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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!
Nick Dinsmore has plenty to say about his popular run as Eugene at WWE! He has stories about traveling with William Regal, pinning Vince McMahon, acting as GM of RAW, and his Wrestlemania moment in Los Angeles. He explains what inspired the Eugene character, how he pitched it to Vince, and why Eugene’s run ended. Nick also recalls his early wrestling days at OVW with Danny Davis and Jim Cornette, and what it was like being there when John Cena, Bautista, Randy Orton and Brock Lesnar first got started. Plus, Nick was a coach at the Performance Center for a few years, and now runs his own Mid-West All Pro Wrestling school and promotion in Sioux Fall, South Dakota. 
It’s all about UFOs, alien sightings, and close encounters with “Mysteries Decoded” host and investigator, Ryan Sprague! Ryan’s sharing case studies from his book, “Somewhere in the Skies: A Human Approach to an Alien Phenomenon,” and he covers everything from a UFO occurrence at a local Ohio movie theater to astronauts’ tales about paranormal experiences in space to extraterrestrial contact on a rural farm in Tennessee! Ryan also talks Area 51, Project Blue Book, life on Venus, Navy fighter pilots’ UFO reports, recent media coverage of UFOs, and the government’s changing stance on acknowledging alien existence.
Diamond Dallas Page returns with his killer charisma, boundless energy, relentless spirit, and amazing stories about his final match at AEW, working with the Nightmare Family, developing a great friendship with Ric Flair post-wrestling, and his “guy, Dusty Rhodes.” DDP also talks about his new documentary “Relentless” (available now on Amazon Prime), which tells the inspiring, true story about DDP’s life-changing DDPYoga program.
“The Room” and “Troll 2” are the two best worst movies ever made, and their stars, Greg Sestero (“The Room”) and George Hardy (“Troll 2”), agree! The twosome along with “CYST” producer Travis Ayers share stories about the making of the films, how they each got involved, what things were like on the set, the shoestring budgets attached to each movie, and the surprise cult followings that developed in the 20+ years since both were released. George speaks to the documentary about “Troll 2” called “Best Worst Movie” that has since made him famous, and Greg talks about writing “The Disaster Artist” which chronicles the making of “The Room,” and then having James Franco and Seth Rogan turn Greg’s book into a feature film. Plus, Travis Ayers explains who he managed to get both Greg and George to star in his new movie, “Cyst!” And… The Winnipeggers return to take part in the Valentine’s Day Trivia Contest hosted by Steven Singer of Steven Singer Jewelers, and vie for a chance to win a coveted “Twinkle Twinkle” 24-karat, gold-dipped rose!
Tony Khan returns to talk everything AEW, and provide a candid look inside his creative process for “Dynamite,” and how he collaborates with everyone from CJ to Kenny Omega to Cody to the Young Bucks. TK explains how Comedy Central’s “South Park” and “The Late Show” inspired some of his creative decisions, why it was so important for him to agent the Darby Allin vs Will Hobbs Dark match himself, what it took to bring Sting to AEW, and why it was so important to get the Brodie Lee Tribute episode perfect! Tony speaks to signing new talent during the pandemic including Eddie Kingston, Ricky Starks, and Brian Cage, the adjustments he made to Matt Hardy and Brodie Lee’s pandemic debuts, and the steps he took to be able to welcome fans safely back to Daily’s Place. Plus, TK reveals the significance of the May 6th episode of “Dynamite,” and everything that resulted from that single episode of TV.
Will Hobbs is living his dream at AEW! He’s also living his brother’s dream, and explains why it was so important to make it in wrestling after his brother died taking a bullet for him. Will talks about being raised by his grandparents in the tough East Palo Alto neighborhood that wasn’t too far from the legendary Cow Palace, going to wrestling shows as a kid, dressing up as Sting, collecting action figures, and finally entering wrestling school. He recounts cold-calling Booker T to train at his school, his WWE tryout, and his journey to AEW. Will also talks about meeting Sting, learning from Taz, and the great feedback he got from Mr. Brodie Lee.
Bill Birnes has a PhD on serial killer psychology, and co-authored the book, “The Riverman,” which tells the story of serial killer Ted Bundy’s involvement in the apprehension of Green River Killer Gary Ridgway. He takes us inside the mind of some of the most notorious killers in history, including Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, and Black Dahlia killer George Hodel. He offers some insight into how their minds work, what motivates them, how they managed to evade law enforcement, and what ultimately brought many of them down. Bill also talks about some of the most infamous female serial killers, and explains why serial killings have been on decline in the last decade, and what’s replaced them.
Chris Kanyon was instrumental in Shane “Hurricane” Helms getting signed to WCW, and landing the part as David Arquette’s stunt double in the movie “Ready To Rumble.” He was a favorite of The Undertaker when he got to WWE, and could work anyone from Big Show to Rey Mysterio. Chris Kanyon also struggled with his sexuality as a gay wrestler in a time when the world (and the wrestling biz) wasn’t so accepting, and he battled bi-polar disorder which ultimately contributed to him taking his own life in 2010. Chris Kaynon’s close friends, Shane “Hurricane” Helms and Diamond Dallas Page, along with his childhood friend Rafael Morfi, join Jericho to pay tribute to their friend with stories from Kanyon’s days in WCW, WWE, and the final years of his life. 
India Oxenberg survived the notorious NXIVM slave cult, and is telling her story on TIJ, and in a brand-new documentary on Starz called, “Seduced: Inside The NXIVM Cult.” She explains how she was recruited to NXIVM, what made her so susceptible, how they used “collateral” and food to control members, and what ultimately made her leave. India talks about her relationship with founder Keith Raniere, her master, actress Allison Mack, how they convinced her to brand Keith’s initials on her hip, and what it’s been like to get her life back. She also speaks to attending Keith’s sentencing in New York, the importance of publicly sharing her story, and all her mother, actress Catherine Oxenberg, did (and is still doing) to help India and other cult members escape NXIVM and get their lives back.
Anna Jay is number 99 in the Dark Order, a number given to her by the late, great Brodie Lee. Anna talks about joining the Dark Order, the impact that Brodie had on her career, the lessons she learned from him, how she was able to keep a straight face during all those BTE vignettes, and the Dark Order’s future. Anna also talks wrestling school, her AEW Dynamite debut against Hikaru Shida, her Brodie Lee Tribute show tag match with Tay Conti, the hilarious John Silver, and who’s upped her in-ring game. Plus, Anna lists her favorite AEW matches to date, and what it meant to her to be part of the Nightmare Family beatdown that led to Brodie Lee’s TNT Championship victory.
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Podcast Details

Created by
Chris Jericho / Westwood One Podcast Network
Podcast Status
Active
Started
Dec 4th, 2013
Latest Episode
Apr 9th, 2021
Release Period
3 per week
Episodes
780
Avg. Episode Length
About 1 hour
Explicit
No
Order
Episodic
Language
English

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