The podcast week in review, brought to you by Onnit.
They Said It…
“He’s like the Al Bundy with the four touchdowns” – Nick (or Matt) Jackson after Karl Anderson brings up the 2012 G-1 finals again.
The Usual Suspects
Talk n’ Shop (10/18/14): The Young Bucks are back to shoot the breeze with Karl and Rocky. Fun times talking their busy schedule, the Meltzer Driver, and a great story about “working Japanese” at an indy show. The type of show that makes you wish you were in the room with them drinking a beer. THUMBS UP
MLW Radio (10/19/14): Rey Mysterio briefly joins the show to talk about his current life, but he doesn’t get too much into his WWE situation for obvious reasons. The actual core of the show is more interesting, as Court and Konnan actually get into a back and forth about inter-gender wrestling on Lucha Underground. A fun discussion grading the current wrestling announcers rounds out the show. THUMBS UP
Piper’s Pit (10/19/14): Fellow Legends House alumni Hillbilly Jim joins Piper for a brief conversation. There are a few good stories about breaking in and his WWF stint, but the interview is so short those tidbits aren’t as developed as they should be. THUMBS IN THE MIDDLE
Who’s Next With Goldberg (10/20/14): Former NFL star and current commentator John Lynch joins Bill. The show is bookended with great tales about Lynch knocking out his brother-in-law in a game and the story of his final game with the Patriots. The middle portion is just Bill complaining about the current state of football, college athletes, and the usual. He even admits he comes off as a 500 year old man. THUMBS IN THE MIDDLE
Steve Austin Show (10/20/14): Austin takes more calls from listeners and again focuses on wrestling, making it a worthwhile show. There’s talk about Vince’s terrible bumping, the Death of WCW book (which Austin has not read), and why the Stone Cold character started drinking beer in the ring. You have to give Austin credit, he does a great job engaging the callers and actually having a conversation with them. THUMBS UP
Talk is Jericho (10/22/14): Jericho opens his show talking about Chris Benoit and why he should never go into the WWF Hall of Fame. He’s then joined by Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor. Taylor is a big wrestling fan and has a good story about a wacky independent show he went to, but the music and supernatural segments don’t amount to much. THUMBS IN THE MIDDLE
The Ross Report (10/22/14): Mark Madden calls in to discuss his time in WCW and the current state of the business. Madden can certainly be a polarizing personality, but here he has some interesting thoughts on wrestling and some great stories about the late Brian Pillman, including an amazing story of Pillman wanting to chain himself to the goalposts at the Super Bowl. THUMBS UP
Bauer & Pollock (10/22/14): The duo admit a lot of big stories are happening next week (Lucha Underground’s debut, WWE Network subscriber announcement), so there’s not a lot of meat to this show. They touch on the Hell in a Cell build and fantasy book Wrestlemania XXXI, but you can pass on this one. THUMBS DOWN
Art of Wrestling (10/23/14): Chris Hero introduces the show with Colt, and they run down their exploits in the NOAH Global League. Then the Young Bucks return to talk about their highs and lows the past few years, from Matt almost quitting in 2011 to their rise in New Japan Pro Wrestling. Some great stories about working and getting over in Japan (including superkicking sponsors) makes for a show that’s over much too soon. THUMBS UP & BEST OF THE WEEK
Steve Austin – Unleashed (10/23/14): Steve spends the first segment of the show rambling about various topics, including chewing out Teddy Fowler for sending a video of a rattlesnake to his wife or something. Then he answers some listener question, all of which are forgettable. There’s a funny story about Steve not being able to work his TV, but this is a definite miss. THUMBS DOWN
Jim Cornette Experience (10/23/14): Jim is joined by his Mark James, his co-author on Rags, Paper, and Pins, as the two discuss the history of Memphis wrestling. If you’re familiar at all with the topic you probably won’t learn a lot, but the palpable glee Jim has about the subject makes for a fun listen. Even the intro is better than usual, as Jim has some remembrances and fun stories about the late Ox Baker. THUMBS UP
Talk is Jericho (10/24/14): Sabu joins Chris Jericho for a brief but thorough overview of his career. How weird is it that Sabu is doing kayfabe-breaking interviews? If you can get beyond that, it’s a good listen. Sabu is terse but drops some good tidbits, like his first match against the Canadian Road Warrior and the reason he quit WCW the first time. But for the love of God, skip right to the interview as for some reason Jericho brings back Egypt for Hell in a Cell predictions in a horrible comedy segment. THUMBS UP