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.
The Too Cool Career of Scotty 2 Hotty
1:10:47What does the WWE Attitude Era and current KISS concerts have in common? Scotty 2 Hotty will tell ya! The former NXT coach and NXT live event producer talks about his latest run at WWE in Performance Center, including how it started, the talent he helped develop, and the recent changes that prompted him to leave. He also shares stories from his first run at WWE as a performer from his tryout to signing his first contract to the formation of Too Sexy with Brian Christopher and Rikishi. Scotty reveals what inspired him to do the worm in the ring, and why Big Show, Jericho, Chyna, and the Dudleys were the most fun to dance with. He talks stinkface, the Zoo Crew with Albert, Dean Malenko, the karate chop at the end of the worm, and being released from WWE in 2007. Plus, Scotty shares why he decided to return to the indies this year, his plans for the next 12 months, and what he hopes to accomplish as a performer this time around.
An Hour with Bruce Dickinson
1:03:11It’s the return of Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson, and he’s dishing the details on his brand-new one-man show, “An Evening with Bruce Dickinson,” which kicks off THIS Monday, January 17th, in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He’s doing 34 dates, crisscrossing the States, and all the ticket info is at IronMaiden.com! You’ll hear what inspired this outing, how his love of theater, acting and improv influenced the show, what he adapted from English writer/actor Quentin Crisp, and why Bruce is dead-set on having the audience involved in every show. Bruce also speaks about his love of fencing, and what keeps him competing to this day. He has stories about rehabbing a recent Achilles injury, and how that impacted the “Senjutsu” sessions and subsequent tour. Plus, Bruce is also talking about his podcast, “Psycho Schizo Espresso,” breaking down the origin of 666, and revealing some details about of Iron Maiden’s future plans!
ROH Champion Jonathan Gresham Heads To Terminus
54:39Reigning Ring of Honor World Champion, Jonathan Gresham, is defending the title at his own show this Sunday, January 16th! His brand new promotion, Terminus, is hosting their first-ever live event at the Kroc Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Jonathan explains how he and Baron Black came to start their own promotion, the meaning behind the Terminus name, what he’s liking and not liking about being a promoter, and the inspiration behind their company’s first card (which features Jay Lethal, Daniel Garcia, Lee Moriarty, Moose, Bandido, Alex Coughlin, Impact Digital Champion Jordynne Grace, and so many more)! Jonathan also speaks to Ring of Honors final show, the circumstances that led to him winning the championship, and what he thinks the future has in store for ROH. He also shares thoughts on today’s in-ring psychology, his definition of modern grappling, and the importance of rules in wrestling. Plus, he recounts his early days coming up in the biz, working in Japan, flirting with WWE, and the really nice thing that Kenny Omega did for him during Jonathan’s first trip to Japan.
Unchained - The Life & Times of Edward Van Halen
1:06:16There’s a new biography out about the life and career of the late, great Eddie Van Halen. It’s called “Unchained: The Edward Van Halen Story,” and was written by journalist and former editor of Kerrang! magazine, Paul Brannigan. Paul spent 7 years researching and writing the book about the legendary guitarist, and interviewed countless people to help him tell the story including Sammy Hagar, Ozzy Osbourne, and KISS. Paul reveals tidbits from his research and interviews, and even recounts his own sit-down with Eddie at 5150 around the time of “Van Halen III’s” release. He also shares some of the things that surprised him most, a few of his favorite moments, and offers his own thoughts on why this prolific musician didn’t really release anything new during the last 20 years of his life. “Unchained: The Edward Van Halen Story” is available now at Amazon, VanHalenStore.com, and wherever you buy books!
Keith Mitchell - 40 Years of Production from WCW to AEW
1:17:35Keith Mitchell is one of the true behind-the-scenes pioneers in wrestling! Keith is a longtime TV producer who helped launch video packages and ring music entrances for wrestlers. Keith got his start in World Class Wrestling with the Von Erichs in the 80s before moving on to WCW followed by TNA and ultimately landing at AEW in 2019. And after 40 years in the biz, Keith retired last week after AEW Dynamite’s New Year’s Smash. Keith tells his wrestling story from his early days in TV sports production to his first introduction to the Von Erichs and the friendship with Kerry and David that followed to his days at WCW and the night that Vince and Shane McMahon took control of the company to meeting Tony Khan and helping AEW launch on TNT.
Through Heaven And Hell with Robert & Michael Sweet - LIVE
1:15:14Stryper killed it onstage at the Chris Jericho Rock & Wrestling Rager At Sea Triple Whammy last October, and again during their live Talk Is Jericho podcast appearance on the ship! Brothers Robert and Michael Sweet tell stories from their early days including hanging out on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, changing the band’s name from Rock’s Regime to Stryper, what inspired the Stryper name, who influenced their song lyrics, and how they were able to tour with mainstream metal and rock bands during the 80s! They talk about the difference between Christian Rock and being Christians IN a rock band, how they had to constantly fight against being pigeonholed, and what MTV did their for their popularity and sales in the era of DialMTV. They also have some great tales about stealing road signs to hang in the studio, throwing bibles to fans at live shows, and being mobbed and arrested in Australia!
The Evolution of The Painmaker
1:00:54Chris Jericho wrestled Kenny Omega in an epic match at the Tokyo Dome in January 2018, and unknowingly created what was soon to become The Painmaker! Chris tells the story about how that trip to Japan gave rise to The Painmaker’s signature spiked jacket, and black makeup look. He explains what inspired the clothes, the wrestling style, and the backstory of this titular character that’s now become an animated, multiple-chapter, collectible NFT! He breaks down The Painmaker’s wrestling style, favorite matches, greatest battles, and biggest foes! You’ll also discover how The Painmaker evolved into an NFT, what may happen to this intergalactic serial killer in an upcoming graphic novel, and whether the incredible story may hit a movie screen near you in the not-so-distant future!
Electric Jesus Comes Alive!
1:05:29There’s a great new movie available on Amazon Prime called “Electric Jesus.” It’s the story about a bunch of teenagers trying to make it big with their Christian metal band! It’s set in the summer of 1986 and has a very cool cast including Judd Nelson who plays the Pastor trying to help the band, and Brian Baumgartner (of “The Office” fame) as the band’s manager. The music is incredible too! Writer/director Chris White was inspired by his own teenage years and his love of the band Stryper, and spent a lot of time and a lot of movie’s small budget making sure the music and the casting were spot-on! He did a tremendous job with this story that’s really more a coming-of-age tale than anything else. He talks about the making of the film, how he found his band, how he cast the other actors around them, the details he put into setting the scene in 1986, and Stryper’s feedback about the movie. He also speaks to the festivals and awards the film has won, and how he was able to secure distribution.
Cary Silkin - The True Champion of ROH
1:11:33Cary Silkin was a Ring of Honor fan from day one, and became a silent investor when the promotion was struggling to get off the ground, long before he became its owner and operator! And then when he sold ROH in 2011 to Sinclair, he transitioned into ROH’s Brand Ambassador. Cary tells the ROH story, including behind-the-scenes details of the circumstances that led to ROH’s recent shuttering. He talks about their last show, “Final Battle,” what 2022 may hold for ROH, and whether he’ll still be involved. Cary also talks about ROH’s early days, how DVD sales kept them afloat, their first TV deal with HDNet (which later became AXS), the peak of ROH’s popularity, having talent poached by WWE, some of his favorite shows and matches, and all of the amazing talent that’s graced the ROH ring including Bryan Danielson, Samoa Joe, Colt Cobana, Kevin Owens, CM Punk, Cody Rhodes, The Young Bucks, Adam Cole, Jay Lethal, and so many more!
Jimmy Rave - His Last Interview
58:56James Michael Guffey’s (or Jimmy Rave as the wrestling world knew him) passion for pro wrestling was undeniable, and in one of the last long-form interviews he did before his untimely passing on December 12th at the age of 39, that love for the business is palpable. Jimmy spoke at length about his battle with MRSA, his struggles with addiction, adjusting to life as a triple amputee, his work as a mental health advocate and peer support drug counselor, and keeping a positive attitude through life’s adversities. He also shared many great moments and stories from his memorable wrestling career including learning from Dusty Rhodes and Ricky Steamboat, working for TNA, New Japan, and Ring of Honor, wrestling Samoa Joe with a broken jaw, tag teaming with Lance Rock (aka Lance Archer) as the Rock’n Rave Infection, and his cage match with CM Punk. Jimmy Rave is survived by his daughter Kailah, son James II, parents Jim and Toni Guffey, and fiancee Gabby Gilbert. Please help his friends and family honor James and celebrate his life by contributing to the GoFundMe set up by his daughter, Kailah. https://www.gofundme.com/f/jimmy-rave-memorial