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Tool guitarist Adam Jones makes his podcast debut right here on TIJ! It’s a first for Adam, a first for TIJ, and it’s loaded down with amazing stories about the early days of Tool, the new studio album “Fear Inoculum” (the band’s first in 13 years), Adam’s guitar playing style and approach, Green Jello, roller derby, horror movies, special effects in film, and wrestling! Adam also talks about the first time he met Maynard James Keenan, how they convinced drummer Danny Carey to join Tool, and Adam’s childhood friendship with Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine (shout out to Mrs. Morello if she's listening).
The world lost the great Jon Huber (aka AEW’s Mr. Brodie Lee and WWE’s Luke Harper) unexpectedly on December 26th, and so today, many members of his AEW family come together to celebrate his life!  Chris Harrington, Brodie’s childhood friend from Rochester, NY, and current AEW Vice President of Business Strategy recalls their backyard wrestling shows. Brandi Rhodes remembers the first time she and Cody met Jon on the indie scene or “shindies” as Brodie called them. Marko Stunt shares the story about the picture he posted of himself and Brodie on Instagram. Evil Uno and Stu Grayson talk about Brodie coming to AEW to lead their group The Dark Order, and not being able to be part of it for the 1st three months because they were stuck in Canada unable to travel due to the pandemic. Excalibur and referee Bryce Remsburg recall their time with Brodie on the indies. Arn Anderson explains why he refuses to call Jon “Luke Harper,” and what it was like for him during his final days at WWE, and why he never enjoyed the singles success he should have at that company. John Silver and Alex Reynolds from the Dark Order have stories about the Dark Order’s hilarious BTE skits and trying to make Brodie break character and laugh! The Young Bucks share their bond with Brodie over family, kids, and twitter DMs! Christopher Daniels has thoughts on Brodie’s development as a wrestler, and the amazing match the two of them had on Dynamite. And FTR, who knew Brodie from their WWE days, reveal their plan for the “Radicalz,” their group text thread, and what they already miss most about their friend.
Brodie Lee was the super-secret surprise in the big double swerve on AEW Dynamite last week, and he’s telling the story from start to finish! Discover how he managed to keep his move a secret, why he was so nervous about his debut, and when this whole plan really came together! He’s also speaking candidly about leaving WWE, how he felt about the Bludgeon Brothers tag team with Erick Rowan, what his final months were really like with the company, his relationship with Vince McMahon, and why money isn’t always the most important thing.
Wendy Dio, wife and manager of the late, great, legendary, Ronnie James Dio, is sharing stories from her life with Ronnie! She’s talking about how they met, why he left Black Sabbath to start his own band, what inspired the swords and dragon imagery of Dio’s early days, and about his stomach cancer diagnosis. She also explains why she was shocked by his passing, and how she’s keeping his memory and legacy alive through is music and philanthropy (the 5th Annual Bowl For Ronnie is tomorrow night, November 7th)!! Plus, Wendy’s taking us behind-the-scenes of last summer’s DIO hologram tour, and what it took to make that happen.
He's the new GM of Monday Night RAW, and he's on TIJ! Kurt Angle is telling it straight when it comes to his shoot fight with Eddie Guerrero one night in the WWE lockerroom, his shoot match with Brock Lesnar in Fargo, ND, and what he was really spraying outta that infamous milk truck in his feud with Stone Cold Steve Austin. Kurt's also got the story behind his original WWE departure, his subsequent return, and his induction into the Hall of Fame. Plus, hear his take on Dana White, the UFC, and why you've never seen him compete in the octagon.
Three guys from Winnipeg are revolutionizing the wrestling industry, and making history in the process! Kenny Omega, Don Callis, and CJ discuss their recent impact (pun intended) on the biz, the origins of this master plan, the painstaking way in which Kenny’s current AEW World Championship has been brought to fruition, and what Kenny’s Uncle, the “Golden Sheik” had to do with any of it! Kenny and Don also talk “next level consciousness,” the big Bullet Club reunion coming in January, the Good Brothers Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, the future of AEW, and the Tokyo Dome. 
Darby Allin started in the world of skateboarding and explains how that led him to pro-wrestling! He talks about his craziest skating stunts (like jumping on two broken ankles) and his craziest in-ring moves on the indie scene.  He went to film school (which explains all his cool AEW intro videos), lived in the apartment above Jimmy Kimmel’s black-sheep cousin, and also lived in his car for 18 months. He mastered the art of George Forman grilling in bathrooms, and somehow managed to find time and place to write a screenplay that he’s planning to turn into a movie this Spring! He shares favorite matches, favorite punk bands, and reveals why he chooses to live the straight edge lifestyle.
Jared James Nichols grew up just miles from where blues guitar legend Stevie Ray Vaughan played his final show, and ultimately died in a tragic helicopter crash! So maybe that’s where some of Jared’s love of blues and guitar comes from. But it’s definitely not where he got his left-handed, pick-less playing style! Jared talks about his musical start, the role his mom played in his career, how a chance run-in with Lynyrd Skynyrd gave him his first big break, and why taking a risk on a European Tour changed everything for Jared and his power trio band.
Riki Rachtman co-founded the infamous Cathouse in Hollywood with his friend Taime Downe from the band Faster Pussycat. Guns N Roses was the house band, Alice Cooper asked to play there on Halloween, Motley Crue were club fixtures, and a drunk David Bowie nearly got beat up one night by Axl Rose. The Cathouse was THE place to be in Hollywood in the late 80s and early 90s, and people lined up around the block hoping to get in! Riki shares some of those legendary stories about the club, how and why he started it, and how that success turned into a hosting gig for MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball. Riki also tells tales about visiting a water park with Alice In Chains, Nirvana’s uncomfortably weird appearance on the Ball, and why Riki had to publicly apologize to Stone Temple Pilots! Plus, Riki just brought The Ball back, and you can see its 4-episode limited run starting this Saturday night (April 17th) at 9pm Eastern on the FREE Gimme Metal app!
Steve Austin and Chris Jericho kicked the Forbidden Door open on the Broken Skull Sessions, and continue the conversation here with a detailed look at Stone Cold’s career! They breakdown a bunch of his memorable matches including some with Ricky Steamboat, Ravishing Rick Rude, Barry Windham, and Chris Benoit. Steve speaks extensively about his former tag team partner Brian Pillman and their run as the Hollywood Blonds, and his feud with Mr. McMahon and what Vince was really like in the ring. He also recalls Wrestlemania 13 and the double turn with Bret Hart, and his three Wrestlemania main event matches with The Rock. 
Authors Tom Beaujour & Rich Bienstock captured the rise and fall of one of the most storied eras in rock & roll history in their new book, “Nothin’ But A Good Time: The Uncensored History of the ‘80s Hard Rock Explosion.” They document the exploding hard metal scene on the Sunset Strip in the 80s, stuff of legend, epitomized by the image, reputation, and music of the notorious bad boys of metal, Motley Crue. They explore flyer’ing culture, pay-to-play, competition and camaraderie, the birth of grunge, and the abrupt end to a style of music that was all but cancelled by the early 90s. Tom & Rich share stories from their interviews with Ozzy Osbourne, Poison, Warrant, Dokken, Trixter, Motley Crue, Bon Jovi, Twisted Sister, Skid Row, Winger, Faster Pussycat, producer Howard Benson, famous music manager Cliff Burnstein, and scores of roadies, label execs, sound engineers, and security guards. You’ll hear about the practical joke that Dokken played on producer Tom Werman, Slash’s failed audition for Poison, Sebastian Bach’s first night with Skid Row, and the wild plane ride to Russia for the Make A Difference Foundation benefit concert.
The Butcher (aka Andy Williams) & The Blade (aka Pepper Parks) both hail from Buffalo, New York, and met through Andy’s bandmates in Every Time I Die. The two talk about the origins of their tag team, how they found themselves in AEW, and what it was like to have job security through the pandemic (thanks to Tony Khan)! Blade recounts his time at Impact wrestling as Braxton Sutter, his 20-years on the indie scene, backyard wrestling, and what it meant to sign with AEW. Andy explains what prompted him to start wrestling late in life, how a bad match with Jon Moxley on AEW Dark led to a complete lifestyle change for him, the advice he got from Tully Blanchard, and why he considers The Butcher & The Blade to be the workhorse tag team of AEW. They also tell the story of their gimmick, including the meaning of the monocle and mask, and who came up with the idea to make their AEW debut from under the ring. Plus, Andy shares an update on the new Every Time I Die album, and the band’s tour plans for the coming year. 
Christian Cage is All Elite! And what a surprise it proved to be, not just for fans, but for Christian himself. The newest AEW superstar talks about his AEW debut at the Revolution PPV, and what both Jon Moxley and Tony Khan said to convince him to sign. He details his journey back to the ring including the extensive medical tests and the strict fitness and nutrition regimen he started long before AEW was even an idea. He shares the story of his surprise appearance at this year’s Royal Rumble, his moment in the ring with former tag partner, Edge, and why that didn’t lead to a longer term deal with WWE. He also talks about his first true match back after being away from wrestling for 7 years, and why Frankie Kazarian was the perfect opponent. He explains why “Out Work Everyone” is more than just a clever catchphrase, and what he hopes to accomplish in the final chapter of his in-ring career. Plus, Christian and Jericho remember some of their many collaborations and matches at WWE, including Wrestlemania 20.
What does it feel like to get bit by a reticulated python or stung by a giant Asian centipede? Adam Thorn and Rob Alleva of History Channel’s “Kings Of Pain” know exactly how that feels, along with stings from a bark scorpion, a warrior wasp, a tarantula hawk, and harvester ants! They’ve also been bitten by a lion fish, and a piranha, and survived the secretion of a rove beetle. And they’re sharing all the creepy, gross details of why they traveled the world from Bolivia to Bali to Mexico just to torture themselves! They detail the comprehensive pain index that scored each of the dangerous interactions, the late reactions and hospital trips that were involved on a couple of occasions, how they prepared themselves for each encounter, why going last wasn’t always best, and the stuff that didn’t make the episodes… like being chased by hippos on the Nile! They also answer the oh-so-important questions – will there be a second season, and if so, what crazy creatures are they hoping to survive?!
The Classic Album Clash returns and this time the debate centers on The Police! Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante, music industry vet Paul Gargano, and Rybo from The Winnipeggers join to discuss “Outlandos d’Amour,” the debut album from The Police, versus the band’s last studio album together, “Synchronicity.” They examine cover art, songwriting, production, and set lists, and of course do the expected track-by-track breakdown, ultimately voting on which album is best. There’s plenty of trivia and stories along the way, including anecdotes about the fist-fights and acrimonious sessions that plagued The Police, backstage details from the 2007-2008 reunion tour, why there were 36 different covers for the “Synchronicity” album, and the MTV videos played ad nauseum in the 80s. There’s also discussion about The Beatles influence on The Police, The Police’s influence on Rush, Sting’s pretentious song lyrics, and the very underrated guitar playing of one Andy Summers.
Dean Malenko returns to talk about his decision to leave WWE after spending 19 years behind-the-scenes as a producer/agent, and explain why coming to AEW was such an easy decision to make. He speaks to the younger talent he thinks will be big superstars in the coming years, and who he’s really enjoyed working with so far at AEW (Darby Allin & Ricky Starks). He’s talking about Rey Mysterio because it was basically Dean who put Rey on the map in the United States, and AEW’s Rey Fenix whom he calls “a modern day Mysterio.” Dean’s also telling stories about Vince McMahon, Eddie Guerrero, and his time in Japan working with the British Bulldogs, Stan Hansen, and Bruiser Brody. But the primary reason for Dean Malenko’s return visit is to discuss something else happening in his life, something he’s actually been dealing with for the last 6-plus years, and that’s Parkinsons disease! Dean recalls his diagnosis, explains what Parkinson’s is and what it’s been like to live with the disorder, and why he’s decided to talk about it publicly now. 
Serial killer Rob Chaulk was a classmate of Chris Jericho’s and used to play gin rummy with Chris and some other guys after school! One day Rob didn’t show up for the card game, and when the reason for their absence was revealed a couple days later, it was unbelievable! Rob and another classmate, Darren Morrissette, had broken into a home and killed a man… and didn’t serve a day in jail for their crime! Winnipeg journalist Dave Baxter, who covered the story, shares the crazy details that led to no jail time for the two then 15-year-old boys, what happened to Rob in the years following that made him a serial killer, and how another infamous Canadian murderer, Vince Lee, is tied to Rob Chaulk. 
It’s “No More BS” with the latest AEW superstar signee, Paul Wight! Paul reveals what prompted him to leave WWE after 23 years, how his last conversation went with Vince McMahon, and why it was so easy to sign with AEW! Paul talks about his string of matches with Braun Strowman, the failed WWE storyline he pitched with Justin Bieber and John Cena, WWE’s reaction to Paul’s proposed Big Show Burger idea, and why his Netflix comedy, “The Big Show Show,” didn’t get a season 2 pickup. Paul also reveals the AEW wrestlers he most excited to work with, what he thinks about the AEW locker room, and his initial reaction to Tony Khan’s request that he do commentary!
Tony Schiavone and Dave Meltzer from the Wrestling Observer Newsletter return to pay tribute to legendary wrestling promoter, Jim Crockett Jr, who passed away March 3rd. They tell the story of the rise of Crockett Promotions, how and when Jimmy took over the business after his father died, the arrival of Dusty Rhodes as booker, Ric Flair’s incredible popularity, why Crockett’s expansion with the purchase of the UWF from Bill Watts was really the beginning of the end, and the fight against the WWF. There are tales about the exorbitant private plane trips, the Starcade Sabotage by Vince McMahon, the battle for TV airtime, and the Dark Ages of Wrestling. Plus, Tony Schiavone shares personal stories about working for the Crocketts, and recounts his final conversation with Jimmy just days before he died. 
What’s the connection between KISS, Aerosmith, Cheap Trick, and Starz, and how were they able to make such an impact on rock and roll? Former Editor-In-Chief of Spin magazing, Doug Brod, shares what he discovered in writing his new book, “They Just Seem A Little Weird: How KISS, Cheap Trick, Aerosmith and Starz Remade Rock and Roll.” He’s sharing all of the crazy ways these four bands crossed paths, intersected with each other, and in some cases laid the foundation for bands that followed. He’s got stories about some of their feuds (within the bands themselves and amongst each other), who’s friends with who to this day, and who’s not, and why he included the little-known band, Starz, in this legendary grouping. He explains who Starz is, why KISS weren’t especially thrilled with them, and why they never really made it big. Plus, Doug and Chris dissect stage shows, performances, song writing, and the real rivalry that existed between them. And you’ll hear why it was The Ramones and not Cheap Trick who became the object of Riff Randle’s obsession in “Rock & Roll High School!”
The soon-to-be newly-crowned AEW World Tag Team Champions, Chris Jericho & MJF, reveal their game plan for taking down the current champs, the Young Bucks, at #AEWRevolution on Sunday. They also congratulate each other on the award-winning Dinner Debonair, air their grievances against Jon Moxley, recount the big betrayal by (and subsequent beatdown of) Papa Buck, discuss MJF joining the Inner Circle, and how they feel about former teammate “He Who Shall Not Be Named” but who’s name rhymes with Gammy Suevara. And, if you listen closely, you might also hear a possible MJF breakdown, Jungle Boy get buried, the hottest new place to visit in Jacksonville, a couple of shots at Orange Cassidy, some wardrobe tips for Ricky Starks, a word of advice to Sting, the reason why Wardlow’s pay keeps getting docked, and a prediction about the next G.O.A.T. in professional wrestling (hint: his initials are M.J.F.).
Kuarantine is bassist PJ Farley of Trixter fame, Klassik ‘78’s Joe McGinness on guitar, Luke Bryan drummer Kent Slucher, and singer Chris Jericho! They only do 80’s-era KISS with no makeup and with special guest guitarist Bruce Kulick who originally played on the songs! Discover how this band came together, how they chose the songs to cover (“No No No,” “Heart Of Chrome,” and “Love’s A Deadly Weapon”), how they got Bruce Kulick to join them for the “Heart Of Chrome” video, and all the KISS Easter Eggs in the new “Love’s A Deadly Weapon” video. You’ll also hear about the first time they all met in-person, the behind-the-scenes stories about the flaming hoop and ball of fire, and when you might be able to rock with Kuarantine live!
He’s got a Golden Globe nomination, a Grammy nomination, three platinum albums, and over 75 movies and TV show credits to his name, and people still call him “Rocky’s brother!” And now Frank Stallone’s telling his own life story in the new documentary, “Stallone: Frank, That Is,” available now on video-on-demand and wherever you stream content!  Frank talks about making the doc, having his famous friends like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Duff McKagan, Richie Sambora, and actor Billy Zane participate, and what it was like hearing his brother Sly’s take on his career. Plus, Frank shares stories about getting the part in “Rocky,” landing songs on the “Staying Alive” soundtrack, boxing Geraldo Rivera, competing on Hulk Hogan’s “Celebrity Wrestling Championship” reality series, co-starring in a movie with Academy Award-winning actor Martin Landau, and starting a band with John Oates of Hall & Oates fame. 
Jeremy Padawer, longtime wrestling fan and partner in Jazwares, is the man behind the toy company producing the AEW action figure line! Jeremy explains how the partnership came together, what we can expect from AEW Unrivaled Series 4, 5, and future lines, and why he’s doing a second printing of Series 1. He describes how the figures are made today, and how much the process differs from when he was working with WWE on their action figure lines. He also talks collectible cards, most coveted and valuable items (including a 1993 Topps Mexico Corazon de Leon card, and a 1982 Andre The Giant Wrestling All Stars card), and a why a certain Ric Flair action figure is his favorite. He also addresses the slow shipping during the pandemic, where else the AEW toy line will be available this Spring, and which AEW talent he’s looking forward to making figures for next.
Jay Wasley from “Ghost Adventures” on DiscoveryPlus shares all kinds of creepy stories from their investigation into the infamous, haunted Cecil Hotel in downtown Los Angeles! The Cecil is the subject of a new documentary on Netflix, “Crime Scene: Vanishing At The Cecil Hotel,” which explores the weird circumstances around Elisa Lam’s disappearance and death. Was it murder, suicide, or something more sinister and otherworldly? Well Jay, Zak Bagans and “Ghost Adventures” did their own 10-day investigation, and have their own theories about what might have happened to Elisa Lam!  They also investigated other gruesome murders, suicides, and strange occurrences at the Cecil, including the room where serial killer Richard Ramirez lived while terrorizing Southern California in the late-80s. Wait till you hear what they experienced in that room! Jay also talks about what happened when he spent some time by himself in the Cecil’s basement! It’ll make your skin crawl! Plus, Jay recounts his frightening encounter at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas!
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Podcast Details

Created by
Chris Jericho / Westwood One Podcast Network
Podcast Status
Active
Started
Dec 4th, 2013
Latest Episode
Apr 16th, 2021
Release Period
3 per week
Episodes
782
Avg. Episode Length
About 1 hour
Explicit
No
Order
Episodic
Language
English

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