Episode 51: Talk To The Promoter

The Superpodcast returns with another pier sixer of an episode, as The Great Brian Last is joined by former Smoky Mountain champion Bobby Blaze in the co-host chair.  This week’s episode features:

– An extensive conversation with Bobby Fulton.  Bobby talks about working in Stampede and how his look changed after an injury in a riot.  Bobby shares his observations and memories of the 1983 Jerry Lawler/Lance Russell split from Jerry Jarrett that almost happened.  We hear about his teaming with Terry Taylor as the Fantastic Ones in Chattanooga, what Junkyard Dog told the locker room in Mid South before he left for the WWF, how the Fantastics quit WCW and much more!

– TGBL & Bobby Blaze discuss Bobby’s career, including his training by the Malenkos, his time around Karl Gotch, his friendship with Sean Waltman, his escape from South Africa with help from the United States Embassy, growing up watching Memphis & ICW, beating Jerry Lawler for the SMW championship and more.  Plus we hear talk about wrestling mimes, shoot backdrops, pretend wrestlers and more!

– We have part three of our look at classic John Tolos audio from 1971, during his famed heel run in Los Angeles.

– Stuttering Tommy Rich and Impressionist Jim Ross raise the stakes in their feud!

This is the longest episode in Superpodcast history, so CALL SOMEBODY!


Time Stamps:

  • Superuniverse Top Ten (0:07:18)
  • Fantasy Booking (2:39:27)
  • Here and There (2:45:34)
  • John Tolos audio (2:56:54)
  • Bobby Fulton (3:15:22)

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Episode 50: The Doctors

The MOTHERSHIP has landed and another highly sought after episode of the Superpodcast is here!  Kurt Brown, aka Vandal Drummond, takes his seat in the co-host chair again to join The Great Brian Last on another journey into a classic wrestling state of euphoria.  This week’s show features:

– An extensive interview with Dr. Tom Prichard, covering his days as a fan and his earliest days in the wrestling business.  We talk about the differences between West Texas wrestling and Houston wrestling, Wild Bull Curry, working in the Houston office as a teenager, training with the Iron Sheik, Gino Hernandez and much more!  Also, Tom shares his memories of working in Los Angeles, Portland and Atlanta, as well as his thoughts on working with Chris Colt.  This interview is one of the best in Superpodcast history!

– Sheldon Goldberg joins the show for the Dennis Of The Week, paying tribute to his friend Dennis Coralluzzo.  Sheldon talks about how important Dennis was to the progression of independent wrestling and what he meant to the 1990’s independent wrestling scene.  We also hear about what the Massachusetts indie scene was like.  This is a really fun conversation that sheds light on the often ignored history of independent wrestling.

– Part two of our John Tolos audio, this time featuring interviews from June of 1971 dealing with Tolos’ feuds with Mil Mascaras and Fred Blassie.

– As usual, the Top Ten turns into a series of wide ranging conversations, as TGBL & Kurt discuss topics such as All Japan Women’s Pro Wrestling, The Bionic Wrestler Lars Anderson, Dick Lane, Los Angeles studio wrestling, Rex Arnold, the Los Angeles independent scene of the early 1980’s and much more!  Kurt also shares some amazing stories about Dr. Jerry Graham!  The Top Ten also features Sheldon Goldberg’s stories about Mike Lano, and appearances by Stuttering Tommy Rich and the Impressionist Jim Ross!

CALL SOMEBODY!

Time Stamps:

  • Superuniverse Top Ten (0:17:54)
  • Fantasy Booking (2:09:30)
  • Here and There (2:16:00)
  • John Tolos audio (2:30:09)
  • Dennis Of The Week with Sheldon Goldberg (2:37:39)
  • Dr. Tom Prichard (3:03:12)

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Episode 49: Stunt Granny

Your weekly fix of the Superpodcast has arrived!  Popular co-host Tom Robinson is back in the co-host chair this week, joining The Great Brian Last, for another fun trip on the Mothership!  This week’s show features:

– An extensive interview with Colt Toombs, the son of Roddy Piper.  Colt and his sister Ariel’s book on their father, “Rowdy,” was recently published and is our Book Of The Week.  Colt talks about the process of putting this book together and tracing his father’s story, as well as what Roddy’s intentions were when he started putting this book together.  This fun talk illuminates a Roddy Piper that fans never got to know and explains the origins of the rowdy one!

– Classic audio from October 18, 1983 of Captain Lou Albano and Fred Blassie on Rod Luck’s radio show in Philadelphia.  This show, recorded the day after the famous Jimmy Snuka cage match with Don Muraco and less than a week after the passing of the Grand Wizard, is a fascinating time capsule to the period right before the WWF would aggressively compete against the rest of the wrestling industry.  Callers ask about Hulk Hogan, Crusher Verdu, Ric Flair, the status of the WWF Championship in the magazines and more!

– Dan Farren joins the show again to discuss his appearance as the masked referee on the infamous television special Exposed: Pro Wrestling’s Greatest Secrets.

– As discussed on last week’s show, we get to hear John Tolos interviews from 1970 in Los Angeles.  These interviews, which were taped off TV for Bob Barnett, are the only example of Tolos’ amazing work during this period of his career.  Tolos discusses upcoming matches with Fred Blassie, Mil Mascaras and Man Mountain Mike.

– TGBL & TR talk about a multitude of topics, including Tony Schiavone, Bruno Sammartino, notorious fans, Jushin Liger, Halloween Havoc 1992, Dave Brown, Tom’s hatred of Tony Garea and night out with the Clique and much more!  Plus appearances from Impressionist Jim Ross & Stuttering Tommy Rich!  CALL SOMEBODY!

Time Stamps:

  • Superuniverse Top Ten (0:16:11)
  • Fantasy Booking (1:35:56)
  • Here and There (1:53:27)
  • Dan Farren on Pro Wrestling’s Greatest Secrets TV special (2:01:46)
  • John Tolos audio (2:09:22)
  • Lou Albano & Fred Blassie on Philadelphia Radio (2:22:11)
  • Colt Toombs on Roddy Piper book “Rowdy” (3:13:15)

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Episode 48: Old Lady

CALL SOMEBODY!  The Superpodcast returns for another packed show combining the best in wrestling history and humor!  Join The Great Brian Last and this week’s co-host chair Bob Barnett for a wild show, featuring:

– What happens when Dennis Coralluzzo misdials Jim Cornette and gets an angry old lady?  You’ll find out this week with the airing of the notorious Old Lady prank phone calls from the mid-1990’s.

– California superman Roy Lucier joins the show to talk about the South California lucha scene of the early 1990’s, including the famed incident when he was kicked out of the biggest lucha show in U.S. history before the event even started after he almost caused a riot.

– Allan Blackstock talks with TGBL about the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall Of Fame class of 2016, after both recently received their ballots and became voters.  Allan will also explain why, in his opinion, Big Daddy is a clear cut Hall of Famer.

– After last week’s tale of Diamond Dallas Page’s escapades at an Upstate New York indie show, referee Jonathan Ashe tells us exactly what happened that day from his perspective.

– TGBL & Bob talk about a wide range of topics, including Buddy Rose’s paranoia, The Sheik vs. The Jewish Heavyweight Champion, Mark Lewin, Akira Taue, Ricki Starr, Bob’s first observations of Los Angeles wrestling, Dr. Mike Lano, Verne Gagne, John Tolos, Superstar Billy Graham, Los Angeles studio wrestling, Dick Lane, the death of Gino Hernandez, Eddie Gilbert, Bob’s trips to Mexico, Arnold Skaaland, Johnny Valentine, Island & Sunnyside Gardens, Bruno Sammartino & Killer Kowalski’s wigs and much more!  Plus, appearances by Impressionist Jim Ross & Stuttering Tommy Rich!

Time Stamps:

  • Superuniverse Top Ten (0:01:48)
  • Fantasy Booking (1:39:07)
  • Jonathan Ashe on DDP at 2CW (2:04:51)
  • Roy Lucier on 1990’s California Lucha (2:18:52)
  • Dennis Of The Week with Old Lady prank calls (2:41:53)
  • Allan Blackstock on the Wrestling Observer Hall Of Fame (3:02:13)

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Episode 47: Only The Day Of

The Superpodcast is back!  The Great Brian Last is joined by Scott Cornish, in the co-host chair, for this week’s show, which features:

– Wrestling Historian Tom Burke talking about Wild Bull Curry.  Tom didn’t just study Bull Curry’s career, he was also friends with the wild man and talks about a number of topics, from Curry’s relationship to The Sheik to his feelings on working in Houston.

– Filmmaker Jeff Krulik joins the show again to talk about Santo Gold & the wrestling film Blood Circus.  Few have seen the film, but Jeff has information about it, as well as the famed Santo Gold auction infomercial.

– Amy Lee is back for the final part of her Dennis Of The Week.  Amy talks about a second fight she had with Dennis Coralluzzo, this time in a hotel room in front of Tommy Rich and Doug Gilbert.  She also shares some humorous stories and her thoughts on how Dennis should be remembered.

– After last week’s controversial statements regarding the mortality of J.W. Storm, Tom Robinson calls in to discuss last week’s appearance and hear some news on the man who took his girlfriend to the Red Roof Inn.

– TGBL & Scott talk about numerous topics, including Bruno Sammartino’s wig, the midget Top Ten, DDP Yoga, Lou Albano on the Uncle Floyd Show, Dull wrestling authority figures, Greg Valentine, Fat Frank at Show World and much more.  Also, Impressionist Jim Ross joins the show again during the Top Ten!

CALL SOMEBODY!

Time Stamps:

  • Superuniverse Top Ten (0:06:10)
  • Fantasy Booking (1:11:50)
  • Here & There (1:19:20)
  • Tom Robinson on J.W. Storm (1:20:24)
  • Dennis Of The Week with Amy Lee (2:02:07)
  • Jeff Krulik on Santo Gold’s Blood Circus (2:24:15)
  • Tom Burke on Wild Bull Curry (2:48:22)

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Episode 46: Under The Bleachers

It’s a special edition of the 6:05 Superpodcast, as The Great Brian Last is tired & cranky and co-host Tom Robinson is under the weather.  This week’s installment of the MOTHERSHIP features:

– Jim Cornette sharing his memories and thoughts about Chris Colt, as well as watching the Chris Colt Experience in action while supplying commentary.

– Les Thatcher talking about some of the earliest examples of merchandising in modern professional wrestling.  Les lets us know about his tee shirt company with the Brisco Brothers and Thunderbolt Patterson, as well as his work producing magazines for Mid Atlantic and the WWWF.  Les also talks about the development of his Personality Profile segments for Southeastern Championship Wrestling and his flirtation with joining the WWF in 1985.

– Dan Farren, longtime California referee, tells us all about the one time he worked for Herb Abrams and the UWF and why it wasn’t a great experience.

– Amy Lee joins the show again for the Dennis Of The Week, this time talking about the many Northeast wrestlers who Dennis Coralluzzo gave breaks to in the wrestling business.

– The conversation with TGBL and TR touches on many topics, including gymnastics, Tom’s recent run ins with Bobby Fulton and Terry Funk, TGBL’s teenage attempt at a Terry Funk record book, Tommy Rich, JW Storm, Bubba Ray Dudley, Taz, David Crockett, Mike Lano on the radio, Lou Albano’s PSA, Jim Ross and much more!

CALL SOMEBODY!

Time Stamps:

  • Superuniverse Top 10 (0:12:26)
  • Fantasy Booking (1:07:19)
  • Here & There (1:16:037)
  • Talking with Tom (1:29:56)
  • Dan Farren on Herb Abrams (1:54:27)
  • Jim Cornette on Chris Colt (2:07:06)
  • Dennis Of The Week with Amy Lee (2:32:07)
  • Les Thatcher on merchandise (3:09:21)

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Episode 45: Marriott Parking Lot

The MOTHERSHIP is back again for another action packed week of the 6:05 Superpodcast!  Kurt Brown is back in the co-host chair this week, joining The Great Brian Last on this fun episode, which features:

– A talk with Les Thatcher about his start in the business with Tony Santos’ promotion in Boston.  Les discusses living and working with Pat Patterson, Ron Dupree and Terry Garvin, why the Santos promotion had no TV, the workers back then versus the performers today, Jack Pfefer’s relationship with Santos and much more!

– A conversation with wrestling historian Tom Burke about his friend, and one of wrestling’s most misunderstood characters, Chris Colt.  Colt has been a popular subject on the Superpodcast and Tom  sheds light on what made him tick.

– An interview with filmmaker Jeff Krulik, of Heavy Metal Parking Lot fame, about his 1994 film Mr. Blassie Goes To Washington.

– Amy Lee joins the show for the Dennis Of The Week, our weekly tribute to promoter Dennis Coralluzzo.  Amongst other stories, Amy talks about her legendary parking lot fight with Dennis.

– The Top Ten, as usual, goes in a million directions, covering Titanes En El Ring, Slammers and Verne Langdon, Tony Rocco and Widman Jack Armstrong, the fake Apache Bull Ramos, Japanese wrestler misspellings & wrestler nicknames in the Observer, Wild Bull Currry, The Antichrist, Captain Lou Albano’s promo for Mike Lano’s tv show, Longmont Potion Castle and much more!

CALL SOMEBODY!

Book of the Week:

Time Stamps:

  • Superuniverse Top 10 (0:08:02)
  • Fantasy Booking (1:31:13)
  • Here & There (1:36:06)
  • Dennis Of The Week with Amy Lee (1:43:21)
  • Tom Burke on Chris Colt  (2:08:12)
  • Jeff Krulik on Mr. Blassie Goes To Washington (2:46:44)
  • Les Thatcher on starting out in Boston (3:07:38)

 
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Episode 44: Speed Bump

The one and only Mothership has touched down again for another jam packed episode of the Superpodcast!  Joining The Great Brian Last this week in the co-host chair is John McAdam.  Featured this week:

– Part three of our talk with Richard Vicek about the history of the Chicago Wrestling Club.  We listen to and discuss rare audio, including interviews from Bill Watts, Ray Stevens, a young Dusty Rhodes, Larry Hennig and more!

– We pay tribute to the late Don Bass, who just recently passed away.  Jim Cornette joins the show again to discuss his memories of working with Don.  Also, Don’s longtime tag team partner and friend Roger Smith (The Assassin, Dirty Rhodes) discusses Don’s recent battle with cancer and shares some warm memories of his fallen friend.

– John Arezzi tells us about the secret to getting ringside tickets to Madison Square Garden in the 1970’s, as well as the fan scene around the Garden.  We also hear a humorous story of John’s night out with Andre The Giant & Mr. Fuji.

– The Top Ten touches on many topics this week, as TGBL & John talk about Gino Hernandez & Chris Adams, Rick Steamboat’s family man run, wether Larry Zbyszko could have had a strong run against Bob Backlund, the lack of charisma of Al Madril & Brian Adias, Paul Heyman’s late night hotel shenanigans, Andre or Orndorff at Wrestlemania 3 and more.  Also, Jim Cornette watches Mighty Joe Thunder!

All of that plus the Giant Leprechaun, John’s near fight with Vince Russo, Dennis Of The Week and much more!

Book of the Week:

Time Stamps:

  • Superuniverse Top 10 (0:02:52)
  • Fantasy Booking (1:24:38)
  • Here & There (1:31:59)
  • John Arezzi on MSG (1:52:21)
  • Jim Cornette on Don Bass (2:12:02)
  • Roger Smith on Don Bass (2:18:41)
  • Richard Vicek on Chicago Wrestling (2:42:45)

 
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Episode 43: Room Number 413

The Mothership has landed and another week of the 6:05 Superpodcast is at hand!  This week, The Great Brian Last is joined again by Scott Cornish in the co-host chair for a packed show, featuring:

– Part three of our conversation with Terry Garvin Simms.  In this final installment of our talk, Terry talks about his days working for the Global Wrestling Federation, discussing everything from Eddie Gilbert’s booking to potential investors.  Terry explains why he dropped the Garvin name, why Scott Putski had heat in the locker room, what it was like to work with Gypsy Joe and work for FMW and much more!  Plus, Terry gives his thoughts on a frequent question here on the Superpodcast: Who are the Slip House Boys?

– After last week’s reading of Confessions Of A Ring Rat, former Smoky Mountain champion Bobby Blaze checks in during the Top Ten to confirm or deny his alleged sexual relations with Sue The Shooter, as mentioned in the article.

– Listeners of the Superpodcast play show trivia to win copies of the new Pat Patterson (with Bertrand Hebert) autobiography Accepted.

– The Top Ten, as usual, touches on numerous topics, including Herb Abrams, ECW, midget wrestling, Impressionist Jim Ross and more!  Plus, we talk Mighty Joe Thunder, Vince McMahon on Victory Corner, Brian Hildebrand, The Hangman and tons more!

CALL SOMEBODY!

Book of the Week:
Accepted: How The First Gay Superstar Changed WWE by Pat Patterson & Bertrand Hebert

Time Stamps:
– Top Ten (0:02:53)
– Fantasy Booking (1:21:46)
– Here and There (1:32:11)
– Show Trivia (2:14:33)
– Terry Garvin Simms (3:02:31)

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Episode 42: Cornette The Co-host

Jim Cornette is back again, this time as co-host, joining The Great Brian Last for a ride on the Mothership!  Tons of classic wrestling talk & craziness on this episode, including:

– An extensive talk with Peter Birkholz, longtime commentator and promoter for Houston wrestling.  This fascinating discussion covers the biggest names to wrestle in Houston, from Whiskers Savage to Wild Bull Curry, from Gino Hernandez to the Junkyard Dog.  Plus, Peter shares the inside stories of Houston’s dealings with the NWA, the Dallas booking office, Southwest Championship Wrestling, Mid South Wrestling and Vince McMahon.  Peter also talks about his uncle, famed wrestling promoter Paul Boesch.

– A wild Top Ten, hitting on everything from Capital Combat ’90: The Return Of Robocop to The Hangman’s IMDB page.  Other topics include Gordon Scozzari’s 1991 AWF taping, the time Ole Anderson wanted Jim to run around the ring with a pumpkin on his head, Dr. Mike Lano’s writing, if Lex Luger should have won the world title at Wrestle War ’90 and much more!

– TGBL & Jim do a new reading of the story that launched Sue The Shooter, Confessions Of A Ring Rat!

– A discussion about some of the remaining Holy Grails of wrestling footage.

All of that and much more, so CALL SOMEBODY!

Book of the Week:
When Wrestling Was Rasslin’ by Peter Birkholz  (Kindle)

Time Stamps:
– Top Ten (0:07:17)
– Fantasy Booking (1:25:27)
– Here and There (1:35:50)
– Dennis Of The Week (1:52:11)
– Book Of The Week (2:08:12)
– Peter Birkholz (2:15:25)

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