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They Said It…

As I get older, it’s harder and harder to pitch a tent. – Mr. St. Laurent, actually talking about camping.

I should be running for the President, considering both of our candidates currently both deserve to be in the darkness of deletion. The Donald Trump and the Hillary Clinton… Hillary, the only thing I have in common with her is her ability to delete things. – Broken Matt Hardy

That’s because you have no fans. You’re like the middle seat in an airline, nobody wants you. – Konnan to Disco Inferno

The Usual Suspects

The Tiki Bar #7 (7/30/16): A bit of a diversion, as Tonga and Fale head to a sponsor dinner after a G1 show and run into the rest of the Bullet Club. You get to hear from Kenny Omega (playing Pokemon Go, shock of shocks), Yujiro, and trainee Aaron. Everyone is having fun but the listen can be a bit too chaotic at times. THUMBS IN THE MIDDLE

Deep Blue Something #2 (7/31/16): Mike and Bryce are finally back to talk about seeing celebrities traveling to Canada, Chikara’s recent shows in that country, Drew Gulak in the Cruiserweight Classic, and slow-motion wrestling. While a decent listen and short at a half hour, this show suffers in comparisons with AIW’s recent podcast outings. THUMBS IN THE MIDDLE

VIP Lounge (7/31/16): Weirdly, after MLW made such a big deal of the Writer’s Room episode with Bautsita, he just shows up for an appearance on the VIP Lounge with MVP and Alex. What follows is a lengthy (90 minutes) conversation mainly about Dave’s movie projects, like Guardians of the Galaxy, Blade Runner, and Kickboxer. Those looking for a lot of wrestling talk won’t find it here (there is some, like a cool story where Dave fought to not beat MVP), but Dave is a cool and honest guy you won’t mind. THUMBS UP

Eastern Lariat #24 (8/1/16): Strigga is back to join Dylan, as they recap the recent big NOAH Kouraken Hall show, the announced card for the final night of the J Cup, and in the main event thoughts on days eight through ten of the G1, with thoughts on matches, booking, and MVP’s. I was wondering if I’d get burnt out on these shows but it hasn’t happened yet. THUMBS UP

The Writer’s Room (8/1/16): MLW is launching yet another new show, this one featuring Bruce Pritchard, so we get something of a backdoor pilot here as he talks to Alex about working for the WWE. They mainly discuss booking (and disagreeing) with Vince, building the Undertaker character from scratch, and Bruce getting into trouble “healing” someone as Brother Love. I don’t know how this will be as a weekly thing, but the stories here were enjoyable. THUMBS UP

The Card is Going To Change #8 (8/1/16): John and Chandler discuss the recent Absolution show. The two tell tales of Steve Pain being in gimmick, Dutch Mantell selling books, Laredo Kid doing his grocery shopping, and making a trade with the Insane Clown Posse. More fun stories, and it’s always interesting to hear about what goes into a show that seems to run so smoothly. THUMBS UP

Steve Austin Show #347 (8/2/16): Steve just calls up Ricky Morton for a chat about wrestling. You get to hear Morton’s thoughts on working, bumping, pacing, selling, listening to the crowd, and more. The conversation does drift into “get off my lawn” territory, and if you’ve heard Morton on other podcasts nothing here will be terribly new. But there’s some really good insight here from one of the best workers of his era. THUMBS UP

MLW Radio #238 (8/2/16): Court and MSL talk about Raw and the build to Summerslam, having Randy Orton appear on Raw, Rusev’s wedding and the pictures that have leaked out, Joey Ryan and the DDT Iron Man title, Jeff Hardy and the possible return to the WWE, and WWE’s recent animation forays. This was the first show where the presence of Konnan is really felt – he would have been great talking about the wedding and WWE cartoons. THUMBS IN THE MIDDLE

The Ross Report #129 (8/2/16): Ring of Honor champion Jay Lethal is the guest this week. He and JR spend a good chunk of the interview running down the uocoming Ring of Honor PPV, but they get into his thoughts on Japan, TNA, and whether he’d ever go to the WWE. Also, it’s nice to hear a good impressionist on the show for a change. Pretty good overall but Lethal has had several better podcast appearances out there. [Lethal’s interview starts at 21:01] THUMBS IN THE MIDDLE

Talk is Jericho #270 (8/2/16): Jericho visits Broken Matt Hardy, presumably at his compound. To be clear, Matt is in full character for the entire interview with Jericho in on the joke. Lots of talk about The Final Deletion, Vanguard 1, Senor Benjamin, and all the other wackiness. Some laughs to be had, to be certain, and a WWE star putting over a TNA angle is certainly unique, but a little Broken Matt Hardy goes a long way, and even diehard fans will be fatigued by the end of this one. [Hardy’s interview starts at 4:24] THUMBS IN THE MIDDLE

Bischoff on Wrestling #2 (8/3/16): Eric and Nick spend a good deal of time going over the Cruisweight Classic and what improvements Bischoff thinks could be made. Then it is part 1 of an interview with Magnus, talking about growing up a fan and his early days in the business coming to the U.S. to train with Harley Race. For some reason they run out of time before they can answer questions, even though the whole show is only 45 minutes long. Anyway, what is here is enjoyable stuff. [Magnus’ interview starts at 23:18] THUMBS UP

Ric Flair Show #5 (8/3/16): Ric and Conrad talk to Ric’s old roommate Ken Patera. They talk about the two meeting, hard partying, the whole McDonald’s incident (a Kafkaesque nightmare if you take Ken’s version at face value), and an Andre the Giant drinking story. Patera’s a lot more jovial here talking to his old pal than he has been on many shoot interviews. Ric also clarifies his comments about Finn Balor last week. A monstrous show (nearly two hours) but well worth the listen. [Patera’s interview starts at 23:18] THUMBS UP

Art of Wrestling #312 (8/4/16): Terry Funk finally shows up on AOW. The Funker has had a career like no other, so the conversation bounces around a lot, talking about Funk’s ever evolving character, Dory Funk Sr., death matches, wrestling in Japan, the album he cut in Japan (much to Terry’s chagrin), and Dennis Stamp. Funk was sharp on this show and it’s a good listen. THUMBS UP

The Steve Austin Show – Unleashed! #348 (8/4/16): Weightlifter/actor/screaming man CT Fletcher makes an unwelcome return to the show. He and Steve talk about acting and his 10 Commandments of Muscle Growth. As usual, if you have sensitive ears you’ll want to skip this one. Actually, skip it period. THUMBS DOWN

Keepin’ it 100 #5 (8/4/16): Juventud Guerrera opens the show talking to Senor Benjamin, then Rey Mysterio is on to talk TV, movies, and wrestling psychology. Famous B is next to briefly talk all time point guards & rappers, then Kevin Kleinrock is next to talk Sexy Starr, and finally Shane Helms to break down RAW and more movies. All the above is packed into 50 minutes, and is at times too chaotic and the segments too short to add up to a great show. THUMBS IN THE MIDDLE

Talk is Jericho #271 (8/5/16): Singer/bassist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath) is here to talk about going into the Hall of Fame, auditioning for the band, the infamous gig at Cal Jam, getting punched and nearly losing the ability to sing, living with David Bowie, singing with the KLF, and getting sober. Looking back at the topics, this one wasn’t as interesting as it should have been, but there are enough good stories to keep it out of the tank. [Hughes’ interview starts at 4:50] THUMBS IN THE MIDDLE

MSL & Sullivan Show (8/5/16): MSL and Sullivan discuss the Mighty Maccabee and the problematic booking of Ambrose/Ziggler for Summerslam. Then it’s a review of the November 11th, 1996 Monday Nitro and a mailbag about camera shaking, the New Japan/Ring of Honor relationship, and why an NXT invasion of WWE wouldn’t work. Interesting stuff. THUMBS UP

Something to Wrestle With (8/5/16): Bruce Pritchard and Conrad Thompson launch the latest MLW endeavor. They start off with a rundown of Raw, with Bruce not being a huge fan of Sasha Banks, Finn Balor, or Sami Zayn. I begrudge no one their opinions, but the air of “oh the internet will hate this” is pretty lame. Thankfully it’s a short part of the show, as the bulk of it concerns Dusty Rhodes’ 1989-1991 run in the WWE. You get to hear about how he came to the company, the vignettes, Sapphire, why he left, and a few road stories. The Dusty stuff is great fun, and you learn a lot, like Vince McMahon actually invented the term “puppies.” THUMBS UP

Not enough podcasts for you? Here’s what the Voices of Wrestling team put out this week:

Shake Them Ropes #166 (8/3/16): Rob and Jeff are joined by Derek Montilla to talk the marriage of Rusev and Lana, BOLA, and current WWE. Rob brings back the NXT power rankings, and the pairs reviews WrestleMania 27’s Undertaker vs Triple H as part of the Top 100 Matches to See Before You Die. (Listen)

New Japan Purocast #51 (8/1/16): At the midway point of the G1, Colin and Damon discuss the MVPs of both blocks and thoughts on nights 5-9. (Listen)

BritWres Roundtable (8/3/16): Feel a draft? Robin, Oli, Arn, and guest Iain Seaton host the inaugural Euro Draft, creating four unique rosters in a monstrous show. (Listen)

Open the Voice Gate #8 (8/1/16): It’s the big Kobe World 2016 review, as John, Jules, Dylan, and Justin run down the entire card as well as preview the Summer Adventure Tag League. (Listen)