We're back in the first podcast of the year, talking about all the major topics including: AEW, Wrestle Kingdom 13, The Return of the McMahons, and our tribute to Mean Gene Okerlund.
Character is such an important element of building the perfect pro wrestling career. For some, it's finding the inspiration or the motivation to get out in front of an audience with an amplified version of themselves. For others, it's the ability to create a sense of escapism. A chance to create a hero that you can get behind.
This week in our interview with WOW star Keta "Rush" Meggett, we find out a lot of the motivation behind this bully busting superhero.
We find out that the call to get in the ring is one that not even she saw coming as a kid. But we find out about a truly empowering journey that reminds us that the larger-than-life persona of pro wrestling is often times a canvas that's about much more than telling a story. For a select few, it's about giving that next generation a message and a person to rally behind.
This one's got it all folks. Jiu-jitsu chat, working with Oscar-nominated directors, and a can-do athlete with her sights on the world. Listen in and let us know what you think!
Some people fall into the world of professional wrestling, Jan Ohrstrom made it his life's work. When other kids were looking for colleges in high school, Ohrstrom was more preoccupied trying to find a school of hard knocks that might get him on the pathway toward performing in the squared circle.
Of course, that pathway would take a series of twists and turns that would be put on a temporary hold when Ohrstrom would enlist in the US Army.
We get the opportunity to chat with Ohrstrom about how he came to help create the Valhalla Club documentary (along with our good pal Eddie Wittern who we previously interviewed last month -- you can listen to those episodes HERE and HERE).
We get to hear how Ohrstrom met Wittern, his rookie years in the biz, how he was able to score a try out with the dubs, his on screen time with the black Power Ranger, and even hear why this documentary means so much to him.
Plus, we get to hear a little bit about the psychology of the guy who has evolved and found a clique to help him spread an important message about PTSD.
And, just because we promised we would do this, here is the video of the black Power Ranger doing the dance that should captivate the masses.
LISTEN TO PART 1 HERE
In the second part of our exclusive interview with Eddie Wittern, we find out a lot more about the Valhalla Club documentary and how he uses the art of pro wrestling to help combat his PTSD. Eddie goes into great detail about the way he and his co-stars felt during the premiere.
Aside from being a fascinating look at how a pro wrestler creates a character, our interview with "El Guero" gives an important look into the way our military combats PTSD. It's the type of interview that's more than just hearing about the biz, it's giving a vet the time to listen and share his story (something we can't thank him enough for doing with us).
We also ask about how Eddie came up with using the clown make up, the specific style of moves he uses, a big name jiu-jitsu practitioner that he almost had an MMA match with, and discover why Russians seem to truly love the guy.
It's an awesome discussion that is a worthy follow up to a podcast that truly lives up to our first installment with the guy.
Also, we'd like to thank Grappler Beard and Body Soap for making this episode happen.
If you want to see the Valhalla Club documentary, be sure to download or rent the movie right HERE.
There is no disputing the impact Rey Mysterio Jr. has had in the world of wrestling. Conventional pro wrestling (and, to a larger extent, WWE) wisdom says that a guy like Mysterio is destined to hang on the lower and middle portions of the cards.
However, Rey's incredible in-ring style and trademark flash of personality made him a popular staple in the Mexican wrestling circuit (and later WCW). But it was Rey's debut in the WWE that made him a true phenom, able to hold his own in a world filled with giants.
We take a look back at his very first match against Chavo Guerrero.
Some lives are meant to be larger than life. Sure, when we're kids we may dream of becoming the next Hulk Hogan, but we don't always grow up to be 6'6 and have 24 inch pythons, brother. That didn't stop Eddie Wittern. With a story that spans all the way back to training with a certified legend in the business back in 2002, "El Guero" is the kind of guy whose travels have taken him all over the world -- in multiple combat sports.
We have a FANTASTIC interview with Jake "Superstar" Atlas. He goes into depth with his with how he got into the business (you gotta hear how it all started for him), as well as the cool adventures he's had over the past year. Jake has been an excellent example of what Santino Bros. has to offer and we learn about many of the struggles he's overcome (and continues to battle).
It's a relatively slow Road to Wrestlemania, but the guys make sure to breakdown all of the important angles... in Super Bowl halftime shows. They also chat about the implementation of the Kurt Angle/Alexa Bliss Angle, Booker T vs. Corey Graves, and even spend some time chatting about Justin Timberlake.
Your official recap of all things Mania 33.
THIS WEEK: Straight off Mike's appearance on the latest episode of VERBAL TAP, we take a moment to catch you up on our thoughts from SummerSlam, the ridiculous-looking Universal Championship, and what's going on with the Cruiserweight Classic.