March 17, 2020
How the history of pro wrestling isn't what a lot of people think it is and a lot of the bickering today between talking heads is coming from a place of wrong perspective. How kayfabe really evolved. Our guest this week is one of the most positive people in wrestling - Dave "It's Still Real to Me" Wills. He talks about the trials of being one of the first people to go viral in the crazy internet world.
March 3, 2020
On the new, revamped, and improved Old Tyme Wrestling Hour, host Karl Stern discusses the Twitter feud between Dave Meltzer and Jim Cornette and faulty misconception many old timers have, the insane tribal mentality than accompanies it, and then Karl is joined by Bryan Alvarez for some discussion about the building the newsletter, website, podcasting network, and F4W/WrestlingObserver website, and more. Pro wrestling history and more with wrestling historian Karl Stern.
February 25, 2020
Coming soon to iTunes, Apple Podcasts, and all major podcasting platforms is the flagship pro wrestling history podcast by DragonKingKarl - Karl Stern from Wrestling Observer, F4WOnline, and When It Was Cool. Subscribe to the new feed today by searching Apple Podcast or visiting
February 17, 2020
Karl Stern takes a look at the bombshell revelation by Austin Idol that another wrestler/manager put a hit out on him and was arrested for it. Is it true? What happened? When did it happen? We look at the situation in detail. Then Karl takes a look at current wrestling talking heads like Jim Cornette and challenges their ideas about pro wrestling in 2017 in a controversial (yet hopefully entertaining) fashion.
February 10, 2020
The Long Form History of Pro Wrestling is sort of what you might imagine a college-level course on pro wrestling history might be like. Historian Karl Stern from Wrestling Observer is your Professor wrestling studies and on this edition, we look at wrestling from 1833 to 1876 and talk about pioneers such as Col. McLaughlin and H.M. Dufur and the spread of wrestling to the U.S.
February 1, 2020
Karl Stern talks about WWE WrestleMania and post-WrestleMania RAW thoughts.  The Undertaker, more Dustin Rhodes love, the 1994 coming of Hulk Hogan into WCW and his summer of 1994 feud with Ric Flair and more. Your source for pro wrestling history and retro pop culture!
January 27, 2020
This episode concludes our look at Southeastern Championship in 1983 with a discussion about Black Bart as El Lobo and Man Mountain Harris, Arn Anderson as Super Olympia, Jerry Stubbs, Ron Fuller, and much more. Lots of classic pro wrestling action on this Karl Stern wrestling special.
January 25, 2020
Wrestling historian Karl Stern discusses a variety of topics on this edition of the Old Time Wrestling Hour. Topics include the WWE Network, latest additions to the Southeastern Championship Wrestling results project, Bunkhouse Buck (Jimmy Golden), and the unrealized potential of Dustin Rhodes from the early days of his career in WCW and his potential NWA World heavyweight title run.
January 20, 2020
Karl Stern continues his look at one of the best years of Ron Fuller's Southeastern Championship Wrestling promotion - 1983. Names such as Jos LeDuc, Jacques Rougeau, Bob Armstrong, The Flame, Jerry Stubbs, Super Olympia Arn Anderson, and many more!
January 18, 2020
This episode we get the mailbag with questions about The Undertaker, Frank Gotch, then a discussion about the Midnight Express and how Ron Starr became a part of it, the car accident that ended Norvell Austin's run, and how on Earth the Honky Tonk Man Wayne Farris ended up in this story. Also the story about the fan fight that almost sent Ron Starr to jail.
January 13, 2020
Karl Stern presents part 4 of this 5 part series on Southeastern Championship Wrestling (Pensacola / Alabama) promotion in 1983, which was probably the best year of the wrestling promotion. Heel Bob Armstrong, Ron Fuller, Arn Anderson, Jerry Stubbs, Austin Idol, and many others are discussed.
January 11, 2020
On this edition of the formerly named Karl Stern History of Wrestling podcast, Karl talks about his recent wrestling research projects and 1982-84 pro wrestling.  The Midnight Express versions you probably don't know about.  What's new on the WWE Network of interest to classic fans and on YouTube plus more!
January 4, 2020
A continuing look at the year 1983 in Southeastern Championship Wrestling SECW which was one of the best years for Ron Fuller and his Pensacola, Florida based wrestling promotion. Bob Armstrong, Mr. Olympia, Ken Lucas, Mongolian Stomper, Jos LeDuc, and much more.
January 2, 2020
Welcome to the first When It Was Cool Podcast of the year 2020! Last year featured a lot of great retro pop culture and 2020 looks amazing as well. Karl has some spoiler free comments about Star Wars - Rise of Skywalker. Talk about fans verses Toxic Fans. What happens next with G.I. Joe and the G.I. Joe franchise? A little pro wrestling talk and Marvel and DC Movies talk as well. It's what fandom is supposed to be... FUN!
December 28, 2019
DragonKingKarl (Karl Stern) talks about the death of controversial wrestling star Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka and talks about the seedy underbelly of pro wrestling in the 1980's plus gives updates on his current wrestling history projects.
December 21, 2019
This special from the Patreon archives continues our look back at the best year of Southeastern Championship Wrestling - 1983. The return of Mr. Olympia, heel Bob Armstrong, Austin Idol, when is Ron Fuller coming back, the Midnight Express, and much more!
December 16, 2019
DragonKingKarl (Karl Stern) talks about the state of pro wrestling history research and how there was a boom period about 10 years ago but how things have changed. Also, what's the latest on the Southeastern wrestling project and more.
December 14, 2019
This is part 1 of a multi-part look at Southeastern Championship Wrestling (Ron Fuller) promotion in 1983 which many will argue was the greatest year for the group. Bob Armstrong turned heel helping Ric Flair destroy Ron Fuller and begins one of the best heel runs ever. Plus Austin Idol, Mongolian Stomper, Mr. Olympia, the Midnight Express, and much more.
December 9, 2019
DragonKingKarl (Karl Stern) talks about his latest research projects including the NWA Southeastern Championship Wrestling project and the wrestling stars we have lost in 2016 including classic stars the Mongolian Stomper, Blackjack Mulligan, Axl Rotten, and others.
December 8, 2019
DragonKingKarl (Karl Stern) talks about Sting entering the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame. What is Sting's career legacy really? Does he deserve to be in? What happens to Sting's career under the microscope? How does it measure up with his original partner the Ultimate Warrior?
December 4, 2019
The Old Time Wrestling Hour Podcast is an exclusive series to our Patreon feed. We still produce this show and it is in it's second season now.  In episode 1 Karl looks at the NWA Southeastern Championship Wrestling research project and talks about various Southeastern wrestlers he met or worked with along the way including an unlikely friendship with Buddy Landell plus thoughts on other first time meetings with Jerry Stubbs and others.
December 2, 2019
DragonKingKarl Karl Stern does a retro TV review of the June 13, 1987 edition of WWF Wrestling Challenge TV show featuring: Bobby Heenan, Kamala, Brutus Beefcake, Dusty Wolfe, Steve Lombardi, Junkyard Dog, Honky Tonk Man wins the WWF Intercontinental title from Ricky Steamboat, Bob Orton, Don Muraco, Billy Jack Hayes, Hillbilly Jim, and more!
November 26, 2019
Karl Stern takes a look back at the year end awards issue for 1981 from Pro Wrestling Illustrated Magazine featuring Ric Flair, Tommy Rich, Ken Patrea, Bob Backlund, The Freebirds, Andre the Giant, and many other wrestling greats during the territorial era of wrestling. PWI was a great magazine back in the day and Karl takes you back to an era where pro wrestling was everywhere.
November 23, 2019
This is a very interesting show where we play a call in sports show from Memphis, Tennessee where pro wrestling star Mario Galento went on during the height of kayfabe and exposed the wrestling business as worked, told stories on Jerry Lawler, Bill Dundee, and others, and talked of being blackballed from wrestling, and took some of the most amazing phone calls you'll ever hear.
November 19, 2019
Sgt. Slaughter has one of the most recognizable gimmicks of the 1980s and became a top star in Mid-Atlantic, WWF, AWA, and eventually even won the WWF World title in 1990s. He is also famous for licensing out his image to the G.I. Joe line of action figures, cartoons, and comic books. Host Karl Stern takes a look at the career of Sgt. Slaughter.
November 15, 2019
Karl Stern reviews the November 22, 1986 edition of Continental Wrestling featuring The Star Fighter, Pablo Crenshaw, The New Guinea Headhunters, Kevin Sullivan, Adrian Street, Rip Rogers, Jerry Stubbs, The Dirty White Boy, The Nightmares, Roy Lee Welch, and more.
November 11, 2019
On this classic edition of the DragonKingKarl Classic Wrestling Audio Show host Karl Stern takes a look back at the career of The Assassin (Jody Hamilton). Hamilton headlined Madison Square Garden with his brother in the 1950s, was half of one of the most iconic traveling tag teams of the 1960s-1980s, wrestled as The Flame in the Southeast, and became an influential trainer. Join Karl with a look back at one of pro wrestling's greatest heels.
November 9, 2019
This show was popular over at Wrestling Observer and launched a series that continues to this day at The long form history of pro wrestling looks at the origins and evolution of professional wrestling from it's earliest days to now. This is basically a college level course in how pro wrestling came to be and evolved around the world.
November 4, 2019
Wrestling historian Karl Stern - DragonKingKarl - takes a look at the career of the enforcer of the Four Horsemen Arn Anderson. From his earliest days in Georgia Championship Wrestling, Mid-South, and Southeastern to his masked gimmick of Super Olympia, to his evolution into one of the best mic and mat men of the 1980s and 1990s. Arn Anderson, Ric Flair, Ole Anderson, Tully Blanchard, Barry Windham, and Lex Luger became the symbols of excellence in pro wrestling.
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