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They Said It…

“Just wipe your ass bitch, and get on the fucking thing.” –Konnan’s advice to MSL when he found out his co-host was missing the show due to acute diarrhea
“First of all, I would never eat a piece of paper. Second of all, I wouldn’t want to eat anything that had Scott Hall’s name on it because I’d probably get sick and die.” – Goldberg when asked why he tried to eat Scott Hall’s contract in WCW
“I learned that no matter how bad a movie is, Chris, people will not ask for their money back, for the most part.” – Troma founder Lloyd Kaufman on his first movie
“I wrestled Ludvig Borga up there. I got…my first concussion was from Borga. Start off the match, I turn around and look at him, he runs at me and clotheslines me in the head full blast, knocks me out on my feet, tells me after the match that I should have told him I was unconscious.” – Simon Dean on wrestling Ludvig Borga as enhancement talent

The Usual Suspects

Talk n’ Shop (10/25/14):The Young Bucks return and are soon joined by AJ Styles. The show’s not nearly as much fun as the prior week’s, but Karl’s ongoing feud with his 2 year old remains a highlight. THUMBS IN THE MIDDLE

MLW Radio (10/26/14):No MSL, who has diarrhea (seriously), so it’s just Konnan and Court this week. The duo discuss their disappointment in the WWE’s Hell in a Cell build and the upcoming Lucha Underground show, including Konnan’s extended thoughts on Ricochet. Konnan may kazoo me for this, but I really missed the MSL/K-Dawg interplay. THUMBS IN THE MIDDLE

Piper’s Pit (10/27/14): Jesse Ventura joins Piper for a brief interview. Outside of stories about his upbringing and Naval stint, and a smattering of politics at the end, all of the conversation is about wrestling. You get to hear about how Superstar Graham inspired him to go into wrestling, his role in inventing the heel commentator, and successfully suing Vince McMahon. I was dreading this one, but it was actually way better than I expected with minimal obvious BS. THUMBS UP

Who’s Next With Goldberg (10/20/14): Bill Goldberg interviews Joba Chamberlain. Podcast or 12:53 Saturday Night Live sketch? It’s the former, as Bill has a very short interview with the reliever that’s just very dull. He answers some listener questions about wrestling but it’s nothing terribly revealing, outside of acknowledging he got the Jackhammer from Dean Malenko. THUMBS DOWN

Steve Austin Show (10/28/14): Steve chats with producer Stacy about the Popemobile and Ebola, then takes calls for the remainder of the show. There’s minimal wrestling talk, but you do get to hear Stone Cold talk about workouts, guns, and Halloween candy. And can callers please stop plugging things? No one’s going to check out your podcast or band just because you talked to Steve Austin. THUMBS DOWN

Talk is Jericho (10/29/14): It’s Eek Week on Talk is Jericho (sadly not a celebration of Eek the Cat) as Jericho talks to returning guest Eli Roth about his favorite horror movies in a segment that’s as much a plug for Roth’s various projects. Things pick up when Troma Studios founder Lloyd Kaufman talks to Chris about his low budget films, going to college with Oliver Stone, and working on the original Rocky film. THUMBS IN THE MIDDLE

The Ross Report (10/29/14):Jason Powell of joins JR to break down Hell in a Cell and the current wrestling scene. It’s all fine but nothing terribly compelling. Far more interesting is when Powell turns the tables on JR and interviews him, and Ross’ explanations of his payout system and recruitment philosophy are really interesting. THUMBS IN THE MIDDLE

Art of Wrestling (10/30/14):Simon Dean (aka Nova from ECW) joins Colt to discuss his career. Nova has had a surprisingly diverse career (training under “Iron” Mike Sharpe to working ECW to going to OVW at age 31 to the Simon Dean character to working in the office for WWE) and they touch on a lot of it. Dean has been out of the business for years but he’s still real passionate and has some interesting thoughts about making your way in wrestling. THUMBS UP & BEST OF THE WEEK

Steve Austin – Unleashed (10/30/14): Ted Fowler kicks things off talking to Steve about hunting or whatever, which is no way to start a show. Then Ric Flair joins the show to blast through a varierty of topics. Flair’s breakdown of where he got his moveset (including the story of inventing the “pushing the ref” spot in a match with Rufus R. Jones) is great. Steve also has palpable glee in breaking down his match of the week. Not the greatest show, but it’s great to hear Austin talking to a wrestler again. THUMBS UP

Jim Cornette Experience (10/30/14):After ranting about Republicans and Ian Rotten, Adam Pearce joins the show. Instead of focusing on Pearce’s whole career, they tell the story of Adam’s aborted run as an ROH commentator, which is quite the tale. Pearce wraps up an entertaining show with a discussion of training and his visit to the Performance Center. THUMBS UP

Bauer & Pollock (10/30/14):B&P run down the WWE Quarterly call, focusing on the subscriber number and what it means to the future of the Network and the company in a thoughtful discussion. Court adds an honest assessment of the first episode of Lucha Underground to close out a newsworthy show. THUMBS UP

Talk is Jericho (10/31/14):Talk is Jericho alum Tom Savini joins the show to discuss his favorite movie deaths in a fun segment. Then famed cryptozoologist Loren Coleman talks to Chris about all kinds of creatures like the Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot, the Dover Demon, and tapirs. It’s an OK segment but again plays like warmed over After Dark. THUMBS IN THE MIDDLE