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They said it…

  • “I’m still looking for my alimony from wrestling.” – Gary Michael Capetta, after Jim Ross describes his relationship to wrestling as a marriage.
  • “He was the Christmas Creature. We dressed him up in green and put tinsel and Christmas lights all over him, and he’d go out and wrestle me.” “And why was that?” “It was Christmastime.” – Jerry Lawler and Chris Jericho
  • “That was a tragedy in itself. I mean, it was 3 years out of a man’s life. So who knows? You just can’t mess around with women, man, you can’t trust ‘em.” – Ric Flair on Mike Tyson being arrested for rape.

The Usual Suspects

Eastern Lariat (3/12/15): In something a bit different from the norm, Strigga interviews Sonny Gutierrez, who works for the Stardom promotion in Japan. We hear about how someone from Illinois came to work for a joshi promotion, how he became a fan of the product, Stardom’s expansion into Europe, and thoughts on the recent shows in the U.S. A must for a fan of the promotion, but I found the story interesting on its own. Strigga also has some solo thoughts about Kota Ibushi as well as the New Japan Cup. THUMBS UP

VIP Lounge (3/13/16): The show’s description mentions that MVP and Alex got too baked and never sent in a show description, which is almost worth a thumbs down right there. But the actual content isn’t too much – they talk some wrestling to start, mainly about Samoa Joe and Lucha Underground, and then gab TV and Punisher comics. I barely remembered anything about this a day after listening. THUMBS DOWN

Indyriffic (3/14/16): This usual MLW VIP show gets a free showing. Matt and JVDB talk to independent wrestler Darius Carter about the upcoming Tier 1 Wrestling iPPV (full disclosure: Carter once fell on me at an independent show). Unfortunately, Carter’s story of getting into wrestling just isn’t all that interesting, and if you’ve never heard of him before he didn’t say anything that would make you seek out his stuff. Even with a short interview I was waiting for it to end. THUMBS DOWN

Steve Austin Show #307 (3/15/16): There’s a PPV to recap, so you know what that means…Wade Keller is back, baby! He and Steve review Roadblock, which probably didn’t require an entire show dedicated to it, but here we are. They run down the entire show, plus talk WrestleMania directions, and as usual do a solid job. They have mostly praise for the show, and especially Triple H’s performance in the main event. I can’t imagine anyone caring about Roadblock after, say, Monday, but taken on its own it’s a solid outing. THUMBS UP

The Sharpshooter Show #3 (3/16/16): The usual format sees Bret talk about the Roadblock show and his actual location during the event. Then he moves onto discussing his matches against Doink the Clown and Jerry Lawler at SummerSlam 1993. After that they talk to San Francisco 49’ers wide receiver Torrey Holt. I really don’t get why they have these random interviews on the show, but this one is more palatable than usual as they tie a lot of the football discussion back to wrestling. A mailbag segment closes things, including the interesting question of if Bret regretted leaving the WWF in 1997. Their best show yet, as they definitely pack a lot into 78 minutes. THUMBS UP

The Ross Report #109 (3/15/16): Longtime ring announcer Gary Michael Capetta is the guest this week. GMC tells the story of how he fell into wrestling announcer, working with Vince McMahon Sr, moving to WCW, stories about Verne Gagne, Bill Watts, Eric Bishcoff, and more. Capetta was just on episode #271 of the Art of Wrestling, so if you listened to that you’re probably OK skipping this. But JR is in his element here, as this is all past wrestling with zero about the current product. <Capetta’s interview starts at 17:27> THUMBS UP

Talk is Jericho #230 (3/16/16): Team Tiger Awesome is back for another roundtable, this time on the upcoming Batman vs. Superman film. This one appears to have be recorded around the same time as their Star Wars show, as they discuss that film for a bit to start (there’s also a mention of Antonin Scalia being alive). From then on they talk about the trailers, past film versions of both characters, the Suicide Squad and Justice League movies, and more. Some funny moments, but some unfunny ones as well. If you like superhero movies it’s probably worth a spin, otherwise take a pass. THUMBS IN THE MIDDLE

MLW Radio #217 (3/15/16): Ryan Satin talks to Court Bauer to start, as Konnan is a half hour late (which has to be a gimmick at this point). Satin talks to Court about the state of wrestling journalism, and some of his critiques are curious to me (he rails against pay sites for wrestling news like they’re unique, when there are plenty of sites like ESPN Insider that require payment for news). Things get better when they discuss current events like the Hogan/Gawker trial and WrestleMania. But the best thing of all might be Konnan’s recounting of his recent trip to the Sudan. THUMBS IN THE MIDDLE

Bauer & Pollock (3/16/16): B&P return to talk the plight of Richard Simmons, the state of Shane McMahon, WrestleMania tickets sales, a potential Mania in London, New Japan’s transitional phase, the Global Cruiserweight show, the Mick Foley/Dean Ambrose segment on Raw, Roadblock, the WXW 16 Carat tournament, the UR fight event, Mauro Ranallo taking over Inside MMA, the Neville injury debacle on Raw, Hayabusa’s passing, match times at WrestleMania, Takeover in Dallas, and a remembrance of Gary Hart. It’s a good show with a wide variety of topics (and a shoutout to Voices of Wrestling!). THUMBS UP

MLW Writer’s Room (3/16/16): Another usual MLW VIP show gets the freebie treatment, as Alex Greenfield talks to former WWE writer Jensen Karp. The WWE segments aren’t much, just the usual “it was so crazy there” story. Much more interesting is the discussion about his book and how he fell into rapping over the radio and ended up with a million dollar record deal. No much wrestling talk, but I’d figure I toss in a review in case you were curious. THUMBS IN THE MIDDLE

Art of Wrestling #293 (3/17/16): Big Damo from the UK’s ICW is the guest this week. You get expected topics like how he got into wrestling, the ICW’s explosion in popularity, and wrestling in America for AIW. But there’s a lot about the culture of Ireland, the level of education, sports, and even the highway system that made for a well rounded interview. Damo sounds like a jolly fellow and I greatly enjoyed this. THUMBS UP

Steve Austin – Unleashed #308 (3/17/16): Steve celebrates 3/16 by talking to…Ted Fowler. What follows is the usual Teddy nonsense – talking haircuts, construction, dogs, alligators, beer, MMA, and more. Ted cackles like a hyena. He also won’t wear a hard hat at a construction site, which explains a lot. PASS. THUMBS DOWN

The Jim Cornette Experience #120 (3/17/16): A long intro (twice as long as the interview!) sees Jim talking a lot about Donald Trump and the recent incidents at his rallies. Then David Fuller of the IHWE in Texas comes on to talk about the upcoming NWA Parade of Champions taking place on March 31st (Jim will be the master of ceremonies for the vent). The Fuller segment is fine but more of a plug than anything else. <Fuller’s interview starts at 44:22> THUMBS IN THE MIDDLE

Talk is Jericho #231 (3/18/16): Jerry “The King” Lawler graces Chris with his presence. They talk about the history of Memphis wrestling, crazy gimmicks like Kamala, becoming the King, the Andy Kaufman feud, memorabilia, driving a Batmobile, his near death experience, and more. There is some crossover with Lawler’s recent DVD documentary, but he’s such a good storyteller you won’t mind. A must-listen. Also, Jericho doesn’t address the incident with Charles Robinson this week, outside of nothing during an ad read his recent return has been “controversial.” <Lawler’s interview starts at 5:16>THUMBS UP & BEST OF THE WEEK

MSL & Sullivan Show (3/18/16): You get the usual solid discussion of modern wrestling (and politics, comparing Donald Trump to an outlaw promoter), Nitro (the first half of the 9/16/96 edition), and some mailbag. But the big news is that Kevin once ran a Parks and Recreation department, and the fact that he never showed up on the titular NBC sitcom is cause for great sadness. THUMBS UP

Wooooo!™ Nation #45 (3/18/16): Since it is WrestleMania season, Ric and Conrad do audio commentary for two of Ric’s big matches: vs. Randy Savage at Mania VIII and against the Undertaker at Mania XVIII. They talk about the setups for the matches, the differences in working Randy and Taker, getting the big WrestleMania payoff, and more. It’s some nice insight into some famous matches, with the only downside being some moments of silence and Flair’s awful comment about Mike Tyson’s rape conviction. THUMBS UP