The podcast week in review, brought to you by GAR Disability Advocates.
They Said It…
- “CM Punk was doing a good job, but he left for reasons only he knows.” – Roddy Piper, apparently not an Art of Wrestling listener.
“I think the way to take over Hollywood, is to hit it with a hustle that they’ve never seen before, and that I’m not very well versed in, which is, I think you just come at them honestly.” – Paul Heyman
- “Trouble was, whenever we played live with him, he always lost.” – Lemmy on creating Triple H’s theme song.
- “My voicebox fell out my anus.” – Taz on the aftereffects of a Rob Van Dam kick
The Usual Suspects
Talk n’ Shop #29 (1/10/14): Karl, Doc, Amber O’Neil, and Karl’s brother Brett wrap up Wrestle Kingdom 9 on their way to the airport. Well, Brett is passed out, but still. A fun victory lap full of silly voices and ballbusting. Doc and Amber are certainly open about their honeymoon plans. They also reveal Prince Devitt’s light up jacket did not come from Chris Jericho, but rather Jeff Jarrett’s old WWF gear. THUMBS UP
MLW Radio #162 (1/11/15): Court, Konnan, & MSL are back to run down the current news. In a newsworthy bit, Konnan clears up what’s going on with the supposed Triple A shutdown and the potential of Jim Ross calling Lucha Underground. Plus, the trio gives their belated thoughts on Wrestle Kingdom, ponder the potential outlook for the WWE heading into the Rumble, and Konnan reveals that he thinks Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly are collectively known as Red Fish. THUMBS UP
Piper’s Pit #41 (1/12/15): Part 2 with Vince Russo. They spend the first half hour arguing about the WCW snub they already covered in detail last week. This is an incident, by the way, that (a) no one knew about, and (b) happened FIFTEEN years ago. The latter half of the show runs down what’s wrong with the current WWE. Russo blames video games for lack of selling. A strong WPOTY contender. THUMBS DOWN
Steve Austin Show #185 (1/13/15): Steve pulls out the “lost” Paul Heyman interview that he recorded last August and didn’t like the first time around, but now it’s OK to release for some reason. I’m guessing Austin felt the heat after Jericho and Ross has Hulk Hogan and Dixie Carter on their respective podcasts last week. The interview itself is fine, but discussing the potential fallout from SummerSlam months after the event is rather silly. Much better are the more “evergreen” aspects, such as Heyman’s thoughts on interviews and commentating, which I could listen to all day. THUMBS IN THE MIDDLE
Who’s Next With Goldberg #33 (1/13/15): Former L.A. Raiders receiver Tim Brown joins Bill to discuss his career. Brown comes off as a super nice and humble guy, and his story of playing football without his mom knowing, winning the Heisman at Notre Dame, and the Sodom & Gomorrah that was the Raiders locker room. Of course, Bill has to insert his usual “college kids are so entitled now” shtick that couldn’t be more tiresome. THUMBS IN THE MIDDLE
Talk is Jericho #108 (1/14/15): Jericho talks to LEMMY from Motorhead. To Jericho’s credit, he cuts down on the opening monologue and mostly gets right into it. It’s a comprehensive interview, covering Lenny’s days as a fan of old time rock n’ roll, drinking, his health, Ace of Spades, doing music for the WWE, and if he’ll ever retire. Lots of great little stories; and it’s a very enjoyable show. <Lemmy’s interview starts at 10:27> THUMBS UP
The Ross Report #48 (1/14/15): “The Grappler” Len Denton is the guest this week. Grappler has been literally everywhere, and tells stories from Mid-South, Florida, Crocket, Portland, and more. You get tales of partying with Ric Flair, creating the DDT for Jake Roberts, wrestling a young Scott “Raven” Levy, and the major mistakes he made in his career. Grappler is a great guest, and even though he’s been on Piper’s podcast a lot, he and Ross cover a lot of new ground here. Ross also adds some thoughts from Wrestle Kingdom 9, but nothing terribly revelatory. <Denton’s interview starts at 36:15> THUMBS UP
Bauer & Pollock (1/14/15): B&P run down the week’s news, including Jon Jones one night in rehab, the upcoming Royal Rumble, the New Japan/NOAH relationship, and the Macho Man’s upcoming induction into the WWE Hall of Fame. They also drop some interesting dirt about the relationship between Vince McMahon and Triple H. Plus, Court incessantly plugs Voices of Wrestling, which has to count for something, right? THUMBS UP
Art of Wrestling #233 (1/15/15): Rocky Romero is the guest this week. A lot of the show is not surprisingly based on the rise of New Japan, and includes some great dirt on the time Rocky left NJPW for NOAH and the political snafu that followed. But Rocky also gets into his recent tryout with the WWE, and Rocky is honest about his feelings about not getting picked up. There are also fun stories about Jon Cena’s early days and Rocky’s potential pilot with NBC. A thoroughly enjoyable show. THUMBS UP & BEST OF THE WEEK
Human Podcast Machine with Taz #2 (1/15/15): Rob Van Dam joins Taz to discuss all manner of subjects, including breaking in with Sabu, ECW, his positive mindset, problems with TNA, acting, and of course marijuana. Taz and RVD have some great chemistry and this is different from other RVD interviews you may have heard. But again, the best part of the show is the closing monologue, where Taz details the time Kevin Dunn ratted out Michael Cole for derogatory comments made about Vince McMahon. THUMBS UP
Steve Austin – Unleashed #186 (1/15/15): Steve spends most of the show taking calls from listeners, all of which are about wrestling but none of which are terribly interesting. He’s also joined in studio by Podcast One CEO Norm Pattiz. They briefly discuss the genesis of Podcast One and the economics of podcasting , but mostly they talk about Bruce Lee and smart cars. The best segment of the show may be Austin and producer Stacy detailing their favorite holiday desserts. THUMBS DOWN
The Jim Cornette Experience #60 (1/15/15): Les Thatcher joins Jim and Alice to discuss his career and the overall state of wrestling. Thatcher’s story of breaking into the business and early days is quite good, but then the show crashes off the “these damn kids today!” cliff and it’s not much fun at all. And we apparently get part 2 next week. Cornette does briefly address the Young Bucks beef after he eviscerates the WK9 opener again. <Thatcher’ interview starts at 32:57> THUMBS IN THE MIDDLE
Talk is Jericho #109 (1/9/15): Jimmy & Jay Uso join Jericho in an interview taped a while back (the Uso’s are still on their first tag title reign here). The interview is still a lot of fun, as they delve into the Samoan family tree, growing up with Rikishi as their dad, twin shenanigans, the crazy story of how they started training, how they blew two tryouts, and the match that turned it all around for them. There are lots of fun little tidbits about how an act evolves in the WWE. <Usos’ interview starts at 20:25> THUMBS UP