No Tiki Bar or Eastern Lariat this week. The podcast week in review, brought to you by Zip Recruiter.

They Said It…

  • “Any chick that I’m with, I’m the celebrity. Who are they?” – Ric Flair on the Halle Berry fallout
  • “Dennis, that was the worst thing I’ve ever seen in wrestling, but I’ve only been watching wrestling for 28 years.” – Jim Cornette’s response to Dennis Corraluzo after witnessing a Coraluzzo vs. Tommy Fiero boxing match
  • “P.U., limburger cheese, and old Fritos, old man smell. Ugh…Whoever gave him wrestling classes he should demand a refund.” – Konnan on Mahabali Shera

The Usual Suspects

VIP Lounge (10/2/16): No guest this week, as MVP and Alex just kills some time for an hour. They talk about some talent MVP is working against, movies (MVP liked Magnificent Seven, Alex didn’t like Blair Witch), and politics. Really nothing to see here. I swear half of these shows are the hosts talking about cool matches MVP should have. THUMBS DOWN

Conversation with the Big Guy #5 (10/2/16): This whole show is about supplements (the big guy is starting a supplement business, fyi). Aspartame is bad for you if you haven’t heard. Pass. THUMBS DOWN

The Card is Going To Change #18 (10/3/16): Teddy Hart is central to this episode, which is almost enough to earn it a thumbs up right there. Teddy does not disappoint, as he shows up with random title belts, delays the show to practice a match, and maybe fakes an injury and apparently kidnapped Louis Lyndon for 7 months. There are also bits about Triton wandering the airport and Jimmy Yang’s random return to wrestling for the icing on the cake. THUMBS UP & BEST OF THE WEEK

The Steve Austin Show #365 (10/4/16): Steve was taking questions for the show, got one from a guy who hosts a podcast and then invited him on. So that’s how Tim Kail of Work of Wrestling got to be on Stone Cold’s podcast. They talk about wrestling for an hour, and it’s OK, but no one says anything terribly revelatory or interesting, and there’s no disagreement with Kail serving as an echo chamber for Austin. Can you imagine if he’d had Joe Lanza on instead? THUMBS IN THE MIDDLE

The Ross Report #138 (10/4/16): JR talks to Road Warrior Animal about his extensive career. Half of the interview is Animal stumping for another training job for the WWE, which is lame. Things pick up when talking about his time in the ring, scaffold matches, dealing with Hawk, Road Warrior imitations, and more. Ross, curiously, wants to play newsmaker as he pulls the old “reliable sources say” Brock & Goldberg is happening (maybe at Survivor Series) and WWE will be buying TNA’s tape library. [Animal’s interview starts at 19:09] THUMBS IN THE MIDDLE

MLW Radio #247 (10/5/16): Court makes it two shows in a row as he and MSL run down the week’s news, including Raw and No Mercy, TNA lives for another day, and the status of Tyson Kidd. But the big news is a detailed account of the incident that kept Alberto Del Rio’s from Heroes Imortales (which apparently has been contradicted elsewhere). But gloating over Ric Flair going viral because he says he slept with Halle Berry (which she denies) is not a good look. THUMBS IN THE MIDDLE

Talk is Jericho #288 (10/5/16): Jimi Hendrix’s brother Leon is in the house to remember the late rock legend (Jimi’s nephew and Leon’s business partner are there too, so it’s quite a party). You get to hear about them growing up, how Jimi fell in love with music, the controversy surrounding his death, and a lot on the ugly battle over his estate. I actually ended up liking this one, as there are a lot of interesting stories. But if you have no idea who Jimi Hendrix is you probably won’t get a lot out of it. [Hendrix’s interview starts at 4:33] THUMBS UP

Bischoff on Wrestling #11 (10/6/16): Ryan Satin is the guest for this week. It’s the usual “Let’s make wrestling journalism great again” bit he does on every other podcast appearance, plus thoughts on the Jaime Noble and Albert Del Rio incidents. Eric and Nick also talk about Eric’s recent appearance with Mick Foley. Pretty boring overall. [Satin’s interview starts at 17:50] THUMBS DOWN

Ric Flair Show #14 (10/5/16): Ric and Conrad welcome Michael Bisping to the show. That segment of the show is so short and the audio so bad I wonder why they bothered, but Bisping does call out Brock Lesnar for steroid use, so I guess I answered my own question. Flair’s “How to be the Man” segment is just about hanging out with the Atlanta Falcons, which is likely beyond the grasp of the average listener.  [Bisping’s interview starts at 18:42] THUMBS IN THE MIDDLE

Art of Wrestling #321 (10/6/16): Scott D’Amore is the guest this week. D’Amore has been around the block, from doing jobs in WCW to working backstage at TNA to doing quasi shoots in Japan to running his own group. Lots of good stories about working a wrestling match before his prom to becoming the mouthpiece for Team Canada to getting the Rock to work an indy show. D’Amore rubs some people the wrong way but this is a very enjoyable show. THUMBS UP

The Steve Austin Show – Unleashed! #366 (10/6/16): Q&A time this week. You get to hear about why his ranch is called the Broken Skull Ranch, his metal CD, booze, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and who Austin will vote for President. Some OK stuff, but a lot of uninteresting questions too (not terribly interested in Steve’s high school football days myself). THUMBS IN THE MIDDLE

Jim Cornette Experience #149 (10/5/16): Part 2 with Bruce Prichard. This one starts off chummy enough with a story about going to the Ultimate Warrior’s wrestling school, but then Jim and Brian get into Bruce’s recent comments on Jerry Jarrett and the wrestling media. It gets pretty energetic but never antagonistic. Jim and Brian challenge Bruce more than Conrad ever has on his show. Very entertaining back and forth. [Prichard’s interview starts at 25:35] THUMBS UP

Keepin’ it 100 #14 (10/6/16): A supersized two hour episode in honor of Hispanic Heritage Months sees the following: Vader telling stories about wrestling in Japan, Mexico, and WCW, Famous B drops a verse, the Lucha Minute with Kevin Kleinrock, Konnan & Disco talk being a heel, more Juggalo raps, Jeff Hardy on his influences (including a lot on Brian Pillman), Disco and Konnan discuss the current wrestling & football, Shane Helms comes in to talk TNA, Juventud Guerrera sings a metal song, and a final segment on promoter Henry Hubbard. Some good and some less good, but the extended format doesn’t fit the show. THUMBS IN THE MIDDLE

Talk is Jericho #289 (10/7/16): Jericho is joined by 3/4ths of the Four Horsewomen (of MMA, not NXT). We have Marina Shafir, Shanya Basler, and Jessamyn Duke (no Ronda Roussey, duh) talking the rise of women’s MMA, how the Horsewomen gimmick started, their pro wrestling fandom (especially PWG), favorite fights, and more. Although I lost track of who was talking at times,   [The Horsewomen’s interview starts at 3:53] THUMBS UP

MSL & Sullivan Show (10/7/16): We get the standard stuff to start: some discussion on wrestling outgrowing buildings (tied into David Ortiz’s last regular season game at Fenway Park) and the pittance the WCW library went for, then a quick dip into the mailbag. Then we get out first ever guest: Larry Zbyszko! The Living Legend talks about his time commentating and his feuds with Eric Bischoff and Scott Hall. It’s a nice shakeup for a usually rigidly structured podcast.  [The Zbyszko interview starts at 40:36] THUMBS UP

Something to Wrestle With #10 (10/7/16): The basic idea of the show is the WWF’s relationship with ECW from 1996-1997, but it’s really the intertwined history of the two companies. You get to hear about names like Furnas & Lafon, PG-13, Mick Foley, Public Enemy, the Dudleys, Steve Austin, and a lot more. Lots of interesting stories and it’s an engaging listen, despite Bruce’s lame bingo trolling. They do need to space the commercials out better, though, as there’s a comical cluster of them in the first half hour or so of the show.  THUMBS UP

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

New Japan Purocast (10/3/16): Collin and Damon preview New Japan’s upcoming big King of Pro Wrestling show.

Open the Voice Gate #9 (10/4/15): The gang reviews the Summer Adventure Tag League, the Dangerous Gate PPV, and the 9/29 Kourakuen show, and say goodbye to both Akira Tozawa and co-host Dylan

Shake Them Ropes #175 (10/5/16): Rob and Jeff preview No Mercy, talk Charlotte and Sasha headlining Raw, and review Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart from WrestleMania X.

Lucha of the Hidden Temple (10/5/16): Chris and Miles review the 9/28/16 episode of Lucha Underground

K&P #28 (10/5/16): Jon and Rich talk the 2016 baseball playoffs, Odell Beckham Jr.’s temper, and PEDs

Voices of Wrestling (10/7/16): The flagship show sees Joe and Rich review TNA’s Bound for Glory, Ring of Honor’s All Star Extravaganza, and preview No Mercy and King of Pro Wrestling