Ep. 21 – “Chris Is Hardcore”

It’s This is Hardcore time! This week’s episode the gang welcomes old friend and fellow wrestling expert Chris Striegel, AKA Chris X, who is one of the driving forces behind Philadelphia’s premier hardcore festival. Chris gives us a look at the behind-the-scenes action, as well as the huge effort that goes into putting the yearly four day gathering together, while giving everyone a preview of what they can expect from this year’s edition. Conversations with Chris spark the BSB crew into talking about their own memories of hardcore shows from back in the day, and several “who’s better” challenges go down. As usual, the OG Gavin and Vinnie get into some seriously in-depth conversations about the biz, and Chris X is right there in the mix to add his perspective on the recent draft, as well as everything else going down biz-wise. Episode 21 also features all your favorite gimmicks: Word Association, “Dear Vin,” and Professor Pablo hits you with a summertime Cheapo Tip. Listener email is read and recommendations are proffered, and everyone goes home happy. It’s the Broad Street Breakdown: We’re just grabbing for something to hold onto in a world that’s disintegrating around us…

Ep. 20 – “Seven-Toed Pete”

Broad Street Breakdown celebrates a milestone with its 20th episode, and the crew brings their A-game for this one. After catching up, the OG kicks it off with a South Street story that somehow leads into a new game of “How do you say?” which explores the unique sound of the Philly accent. After a few good laughs the squad settles into a heavy discussion of the current political climate in the United States that goes down some interesting roads. But, as is always the case with The Breakdown, they balance it out with a steady dose of humor and the requisite ball-breaking you’ve come to know and love. The usual gimmicks are trotted out: Word Association, listener email, “Dear Vin,” and The Professor represents with a special 20th episode edition of his Cheapo Tip of the Week. Vinnie and the OG break down wrestling deal with some in-depth analysis of the biz and the crew sends you off with another round of killer recommendations that you should be checking for. It’s The Broad Street Breakdown: the writing’s on the wall and the penmanship sucks.