DEADLOCK: A Pro Wrestling Podcast

A combination of lifestyle, culture, & an undying love of professional wrestling: DEADLOCK. Puroresu, WWE, AEW, and everything in between... James, Johnny, and Tony give their insight on the world of wrestling served up weekly.

Revisiting WWE NXT 2010 Episode #1, Reality TV ...
We are wild and young! We have just begun! Mr. McMahon announced 3 weeks ago that WWE ECW was no longer going to be on TV. In its place was the “Next Evolution Of WWE!” This new show was called WWE NXT and it would feature current WWE Superstars as Pros and current FCW wrestlers as Rookies. It was a competition show that would eventually feature a game show style format with such games as chugging soda! However, we look back on the very first episode of NXT that is centered around Daniel Bryan being an internet darling dork and him not getting along with his pro The Miz! The main event features a great match between Chris Jericho and Daniel Bryan with some terrific wrestling. We also get hype packages for most of the rookies to learn a little more about their characters. This was a wild experiment in television history, that for good or bad, will not be forgotten. Plus, the boys have another Top 5 Draft, this time about Fast Food establishments.
96 min
Revisiting TNA Impact Wrestling 2013 Brooke Hog...
We are gathered here today to witness the union of Brooke Hogan and Bully Ray. Hulk Hogan doesn’t approve of them getting married, as he doesn’t trust Bully Ray. However, Bully wants to make Brooke happy and has Sting try to talk some sense into Hulk. Eventually the ceremony happens and Hulk Hogan indeed does walk his daughter down the aisle. Just as they were going to tie the knot, Taz objects and says “Is it friggin’ hot in here or is it just me?!” Taz is now a member of Aces & Eights! Chaos ensues as Impact goes off the air. Also on this episode, The TNA World Champion Jeff Hardy teams with James Storm to take on Bad Influence. Plus, this is the infamous Brian Cage Jay Bradley Gut Check, where they decide not to give Brain Cage a TNA contract. Velvet Sky battles Gail Kim and Kenny King fights Christian York. Last, the boys talk about DPW You Already Know, WWE 2K23 and the Community Day trip!
169 min
Revisiting WWF SmackDown 2001 Supermarket Brawl...
Chris Jericho is the newly crowned WWF Undisputed Champion after defeating The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin on the same night. The Monday Night Raw featured Chris Jericho defending his championship against Stone Cold Steve Austin in a steel cage match. Just as Stone Cold was going to win Booker T slammed the cage door into his face allowing Jericho to win. Now we look back at the infamous Supermarket Brawl between Stone Cold Steve Austin and Booker-T. As Booker and Vince McMahon arrived in the building Ric Flair gave him a skybox. Stone Cold showed up dressed as a firefighter and chased Booker out of the building. As Booker was getting away he stopped at the Green Frog Grocery Store. Stone Cold followed him inside and Austin opened up a can of whoop ass in one of the greatest segments of all time. Also, The Rock & RVD Team up to take on Chris Jericho and The Undertaker in the main event. The Hurricane Returns because WWF is lacking superheroes and Matt Hardy and Lita continue to have a rocky relationship.
118 min
Revisiting WWE ECW on Sci-Fi 2006 The First Epi...
The New Breed is Unleashed as Extreme Championship Wrestling returns! ECW One Night Stand #2 has just happened which called for the relaunch of the ECW brand. This time it’s different as it’s under the WWE banner. We take a look at the very first episode of ECW on Sci-Fi. Because it is on Sci-Fi we get a LITERAL Zombie on the inaugural episode and he takes on none other than The Sandman. Rob Van Dam, who had previously won the WWE Championship at One Night Stand, is awarded the new ECW Championship. Edge shows up and spears RVD while John Cena shows up in the crowd as mayhem unfolds. Kurt Angle is now known as “The Wrestling Machine” and he proves it as he gives no offense to Justin Credible in their match. In the main event, it’s the first ever Extreme Battle Royal which sees the winner taking on John Cena at WWE Vengeance. Plus, The DEADLOCK Q&A is back!
128 min
Revisiting WCW Nitro 2000 David Flair & Stacy K...
Good Ol WCW Nitro 2000. Vince Russo is in charge of creative so you know it’s going to be a wild ride. On the September 11th, 2000 episode, we have the wedding of David Flair & Stacy Keibler from Charlotte, North Carolina. David Flair has been on bad terms with Arn Anderson and Ric Flair, but he is looking to make amends with everyone and invite them to his wedding. Just as David Flair & Stacy are about to get married local police come down and arrest Ric Flair. Apparently, Vince Russo took out a restraining order on Ric and he wasn’t allowed in the building. Later that night, we do the wedding all over again, however you guessed it, there's a “Russo Swerve!” Speaking of Vince Russo, he is not here tonight as he is away having major brain surgery. That’s right, a Nitro with a wedding and brain surgery! More WCW 2000 shenanigans happen as Kronik don’t want to put over the Filthy Animals, Big Vito battles Reno in a stick ball bat on a pole match, Hacksaw Jim Duggan announces retirement & we get one of the most infamous Scott Steiner promos of all time! Plus, Jeff Jarrett wrestles Miss Jones with his hands cuffed! Deadlock Discord:
158 min
Revisiting WWF SmackDown! 1999, The Triple H Ch...
Leading into WWF Unforgiven 1999 and the WWF Championship 6 Pack Challenge, Triple H has crossed the boss Mr. McMahon. Because of this, Triple H must wrestle 5 times tonight in different stipulation matches. He has to win 3 out of 5 of them or he doesn’t go to WWF Unforgiven. The first match is a Chokeslam Match against The Big Show. Followed by an Inferno Match against Kane. Next, A Casket Match vs The Undertaker. Up next, a Boiler Room Brawl with Mankind. Finally he must go one on one with The Rock in a Brahma Bull Rope Match! Also, Chris Jericho battles Ken Shamrock in a First Blood Match! Plus, Johnny and Tony talk about the WWE 2K23 Royal Rumble trip where they got to play WWE 2K23 and go to the WWE Royal Rumble 2023!
165 min
Revisiting WWF Shotgun Saturday Night 1997 Epis...
Get ready to step back in time and relive the third episode of WWF Shotgun Saturday Night from 1997. Two of the biggest names in the business, Stone Cold Steve Austin and Terry Funk, went head-to-head in an unforgettable battle. We'll also be previewing the upcoming WWF Royal Rumble 1997, a landmark event that marked the start of the road to WrestleMania. Shotgun Saturday Night, a great concept, that could have worked if done differently. In addition, we'll be celebrating the 4th Annual DEADIES Awards, where we'll honor the best in the world of professional wrestling from the previous year of 2022. And for the first time ever, we'll also be presenting the 1st Annual DPW Awards, recognizing the standout performers and moments from DEADLOCK Pro Wrestling..
166 min
Revisiting TNA Impact Wrestling 2010, Lord Of T...
"Lord of the Ring," the Feb 18th, 2010 episode of TNA Impact Wrestling. Hulk Hogan presents Abyss with his WWE Hall of Fame ring, declaring that it will make Abyss stronger than Hulkamania and a god among men. This moment not only solidified Abyss as a top contender in the company, but also marked the beginning of a powerful alliance between Hogan and Abyss. This partnership saw the two wrestlers work together to dominate the TNA roster, with Abyss becoming a key player in Hogan's faction, Immortal. AJ Styles, under the mentorship of Ric Flair, beats up the new number one contender and 8 Card Stud winner, The Pope D'Angelo Dinero, and leaves him laying in the ring .This idea of AJ Styles being the next Ric Flair was not well received by the fans as AJ Styles was already a top guy in the company and the face of TNA Wrestling. Also in one of the most infamous moments in TNA Wrestling history, Samoa Joe was kidnapped by NINJAS. After the kidnapping, Samoa Joe was taken off TNA Impact TV, and when he was brought back, the storyline was never mentioned again. This was a major disappointment for fans as it was a bizarre and uninteresting storyline that came out of nowhere and had no real purpose or resolution. Also, The boys talk about DPW Live #1 that saw the main event of SB KENTo vs Lucky Ali for the DPW Worlds Championship. Plus, a review of Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives.
180 min
Revisiting WWF Thursday Raw Thursday 1997, Shaw...
Thursday Raw Thursday! Thursday Raw Thursday! Thursday Raw Thursday! This week, we're revisiting a historic episode of WWF Monday Night Raw that was moved to Thursday and rebranded as "Thursday RAW Thursday." On this episode, we witnessed one of the most iconic moments in wrestling history as Shawn Michaels forfeits the WWF Championship due to a knee injury and cuts a promo where he famously "Lost His Smile." This was a turning point in the WWF and would ultimately take many wrestlers' careers to different paths. All because Shawn Michaels took his ball and went home. Also, this episode served as the go-home show for the WWF In Your House Final Four pay-per-view event. Where Stone Cold Steve Austin, Bret Hart, Vader and The Undertaker battled it out to determine the new WWF Champion. Join us as we relive one of the most iconic moments in WWF history and discuss the impact it had on the wrestling landscape.
126 min
Revisiting ECW 2000 The Final Episode Of ECW Ha...
In the final episode of ECW Hardcore TV, we take a look back at the final days of Extreme Championship Wrestling, one of the most iconic wrestling promotions in history. From the hard-hitting matches to the memorable personalities, we reminisce on the unique and innovative style that made ECW stand out in the wrestling world. We'll also discuss the impact ECW had on the industry and the lasting legacy it has left behind. Join us for this nostalgically charged tribute to the final chapter of ECW. Justin Credible wants to get the ECW Championship back, Jerry Lynn is “The New F’N Show, and Tommy Dreamer and C.W. Anderson promote their upcoming I Quit Match at the final ECW PPV ECW Guilty As Charged 2001! Plus, The Draft is back with “The Top 5 James Things!”
101 min
Revisiting WWF RAW 1999 Chris Jericho's WWF Deb...
WWF Raw episode from August 9, 1999, where Chris Jericho made his highly-anticipated WWF debut on the microphone by interrupting The Rock! This was a historic moment in wrestling history, as Jericho had built a reputation for himself in other promotions, including most recently WCW, before joining the WWF roster. Fans were eagerly waiting to see how he would perform on the big stage, and he did not disappoint. In his debut promo segment, Jericho faced off against The Rock in a moment that has gone down in wrestling history as one of the best of all time! The New Brood forms as The Hardy Boyz join Gangrel and leave Michael Hayes behind. Chyna gets put into the main event after Stone Cold Steve Austin is attacked backstage! It’s now a 3 way #1 contendership match with Triple H, Chyna, and The Undertaker. We'll also be discussing the ongoing storylines and rivalries that were shaping the WWF at the time, including the buildup to the upcoming SummerSlam event. Plus, The DEADLOCK Patreon Q&A is back!
142 min
Revisiting WWE SmackDown! 2006 Christmas Specia...
On this festive episode on WWE Smackdown!, Batista takes on Santa Claus in an impromptu match. Of course, this was not your typical Santa - it was Sylvan the whole time, dressed in a Santa costume. Despite the unconventional matchup, Batista took down the jolly old man. In the main event, King Booker and Finlay teamed up to battle The Undertaker & Kane. Booker and Finlay were going to divide and conquer The Brothers of Destruction! In addition to the main event, Joey Mercury returns after a brutal ladder match at WWE Armageddon where he took a ladder shot to the face and was left bruised and battered. Despite his injuries, Joey Mercury was ready to continue his rivalry with the Hardy Boyz, whom he blamed for the injury. Plus, the Top 5 Daft is back with “The Top 5 Video Game Series!”
104 min
Revisiting 2001 XWF Episode #1 In Your Face, Ne...
XWF! What does the X stand for? Xtreme? Xcitement? Nobody really knows! XWF IN YOUR FACE! The XWF promotion was founded in 2001 by former WWE Superstars Greg “The Hammer” Valentine, Nasty Boy Brian Knobbs, and Jimmy Hart. The XWF was supposed to feature a mix of established veterans and up-and-coming stars. Some of the top wrestlers in the XWF included Buff Bagwell, Vampiro, The Nasty Boys, and maybe Hulk Hogan. We aren’t sure if he actually signed a contract for the company or not. The XWF helped to pave the way for other wrestling promotions in the years that followed including WWA and NWA TNA Wrestling! Plus, the boys introduce a new segment with a Top 5 Draft!
125 min
Revisiting WWF RAW 1999 The Highest Rated RAW O...
The year is 1999 and pro wrestling is at an all time high, in fact Monday Night RAW gets the highest rating of all time! Shawn Michaels is the commissioner of the WWF and decides to throw a wrench in the plans of the Corporate Ministry and books a crazy show. A Nightstick on a pole match, a Loser Leaves the WWF Match, A Hardcore Handicapped match with Cactus Jack, a Lumberjack match, an Evening Gown match, Ken Shamrock vs Chyna, and Stone Cold, The Rock & Mr. McMahon vs Shane McMahon, The Undertaker, and Triple H in the main event! Plus, the boys answer all the burning questions about DEADLOCK Pro Wrestling in the DPW Q&A Patreon segment!
123 min
Revisiting WCW Monday Nitro 1999 The Finger Pok...
Ric Flair is the new President of WCW as we head into 1999 and one of the biggest WCW Nitro episodes of all time. It’s Goldberg vs Kevin Nash inside the Georgia Dome with 40,000 people in attendance. The match never happens as Goldberg gets arrested on charges of stalking Ms. Elizabeth! Goldberg is taken to the police station for questioning. This makes Kevin Nash pissed off, as he thinks Hulk Hogan is up to it. However, it turns out that Kevin Nash and Hulk Hogan have been working together. They get in the ring for the main event and The Finger Poke Of Doom happens! This is the night WCW lost the Monday Night War! The nWo reforms with the Wolfpac & Black & White! Also, Tony Schiavone spoils the results of Mick Foley winning the WWF Title on Monday Night Raw as Mankind! This backfired and everyone turned over to watch WWF! This was truly an epic fail moment!
148 min
Revisiting WWE RAW 2007 Mr. McMahon’s Limo Blow...
It’s the 2007 WWE Draft! The first ever tri-branded draft as RAW, Smackdown, & ECW will all have to win matches to get draft picks. It is also Mr. McMahon Appreciation Night with unscripted comments from WWE Superstars and celebrities. From Donald Trump to Steve-O, all the stars are here to appreciate Mr. McMahon. This is also an infamous episode from when Mr. McMahon’s limo blows up with him inside of it! What happened and who did it? We never get to find out! Also, WWE Champion John Cena faces off against World Champion Edge! Plus, The DEADLOCK Q&A is back!
154 min
Revisiting WWE SmackDown! 2003 Brock Lesnar & B...
The first time is always the best. In this case, that’s 100% true. Brock Lesnar and Big Show have been feuding for a while and it comes to a head in the Main Event of SmackDown for the WWE Championship! Brock Lesnar takes the Big Show up to the top rope and delivers the biggest superplex of all time as the ring implodes. Neither man could get up to their feet and SmackDown goes off the air in pandemonium. The show is also highlighted by the long standing rivalry with Matt Hardy and Rey Mysterio over the WWE Cruiserweight Championship. Also, Zack Gowan is trying to get a WWE contract and with the help of Mr. America, Zack has an arm wrestling match vs Mr. McMahon. If somehow he can win, he will realize his dream and become a WWE Superstar! Undertaker continues his feud with the FBI. Billy Gunn and Torrie Wilson become an item. Plus, Charlie Hass and Shelton Benjamin are sick of being in the shadow of Kurt Angle and want to be the new leaders of Team Angle. Kurt does not take this lightly and Team Angle breaks up!
119 min
Revisiting TNA Impact Wrestling 2007, 1st Annua...
TNA Is on the road to TNA Turning Point 2007. This is the infamous show where Scott Hall didn’t show up and Samoa Joe had an open mic. Before we get to that we have the 1st Annual $25,000 TNA Turkey Bowl. There are 3 separate triple threat matches with winners going on to fight in the main event for a check worth $25,000. The loser of the Turkey Bowl will have to wear a Turkey Suit! Kurt Angle is hosting the Angle Family Thanksgiving Dinner and everyone is invited. Throughout the night we go back as everyone arrives at the party. Eventually things go south as Team 3D shows up, who everyone hates, and a food fight breaks out! Plus, The DEADLOCK Patreon Q&A returns!
153 min
Revisiting WCW Thunder 2000, Horace Hogan’s Car...
There are very few times that an episode happens and there are this many legendary WCW moments on one show! This episode of WCW comes smack dab in the middle of The Vince Russo Eric Bischoff Era and the war between the Millionaires Club and the New Blood. Horace Hogan's Career is on the line and if Hulk Hogan get involved its over! Eric Bischoff keeps adding stipulations to the match until it becomes "Horace Will Be Fired If He Loses Match Four On One Handicap Falls Count Anywhere Texas Death I Quit Match!" Kevin Nash get involved after the match and the infamous New Blood Bath happens where the blood misses Kevin Nash! Vince Russo, Crowbar, David Flair, and Daffney go to New York and tour some of the most interesting sights including an adult movie store and "The Statue of Liberty." Eric Bischoff wants the Hardcore Championship off of Terry Funk and forces him to wrestle 2 different matches the first being a handicapped match! The Bill Goldberg Monster Truck is here and it out to destroy Rick Steiner and Tank Abbott's rental car! Arn Anderson comes out of retirement to fight David Flair. Vampiro has a very candid interview that gets interrupted by Sting! In the main event Sting battles Mike Awesome in an Ambulance Match!
138 min
Revisiting WWE RAW 2005 Halloween Edition, Firs...
Happy Halloween everyone! On this spooky edition of WWE Monday Night Raw we are eve of Taboo Tuesday. The PPV where the fans get to decide the matches for the show! We get a first time ever match up in the main event of Shawn Michaels vs John Cena. Also advertised, Stone Cold Steve Austin is going to answer Jonathan Coachman's challenge for Taboo Tuesday. Triple H is on a path of destruction and wants to put Ric Flair out of his misery. Triple H says that Ric Flair is an embarrassment and a shell of his former self and he is going to take the horse out back and end it. "The Legend Killer" Rob Conway battles Eugene in a match with Taboo Tuesday implications, where Rob Conway will team up with Tyson Tomko to take on Jimmy Snuka, Kamala or Jim Duggan. Plus, the DEADLOCK Q&A Returns with some very scary Halloween questions!
130 min
Revisiting WWF RAW 2001, Jim Ross Joins Mr. McM...
A week after William Regal kisses Mr. McMahons back side and joins the Mr. McMahon Kiss My Ass Club, the boss wants Stone Cold Steve Austin to be the 2nd inductee to the club. Later that night when things go awry, Stone Cold Steve Austin low blows Mr. McMahon when his pants are down! Jim Ross thinks that is the funniest thing that he has ever seen and that makes Vince furious. Just as JR was about to join the Kiss My Ass Club, The Undertaker comes out to make the save. However, The Undertaker tells everyone that he is the biggest ass kisser in the WWF and asks Jim he thinks he's better than Taker. The Undertaker knocks out Jim Ross with a right hand and shoves JR's head into Mr. McMahon's ass in JR's hometown! Also, the boys talk about the behinds the scenes of the DPW Carolina Classic and also review Terrifier 2 and Halloween Ends!
151 min
Revisiting NWA TNA 2002 Weekly PPV #1, The 1st ...
WCW and ECW have both closed their doors leaving many talented wrestlers without a place to work. Jeff Jarrett, Jerry Jarrett & Bob Ryder were on a boat and had an idea for the creation of the NWA Total Nonstop Action. Many TV networks did not want to take a chance on pro wrestling, so the only logical thing was PPV. They would do things a bit different by offering weekly NWA TNA PPVs for $9.99. In the first ever NWA TNA PPV we get an NWA Champion crowned. There is a giant Gauntlet For The Gold match that saw Ron Killings vs Ken Shamrock facing off in a one on one match in the main event. Ken Shamrock becomes the very first NWA Champion in the Total Nonstop Action Era. They open the show with a showcase of the brand new X-Division. The Flying Elvises take on AJ Styles, Jerry Lynn, and Low Ki in a match that is still talked about to this day. Toby Keith has a musical performance that was interrupted by Jeff Jarrett which eventually leads to Toby Keith giving Double J a suplex! Also, The Johnsons make their debut!
146 min
Revisiting WWE SmackDown! 2004 Kurt Angle Tranq...
The year is 2004 and it’s the 5th Anniversary of WWE SmackDown! Kurt Angle has been dealing with The Big Show for a long time as he was thrown off the balcony and put out of action. Angle tells us himself that tonight we will see a moment that will live on forever in the history of WWE SmackDown! To get his revenge on The Big Show, Angle decides that he is going to shoot him! Angle pulls a Tranquilizer gun out, pulls the trigger and shoots Big Show in the back. He then pulls out the biggest scissors ever along with clippers and proceeds to shave the giants head! The boys get to finally talk about the infamous Heidenreich Michael Cole segment where he “reads Michael Cole poetry.” Billy Kidman is scared that he is going to hurt someone so he refuses to do the Shooting Star Press. Another featured moment is the School Girl Match with a twist. Plus, the best theme songs of Hulk Hogan!
151 min
Revisiting WWF RAW IS WAR 1998 Stone Cold Steve...
The very same night that WCW was having Bret Hart vs Hulk Hogan, we got an all timer Stone Cold Steve Austin segment on WWF Monday Night RAW IS WAR! WWF Breakdown just happened and the main event saw Stone Cold vs Kane vs The Undertaker for the WWF Championship.The Undertaker and Kane were barred from pinning each other. If anyone had interfered on Austin’s behalf, Austin would have immediately been stripped of the title. Kane and The Undertaker both pinned Stone Cold Steve Austin so the WWF title was held up. On this episode of RAW Vince McMahon would hold an in-ring ceremony to award the WWF Championship to either Kane or Taker. However, Stone Cold Steve Austin ruined the entire thing as he drove a zamboni down to the ring, jumped over the police barricade and attacked Mr. McMahon. Austin ended up going to jail after this, but the night was not over. Mr. McMahon came back to the ring to award either Kane or Taker the WWF Championship. Because they did not protect him from Stone Cold, Vince said they had to fight at WWF Judgment Day 1998 with Stone Cold as special referee. This enraged Kane and Taker who proceeded to break the ankle of the owner of the World Wrestling Federation. D Generation-X is having issues in the group that leads to a fight where Billy Gunn leaves the arena. Owen Hart delivers an Owen Piledriver to Dan Severn in the same style he did it to Stone Cold. This caused Dan Severn to “hurt” his neck. In the main event it is Kane and The Undertaker in a handicapped match vs Ken Shamrock, Mankind, and The Rock. Plus, The DEADLOCK Q&A is back again!
153 min
Revisiting WCW Nitro 1998 The Only Bret Hart Hu...
WCW Nitro is heating up in 1998 as Hollywood Hulk Hogan gets ready to battle The Ultimate Warrior at Halloween Havoc 1998. Nitro opens with Hogan challenging both Sting and Bret Hart. Bret Hart answers the challenge first and the main event is signed. Bret is still in pain from War Games and has his leg targeted by Hulk Hogan. Bret has to be taken to the back and receive medical attention mid match. However, Sting takes his place. As the match continues Bret Hart stumbles down to the ring. It looks as if he is here to help Sting, but he turns his back on WCW and joins forces with Hulk Hogan and the nWo! Chris Jericho is in his long standing rivalry with Goldberg and claiming that he is undefeated against the WCW Champion. Scheduled is Chris Jericho vs Goldberg! Goldberg comes out to the ring with the fake Goldberg from Fall Brawl on his shoulder. He spears both of the member of Jericho's Personal Security. Also, the boys talk about behind the scenes for DPW Victory Lap and even give us a couple of movie reviews from Clerks 3 and Pearl!
174 min