He’s a multiple world champion pro wrestler, lead singer of Fozzy, and a New York Times best-selling author. Listen in as Chris Jericho interviews some of the biggest names in wrestling, entertainment, comedy, and the paranormal. Don’t miss his unique, engaging, weekly take on all things pop culture.
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Jack Slade returns to breakdown the “Money In The Bank” card with Chris, and predict who’s going to walk away with Championship Titles (NOT belts) come Sunday night! They rundown possible scenarios for Samoa Joe vs Rey Mysterio, Kofi Kingston vs Kevin Owens, Seth Rollins vs AJ Styles, Becky Lynch vs Charlotte and Becky Lynch vs Lacey Evans, and the women’s and men’s ladder matches. They also do their best Oasis, Lars Ulrich, Chris Slade, Iron Maiden, and ZZ Top impressions, book a Rusty Cage Match, and decide who could beat Who drummer Keith Moon in a rock and roll four way. Plus, Jack has all the deets on where to get posh snacks when visiting England.
Joe Bob Briggs of “The Last Drive-In” show (on the new Shudder app) streams all the best horror, syfy, grindhouse, kung fu, trucker, and action B-movies! He’s got stories for days, reviews to die for, favorite slasher films, and his own unique rating system! Even the Hells Angels have given Joe Bob a film award (and a near beat down in the process)! Joe Bob talks actors (like Jackie Chan, Don “The Dragon” Wilson, Chuck Norris, and Jean Claude Van Damme), plots (“The Howling 7” anybody?), movie studios and directors (including Roger Corman and Joe D’Amato). He also chronicles the history of Shannon Tweed horror films, the transition of comedy horror, and why most b-movie remakes don’t work for him.
Guitarist Daron Malakian of System Of A Down and Scars on Broadway fame brings the rock to TIJ with road tales about Ozzfest, Slayer, and the Sunset Strip. He talks songwriting (including the intro to “B.Y.O.B.”), working with producer Rick Rubin, musical influences, why it took 10 years to release a second Scars On Broadway album, and how comes System still performs live but doesn’t record. Daron also shares his loves of the Edmonton Oilers, the Los Angeles Kings, WWE and New Japan Pro Wrestling, and explains why George The Animal Steele is his favorite wrestler of all time.
On March 23, 2001, Vince McMahon bought WCW for the bargain-basement price of about $2 million. How was he able to swoop in and buy up what had been his biggest rival, and a company that had nearly put the McMahons out of business? It’s an incredible story that involves Ted Turner, Eric Bischoff, USA Network, the XFL, Spike TV, and even Paul Heyman and ECW. Dave Meltzer from the Wrestling Observer Newsletter returns to help tell the story of that time that Vince bought WCW.
Jungle Boy Jack Perry is one of the latest editions to the AEW roster, and is grateful that he got to share the exciting news with his dad, actor Luke Perry (of “90210” and “Riverdale” fame), before Luke’s unexpected passing. Jack talks about his relationship with his father, dealing with the sudden loss, and how it was Luke who got Jack into wrestling in the first place. Jack also shares stories about his own backyard wrestling experiences, getting started in the professional ring as an 11-year old, meeting Cody Rhodes, his love of Rey Mysterio, and what UFC Champ Conor McGregor has to do with the Jungle Boy gimmick.
Before there was Fozzy, there was Method 54, Lethal Promise, Sleeze Patrol, Fatal Axe-dent, Disciples Of The Watch, and Scimitar. CJ, guitarists Rich Ward and Billy Grey, and drummer Frank Fontsere head back to highschool to share stories about their first bands, first live gigs, and first attempts at songwriting. You’ll hear how they learned their instruments, the first cover songs they attempted to play, the famous musicians and bands they emulated, and the path that eventually brought them all together!
Tessa Blanchard is a third generation wrestler making a name for herself at Impact! Wrestling and AXS TV’s “WOW – Women of Wrestling,” and she’s doing it through hard work, training, and commitment! She’s the daughter of WWE Hall of Famer Tully Blanchard, the stepdaughter of the great Magnum TA, and granddaughter of wrestling promoter Joe Blanchard, but her lineage has actually made it more difficult for her to achieve her dreams. She discusses the name game, and overcoming the adversity it’s created. She also speaks to being one of the first women to wrestle in China, why she loves inter-gender matches, her first WWE tryout, and how she landed the stunt double role in the biopic about Paige’s life, “Fighting With My Family.”
Patrick, Mike and Bridget from The Alternate Route podcast bring their paranormal experiences and stories to TIJ! Mike recounts his personal UFO experiences, his ghost hauntings, and what he knows about the military’s Project Bluebook (the program focused on documenting UFO sightings and alien encounters). Patrick and Bridget speak to the giant spiritual boulder that reportedly has healing powers, the unexplained “Eleven Eleven” phenomenon, forbidden archaeology, psychic medium Amy Allan from TV’s “The Dead Files,” and Andrea Perron of “The Conjuring” fame.
Mr. Big founding bassist Billy Sheehan and singer Eric Martin bring the rock & roll to TIJ! Billy talks about starting Mr. Big right after leaving the David Lee Roth “Eat ‘Em And Smile” solo band, and he and Eric tell the story of their surprise hit single, “To Be With You,” the role that MTV played in their success, and what it was like touring with Rush and Bryan Adams in the 90s. They talk big in Japan, losing drummer Pat Torpey last year, and whether Mr. Big will ever tour again. Plus, Billy has tons of ridiculously hilarious stories from this days with David Lee Roth including skunk beer garage sessions, Canadian “peelers,” and the historic reunion gig that never was. Billy also tells the true story about how he nearly joined Van Halen himself!
Stevie Ray is a WWE Hall of Famer, and he’s talking about what it was like to be inducted earlier this month alongside his brother, Booker T, as one half of the Harlem Heat tag team! Stevie’s telling stories from their early days at Global, making the move to WCW, working with everyone from the Steiners to the Nasty Boys to Nash & Hall to Sting & Macho Man and Eddie Guerrero too! Stevie Ray explains why he didn’t go to WWE after Vince McMahon bought WCW, and what he thinks caused WCW’s demise. He’s got a great story about Chavo Sr, and the one time that Ted Turner and Jane Fonda showed up at Center Stage in Atlanta.
Juice Robinson makes his TIJ debut, and he’s telling it straight when it comes to why he left WWE/NXT! He’s also telling it straight about New Japan, what it was like living in the dojo, wrestling Kenny Omega, and what went wrong in the match where he busted Kevin Owens’ nose! Juice is talking sweet home Chicago, working with Great Khali, what he did to piss off William Regal, and why he’d rather do carnival camps in England than go back to WWE.
Danny Boy O’Connor from House of Pain returns to TIJ to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of one of his and Chris Jericho’s favorite movies, the cult classic, “The Warriors!” Danny Boy also has actor Apache Ramos with him, who was one of the Orphans gang members in the film! Apache shares some great behind-the-scenes stories about what it was like to film all around New York City (except the Bronx), blow up cars, and improv lines. Discover what inspired all the gang costumes and gimmicks (Baseball Furies, anyone?), why the Orphans only got t-shirts, and why the movie was protested and banned when it was originally released in theaters in 1979.
Bully Ray returns to drop some 411 on the Ring of Honor/New Japan G1 Supercard event taking place tomorrow (Saturday 4/6) at New York’s Madison Square Garden. How the heck did that happen (in the house that the McMahons built)? Bully’s got that story, along with the reason why he signed with ROH, what his last days were like at Impact, and why things didn’t work out for him and D-Von at WWE. He’s also speaking to the evolution of the Bully Ray character, and giving a full behind-the-scenes, deep-dive look at the Dudley Boyz induction into the WWE Hall of Fame last year!
It’s the return of Jack Slade for the Best Worst Wrestlemania Preview EVER! Jericho may be banned from the WWE (and possibly had his tickets revoked under suspicious circumstances), but until his cellular connection is disrupted, he and Jack Slade breakdown the card, performances, and predict championship changes. They weigh in on Kurt Angle’s retirement match, Triple H’s career-on-the-line match, Batista’s big return, Roman Reigns comeback, and the huge Women’s main event featuring Ronda Rousey, Becky Lynch and Charlotte. They also speculate on an Undertaker return, a John Cena appearance, and a victory for The Demon.
Remote Viewing is an incredible psychic phenomenon used by the CIA, the military, and NASA. It’s like ESP where a person has the ability to describe things far away that they’ve never seen before. Russell Targ, who started the Stanford Research Institute in the 70s to train people on the technique of remote viewing, and filmmaker, Lance Mungia, documented the incredible phenomenon in their new film, “Third Eye Spies.” They’re sharing stories about how this ability has been used (to see into the Kremlin, to aid in the Patty Hearst kidnapping investigation, and to spot the ring around Jupiter), and delving into the lives of some of the famous remote viewers in history (like Ingo Swann and Pat Price).
David Penzer was Jericho’s old traveling buddy at WCW. Actually, Penzer was EVERYBODY’s traveling buddy at WCW because WCW covered the cost of Penzer’s car and hotel room! Hear some of the crazy road stories involving Arn Anderson, Eddie Guerrero, Chris Benoit, Ric Flair, and Harley Race. Penzer was there for the Monday Night Wars, the end of WCW, and the first few days of the WWE takeover. He talks about his WWE audition, meeting with Vince McMahon, and why things ultimately didn’t work out there. Penzer's got a couple of favorite career moments, a favorite Bret Hart match, and a wicked introduction of Luke Gallows making his way to the ring.
The Classic Album Clash returns, and this time it’s Iron Maiden’s “The Number Of The Beast” versus “Powerslave!” And the expert panel assembled to debate the merits of both albums and their respective songs includes Lizzy Borden, Metal Blade Record founder Brian Slagel, and Red Solo Cup Geoff (who manages to stay awake this time). They share Maiden introduction stories, first concerts, first meets with various band members, lots of great trivia, Eddie tales, info on the British New Wave of Heavy Metal scene, and of course their favorite picks for songs and ultimately album!
Rebel Starbuck aka Mike Majalahti is the greatest wrestler in Finnish history, and the most popular wrestler outside of the US and Canada! He and Jericho actually both got started in Calgary, and it was Chris’ black wrestling boots and tights that Rebel borrowed for his first-ever match (which happened to be against Lance Storm). Rebel’s talking about the time he accosted Stu Hart at his home in the hopes of getting a shot at Stampede Wrestling, his incredible career in Japan thanks to the Japanese Buzzsaw Tajiri, Fight Club Finland, and his brand new promotion, SLAM Wrestling. He’s also setting the record straight about Chris Jericho, Jim Cornette, and Smokey Mountain Wrestling.
The original Incredible Hulk, Lou Ferrigno, has stories about green makeup, Bill Bixby, and why 8:15pm and 8:45pm were two important time markers for the TV series that made him a household name! He also talks about “Pumping Iron,” the Mr. Universe competition, his rivalry turned friendship with Arnold Schwarzenegger, what he learned from the Board Room of “Celebrity Apprentice” with Donald Trump, and how a cameo appearance on TV’s “The King Of Queens” turned into a 7-year recurring role! He’s also talking about diet, nutrition, and working out today verses the 70s, and why he thinks Chuck Norris could take Bruce Lee in a one-on-one fight.
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“350 Days” shows the real-life sex, drugs and rock and roll lifestyle of the pro-wrestling business in the decadent 80s. Director Fulvio Cecere spoke with 72 legends of the business who shared very candid details about what it was like to spend most of the year traveling from town to town in vans and cars with other wrestlers. They spoke about the drugs, the booze, the "ring rats," and the bust-ups of their marriages, families, and personal relationships, and Fulvio shares some of the behind-the-scenes details on what it took to get wrestlers like Bret Hart, Greg “The Hammer” Valentine, JJ Dillon, Ox Baker, Tito Santana, Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka, Ted DiBiase, and the Masked Superstar to open up about their experiences. Fulvio shares some of his favorite stories from his 21 days of shooting interviews, who he wishes he could have spoken with, and what he plans to do with all the hours of extra footage that didn’t make the documentary.
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TIJ pays tribute to the late, great Dick "The Destroyer" Beyer with this encore presentation of an episode originally recorded March 10, 2017, and first released that September.
Dick Beyer aka masked wrestler, Destroyer, makes his TIJ debut, and he’s got story after story after story… from his feud with Japanese wrestling star Rikidozan to working with Gorgeous George, Lou Thesz, and Andre The Giant. He’s been in every territory from Oregon to Minneapolis to Los Angeles to Buffalo, but never Mexico (and you’ll find out why). You’ll also discover when and where he started wearing the mask, and why he needed his then-wife’s help in creating them. He’s breaking down the origins of the Doctor X gimmick, and how he feels about Ric Flair adopting Destroyer’s Figure 4 Leglock finish!
YOU asked and Chris answered… EVERYTHING… live on the First Annual Chris Jericho Rock & Wrestling Rager At Sea! It’s the last of the live podcasts from the BEST. VACATION. EVER... and there will be more of the same when Part Deux sets sail in January 2020! So what was answered? Questions about the Festival of Friendship with Kevin Owens, the WWE Hall of Fame, the WCW cruiserweight division, BFFs in the wrestling industry, and the first time in a ring. Chris was also asked for career advice, training tips, and hair care pointers.
Does the infamous 59-seconds of shaky, grainy Bigfoot footage shot by Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin in 1967 the woods in Northern California prove the existence of Bigfoot? And more importantly is the footage real, and if so how was it made and originally distributed? Those are just some of the questions that guest Phil Hall researched and answered for his new book, “The Weirdest Movie Ever Made: The Patterson-Gimlin Bigfoot Film.” Phil details what he discovered and uncovered about the film, the conspiracies surrounding it, and even the filmmakers themselves (who were actually rodeo riders; not filmmakers). He shares other Bigfoot sighting stories he stumbled across as he worked on his book, and offers his own theory about whether or not Bigfoot really exists, including the one featured in the Patterson-Gimlin film.
David McLane, the creator of the original GLOW TV show in the 80s, has a new all-female wrestling show on AXS TV! It’s called WOW (Women of Wrestling), and David, and WOW star Abilene Maverick, share the story of what it took to make WOW happen. Discover how Los Angeles Lakers owner Jeanie Buss factors into the WOW equation, how David convinced Tessa Blanchard to join the cast, why they actually got started in Las Vegas doing online content only, what makes WOW different from GLOW, and what David and Abilene hope to accomplish in the next year. They introduce the cast of characters, talk about the WOW performers extensive training and preparation, and reveal why a traveling live show is not in the immediate plans.
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He’s the newest slasher icon with some of the most brutal murders on the big screen! Art The Clown, the star of Damien Leone’s horror flick, “Terrifier,” has spine-chilling make-up, a blood-curdling smile, a gruesome bag of tricks, and he doesn’t say a word! He’s played by actor David Howard Thornton who speaks plenty about how it all went down behind-the-scenes to bring this silent killer to life! David takes us through his audition process, his favorite kill scenes, the proper way to wield a knife, and what he hopes to see come Halloween.
Todd Wagner is Mark Cuban’s business partner, the CEO of 2929 Entertainment, a pioneer of online broadcast and streaming, and Chris’ neighbor in Florida! Todd is also a billionaire who has plenty of tips and advice on how you can be a billionaire too. And he’s got great stories about his friends like Arnold Schwarzenegger, George Clooney, and actor Chris Tucker (who saved Todd’s life in NYC on 9/11), making movies and the Oscars, checking things off his bucket list, and how he’s pioneering digital fundraising.
Dory Funk Jr makes his debut on TIJ, and of course, it was done in front of a live audience! Hear stories from Dory’s entire career – from his first wrestling match to his first NWA Championship to working in Japan for All Japan Wrestling. He remembers tagging with his brother Terry, the great feuds they had with the Briscoes, working Andre The Giant in what turned out to be one of Andre’s final matches, signing with WWE, and the “Hoss Funk” gimmick. Dory also has favorite matches, favorite wrestlers, and a whole lotta lessons learned from Bob Geigel.
Young Hollywood host, Austin Mills, went to the Fyre Festival in 2016, but not as a social influencer or media reviewer. He bought a ticket, and went with a bunch of his friends with the intention of enjoying an awesome concert festival vacation in the Bahamas! But that’s not what happened as Austin documented on his Vlog during the trip, and as has been depicted in two documentaries about the ill-fated festival which resulted in its creator and promoter being convicted of fraud and incarcerated. Austin gives a first-hand account of what it was really like on the ground at the site, when he knew things were horribly wrong, and what it took to get off the island and back to Miami. He talks about the tent accommodations, the cheese sandwiches, being locked in the Bahamas airport overnight, and how he feels about promoter Billy McFarland’s jail sentence.
Tony Khan is the founder and creator of All Elite Wrestling and Chris Jericho’s new boss! He’s also a diehard wrestling fan, who grew up loving Chris Jericho, ECW, and trading and collecting tapes. Tony’s got stories about chatting up Brian Pillman and Diamond Dallas Page on AOL message boards and chat rooms back in the 90s when the online thing was just getting started, and some of his favorite matches. He’s also sharing some details about what fans can expect from AEW’s upcoming television show, the Double Or Nothing live event in Las Vegas on Memorial Day Weekend, and AEW’s relationship with AAA.
It’s the last of the live podcasts from the Chris Jericho Rock & Wrestling Rager at Sea, and of course it’s only fitting that it’s two WWE Hall of Famers who also happen to be on the best broadcast announce teams in WWE history – Jim Ross and Jerry “The King” Lawler! They’re telling stories about their time on RAW including their first and last matches together, the debut of Mr. McMahon, Hell In The Cell, and the night Owen Hart died. They also talk about one-liners, The Rock, Vince McMahon, and life after RAW.
It’s a return to the paranormal as expert Laurie McDonald joins to educate us on the Mandela Effect – the phenomenon where you experience events in an alternate reality or dimension which then affects the way you remember them. It’s more common than you might think, and chances are, it’s already had an effect on you. Laurie cites numerous examples including movies (like Star Wars and Forrest Gump), music (like Queen), and even popular commercials (like Oscar Mayer and Febreze). She also explains how it got the Mandela Effect got its name and what (or whom) might be the root cause of its existence. Laurie also shares an incredible story about alien abduction!
Three Days Grace like Borscht, Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger, and the fact that they now just topped Van Halen for having the most #1 rock songs of all time (with 15). They’re also up for 3 Juno Awards (Canada’s equivalent of the Grammys), opened for the Rolling Stones, have a huge social following in Russia, and just wanted to be Finger Eleven (who?) when they were starting out! Hear all those stories and more from singer Matt Walst, bassist Brad Walst, drummer Neil Sanderson, and guitarist Barry Stock!
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Diamond Dallas Page returns to TIJ for his first-ever solo appearance, and he’s brought a ton of awesome stories with him! He’s talking Macho Man Randy Savage, meeting The Rock for the very first time, getting his first big break from Greg Gagne, the last days of WCW, his short-lived tenure at WWE, and his relationship with Vince McMahon. Dallas also remembers how he found out about his WWE Hall of Fame induction, the private jet ride he took with Ric Flair, what he learned from Mean Gene Okerlund, and filming Rob Zombie’s “Devil’s Rejects” film. And of course, DDP’s got the deets on how you can win one million dollars!
Jay White had a killer match against Okada in the Tokyo Dome at Wrestle Kingdom 13, and sat down with Jericho the day after to talk about it! Jay also shares how winning a radio contest in his New Zealand hometown inspired his wrestling journey, what Finn Balor has done to help him, how Jay ended up living and training in the New Japan dojo, what he enjoyed most about working with Ring Of Honor, and why WWE is not really on his radar. And Jay recounts the match he had with Juice Robinson in San Francisco last November that resulted in WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross suffering broken ribs.
Danielle Radford from Screen Junkies and Team Tiger Awesome’s Nick Mundy and Michael Truly join Chris Jericho for another crazy watchalong. This time it’s the 80s teen slasher flick “Sleep Away Camp 2: Unhappy Campers,” which features one of Chris’ favorite movie deaths! And like previous watchalongs, this one covers everything from Billy Corgan to Paul Stanley’s chest hair to a Jim Ross impression to Bruce Springsteen and Charlie Sheen. There are also a handful of wrestling stories from Chris’ time in Smokey Mountain Wrestling and WWE, and a couple of shoutouts to Anvil!
It’s the return of the Fab 3 to recap the good & bad of 2018! Mike Portnoy of Sons of Apollo, Winery Dogs & Dream Theater fame, and Charlie Benante of Anthrax weigh in on the best and worst of last year’s movies, TV shows, and music releases. Find out where they ranked films including “Mandy,” “The House That Jack Built,” “Han Solo,” “Aquaman,” “A Quiet Place,” “Bird Box,” and “A Star Is Born;” how they felt about TV shows like “Handmaid’s Tale,” “Cobra Kai,” “Mayans M.C.,” “Escape At Dannemora,” and “Barry;” and whether or not Eminem, Ghost, Greta Van Fleet, Dave Matthews Band, and the Beatles 50th Anniversary White album made their 2018 playlists. Plus, they pay tribute to Vinnie Paul, Burt Reynolds, Ed King, and Fast Eddie Clarke.
Chris Jericho stunned the world when he made a surprise appearance at the All Elite Wrestling rally in Jacksonville, Florida, and announced that he was the newest member signed to the roster! That’s right. Chris Jericho is no longer with the WWE, and is now All In with AEW, and he’s telling the story, in full detail, about how and why he made the jump. Discover how his initial match against Kenny Omega for New Japan Pro Wrestling, the Chris Jericho Rock & Wrestling Rager at Sea, and his appearance in Saudi Arabia for WWE all factored into this shocking (and exciting) decision!
Mustafa Ali skyrocketed from WWE 205 Live to the main roster and ended up with a championship title almost the moment he got there! Mustafa’s telling that story, along with what it was like being in the ring with Daniel Bryan, the best wrestling advice he ever received (which happened to come from TIJ alum Sami Zayn), the first real feedback he got from Vince McMahon, and what it was like being Muslim in America right after 9/11. Mustafa was also a Chicago Police Officer, and shares how the PD felt about his side hustle on the indie wrestling scene.
Journalist and author John Ferak, wrote “Wrecking Crew: Demolishing The Case Against Steven Avery,” after spending years as covering the murder case in Manitowoc County in Wisconsin. He does believe Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey are innocent of the murder of Teresa Halbach, and lays out the evidence that supports his claim. John has also been following Steven’s lawyer, Kathleen Zellner, and her law firm as they fight to have his conviction overturned and Steven freed from prison (which is documented in the second season of the Netflix series, "Making A Murderer"). Zellner gave John exclusive access to her the information and new evidence she’s uncovered through her own team of investigators and experts. John shares an alternate theory of the crime and potential suspects that have yet to be questioned. It’s a fascinating look at a controversial case.
Reed Tucker returns to do some comic book talk, and this time it’s about the creators and writers who all got conned by Marvel and DC – the guys who helped create and develop some of the most iconic superhero characters in pop culture history, and then died creditless and penniless. Guys like Bill Finger, Steve Ditko, and Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster, who came up with some of the original ideas for Batman, Spider-man, and Superman. Reed shares their stories, and also talks about the state of the comic book industry today, what DC can do to up their game when it comes to competing with Marvel at the box office, and which other comic book characters should be developed for the big screen.
One of the greatest Japanese reporters, and longtime friend of Y2J, Fumi Saito, joins to preview Wrestle Kingdom 13, with legit predictions about who may be keeping and losing titles! They run through the card and dissect matches and matchups including the opening Gauntlet, Will Ospreay vs Ibushi, Ishii vs Zach Sabre Jr, Cody vs Juice Robinson, Okada vs Jay White, and the double main event of Jericho vs Naito and Kenny Omega vs Tanahashi. They also breakdown the IWGP Tag Team and Jr. Tag Team Championships, and do an overall analysis of the recent resurgence of New Japan and wrestling in general.
Rey Mysterio, Konnan, and Diamond Dallas Page help CJ pay tribute to the great Eddie Guerrero (recorded live on the Chris Jericho Cruise)! They share stories about “Wee-Wee-To,” “Eddie The Giant,” Halloween Havoc 1997, and the time Eddie got into a shoot fist-fight with Kurt Angle! They remember the infamous Plaza Madrid hotel in Mexico City, Eddie’s early days wrestling in Tijuana, and some of his best matches at WCW and WWE.
Jim Cornette returns with thoughts on the current state of the business, and how events like “All In” and The Young Bucks and Cody are changing the wrestling landscape. He’s talking about the resurgence of New Japan, ROH’s show at Madison Square Garden, and what 2019 might hold for indie promotions around the world. Jim’s also got plenty of great stories about the NWA, WWE, his time at Impact Wrestling, and Dave Batista’s early days in developmental!
What has the very introspective Sami Zayn been doing while rehabbing from double shoulder surgery? Examining his own mental state for one! And watching some WWE wrestling for two. He’s also tried his hand at improv, given up eating meat, caught up with his friend, Neville, pondered the parallels between him and Kevin Owens’ careers, debated and analyzed the impact of social media on culture and society, and opened a mobile medical clinic in Syria! Plus, Sami shares his plans and vision for his imminent return to WWE, along with a few things he really misses (and mostly doesn’t) about performing in the ring!
Y2J has turned over the hosting duties of this episode to Scott Bowling of “Good Company with Bowling,” and Scott takes Y2J through a detailed history of Fozzy – from Chris’ first introduction to guitarist Rich Ward to their first performance together to the day they decided to start their own band. You’ll hear stories about the making of Fozzy’s first album, what inspired them to start writing original material, how the set list has changed over the years, why the “Painless” video had to be shot twice, and what the “Judas Effect” has done for the band’s career and future.
The Classic Album Clash returns with a KISS battle! It’s “KISS Alive” versus “KISS Alive II” with Nick, Andy, and Chris L. from the “Pod of Thunder” podcast (one of Y2J’s favorite KISS pods)! The foursome go track-by-track in a head-to-head battle to determine which songs, and ultimately which album, reigns supreme! They dissect cover art, KISS letters to fans, photographs, audio quality, recording locations, and share some of their favorite KISS stories and lore along the way! Weigh in with your own vote on twitter @TalkIsJericho!
Dave Meltzer joins to pay tribute to the late Dynamite Kid (aka Thomas Billington) who passed away last week on his 60th birthday. Dave and Y2J discuss Dynamite’s complicated legacy, the influence he had on many including Chris Benoit, Bret Hart, and Finn Balor, his early days in Calgary at Stampede Wrestling, and his jump to WWE and his tempestuous relationship with Vince McMahon. They remember Dynamite’s run in Japan and some of the incredible matches he had with Tiger Mask, his tag team partnership with his cousin Davey Boy Smith as the British Bulldogs and their matches against the Hart Foundation, and the devastating injury that all but ended Dynamite’s wrestling career.
What do Samuel L. Jackson, Robert DeNiro, Kevin Costner, and Dustin Hoffman have in common? They all made their feature film debuts in Troma movies! And what do directors Eli Roth, Quentin Tarantino, and Steven Spielberg have in common (besides directing)? They were all influenced by Troma’s crazy, over-the-top special effects! Troma founder Lloyd Kaufman shares those stories, and more, as he gives an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at what it took to get his latest movie, “Return To Return Nuke ‘Em High” made. He has tales from the set, the crew, and the fans! And some pretty wild stories about late Motorhead frontman Lemmy, who made his last film appearance in this movie.
What happened when WCW closed in 2001? Well, Tony Schiavone quit the wrestling business cold-turkey for one. Tony’s talking about the rise and fall of WCW, his near 20-year absence from wrestling, and what recently brought him back. Tony’s also got stories about his early years working for Jim Crockett, his short run with Vince McMahon and WWF, the Monday Night Wars, why he jumped to WCW, and the message Tony received from Vince on his first day on the job at WCW. Plus, Tony shares backstage and road tales about Gorilla Monsoon, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, Jesse Ventura, Bruce Prichard, Vince Russo, and the NWO.
Nikki Novak from Fandango returns with the Holiday Movie Preview! What should you see and what should you skip? Nikki’s got the goods on “Aquaman,” “Mary Poppins Returns,” the “Fantastic Beasts” sequel, “Creed II,” “Rocket Man,” and “First Man” (the story of astronaut Neil Armstrong). She’s also got great stories from her set visit to “Bohemian Rhapsody” (the biopic about Queen’s Freddie Mercury), and her trip to France to watch the filming of “Robin Hood” starring Taron Egerton and Jamie Foxx. She’s talking about Oscar contenders (like “A Star Is Born” and “Vice”), indie darlings (like “Roma”), and what she really thinks about JLo’s return to rom-coms!
Accept are back and maybe bigger than ever! Singer Mark Tornillo and guitarist Wolf Hoffman speak to the band’s reformation and resurgence, including how Mark came to join the lineup 9 years ago, what that first gig with him was like, and why they’re recording and about to tour with a symphony orchestra! Wolf also shares stories from Accept’s heyday in the late 70s-early 80s opening for the likes of AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Ozzy Osbourne, and KISS! You’ll hear why “Balls To The Wall” was so controversial back in the day, and which songs remain their favorites to play live.
Ricky The Dragon Steamboat is one of Y2J’s childhood wrestling heroes and inspirations, and after 5 long years of trying, Ricky finally sits down to talk about the Carolina territory working Ric Flair, his relationship with Dusty Rhodes, his jump to WWE and the creation of The Dragon gimmick, and his incredible Wrestlemania 3 match versus Macho Man Randy Savage. Ricky and Y2J also talk about their 2009 Wrestlemania Legends match, and why they both loved Rowdy Roddy Piper. Plus, if you stick around to the end, you just might find out how Ricky The Dragon Steamboat became such a Tennessee Vols fan!
Iron Maiden founding bassist and chief songwriter, Steve Harris, makes his debut with lots of stories about Maiden and his side project band, British Lion! Discover how Steve became involved with British Lion, details about their upcoming studio and live releases, and what he enjoys most about their scaled-back touring. Steve’s also talking about Maiden’s “Legacy Of The Beast Tour” and setlist, which Maiden songs are his favorites to play live, and the legendary bass players who inspired him to pick up the instrument in the first place. Plus, Steve shares the brand new British Lion studio track, “Spit Fire,” exclusively on the show.
Jack Slade and Australia’s own Riot John Howarth join Y2J for the Best Worst Survivor Series Preview Ever! Armed with a bottle of GG, they go match by match down the card, and share predictions on who will win and what that victory might mean in the bigger picture of WWE. They also breakdown the last-minute changes to the lineup (Brock Lesnar vs Daniel Bryan and Ronda Rousey vs Charlotte Flair), shoot down some rumors involving CM Punk, and share a few remaining stories from the Chris Jericho Rock & Wrestling Rager at Sea.
The Rock called him “Hermie,” and that’s just one of the stories that New Japan Pro Wrestling announcer Kevin Kelly shares! He’s talking about his first-ever gig at WCW, his first meeting with Vince McMahon, and his first audition with Jim Ross. Kevin worked with Billy Gunn, Mr. Perfect, and was there the night that Stone Cold Steve Austin showed up at Brian Pillman’s house and gunshots rang out! Kevin also has stories about the Monday Night Wars, what finally turned the tides in WWE’s favor, and his own departure from WWE. And of course he’s talking New Japan Pro Wrestling – the culture, the style, Kenny Omega, and Don Callis.
Rudy Sarzo was in Ozzy Osbourne’s solo band, Quiet Riot, Whitesnake, and Dio. He played and pal’ed around with Randy Rhoads, and explains the effect that Randy’s death had on him and his career choices. Rudy also shares the stories about joining Quiet Riot, meeting Ronnie James Dio, playing with Steve Vai, and how he got his hair so blonde for his run with Whitesnake. And then there was that time that he helped Beatles drummer Ringo Starr move!
The Young Bucks, Kenny Omega, Cody Rhodes, Marty Scurll, and Adam Hangman Page boarded the Chris Jericho Rock & Wrestling Rager At Sea as The Bullet Club… and left as The Elite! Discover the exact moment that happened, and what inspired the bold move! You’ll also hear behind-the-scenes stories about the Alpha vs Omega main event match on the ship, “All In Chicago,” the “Being The Elite” YouTube show, ribbing on the square, and what it really means to “Be Elite, B-E Elite!”
Wes Germer from the Sasquatch Chronicles returns with more creepy stories about Bigfoot encounters and sightings, and the government cover-ups that seem to follow them. He explains the correlation between missing persons and Sasquatch sighting hotbeds, and where some of those hotbeds are located. He’s also sharing paranormal tales about Bigfoot, the mysterious and evil “Dog Man,” and the “Unseen Tribe.”
Josh Gates returns with tales about life after death from his new Discovery series, “Expedition Unknown: Search For The Afterlife.” He traveled the world investigating what happens when you die! He talked to people who had near-death experiences, he journeyed to the Amazon jungle to try their hallucinogenic method of communing with the dead, he spoke with atheist Penn Teller, visited psychic Chip Coffey, and interviewed Deepak Chopra! And Josh is sharing those stories and his own conclusions about what he disovered about life after death.
Shoot To Thrill is one bad-ass female AC/DC tribute band, and that’s why they’re on the Chris Jericho Rock & Wrestling Rager at Sea… AND on the podcast! Singer Kara is their Bon Scott/Brian Johnston, guitarist Susan doubles for Angus Young, guitarist Wendy holds down the Malcolm Young rhythm, and drummer Kate takes on Phil Rudd/Chris Slade! Hear the story of how this tribute band started, which AC/DC songs are toughest to play and sing, which songs they call favorites, and which tune opens the live set! They also explain the rules behind the “Thunderstruck” drinking game!
The Chris Jericho Rock & Wrestling Rager At Sea sets sail on Saturday! It’s finally arrived, and it’s a near-miracle! Three years in the making, and more than a couple of minor obstacles all culminated in a killer talent line-up including Ring Of Honor’s Sea Of Honor Tournament, Impact Wrestling participation, and what’s sure to be the main event of the year – the Alpha Club (Is it the Bucks of Jericho or Y2Jackson) vs the Bullet Club (Kenny Omega, Cody, and Marty Scurll). So what exactly did it take to put this together? Y2J and Jack Slade share the story of the cruise – from losing the ship to seeking advice from Paul Stanley of KISS to installing a wrestling ring on the deck, and everything in between! Grab a life preserver and hang on for a wild trip on the high seas!
Cryptozoologist MK Davis took Y2J into the swamps of the Louisiana bayou in search of the Honey Island Swamp Monster, which they filmed for the upcoming Travel Channel special, “Chris Jericho: Hunting Monsters” (premiering 10/23 at 10/9 Central). Preview the adventure with MK & Y2J as they talk about the monster, recent sightings, and evidence uncovered. MK also shares stories and theories about his various Big Foot encounters, and his adventures at the mysterious and creepy Lovelock Cave in Nevada.
There’s only one person big enough to celebrate episode 500 of TIJ, right people??!! Paul Stanley of KISS returns to mark the special occasion with some great stories about the four KISS solo albums that made KISStory in September of 1978! Paul explains how it came to be that all four band members released solo albums on the same day with coordinating cover art, and what he really thought about Gene Simmons’, Ace Frehley’s, and Peter Criss’ respective solo efforts! He’s also talking about the new KISS Pumas, his own painting and gallery shows, and Paul even has some choice words for (and funny memories about) the cult film, “KISS Meets The Phantom Of The Park.” Oh yeah!
Slash is back! He’s “Living The Dream” with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, and looking forward to more music with Guns N' Roses! He’s talking about the GNR reunion warm-up at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, the world tour that followed, the Guns songs he enjoyed playing most, and how he and Axl Rose finally broke the ice after 20 years of silence. Slash also shares the story behind his initial reaction to hearing about the Axl-AC/DC partnership, and what he thought after seeing the live show in London. And yes, paleontology came up in the course of conversation too, along with Carole King, James Taylor, and Linda Ronstadt.
Impact Wrestling World Champion Austin Aries is back on TIJ just before defending his title against Johnny Impact at the Bound For Glory PPV this Sunday! Austin’s talking about his departure from WWE, his return to Impact and the indie wrestling scene, working with Pentagon Jr, the origins of "The Belt Collector," and why he’s so excited about what’s happening in Australia right now! Austin’s also got a proposition for Y2J, details about his most recent favorite match, and all the reasons why he should be nominated for “Booker Of The Year.”
Pro Wrestling Tees founder Ryan Barkin has made t-shirts for EVERYBODY, and he’s telling the story about how he got involved in the crazy world of pro wrestling! He’s got stories about Colt Cobana, The Young Bucks, Kenny Omega, and Stone Cold Steve Austin. He’s talking about his best-selling shirt, his favorite design, and which wrestler he loves working with most! You’ll also hear about what he’s got planned for the Chris Jericho Rock & Wrestling Rager At Sea, and how you can get your hands on the brand new “Bucks Of Jericho or Is It Y2Jackson” tee!
Steel Panther’s Michael Starr and Satchel join Fozzy guitarist Rich Ward and Y2J to debate the merits of Van Halen’s “1984” and “5150” – David Lee Roth’s last album with the band, and Sammy Hagar’s first. They remember their respective introductions to Van Halen, list off their favorite Eddie solos, share their original reactions to the band’s split with David Lee Roth, and what they all initially thought of Sammy. It’s guitar solos vs keyboards; producer Ted Templeman vs Mick Jones (of Foreigner fame); and singer vs swagger. You’ll also discover who was NOT a Van Halen fan until later in life, who can sing the best version of “Dreams,” and why Steel Panther drummer Stix Zadinia interrupts the pod to pose a question that has nothing to do with drumming.
Brian Pillman Jr. may have lost his dad when he was 4-years old, but he still has a few vivid memories, and a lot of his dad’s personality! Brian recounts his decision to pursue a wrestling career, and the advice he got from his dad’s good friend and former tag team partner, Stone Cold Steve Austin. Brian talks about training with Lance Storm in Calgary, his favorite matches, and why getting his college degree was so important to him. He also discusses the recent knee injury that kept him sidelined for a few months, how he improved his technical skills, what he loves about Japanese wrestling, and how he plans to reach his ultimate wrestling goal, the WWE.
Hardcore Superstar has gotten drunk with Lemmy from Motorhead, declined to get high with Brian Johnston from AC/DC, and agreed to carry the rock & roll torch on behalf of Ronnie James Dio… and those are just a handful of the stories you’ll hear from singer Joakim “Jocke” Berg and drummer Magnus “Adde” Andreasson. You’ll also discover how and why they ended up in a fist fight with a journalist at the Swedish Embassy in New York, what they really thought of Motley Crue the first time they toured together, and how you can do a shot at the Hardcore Superstar Bar that pops up at all of their live shows.
Danny Worsnop is back in Asking Alexandria, and he and guitarist Ben Bruce explain exactly how that happened. They’re also sharing some of the total debauchery that led to Danny’s original departure, the cryptic text messages from singer Denis Stoff that made it a little easier for Danny to return to the band, and what it took to make the new Asking Alexandria album, “Alone In A Room.” Danny’s also got some stage stories that’ll make you cringe (and maybe hit that skip button on your app), and a couple of classic heckler tales. Plus, a moment of seriousness about the state of the music business and what it means for the future of not only Asking Alexandria, but lots of other artists and bands.
Natalya Neidhart and her husband Tyson Kidd (aka TJ Wilson) pay tribute to Nattie’s father, the late, great Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart with some amazing stories from Nattie’s childhood, and the last years of The Anvil’s life. Nattie shares what it was like growing up around a business where her dad was gone over 300 days a year! She remembers the special treats he brought home for Nattie and her sisters, her dad’s love of The Doors and margaritas, his PTA meeting appearances, his UCLA college sports days, and his dislike of Luke Gallows! Nattie and TJ also talk about The Anvil’s wild WCW days, Vince McMahon’s first meeting with The Anvil, tag teaming with Bret Hart and the Hart Foundation, and the letter that Nattie mom’s wrote to Vince McMahon on behalf of The Anvil (and the response she received in return).
The conversation continues between Macaulay Culkin and Y2J (part 1 is on Mac’s podcast, “Bunny Ears”), and picks up with Braun Strowman, off-Broadway acting gigs, and legendary filmmaker John Hughes! Mac shares stories from the “Home Alone” movies, his brother Rory’s wedding (which was officiated by Paul Heyman), late comedian John Candy (who was in “Uncle Buck” with Mac), his guest appearance on Monday Night RAW, and then they play a round of “Would you?” (involving wizards, Steve Austin but not that one, and Karate gees).
Journey founder and guitarist Neal Schon played in Carlos Santana’s band when he was still in highschool and solo’ed on the band’s first number one hit. He talks about meeting Carlos, leaving that band to start his own, his first introduction to Steve Perry (and how he feels about Steve’s recent return to music), developing his guitar sound, and Journey’s songwriting process in the early days vs now. Neal also reveals what happened behind-the-scenes at Journey’s induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, how the internet led him to current Journey singer, Arnel Pineda, and why he prefers to play before Def Leppard on this current tour.
Do you wanna know exactly how Chris Jericho managed to pull a huge swerve and surprise the F outta everybody at All In Chicago when he unmasked in the ring and attacked Kenny Omega? You thought it was Pentagon lying there, didn’t you? Even AFTER the Sears Center lights came back on! Here’s the full story in explicit detail from Chris and his partner-in-crime, Jack Slade. They chronicle all the misadventures of their crazy same-day trip that started with a late-arriving flight to Chicago and quickly turned into fan-dodging at the airport, a last-minute, rain-soaked search for gold paint and tape, and a near-cancelled flight to Kansas City… but ended with an incredible history-making Fozzy gig (complete in Pentagon’s makeup) at Aftershock!
The 5-year drought has ended, and Y2J’s favorite metal band (and the reason you call him Jericho) is finally on the show! Pumpkins Unite and welcome Helloween! OG bassist Markus Grosskopf and guitarist Sascha Gerstner met up with Chris in Budapest and gave him the skinny on all things Pumpkin! Markus has stories about the band’s first American tour opening for Armored Saint, the problems with the record label that killed their momentum and kept them off the stage and out of the studio for three long years, and what it took to finally release “Pink Bubbles Go Ape.” And Sascha talks about the new line-up featuring two singers and three guitar players, and whether there might be a new studio album and more touring in their future! And they both share some great road tales about crazy bus drivers, groupies, and learning to speak English!
Would like you to know every last detail that went into the planning and launch of Chris Jericho’s WWE debut? Like the story behind the Y2J countdown clock? Or the inspiration for his theme, “Break The Walls Down”? Or what his finishing move was originally supposed to be called? Or maybe you’d like to know who wrote the promo Y2J cut with The Rock on that first night of TV? Or what about Vince McMahon’s reaction to Y2J’s debut? Or maybe how he was treated in the locker room when he arrived? Or why Shawn Michaels warned him about The Undertaker? All those details and more are broken down and discussed with special guest Conrad Thompson (who also hosts “Something To Wrestle With Bruce Prichard,” “83 Weeks with Eric Bischoff,” and “What Happened When with Tony Schiavone”).
AC/DC’s Bon Scott died under mysterious circumstances on February 19, 1980 at the age of 33, and Australian writer Jesse Fink spent years researching the singer’s life and death. Jesse spoke with family members, former girlfriends, close friends, AC/DC management, and tried multiple times to interview band members. He released his thorough research in a new book called, “Bon The Last Highway: The Untold Story of Bon Scott And AC/DC’s Back In Black.” And Jesse shares some of his findings, theories, and stories about Bon, his life, his death, and the possible cover-up. Jesse also explains why he believes that Bon Scott contributed songs and lyrics to the “Back In Black” album, the first to feature new singer Brian Johnston, despite the Young brothers claim that Bon had no involvement before his passing. It’s a fascinating conversation about one of the greatest, if not THE greatest, most charismatic front man in rock history.
Original MTV VJ Mark Goodman is talking about the birth of MTV – from his first audition to his first moment on air! You’ll find out why he and Alan Hunter argue about being the first MTV VJ to this day, what it was like touring with David Lee Roth, why Martha Quinn got the Bob Dylan interview (and not Mark Goodman), and what he really thought about Madonna the first time he ever interviewed her. Mark’s also disclosing where and how MTV got their early videos, and why British bands got such heavy airplay in the early years. He’s got a great story about Sir Paul McCartney, and the reason he knew Kurt Loder’s hiring was the beginning of the end of Mark’s time at MTV.
Cody and The Young Bucks are “All In” and spreading the word! Not that they need help. Their upcoming pay-per-view event did sell out the Sears Centre in Chicago in 30 minutes! And that’s just one of the stories they’re telling about “All In.” You’ll discover who named it and why, what happened behind-the-scenes at the “disastrous” press conference, how most veteran promoters (including Vince McMahon) reacted when they heard about the “All In” plan, and how they landed some big time, blue chip sponsors! Plus, Cody and The Bucks are sharing favorite matches, and Cody remembers the night Y2J took a punch from Big Show, and what Cody’s dad, Dusty Rhodes, had to say about it.
In tribute to the late, great Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart, here's an encore presentation of what turned out to be one of the last in-person interviews Jim granted. Jim shared stories about his nickname, the Hart Foundation tag team, Andre The Giant, Dynamite Kid, Davey Boy Smith, Stu Hart’s infamous dungeon, and the Calgary style! He had Bret Hart’s back during the Montreal Screwjob (and a front row lockerroom view), a seat in the jam-packed van at Stampede Wrestling, and a crazy big paycheck at WCW (for doing absolutely nothing). Plus, his son-in-law, Tyson Kidd, detailed a few memories of his own about the Hart clan, along with the night he broke his neck in the ring, and his truly miraculous recovery!
Jack Slade brought a bottle of vodka and what he believed to be the Summerslam 2018 card, and sat down with Y2J in a Belgium hotel room to preview and predict the outcome of the 11 matches they knew about at the time of recording. But of course there are plenty of shenanigans and side-track stories mixed in, including a visit by a drunk random dude who happened by, a Lenny Kravitz experience, and the reason Toto’s “Hold The Line” evokes the same memory for Y2J every time he hears it. You will definitely hear discussion about Brock Lesnar, Paul Heyman, Roman Reigns, AJ Styles, Kevin Owens, Shinsuke Nakamura, Nattie Neidhart, Charlotte Flair, Braun Strowman, The Miz, and Samoa Joe – it just might not all pertain to Summerslam. #BestWorstSummerslamPreview EVER
Flat Earth Realist David Weiss is back and this time he brought a mysterious friend, RV (short for Russian Vids), to explain the secret workings of the Satanic Government, and the way these shadowy people control and dictate society. David and RV explain why they believe the Satanic Government faked some of the biggest tragedies and mass shootings in human history. They share their theories behind 9/11, the JFK assassination, the Boston Marathon, and last Fall’s Las Vegas shootings. RV also cites evidence to prove his theory that WWE’s Vince McMahon is in the know, and how the Satanic Government uses WWE programming to spread their mind-control messages. Plus, David and RV reveal why movies like “Back To The Future” and Roddy Piper’s “They Live” are not the fiction stories they appear to be.
Ring Of Honor’s Beer City Bruiser spent four years training under Harley Race, has his father-in-law to thank for his ROH gig, and gets paid to spit beer on Japanese wrestling fans! He’s also got a great Dusty Rhodes story involving a fur coat, some details on his feud with Cheeseburger, the story behind one of his first gimmicks “Din T. Moore,” and the best advice he got from Bully Ray.
Dee Snider returns with a brand new solo album, “For The Love Of Metal,” and a bunch of stories about writing and recording it with Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed fame. Dee’s also talking about his Beatle boots, Twisted Sister’s farewell shows, the loss of drummer AJ Pero, and why he owes Mick Foley a debt of gratitude. Plus, you’ll discover why Twisted Sister called it quits initially, what got them banned from certain cities and venues in the 80s, and how they eventually reformed in the 2000s.
You asked for it; you got it! Lzzy Hale and Joe Hottinger of Halestorm are sharing stories about the making of their new album “Vicious,” their best Spinal Tap moments (mostly involving Lzzy’s brother & band drummer Arejay), opening for DIO, and the stage mishaps that make for the most interesting memories! Lzzy’s also talking about advice she’s received from some of her musical heroes like Pat Benatar and Heart, what it’s like being a woman in an industry dominated by men, and why she’s immersed herself in learning Randy Rhoads guitar solos.
Busted Open Radio’s Dave LaGreca and Mark Henry are talking WWE at Madison Square Garden, and the storied legacy of the promotion and the venue through the years… what it meant and still means to get over at the Garden, some of the historic events and matches that have taken place through the years (including the first-ever Elimination Chamber), Bruno Sammartino’s championship run, and the unique fan interaction. Mark and Y2J remember their best and worst MSG performances, and Dave recalls the first time he saw Hulk Hogan wrestle there. They also talk about the future of the Garden, and the fact that it will be dark during next year’s Wrestlemania.
Yoshihiro Asai aka Ultimo Dragon is one of Y2J’s oldest friends and biggest rivals in the wrestling biz, and he tells you exactly how he and Y2J met in 1993 in Mexico City. He’s also talking about the origin of his Ultimo Dragon gimmick, who designed his mask, and how he came up with the Asai Moonsault. Ultimo Dragon remembers his time in WCW (including his first match against Rey Mysterio), why things didn’t work out as planned at WWE, and the arm injury and surgery that nearly ended his career. Plus, he shares stories about his time at WAR, his love of New Japan Pro Wrestling as a kid, and his former student, Okada!
Rolling Stone Magazine Senior Editor Patrick Doyle has interviewed some of the biggest icons in rock and roll – The Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney. He spent a week with Kid Rock, played basketball with Marcus Mumford of Mumford and Sons, followed Ed Sheeran for two weeks, and hung out with Kings Of Leon. He’s also been shut down by Tom Waits and Beyonce, and got into a bit of trouble with 5 Seconds of Summer. Patrick reveals the journalism lessons learned from Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner, and what it really takes to make the cover of the legendary mag!
Chris Jericho went to a super-secret location in LA recently (Nick Mundy’s house) to do a watch-along of “KISS Meets The Phantom Of The Park” with the Team Tiger Awesome crew. Okay, so it was just Nick Mundy and Michael Truly. Clint Gage was a no-show with very good reason as you’ll discover when Jericho reads a letter penned by Clint explaining his absence. So anyway, Jericho, Mundy & Truly watched the movie start to finish and provided running commentary, more confusion, some explanation, and tons of nonsense for your listening pleasure! And the convo was not just limited to KISS, KISS music, KISS merch, KISS acting, KISS concerts, and KISS’ absence from the first 27 minutes of the film – they also discussed Scooby Doo, wrestling, Vince McMahon, the movie's cast, and Chinese food.
Rob Zombie guitarist John 5 got his first big break with KD Lang, was fired from Marilyn Manson’s band, and has a massive KISS memorabilia collection you can see on Instagram @knightsinsatanservice. John 5 also wrote and recorded two albums with David Lee Roth, and shares plenty of stories about that experience along with the time he was dissed by Rob Halford as a teenager in Detroit, and what happened when he spontaneously jumped in an elevator with Gene Simmons from KISS. Plus, he's dropping some 411 on the new Rob Zombie studio album coming out early next year.
On July 30, 1988, Bruiser Brody was stabbed to death in the locker room shower before a scheduled match in Puerto Rico. Jose Gonzalez killed Brody, and was later acquitted of murder. Dave Meltzer returns to share what he remembers about the events leading up to and circumstances surrounding Brody’s tragic death, and offer thoughts as to how and why Jose Gonazalez was able to get away with it.
Bruce Prichard makes his solo debut to talk in-depth about Houston wrestling and legendary promoter Paul Boesch, who gave Bruce and his brother Tom, their start in the business! Bruce remembers selling merch, ring announcing, and running Houston TV before jumping ship to Vince McMahon and the WWE. He shares details about his fateful meeting with Vince, and how Paul Boesch took the news, and then what happened when Vince McMahon bought out the Houston territory! Bruce also has stories about some of Houston’s most famous workers like Wahoo McDaniel, Jose Lothario, and Gino Hernanez.
Ron McGovney is the original Metallica bassist, and it was his garage that not only hosted auditions for the band but also served as their first rehearsal space! Ron recounts how he met James Hetfield in junior high, what happened to their highschool band, Leather Charm, his first introduction to drummer Lars Ulrich (and what he thought when he heard Lars play), and how Dave Mustaine ended up in Metallica. He also shares details about Metallica’s first couple of live shows (including playing with Saxon at the Whisky A Go Go on the Sunset Strip), how and why Ron was replaced by Cliff Burton, what his relationship with Mustaine was like during and after their days in Metallica, and how his friendship with James has survived over the years. Plus, Ron was at Metallica’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction, and joined them onstage for their big 30th Anniversary concert in San Francisco!
“Killer Legends” documentary filmmaker Josh Zeman uncovers the origins, and in some cases true crimes stories, behind some of the creepiest urban legends… like The Hook, scary clowns, poisoned Halloween candy, and Cropsey! Josh also talks about Satanic Panic, The Mannerfeld Butcher, the Moonlight Murders, legend tripping, and Slenderman!
Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante and Lamb Of God drummer Chris Adler join Y2J to pay tribute to their fallen brother, the late, great Vinnie Paul Abbott of Pantera, Damageplan, and Hell Yeah! They share favorite stories and memories about one of the nicest, most hospitable guys in music. They speak to his prowess as a drummer, his incredible relationship with his brother, Darrell “Dimebag” Abbott, his drive to honor his brother’s life and legacy… and of course tell tales about Vin’s crazy old-school limousine, his big breakfasts, and the cabana suite on his Dallas compound!
GLOW is back on Netflix for season 2, and two more Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling are talking all about the return of 80s-themed wrestling show featuring big hair, neon colors, leg warmers, and every kind of suplex you can imagine! Jackie Tohn who plays “Melrose,” and Shakira Barrera who plays newcomer “Yolanda,” talk training with Chavo Guerrero, doing their own moves in the ring, and their favorite thing about their respective characters. Jackie also shares stories from her experience on season 8 of American Idol, and Shakira reveals what it was like working as a backup dancer for Jennifer Lopez!
Stone Cold Steve Austin returns, and this time he’s talking about the origins of wrestling entrance themes, which started in the Dallas territory at the Sportatorium where Steve launched his own career. He’s also talking about the inspiration behind the Stone Cold entrance, along with some of his personal favorite songs and bands. And he’s got a great story about the KISS concert he never saw as a kid, and what happened to him at a Motley Crue show in the 80s. And if you’re wondering about those compilation CDs from back in the day, “Stone Cold Metal,” and “Stone Cold Country,” he’s got the 411 on those as well!
Dave Meltzer returns to talk about… HIMSELF! This is Dave Meltzer on Dave Meltzer, and it includes everything – the first wrestling match he ever saw, his favorite wrestlers and matches, the origins of the Wrestling Observer and 5-star rating system. He’s talking about Pat Patterson, Dusty Rhodes, Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, and Rey Mysterio. He recounts what it was like covering the Monday Night Wars and his relationships then and now with Eric Bischoff and Vince McMahon. He has thoughts on today’s indie scene, and the pro-wrestling business in general, and theorizing what might happen to the biz when Vince is no longer running WWE. Plus, he explains last year’s 6-stars for Omega vs Okada, and why he rated the Shawn Michaels-Razor Ramon ladder match at the Garden higher than the Bret Hart-Owen Hart match that took place the same day.
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“The Decline of Western Civilization” made Lizzy Borden famous, but not a household name! And his blood-spewing, horror movie-inspired live shows and lyrics earned the attention of Tipper Gore’s PMRC, but unlike the popularity boost it gave W.A.S.P. and Judas Priest, that PMRC label only succeeded in knocking Lizzy Borden out of record stores! Well, Lizzy’s talking about all of that and his storied 30-plus year career in metal. He’s also sharing details about “Frizzy Lizzy Borden,” Alice Cooper, KISS, David Bowie, and the incredible offer from Gene Simmons… that he turned down! Lizzy remembers the Hollywood metal scene in the 80s, hanging at The Rainbow on the Sunset Strip, and losing guitarists to Ozzy Osbourne’s solo band.
It’s rebuttal time as Y2J shares his own recollections about his time at WCW with “83 Weeks” cohost, Conrad Thompson. The tables are turned as Conrad guides the discussion through Y2J’s relationships with Eric Bischoff, Kevin Sullivan, and Scott Hall; his early matches; first big feud; the introduction and development of Ralphus; what really happened with Bill Goldberg and why that angle ended the way it did; the nWo; Jericho’s secret meeting with Vince McMahon and subsequent jump to WWE; the last ditch contract negotiations with Bischoff and WCW; and the ultimate demise of WCW.
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