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.
Pat Laprade, author of the new book, “The Eighth Wonder Of The World: The True Story of Andre The Giant,” shares some of the childhood stories he discovered about the wrestling legend. Pat and Dave Meltzer from the Wrestling Observer also talk about acromegaly, the disease that caused Andre’s giantism and why he never got it treated, Andre’s relationships with both Vince McMahon Senior and Junior, his historic feud with Hulk Hogan and how that provided the foundation for the WWF pay-per-view business model, his dislike of Macho Man Randy Savage, and some of their favorite Andre matches. Plus, they finally set the record straight on exactly how many beers Andre could drink in one sitting!
Nickelback have sold over 50 million albums, they’ve sold out Madison Square Garden, and they’ve been nominated for 6 Grammy Awards! They also rank as the second best-selling foreign act of the 2000s in the US behind only The Beatles! So why the hell do they get so much hate? Guitarist Ryan Peake and bassist Mike Kroger talk about that, and lots of other things, including signing with extreme metal label Road Runner Records, working with famed producer Mutt Lange, and the job that Mike had that inspired their name! Plus, singer Chad Kroeger was great friends with “the brothers” – Darrell “Dimebag” and Vinnie Paul Abbott, and he shares when he first met them, how they became fast friends, and the hilarious gift he got from Vinnie Paul!
Dasha Gonzalez is funny, fierce, and full of personality! There’s nothing robotic about her AEW commentary, ring announcing or the stories she shares about her WWE tryout, her first-time ring announcing, and dealing with overzealous fans! Dasha also explains how one online application landed her a spot on The Rock’s “Titan Games” fitness competition show, what The Rock said about her performance, and how a freak Achilles injury nearly derailed the whole thing! Plus, Dasha details her journey to AEW and a seat in the Spanish announce booth!
Billy Jensen is a true crime investigative journalist and author, and host of "The Murder Squad” podcast. He’s helped to solve numerous crimes, and shares some of those stories. He also details the case of the little-known serial killer, the Golden State Killer, who is the subject of the new HBO Documentary “I’ll Be Gone In The Dark.” Billy helped finish the book that the documentary is based on, and explains how he got involved in the project. Plus, he’s an avid wrestling fan and not only attended the first-ever Wrestlemania, but was also in attendance the night that Hulk Hogan win his first WWF championship.
It’s Canada D’eh! And that means Chris Jericho’s childhood friends from the Great White North (Winnipeg to be exact), Dave Spivak and Rybo, return to celebrate all things Canada! They talk about their favorite Canadian TV shows, rock bands, food, and landmarks. They also remember the things they had to cross the border to get, what happened when the Jets left Winnipeg, and the time that Lars Ulrich of Metallica rear-ended Rybo’s girlfriend!
Dr. Luther (aka Len Olson) is one of Chris Jericho’s oldest and closest friends in wrestling, and he returns to TIJ to talk about his journey to AEW! Hear about his lengthy audition process, and his memorable signing day. He’s also talking about his early days wrestling in Japan, the origins of the Luther character and what “The Warriors” and “Silence Of The Lamb” movies had to do with it, the Japanese fans’ reaction to the gimmick, wrestling Leon Spinks, and how things ended for him with FMW in Japan.
The Classic Album Clash returns and this time it’s a battle between Metallica’s “Load” and “Reload” albums! OG CAC debater Frankie Kazarian, and former MLB player, Cody Decker (who also happens to be married to AEW’s Jenn Sterger) are both diehard Metallica fans and join the debate about which songs, performances, riffs, artwork, and ultimately album, reigns supreme! They also share a load (pun intended) of Metallica trivia, concert stories, and personal anecdotes. Join the fun and cast your own vote on twitter @TalkIsJericho.
Mike Chioda spent 35 years reffing at WWE and has some pretty incredible stories about paying his dues working for Gorilla Monsoon, traveling with the likes of Rey Mysterio, R Truth, Jack Swagger, and the late Joey Marella, making wine runs for Andre The Giant, being ribbed by Owen Hart and Dynamite Kid, and learning the ropes as a young ref in the business. Mike also shares some of his favorite matches and talent like The Rock, Hulk Hogan, and Eddie Guerrero, and how he basically ended up as Chris Jericho’s personal referee for a while. He’s also talking about his recent release from WWE, the circumstances surrounding it, and what he hopes to do in the not-so-distant future.
AEW Ref Aubrey Edwards is one of the most popular refs in wrestling (and the bane of Chris Jericho’s existence)! She gave up a ten-year career in the video game industry to join the carnival that is professional wrestling! Hear her journey from the indies to AEW and what happened during the 3-years in between! She talks ref training (hers and helping others), writing the AEW rulebook, and dishes on some of her favorite talent to work with and favorite matches to date. She also shares her WWE reffing experience!
Andy Copping is “Mr. Download,” the face and booker of Download Fest, one of the most popular rock festivals on the planet. And like the rest of the concert industry, Download had to cancel their festival this year, which was slated to take place this weekend at Castle Donington, due to the COVID19 pandemic. So today, Andy’s sharing some of his favorite stories, moments, performances, and happy accidents from the Festival’s history. He’s telling tales about Metallica, AC/DC, Korn, Linkin Park, Iron Maiden, Muse, Slipknot, Ozzy Osbourne, Limp Bizkit, and more! He’s also sharing the history of Download, its connection to the Monsters of Rock festival, and what they have planned for 2021! And be sure to check out Download TV on YouTube Music THIS WEEKEND ONLY featuring live concerts and interviews with your favorite bands!
They made history on AEW and now they’re making history on TIJ! The Inner Circle is all together for the first-time ever on a podcast, and breaking down the Stadium Stampede from Double or Nothing! Sammy Guevara, Jake Hager, and Santana and Ortiz spill the secrets behind the making of the epic match that involved a good old-fashioned Western bar brawl, a horse chase, a swimming pool, a moonsault off the goal post, a One-winged angel 15-foot plunge between stadium levels, and 100-yards of Northern Lights suplexes. They also talk about the formation of the Inner Circle, what inspired the Bubbly Bunch, the creation of the Flim Flam dance, and the chaotic in-ring confrontation with boxing legend Mike Tyson.
Original Styx singer Dennis DeYoung has one of the most distinct voices in rock and roll, and it sounds amazing on his new studio album, “26 East,” named for the address of this parents’ home in Illinois where he got his musical start! Dennis talks about forming Styx, writing and singing on 7 of the band’s 8 Top 10 singles, opening for KISS, his friendship with Gene Simmons, the story of “Mr. Roboto,” and the real reason why he’s no longer in Styx and why fans will never see a reunion of the original lineup. He also does a killer chorus of Fozzy’s “Judas” acapella to start the show!
Pineapple Pete aka Suge D aka Sugar Dunkerton made a fortuitous choice when he threw his pineapple Hawaiian shirt into his overnight bag before his last-minute trip to Atlanta for the AEW TV tapings. His extra spot turned into a spotlight match with Le Champion, and became one of the breakout angles of AEW’s taped, empty-arena shows! And now Suge D and Jericho are telling the whole story of how this spontaneous story came to be, including the importance of Pineapple Pete’s promo, and deliberate quickness of the in-ring match. Suge D is also a veteran wrestler of the indie scene who spent a few years working in England. He’s telling those tales and offering some great words of wisdom and inspiration for all those pursuing their dreams!
80s pop icon, Tiffany, is all grown up and still making music! She’s just no longer performing in shopping malls! The super talented singer is talking about her new acoustic album, her new Cooking Club, and explaining why “I Think We’re Alone Now” is still her favorite song! She’s also sharing stories about getting started when she was 15, graduating from live shows at malls to real venues, and eating bugs and other gross stuff on the reality TV show “I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!” Plus, she recalls doing Hulk Hogan’s “Celebrity Championship Wrestling,” and makes a case for being invited to do “The Masked Singer!”
Matt Cardona (aka Zack Ryder) and Brian Myers (aka Curt Hawkins) hated each other when they first met, but all that changed thanks to one thing – action figures! And that one thing made them instant friends, longtime tag partners, and co-hosts of the “The Major Figure Wrestling Podcast!" Matt & Brian are talking about all that – from their initial WWE signings to their time in developmental to being called up to work with Undertaker to winning the Tag Team Championship at Wrestlemania. They’re also chronicling their many firings, including the most recent, and some of the crazy matches and stories that happened in between.
The Murderhawk Monster, Lance Archer, says there’s a reason for his name, and a process to taking care of those blood red braids! He also recounts his journey to AEW, starting with his indie days in Texas, his stint with TNA, his very short run with WWE, and his incredible success with NJPW. He’s got great stories about Vince McMahon, Johnny Ace, Arn Anderson, and Tiger Hattori! Plus, he’s talking Killer Elite Squad, Will Ospreay, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, and wrestling in empty arenas. And then there’s something about raw horse meat, Shelton Benjamin, and the NJPW locker room.
It’s episode 666 of TIJ and what better way to mark the creepy occasion than with a “Damien: Omen II” watchalong with our fav fellow film buff, Kevin Smith! You know the drill – you do the first half of the movie here, and then you immediately jump to Smodcast to finish the viewing! And you better believe, both eps are filled with great trivia about the making of the movie, the scenes and the setting, the Oscar-caliber cast, the award-winning composer, and why this was so taboo for the time! Plus, Chris and Kevin share their own childhood tales about experiencing the movie for the first time, and how it went on to affect their own respective lives and creative careers!
It's a love story for the ages, and one that was cut far too short by tragic events. Martha Hart opens up about her love affair and life with late husband, Owen Hart. She recalls meeting him when she was 15-years old, her first introduction to his crazy family, traveling the world with Owen during his early wrestling days, and what it was like for him when brother Bret left WWE with Owen still there under contract. She shares how they spent their down time, Owen's favorite movies and foods, and what he really wanted to do when he finally retired from wrestling. She also shares some details about her lawsuit with WWE after Owen's death, and how that resulted in amazing foundation, growth, and work of the Owen Hart Foundation.
Bruce Jingles was a crowd favorite who played to standing ovations and a packed theater on the Chris Jericho Rock & Wrestling Rager at Sea Part Deux in January, and he’s sharing those stories and so much more! Hear about his friendship with Eddie Murphy’s brother, Charlie, and his junior high friendship with Ice Cube, and what Bruce heard about Bill Cosby years before the comedian’s fall from grace! Bruce also talks about his unique name, why he doesn’t want to be known as a “weed comic,” and how come he ranks Dave Chapelle over Richard Pryor when it comes to his favorite comedians.
What are Chris Jericho and Jojo Feeney’s (from “Keepin’ It 100 with Konnan” pod) Top 10 Stephen King books? The answers will definitely surprise you, but will include stories and trivia about “The Shining,” “Carrie,” “The Stand,” and “It.” They talk about the movies and mini-series made from King’s books like “Misery,” “Under The Dome,” “Pet Cemetery,” and “Christine.” You’ll hear analysis on favorite characters, plot lines, scenes, and sequels. Plus, they talk about some of Stephen King’s great music references, and his amazing storytelling ability.
The tag team formerly known as The Revival at WWE are no longer with the company, and have a brand new identity, The Revolt! Cash Wheeler (formerly Dash Wilder) and Dax Harwood (formerly Scott Dawson) asked for their release 15 months ago, and explain in full detail, why it didn’t happen until recently. They speak to Vince McMahon’s dislike of their North Carolina accents, the costumes & gimmick he pitched them in a last-ditch effort to keep them, and the state of the tag team division at WWE. They also share stories about their mentor and friend, the late great Dusty Rhodes, their chemistry as a tag team and why they don’t want to wrestle as singles, and their old-school, throwback style.
Good Ole JR, Jim Ross, returns to share stories from “Under The Black Hat,” his latest autobiography that really tells the story about two specific relationships in his life – his relationship with Vince McMahon, and JR’s relationship with late wife, Jan. JR paints a fair portrait of his days at WWE working for Vince, including some of the disrespectful “ribs” that McMahon pulled on JR like Dr. Heiney, and moving JR from RAW to Smackdown on live TV during the draft. JR also talks about convincing McMahon to sign Mick Foley and Chris Jericho, how he developed such a close friendship with Steve Austin, and what McMahon said to JR when JR told him he was signing with AEW.
The Heaven’s Metal trio (drummer/comedian Richard Christy, singer Howard Jones of Light The Torch and Killswitch Engage fame, and Chris Jericho) returns for a very funny Classic Album Clash featuring the greatest band you’ve never heard of – Barren Cross! It’s “Atomic Arena” versus “State Of Control” in a fierce battle that includes debate and analysis on everything from album art to song lyrics to guitar riffs and vocals to singer Mike Lee's hair! Hear the guys argue for their favorite tracks, favorite performances, and favorite looks of Barren Cross that all culminates in a final winner! But the real question is... do you agree?
The Baby-faced Assassin, Teddy Irvine, returns to TIJ to share stories about the greatest hockey players in the NHL! He’s talking about the guys he roomed with, traveled with, skated with, and scored against on the ice, including Gordie Howe, Bobby Orr, Bobby Hull, and Gerry Cheevers. He’s got tales from his time with the Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers, and remembers a 17-year old Wayne Gretzky who flew to Winnipeg to play in a charity game before he was even in the NHL. 10 years, 700 games, and a really good reason why Teddy will never, ever touch the Stanley Cup himself.
Dr. Britt Baker DMD broke her nose during a recent match against Shida on AEW Dynamite, and that was no blood capsule gushing red down her face! The legit wrestling dentist tells that story, shares the inspiration behind her #RoleModel heel turn, and explains why she’s been spotted in the audience of NXT shows! She’s also talking about the grueling path she took to simultaneously pursue wrestling and dentistry, and how most of her patients react when they sit in her chair! She has tales about Kenny Omega, Rhyno, and Cody Rhodes, and the #1 selling t-shirt by a female performer at ProWresltingTees.com!
Aleister Crowley is known as the wickedest man in the world, and has been a fascinating influence on rock n roll for the last 50 years! Everyone from Ozzy Osbourne to the Beatles to Led Zeppelin to the Rolling Stones to David Bowie and the Red Hot Chili Peppers have referenced Crowley in their lyrics, videos, and personas. So who exactly is this black magic, English occultist who died in 1947, and why is the rock world so drawn to him? Kevin Eustace, host of the “We Need To Talk About Ghosts” podcast, returns to shed some light on Mr. Crowley and his dark arts, and reveal when and how he became such an integral part of rock n roll, and what’s happened to some of rock’s most famous icons as a result.
If the coronavirus #StayHome is starting to wreck a little havoc on your relationships, Chris’ therapist, Dr. Dae, is here to help! She has some great tips and exercises to improve communication and patience (for adults and kids), and to help the personal space issues that may be creating stress and anxiety at home. She has thoughts on “quality family time,” “quality partner time,” and “quality me time,” and how to deal with the uncertainty plaguing life in general these days. Keep all of your relationships intact and healthy with a little assist from Dr. Dae!
Aussie wrestler Shazza McKenzie was supposed to spend 8 weeks in the States performing at various indie wrestling shows around the country, but thanks to the coronavirus outbreak, her trip only lasted a few days, and culminated with a two-week quarantine when she finally made it back to her native Australia! Shazza recounts her crazy story, and talks about the 8-weeks of bookings she lost, including a few high-profile shows in Tampa during Wrestlemania week! She also shares her quarantine routine, gives a review of the “Tiger King” documentary, and explains how she ended up doing Tik Tok dances with Marko Stunt!
James Garretson is the guy from the “Tiger King” documentary who cooperated with the Feds, and ultimately helped put Joe Exotic behind bars. He’s also the infamous jet ski guy in all the memes from the series! James explains his relationships with Joe Exotic, Carole Baskin, and Jeff Lowe, and gives some backstory on the murder-for-hire plot, the disappearance of Carole’s husband, and what it’s really like owning and caring for big cats.
Marty Elias was the referee at Chris Jericho’s favorite match ever – Shawn Michaels versus Undertaker at Wrestlemania 25 in Houston, Texas! Watchalong with Marty and Chris as Marty shares behind-the-scenes details about the planning and execution of the match. Marty also talks about his relationship with Shawn and the heat it caused at WWE, his own WWE run, and what led to his controversial departure!
Killer Queens singer Nina Noir survived the coronavirus and details her story! She talks about where and how she may have contracted COVID19, the long road to diagnosis, quarantining, some of her scary symptoms, and how she managed to beat it living alone in San Francisco. She also shares some stories from the Jericho cruise!
Brodie Lee was the super-secret surprise in the big double swerve on AEW Dynamite last week, and he’s telling the story from start to finish! Discover how he managed to keep his move a secret, why he was so nervous about his debut, and when this whole plan really came together! He’s also speaking candidly about leaving WWE, how he felt about the Bludgeon Brothers tag team with Erick Rowan, what his final months were really like with the company, his relationship with Vince McMahon, and why money isn’t always the most important thing.
Critically-acclaimed “Dark Side Of The Ring” is back on Vice TV, and season 2 kicks off with a two-parter about Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero! Producer Evan Husney and director Jason Eisener reveal how they got David Benoit, Chris’ son, and Sandra Toffoloni, Nancy’s sister, to participate. They also talk about the upcoming episode on the Owen Hart tragedy and what it took to get Owen’s widow, Martha, to agree to the documentary. And they discuss Jericho’s involvement as contributor and show narrator. Plus, they talk origins of the series in general, what inspired their story choices for seasons 1 and 2, and whether there might be a season 3.
Matt Hardy made his AEW debut last night, and became the newest member of The Elite, and the fifth man on their Blood & Guts team. Matt explains how this came be, what prompted him to leave WWE when his contract expired on March 1st, and what this might mean for his brother Jeff who’s still under contract with Vince McMahon. Matt also talks about the origin of Broken Matt, how TV shows like “Dexter,” “True Blood,” and “True Detective” inspired the entire creative concept, and where he hopes to take the character and story at AEW.
Dr. Alex Patel educates us about coronavirus, dispelling some myths and conspiracy theories, and offering sound advice for staying healthy during this pandemic. He speaks to transmission, death rate, those most at risk, and some of the simple things you can do to ensure the well-being of yourself and those around you. He talks about COVID-19’s origins, it’s similarities to SARS, and why the coronavirus outbreak has led to such extreme social distancing and societal shutdowns. He also talks about a possible vaccine, virus mutations, coronavirus shelf life, and when the world may return to some semblance of normal.
Excalibur is the masked man at the announcer’s table on AEW Dynamite, and he explains how he ended up in that seat. He’s also one of the founders of PWG (Pro Wrestling Guerilla), the hottest indie promotion that gave many superstars their start. He talks about founding the company, their early days in Reseda, California, how they became such a celebrity magnet, and why they ultimately moved their operations and shows to Philly. He shares stories about the talent that came through PWG’s doors (The Young Bucks, Will Ospreay, Drew Galloway, Kevin Owens), some of his favorite matches, and how he got started doing commentary in the first place.
Paul W. Hauser starred as Richard Jewell in Clint Eastwood’s movie, “Richard Jewell.” He’s also appeared in “iTonya,” Spike Lee’s “Blackkklansman,” YouTube Red’s “Cobra Kai,” the Chris Jericho Rock & Wrestling Rager at Sea TWICE, and a one-off fistfight with Chris Jericho! He’s telling that story along with the time he gave Will Forte an idea for “MacGruber,” how he ended up writing episodes of the Edge and Christian Show, and the crazy way he booked one of his bigger acting gigs.
The very funny Tom Arnold joins to tell some hilarious stories about growing up in Iowa, working at the Hormel Meat Packing plant, his teenage jail years, and how he ended up acting in Hollywood. He talks “True Lies” with buddy Arnold Schwarzenegger, filming action scenes with Steven Seagal, and what it was really like on the set of “The Best Damn Sports Show.” He also discusses former friend Donald Trump and why Tom repeatedly turned down the Celebrity Apprentice, and Tom has plenty to say about Michael Jackson and last year’s controversial documentary on MJ’s life.
After a historic and epic 6-month reign, Chris Jericho lost the AEW World Championship to Jon Moxley at Revolution on Saturday. And now that he’s no longer carrying the title belt, Chris has decided to tell the full story about what really happened the night the title mysteriously went missing in Tallahassee (less than 24 hours after Chris’ initial victory). Hear about the events leading up to the title’s disappearance, and what transpired during the 72 hours it was missing, and the weird circumstances surrounding its recovery. Chris also shares his theories behind the theft, and how AEW was able to take a negative and spin it into a positive for the company.
The old Ohio State Reformatory Prison isn’t just the shooting location of “The Shawshank Redemption” movie, it also happens to be the most haunted prison in America! Three employees who host ghostly tours of the prison share some of their personal paranormal experiences and offer details of some of the hauntings inside its walls. They also share the prison’s history and stories about a few of the more notorious inmates, and provide some great trivia from Shawhank’s filming days.
Jake “The Snake” Roberts traveled everywhere with his cobra and had some serious adventures and mishaps along the way including trashed hotel rooms, tarmac escapes, and garage door derailings. He’s talking about the origins of the gimmick, the time his snake bit Randy “Macho Man” Savage in the ring and what it took to get Macho to agree to that, and how Jake managed to squash his own fear of snakes to make the gimmick successful. Plus, Jake talks promos, psychology, the creation of the DDT, and his relationship with Andre The Giant in and out of the ring.
Nyla Rose chronicles both her journey as a transgender woman and a wrestler in this candid conversation about overcoming obstacles along both paths. She speaks to her relationship with her family and friends, how she found comfort in her faith, what it’s been like living her truth, why she takes the words “role model” so seriously, and how she prefers to deal with internet trolls. She also talks about watching wrestling with her grandmother, training while male-presenting, and her first match as female performer. Plus, she shares her love of Japan, the meaning behind her “DILLIGAF” moto, and some behind-the-scenes stories about her first match at AEW.
The new coronavirus pandemic has infected over 70,000 and killed close to 2,000, but is it as dangerous as the World Health Organization, CDC, world governments, and the news media would have you believe? Not according to truthers David Weiss and RV! They explain how and why the satanic government concocted the coronavirus conspiracy, the disturbing reasons behind the many supposed pandemics that have struck the world in recent decades (including SARS, Bird Flu, Swine Flu, and HIV/AIDS in the 90s), and what you can do to protect yourselves and your families from all of the mind control!
It’s Ric Flair live from the Chris Jericho Rock & Wrestling Rager and Sea Part Deaux! And this time he’s talking about the origins of the “Woooo!,” how he first met and started working with Hulk Hogan, how he ended up in North Korea with Muhammad Ali and Eric Bischoff, his friendship with Roddy Piper, the advice he got from Harley Race, and the drama behind his jump from WCW to WWE. He also speaks candidly about his serious health scare from a couple years ago, his recovery, and he shares the single greatest accomplishment of his career!
Iron Maiden guitarist Adrian Smith talks Maiden live shows from the props to the set list! He shares the songs he enjoys playing most, the ones that are a bit challenging, and how Maiden adapted the music to fit their three-guitar approach when Adrian and Bruce rejoined the band in 1999. Adrian recounts the circumstances that brought both he and Bruce back to Maiden, the band’s reaction to Bruce’s cancer scare, and what happened when Johnny Cash turned up at an Iron Maiden soundcheck!
Hoooooooooo! Hacksaw Jim Duggan and his 2x4 invade TIJ for a hilarious conversation about his life in wrestling! He recounts how he went from the NFL to wrestling thanks to Fritz Von Erich, and remembers his first gimmick at Big Jim Duggan in the gold bathrobe, doing jobs for Hulk Hogan and Sgt. Slaughter, learning to wrestle in Hawaii working with Haku, and the words that Bruiser Brody said to him that gave rise to the 2x4. Hacksaw also shares the full story behind the arrest (with Iron Sheik) that nearly ended his career and definitely killed his push with Vince McMahon. He’s also got stories about Andre The Giant, Roddy Piper, Stunning Steve Austin, and winning the first-ever Royal Rumble.
It’s the return of the Classic Album Clash, and this time it’s DIO’s “Holy Diver” vs “The Last In Line!” Fozzy guitarists Rich Ward and Billy Grey, and drummer Frank Fontsere return to debate the songs, album art, songwriting, musicianship, guitar solos, and production of the two albums to ultimately crown the best among them. They also share Dio stories and trivia, remember the first time they saw the band live, and compare the management styles of Wendy Dio and Sharon Osbourne. Plus, they talk favorite songs, favorite Vivian Campbell guitar solos, and favorite Dio performances.
Eddie Guerrero’s wife, Vickie, daughter Shaul, and the nephew he thought more of like a brother, Chavo Guerrero, Jr. share stories and memories about the life and career of Eddie. Chavo and Chris tell wrestling and road stories, and Vickie and Shaul remember Eddie at home as husband and father. Vickie also recounts the story of their first date, and addresses her split from Eddie, his time in rehab, and the one big regret she has about the day he died. Plus, Chavo talks Los Guerreros, nicknames, and the time that Eddie shit the bed.
Eric Bischoff, Scott Hall, Diamond Dallas Page, and Booker T recount the rise and fall of the NOW! Eric remembers what sparked the idea in the first place, how he was able to get Kevin Nash and Scott Hall to leave WWE for WCW, and when Hulk Hogan officially became the third member. Eric also reveals who he had lined up before Hogan agreed to join. Scott Hall shares his reasons for jumping to WCW at the time, how and why he involved Diamond Dallas Page in the NWO angles, and some of his favorite moments from that time. And DDP and Booker T recall what the rise of the NWO did for WCW and their own careers respectively.
The OJ Simpson murder trial is arguably one of the most intriguing cases in modern criminal history. Over 25 years later, and no one’s really sure exactly what happened to OJ’s ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ron Goldman on the night of June 12, 1994. OJ Simpson was arrested a few days after the brutal killings, charged with both murders, and after a high-profile, public trial that lasted nearly 10 months, was acquitted of both crimes. Tim Mangione, who’s been following and researching the case for the last quarter of a century, offers his insight and theories about who possibly killed Nicole and Ron, and why he doesn’t believe it was OJ. Tim also discusses the Dream Team curse, the back stories behind Judge Lance Ito, Mark Furman, and Robert Kardashian, and the many controversies surrounding the case and trial.
In honor of Jushin Thunder Liger’s retirement, Chris tells the full story of Super Liger! He chronicles the character’s origin, the costume design, and seeing the mask for the first time. And he hosts a watch-along of Super Liger’s one and only match against Koji Kanemoto at the Tokyo Dome in January of 1997. He remembers the crowd reaction (or lack thereof), the locker room reaction post-match, and even shares a few of the critical reviews. Chris also talks about the fallout from the match, and the one thing that saved his opportunity to do more work for New Japan in the future.
The Killer Queens are the only all-female Queen cover band, and they’re rockin’ the Chris Jericho Rock & Wrestling Rager at Sea Part Deux next week! They’re also rockin’ TIJ with their incredible story! Lead singer Nina Noir, guitarist Emily Ruvidich, and keyboardist Olivia talk about their favorite Queen songs, which are the hardest to play and sing, which are the most fun, and how they put together their set list. Plus, Nina shares the story about meeting Brian May and Roger Taylor, attending the London premiere of the “Bohemian Rhapsody” film, and meeting star Rami Malek. Nina also toured with Queensryche, and explains how she landed the part of Sister Mary.
The music world was stunned last Friday when news broke of Rush drummer Neil Peart’s death from brain cancer. So celebrate the life, legacy and music of one of the greatest, most-influential drummers in rock and roll history with Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante and Winery Dogs (and former Dream Theater) drummer Mike Portnoy, who share their personal stories and recollections on Neil, Rush’s albums and stage shows. Mike was actually friends with Neil and speaks to their relationship, and Charlie remembers the first time he met Neil and why that didn’t go exactly as planned. They also share favorite songs, favorite drum solos, favorite live performances, and favorite Neil memories.
Darby Allin started in the world of skateboarding and explains how that led him to pro-wrestling! He talks about his craziest skating stunts (like jumping on two broken ankles) and his craziest in-ring moves on the indie scene. He went to film school (which explains all his cool AEW intro videos), lived in the apartment above Jimmy Kimmel’s black-sheep cousin, and also lived in his car for 18 months. He mastered the art of George Forman grilling in bathrooms, and somehow managed to find time and place to write a screenplay that he’s planning to turn into a movie this Spring! He shares favorite matches, favorite punk bands, and reveals why he chooses to live the straight edge lifestyle.
Jared James Nichols grew up just miles from where blues guitar legend Stevie Ray Vaughan played his final show, and ultimately died in a tragic helicopter crash! So maybe that’s where some of Jared’s love of blues and guitar comes from. But it’s definitely not where he got his left-handed, pick-less playing style! Jared talks about his musical start, the role his mom played in his career, how a chance run-in with Lynyrd Skynyrd gave him his first big break, and why taking a risk on a European Tour changed everything for Jared and his power trio band.
Rhyno makes his TIJ debut, and brings with him all kinds of stories involving all of his runs at WWE (including the reasons why his last stint there didn’t work out)! He talks about working with Stephanie McMahon and what he learned from her, what really happened the time he got kicked out of the ring by Vince McMahon during the middle of a match, and all the stuff he learned from Jericho while there. Rhyno also speaks to his friendship with Edge and Christian, his time at ECW with Paul Heyman and what that did for his career, the Tony Condello Northern Death Tours in Canada, and why Impact Wrestling is the perfect place for him at this point in his career.
We’re kicking off 2020 with the return of Flat Earther David Weiss who offers up more proof that we live on a flat plane and NOT a giant ball as we’ve been taught our whole lives! He addresses gravity, the horizon, airplanes, the Summer and Winter Solstice, the laws of light, the moon, sunsets and sunrises, and alien existence. He offers up experiments that you can do at home that will prove the globe lie. He also explains why he thinks NASA and Disney are the same company, and why he firmly believes nuclear bombs are a hoax, and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un is not the leader of that country.
Marko Stunt wanted to be wrestler from the time he was 15-years old, and didn’t let size stop him from pursuing his dream. He talks about the training he did in highschool, and how he started working the Nashville scene. He also recounts the time he broke his leg at a Joey Janela show, how Bully Ray (aka Bubba Dudley) and Tommy Dreamer made Marko look like a million bucks in the Over Budget Battle Royal at All In Chicago and ultimately got him signed to AEW, and what he thought when The Young Bucks casually offered him an AEW contract. He also talks about meeting Sammy Guevara at 2017 WrestleCon, tagging with Luchasaurus and Jungle Boy, and the one match he’s hoping to do someday at AEW.
Merry Christmas! CJ and the Team Tiger Awesome crew (Nick Mundy, Clint Gage, and Michael Truly) celebrate the holidays with a watchalong of the Hulk Hogan Christmas classic *cough cough* “Santa With Muscles!” And of course this is filled with numerous side convos about Star Wars, KISS, “That 70s Show,” Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito, and ideas for new TV shows. And see if you can figure out the plot of the movie by the time it’s over!
The very funny Brad Williams brings the laughs to TIJ, and he has plenty to say about life as a little person comic, why he doesn’t mind the word “midget,” how he deals with hecklers at stand-up shows, and what inspires his comedy. He also shares the story about how a morning show radio bit and a threesome dating app led him to his wife, and what he’s most looking forward to about fatherhood! Plus, he’s got a great tale about meeting the Big Show at LAX (and an awesome picture to prove it)!
Vince Russo makes his TIJ debut to talk about his role in bringing Chris Jericho to the WWE, what happened when Vince jumped ship to WCW, and when he knew it was the end there! Vince is also talking about his relationship with Vince McMahon, his relationship with Eric Bischoff, and his tenure at TNA. He’s sharing some of his favorite storylines and angles with talent like The Rock, Goldust, and Steve Austin, how and why Russo believes he became so hated by wrestling fans, and what he really thinks about today’s wrestling product.
Michael Sweet returns to TIJ to celebrate his 10th solo album, “Ten,” and the 33rd anniversary of Stryper’s most popular album, “To Hell With The Devil!” Michael talks about the album’s controversial album cover that got them banned from some retailers, and ultimately had to be replaced. He also talks about the power of MTV, and how Stryper went from clubs to arenas overnight with virtually no radio play. He speaks about the songwriting and creative process, the many bass players during that era, the inventive black and yellow stage costumes, and the stigma and discrimination they faced as a Christian rock band.
The Highway Man James Storm makes his TIJ debut with some great stories about turning down both WWE and Impact to do his own thing on the indie scene! He talks Beer Money with Bobby Roode (and whether a reunion may be in the works), America’s Most Wanted with Chris Harris (and how a night of partying turned into that tag team), and what he learned from the late, great Dusty Rhodes (Cowboys don’t do moonsaults). James also remembers working Hulk Hogan in London, fist-fighting a fan who entered the ring, and how he became such good friends with Ric Flair. Plus, James reveals the inspiration behind his awesome Django Django videos.
First he was hand-picked to be part of the Inner Circle, and now he’s been hand-picked to appear on TIJ! The Spanish Sex God, Sammy Guevara, talks about his journey to AEW, and what it’s like being part of Le Sex Gods, the hottest new tag team at the company. Sammy’s talking Pandas, vlogging, and meeting his heroes. He also recalls his WWE experience, getting booked on Lucha Underground, wrestling in Japan, and training at Booker T’s wrestling school.
Legendary songwriter Desmond Child has 70 Top 40 hits to his name, a GRAMMY, and a Songwriters Hall of Fame induction! He’s written huge tunes for Bon Jovi (“Livin’ On A Prayer”), Aerosmith (“Dude (Looks Like A Lady)”), Ricky Martin (“Cup Of Life”), KISS (“I Was Made For Lovin’ You”), Katy Perry (“Waking Up In Vegas”), Joan Jett (“I Hate Myself For Lovin’ You”), and Alice Cooper! And he’s sharing all the stories behind the songs, and explaining how Paul Stanley of KISS was instrumental in pivoting Desmond’s music career from that of bandmember to songwriter and producer. You’ll discover the songs he likes, the ones he’s not too fond of, and the few that find new life in new forms (can you say NFL Sunday Night Football theme)? Plus, Desmond talks about the time he met Michael Jackson, and why the never ended up writing together.
Lance Storm is closing the Storm Wrestling Academy this year after an amazing 15-year run! He’s talking about the timing of his decision, the new adventure he’s about to undertake with WWE, and what prompted him to open the wrestling school in the first place! He’s also talking about the hundreds of students who have come through his doors – his favorites, the ones who got away, and the ones who should have made it but didn’t for whatever reason. He’s sharing stories about some of the legends who’ve visited the school to offer advice and tips (like Bret Hart, Rey Mysterio, Edge, and Don Callis), and some of the second-generation wrestlers he’s instructed over the years (like Dominik Mysterio, Brian Pillman Jr., and Rachael Ellering).
It’s Le Champion’s favorite era of KISS – 80's KISS! So much so that he wrote the forward to a new book called “Take It Off: KISS Truly Unmasked!” Greg Prato wrote the book which features interviews with Bruce Kulick (who was KISS’ lead guitarist for much of that time period), video director Paul Rachman (who did the “Unholy” and “Domino” videos), producer Ron Nevison (who helmed the “Crazy Nights” album), and TIJ alum and rock expert Eddie Trunk! So today, Greg and Eddie Trunk join Chris to talk 80's KISStory, including a breakdown of the 12 non-makeup albums, the big tours, late, great drummer Eric Carr (who was a close personal friend of Eddie’s), Vinnie Vincent’s contribution to the band during his short tenure, Gene Simmons’ run of 80s films, and the role that MTV played in keeping the band alive.
NZO and CazXL (formerly Enzo and Big Cass) are back in a big way! They recount what’s happened since their respective firings from WWE, the personal fallout of their own friendship, and the scary seizure that Cass suffered at a House of Hardcore signing. Cass speaks candidly about his battle with alcohol, his unbelievable recovery, and how he and Enzo were able to fix their friendship. Plus, Enzo tells his hilarious Survivor Series story, talks about his music career, and explains what finally brought him back to the ring.
Hans Holzer was the first American ghost-hunter, who investigated thousands of paranormal hauntings. His books and case files inspired Dan Aykroyd to write the hit movie, “Ghostbusters!” And now some of Hans’ most intriguing cases are being examined and re-investigated on the new Travel Channel TV show, “The Holzer Files,” by two longtime friends of TIJ, investigator Dave Schrader (of Beyond The Darkness podcast fame), and researcher Gabe Roth (horror filmmaker Eli Roth’s brother). Dave and Gabe share a behind-the-scenes look at some of the spookier moments that occurred during filming along with some of the terrifying experiences that happened off camera! They talk about the infamous Rye House in New York, the ghost crew of the USS Constellation Warship, and the Whaley House.
Comedian Ryan “Cripple Threat” Niemiller came in 3rd on “America’s Got Talent,” but always dreamed of being a professional wrestler! That’s how he ended up getting some great coaching and training from Le Champion during Ryan’s AGT finale appearance! Hear that story along with what it took to make AGT, why it’s harder than it might seem, and what the judges are really like when the cameras aren’t rolling. Plus, Ryan talks about his foray into professional wrestling before starting in standup, his friendship with the Young Bucks and Peter “The Librarian” Avalon, and how it was not his disability that prevented him from pursuing that dream but something else entirely! He also speaks to developing his standup act, why his self-deprecating jokes always seem to get the best response, and the one joke he’ll never be able to tell again.
Kia Stevens is Awesome Kong in AEW, The Welfare Queen on the Netflix series GLOW, and she was Karma at WWE. She also from suffers from coulrophobia (fancy word for legit fear of clowns, and she’s got the stories to back it up)! Kia got her wrestling start in Japan with All Japan Women, lived in the dojo for years, and speaks fluent Japanese. She spent some time in TNA and talks about her historic match against Gail Kim, and recounts her jump to WWE and the birth of Karma! Plus, Kia takes us behind the scenes of GLOW, and explains how she landed at AEW.
Donald Trump Jr. drops by in what’s sure to be the most controversial episode in TIJ history. Yes, he speaks about Russia, Jussie Smollett, and his father, the most polarizing President in American history. He addresses impeachment, the 2020 election, the “leftist media,” and his own political aspirations. Donald Jr. also remembers his father’s WWE run, the Battle of The Billionaires, the family friendship with the McMahons, and the moment that Stone Cold Steve Austin gave his father a stunner!
Wendy Dio, wife and manager of the late, great, legendary, Ronnie James Dio, is sharing stories from her life with Ronnie! She’s talking about how they met, why he left Black Sabbath to start his own band, what inspired the swords and dragon imagery of Dio’s early days, and about his stomach cancer diagnosis. She also explains why she was shocked by his passing, and how she’s keeping his memory and legacy alive through is music and philanthropy (the 5th Annual Bowl For Ronnie is tomorrow night, November 7th)!! Plus, Wendy’s taking us behind-the-scenes of last summer’s DIO hologram tour, and what it took to make that happen.
Halloween week concludes with paranormal stories about the King of Rock, Elvis Presley! Jeff Dougherty of the Christian Whistleblower YouTube channel spent time around Elvis and the Memphis Mafia. Jeff’s childhood friend, Charlie Hodge, was close to Elvis and actually lived at Graceland! Jeff shares stories about Elvis’ ghost haunting Graceland after his death, the real reason Elvis wanted to meet the Beatles, and what he warned John Lennon and Paul McCartney about. Jeff’s also talking about the secret international, multi-government organization that was exerting mind control over Elvis, and how Elvis’ Hollywood career and stint in the Army were all part of a bigger plan!
Kevin Eustace lives in Liverpool and is an expert on all things paranormal Beatles! He’s collected and researched paranormal stories about the Fab Four for years, and now he’s sharing them with Chris and fellow Beatles fanatic, Charlie Benante of Anthrax. Kevin speaks to sightings of John Lennon’s ghost, weird experiences at the famous Cavern Club, and other well-known Beatles locations like Strawberry Field and Penny Lane (home of the Penny Lane Poltergeist). He also talks about the alleged Beatles curse, the ghost that haunted George Harrison’s home in the 1970s, and John Lennon’s UFO experience with May Pang during his infamous Lost Weekend! Plus, Kevin recounts the story of how Lennon sold his soul to the devil in exchange for fame and fortune!
Court Bauer is the founder of MLW: Major League Wrestling, and getting ready for his promotion’s big “Superfight” PPV event on November 2nd! Court shares what he learned as a WWE writer working directly under Stephanie and Vince McMahon for two years, and how that experience shaped his thoughts on promos and in-ring storytelling. He talks about working with Edward Fatu (aka Ecky), and how he helped develop the Umaga gimmick. He remembers the Battle of the Billionaires between Vince and Donald Trump, and recalls some crazy stories about the now-President of the USA. And Court explains how all of that led to the creation of MLW, and his incredible roster of talent including the Von Erich boys, Jacob Fatu, MJF (who’s also part of AEW), and Salina de la Renta.
Shhhhhh! AEW’s resident librarian, Peter Avalon, makes his TIJ debut! He’s talking about how a career in books and reading lead him to the AEW ring, and who exactly offered him the roster spot. He’s also got stories about meeting The Young Bucks in wrestling school, working with and learning from the late, great Roddy Piper, what happened during his WWE tryout, how he and his tag partner Ray Rosas make a little extra cash during Bar Wrestling shows, and why he agreed to help David Arquette make his big return to wrestling!
Artimus Pyle played drums in Lynyrd Skynyrd with original frontman (and band founder) Ronnie Van Zant, and Artimus survived the tragic plane crash that took Ronnie’s life at the height of Skynyrd’s popularity almost 42-years ago to the day. Artimus relives that fateful October day in 1977, and details both the circumstances leading up to it, and the events that immediately followed. He remembers the bandmates and friends lost, and explains why no one should have survived that crash. He also recalls his first introduction to Ronnie, his own audition, and his first live gig with the Skynyrd. Artimus is talking songwriting, performing, the big Skynyrd reunion, the reasons he quick the reunion line-up of Skynyrd, and the importance of honoring Ronnie’s legacy and music.
Don Callis and Paul Lazenby return to help Chris pay tribute to their old friend and fellow Calgary wrestler, Rick Bognar, who passed away unexpectedly last month at the age of 49. They remember their training days together, Rick’s first success in Japan, his Big Titan gimmick, and his brief stint at ECW with Paul Heyman. They also talk about Rick’s WWE gimmick as the “Fake Razor Ramon,” his relationship with Bret Hart, and why Rick’s career didn’t prove to be as successful as it should have been.
Bryan Alvarez from the Wrestling Observer has written a new book, “100 Things WWE Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die,” and he’s sharing more details about some of the items on his comprehensive list! He’s explaining how he narrowed down the events, superstars, and even the controversies featured in the book including the obvious stuff like Wrestlemania, the Monday Night Wars, Vince McMahon and Hulk Hogan, the not-so-obvious stuff like the Intercontinental Championship and indie wrestling, and the eyebrow-raising items like Crown Jewel and Chris Benoit. Bryan’s also talking about the state of wrestling today, AEW’s debut, and why the chapter on Chris Jericho was one of the hardest for him to write!
It’s time to meet Kick Axe… one of Chris Jericho’s favorite heavy metal bands! Founding bassist Vic Langen along with drummer Brian Gillstrom and guitarist Ray Harvey talk about the band’s early days gigging in their hometown of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, how they broke into the metal scene in the 80s, and why they all but disappeared just as their careers were taking off in the States. They share stories about being signed by Spencer Proffer of Pasha Records, recording in Hollywood, hanging out on the Sunset Strip in the 80s, opening for Judas Priest, the Scorpions, and Whitesnake, and touring with Quiet Riot. You’ll hear about the making of the “Vices” and “Welcome to the Club” albums, and what happened when they opened for Metallica. Plus, they recount what finally brought them together again, why singer George Criston didn’t join them again, and how they found new singer Daniel Nargang.
Heavy Metal Rules! So say Steel Panther! Singer Michael Starr and drummer Stix Zadinia talk a little sex, drugs, and rock and roll, and how ALL that played into their brand-new studio album, “Heavy Metal Rules!” In between bites of a delicious room service lunch (on Jericho’s dime of course), they discussed favorite frontmen (shout out to David Lee Roth), awesome rock singers (shout out to Sebastian Bach), first celebrity crushes (shout out to Charlize Theron), and rehab (shout out to Lexxi Foxx). There’s also some convo about licking toads, yoga pants, U2, giant bald eagles, and the grunge scene.
It’s episode 600, and there’s only one guest and event big enough to mark this momentous occasion – Kevin Smith and a “Pulp Fiction” watch-along! It’s the 25th anniversary of the Quentin Tarantino classic film so this watch-along starts right here and is jam-packed with plenty of trivia and behind-the-scenes info about the making of this movie, and why it was so groundbreaking in cinema when it was released in 1994. Kevin Smith was releasing “Clerks” at Miramax at the same time Quentin was releasing “Pulp Fiction,” so Kevin was front and center for “Pulp Fiction’s” surprise success at Cannes. He offers his insight to Quentin’s filmmaking and storytelling style, his masterful use of dialogue, and how Tarantino’s “Reservoir Dogs” spurred Kevin’s own movie-making career! So start the watch-along here, and then head to SmodCast right after to finish the movie with Kevin & Chris! And THANK YOU for listening to TIJ, supporting the sponsors, and allowing the show to continue for 600 episodes! Here’s to all you sexy-beast listeners, and another 600 shows!
We’re celebrating the premiere of AEW’s “Dynamite” TV show Wednesday at 8pm on TNT with Luchasaurus! He tore it up with Jungle Boy and Marko Stunt at “All Out Chicago,” and now you get to meet the man behind the dinosaur mask! Austin Matelson (formerly known as Judas Devlin at NXT) explains why he owes his gimmick to the late, great Dusty Rhodes, how a friendship with Johnny Mundo saved his wrestling career, adapting to working under a mask, when he knew the WWE/NXT system was not for him, and how all roads (including his Master’s degree and competing on the reality show “Big Brother”) led to AEW!
Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias is the new host of the upcoming Chris Jericho Rock & Wrestling Rager Sea Part Deux (setting sail January 20th), and you’ll hear exactly how Fluffy landed this choice gig! He’s also talking about opening for Robin Williams and George Carlin, why he wants to share a stage with country great Willie Nelson, and how come he has absolutely no desire to be Kevin Hart! Fluffy’s talkin’ wrestling too, and all the things he learned about showmanship and merchandising from WWE’s Vince McMahon! Plus, Fluffy’s got stories about his VW car and bus collection, dealing with trolls at shows and online, and the Ric Flair shrine at his top-secret So Cal compound.
The PWI Top 500 issue is out now, and writer Dan Murphy, who spearheads the list each year, is on to discuss this year’s new #1, the Top 10, number 500, and a few interesting rankings in between. He’s also recounting the #1s and #500s of all previous years (let’s see how many 500s he remembers), and sharing the criteria that goes into making the selection. He also talks about how the advent of the internet has changed the list, the magazine, and even wrestling as a business, and he reveals the ONLY former #500 who went on to become WWE World Champion (and it’s not Chris Jericho)!
The Storm Area 51 raid may have been cancelled and remaining festivities moved to Las Vegas, but we’re still talking about the historic 1947 UFO sighting and crash in Roswell, New Mexico that started the whole alien conspiracy theory surrounding the top secret military base in rural Nevada. Lenny “Dr. Luther” Olson returns with his friend, Bryan Ward, owner of the Roswell UFO Spacewalk Museum in Roswell to share their own UFO encounters, the military’s recent admission about the existence of UFOs and what it means for the future human civilization.
Impact Wrestling is coming to AXS TV this Fall, and EVP Don Callis and EVP Scott D’Amore share the whole story behind what it took to make that happen! They’re also talking about the changes they’ve been able to effect at Impact in the ring, in the creative, in the management style and philosophy, and in the locker room. They explain why Impact is now a destination place for wrestlers, what signing Michael Elgin away from New Japan has done for the company’s future and reputation, and how they plan to develop their hot young talent like Ace Austin, Tessa Blanchard, The Rascalz, and Jordynne Grace.
#ALittleBitOfTheBubbly has gone viral, and no one’s more surprised than Chris himself! Hear the AEW Champ recount the story of the “bubbly,” including the movies that inspired the improved backstage performance at Chicago’s All Out. Chris also walks through the anatomy of a catchphrase, some of the most popular of his career, some of the most popular catchphrases in entertainment history, and a few that didn’t quite make the viral cut.
It’s the 30th anniversary of Skid Row’s self-titled debut album, and founding members, guitarist Dave “Snake” Sabo and bassist Rachel Bolan, share all the dirty details of what it took to make it happen! They explain the help and support they received from childhood friend Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora, how they ended up being managed by Doc McGhee, what went into the search for a singer that eventually led them to Sebastian Bach, and why the album cover didn’t clearly feature the band’s picture. They also do a track-by-track breakdown revealing what inspired the music and lyrics behind the songs, and why Richie Sambora lobbied so hard for “18 And Life” to be released as a single.
All Out Chicago is in the books, and AEW has crowned its first-ever World Champion – Chris Jericho! Hear the details of the epic match that solidified the first-ever AEW Champ, and what was going on backstage in the hours leading up to the main event! Chris breaks down All Out weekend in detail – from the Thursday night party to the Friday body scans to the Saturday pre & post event! He’s got behind-the-scenes details about the matches, performers, and where the outcomes may lead when AEW TV starts on TNT October 2nd!
Brandi Rhodes is the Chief Brand Officer and running the Women’s Division at AEW. She’s also taking part in the Casino Battle Royale at tomorrow’s “All Out Chicago” live event! Brandi shares her journey to AEW, why she left WWE twice, the best advice she got from her father-in-law, Dusty Rhodes, and why she’s able to use the Rhodes name, but her husband, Cody, is not! Plus, Brandi shares some stories from her days as a TV news anchor and reporter, and why she gave up ice skating after 17 years and Senior Level status.
Tool guitarist Adam Jones makes his podcast debut right here on TIJ! It’s a first for Adam, a first for TIJ, and it’s loaded down with amazing stories about the early days of Tool, the new studio album “Fear Inoculum” (the band’s first in 13 years), Adam’s guitar playing style and approach, Green Jello, roller derby, horror movies, special effects in film, and wrestling! Adam also talks about the first time he met Maynard James Keenan, how they convinced drummer Danny Carey to join Tool, and Adam’s childhood friendship with Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine (shout out to Mrs. Morello if she's listening).
Amazing Kreskin was a Johnny Carson favorite and appeared on the show 88 times! He’s got some great old Hollywood stories about Carson, the antics they pulled together (one of which involves planking Johnny Carson and having Bette Midler sit on him), and the mind-reading feats Kreskin performed on Carson’s show. You’ll also hear how Kreskin got his “Amazing” name, and about the signature trick that Kreskin performs to this day. Plus, Kreskin used to help law enforcement solve crimes, and remembers one close call with the mob!
Ric Flair says there would be no Nature Boy if not for Harley Race, and shares the stories to prove it! Ric remembers the first time he met Harley, their famous Starcade ’83 match with Flair For The Gold, the 12-days they spent working Hong Kong, Singapore, and Tokyo (which Ric calls 12 of the best days of his life), and how Harley literally saved the NWA. Ric also recounts driving the Kansas Territory in Harley’s Porsche, the car crash that nearly took the life of Harley’s wife and left Harley with a 12-inch rod in his forearm, Harley’s jump to Vince McMahon and WWF in 1987, and some of the fights (in and out of the ring) that rightfully made Harley one of the toughest SOBs in the biz. And then there are the tales about Harley and Priscilla Presley, Harley and Dory Funk, Harley and Hulk Hogan, and Harley and Big Van Vader.
Real-life exorcist Rachel Stavis returns with more creepy stories about ridding people and places of evil demons she calls "entity!" She describes the various entity and their degree of evil, how you know if you’ve got one attached, and what you can do to get rid of it. She also shares a scary paranormal experience she witnessed in New Orleans, how she protects herself from unwanted evil attachments, and the very cool new projects that she’s working on which may bring her special skills to a screen near you!
It’s the 25th Anniversary of Smokey Mountain Wrestling’s “Night Of The Legends” which took place August 5th 1994 at the Knoxville Civic Center. It featured a historic tag team match between the Thrillseekers (Lance Storm and Chris Jericho) and the Heavenly Bodies (Jimmy del Ray and Tom Prichard). Not only was it one of the best matches of The Thrillseekers career, it was also the one that Chris Jericho did with a broken arm! And it ended up being his last for Smokey Mountain. Chris and Lance tell the story of that infamous match from the events leading up to it to the circumstances surrounding the broken arm to the decision to defy doctor’s orders and perform anyway to the changes they made in the match due to the injury to the events that followed. Plus, you can watch along with Chris and Lance as they break down the match move by move.
Bully Ray and Dave LaGreca of Busted Open! join Chris for Classic Album Clash Motley Crue! They debate the merits of “Too Fast For Love” vs “Shout At The Devil” in a song-to-song battle that will ultimately prove a victor! They also pit the album covers against each other, the performances, and the production! Hear stories about how they each discovered the Crue, their various interactions with Nikki Sixx and the band, their thoughts on “The Dirt,” and how the Crue stack up against other bands like Metallica, KISS, and even Ozzy Osbourne!
Jack Slade returns to preview the WWE SummerSlam 2019 card! Not sure how many matches actually get “previewed,” but you can definitely vote for your favorite theme song (and there are some serious winners to choose from), learn a little something about the Chuckle Brothers, and guess Roman Reigns’ Mystery Attacker. You’ll also hear the old WWE West Side Story commercial, a bit of the 1976 match between Muhammad Ali and Gorilla Monsoon, and why AJ Styles versus Ricochet is going to steal the show in Toronto on Sunday!
Tommy Avallone is the filmmaker behind the documentary, “The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned From a Mythical Man.” It’s a look at all the amazing, spontaneous, and in some cases, completely crazy, interactions that people have had with the actor over the years! Stuff like Bill crashing college parties, wedding photos, and just showing up randomly to wash dishes at a stranger’s house. Tommy’s also talking about the “I Am Santa Claus” documentary he made with Mick Foley, and his upcoming “Waldo On Weed,” which is still in production. Plus, Chris shares a couple of Bill Murray stories of his own!