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Ep. #213: August 14-20, 1998 with Mike Michaels

8/19/2019
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Kris Zellner & David Bixenspan are joined by Mike Michaels to discuss the week that was August 14-20, 1998. We talk about the debut of The [Ultimate] Warrior in WCW at Monday Nitro in Hartford in a wild and zany segment that lasted about 3 times longer than it should have, plus all the ramifications involved with him coming into the promotion. We also talk about a very odd "shoot" promo by Eddy Guerrero where he "quit" WCW, Goldberg & Kevin Nash on The Love Boat, Nicole Bass debuting in...

Duration:06:36:22

Ep. #212: August 7-13, 1997

8/12/2019
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Kris & David are guestless this week as we discuss the week that was August 7-13, 1997. We talk about the concern over Steve Austin's neck and the future of his career, which looked to be dire. We also go over Jim Ross getting promoted, Shawn Michaels being awesome on RAW and introducing "insurance policy" Rick Rude, what is actually going on with ECW & WWF—especially regarding the status of Rude, NJPW running a big show at the Nagoya Dome, ECW BORN TO BE WIRED, Lance Russell has quadruple...

Duration:05:04:07

Ep. #211: July 31-Aug. 6, 1988 with Mike Sempervive

8/5/2019
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Kris & David are joined by Michael Sempervive (@Sempervive) to discuss the week that was July 31 - August 6, 1988. We talk about Dave Meltzer's live experience from the 1988 Great American Bash tour, Dick Murdoch & The Sheik doing a double turn in Detroit, Jim Cornette clowning J.J. Dillon in promos on TV, the end of USA Wrestling in Knoxville, Continental starting to grow with Eddie Gilbert, Ken Mantell leaving World Class again, WWF Wrestlefest in Milwaukee with Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the...

Duration:04:40:15

Cover 2 Cover Ep. #2: Laser Tag, You're It

8/2/2019
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Kris Zellner & Rob Naylor are back with the latest episode of Cover 2 Cover where we discuss the February 1988 issue of The Wrestler. We talk about all the major items in the issue such as Ric Flair admitting he's nothing without the NWA World Title, if Kerry Von Erich's comeback was a miracle or mistake, the Andre the Giant vs. Hulk Hogan rematch as Match of the Century, Jim Cornette either managing or destroying The New Breed, Curt Hennig trying to make a man out of Jeff Jarrett, plus...

Duration:02:07:43

Ep. #210: July 24-30, 1997

7/29/2019
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Kris & David are guestless this week as we discuss the week that was July 24-30, 1997. We talk about Sycho Sid & Jim Neidhart leaving the WWF under interesting circumstances, RAW in Pittsburgh with Bret Hart talking about enemas, Shawn Michaels not selling his supposed real or worked knee injuries, Masahiro Chono getting hurt at the WCW Orlando tapings, Jushin Thunder Liger working the indie scum tour, kidnappings in Mexico, Maurice Smith becoming the top guy in the UFC, ECW confusion with...

Duration:04:48:04

Exile on Badstreet #63: Rasslin 80’s Style Part 6 w/ John McAdam

7/28/2019
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Kris Zellner is joined by John McAdam (@CCMilani) as we discuss Volumes 9 & 10 from John's Wrestling from the ’80's collection. We talk about Bruiser Brody and his big matches with Ric Flair & Kamala, as well as Central States & St. Louis in general from 1983-1984. We also talk about Ric Flair winning his first NWA Title in Kansas City in 1981 and how odd it was, Adrian Street's push in Florida, WWF invading St. Louis, David Von Erich's death, The New Fabulous Ones & The Pretty Young...

Duration:01:46:35

Ep. #209.5: July 17-23, 1995 with Emil Jay

7/22/2019
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Kris & David are joined by Emil Jay (@theemiljay) to discuss the week that was July 17-23, 1995. We talk about Hulk Hogan entering the Dungeon of Doom in a wild and wacky segment, Ultimate Warrior talking money with WCW and returning to the ring in Las Vegas for NWC, Hiroshi Hase elected to the Japanese senate, Hijo del Santo & Lizmark leaving AAA, Jeff Jarrett & The Heavenly Bodies working Pennsylvania indies while working for WWF, ECW running wild and breaking rings in Florida, 911...

Duration:05:25:04

Ep. #209: SMW & USWA July 17-23, 1995 with Randy Hales & Beau James

7/22/2019
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Kris & David are joined by Beau James (@kingofkingsport) & Randy Hales (@RBHales) for part one of this week’s show(s) to discuss the week that was July 17-23, 1995 in the SMW & USWA promotions. First and foremost, we talk about the firing of Ricky Morton over the incident involving him & Tracy Smothers and their girlfriends. We go over all the details of that situation from Randy's perspective with the USWA and Beau's perspective being one of Ricky's best friends. This show is completely...

Duration:04:27:04

Cover 2 Cover Ep. #1: Open the Saloon Doors

7/17/2019
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Kris Zellner & Rob Naylor have started a new wrestling podcast called Cover 2 Cover, and in our first episode we go over our mission statement for the show as well as many other topics. We talk about how we became huge fans of the newsstand wrestling magazines, the places where we bought them, the magazines we liked the most and some we didn't like, the difference between the 80's & the 90’s—especially hipness wise, and tons more. This is a really fun show, and just the appetizer for when...

Duration:01:39:04

Ep. #208: July 10-18, 1984 with Beau James

7/15/2019
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Kris & David are joined by Beau James (@kingofkingsport) to celebrate our 4th Anniversary and to discuss the week(-ish) that was July 10-18, 1984; nine days because we had a 1984 show that started on July 19th. We give a full rundown on BLACK SATURDAY from both the GCW and WWF perspectives, including how crazy it was that night. We talk about how Ole Anderson started the whole war, Jim Barnett's pivotal role in it, who sold stock to Vince, Ole taping TV that day in Macon, and tons more...

Duration:05:59:19

Ep. #207: July 3-9, 1993 with Joe Sposto

7/8/2019
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Kris & David are joined by Joe Sposto (@JoeSposto) to discuss the week that was July 3-9, 1993. We talk about the Yokozuna Bodyslam Challenge aboard the U.S.S. Intrepid, featuring the birth of "All-American Hero" Lex Luger, and how the fans there were really hoping for someone else. We also discuss the alternate universe of Bret Hart slamming Yokozuna, an influx of new talent coming to the WWF, Riki Choshu tearing his achilles tendon, Road Warrior Hawk doing a job in Austria, Carlos Colon...

Duration:05:02:21

Ep. #207: July 3-9, 1993 with Joe Sposto

7/8/2019
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Kris & David are joined by Joe Sposto (@JoeSposto) to discuss the week that was July 3-9, 1993. We talk about the Yokozuna Bodyslam Challenge aboard the U.S.S. Intrepid, featuring the birth of "All-American Hero" Lex Luger, and how the fans there were really hoping for someone else. We also discuss the alternate universe of Bret Hart slamming Yokozuna, an influx of new talent coming to the WWF, Riki Choshu tearing his achilles tendon, Road Warrior Hawk doing a job in Austria, Carlos Colon...

Duration:05:02:21

Ep. #206: June 26-July 2, 1999 with Marty DeRosa

7/1/2019
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Kris & David are joined by Marty DeRosa (@MartyDeRosa) this week to discuss the week that was June 26-July 2, 1999. We talk about ECW signing with The Nashville Network, featuring some amazing quotes that Paul Heyman gave to the Pro Wrestling Torch, plus Chris Jericho signing with the WWF the week of a bad King of the Ring pay-per-view show. We also go over Master P having a falling out with WCW, the debut of the "Rap Is Crap" video, Kevin Nash and Randy Savage playing cat and mouse on...

Duration:06:44:57

Ep. #205: June 19-25, 1994 with John Thorne

6/24/2019
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Kris & Bix are joined by John Thorne (@JohnThorneAIW) to discuss the week that was June 19-25, 1994. We talk about the King of the Ring pay-per-view starring Art Donovan and what a glorious performance he had as an announcer on that show. Elsewhere on that show, we also look at the crowning of Owen Hart and how that was overshadowed, Vince McMahon not being around due to neck surgery and how that affected the week’s shows, and the Governor of Maryland proclaiming his love of Hulk Hogan. We...

Duration:05:31:20

Ep. #204: June 12-18, 2009

6/17/2019
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Kris & David are guestless this week as we discuss the week that was June 12-18, 2009, a Patreon backer selection. We talk about the death of Mitsuharu Misawa and how it affected the wrestling business as a whole, as well as the cultural differences between Japan and the United States on how in handling the aftermath of a tragedy like that. We also look at Koji Kanemoto winning the Best of the Super Juniors in an era of New Japan that was changing for the better, referee Ted Tanabe dying...

Duration:05:49:08

Ep. #203: June 5-11, 2001 with Rob Bihari

6/10/2019
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Kris & David are joined by Rob Bihari (@RobViper) to discuss the week that was June 5-11, 2001. We talk about WWF's plans for WCW and how that was changing by the day along with their ideas for who they were going to bring in. We look back at about Kurt Angle vs. Chris Benoit in a steel cage and how that match's legacy changed after the Benoit tragedy. We also talk about All Japan & New Japan running big shows at the Budokan, featuring Keiji Mutoh winning the Triple Crown from Genichiro...

Duration:06:44:38

Hidden Gemcast #2: Texas Rasslin, Flair-Wildfire, & more

6/8/2019
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David Bixenspan & Emil Jay are back to discuss more new old wrestling footage finds: Back to back WWE Network Hidden Gems in the form of three ‘50s matches from Texas Rasslin, the December 4, 1983 Atlanta Omni house show headlined by Ric Flair vs. Tommy Rich, and a previously unseen Cactus Jack vs. Sabu match from the NWC in Nevada that Mick Foley had written was better than their more famous match that ended up on a blackjack table the night before. Also: Lots of tangents, including a...

Duration:02:13:47

Exile on Badstreet #62: Memphis Mayhem 1-4/84 w/ Scott Bowden

6/5/2019
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Kris Zellner is joined by Scott Bowden (Kentucky Fried Rasslin) to discuss the first four months of Memphis Wrestling in 1984. We talk about all the major angles and feuds of the time period including Nick Bockwinkel's only appearance in the Memphis studio, the departure of The Fabulous Ones, the births of TWO versions of New Fabulous Ones, the genesis of Ravishing Rick Rude, J.J. Dillon finally showing up in Memphis, a big talent turnover with all sorts of new names and gimmicks coming in,...

Duration:02:13:36

Ep. #202: May 29-June 4, 1986 with John McAdam

6/3/2019
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Kris & David are joined by John McAdam (Stick to Wrestling) to discuss the week that was May 29 - June 4, 1986, a Patreon-requested show. We talk about Kerry Von Erich's life changing motorcycle accident and how it affected World Class as a promotion at the worst possible time for them. We also look at the talent turnover they had thanks to so many wrestlers leaving for the UWF. Speaking of which, we then go to the UWF and talk about Terry Gordy being crowned the 1st UWF Champion, and most...

Duration:04:29:08

Ep. #201: May 22-28, 1988

5/27/2019
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Kris & David are guestless this week as we discuss the week that was May 22-28, 1988. We talk about the initial reporting of the impending sale of Jim Crockett Promotions coming out during our week, and how it would become more and more drawn out. We also play some great clips from JCP TV, including a particularly keyed up Tully Blanchard promo. Other topics of discussion include Adrian Adonis returning to NJPW, Keith Hart replacing Bruce Hart as the booker in Stampede, Ron Wright being...

Duration:03:54:12