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The Hall of Fame with Booker T & Brad Gilmore premieres on ESPN 97.5 tonight; WWE honors tag team

The Hall of Fame with Booker T & Brad Gilmore premieres on ESPN 97.5 tonight; WWE honors tag team
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Booker T. and Brad Gilmore are an exciting new addition to the ESPN 97.5 lineup and will get started on Monday, March 11. The show will air from 9-11PM on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. The Hall of Fame will discuss all things sports and of course will feature plenty of wrestling, MMA, boxing and more.

Booker T. is not new to sports talk radio having hosted his own show in the Houston market for several years. He and Brad Gilmore can't wait to get started and will bring plenty of energy and hot takes three times per week. You can listen live on the radio or with the ESPN 97.5 radio app.

Meanwhile, Booker T and his tag team partner Stevie Ray - aka Harlem Heat - are being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

According to the press release:

The 10-time WCW Tag Team Champions, Booker T and Stevie Ray, also known as Harlem Heat are taking their rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame. Harlem Heat debuted in WCW after wrestling in the Global Wrestling Federation as "The Ebony Experience" and quickly became one of the top teams in the business. Pro Wrestling Illustrated named Harlem Heat the "Tag Team of the Year" in 1995 and 1996 as well they were ranked in the Top 25 Greatest Tag Teams of All Time. Booker T and Stevie Ray would team together until 2000 before finally reuniting for one last time at "The Final Heat" in 2015 and won the Reality of Wrestling Tag Team Championships. After winning 38 Championships between them and going into the Cauliflower Alley Club Hall of Fame in 2018, Harlem Heat solidifies their place in professional wrestling history by being inducted to the WWE Hall of Fame, Class of 2019.

The 2019 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY on April 6th, 2019, the day before WWE WrestleMania 35 at MetLife Stadium and will be televised on the USA Network at 7pm CST.

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With both Luis Garcia and Lance McCullers making their way back from surgeries that sideline that Astros pitchers last season, and given the team's thin depth in their starting rotation, Houston fans and media have waited on bated breath for scraps of information to leak out of the notoriously secretive organization regarding their progress.

In a week full of mostly Hurricane Beryl-related bad news, the Astros organization had some discouraging news of their own when manager Joe Espada told the media that Lance McCullers has been shut down from pitching after his arm did not respond well to his latest bullpen session. The team says they are "formulating a plan for what's next."

Another Astros starter making his way back from injury is HOF-bound Justin Verlander. Verlander has been on the IL since June 16th with neck discomfort and, while there was initial hope that JV would only miss a start, his status has become increasingly murky as he is still apparently not close to returning.

Shifting from the health questions of the starters to the performance questions of the bullpen, some Houston fans have voiced concern via social media that Astros big-ticket 9th inning pitcher Josh Hader is not looking like a "shut-down" closer. Hader gave up more home runs in the first week of July (3) as he did the entire month of June (2).

In this week's episode of Stone Cold Stros, Charlie Pallilo and Brandon Strange discuss how the fluid dynamics of Astros pitching is impacting the competitive landscape of the division race. To watch the conversation, just click the video YouTube embedded in this article. To listen to the entire episode on podcast, search "Stone Cold Stros" in your favorite podcast app or click one of the following links.

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