Occupy Pro Wrestling

Putting the "smart" back into "smart mark"!

About the show

Every week, Alex Smiley takes you on a quest to find the awesome things going on in pro wrestling! From upcoming shows, to the latest from our site partners, to wrestling media, and more! Every week is also a conversation with people about what they love in wrestling and why!

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  • OPW presents The Calm Before The War (Episode 2: The Royal RAWmble)

    January 31st, 2024  |  16 mins 43 secs
    monday night raw, world wrestling federation, wrestling, wwe

    Monday Night RAW is upon us, with three episodes from the Manhattan Center taking us into and out of the 1993 Royal Rumble. A new era begins and a Federation career comes to an end as we enter…The Calm Before The War!

  • OPW presents The Calm Before The War (Episode 1: What Came Before)

    December 24th, 2023  |  8 mins 31 secs
    monday night raw, prime time wrestling, superstars, tuesday night titans, world wrestling federation, wrestling, wwe

    A early look at a brand new podcast series, looking back at the early years of Monday Night RAW!

  • OPW Podcast SPECIAL: Something 'Wicked This Way Comes!

    October 25th, 2023  |  26 mins 34 secs
    chikara, halloween, hallowicked, horror, movies, wrestling

    In celebration of Smarktober, Alex Smiley is joined by the former CHIKARA Grand Champion and forever Broadsword of Nazmaldun, Hallowicked, to talk about pro wrestling and horror!

  • OPW Podcast SPECIAL: IMPACT Wrestling...the Key to the Forbidden Door!

    March 25th, 2022  |  8 mins 37 secs

    On this special episode of the 'cast, Alex Smiley examines the central role IMPACT Wrestling plays in bridging gaps between promotions after a history of short-term failures, and how it brings full circle its partnerships with New Japan Pro Wrestling and Ring of Honor!

  • OPW Podcast: The Ocho

    March 26th, 2020  |  20 mins 48 secs
    business, elimination chamber, graphic design, media, positivity, retrospective, websites, wrestling, wwe

    On this episode of the podcast, I have a retrospective on Occupy Pro Wrestling’s eight years of existence before giving a nice little bonus: the debut of the Bright Side of Wrestling podcast!

  • OPW Podcast: Nostalgia Pop

    July 26th, 2019  |  1 hr 1 min
    black diamond, bradley ruthers, pennsylvania, ryse, west virginia, wrestling

    The OPW Podcast is finally back, picking up where we left off with a fun interview in store with Pittsburgh and West Virginia stalwart Bradley Ruthers about watching the fine graps on Saturday mornings, the history of wrestling in Pennsylvania, and much more! Before that, the latest Partner Spotlight showcases the latest from all of our site partners, including our newest friends at ESPN Sports Sims!

  • OPW Podcast: Big Man On Campus

    August 4th, 2018  |  27 mins 37 secs
    children's books, colt cabana, ddt, glory pro, jake roberts, kevin lee davidson, kld, nwl, nwo, resurgence, ring of honor, shigehiro irie, st. louis, todd letterman, wcw, young bucks

    Did ya miss us? I hope so, or this is gonna be awkward. Occupy Pro Wrestling is finally back with a new podcast, and I got to chat with Kevin Lee Davidson about Glory Pro, #NoNewFriends, the NWL, wrestling for ROH, and the upcoming Resurgence show where he takes on Shigehiro Irie! All this and more on a brand new OPW Podcast!

  • OPW Podcast: All The World’s A Stage

    August 31st, 2017  |  44 mins 41 secs
    broadstreet burlesque, burlesque, closet champion, costumes, glob, kate nyx, liberty rose, musical, performance art, powerbomb.tv, wrestle factory

    All the world’s a stage, and the best stage to be on is in a wrestling ring! This week I celebrate the amazing performance art that is pro wrestling, and I’m not alone as I have a fun chat with Kate Nyx and Liberty Park about wrestling, musicals,

  • OPW Podcast: Don’t Cross The Streams

    August 23rd, 2017  |  54 mins 48 secs
    chikara, chikaratopia, filsinger games, fite tv, floslam, lucha underground, new japan world, nxt, roh, streaming services, summerslam, takeover, todd joerschel, war of the worlds uk, wwe, wwe network, wwf

    Solar eclipses, a new podcast, cats and dogs sleeping together…mass hysteria! This week I talk about wrestling streaming services and the highlights of Summerslam weekend before getting into a chat with Todd Joerschel of Filsinger Games!

  • OPW Podcast: Revenge of the Smarks

    October 24th, 2016  |  1 hr 18 mins
    analytics, iwc, keyboard warriors, last battle of atlanta, on this very screen, podcast, rwa, sorgatron, titan screwed, what a maneuver, wwe network

    SMAAAARRRRRRRRKS! The podcast has finally returned, and we’re picking up right where we left off: The latest from our site partners, including two new partners in What A Maneuver and Keyboard Warriors; A quick look at some great media,

  • OPW Podcast: Positive Vibes

    March 25th, 2016  |  55 mins 28 secs
    bcw, boom boom girls, botchamania, chikara, colt cabana, dashawns2cents, fastlane, international wrestling cartel, internet wrestling community, iwc, kenny pete, lucha rock, maffew, mayhem mania, mfx, mystery men, patreon in the bank, pwg, rj city, roadblock, rwa, sells out, vow, wrestlemania 2, wrestling mayhem show, wwe

    On this edition of the podcast, it’s all about, well, positive vibes! Here’s a quick rundown: I talk about the latest from our partners, including Dashawns2cents interviewing THE Maffew from Botchamania, the MFX Podcast doing alternative commentary for...

  • OPW Podcast: Introductions Are In Order

    February 25th, 2016  |  1 hr 16 mins
    80s mania wrestling, babs, boom boom girls, chikara, colt cabana, dashawns2cents, excellence pro introduction, howl premium, indy corner, meditations, mfx, mystery men, podcast, pro wrestling fringe, sltd, technology, wrestleview, wrestling mayhem show, writing

    It’s here, Ten Percenters! The debut of the OPW Podcast, a pilot of sorts, and a chance to get an idea of what I’m hoping to do with the show! Like a delicious casserole, there’s plenty of layers to enjoy: In the Partner Spotlight,