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They said it…

  • “He left because the payment structure did not meet his needs.” –Jim Ross finding a diplomatic way of saying Taz quit TNA because he didn’t get paid.
  • “You were right.” – Ric Flair on getting a -* rating from Dave Meltzer for a match with the Junkyard Dog.
  • “I can’t multi-task.” “You can’t task.” – Producer Seth and Taz

The Usual Suspects

Talk n’ Shop #45 (5/9/15): Court Bauer is on the show for some reason interviewing Karl and Rocky. My guess (and this is only a guess) is that there wasn’t a usable Talk n’ Shop available, so Court called them to record a show and make sure they had some content. Even if you aren’t sick of Court appearing on podcasts, he tries to be one of the boys here and it comes across like a chaperone hitting the dance floor at prom. There’s some funny discussion about travel woes, but hopefully the show goes back to the usual crew next week. THUMBS IN THE MIDDLE

MLW Radio #178 (5/10/15): Alex Greenfield, Court, and MSL celebrate Mother’s Day by talking about fake fighting at length. Topics covered include the recent E:60 WWE special on ESPN, the state of the WWE heading into Payback, the Global Force press conference, and Vince possibly going blind. There’s a real interesting discussion of Shane McMahon and what his ultimate aspirations in the wrestling business were and how he ended up where he has, and it caps off another fun show. THUMBS UP

Piper’s Pit #58 (5/11/15): I guess Piper is in summer repeats already, as this week’s “Best Of” show originally dropped last July. Here’s what I said at the time: “Taped live from a convention featuring a panel of Piper, Terry Funk, Don Frye, and Zeus, with Matt Stryker apparently moderating. No one says anything terribly interesting, and the smarky crowd (chanting “You still got it” at Zeus) makes this a waste of time. THUMBS DOWN.

So, needless to say, no reason to check this one out if you missed it the first time.

Steve Austin Show #219 (5/12/15): Dixie Carter is back for part 2. She basically discusses the move to Destination America, the Billy Corgan hiring, and the powerbomb she took from Bully Ray. Carter says nothing of note, just how great everything is, how their ratings are fine when you factor in DVR, and how they edge out the WWE in some countries (I’d like to know what these countries are). The interview goes short, so Austin calls up Jim Ross for a segment. And they complain and complain and complain and complain. Everyone works too damn fast, and Ross calls today’s wrestlers lazy for relying too much on finisher kickouts. Austin still won’t let the damn DDT thing go. An infuriating show. THUMBS DOWN

The Ross Report #64 (5/5/15): Fellow podcaster Taz returns the favor and guests on JR’s show. This is another older interview, apparently, as they spend the first segment of the show discussing Wrestlemania and Byron Saxton’s post Wrestlemania performance. It’s fine to pre-tape interviews, but only if you have guests like Bill Watts on who talk about the past and not current events. There is some good stuff about announcing and Taz’s career, but if you’re a regular listener of Taz’s output you’ll have already heard the MSG debut story, and Ross just talks too much during the interview. <Taz’s interview starts at 11:43> THUMBS IN THE MIDDLE

Talk is Jericho #142 (5/13/15): Duff McKagan, bassist of Guns n’ Roses, Velvet Revolver, and more, is the guest this week. There’s some talk of G n’ R, but more about random topics like Duff’s writing career, filing taxes as a rock star, the state of the music industry today, and knock knock jokes of all things. Dee Snyder stops by too, because why the hell not. There are some good tidbits here (like Guns n’ Roses threatening to burn down their accountant’s house), but it’s not one of Jericho’s better music interviews. <McKagan’s interview at 15:31> THUMBS IN THE MIDDLE

WOOOOO ™Nation #2 (5/13/15) Good news: Dave Meltzer is the guest this week. Bad news: Dave’s phone line sounds completely terrible. Good news: if you can get past that, this is a great show. They bounce around topics, discussing Bret Hart, the Steamboat feud, the WWE Network, Verne Gagne, Ray Stevens, five star matches, and a million other topics. Dave sounds like he’s having a blast, and audio issues aside, so will you. Flair needs to do everything in his power to have Dave as a regular guest. THUMBS UP & BEST OF THE WEEK

Human Podcast Machine #22 (5/13/15): No interview this week, as Taz recounts his time on Tough Enough. He details how he got selected as a coach, his trepidations about the project, the time he drove a Humvee up to the house (and tore a Goldberg poster off the wall), feuding with Al Snow, and much more. If you were a fan of the original show you’ll get a kick out of this. Taz and Seth’s back and forth is top-notch too. THUMBS UP

Art of Wrestling #250 (5/14/15): For his big 250th episode, Colt talks to…Disco Inferno? Actually, it’s a very good show, as Disco gets into how he got into the business and WCW, what the backstage was like during the Monday Night Wars, the Death of WCW, trolling internet fans, and his gambling arrest a few years back. Disco discussing current events can be a bit…problematic, but this is some new territory and a great show. And make sure you stay tuned for a special cameo at the end. THUMBS UP

Steve Austin – Unleashed #220 (5/14/15): Steve talks to…sigh…Ted Fowler about hunting, PDA’s, Steve’s burnt lips, rats, silent auctions, mini-golf, paper plates, and other stuff. This all goes about 100 minutes. Not Steve’s best week. THUMBS DOWN

The Jim Cornette Experience #76 (5/14/15): Svengoolie, horror host of an eponymous show on MeTV (and someone who’s been mentioned several times on the Experience), chats with Jim and Alice. They talk about the show’s origins, how Svengoolie got involved in the first place, old horror movies, and old AWA wrestling. If an interview with a horror movie host doesn’t sound like your thing, you probably won’t enjoy it, but I wasn’t expecting much and enjoyed it more than I thought. <Svengoolie’s interview starts at 25:35> THUMBS UP

Talk is Jericho #143 (5/15/15): Jericho talks to Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali and former bassist Rudy Sarzo about their new documentary, the heyday of the band, the death of former lead singer Kevin Dubrow and carrying on the band afterwards, former QR member Randy Rhodes, and a lot more. Interviewing Quiet Riot in 2015 seems a dicey proposition, but this was a focused and interesting interview. Jericho’s kid is also back on the show to talk about fish. <Ash’s interview starts at 4:45, Quiet Riot’s starts at 17:20> THUMBS UP

MLW Radio Extra (5/15/15) In a bonus free show, Court talks to Jim Ross about his upcoming live show in Baltimore on Saturday and some current events. It’s basically a commercial for his show tomorrow mixed with the usual thoughts and complaints you’ll hear Ross spout on his podcast. THUMBS DOWN

Human Podcast Machine #23 (5/15/15): Devon Dudley joins Taz to discuss a variety of topics, blowing up Perry Saturn in his ECW tryout, imitating Clubber Lang, having preachers for parents and how that helped his ECW character, problems in TNA, training his sons at his school, his training philosophy, and more. Devon hasn’t been on a million other podcasts, so this was a refreshing if short interview. Best of all is Devon calling out Taz for his placement of the Dudleys on his list of top tag teams. THUMBS UP