Wrestling fans love to talk wrestling. However, most people that the wrestling fan interacts with on a day-to-day basis are largely uninterested by professional wrestling. A wrestling fan may waltz into work on a Tuesday morning, excited to talk with someone about the events of last night’s Monday Night Raw, only to find that water cooler talk is being dominated by the results of Monday Night Football or the current happenings on The Bachelor.
This is why wrestling podcasts are a wrestling fan’s dream. Hundreds of hours of new content is being released every week where wrestlers, journalists, and fans alike gather in a studio to talk the nitty-gritty about “the human game of chess.” Thus, the following is a list of fifteen different wrestling podcasts that you should be checking out. These are different podcasts by wrestlers, journalists, and fans that will provide you with a variety of listening pleasure. Whether you want to hear more news centric talk, old stories, show reviews, or even humorous talk, somewhere on this list is a podcast you can waste time with as you drive to work, exercise, do chores, play video games, or mindlessly click around the internet and peruse articles.
15. Talk is Jericho
If you’re a person who does not find current day Chris Jericho to be too annoying, than it’s probably worth your time to check out his podcast. Talk Is Jericho hosted by the man himself, features new guests every week from the world of wrestling plus personalities from music, television and so forth. The self-proclaimed “Pod of Thunder,” Jericho has engaging interviews with his guests and also shares many stories from his time in wrestling and music. It’s worth checking out his two-part interview with Chavo Guerrero, as they talk about their relationships with Eddie and also go in-depth discussing the Chris Benoit tragedy and Chavo’s interactions with Benoit during the weekend of his death.
14. Vince Russo Podcasts
“Bro, listen bro.” Vince Russo, in recent years, has been pumping out hours of audio content from his former site Pyro and Ballyhoo, and currently on The Brand. While many paint Russo to be a moron, claiming he had a large hand in crumbling WCW creatively, and that his involvement in TNA Wrestling eventually took them off of Spike TV, he was certainly lead writer during WWF’s creative prime and offers many unique insights into the business. From pointing out that there’s too much wrestling on wrestling shows, to stating that the perfect wrestling show would be one without a ring, Russo’s polarizing opinions are often entertaining and offer different insights into wrestling that are typically not found on other wrestling podcasts.
13. Live Audio Wrestling
Live Audio Wrestling or “The LAW,” around since 1997, is one of the first wrestling podcasts in existence and one of the only wrestling talk shows to be broadcast on terrestrial radio. Now hosted on the Fight Network, the people at the Toronto-based LAW host their live weekly flagship show featuring news, interviews, and call-ins on top of a number of other weekly podcasts, such as Review-A-Wai and Bauer and Pollock. A standard in wrestling podcasts, The LAW is a good jumping off point for anyone looking to become a fan of the medium.
12. OSW Review
OSW “Old School Wrestling” Review is a fun podcast hosted solely by wrestling fans from the UK. These fanboys clearly enjoy wrestling, and express their love by going back in time and reviewing old shows from wrestling’s past. What is most fascinating about this podcast is that you can find videos attached to their audio on their Vimeo page, showcasing clips from the shows they review for easy watching and listening. It is also clear that these gentlemen also enjoy video games, comic books, and all sorts of other nerd things, so small glimpses into other nerdom will keep similar-type wrestling fans digging deeper into their archives.
11. Between the Ropes
Between the Ropes is a Florida based wrestling talk show that enjoyed a long run on local Orlando sports radio. With journalist Brian Fritz leading the charge, Between the Ropes puts out content each week featuring discussion of current events and interviews with wrestling stars. This is also one of the few podcasts not hosted by a wrestler to release a book, Between the Ropes: Wrestling’s Greatest Triumphs and Failures, published in 2006.
10. Pro Wrestling Torch Livecast
Wade Keller, editor of the Pro Wrestling Torch newsletter, is one of the leading wrestling journalists and has been doing it since the late 1980s. Each Tuesday he produces his livecast also featuring Jason Powell of Prowrestling.net where the two journalists go over recent news and take calls. The Torch also produces a number of other podcasts that you can find in their VIP section, which is included in a subscription to the newsletter. It’s also worth checking out The Fix with Todd Martin from The Torch website, as Martin used to be a contributor for the Wrestling Observer and often provides very keen analysis.
9. The Ross Report
Jim Ross, arguably the greatest play-by-play commentator of our time, hosts his weekly podcast The Ross Report on PodcastOne. Ross has a new guest on every Wednesday, and provides a mix of interviews, storytelling, and just plain talking the rasslin’ business. Ross also gives a monologue before each episode where he goes over the week in wrestling and provides his opinions, which include but are not limited to: What happened to time limits in wrestling? And, Are these guys working too fast? His discussions with his different guests from wrestling can be very intriguing. Also, he believes himself to be the master of impersonations and would probably French kiss Bill Watts.
8. MLW Radio
The Major League Wrestling podcast, MLW Radio, hosted by former WWE writer Court Bauer and Mexican wrestling legend, also former Dungeon of Doom and nWo Wolfpac member, Konnan, is released weekly and with pleasure. It’s centered around a general discussion on wrestling and often times features a guest or another member of the MLW podcasting universe such has MVP, Disco Inferno or Ed Ferrara. What makes this podcast highly listenable is Konnan, who is very candid, is not afraid to speak his mind, and is very opinionated on wrestling. Konnan does each podcast “in Iran” (his secret code for smoking marijuana). This is a very fun and informative podcast that would place high on any list (no pun intended).
7. The Art of Wrestling with Colt Cabana
Colt Cabana, best friend of CM Punk, pretty much changed the podcast game for wrestlers. He was one of the very first wrestlers to host their own podcast, doing so in 2010, a time when this business started booming. But internet wrestling talk shows were merely looked upon by fans as shows hosted by nerds living in their parents’ basements. Colt Cabana with his do-it-yourself attitude took it upon himself to start his own podcast, acting as a pioneer for others to do the same. He is looked upon as someone of an icon in the wrestling podcast genre, having even appeared other popular programs away from wrestling such as WTF with Marc Maron. Colt is almost at 300 weekly episodes, and hosts a different guest every week. Often times he speaks with friends, and the conversations flow well. He is funny, yet bitter at times, and if you want a lesson in how to plug as many sponsors as humanly possible in an intro, take a listen to the AOW.
6. The Jim Cornette Experience
The always controversial and most times entertaining Jim Cornette hosts his own podcast also on the MLW Network, co-hosted by Mister St. Laurant. Cornette is one of the best talkers in the business, and often speaks his mind about the business of professional wrestling and never lets down from his old school paradigm. While he sometimes has guests, he is often joined by legendary OVW manager Kenny Boland and the two bicker back and forth in a somewhat contrived, but still enjoyable fashion. Be warned, Cornette is also very politically opinionated, very left wing, and in some episodes he comes across as if he’s really trying to be wrestling’s version of Bill Maher.
5. The Steve Austin Show
OH HELL YEAH! Steve Austin produces two cans of audio whoop-a$$ each week, releasing a family friendly version of his show every Tuesday and an “Unleashed” version with a whole lot of cussin’ every Thursday. This podcast could easily rank number one on any list. Steve Austin comes across as highly intelligent, and it’s easy to see through his conversations why he became the biggest star in the business. He has new guests on often, but it’s worth going out of your way to search his archives for his conversations with Jake the Snake Roberts, Scott Hall and Kevin Nash. He even has some very enjoyable segments with comedian Gabriel Eglasias which are worth checking out as well.
4. WOO! Nation
Ric Flair, the greatest of all time, hosts his own podcast alongside his co-host Conrad Thompson — A multi-millionaire and huge Ric Flair fan who coincidentally also happens to be the Nature Boy’s best friend. In spite of the executives at CBS actually having to tell Flair to stop drinking while podcasting (the older episodes were great, if you don’t mind the sound of hearing Flair eat chicken), Flair still puts out one of the best weekly podcasts around. Having guests on from the world of wrestling and “legitimate” sports, Flair in his twilight years seems to have absolutely no filter and shares many candid stories. For instance, dedicated fans of this podcast all know who has the most foreskin in wrestling. Noteworthy episodes include interviews with Mene Gene Okerlund, Eric Bischoff, Tony Schiavone and Kevin Sullivan.
3. MSL & Sullivan
This podcast rose to prominence in the last year, hosted on the MLW Network by Mister Saint Laurent and the creative mind behind the rise of WCW, Kevin Sullivan. Each week, the two go over the week in wrestling, in addition to dissecting an episode of Nitro or a WCW pay-per-view. The Dungeon Master, Sullivan gives an in-depth recall of the goings on at the time creatively in WCW. Sullivan’s mind is sharp, and he comes across as one of the smartest individuals in wrestling, and it’s interesting to hear both his and MSL’s take on the current wrestling business. MSL & Sullivan is highly recommended for anyone looking for the right combination of current analysis of WWE and taste of WCW nostalgia.
2. Wrestling Observer Radio
Dave Meltzer is the premier journalist in wrestling and has been since pro wrestling journalism has been a thing. Way before the internet, Meltzer pioneered the wrestling dirt-sheet. The man is an encyclopedia of wrestling, and be sure that at least 99% of breaking wrestling news starts with Meltzer. Every wrestling ‘newz’ site has posts with the words “as mentioned in this week’s Wrestling Observer” or “as noted by Dave Meltzer.” Meltzer and Bryan Alvarez of F4Wonline host multiple shows a week, going over current wrestling news and taking lots of questions. Get your news and analysis straight from the horse’s mouth by listening to Observer Radio. The only downside is that the podcasts are only sometimes free as they are included with a subscription to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. However, if you’re going to pay for VIP content for any wrestling anything and you LOVE wrestling, this is the site to give your money to.
1. In Your Head Wrestling Radio
For over eleven years, the “Internet Icon” Jack E. Jones and One Inch Biceps have hosted In Your Head Wrestling Radio at inyourheadonline.com. IYH Wrestling is perhaps the most successful podcast started by wrestling fans. Around before wrestling podcasts were even called podcasts and were just referred to as ‘audio wrestling’, these gentlemen were fans of the show Get In The Ring Wrestling Radio, meeting on its message board and deciding to give it a go at their own audio wrestling show.
Sometimes joined by their third host “President Clinton,” IYH is broadcasted live every week and has a loose format, with a typical podcast lasting around the three hour mark. It has a mix of talking current wrestling, past wrestling, call-ins, questions, and lots of humor. The show regularly has interviews with wrestling guests, and with over 300 guests appearing on their show, it’s worth digging through their archives to find interviews with Paul Bearer, Bobby Heenan, Rip Rogers and Terry Funk. What separates this show from the others is their direct engagement with their fans, with a live chatroom during their shows every week in addition to a very active Facebook group and message board. Be warned of its explicit rating, but give this show a few listens and you’re sure to become a loyal member of the Headyverse.