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The NXT Wrestling Fan

Jul 9, 2022

He doesn't actually appear on the episode of NXT that originally aired on October 30th, 2014, but he's here to talk about it with us, and we couldn't be happier! And by "he," we mean former NXT wrestler AJ Ryder, aka Troy McClain! AJ joins us for the entire show, breaking down Sami Zayn's latest redemption roadblocks, Hideo Itami's inexplicable decision making, and Emma's temporary return to the show. He also discusses his journey into (and out of) pro wrestling, pulls back the curtain on his experiences as a member of the 2014 NXT roster, and shares a myriad of stories from his time in the ring. It's truly a very special episode, and we're thrilled to be able to share it with you.

Be sure to check out AJ's podcast, The Triple Clowns, and follow him on Twitter @TroyMcClainWWE.

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Special thanks to our editor, Lucas Brown, who remains eternally the best! Listen to his excellent podcast, The Math of You, and follow him on Twitter @lokified.

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