"Inside the Empire" gives a behind-the-scenes look at Empire State Wrestling - Western New York's premier independent wrestling promotion. ESW ring announcer Chris Gullo, "Patron Saint of Professional Wrestling" Brandon Thurston and Referee D.J. Jarka host the podcast and are joined on each episode by a member of ESW's roster.
Jonny Puma - Part I
The newest episode of Inside the Empire features one of the founding fathers of Empire State Wrestling - Jonny Puma!
Puma goes into great depth not just on the beginnings of ESW, but also his own career and the early days of independent wrestling in Western New York. He also touches upon such topics as the early years of ESW's history, Ballpark Brawl experiences, his comedy career, the sale of ESW to Ray Erway before leaving off at the transition to NWA Empire.
This is our longest episode to date, as it's also filled with many fun stories from over the years. However, there's so much more that still needs to be covered that Puma's career will be broken down into multiple episodes.
Stay tuned to your favorite podcast streaming feed for future episodes featuring Puma throughout the rest of the year.
*NOTE: The mini-prize pack giveaway winner will be selected at the end of the final Puma episode.
Daniel Garcia - No. 2
Daniel Garcia returns to Inside the Empire on this episodes, and this time he does so as the ESW Heavyweight Champion!
Recorded live at the WNY POD-CON, Garcia discusses bouncing back from the injuries he sustained from the Buffalo Brothers car accident, winning the ESW Heavyweight Championship and his expectations for himself in the near future.
Chris Cooper is the next guest on "Inside the Empire". As a 3-time ESW Heavyweight Champion and one half of the current tag team champions, Cooper has been an integral part of ESW over the years and goes into detail about his experiences.
The next guest on Inside the Empire is three-time former Empire State Wrestling Champion Will Calrissian. He is joined in this episode alongside special co-host ESW Commissioner The Caesar, regular host Chris Gullo and engineer Brandon Thurston.
Calrissian talks about a variety of topics, from what he loves about pro wrestling, why decided to return and answers several fan questions. He also told quite a few interesting stories from throughout his wrestling career.
This is a great episode. Check it out!
Link to Calrissian's Mullet promo: https://youtu.be/dn3FTx4pFTM
Photo Credit: TMK Ringside Photography
This episode of "Inside the Empire" features current ESW Heavyweight Champion and podcast engineer Brandon Thurston!
Listen to how Thurston fell in love with professional wrestling, his thoughts on his 15 year career and answer many questions submitted by the fans.
Our hiatus is officially over! The next guest on "Inside the Empire" is former Empire State Wrestling wrestler turned commentator "Maverick" Matt Milan! Matt goes into detail about how he became a wrestling fan, breaking into independent wrestling, the ups & downs of being in the business and his move to the commentary table. We also recap the recent happenings in ESW, including experiences at WrestleCon and briefly preview future events.
A very well done, informative and fun podcast about the premier indy wrestling promotion in Western New York! Subscribe so you won't miss out!
Always great to learn more about the men that wrestle for esw and get a larger look into the indie scene