Episode 40: Analyzing Kanye, Selfies Kill, and Calling Out Biased Reporting

Forty is the new thirty and we show no signs of slowing down!  Join Dom Vitalli for Episode #40 this week as he breaks down the madness, or genius depending how you look at it, of Kanye West and the circus surrounding him.  We also discuss how people’s obsession with selfies killed a dolphin, and a phony teen doctor refusing to admit he has been caught in numerous lies and the hilarity that surrounds it.  Dom also covers a big victory for the adult film industry and exposes the biased and unfair reporting of a former credible source.  All this, the Assignment of the Week and so much more! Please don’t forget to subscribe, LIKE, and leave a review!

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Episode 39: Daniel Bryan’s Farewell, Dom Makes a Movie, and Women Protecting the Wrestling Business

We are wrestling-heavy this week, as a lot went down in the past 7 days, inside and outside of the squared circle.  We discuss Daniel Bryan’s sudden retirement and the impact he had on wrestling, the Titus O’Neil suspension and how a story was made out of nothing, and a former Tough Enough contestant showing she is far from “tough”.  Dom also talks women stepping up and protecting the wrestling business, reviews The People vs. OJ Simpson mini-series thus far, CM Punk’s back surgery, his first fight getting postponed, and people talking more about him not fighting than guys that actually compete regularly.  Also, hear exclusive details on a film Dom was a part of with head NXT trainer Matt Bloom.  All this, the Assignment of the Week and so much more! Please don’t forget to subscribe, LIKE, and leave a review!

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Daniel Bryan- The Small Guy That Got Over Without Doing Any Flips

Today, former World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan (Brian Danielson) announced his retirement from WWE due to ongoing medical issues.  If you are a fan of his work, or the WWE for that matter, this should come as no surprise and has been a long time coming.  Bryan leaves behind an impressive legacy in the sport of professional wrestling, all deserved.  Known as one of the hardest workers and a dedicated student of the game, it’s no surprise he was able to achieve the level of success he did, even at his size.  At 5’10’’ and 210lbs, Bryan defied the odds and became one of the most popular Superstars WWE had ever seen.  With his success, he gave hope to thousands of other underdogs and “little guys” out there that they too had shot at greatness in a business full of giants.  Unfortunately, most of those put themselves in the same caliber of Bryan, when in fact, they don’t even belong in the conversation.

Daniel Bryan was something special.  Sure he was undersized most of his career, but the style he worked in the ring, which would eventually cut his career short, is what made him believable.  Bryan was a wrestler’s wrestler.  Nothing about what he did between those ropes was phony.  He believed in his ability, his technique, and what he was doing at all times.  That’s the difference between him and any other guys his size on the indies trying to make it big.  Bryan understood that there was more to it than seeing how many flippity-doo-dads he could do in one match.  He didn’t wrestle for the, “This is Awesome” chant due to a high spot that didn’t mean anything and that people would forget 10 minutes later.  He wrestled for that chant, as well as “YES!” to be ringing through the rafters after the 3-count was made, allowing him to take tens of thousands of people on an emotional roller coaster ride with the story he told in the ring.  Guys out there now that are his size feel obligated for some reason to do the craziest things they can possibly think of to make up for their lack of size, except for actually learning how to wrestle.  Bryan didn’t need all those crazy dives, moonsaults, and planchas.  Sure he could do them if he needed to, but he took the route of being believable rather than a glorified acrobat.  He made sure he knew his basics, his fundamentals, and that art of wrestling itself.  That is what got him over every place he went.  Believability is a lost art in wrestling these days and so few possess it.  His style needed to be believable in order for him to succeed, which he did tenfold.

Daniel Bryan’s style of work may have very well cut his career short, assuming he stays retired.  He is a smart man and I am more than sure he was aware of the risk he was taking.  His toughness is unmatched, working through multiple concussions, a detached retina, and various other injuries.  Not a lot of guys with his frame could withstand that sort of punishment to the body.  The point I’m trying to make here is that, just because you may be Bryan’s size does not mean you are ready to even sniff a faction of the success he had.  It doesn’t mean WWE is looking for the next Bryan, or Mysterio, or Kalisto.  Daniel Bryan was special.  He was legitimate.  He had it all.  The vast majority of indy guys his size only possess a small fraction of the skill set Daniel Bryan had.  Whether you want to believe it or not, pro wrestling is still a big man’s game.  Sure there is room for guys like Daniel Bryan, but those spots are few and far between and the talent pool for guys that size with the character, charisma, work rate, in-ring skills, etc. like Bryan had are almost non-existent.  Daniel Bryan absolutely changed the game and how we see pro wrestlers.  He also unwittingly gave false hope to a lot of underachievers out there.  Remember guys, “This is an upper body business, kid”.

Episode 38: Super Bowl Re-cap (kind of), Gronk Lap Dance, and Someone Please Get Johnny Football Some Help

Dom slept through the Super Bowl on purpose, but is still here to provide a re-cap and some insight on the game and the week leading up to it. he discusses Peyton Manning being an OG, Lady Gaga’s awesomeness, Super Bowl media week at Radio Row, The controversial Gronk lap dance, and Johnny Manzeil’s continued downward spiral. Dom also talks about “The People vs. OJ Simpson” mini series, Bret Hart’s cancer diagnosis, and the death of another pro wrestler. All this, the Assignment of the Week and so much more! Please don’t forget to subscribe, LIKE, and leave a review!

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CM Punk Deserves His Spot In The UFC And You Don’t

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As it looks like CM Punk’s UFC debut is on the horizon, I can’t help but laugh at those within the MMA community, mostly the competitors themselves, that have nothing but bad things to say about him entering their genre. Time after time, all you see is negative posts, tweets, and comments about this “outsider” coming onto “their turf”. What makes this situation even more hilarious is when these statements come from fighters that are virtually unknown, who haven’t done anything or drawn a dime as a professional fighter. Instead of being so quick to bury a guy who has yet to display his skills to the public at large, how about you take some time to visit YouTube to see just what you’re up against.

Punk’s foray into the world of MMA is unique in quite a few ways, many of which it seems his detractors don’t seem to consider. The most obvious is that CM Punk is a bonafide superstar. Love him or hate him, his popularity is hard to ignore. With a loyal fan base coming from his days as a pro wrestler, there is a reason why him being announced as a UFC signee in 2014 generated so much buzz. When is the last time the signing of John Doe with a record of 0 and 0 had that much publicity surrounding it? Never. The UFC is a business, and just like any business, their main objective is to make money. As much money as humanly possible by using each of their investments, in this case, their fighters. The UFC is not run by dummies. There is a reason why business is good and their best and most successful days are ahead of them. When the opportunity presented itself for Dana White to sign Punk to a deal, their friendship out the window, this was a win-win for everyone involved. The UFC would obtain new fans that might not be all that familiar with their product, but are more than familiar with the enigma that is CM Punk. Punk is a star, hands down. He lives the part and is his own hype machine. People will tune in to see what he can do. His loyal fans will tune in to see the pro wrestler beat up the UFC guy. The haters will tune in to see Punk get embarrassed in a sport he has no business being a part of in the first place. Bottom line is, EVERYONE will be watching. It doesn’t matter what the reason is.

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For those fighters who aren’t well known that are upset that CM Punk is getting this opportunity or “taking their spot”, here’s an idea- get better, be marketable, or make your own opportunity. As it looks as of this writing, Punk’s first opponent will be Mickey Gall (1-0) if he can win his next fight. Credit to Gall, he put himself in this position. He was vocal and used every platform he had to let it be known that he wanted Punk for his first fight. Gall now controls his own destiny. For the journeymen out there that have been doing this for a while or are still trying to make a name for themselves, why hate on Punk? He is money in the bank for the UFC, guaranteed. You, on the other hand, are just another faceless name out there, not worth the risk. If you feel you are, prove it. The best work, and work, and work until they get what they want. The best hardly bitch, moan, and complain about what someone else is doing. They work for what they want. You don’t like it, make the adjustments you need in order to stand out. Sell yourself, not just in the ring, but outside of it as well. Conor McGregor is one hell of a fighter. He’s also one hell of an entertainer. He’s got the look, the ability, and the charisma. CM Punk is the same, except we find out about his ability once he steps in the octagon. Can you say the same for yourself, guy who is 6-8 that lives in Bumfuck, Egypt? Didn’t think so.

Dana White was recently a guest on Garbage Time with Katie Nolan. He was asked about his thoughts on the split feelings among the fans regarding CM Punk fighting in the UFC. His response was, “If you don’t like it, then don’t watch”. He’s right, and you know what, you WILL watch. Love the idea of Punk in UFC or hate it, we will all watch. Fans and fighters can complain about it all they want, but at the end of the day, they should be thanking CM Punk. Thank the “fake pro wrestler” for one of the highest Pay-Per-View buy numbers in the history of the company and bringing an entirely new audience to the product. Trust me, it will happen. His track record in sports and entertainment speaks for itself. Tell me again why CM Punk is bad for the UFC?

Episode 37: Translating Kanye’s Tweets, Grease Live Review, and Calling Out the Locker Room

Don’t fear, Dom Vitalli is here, to de-code Kanye West’s tweets of course! Listen in as Dom helps to translate “Ye’s” nonsense, talks fingers in the butt, gives his Grease Live review, and thoughts on Phil Anselmo’s idiotic behavior last week. You also don’t want to miss his proclamation to call out certain perpetrators in shared wrestling locker rooms! All this, the Assignment of the Week and so much more! Please don’t forget to subscribe, LIKE, and leave a review!

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For the Struggling Addict…

I never imagined I would be celebrating 8 days sober, let alone 8 years. 1/28/08 is the day I decided to start taking responsibility for my actions and take my life back. As arrogant as I was, I figured I had all the answers and could handle this little problem all on my own. The first 3 months I tried to do just that with minimal success. Sure I was “sober”, but psychologically I was a basket case. Some might call this a “dry drunk”, but I call it “a relapse waiting to happen”. The real change didn’t start to happen until I took 2 major steps. The first was to wholeheartedly tell myself I would go to any lengths to stay sober. Not just tell myself that or say it out loud, but actually mean it. The second was to seek someone out who had been in my shoes before and was succeeding in sobriety. Of course, this is just the crib notes version of my journey, but we all need a starting point. I get the fact that it is definitely not easy admitting that you may have a problem and reaching out for a helping hand. An addict/alcoholic is an egomaniac. The last thing we want to do is admit defeat or ask for help.

In light of that, there were many key aspects of sobriety that I learned early on in my journey that I still practice regularly today, an entire 8 years later. Below is a list of things that I need to keep in my tool belt for quick access in order to ensure my sobriety. If you’re struggling, try some of these out. They could help, they might not. At my weakest, I was willing to try anything.

Lose the ego: Believe it or not, the world doesn’t revolve around you. As much as we’d like to think we run this place, in actuality, we ain’t shit. Part of getting sober is giving up the fact that we can depend on ourselves. How far has that gotten us in the past? Right to here, this moment, looking for some answers, some help, a better way to live. Give it up. It is such a relief once we realize we don’t have to take the weight of the world on our shoulders. Once you can admit that you are no better than the next guy or girl, that is when some real change starts to occur.

Put in the work: Sobriety is hard! This shit doesn’t happen overnight. 8 years in and I still have to work at this thing. Addiction is a son of a bitch, waiting for you trip and fall and become vulnerable. If you aren’t actively working on your sobriety, no matter how you do that, you WILL be gobbled up by the insanity again, Just as with anything in life, if you want it bad enough, you better be prepared to work for it.

Be selfless and give back: This one is key. You must give just as much, if not more, than you receive. I’m not talking monetarily here. The moment when you start to consider others is when you realize that you are in fact worth more than you ever imagined. Hold a door open, donate your spare change, help a friend move even though you really don’t want to, offer to drive the carpool, WHATEVER! These small acts of selflessness add up. The more good you do, the better you will feel. Just remember to do it without expectation of having the action returned in your favor. That’s not what this is all about.

Talk to others like you: Believe it or not, you’re not the only one feeling what you are feeling. I found it very hard to talk to someone who wasn’t experiencing all the negative emotions that I was during my addiction. What helped was seeking out other guys and gals who I could relate to, but that were succeeding with their sobriety. They had more answers than my buddy was giving me while he was holding a beer in one hand. Other addicts/alcoholics have been in the trenches just like we have. They’ve survived. It only makes sense to ask them how they made it out alive and are now striving.

Keep that PMA: Positive Mental Attitude. This one is the game changer. You are in control of the way you look at things. Do you wish to dwell on the negative? Well sorry, have fun continuing a life full of misery. You just have to flip that switch and actively remind yourself that to every dark, there is a light. Put the positive spin on things. Bad things are inevitably going to happen to you, even when you’re clean and sober. These things we have no control of, like we mentioned before. The way you react and deal with these things can dictate how your sobriety carried out from there. If you tend to look more towards the negative aspect of these situations, best of luck to you. PMA isn’t easy. We all have bad days. As I once heard Diamond Dallas Page say, “I no longer have any bad days. I just have bad minutes”. Don’t let negativity consume you. It’s okay to process it, but it’s more important that you move on. Things will get better. Maybe not today, maybe not next week, but if you put in the work, trust me, it will.

Take these for what you will. These may or may not help, but I can only speak for myself in that they definitely have helped give me a life I never imagined having, and that’s a good thing. I’m always willing to help anyone who is serious about getting clean and sober. If you need additional help, feel free to contact me at mail@nothingtoprovepodcast.com.

“Watever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”- Napoleon Hill

 

Episode 36: Rumble Recap, The Trump/Palin Circus, and Cameras Are Out There

What a week it was!!  So much to cover this week and so little time.  Dom has your Royal Rumble recap and shares why Triple H as the new champ isn’t such a bad thing and AJ Styles WWE debut.  He also discusses the Tough Enough bonehead, Sunny’s soon to be released adult movie, and how Sarah Palin coming out of the woodwork for Donald Trump is both scary AND awesome.  Dom also exposes some young ladies that went viral who couldn’t hold their liquor or keep their racism in check, and who are now paying the price for it.  He lets you know how to avoid this happening to you.  Jam packed show this week for sure!  All this, the Assignment of the Week and so much more!  Please don’t forget to subscribe, LIKE, and leave a review!

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Episode 35: Powerball Insanity, Living Your Dash, and Fans Posing as Wrestlers

This week we are back to our regular format where Dom lets loose on what’s going on in our world today. Dom discusses the new NTP studio, some upcoming guest spots, the chaos surrounding the Powerball jackpot, the Oregon hillbilly militia, and 2016’s non-stop deaths so far.  Don’t miss as Dom gives his NFC and AFC Championship Game predictions, as well as sheds some light on too many fans on the wrong side o the guardrail.  All this, a two-part assignment of the week and so much more!  Please don’t forget to subscribe, LIKE, and leave a review!

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Episode 34: Interview with Paris Kennedy

This week host Dom Vitalli is joined by special guest, actress, fetish model, and internet darling, Paris Kennedy.  Listen in on this candid conversation as Paris discusses her career and then some!  This conversation has a little bit of everything for everyone, including how Paris got started in the adult industry, some interesting stories from her time working in a fetish dungeon, the stigma of her profession and how she has always risen above, and how she is able to do what she enjoys on her own terms.  Paris and Dom also get into some wrestling talk and explore where and when Paris became such a huge fan.  Paris also discloses some big changes she has made in her life for the first time anywhere!  Definitely an inspiration and a can’t miss episode.  Make sure to check out Paris Kennedy at all of the following:

Follow Paris on Twitter and Instagram:  @ParisKennedy

www.ParisKennedy.com

www.ParisKennedyFetish.com

Catch Paris on “Kitten2Cougar” streaming LIVE every Saturday night at 12AM PST on Dromebox.com or check out previous episodes at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDj0bnWqupu4FkNyPU5jUuA

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