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They said it…

  • “I’ve said this many a time, and I’m not afraid to say it now…Khali, Dalip Singh, as just a dude to shoot the shit with, he’s actually very funny, and for the most part he’s not a bad dude to hang out with. But he is without question the worst person I have ever been in the ring with, period.” – MVP
  • “There is no one, including…including Vince that has had the education that I’ve had in this business.” – Shane McMahon
  • “You’re an egomaniac, sociopath, narcissist prack. Try not to be that person in the future. But right now you’re perfect for what wrestling needs.” – Teddy Hart, on career advice his dad once gave him

The Usual Suspects

Eastern Lariat (5/21/16): Strigga and Dylan (who I assume is the permanent co-host now) briefly discuss Andre the Giant in Japan, the Dragon Gate Dead or Alive PPV, some thoughts on Big Japan and Stardom, random Japan indies, the sad Akira Hokuto news, and favorite shows since 2015. A solid and comprehensive show, even if the Best of the Super Juniors tournament curiously isn’t touched on. THUMBS UP

VIP Lounge (5/22/16): The Lounge has a rare guest with Shane Helms joining MVP and Alex. The first 20 minutes is about comic books and comic book movies, so beware if that’s not your thing. Things shift into wrestling talk for a bit, mostly about working in the ring and how you approach different sized audiences. They close it out with some thoughts on parenthood and road stories, including almost getting killed in Spain. A bit lengthy, but a worthwhile listen as long as you don’t mind some non-wrestling topics. THUMBS UP

Steve Austin Show #327 (5/24/16): The recently released WWE Diva and Tough Enough alumni Cameron joins Steve. They talk about her time in the company, her experiences on Tough Enough, going back to NXT to try and improve, her response to internet fans, getting released (she gets rather emotional at this point), and life after wrestling. The wrestling portions are solid enough, but when she and Steve talk about acting I quickly lost interest. THUMBS IN THE MIDDLE

Shane McMahon Tell All Podcast (5/24/16): Not nearly as lurid as the title would indicate, Mick Foley sits down with Shane McMahon. They talk about growing up as Vince’s kid, being in the WWF dressing room as a kid, getting into the business as well as the ring, Montreal (?), being at the final Nitro, why he left, why he came back, his thoughts on Stephanie and Triple H (exceedingly awkward), his Mania match with Undertaker, and more. Interestingly, you get a lot of insight into Vince but not a lot into Shane. Not completely without merit, but anyone expecting a blockbuster will be disappointed. Foley is a cordial host but he dominates too much of the conversation. THUMBS IN THE MIDDLE

MLW Radio #228 (5/24/16): Konnan is late again, but only by a few minutes (seriously, why don’t they just delay the taping a few minutes). The three talk about WCW’s history at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Extreme Rules and WWE booking problems (a motif to be certain at this point), more AAA bashing, and some weird dude wanting fans to invest in the Classic Wrestling Revolution. Good show, but Court casually mentions speaking at NXT, and frustratingly gives no details about just what the subject matter was. THUMBS UP

The Ross Report #119 (5/24/16): Former WWE writer Andrew Goldstein makes his Ross Report debut. The show description posits this as an Extreme Rules review, but they only talk about the show in broad strokes, which is likely for the best. But Goldstein also touches on how he got into the WWE and his time there, plus thoughts on ROH and TNA. There’s some good discussion here, but other parts (like the one complaining about chants) are a chore to get through. <Goldstein’s interview starts at 21:27> THUMBS IN THE MIDDLE

Talk is Jericho #250 (5/25/16): Ric Flair makes a return to triumphant podcasting as this episode’s guest (no Conrad though). He and Jericho focus on Flair’s earlier days as NWA champion, so nothing about the Nitro era or his role today. They talk about being in riots, wrestling in Japan, the famous shows in North Korea, stories about Harley Race, Roddy Piper, Wahoo McDaniel, having a nervous breakdown, and a lot more. If you’ve listened to Flair’s podcasts a lot of this will be familiar, but I’m so happy to hear him again on a podcast I don’t mind. <Flair’s interview starts at 14:12> THUMBS UP

Bauer & Pollock (5/25/16): Originally scheduled for Friday, a huge story (and some scheduling issues) have B&P returning to Wednesday. The upcoming draft and brand split dominate the proceedings, not surprisingly, as the duo discuss comparisons to the first split in 2002, if the shows will have different looks, whether they’ll be another world title, new potential Network specials, the effect on Impact Wrestling, and potential NXT callups. The lads also touch on Cody Rhodes’ departure, new streaming services, the Shane McMahon podcast, and the Hogan/Gawker trial. It felt good to hear a timely discussion of the huge breaking news. THUMBS UP

Bret Hart Radio (5/25/16): Bret looks to be moving over to Podcast Arena with a rebranding, although the basic structure appears intact. This is just a short 15 minute preview (I don’t know why, since nothing is all that different) with Bret and co. talking Shawn Michaels involvement in the NHL and Cody Rhodes’ departure. I won’t grade it since it’s so short, but it’s pleasant enough, and best of all, the show now has its own podcast feed. Hallelujah!

Art of Wrestling #303 (5/26/16): Teddy Hart is the guest. I’m tempted to leave the review at that. But for a bit more detail, Colt and Teddy talk about his growing up, the escort service he ran, his father (who sounds like almost as interesting as his son), dealing drugs, losing his brother, getting into wrestling, his WWE tryout and getting signed to a million dollar deal, and a lot more. Teddy is a complete whirlwind on this show, and whether that’s good or bad I’ll leave up to you. I found it a very compelling listen. THUMBS UP & BEST OF THE WEEK

Steve Austin – Unleashed #328 (5/26/16): There are doings a’transpiring in the WWE, so Steve calls the Torchline to talk to Wade Keller. They discuss the proposed brand split, who will go where, will there be 2 world champions, and more, plus the plight of Roman Reigns, AJ Styles needing wins, Bray Wyatt’s future, and more. I applaud Steve for getting on the horn with Wade to discuss some current events, and I thought this was a very good outing for Wade. THUMBS UP

The Jim Cornette Experience #130 (5/26/16): Jim and Brian talk about recent WWE releases (with Jim blowing off Adam Rose putting his hands on his wife) before they’re joined by longtime wrestler Roger Smith. Smith talks all of his personas (including the Assassin, Intern, Flame, and Dirty Rhodes), staying strong, Andy Kaufman, working in Japan, cheapskate Nick Gulas, and a promo for coal at the end. Smith certainly has some interesting stories, but this is a very un-PC show, so beware. Court Bauer put it over as one of JC’s best, which to me is overstated, but Smith certainly has a unique perspective, even if he ends every sentence with “know what I mean?” Smith’s interview starts at 29:29 THUMBS UP

Talk is Jericho #251 (5/27/16): In an odd start, Mick Foley shows up at the beginning and promises to do a show with Jericho on March 15 of next year. Odd. Then former Saturday Night Live cast member Jim Breuer joins Jericho. They get into SNL at the end, what it was like to be a cast member, and why Jim left the show, and it’s easily the best part of the show. Before that it’s Jim and Chris talking heavy metal, Jim’s new record, hunting with James Hetfield, and recording with Angus Young, and it isn’t nearly as interesting. <Foley’s segment starts at 4:18, Breuer’s interview starts at 11:45>THUMBS IN THE MIDDLE

MSL & Sullivan Show (5/27/16): MSL is under the weather, so no Nitro review this week, although thankfully there is still a show. So we get a lengthy back-and-forth on the current trend of wrestler’s airing dirty laundry in public, then a sizable mailbag with a variety of topics like nWo Japan, the breakup of the American Males, Taz, Continental wrestling, locker room enforcers, and Ric Flair’s (lack of) prowess as a booker. Broken record time, but it’s another go. THUMBS UP

BONUS! Today, I released the newest episode of Joe Gagne’s Funtime Pro Wrestling Arcade taking a look at WWF SmackDown: Just Bring It! For the Playstation 2: