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.
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!
David Arquette was the WCW Champion in 2000, and if you’re still surprised by that, wait till you hear David’s thoughts on his WCW experience, and why he’s still trying to live it down (and prove everyone wrong). David talks about his return to the wrestling ring, booking matches on the indie scene, tagging with The Hurricane Shane Helms, working with Tommy Dreamer at House of Hardcore, and installing a ring in his backyard! He also shares stories from the set of “Ready To Rumble,” “Scream,” and “Eight Legged Freaks.”
He says he’s going to be the face of AEW, he thinks Cody Rhodes is his BFF, and he’s got a heck of a long list of people that annoy him. He’s Maxwell Jacob Friedman, and he and Chris Jericho put aside their differences long enough to record this episode. Maxwell talks (A LOT in general) about PWG, MLW, and signing with AEW. He sets the record straight about his high-class Burberry scarves, calls out Joey Janela, buries Hangman Page, and explains his finisher, “The Heatseeker.” He also pays tribute to Roddy Piper, Tully Blanchard, and Ernie Ladd.
UFOs are real, and aliens have been living among us all along! UFO expert SMQ reveals what his top-secret government source has revealed to him about their existence, what the human race needs to do prepare, and why the US government is allowing so much information to be released now. He explains the CIA’s “Gateway Process,” what the Mandela Effect has to do with UFOs and aliens, and the real truth about the moon which is actually an alien satellite made of metal.
Joey Ryan is the man behind the Dick Flip, which is both hated and loved by his peers and fans alike! Joey shares the origin of the controversial move, how he ended up in an inter-gender tag team with Candice, and what really happened at his self-described “failed WWE audition.” Plus, Joey talks about PWG, and the lessons he took from that promotion to his own Bar Wrestling. He also has stories about his new documentary, “This Is Wrestling: The Joey Ryan Story,” Japan, TNA, Jim Cornette, Mick Foley, the Young Bucks, and Billy Gunn.
The Summer blockbuster movie season is well underway, and resident movie expert, Nikki Novak of Fandango fame, has the see it or skip it reviews for a bunch of highly-anticipated films like “Spider-man: Far From Home,” “The Joker,” “Rambo: Last Blood,” “Terminator: Dark Fate,” and Dave Bautista’s “Stuber!” She’s also got stories and trivia from the sets of Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” and “Hobbs And Shaw,” and you’ll find out how likely it is that Chris Jericho will see Will Smith’s “Gemini,” Melissa McCarthy’s “The Kitchen,” and the film adaptation of Stephen King’s “Dr. Sleep!” There’s something for everyone, and even a few new ideas that could only come from the minds of Chris & Nikki!
There’s a reason CJ and Jack Slade have been banned from WWE, and it may have absolutely nothing to do with the fact that CJ is signed to AEW, and everything to do with these ridiculous preview episodes! Yes, it’s time for CJ & Jack’s “Extreme Rules” predictions, armchair booking, and theme song selection! And you can participate on twitter @TalkIsJericho! Let the shenanigans begin!
CMLL President Paco Alonso gave Chris Jericho his first big break, and his first taste of stardom. Paco was the first to put Chris on TV, on the cover of a magazine, and in a championship match. He came up with the “Corazon de Leon” name, and also got Chris to wrestle in Japan for the first time. And so Chris pays tribute to his recently departed mentor and the man who had such a profound effect on his wrestling career with this touching episode that recounts how Chris first met Paco in Mexico City, and all that he learned in his 2 years working for Paco. You’ll hear stories about Hector Guerrero, Norman Smiley, King Haku, and Plaza Madrid, and the reason why Chris eventually stopped working in Mexico.
Dave Bautista returns with more stories from the sets of his latest movies including the very funny “Stuber” (co-starting Kumail Nanjiani and opening next Friday), “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Endgame,” the big-budget reboot of “Dune,” and the highly-anticipated “Guardians Of The Galaxy 3”! Dave also recounts the full story of his very last wrestling match, which happened to be against Triple H at Wrestlemania, and his surprise retirement from pro-wrestling.
It’s circa 1994, and John, Paul, George and Ringo are alive and well, and finally reuniting! What would a Beatles Reunion tour have looked like then? How would they have announcement it? What songs would they have include in the live set? And would they have invited onstage with them? Well, the TIJ Fab 3 have that all figured out! Charlie Benante from Anthrax, Mike Portnoy of Sons of Apollo, Winery Dogs, and Dream Theater fame join Chris to run down their 40-song fantasy set lists, stage setup, show production, and backing band members. It’s the ultimate fantasy Beatles Reunion Concert! Tweet in your song requests to @TalkIsJericho!
Get your Canada Day celebration started a little early as TIJ pays tribute to Canada’s biggest band, the Tragically Hip, and late frontman Gordon Downie with Greg LeGros and Jamie Dew, the hosts of the “Fully And Completely” podcast, which is of course, dedicated to music and legacy of the Tragically Hip! Discover what makes the Hip such a beloved band, why they never really made it outside of their home country of Canada, how they became such a stellar live act, and what made their music resonate especially with Canadians! You’ll also hear the story of singer Gord Downie’s final days, what that last tour was like for the band and Hip fans, and why all of Canada mourned the day Gord died.
Jeff Cobb is going for the ROH World Champion title on Friday in Baltimore, Maryland! He’ll have to defeat reigning champ Matt Taven on the “Best In The World” PPV which will be streaming live on HonorClub! Hear about Jeff’s journey to ROH, his failed WWE tryout, how a pricey investment in wrestling shoes led him to the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece representing the island of Guam, and why he credits PWG, Konnan, and Lucha Underground with blowing up his career! He also talks about wrestling in a rubber mask, passing up WWE’s “Tough Enough,” NJPW & Michael Elgin, Hulk Hogan & Ultimate Warrior, and why you’ll never see him in anything but a singlet in the ring!
It’s an unprecedented, first of its kind, two-part viewing party event with Kevin Smith and SModcast! Join Chris and Kevin here on TIJ for the first half of the 1976 classic (and one of Chris’ favorite movies), “Bad News Bears,” and then head to SModcast right after to finish out the movie and discussion! Watch-along as Chris and Kevin relate trivia from the movie, discuss favorite characters and scenes, share anecdotes from their own childhoods, and explain why this movie is so important in film history and life in general.
Ummmm… have no idea what to even say about this one (except that the WWE may NOT be the reason why these two are banned!). There may or may not be some predictions about real (and not real) WWE Stomping Grounds matches, and Baron Corbin's guest ref pick. There’s definitely a whole bunch of other nonsense about #PhatGirls, click bait, WAR in Japan, Enzo Amore, a text from Richochet, Bayley (not the one from Iron Maiden), Dark Journey, Sami Zayn’s mother (apologies in advance), the mythical Stevie Nicks, and guys whose names start with the letter E. Pretty sure you can vote for a theme song for the Stomping Grounds PPV on twitter @TalkIsJericho (there are 4 ridiculous options to choose from). And please keep in mind that the stuff that Jack’s lovely British Alexa can’t answer is no reflection on her programming or the technology itself! In fact, she’ll absolutely respond correctly to “Alexa, play the latest episode of Talk Is Jericho.” And to think… there was absolutely no alcohol involved in the making of this episode. #Truth #PodcastProducerNeedsAShot
SCU aka SoCal Uncensored aka Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian, and Scorpio Sky, have plenty to say about SCU joining the AEW roster, and what might have happened to them individually should things have not worked out the way they did! They also speak to the origins of SCU, their friendship with The Young Bucks, what really went down in Vegas at the AEW announcement, "Tequila Sky," why there were two Samuel L. Jacksons on the Jericho Cruise, Frankie’s Superbowl tirade, their time at ROH, and the importance of “Being The Elite.”
It’s the return of the Classic Album Clash, and check out the all-star line-up debating the merits of Stryper’s “Soldiers Under Command” and “To Hell With The Devil” – Rich Ward of Fozzy, Howard Jones of Light The Torch and Killswitch Engage, and drummer Richard Christy of The Howard Stern Show fame. They love Stryper, and it shows in the impromptu singing, air guitar, and instrument-free jam sessions that permeate this episode. They’ve got incredible, life-changing stories about seeing and meeting Stryper, favorite songs, favorite guitar solos, and favorite album covers. Plus, discover what they consider to be the greatest vocal moment in heavy metal, and what it is about Stryper specifically that brings these four grown men to tears.
Who assassinated President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963? Well, John Barbour, producer, director and narrator of the recent documentary, “The American Media And The Second Assassination Of President John F. Kennedy” swears it was NOT Lee Harvey Oswald, and offers evidence to support his claim! John has been slowly releasing many of the files that once belonged to New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison, who investigated the murder of JFK, and actually made an arrest in the case! John shares the story of Garrison’s investigation, why and how it was sabotaged, and what the country may have been like had JFK lived. John also speaks to the CIA secret programs, “Project Mockingbird” and “The Family Jewels,” and how both figured into the assassination plot.
Dustin and Cody (don't call him) Rhodes blew the roof off the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas at AEW’s premiere live event, Double or Nothing, last Saturday, and Dustin explains how it all went down. Hear the details behind his battle to be released from WWE, what inspired the black & red paint and new suit for AEW, and why he’ll never wrestle against his brother again in this lifetime! Dustin’s also talking about the origins of the Goldust, his infamous street brawl with Rowdy Roddy Piper at Wrestlemania 12 in Anaheim, how he mended his broken relationship with father, the late great Dusty Rhodes, and the power and meaning behind the phrase #KeepSteppin.
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame bass player, Duff McKagan of Guns N Roses fame, returns with a live “Joke Of The Week,” and a brand new solo album, “Tenderness,” which just came out today! Duff speaks to the making of the album, which actually started as a book, how and why he hooked up with Shooter Jennings to produce the record, and what the Guns N Roses World Tour had to do with the songwriting. Speaking of GnR, Duff also has plenty of stories from their first rehearsals, recent dates, and those 3+ hour long live sets, along with a couple of thoughts on new GnR music. He also talks Wedding Day Abs, tea with Desmond Tutu, Pink Slips, peanut butter smoothies, and Axl Rose’s love of Glen Campbell.
Jon Moxley made his AEW debut in surprise fashion at “Double Or Nothing” last Saturday in Las Vegas, but before he laid-out CJ and threw Kenny Omega out of the ring after entering through the sold-out crowd, the superstar wrestler formerly known as Dean Ambrose sat down for an in-depth interview on his much-speculated departure from WWE. Jon shares the story in great detail from the first moment he knew he would not return to WWE after his contract expired to some of the creative decisions that led to his exit in the first place. He speaks about the injury that kept him sidelined for 9 months, his anti-climactic post-injury return to WWE, his angle with Nia Jax, his last run with The Shield, what Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns had to say about Jon’s leaving, the weird press release issued about his departure, and why AEW is the perfect wrestling home for him.
It’s been 20 years since the WWE “Over The Edge” pay-per-view where the legendary high-flyer, Owen Hart, plummeted 70-feet from the ceiling of the Kemper Arena to his death in a tragic accident during the live telecast. Dave Meltzer returns to mark this sad anniversary and to pay tribute to Owen with some joyful memories and stories from his incredible career. Hear about Owen’s two runs at WWE, his time in Japan, his great feud with his brother, Bret, tag teaming with Davey Boy Smith, the Blue Blazer gimmick, and all of the classic ribs! They also discuss the match that Owen had with Steve Austin that resulted in Stone Cold’s near career-ending injury, and they relive the tragic night of “Over The Edge.”
AEW’s inaugural event, “Double Or Nothing” is this Saturday in Las Vegas! Chris breaks down the card and the events leading up to this historic show, and shares what it means for his career, the WWE, and the wrestling industry as a whole. He explains the origins and development of his new finishing move, The Judas Effect (and what Dave Bautista has to do with it), and what fans can expect as AEW grows and makes it way to TV via TNT and ITV this Fall! He also has a very pointed and personal message for Kenny Omega.
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.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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!