Thursday, October 09, 2014
Best Pro Wrestling Podcasts
Podcasts make my hour-long commute somewhat less soul crushing. And while I haven't regularly watched wrestling in years, I really enjoy the burgeoning sub-genre of wrestling interview podcasts, many hosted by former or current wrestlers.
All provide a behind the scenes, insider perspective, and you learn a lot about how hard wrestlers work to make the shows realistic and entertaining. I've sampled many shows and would recommend:
The Steve Austin Show
"Stone Cold" Steve Austin is a surprisingly natural interviewer and host, and he seems to be friends with every former and current wrestler. Dig into the archives for his talks with Ric Flair, Scott Hall, Paul Heyman, and more. Note: he actually has two shows. The second "The Steve Austin Show - Unleashed" has the same format but with more profanity.
Talk is Jericho
Chris Jericho still pops up in WWE from time to time, and on his twice-weekly show, he interviews former wrestlers and pop-culture personalities. His recent interview with Triple H was particularly insightful.
The Ross Report
Jim "JR" Ross has worked in wrestling since the early-1970's as an announcer, most notably on RAW during the Attitude Era, and a backstage figure. My only critique is that he is considerably less caffeinated than during his live TV days, so some episodes drag, particularly his freeflowing pre-interview commentaries.
The Art of Wrestling with Colt Cabana
Hosted by longtime indie wrestler Colt Cabana, this was the first breakout wrestling podcast, and he's interviewed everyone from his close friend CM Punk to veterans like the Iron Sheik and Hillbilly Jim. Some of his guests are more obscure (and I'll admit to skipping those), but he's a good conversationalist.
WOOOOO! Nation with Ric Flair
This podcast is better than I expected, thanks to Ric's co-host who helps guide the conversation, making each episode more like a joint interview with Flair and his guests telling stories together. His admittedly-inebriated episode with Kevin Sullivan stands out in my mind for its ribald stories.
Other Podcasts of Note:
A mix of wrestling opinion and interview podcasts from Jim Cornette, Konnan, and other veterans.
WrestleCast - WWE and TNA wrestling interviews
No longer updated, but this UK-based show got some of the biggest stars, from Mick Foley to Ric Flair, to speak out of character and tell great stories. The archives are still available on iTunes.
Pro Wrestling Torch Podcast
The best insider newsletter also has a robust website and regularly-updated podcast featuring commentary and guest interviews with stars like Goldust and Scott Hall.
Booker T and Tazz also launched podcasts in recent months, also through Play.it.
BTW, if you need a podcast app, it's hard to beat Overcast. The voice boost, smart speed, and 30-second skip features really improve the listening experience.