Best Pro Wrestling Podcasts
I haven't regularly watched wrestling in years, but I really enjoy the burgeoning sub-genre of wrestling interview podcasts, many hosted by former or current wrestlers. All provide a behind the scenes perspective, and you learn a lot about how hard wrestlers work to make the shows realistic and entertaining.
- 1.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.
- 2.Something to Wrestle with Bruce PrichardThe former Brother Love worked backstage in the WWF's 80's and 90's heyday and shares what really happened behind the era's biggest shows and storylines.
- 3.Talk is JerichoChris Jericho is still wrestling, and on his twice-weekly show, he interviews former wrestlers and pop-culture personalities. His recent interview with Triple H was particularly insightful.
- 4.The Art of Wrestling with Colt CabanaHosted 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.
- 5.The Ross Report with Jim RossJim "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.
- 6.The Ric Flair ShowThis now-defunct podcast was 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.