble and kick off YSLW’s Rumble Week, the boys welcome Maddox (The Best Page in The Universe, New York Times Bestseller “The Alphabet of Manliness”) to the show to talk about Randy Savage vs Ultimate Warrior in a 1989 Title-For-Title match at The Boston Garden, which also features an absurd amount of flexing by Rick Rude. Also, everyone watches the 2014 Monster’s B...
In this episode, the boys welcome Aaron Moles (WWE Swerved, Channel 101, Our RoboCop Remake) to the show to talk all about the recently resurrected feud between Goldberg and Brock Lesnar by taking a look back at their disappointing bout at WrestleMania XX in 2004 and then comparing it to their shocking yet surprisingly logical Survivor Series 2016 rematch. Joey, Nick and Aaron also try their very ...
This week, the boys welcome Danielle Radford (Tights and Fights Podcast, Maximum Fun) to the show to discuss the ultimate underdog Daniel Bryan’s journey to winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania XXX. First, everyone discusses his against-all-odds win over WWE COO Triple H to qualify him for competing in the main event later that night. Then, Joey, Nick and Danielle try t...
The merciful end of 2016 is finally here, and while the world has seen its share of ups and downs, Joey, Nick and Stephen want to forget about all the bad, focus on only the good times and revisit the VERY BEST of You Should Love Wrestling 2016! The boys take a look back at the show’s first year, highlighting all of the incredible guests, unforgettable AND forgettable matches, recurring characte...
In this very special Christmas miracle episode, Stephen ends up tracking down “Santa’s Slay” writer & director and former Brett Ratner protégé David Steiman (Red Dragon, Rush Hour 2) on Twitter, and swiftly invites him onto the show to a record a follow-up to the last edition of YSLW (featuring now yet AGAIN returning four time guest Joan Ford) to talk all about about the holiday horro...
The holidays are just around the corner, and this week the boys welcome back friend and guest Joan Ford (Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre - Los Angeles, Cracked.com, “Killing It: The Action Girl’s Guide to Saving the World”) for a record third time to talk all about the 2005 movie Santa's Slay starring Bill Goldberg! Also, Nick reveals that he's never heard of the "pinching" tradition on St. Patrick's Day, a revelation that completely blindsides Stephen. Plus, everyone talks about the movie's strange relationship with Judaism, as well as the concept of brown toilet paper, wiping, and Joe...
In a special career retrospective episode, the boys welcome Jason Wayne Christian (Angie Tribeca, You’re The Worst) back to the show to discuss the legacy of Big Van Vader, who recently announced that he has health issues. From his days in WCW and WWE to his legendary run in Japan, Joey, Nick and Jason try to clue Stephen in as to what made the super heavyweight such an international star while and why he remains such a respected name in the business - both inside and outside of the squared circle.Follow us on Twitter @YSLWpodcastLike us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/YouSh...
It’s the inaugural edition of YSLW Pro -the all new real wrestling promotion presented by Joey Clift, Nick Gligor & Stephen Perlstein of You Should Love Wrestling- emanating live from the Pack Theater in Los Angeles! In this exciting show, White Oak Jr. takes on Percy the Prowler to determine who will be the first ever wrestler to hold the YSLW Pro World Championship title belt! But that’s...
This week, the boys welcome Jacquis Neal (Mess Hall Night @ UCB, Dramedy) to the show to revisit the huge WWF title match between Triple H and The Rock from Backlash 2000, which also saw Stone Cold Steve Austin return to a deafening pop. Then, Nick and Joey show Stephen Chris Jericho’s classic and highly regarded 1999 WWE debut  on Monday Night Raw. Also, everyone discusses the origins of the ...
It’s Thanksgiving Day, so YSLW is wrapping up this year’s look back at WWE’s classic and not-so-classic holiday moments in the third and final part of their “Thanksgrappling” series! In this episode, the boys take a trip down memory lane as they revisit some of WWE’s most ridiculous food fights while catching a glimpse of Superstars of yore including Low Down, Tiger Ali Singh and even Luther Reigns in a rather “legendary” pea-centric segment. Plus, Joey makes Nick and Stephen’s minds melt when he reveals the 100% legitimate bombshell that he’s “very new to using gravy.”...
This week, the boys welcome their pal Jesse Klein (Afterbuzz TV, Haymaker) to the show to talk all about the SummerSlam 2005 bout between “The Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels and the “Immortal” Hulk Hogan - a match made (in)famous due to Michaels’ effort to mock Hogan by overselling every move. Also, Nick and Joey show Stephen  HBK’s Larry King/Hogan parody video and also the moment wh...
Thanksgiving is almost here as YSLW continues their look back at WWE’s classic and not-so-classic holiday moments in Part 2 of their “Thanksgrappling” series! In this episode, the boys revisit WWE’s infamous “Gravy Bowl” matches while discussing the legacies of the female wrestlers involved in them and how far the Women’s division has come since. Matches include a 2001 bout between Stacy Kiebler and Trish Stratus for the WWE Women’s Championship, and Jacqueline vs Ivory from 2002. Plus, Jerry Lawler’s affinity for “puppies” during the Attitude era inevitably comes up, as ...
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, YSLW presents a look back at WWE’s classic and not-so-classic holiday moments in Part 1 of their “Thanksgrappling” series! In this episode, the boys revisit what is widely referred to as quite possibly the worst moment in WWE ever: the debut of the Gobbledy Gooker! Joey and Nick explain how the Gooker was supposed to be a mascot for kids, while Stephen really admires “Mean” Gene Okerlund’s attempt to get the character over. Plus, everyone reflects back on their younger years, and embracing gaffes and failures, which leads to Nick talking ab...
This week, the boys welcome Dan Black (The Comedians of Wrestling Podcast, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Adam Ruins Everything) to the show to talk all about Roman Reigns vs Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 31, which featured Seth Rollins’ surprise Money in the Bank cash-in at the end of the match. Then, Nick and Joey make Stephen get squeamish again when they show him Lesnar busting open Randy Orto...
It happened again: Stephen went to a live wrestling match! This time, Joey and Nick dragged him out to see NXT Live at the Hollywood Palladium. In addition to seeing some taped Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic semi-final matches, the boys also got to see some of NXT’s biggest stars including Shinsuke Nakamura, Samoa Joe, Bobby Roode, Asuka, Tye Dillinger, DIY, Ember Moon and more plus a drop-in from Kota Ibushi! Also, Stephen gives his thoughts on the crowd, the energy, the chants and all the in-ring action, plus discussions about discussions with wrestlers, friends and previous YSLW guests in ...