PAYBACK brings WWE magic


By Bryan Asbury

Guest columnist

This past weekend, the WWE granted me credentials to cover its Premium Live Event PAYBACK in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at PPG Paints Arena.

This is the third event this year that the WWE has granted me access to cover, making this dream turn more and more into a reality each time I get the opportunity to work with them.

Growing up in the hometown of “The Hustler” Rip Rogers and former WWE Tag Team champion Danny Basham (Holle), wrestling was always accessible, so I fell in love with it at an early age. Attending OVW shows at the local armory, middle school and high school and meeting future WWE Superstars along the way in my hometown made me want this that much more.

This past weekend, there were Superstars, Legends and WWE Hall of Famers at the event, bringing the magic that only the WWE can.

Because of the opportunities that the WWE has given me, from WrestleMania 39 in Los Angeles to SummerSlam in Detroit to PAYBACK in Pittsburgh, I am proud to say that my podcast went from a dream to a reality in just six months as I have surpassed 1.3 million views and now get major coverage on all of the major wrestling media sites as well as Yahoo News and MSN News.

What started as a local show has now reached a strong presence overseas, from the UK to Canada to Mexico to Australia.

All roads lead to WWE FASTLANE on Oct. 7 in Indianapolis at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. I am proud and thankful to cover a Premium Live event in my home state next month.

Bryan Asbury lives in Seymour and has a professional wrestling podcast called Developmentally Speaking. Watch it online at

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