Craig and Fred became friends, rather fittingly, through a shared interest in professional wrestling. Their mutual friend Chris Vlacancich had joined Craig's backyard wrestling federation back in mid-2000 (yes that was a semi-common thing those days). After some persuasion by Chris, Craig allowed Fred to join the "BBA" (Backyard Brawlers Association). It seems like Craig & Fred became best friends almost instantly.
Believe it or not, they actually almost began a TNA Wrestling themed vlog named "Stoned Cold Wrestling" in the early 2010s to vent about TNA creative. With Spoony's "Wrestle Wrestle" video series as an inspiration, they thought they could carve out a niche in the TNA wrestling segment of wrestling fandom. After 2 attempts to record the pilot episode of Stoned Cold Wrestling, one in which Fred fell asleep watching Impact, SCW was dead before it even begun.
Craig and Fred fell into a familiar pattern when they hung out throughout the many years they've been friends. After a few hours spent at Craig's house, Fred would begin wrap up the night and begin to leave. Craig would join him as he was leaving, usually on his front porch finishing up his beer, to talk about life and whatnot. Before they knew it, they would be in an hour-long WWE discussion. After a few laughs one day in early 2016, Craig said something along the lines of "Man, we should record these conversations for a podcast". A few weeks later, they recorded their very first episode just in time for WrestleMania 32 and the rest is history.
Craig's roots in professional wrestling fandom began when he was a young child. As with most children, he became fascinated with the sights and sounds of pro wrestling. He began taking notice during the later stages of WWE's "Golden Era". Guys like Ultimate Warrior, Hulk Hogan, the Undertaker, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper and Ted DiBiase were huge influences on Craig, who leaned on his next-door neighbors for his budding interest.
His interest would not endure for long. He largely was not following WWE's New Generation era, but would hear rumblings from his friends as the Attitude era approached. There was no exact "moment" when it really clicked for Craig, but something in 1998 stuck with him and he's never left wrestling again. Was it his classmates mimicking Stone Cold's King of the Ring speech? Or was it the D-X crotch chops? We may never really know. He has since followed many other promotions such as ECW, TNA, ROH, and NXT to name a few.
While Craig has become a loyal follower of professional wrestling, most notably WWE, he at times can be at odds with the weekly decision-making of the WWE and its writers. He is known to let the expletives fly in his lengthy (and oftentimes drunk) rants about WWE topics. Sometimes, he will do this at the expense of his co-host's airtime.Follow @CraigJDixon
Fred has spent more than half his life watching professional wrestling. Is that something to be proud of? Is that sad? Well, that's for you to decide. Just don't tell Fred, please?
In the summer of 1994, Fred was skimming through the television channels when he discovered a man in the squared circle with bright pink tights kicking ass and locking his opponent in the sharpshooter. This man would be the infamous Bret "The Hitman" Hart wrestling on a episode of WWF Action Zone. That afternoon, Fred would be reeled in hook-line-sinker by the seductive wrestling prowess of The Hitman. Since that summer, Fred would induldge himself in several wrestling promotions such as WCW, ECW, ROH, NJPW and more.
While Fred has always been a loyal fan of pro wrestling; there are times when wrestling is not kind in return. In retaliation, Fred would join forces with Craig to let out his frustrations with an hour packed sports entertainment therapy session commonly referred as the Wretched Wrestling Podcast. Although WWE is the main topic of conservation between these two, Fred ends up divulging his personal life right on the air. His slip of the tongue comments and ambiguous sexuality comes up more often than morning wood.Follow @frobin85