No Bauer & Pollock, since I guess Court was on vacation. Also no Goldberg show, so Happy New Year to me. The podcast week in review, brought to you by

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Talk n’ Shop (12/27/14): It’s the Talk n’ Shop Christmas Spectacular…two days after Christmas. The first half of the show is Season’s Greetings from a bunch of past and future guests (Colt Cabana, TMDK, Cherry Bomb, and others), and the second half is a brief interview with Sex Ferguson, which goes about as long as it should. THUMBS IN THE MIDDLE

MLW Radio (12/28/14): Jeff Jarrett is the guest hyping Global Force Wrestling and the upcoming NJPW Dome show. The plugging is the same thing you’ve heard on a million other podcasts already, and when Konnan digs into interesting questions (why Jeff left TNA, is there any animosity between the two sides), Jeff only provides political, boring answers. But if you ever wanted to hear Jeff Jarrett break down the NBA, here you go. THUMBS DOWN

Piper’s Pit (12/29/14): Jim Ross is the guest this week. Thankfully, the New Japan pimping is saved for the end, and Piper quizzes Ross about his career for most of the show. You’ve heard a lot of this before, but the conversation isn’t too bad. Ross doesn’t refute the “Bill Watts didn’t pay undercard guys” story, so either (a) it’s true, or (b) Ross was being polite. The show descriptions mentions “how the Rock was screwed out of his wrestling title” as a topic. I presume they meant Bret Hart, but it’s moot since it’s never mentioned. THUMBS IN THE MIDDLE

Steve Austin Show (12/30/14): Wade Keller joins Steve for a quasi-WWE Year in Review show, as the two discuss the current state of commentating, interviews, and business in general. Wade comes off great here, and the 90 minute show flies by. Even Austin apparently making loud eating noises during the show can’t drag it down. THUMBS UP

Talk is Jericho (12/31/14): Jericho is first joined by Tom Pritchard and Eric Bischoff, as a preview of their upcoming debate at Dave and Buster’s (honest). The conversation is fine, but Jericho “just happening” to decide to moderate the debate at the end is cringe inducing. He’s later joined by Snake Sabo from Skid Row and Rich Ward from Fozzy. Snake is a great, maybe Jericho’s best musical guest, and in addition to being a huge wrestling fan, he has lots of great stories about his band and being at the famed Monsters of Rock show in Moscow. THUMBS UP

The Ross Report (12/31/14): Two guests this week, as first Bryan Alvarez joins to discuss the Death of WCW, which JR admits he hasn’t read (at least the updated version). But Alvarez remains very good at radio so it’s still a decent listen. Next Karl Anderson is on to discuss the Tokyo Dome show. It’s very odd to hear such a straight laced machine gun, but it’s another OK-but-not-earth-shattering talk. <Alvarez’s interview starts at 23:28, Anderson’s starts at 1:00:51> THUMBS IN THE MIDDLE

Art of Wrestling (1/1/15): Colt is joined by Doc Gallows and Karl Anderson of the Bullet Club, and the episode basically plays as a super sized version of Talk n’ Shop. That’s a good thing. An hour of silliness ensues; the best of all is Karl detailing trying to get some time with his girlfriend despite 3 kids in the house, and Colt and Doc giving him hell for it. THUMBS UP

Steve Austin – Unleashed (1/1/15): Steve is joined by Ted Fowler yet again. You get to hear Steve cut promos on fans, Teddy detail how he quit smoking, and then Steve’s brother joins to complain about country music. The best moment is Ted stating how Austin’s podcast is the best because of his rapport with other wrestlers. I don’t know what episodes he’s listening to, because the only guest I ever hear these days is Teddy himself. THUMBS DOWN

The Jim Cornette Experience (1/1/15): No guests this week, so Jim and Alice go over their plans for 2015 and read a bunch of reader mail. There are a few good wrestling tidbits, but that’s offset by a lengthy recap of the origin of Jim’s political views, so you can safely take a pass on this one. THUMBS DOWN

Talk is Jericho (1/2/15): JBL joins Chris from the depths of some arena. They do a lengthy overrun of his career, from main eventing in his second match, working Vampiro in Mexico, the Monday Night Wars, Russo, being a policeman, and the JBL character. There are tons of great little stories about Billy Gunn buying a showdog and the origin of the Justin Hawk name. JBL comes off as the best guy. Jericho is also joined by his co-author on his three books for a decent discussion. <JBL’s’s interview starts at 29:10> THUMBS UP & BEST OF THE WEEK