Category Archives: Podcasts

Impact and the Future of Indy Wrestling

If you have any interest at all in independent wrestling – and even if you don’t – you need to hear Talk is Jericho’s Friday episode. Chris Jericho’s guests are Don Callis and Scott D’Amore, the new executive vice presidents of Impact Wrestling (formerly TNA). It’s an eye-opening discussion about their unique qualifications to take over the struggling promotion and take it in a new direction.

The highlight that stood out the most for me was when they discussed intellectual property rights and wrestlers. It’s well-known that Impact has finally given up the fight over control of “Broken” Matt Hardy, and the WWE and Hardy are already reaping the benefits. What D’Amore and Callis shared on the show was the reasoning behind their backing of this paradigm-shifting decision.

It was Vince McMahon and the WWF that established the idea that wrestling “characters” belonged to the promotion and not the wrestlers. Vince wanted control so he could own the merchandising and restrict people from leaving his company to make money of the characters he helped to create. The TNA policy that kept “Broken” Matt Hardy in limbo for seven months was adopted from the WWE policy.

Callis and D’Amore want to change that. They want to give a platform for wrestlers to build, grow, and market characters owned by the wrestlers. Wrestlers who sign on with Impact can rest assured they will not be starting over should their relationship with the company come to an end. The gains they make at Impact will benefit them in Ring of Honor, Japan, Mexico, Europe, anywhere they go.

Callis and D’Amore contend that wrestlers have more power now than at any time in the history of the business. It’s hard to argue with that statement. For nearly a hundred years, going back to the days of the Golddust Trio, the promoters held all the power. They controlled the territories. They controlled who won or lost. They controlled who got work and who starved.

The territories are no more. Today, wrestlers market themselves. They are savvy social media users. They have tools like Instagram, YouTube, and Pro Wrestling Tees that they are using to great effect. They give interviews on blogs like this. They appear on every podcast they can. They let their fans know where they can see them not only in person but on High Spots, Powerbomb.TV, and other networks.

Callis and D’Amore know the business of wrestling. They also know business-business. They see the market, they know the trends, and they seem smart enough to create an environment to appeal to wrestlers who are truly more independent than ever.

If you listen to podcasts, please give this episode a listen. It’s a great omen for what’s on the horizon, not only for Impact, but the independent scene at large.

2017 was a ground-breaking year for the independents. 2018 is looking even better. It will start with Alpha vs. Omega. Can’t wait to see how it ends.

The Jim Cornette Experience

If you’re a fan of wrestling history, be sure to catch today’s episode of the Jim Cornette Experience. I’m on the show today talking about a few of my favorite things: The Allen Athletic Club, Elvira Snodgrass, and The Black Panther Jim Mitchell.

If you’ve already listened to today’s show, you can follow the links below to read more about the books and stories I’ve been working on.

The Black Panther Jim Mitchell

Elvira Snodgrass Part 1 and Part 2

Bluegrass Brawlers: The Story of Professional Wrestling in Louisville

Louisville’s Greatest Show: The Story of the Allen Athletic Club

Herb Welch’s How to Become a Champion

“Dr. D” David Schultz (autobiography coming soon!)

Indy Podcast Round Up – September 4

I’m a little late this week, but couldn’t skip. This was a great week for local regional independent wrestling podcasts, and if you’re even curious about what’s going on with indy wrestlers, you need to check these shows out.

First this week: Talkin’ the Business has one of the best promoters and the greatest minds in wrestling today as their guest. The man who saved CZW and also runs the very popular women’s promotion WSU D.J. Hyde shares his story about his history with CZW and where he sees the promotion going in the future. Having recently watched a little of CZW on the Highspots Network, I can tell you CZW is head and shoulders above the rest in production values, and they’re poised to continue growing in the near future.

Kick Out at Two has a must-hear show as well, a live recorded interview with 80 crazed wrestling fans at the Scenic City Invitational talking to Kerry and Nick of the Carnies. It’s a bit chaotic in points because it was the middle of the night and everyone had been drinking, but there’s some great stories as well as Kerry Awful’s pearls of wisdom for aspiring wrestlers and dreamers.

Finally, don’t skip on Dave Dynasty’s last two shows either. The Monday August 28 program featured Dick the Bruiser, Jr., talking about his start as the Golden Lion, his baseball career, and working for his father-in-law, the late, great Dick the Bruiser.

Download the Dave Dynasty Show, the Kick Out at Two Podcast, and Talkin’ the Business on iTunes or wherever you download or steal your podcasts.

Final note for indy fans: if you’re within driving distance, DO NOT miss Friday night’s Pro Wrestling Freedom event in Jeffersonville. The main event alone is worth not only the price of admission but the cost of a tank of gas. The Hooligans, the Hierarchy (Adrian Armour and Murder One), and the Carnies in a triple threat, falls count anywhere, no disqualification brawl for the PWF tag belts. This is not going to be a wrestling match. It will be a brawl. Be ready to grab your stuff and move, because it’s guaranteed to spill not only out of the ring, but well into the heart of Clark County, Indiana.

Indy Wrestling Podcast Round Up 8/25/17

Here’s what’s happening in some of the best independent wrestling podcasts this week (and last week, since I dropped the ball last weekend).

The Dave Dynasty Show featured the Van Zandt Brothers, native Hoosiers and long time veterans of the Midwest wrestling scene.

On Talkin’ the Business this week, KC and Dave review the Summerslam 2017 pay-per-view and bring you the story of up and coming wrestler Logan James.

The Kick Out at Two Podcast presents their “tired and hung over” episode featuring the very popular bad boy, Joey Janela, who recently debuted for Righteous Jesse’s Southern Underground Pro promotion.

While you’re downloading that episode, go back a week and download their interview with the legendary Tracy Smothers. Tracy is a true legend, a mentor to many young stars of today, and a wrestler who fears no man or bear. That’s right, I said bear.

Download The Dave Dynasty Show, Talkin’ the Business, and Kick Out at Two wherever you find or steal your podcasts!

Indy Podcast Round Up for August 12

Here’s what’s happening on my favorite indy wrestling podcasts this week:

Dave Dynasty welcomes Izzy Slapawitz to his podcast on Monday, August 14. Dave is hard at work on a new YouTube compilation series featuring a number of matches from various promotions in the Midwest. Should be exciting.

The story collectors at Talkin’ the Business have the Ace of Spades Ace Austin on the show. They promise an inspirational story of knowing what you want from an early age and stopping at nothing to get it.

Finally, Kick Out at Two presents the first of their interviews recorded live at the 2017 Scenic City Invitaitonal in Chattanooga. First up is an early morning live Q&A with SCI competitor Corey Hollis.

Check out these podcasts on iTunes or wherever you happen to download or steal your podcasts every week, and get to know who’s who and what’s happening in independent wrestling!

Lost Episodes on the KOAT Podcast

What once was lost has now been found. Righteous Jesse, the Wilkman, and Bonnaroo Brittany are very, very sorry for losing these but happy to announce that at long last, their lost interviews with Aaron Space and Kevin Zaxby have been found.

You can heard Aaron and Kevin on this week’s KOAT Podcast, available every Friday on iTunes, Stitcher, and Soundcloud.

Just a quick note, I won’t be sharing the weekly KOAT shows on Fridays going forward. I’m planning to try a few different things with the blog in the coming months, but I’ll still be sharing the weekly KOAT updates on social media.

I’ve said this many times and I mean it. There’s no better podcast to get you up to speed on who’s who in the independent wrestling scene than Kick Out at Two!

Two for one on Kick Out at Two this weekend

Kick Out at Two Podcast brings you not one but two guests this weekend. Returning guest Tripp Cassidy makes an appearance to talk about the upcoming Dynamite Cup. The gang also talks to women’s wrestling star Angelus Layne at Punk Pro’s Get In the Pit.

Having seen both of these wrestlers in person, this is an episode I’m looking forward to. Great people, amazing stories. Discover what you’re missing by not visiting your local independent wrestling promotion.

Download the Kick Out at Two Podcast every weekend on iTunes, Stitcher, and Soundcloud.

Talkin’ the Business and Rasslin’ Memories

Whether you’re a fan of wrestling past or wrestling present, there are some amazing podcasts out there to please every wrestling fan. In the last few weeks, I had the privilege of visiting two of them.

Rasslin’ Memories was the first podcast that hosted me when I released Bluegrass Brawlers. Glen Braget and George Schire do a fantastic job chronicling the golden age of wrestling, and it as a pleasure to visit with Glen to talk about Louisville’s Greatest Show. Rasslin’ Memories has had a terrific run as of late, featuring guests like Pretty Boy Doug Sommers and Bob Backlund as well as authors Richard Vicek (Dick the Bruiser‘s biographer) and Dan Murphy (Sisterhood of the Squared Circle).

You can download Rasslin’ Memories from their website on Pioneer 90.1 Radio.

On the other end of the spectrum is Talkin’ the Business with KC and Dave, a podcast that thrives on telling the stories of today’s independent wrestlers. Kevin and Dave begin each show with some solid commentary on WWE, and they have had some terrific guests as of late including two of my favorites, Mr. Grim and Mickie Knuckles. This week Kevin and I talk a little recent Louisville history discussing the 20+ year legacy of OVW and IWA Mid-South. You can also get to know a young Ohio-based wrestler named Alex Daniels on this week’s show. Also known as “The Real Ben Affleck,” Daniels is a rising star with a bright future.

Talkin’ the Business can be downloaded on iTunes and PodBean.

Louisville’s Greatest Show on Rasslin’ Memories

A few years ago when I release Bluegrass Brawlers, the first podcast to invite me on and talk about the book was Rasslin’ Memories, hosted by Glen Braget and George Schire. It was my great pleasure to catch up with Glen a few weeks ago and record a new episode of the program, this time in support of Louisville’s Greatest Show!

You can download the latest episode of Rasslin’ Memories and hear more about the new book on Soundcloud. Click here to download now!

Is This the End of Righteous Jesse??

This week the Kick Out at Two Podcast welcomes Air Paris to the program. Righteous Jesse talks with Air Paris about partnering with A.J. Styles, NWA Wildside, and being the father of a young wrestling fan.

It’s a shame to think that after 87 episodes, this could be the end of KOAT as we know it. Why? Because Saturday night, Righteous Jesse is going to die. He’s promoting his second show ever with Southern Underground Pro “Don’t call it SUP GRAPS” Wrestling, and he’s booked himself in a deathmatch against former KOAT guest and legendary deathmatch wrestler, Tank. I’m not sure why Jesse would do such a suicidal thing or why his friend the Wilkman or girlfriend Bonnaroo Brittany would allow it. We can only pray that Jesse will survive and live to podcast another day.

The Kick Out at Two Podcast is available on iTunes, Soundcloud, and Stitcher every Friday.

Southern Underground Pro Wrestling’s second show, Show You No Mercy, takes place Saturday night, June 10, at The Cobra in Nashville and features Bonestorm champion “The Lodestar: Curt Stallion, “The Blue Eyed Devil” Tripp Cassidy, Kevin Ku, Percy Davis, Brett Ison, Chase Jordan, Matt Lynch, Caleb Courageous, and Jeremiah Plunkett. Show information can be found on Facebook or Twitter.

Condolences on the loss of Righteous Hesse can be sent via Twitter to Bonnaroo Brittany.

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