All posts by Brian Last

Episode 76: The Flowers Of Pain

THE MOTHERSHIP!  The 6:05 Superpodcast is back with another packed episode!  Join The Great Brian Last, with Jeff Bowdren in the co-host chair, for this “oh criminy” inducing show, featuring:

– Bertrand Hebert returns to the show to discuss his new book, our Book Of The Week, Mad Dog: The Maurice Vachon Story, out now on ECW Press!  Bertrand talks about Maurice’s early days in Montreal, his street brawls and amateur wrestling achievements, as well as Maurice’s later success in his home town.  We hear about the development of the Mad Dog character and the impact he had on the AWA, Montreal and Portland.  Bertrand also talks about how Maurice helped many legendary wrestlers early in their career.  A fun and informative look at one of wrestling’s all time greats!

– Stan Saxon, the man behind the mask of Brother Midnight, joins the show to discuss his career and the creation of his popular gimmick.  Stan talks about the scene he broke into in Canada and the injury that led him to put on the mask, baby!  We will hear about Brother Midnight’s famed programs & promos with The Tulip, The Sassy Man, and Sweet Daddy Caddy!  Stan also talks about his post-Midnight gimmick of Dr. X and gives an example of one of his promos.  A really cool look at a popular Superpodcast figure!

Also, TGBL & Jeff discuss the Road Warriors, Buddy Landel, as well as Jeff’s new podcast – Breaking Kayfabe with Jeff Bowdren.  Plus the Tom Robinson Medical Update, Hot Dog, the Handsome Boogie Man & much more!

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Book Of The Week:

Mad Dog: The Maurice Vachon Story by Bertrand Hebert & Pat Laprade

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Time Stamps:

  • Top Ten (0:13:04)
  • Here & There (1:27:11)
  • Stan Saxon (1:52:50)
  • Bertrand Hebert on Mad Dog Vachon (2:35:36)

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

Lance Russell Special

The 6:05 Superpodcast looks back on the life and career of Lance Russell, the greatest pro wrestling announcer of all time, with this special episode.  The Great Brian Last is joined by former Memphis manager, and the man behind Kentucky Fried Rasslin’, Scott Bowden, for this tribute to Lance, with many voices lending their thoughts and memories!

Time Stamps:

  • Lance Russell Interviewed By Jerry Lawler (0:30:48)
  • Ron Fuller (0:38:34)
  • David Bixenspan (0:48:21)
  • Bobby Fulton (1:15:07)
  • Pete Lederberg (1:20:48)
  • Howard Baum (1:48:20)
  • Dave Meltzer (1:57:29)
  • Kurt Brown (2:31:15)
  • Austin Idol (2:39:36)
  • Bobby Blaze (2:54:45)
  • Jammie Ward (3:01:22)
  • Kevin Sullivan (3:13:21)
  • Jim Cornette (3:40:56)

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 (UK) (CA), 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.
To make ongoing monthly donations to the Superpodcast, you can go to our Patreon page.
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The official show wiki, a constant work in progress, is available at 6:05 Superpodcast Wiki.

Bobby Heenan Special

The 6:05 Superpodcast presents a special episode paying tribute to Bobby “The Brain” Heenan.  The Great Brian Last is joined by experts and historians for a look at every facet of The Brain’s legendary career.

Time Stamps:

  • John McAdam & TGBL Talk Heenan (0:01:05)
  • Richard Vicek on Heenan In Chicago & Indianapolis (0:34:24)
  • George Schire on Heenan In The AWA (1:04:56)
  • David Bixenspan on His Recent Deadspin Article (2:32:15)
  • Jim Cornette & Scott Bowden on Heenan As A Manager (2:51:42)

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 (UK) (CA), 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.
To make ongoing monthly donations to the Superpodcast, you can go to our Patreon page.
You can also make PayPal donations to Brian.
Subscribe by adding 605feed.com to your preferred podcast app, or our iTunes link.
The official show wiki, a constant work in progress, is available at 6:05 Superpodcast Wiki.

Episode 75: Brother Midnight

Hurricane winds can’t stop The Mothership from landing!  The 6:05 Superpodcast has returned with a packed show!  The Great Brian Last is joined this week by former Memphis manager Scott Bowden for a fun episode, featuring:

– Brother Midnight makes his long awaited debut on the Superpodcast!  Baby!

– Longtime referee Scott Dickinson joins the show to discuss his career, as well as his friendship with the late Brian Hildebrand.  Scott talks how he first got into the wrestling business as a referee and recalls his experiences working for ICW, Don Muraco, Tony Rumble and WCW.  Scott also details his time working with his friend Brian, better known as referee Mark Curtis.  Scott reveals how the wrestling world reacted when Brian got sick and battled cancer, as well how Hulk Hogan got involved.  This compelling talk concentrates on both the life of a referee and the last years of Brian Hildebrand’s life.

– Jim Cornette returns to the Superpodcast to discuss the late Brian Hildebrand.  Jim and Brian had a friendship years before they worked together in Smoky Mountain Wrestling, and Jim talks about his fondest memories of Brian.

– Allan Blackstock is back on the show to discuss the names being added to the Wrestling Observer Hall Of Fame ballot this year.  The names include: Sputnik Monroe, Trish Stratus, Kota Ibushi, Bill Goldberg, Rick Martel, Tully Blanchard & Arn Anderson with J.J. Dillon, Chavo Guerrero Sr., George Steele, Wild Bill Curry, Tetsuya Naito, and Sangre Chicana.

  TGBL & Scott Bowden talk about everything from Scott’s heat with Dave Brown to the power of a Jackie Fargo endorsement.  Plus Hot Dog, The Handsome Boogie Man, Slaughtering A Sacred Cow and much more!

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Book Of The Week:

Pro Wrestling Hall Of Fame: The Tag Teams by Greg Oliver & Steven Johnson

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Time Stamps:

  • Top Ten (0:06:30)
  • Fantasy Booking (1:09:57)
  • Here & There (1:21:19)
  • Brother Midnight (1:25:44)
  • Allan Blackstock (1:39:40)
  • Scott Dickinson (2:42:12)
  • Jim Cornette on Brian Hildebrand (3:50:31)

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 (UK) (CA), 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.
To make ongoing monthly donations to the Superpodcast, you can go to our Patreon page.
You can also make PayPal donations to Brian.
Subscribe by adding 605feed.com to your preferred podcast app, or our iTunes link.
The official show wiki, a constant work in progress, is available at 6:05 Superpodcast Wiki.

Houston Wrestling Special

On this special episode of the 6:05 Superpodcast, The Great Brian Last & David Bixenspan take a look at the history of Houston wrestling.  Around clips from past episodes of the Superpodcast, TGBL & Bix talk both about their past experiences living through Superstorm Sandy and let the listeners know how they can help out with the relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey.

Donate to the Red Cross!
Donate to Global Giving!
GoFundMe’s listing of Hurricane Harvey campaigns!

Time Stamps:

  • Peter Birkholz (0:18:57)
  • Tom Burke (1:44:05)
  • The Grappler (1:45:52)
  • Dr. Tom Prichard (1:58:19)

 

Episode 74: Memory Full

The Mothership has landed, and the latest episode of the 6:05 Superpodcast has arrived!  This week, The Great Brian Last is joined by popular co-host Kurt Brown, aka Vandal Drummond, for a slam packed show, featuring:

– In The News with Jim Cornette returns this week, with a look at classic wrestling newspaper articles covering in-ring deaths, a wrestling match resulting in a grand jury inquiry, an extremely long match, a painful case of mistaken identity and more!

– In part two of our discussion with Tony Meyers, Tony shares his memories of his mentor, the late Mr. Pogo.  We hear all about Pogo’s career, including why he had to get a real job while working in Los Angeles.  Tony tells us how Pogo got his name, why he ended up wrestling a hardcore style, and what Pogo the promoter was like to work for.  Tony also goes into detail about Mr’ Pogo’s last days.

– TGBL & Kurt talk about Wild Bull Curry, Chavo Guerrero, Dory Funk Jr. and, of course, Dr. Jerry Graham.  Also, a new Larry Nelson sound bite, a debate on silliness in wrestling, Kurt’s story of presenting Yoshihiro Asai with an award & more!  Plus an update on the medical condition of Tom Robinson!

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Book Of The Week:

Tuesday Night At The Gardens: Pro Wrestling In Louisville by Jim Cornette with Mark James

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Time Stamps:

  • Top Ten (0:09:09)
  • Fantasy Booking (2:15:10)
  • Here & There (2:22:08)
  • Tony Myers part two (2:52:28)
  • In The News with Jim Cornette (3:40:12)

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 (UK) (CA), 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.
To make ongoing monthly donations to the Superpodcast, you can go to our Patreon page.
You can also make PayPal donations to Brian.
Subscribe by adding 605feed.com to your preferred podcast app, or our iTunes link.
The official show wiki, a constant work in progress, is available at 6:05 Superpodcast Wiki.

Episode 73: Wrestling Wars

Baby Baby!  Call Somebody!  The 6:05 Superpodcast is back!  This week on The Mothership, The Great Brian Last is joined by a first timer in the co-host chair, longtime photographer Howard Baum.  This fun & packed episode features:

– Ron Fuller, The Tennessee Stud & host of the Studcast, joins the show to discuss wrestling promotional wars.  Ron shares his memories of the Georgia wrestling war between the NWA & Ann Gunkel’s All South promotion, as well as the story of what happened to his promotion, Southeastern Championship Wrestling, in 1979 when several top stars decided to run against him.  This is a true history lesson from one of the very best storytellers in wrestling!

– Tony Myers joins the show, in part one of a two part conversation, to discuss his career in Memphis.  Tony talks about being a huge fan of Memphis wrestling and then getting the opportunity to work there.  We hear stories about Jerry Lawler, Bill Dundee, Jamie Dundee and a locker room brawl between Luna Vachon & Jacqueline.  Tony also talks about how he broke into the business, as well as his memories of a young Flex Kavana, better known as The Rock!

– Polish Joe Ciupik is back to discuss Herb Abrams, GLOW, Larry Nelson and everything he has going on with Classic Wrestling, including their videos which are now available for rent or purchase at classicwrestling.com!

– TGBL & Howard discuss Bert Prentice ripping off Howard’s family, Luna Vachon’s wedding, Ric Flair, the humor of Bobby Heenan and more!  Plus, TRnac, Hod Dog, Stuttering Tommy Rich, Not Charlie Brown From Outta Town, Jim Cornette’s Answering Machine & more!

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Book Of The Week:

Florida Mat Wars: 1977 by Robert VanKavelaar with Scott Teal

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Time Stamps:

  • Top Ten (0:14:50)
  • Slaughtering A Sacred Cow (1:42:46)
  • Polish Joe Ciupik (1:55:06)
  • Tony Myers part one (2:23:46)
  • Ron Fuller (3:08:36)

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 (UK) (CA), 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.
To make ongoing monthly donations to the Superpodcast, you can go to our Patreon page.
You can also make PayPal donations to Brian.
Subscribe by adding 605feed.com to your preferred podcast app, or our iTunes link.
The official show wiki, a constant work in progress, is available at 6:05 Superpodcast Wiki.

Episode 72: Beau The Dog

Batten down the hatches!  The Mothership has landed and it is time for another edition of the 6:05 Superpodcast!  Joining The Great Brian Last this week in the co-host chair is Tom Robinson!  This packed show features:

– Rip Rogers joins the show discuss ICW, The Poffos and his memory of the night of the Sugar Hold Challenge!  Rip, who was a partner in ICW, shares his knowledge about how ICW was formed and what it was like to be involved in an outlaw promotion.  Rip also gives tells us what he saw when Randy Savage & Bill Dundee had their parking lot fight which ended with Dundee having a broken jaw, as well as the infamous fight Randy Savage got into at the Waffle House!  A fun and informative talk!

– Longtime WWWF TV “timekeeper at the bell” Mike Mittman talks about his many years sitting ringside at TV tapings in Allentown & Hamburg.  Mike shares him memories of popular ring announcer Joe McHugh, who he was close with, as well as Dr. George Zahorian, who Mike introduced into the world of wrestling.  Mike talks about Vince McMahon Sr. & Jr., Gorilla Monsoon, Phil Zacko & many more.  Mike also tells us about the night he refereed a Saturday Night’s Mani Event and got clobbered by Andre The Giant!

– TGBL & TR Shock discuss everything from Tom’s recent attempt to meet Cyndi Lauper to Jim Ross.  Plus Hot Dog & Lasto, TRnac, Stuttering Tommy Rich, The Handsome Boogie Man, Jim Cornette’s Answering Machine, the Tom Robinson Impression Challenge & more!

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Book Of The Week:

Classic Arena Programs #1: Slam-O-Gram Volume 1 by Scott Teal

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See Judd Apatow’s documentary film “May It Last: A Portrait Of The Avett Brothers” in theaters for ONE NIGHT ONLY on September 12th!  

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Time Stamps:

  • Top Ten (0:011:36)
  • Here & There (1:51:29)
  • Mike Mittman (2:13:40)
  • Rip Rogers (3:03:05)

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 (UK) (CA), 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.
To make ongoing monthly donations to the Superpodcast, you can go to our Patreon page.
You can also make PayPal donations to Brian.
Subscribe by adding 605feed.com to your preferred podcast app, or our iTunes link.
The official show wiki, a constant work in progress, is available at 6:05 Superpodcast Wiki.

Episode 71: Milo Of Croton

The Mothership has landed again and the 6:05 Superpodcast is back! The Great Brian Last is joined this week by Mike Mills of the Booking The Territory podcast for a packed episode, featuring:

– Bobby Fulton of The Fantastics is back again to talk about the time in July of 1983 that he refused to do a job for the Road Warriors.  Bobby talks all about why he wouldn’t do it and how Ole Anderson reacted.  We also hear Bobby’s memories or working with a young Ultimate Warrior & Sting in both Memphis and the UWF.  Bobby also shares his thoughts on working with the Sheepherders and tells us what he did to once upset Dr. Death Steve Williams!

– Longtime photographer Howard Baum joins the show to discuss his role in the memorable 1984 Memphis angle where Eddie Gilbert & Tommy Rich were presented with the tag team of the year award.  Howard also shares him memories of meeting a young Raven, getting attacked by Terry Funk, and bothering Jerry Lawler.  Plus Howard & TGBL discuss their opinions of ECW then vs. now.  A really fun talk!

– We present to you another edition of 6:05 Classic with TGBL & show cofounder David Bixenspan!  Bix & TGBL discuss the recent documentary Nobody Speak, about the Hulk Hogan / Gawker lawsuit, a film in which Bix is featured in.  They also discuss Netflix’s GLOW & the WWE unreleased matches dvd.

Plus classic audio of Wild Red Berry on Groucho Marx’s You Bet Your Life, Jim Cornette’s answering machine, TRnac, Stuttering Tommy Rich, The Handsome Boogie Man, the Top Ten debut of Hot Dog and much more!

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Book Of The Week:

Bad To The Bone: 25 Years Of Riots And Wrestling by Ron Starr & Rock Rims

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Time Stamps:

  • Top Ten (0:015:41)
  • Here & There (1:20:23)
  • Wild Red Berry on You Bet Your Life (1:29:43)
  • Howard Baum (1:40:10)
  • Bobby Fulton (2:48:55)
  • 6:05 Classic with David Bixenspan (3:26:09)

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 (UK) (CA), 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.
To make ongoing monthly donations to the Superpodcast, you can go to our Patreon page.
You can also make PayPal donations to Brian.
Subscribe by adding 605feed.com to your preferred podcast app, or our iTunes link.
The official show wiki, a constant work in progress, is available at 6:05 Superpodcast Wiki.

Holiday Special: Independence Day Star Wars

The 6:05 Superpodcast is celebrating America’s birthday with another edition of Star Wars!

No Segments!

No Time Stamps!

Minimal Edits! 

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

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Please support Ramseur Records by visiting their online store and using the promo code “605” at checkout to save 20%!
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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 (UK) (CA), 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.
To make ongoing monthly donations to the Superpodcast, you can go to our Patreon page.
You can also make PayPal donations to Brian.
Subscribe by adding 605feed.com to your preferred podcast app, or our iTunes link.
The official show wiki, a constant work in progress, is available at 6:05 Superpodcast Wiki.