ESW: Inside the Empire

An inside look on Buffalo-Niagara independent wrestling promotion, Empire State Wrestling!

June 24th, 2019    

Will Calrissian

The next guest on Inside the Empire is three-time former Empire State Wrestling Champion Will Calrissian. He is joined in this episode alongside special co-host ESW Commissioner The Caesar, regular host Chris Gullo and engineer Brandon Thurston.

Calrissian talks about a variety of topics, from what he loves about pro wrestling, why decided to return and answers several fan questions. He also told quite a few interesting stories from throughout his wrestling career.

This is a great episode. Check it out!

Link to Calrissian's Mullet promo:

Photo Credit: TMK Ringside Photography

May 18th, 2019    

Brandon Thurston

This episode of "Inside the Empire" features current ESW Heavyweight Champion and podcast engineer Brandon Thurston!

Listen to how Thurston fell in love with professional wrestling, his thoughts on his 15 year career and answer many questions submitted by the fans.

April 15th, 2019    

Matt Milan

Our hiatus is officially over! The next guest on "Inside the Empire" is former Empire State Wrestling wrestler turned commentator "Maverick" Matt Milan! Matt goes into detail about how he became a wrestling fan, breaking into independent wrestling, the ups & downs of being in the business and his move to the commentary table. We also recap the recent happenings in ESW, including experiences at WrestleCon and briefly preview future events.

February 28th, 2019    

Brett Mednik

It's been a while, so here is one from our archives - our very first episode in December 2017 with ESW promoter Brett Mednik!

Stay tuned for some new content over the next few months.

January 14th, 2019    

Kate Carney

"Inside the Empire" kicks off 2019 with "Sparkle Hunter" Kate Carney as its next guest! 

Hear about how Kate started in the Pacific Northwest then ventured to South America before eventually landing in Western New York. She also gives her perspective as a woman in the professional wrestling industry and her views on where the business is heading.

Kate also answers a few fan submitted questions. This is a fun episode that you will enjoy listening to!

***Producers Note: This episode was recorded prior to the car accident involving the Buffalo Brothers. Donations toward their recovery can be made at this Gofundme page:

December 31st, 2018    

Kevin Blackwood

With 2019 upon us, this episode of "Inside the Empire" features one of indy wrestling's fastest growing stars: Kevin Blackwood! The Albion, N.Y. native goes into detail about how he fell in love with wrestling, how he began training and his quick ascension into one of Western New York and Ontario's biggest performers on the independent wrestling scene.

You can check out Blackwood's matches and many other of ESW's top stars on Powerslam.TV!

December 17th, 2018    

2018 ESW Year in Review

The "Inside the Empire" crew sits down with ESW promoter/owner Brett Mednik and reflects back on ESW's 2018. Hear about ESW's biggest highlights and challenges over the last year and what 2019 holds in store for Western New York's independent wrestling destination!

Checkout ESW events on Powerslam.TV!

November 29th, 2018    

The Caesar

On the newest episode of "Inside the Empire", we take a deep dive into the life and times of The Caesar! We get a taste of Erie, Penn. wrestling history, plus many fun stories involving storylines he was involved with, factions he managed, the close relationships he's made over the years and what his future in ESW holds. This was a truly enjoyable episode to create and one you don't want to miss!

Check out "The Clown Must Die" video here:

Catch up on the latest ESW events on Powerslam.TV!

November 7th, 2018    


Superbeast is a longtime mainstay of the Western New York indy wrestling scene, and our latest guest on "Inside the Empire"!

With a plethora of knowledge and stories, Superbeast tells infamous wrestling tales involving former WWE superstars Virgil and Brian Christopher, his experiences working for former popular Central New York promotion Squared Circle Wrestling, his current role backstage at ESW and being chased by a chainsaw.

This is a fun episode that you don't want to miss!

October 31st, 2018    

Andy Williams

This is a special live edition of "Inside the Empire" as we sat down with "The Butcher of Buffalo" Andy Williams at the Buffalo Sports Pod-A-Thon! We dive into how he go into wrestling, his favorite Buffalo wrestling moments, how he met his tag partner Pepper Parks and how he came up with his butcher character.

Special thanks to Trainwreck Sports for recording this and please take a minute to learn more information and donate to BB&G Charities at:

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