Episode 139: Shithole People, “Challenge” Culture, and Killing Trolls with Kindness

This week, host Dom Vitalli gives his take on President Trump’s latest comments and the argumentative culture we live in today that refuses any type of compromise.  We get onto Oprah in 2020, Trumps alleged affair with a pornstar, the H&M hoodie ad controversy, the Tide pod trend, Ginuwine standing his ground, and Sarah Silverman taking the high road and showing compassion.   Our “Words of Wisdom” segment helps you stay on track, regardless of the actions of others you’re trying to motivate.  The “Assignment of the Week” reminds us that sometimes it’s okay to be selfish.  All of this and so much more!  Please don’t forget to subscribe, LIKE, and leave a review.

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Episode 138: Douchbaggery, Stupidity, and Changing Course for 2018

After some technical equipment malfunctions during travel, we are finally back on schedule!  Join us this week as Dom is joined by VIP listener Lorenzo to discuss the Lognl Paul controversy, the glorification/”shock value” of suicide, and the potential affect it can have on his young audience.  Later, Dom covers the controversial book, “Fire and Fury”, President Trump’s reactions to it, and Oprah in 2020?  Our “Words of Wisdom” segment gives you a guide to which consciousness to leave behind in 2017, and which to adopt in 2018 to make sure your year is a good as it can be.  The “Assignment of the Week” recommends a very socially relevant television show you should be wathcing if you aren’t already.  All of this and so much more!  Please don’t forget to subscribe, LIKE, and leave a review.

 

Don’t forget to check out “Lorenzo’s Normal Day” on YouTube and follow him on Twitter and Instagram @LorenzoEstril

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Episode 137: Interview with Dennis Holden from “Dennis Has a Podcast”

Merry Christmas everyone!  This week we are joined by long time friend of the show, Dennis Holden.  Dennis shares with us a little insight into his life, his foray into podcasting, interviewing Chris Jericho, meeting his heroes John Mayer and Tony Danza, what PMA means to him, stand-up comedy, his love for the New York Mets, passion, love, and overall compassion.  Dennis is a great guy with a great outlook on life.  Take some time and enjoy this conversation.  Please don’t forget to subscribe, LIKE, and leave a review.


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Notes From A Training Session

In addition to being the producer and general idea man for the Nothing to Prove Podcast, I have been training and working as a referee in the Southwest. This does require training, from watching endless amounts of footage, to studying the rules and when/how they apply, to getting into the wrestling ring at the local wrestling school for training. I made sure to attend the most recent session that Dom Vitalli ran at this facility. The following will not flow together perfectly as not all the ideas work together as a whole, but they did lead me from one thought to the next. Also, keep in mind, this was written to generalize a purpose, as there are always exceptions.

During a particular drill, Dom stopped the class to work on a particular item with a certain student. After two or three attempts, Dom pointed out something very small and simple to this student. They reran it and I could see the light bulb go off in this kid’s head. This particular issue was not only resolved, but markedly improved. During a break, this student and I discussed that moment briefly, and how amazing that something so small can make all the difference in the world. In another drill, this student punched a female trainee in the face and learned that earlier lesson all over again, but with a different, and completely unexpected, result. As Dom said, it was awesome.

If you’re worried, the female trainee hung in there and finished out the training session, she’s fine.

At another point during training, Dom had asked the class if they knew who Ricky Morton was. About four students didn’t know. Dom has shared his thoughts on this moment elsewhere, as well as his opinion on how important it is to know the history and culture of wrestling. I’m 38 and roughly a year in. As far as age goes, Dom is not that far behind me. Dom held that discussion about Ricky Morton as I looked at the faces in the training class. I think it’s safe to say the average age of the students in there was 25, though it is likely lower. This puts the average year of their birth in 1992.

If they’re lucky, their parents, or older siblings, were watching wrestling. At best, they’ll remember the creation of the NWO, but most likely, their earliest wrestling memory would be from the middle of the Monday Night Wars. Again, that’s if they were lucky. It seems more likely that they would start remembering wrestling no earlier in life than 10 years old. This would be 2002 for these students. They simply have a lot more history to catch up on at this point. It’s easily a decade’s worth of more content they have to, or should come to know.

The other thing I noticed about this class is that they were raised during an entirely different technological age. We all agree that the internet changed the world. I think I was 16 the first time I ever used the internet, and that was on a dial-up modem and AOL (America On Line). I had already established my identity in the real world before encountering the internet. This class, however, grew up ON the internet. They incorporate their online identity into their real life identity. They receive a sense of validation through getting likes, retweets, shares, comments and so on. I think it is reasonable to say that this has made being online a performance, as the individual relies on the audience (whomever it may be online at the time) for feed back in all of it’s forms.

When Dom discusses the “new school” wrestlers, he uses phrases like “they’re are trying to go viral”. Jim Cornette, and plenty of others, express this same thought, but in their own way. There are plenty of implications involved, but I think something critically important is being missed here. The “old school” performed for the paying audience, where as the “new school” is performing for the internet.

I think that is the core issue at play now; which audience are we performing for? By performing for the internet, the New School unavoidably exposes the business and breaks every wall known that built wrestling up to where it was once, whereas performing for the paying audience keeps things much closer to the chest and maintains the legitimacy of wrestling.

I’d like to end this by asking The New School a simple question: what happens to a building when you knock all of the walls down?

Chris Marshall

Episode 136: Good Always Wins, Technological Mumbo Jumbo, and Forgiveness

Can’t nobody bring our holiday spirit down! This week, Dom covers an unfortunate Grinch-type event from his town and how to overcome these kinds of situations. He also gives his take on the confusing Bitcoin popularity, as well as Net Neutrality. Are you as confused as we are? This week you get a double dose of “Words of Wisdom” as we cover forgiveness and giving. A great time of year for each. This week’s “Assignment of the Week” Christmas movie is a deep cut that is sure to make some heads turn, but has a great message. All of this and so much more! Please don’t forget to subscribe, LIKE, and leave a review.


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Episode 135: Mental Health Matters, Resiliency, and Being Better Humans

Listen in as host Dom Vitalli tries to give some hope for all listeners following an insightful week. Dom covers the unfortunate events regarding adult film star August Ames, social media negativity, and the affects of cyber bullying and depression. We also cover the resilience of young Keaton Jones, mental health awareness, Rich Swann’s domestic violence arrest, and the lack of care in the NFL for head injuries. Our “Words of Wisdom” remind us that there is good and love actually all around us. This week’s “Assignment of the Week” Christmas movie is a classic that has it all. All of this and so much more! Please don’t forget to subscribe, LIKE, and leave a review.

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Episode 134: Muta to PCW Ultra, Santa for a Day, and the Opiate that is Self-Pity

This past weekend was off the charts! Some good, some bad, some ugly. Listen in as Dom re-caps it all from PCW Ultra’s HUGE announcement regarding The Great Muta, Dom playing Santa Claus for a day, and then getting hit by a drunk driver! He also covers the Matt Lauer sexual misconduct situation, words vs actions, and Conor McGregor’s troubles with the Irish mob. In our “Words of Wisdom” segment this week, Napoleon Hill describes how self-pity is a lot like becoming addicted to drugs. We kick off our December “Assignment of the Week” as we recommend a great Christmas movie to watch each week during the month. All of this and so much more! Please don’t forget to subscribe, LIKE, and leave a review.

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