All posts by Brian Last

Holiday Special: Snow Day Star Wars

Last Manor received a foot of snow this week, which seems like a great reason for another Superpodcast Holiday Star Wars special!

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Minimal Edits! 

As always, Thank You to all the 605’ers for your continued support of the MOTHERSHIP!

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Episode 63: Bowdren The Booker

The Superpodcast is back with it’s longest episode ever!  Join The Great Brian Last and this week’s co-host Jeff Bowdren, author of Breaking Kayfabe: Dinner with the Legends of Wrestling, for a ride of the Mothership.  This episode features:

  Part two of our discussion with The Grappler!  In this installment, Lynn Denton tells us about how he was paired with Tony Anthony to form both The Grapplers and the Dirty White Boys.  We talk about their runs in Southwest, Memphis and Mid South.  Lynn also shares his memories of booking in Kansas City, the scariness of Killer Karl Kox, riding with Rick Rude and the death of Gino Hernandez.  As always with The Grappler, it’s a fun and informative talk!

– Sportscaster John WIlsbach joins the show to discuss a WWF charity show he brought to his high school in March of 1983.  This is a cool look into how schools worked with the WWF to put on shows shortly before the company expanded nationally.  John shares the story of how this show came to take place, which was during the height of Jimmy Snuka’s popularity.  John also recites the Don Muraco and Lou Albano promos that were sent to the school to promote the event!

– Dolph Ramseur of Ramseur Records joins the show to discuss growing up in the Carolinas watching Mid Atlantic Wrestling and why he chose to be the first sponsor of The Superpodcast!

– TGBL & Bowdren The Booker talk about name topics, including 1986 UWF, some of wrestling’s most hard hitting angles, mid-1980’s Florida, Ted DiBiase, Tully Blanchard, Lex Luger, the wardrobe of Tommy Rich.  Jeff also talks about his elevator run in with Bull Nakano, his old Observer column and his new book, which is our Book Of The Week!

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Book Of The Week:

Breaking Kayfabe: Dinner with the Legends of Wrestling by Jeff Bowdren

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Time Stamps:

  • Top Ten (0:09:20)
  • Dolph Ramseur of Ramseur Records (1:46:52)
  • Here & There (2:02:16)
  • John Wilsbach (2:28:19)
  • Book Of The Week (3:01:12)
  • The Grappler part two (3:18:28)

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Episode 62: Sugar Hold Challenge

The Mothership has touched down and it is time for another week of the 6:05 Superpodcast!  The Great Brian Last is joined this week by popular co-host Scott Cornish for a packed show which features:

– Jim Cornette and Austin Idol join the show to celebrate the careers of Ivan Koloff and George “The Animal” Steele.

– Scott Teal makes his annual visit to the Superpodcast to discuss the 2017 docket for Crowbar Press.  Scott also shares the story of how he met Ivan Koloff, whose autobiography he published.  This conversation also touches on Gary Hart’s book, dealing with inaccuracies when writing a wrestler’s story, the importance of speaking to old timers to preserve wrestling’s history and much more!

– William Harding shares the amazing story of the night in 1981 that he got out of Bob Roop’s Sugar Hold and the difficulties he had in getting Angelo Poffo’s ICW to pay up the $1,000 he earned by doing such.  We also have some audio from Bob Roop, courtesy of Crowbar Press, talking about his memories of that night and the Sugar Hold Challenge.

– TGBL & Scott talk about George Steele, Ivan Koloff, Bruiser Bedlam, Captain Lou Albano and much more!  Plus Jeff Walton on The Hangman, classic Dr. Jerry Graham audio from 1995, Dr. Mike Lano news, TRnac, Stuttering Tommy Rich, the Handsome Boogie Man, an update on Impressionist Jim Ross and much more!

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Book Of The Week:

Wrestling in the Garden – The Battle for New York: Works, Shoots & Double-Crosses by Scott Teal & J. Michael Kenyon

Time Stamps:

  • Top Ten (0:07:17)
  • Fantasy Booking (1:05:41)
  • Dr. Jerry Graham Interviewed by Tom Burke (1:34:55)
  • TGBL & Scott on George Steele & Ivan Koloff (1:40:17)
  • Jim Cornette on George Steele & Ivan Koloff (1:54:47)
  • Austin Idol on George Steele & Ivan Koloff (2:09:24)
  • Scott Teal on Crowbar Press (2:31:29)
  • Bob Roop on the Sugar Hold Challenge (3:20:03)
  • William Harding on the Sugar Hold Challenge (3:24:44)

Follow the show on Twitter at @605pod, as well as Brian at @GreatBrianLast.
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Episode 61: Dogs Barking

The Superpodcast is back this week with a special episode, as The Great Brian Last and co-host Tom Robinson are both under the weather.  This shorter than usual episode features a couple of looks at the life and career of Chavo Guerrero.

– Jeff Walton, the longtime Los Angeles / LeBell wrestling promotion publicist and announcer, joins the show to discuss Chavo’s place in Los Angeles wrestling history.  In telling the story of Chavo in LA, Jeff gives a history of that office throughout the 1970’s and into it’s end in the early 1980’s.  Jeff talks about bookers Louis Tillet and Leo Garibaldi, the emergence of Roddy Piper, how the LA promotion lost it’s english speaking television and ended up on the Spanish International Network and more!  Jeff also discusses the end of Mike LeBell’s promotion and Vince McMahon’s arrival in Los Angeles in 1983.  A really fascinating look at one of wrestling’s legendary cities!

– Dr. Tom Prichard joins the show again this week to share his memories of Chavo.  Tom watched Chavo while he was growing up in Houston, was booked by Chavo in Los Angeles and was Chavo’s “rookie” in Texas.  Tom tells some great stories and sheds some light on what Chavo was like to work for and with.  Tom shares interesting stories about Chavo’s relationship with Bill Watts, the Paul Boesch retirement show in 1987, his last time running into Chavo and more!

Time Stamps:

  • Dr. Tom Prichard (0:30:06)
  • Jeff Walton (0:52:50)

Follow the show on Twitter at @605pod, as well as Brian at @GreatBrianLast.
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The official show wiki, a constant work in progress, is available at 6:05 Superpodcast Wiki.

Episode 60: International Sand Sculpture

The MOTHERSHIP has landed and it is time for another episode of the 6:05 Superpodcast!  This week The Great Brian Last is joined by former Smoky Mountain Wrestling champion Bobby Blaze for a packed show, which features:

– Austin Idol joins the show to make a big announcement about his latest project in conjunction with the Superpodcast!

– Part one of our conversation with Lynn Denton, otherwise known as The Grappler.  Lynn talks about breaking into wrestling and his early stops in Amarillo, Calgary, Mid Atlantic and Mid South.  We will hear his thoughts on the popularity of the Junkyard Dod & Kerry Von Erich, as well as an explanation of how the loaded boot works.  Lynn also shares his memories of Ric Flair, the Dynamite Kid, ribs that he witnessed and much more!  A really fun talk!

– TGBL & Bobby talk about a wide range of subjects, from Superfly Sivi Afi to illegal cable hookups.  Bobby also talks about doing jobs in the early 1990’s for the WWF, how his tour of Australia in 1993 came together, and why working with Sid Vicious wasn’t always easy.  All of that and TRnac, Stuttering Tommy Rich, the Handsome Boogie Man, a message from Ken Patera and much more!

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Book Of The Week:

Grappler: Memoirs Of A Masked Madman by Lynn “The Grappler” Denton

Time Stamps:

  • Top Ten (0:34:38)
  • Fantasy Booking (2:04:51)
  • Here & There (2:21:55)
  • Austin Idol (2:52:18)
  • The Grappler (3:09:13)

Follow the show on Twitter at @605pod, as well as Brian at @GreatBrianLast.
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Official Superpodcast merchandise is now available.
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The official show wiki, a constant work in progress, is available at 6:05 Superpodcast Wiki.

Episode 59: Is That For True?

Set your clock to Turner Time, as this week’s 6:05 Superpodcast has arrived!  Tom Robinson is back in the co-host chair, joining The Great Brian Last for another week of The Only Podcast That Matters! This episode features:

– Another edition of In The News, where Jim Cornette & TGBL look at classic newspaper stories about professional wrestling.  Topics this week include athletic commissions, worked street fights for publicity, and the story of Sputnik Monroe’s 1960 arrest.

– Dan Farren joins the show to discuss the late Bobby Shane.  Dan tells us about his shock when Bobby Shane showed up in January of 1975 to work a week for the Los Angeles office.  We hear details about how Shane was in the ring and what kind of heat he drew without even doing an interview.  Dan will also share the story of Bobby Shane’s last main event, which he witnessed.

– Musician and podcaster Otis Gibbs joins the show to discuss the song Sputnik Monroe, off his new album Mount Renraw.  Otis talks about why the story of Sputnik inspired him to write the song, which we will hear at the conclusion of the interview.  We also hear about Otis growing up watching Dick The Bruiser in Indianapolis.

– TGBL & TR discuss a wide range of issues, including Stan Lane’s ability to pick up women, “Superfly” Sivi Afi, the New Buddha Khan and much more!  Plus the wildest TRnac yet, the Handsome Boogie Man, Stuttering Tommy Rich, the Tom Robinson impression challenge and more!

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Song Of The Week:

Sputnik Monroe by Otis Gibbs

Time Stamps:

  • Top Ten (0:07:06)
  • Here & There (1:25:16)
  • Dan Farren on Bobby Shane (1:56:22)
  • In The News with Jim Cornette (2:26:38)
  • Otis Gibbs on Sputnik Monroe (3:06:48)

Follow the show on Twitter at @605pod, as well as Brian at @GreatBrianLast.
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Official Superpodcast merchandise is now available.
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The official show wiki, a constant work in progress, is available at 6:05 Superpodcast Wiki.

Episode 58: Complete Savage

It’s time to hop on the 6:05 once again for another week of the Superpodcast!  The Great Brian Last is joined this week by John McAdam, and this completely savage episode of the Mothership features:

– A look at the career of Jimmy Snuka, trying to weigh his accomplishments while acknowledging his scandals.  We look at 1983, when his career reached new heights while at the same time his demons led him down a dark road which culminated in the death of his girlfriend Nancy Argentino.  We talk about the major angles he was a part of, his popularity with WWF fans, and attempt to understand how to look at his place in wrestling history.

– Part two of our discussion with Tom Hankins, author of “The Mat, The Mob & Music,” sees Tom talk about his friendship with the legendary Dr. Jerry Graham.  We hear what the Doc thought about Eddie Graham, the McMahons, and Andre The Giant.  Tom also talks about his bar room run-in with Pat Patterson and how that led to his appearance on the famed 1992 episode of Donahue covering the WWF sex scandals.

– Australian wrestling historian Ed Lock joins the show again for part two of our discussion about World Championship Wrestling and Mario Milano.  Ed talks about 1973, which was the biggest year in Australian wrestling history and the last year Jim Barnett promoted there.  We hear about the change in ownership and how the promotion changes.  Ed also tells us about Mario Milano’s later years and where Mario’s place in Australian wrestling history is.

– TGBL & John discuss numerous topics throughout the show, including Misty Blue, The Von Erichs, the heel run of the Brisco Brothers, the 5 star rating system, the Varsity Club, Bruno Sammartino losing the belt to Ivan Koloff and much more!  Plus, Stuttering Tommy Rich, The Handsome Boogie Man & TRnac!

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Book Of The Week:

The Mat, The Mob & Music! by Tom Hankins

Time Stamps:

  • Jimmy Snuka talk (0:02:02)
  • Top Ten (0:46:49)
  • Fantasy Booking (1:59:53)
  • Here & There (2:05:40)
  • Tom Hankins part two (2:37:32)
  • Ed Lock part two (3:08:50)

Follow the show on Twitter at @605pod, as well as Brian at @GreatBrianLast.
Make sure to like the official Superpodcast Facebook page.
Official Superpodcast merchandise is now available.
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The official show wiki, a constant work in progress, is available at 6:05 Superpodcast Wiki.

Episode 57: Backstage Nazi

The Superpodcast is back for another week of action, as The Great Brian Last is joined by Kurt Brown, aka Vandal Drummond, for another ride on the Mothership of wrestling podcasts.  The 6:05 this week features:

  The debut of a new segment: In The News.  Jim Cornette & TGBL look back at newspaper headlines and stories from years gone by.  Among the names discussed this week are Dick The Bruiser, Elvis Presley, Sam Muchnick, Don Curtis & Babe Ruth.

– Tom Hankins, author of our Book Of The Week “The Mat, The Mob & Music” joins the show to talk about his career in and around wrestling.  Tom discusses the fan club scene of the early 1960’s, as well as wrestling in Iowa.   We will hear the fan convention Tom attended in Indianapolis where he met Jack Prefer and the memorable story of the role Bobby Hennan played in getting a young Tom laid.  Tom talks about the meeting he had with Nick Gulas after he almost caused Memphis wrestling to be thrown off TV.  We also hear about the early 1980’s Los Angeles scene in the dying days of the LeBell wrestling promotion.  Plus, Tom talks about The Hangman and tells us what he knows about the career of Bruce Pobanz!

– Kurt & TGBL chat about numerous topics, including Incredibly Strange Wrestling, Diamond Timothy Flowers, Bobby Shane, the death of David Von Erich, California Championship Wrestling, and more!  Kurt shares a bunch of amazing Dr. Jerry Graham stories as well!

Plus TRnac, Stuttering Tommy Rich, the Handsome Boogie Man and much more!

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Book Of The Week:

The Mat, The Mob & Music! by Tom Hankins

Time Stamps:

  • Top Ten (0:26:59)
  • Fantasy Booking (1:43:10)
  • Here & There (1:52:53)
  • In The News with Jim Cornette (2:12:40)
  • Tom Hankins part one (3:05:108)

Follow the show on Twitter at @605pod, as well as Brian at @GreatBrianLast.
Make sure to like the official Superpodcast Facebook page.
Official Superpodcast merchandise is now available.
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The official show wiki, a constant work in progress, is available at 6:05 Superpodcast Wiki.

Episode 56: Roach Clip

The MOTHERSHIP lands for the first time in 2017 with another jam packed episode of the 6:05 Superpodcast!  The Great Brian Last is joined once again by Scott Cornish in the co-host chair for a fun and informative episode, featuring:

– Australian wrestling historian Ed Lock joins the show to discuss Mario Milano and the early days of Jim Barnett’s World Championship Wrestling promotion.  Ed talks about Barnett’s arrival in Australia, and what the wrestling landscape was like at that time.  We hear about Dominic DeNucci, Spiros Arion, Killer Kowalski, Gary Hart, Big Bad John and many other of the biggest stars to land down under.  This is a fascinating look at a territory whose stars many feel don’t get the respect they are due.

– Wrestling Historian Tom Burke is back, this week discussing Dr. Jerry Graham.  Tom was friends with the Doc, so we are able to hear both his knowledge of Graham’s career as well as personal anecdotes.  Tom also shares some great stories about Abe Ford, Tony Santos, The Vachons and more!

– Jeff Bowdren returns for part two of our discussion about the greatest wrestling matches and angles of the 1980’s.  Jeff talks about attending the first Crockett Cup in New Orleans, a wild night out for Terry Gordy in Japan, Giant Baba’s plans for Bruiser Brody & Stan Hansen and much more!  Jeff also talks about the territory he grew up watching, Championship Wrestling from Florida, and shines a light on 1982 in the Sunshine State, which was filled with great matches and angles and saw the surprising emergence of David Von Erich as a heel.

– TGBL & Scott talk about a number of topics, including Rogers’ Corner, Bill Dundee’s car, Missy Hyatt, Jimmy Valiant & Big Mama, The Hangman and more!  Plus, Dennis Coralluzzo’s Memphis debut, TRnac, Stuttering Tommy Rich & the Top Ten!

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Book Of The Week:

Dear Andy Kaufman, I Hate Your Guts! by Lynne Margulies & Bob Zmuda

Time Stamps:

  • Top Ten (0:14:19)
  • Fantasy Booking (1:24:37)
  • Here & There (1:41:45)
  • Dennis Of The Week (1:52:46)
  • Jeff Bowdren (2:00:10)
  • Tom Burke on Dr. Jerry Graham (2:38:32)
  • Ed Lock on Australian Wrestling History (3:20:12)

Follow the show on Twitter at @605pod, as well as Brian at @GreatBrianLast.
Make sure to like the official Superpodcast Facebook page.
Official Superpodcast merchandise is now available.
To support the show, please consider using our Amazon referral link, which doesn’t cost you anything extra, as well as doing a free trial of Amazon Prime or Kindle Unlimited through us, which we still get a referral fee for even if you cancel right away.
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The official show wiki, a constant work in progress, is available at 6:05 Superpodcast Wiki.

Holiday Special: New Year’s Star Wars

Happy New Year!

As we usher in 2017, we here at the Superpodcast present you with another Holiday Star Wars special episode!

No Segments!

No Time Stamps!

No Plugs!

No Edits! (except for when one guest decides to give another’s phone number out on the air)

THANK YOU to all the 605’ers for making 2016 so special for everyone involved with this show!  2017, here we come!

Follow the show on Twitter at @605pod, as well as Brian at @GreatBrianLast.
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The official show wiki, a constant work in progress, is available at 6:05 Superpodcast Wiki.