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JNPO: Aaron Pico career blame, Badermania, Royal Rumble chatter

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Between NXT TakeOver, the Royal Rumble and Bellator MMA, last weekend was another great one for combat sports couch potatoes.

I had a few things to get off my chest with all the happenings, so I brought in pro wrestling fan and MMA Fighting deputy managing editor Marc Raimondi back into our Punch-Out life to be my podcast sounding board.

Among the things we talked about:

  • His feelings on last Sunday's Royal Rumble and what we liked and didn't like
  • How he was able to catch some of TakeOver while on press row for Saturday's Bellator show
  • Who is to blame for how Aaron Pico's promising career has stopped and started at this early stage
  • The feel-good story that is new Bellator champ-champ Ryan Bader
  • What our hopes and dreams are with the meat of the UFC-ESPN era kicking off this weekend
  • The rise of the A Side podcast on MMA Fighting and what people have requested the most

As the kids say, it's a fun show as always so check it out.

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