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The published poet and limerick writing, motivational speaking brother of WWE Hall of Famer Macho Man Randy Savage, Lanny Poffo brings back stories of his brother and the glory days of professional wrestling with this weekly podcast. His wrestling career in the WWE was highlighted by a victory over Hulk Hogan, though nothing highlights anything more in his life than being able to share and recount stories from his past to you, the Genius Cast faithful! Join Lanny and his partner in crime, JP Zarka of ProWrestlingStories.com as they take you through his time in the NWA territories in the 1970s, becoming a star in his father Angelo Poffo’s promotion, International Championship Wrestling (ICW), joining Randy in the Continental Wrestling Association (CWA), traveling with him again to the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in June 1985 all the way up to today. An excellent storyteller, Lanny breaks down important details of his life while spontaneously breaking into poem or song. Weekly features include the Macho Man Clip of the Week, Poem/Limerick of the Week and so much more. Pull back the curtain with Lanny and JP each Monday at 8 a.m. GMT / 3 a.m. ET / 2 a.m. CST. Tell a friend! Follow us: @thegeniuscast, @lannypoffo, @jpzarka

The published poet and limerick writing, motivational speaking brother of WWE Hall of Famer Macho Man Randy Savage, Lanny Poffo brings back stories of his brother and the glory days of professional wrestling with this weekly podcast. His wrestling career in the WWE was highlighted by a victory over Hulk Hogan, though nothing highlights anything more in his life than being able to share and recount stories from his past to you, the Genius Cast faithful! Join Lanny and his partner in crime, JP Zarka of ProWrestlingStories.com as they take you through his time in the NWA territories in the 1970s, becoming a star in his father Angelo Poffo’s promotion, International Championship Wrestling (ICW), joining Randy in the Continental Wrestling Association (CWA), traveling with him again to the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in June 1985 all the way up to today. An excellent storyteller, Lanny breaks down important details of his life while spontaneously breaking into poem or song. Weekly features include the Macho Man Clip of the Week, Poem/Limerick of the Week and so much more. Pull back the curtain with Lanny and JP each Monday at 8 a.m. GMT / 3 a.m. ET / 2 a.m. CST. Tell a friend! Follow us: @thegeniuscast, @lannypoffo, @jpzarka
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United Kingdom

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The published poet and limerick writing, motivational speaking brother of WWE Hall of Famer Macho Man Randy Savage, Lanny Poffo brings back stories of his brother and the glory days of professional wrestling with this weekly podcast. His wrestling career in the WWE was highlighted by a victory over Hulk Hogan, though nothing highlights anything more in his life than being able to share and recount stories from his past to you, the Genius Cast faithful! Join Lanny and his partner in crime, JP Zarka of ProWrestlingStories.com as they take you through his time in the NWA territories in the 1970s, becoming a star in his father Angelo Poffo’s promotion, International Championship Wrestling (ICW), joining Randy in the Continental Wrestling Association (CWA), traveling with him again to the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in June 1985 all the way up to today. An excellent storyteller, Lanny breaks down important details of his life while spontaneously breaking into poem or song. Weekly features include the Macho Man Clip of the Week, Poem/Limerick of the Week and so much more. Pull back the curtain with Lanny and JP each Monday at 8 a.m. GMT / 3 a.m. ET / 2 a.m. CST. Tell a friend! Follow us: @thegeniuscast, @lannypoffo, @jpzarka

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English


Episodes

20: A Tribute to Roddy and a Fond Farewell to The Genius Cast

1/21/2019
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In the final ever episode of The Genius Cast, we're doing something memorable and special for you all. If we’re going to take a bow here, we’re going to do so with a bang by putting out two versions of this episode that you will never forget! Version one: This is the version of the episode you're listening to right now. In this version of our finale, we go into full detail on why we’re calling it a day, JP plays a song he wrote entitled “Hope For Tomorrow”, Lanny shares one last song and...

Duration:01:06:11

19: Mean Gene Okerlund - A Tribute to Our Very Dear, Close, Personal Long-Time Friend

1/7/2019
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In the penultimate episode of The Genius Cast, we honor our very dear, close, personal long-time friend, "Mean" Gene Okerlund. Sadly, Gene passed away on January 2nd, 2019 at the age of 76. It was a loss not only to the fans of professional wrestling, but to those who knew him well. "It was the voice. And not just any voice. It was a loud, yet smooth, tone that many grew up listening to for decades.” Mean Gene was THE voice to a generation of wrestling fans and it is our utmost privilege to...

Duration:01:02:01

18: Alicia Atout, Heroes Letting you Down, and New Years Wishes!

12/31/2018
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Welcome to the New Years Eve edition of The Genius Cast! We're very excited to have the stunning and talented, the “Interview Queen” herself, Alicia Atout, on our show this week! Alicia is a personality in the pro wrestling world who’s star is on the rise. You may know her from her website A Music Blog, Yea? (or AMBY for short) where for the past few years, she has had thousands of really great interviews with musicians and wrestlers alike. You may also have seen her as a Backstage TV Host...

Duration:01:07:59

18: Alicia Atout, Heroes Letting you Down, and New Years Wishes!

12/31/2018
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Welcome to the New Years Eve edition of The Genius Cast! We're very excited to have the stunning and talented, the “Interview Queen” herself, Alicia Atout, on our show this week! Alicia is a personality in the pro wrestling world who’s star is on the rise. You may know her from her website A Music Blog, Yea? (or AMBY for short) where for the past few years, she has had thousands of really great interviews with musicians and wrestlers alike. You may also have seen her as a Backstage TV Host...

Duration:01:05:14

17: Terry Funk and Troubles with Brutus the Barber Beefcake with Danny Duggan

12/24/2018
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We’re coming at you this week with a two-for-one Christmas Eve Genius Cast special with interviews with “Hotshot” Danny Duggan and one of the greatest wrestlers to ever don a pair of tights, Terry Funk! You may have heard about the recent debacle Danny Duggan had where he called out Brutus the Barber Beefcake last month for being unprofessional and skipping dates on the CWE tour up in Canada. This was all over the wrestling news sites and it prompted a hefty response from Beefcake himself....

Duration:01:22:58

17: Terry Funk and Troubles with Brutus the Barber Beefcake with Danny Duggan

12/23/2018
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We’re coming at you this week with a two-for-one Christmas Eve Genius Cast special with interviews with “Hotshot” Danny Duggan and one of the greatest wrestlers to ever don a pair of tights, Terry Funk! You may have heard about the recent debacle Danny Duggan had where he called out Brutus the Barber Beefcake last month for being unprofessional and skipping dates on the CWE tour up in Canada. This was all over the wrestling news sites and it prompted a hefty response from Beefcake himself....

Duration:01:22:58

16: Bill Apter

12/17/2018
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It is our privilege to have Bill Apter on this week’s episode of The Genius Cast! You may know Bill for his editorial work as well as his exceptional photography over the past forty years in “Apter mags” such as Pro Wrestling Illustrated. You may also know him through his highly recommended podcast, The Apter Chat. Lanny and Bill laugh, joke, sing, and discuss a variety of topics in wrestling as well as dive into discussions about music, Broadway, and so much more. This is a fun show that...

Duration:01:15:00

15: Sean Waltman

12/10/2018
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It is our distinct honor to have Sean Waltman on our show this week! In our candid conversation, Waltman opens up about the traumatic brain injury he endured and being told by doctors that his wrestling career was over at age 20, what it felt like to be scoring an upset victory over Razor Ramon on national television as the 123 Kid six months later, the feud he's most thankful for, memories of Randy Savage, his feelings on the nickname "The Kliq", the biggest difference between working for...

Duration:01:07:03

14: Memories of Freddie Blassie with NY Times Bestselling Author, Keith Elliot Greenberg

12/3/2018
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This week, it is our privilege to bring you an interview with TV producer and New York Times bestseller, Keith Elliot Greenberg! You may know him from co-authoring Ric Flair’s, Freddie Blassie's, and "Superstar" Billy Graham's autobiographies (among many, many others). We talk memories of "Classy" Freddie Blassie and the man who had the largest penis in professional wrestling and how his misadventures shaped the WWE! An incredibly fun conversation you don't want to miss! Topics discussed:...

Duration:01:08:07

13: Jeff Jarrett

11/26/2018
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We are thrilled to have third generation wrestler and promoter, 2018 WWE Hall of Famer, J-E double F J-A double R, E double T, Jeff Jarrett on The Genius Cast today! Topics discussed: Training under Tojo Yamamoto, the yin and yang relationship between his father Jerry Jarrett and long-term business partner Jerry Lawler, memories of Randy Savage and the Poffo family, the Double J character, the resurgence in popularity of the song "With My Baby Tonight," why he and Road Dogg Jesse James...

Duration:01:19:40

12: Evan Ginzburg (Associate Producer of 'The Wrestler' and '350 Days')

11/19/2018
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It is a pleasure to have our friend Evan Ginzburg this week on The Genius Cast! He was the associate producer for the films 'The Wrestler' and '350 Days,' he is the host of the Evan Ginzburg Show, a senior writer over on ProWrestlingStories.com, a published author, and an overall fantastic person. Evan has been a fan of professional wrestling since 1972 and has fascinating stories to share of a foregone era and what it was like to witness real-life superheroes in and out of the ring at...

Duration:01:32:02

11: Hustler Rip Rogers

11/12/2018
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We’re excited to have the head trainer of Ohio Valley Wrestling, Hustler Rip Rogers (@Hustler2754) on our show today! He’s a guest many listeners have been asking us to get on for a while now. Rip started off his time in Angelo, Randy and Lanny's ICW territory in 1977 and he has had a significant history with the Poffo family over the years. In this week's episode, Lanny and Rip look back on their time on the road together and let us take a peek behind the curtain to what it was really...

Duration:01:03:57

10: Kevin Kelly and "Eugene" Nick Dinsmore

11/5/2018
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This week's episode of The Genius Cast is jam-packed with great content! We have two important guests, Kevin Kelly, the voice of New Japan Pro Wrestling, and Nick Dinsmore, formerly known as "Eugene" of WWE! In a special interview taped from Shibuya, Japan, Kevin Kelly opens up to Lanny about being taken to task by fans and how he handled the critics when he first started off as play-by-play announcer of New Japan back in October 2015. He talks reaching out to fans on social media to learn...

Duration:01:20:04

9: Hacksaw Jim Duggan

10/29/2018
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We are incredibly honored to have legend and WWE Hall of Famer, Hacksaw Jim Duggan on our show this week! In this week's episode of The Genius Cast, Duggan opens up about his time playing college and professional football, being discovered by and training under Fritz Von Erich, the Dallas Sportatorium, his time as a heel in Mid-South as part of the Rat Pack, bullies in professional wrestling and his enemy Matt Borne, debuting in WWF at WrestleMania 3, winning the first ever Royal Rumble...

Duration:01:10:39

8: Curt Hennig aka Mr. Perfect

10/22/2018
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Our complete retrospective on Curt Hennig aka Mr. Perfect.

Duration:01:15:42

7: Sean Oliver of Kayfabe Commentaries

10/15/2018
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Welcome to the 7th edition of The Genius Cast where we have a must-listen interview with the Godfather of Shoot Interviews himself, Sean Oliver of Kayfabe Commentaries. Also, hear it here first -- breaking news about Lanny and New Japan! In our revealing conversation with Sean Oliver, he opens up about running a wrestling production company since 2007, who his favorite talent was to deal with while sharing some hilarious stories on those who were most difficult. Sean also exclusively...

Duration:01:23:45

6: Fred Ottman aka Tugboat, Typhoon and THE SHOCKMASTER!

10/8/2018
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It was our pleasure to have Fred Ottman aka Tugboat, Typhoon and THE SHOCKMASTER from his time in WWF and WCW on the line! In this deep and heartfelt interview, Fred opens up about training under the tutelage of “The Great Professor” Boris Malenko in Tampa, Florida, why he had to lie about being a wrestler on the road, concussions and his decision not to join the lawsuit against WWE, his thoughts on certain wrestlers who didn't take care of others in the ring, teaming with John Tenta...

Duration:01:21:47

5: Andre the Giant

10/1/2018
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It’s hard to imagine a wrestler more memorable or larger than life than Andre the Giant. From stories of brute strength to drinking prowess, the "Eighth Wonder of the World" captivated people wherever he went. Standing at 6 feet 10 inches tall though billed at 7 feet 4 inches, he had a presence unlike no other and he really was a real life giant much like his in-ring moniker suggested. While there are countless stories and legends that have been rehashed over time, in this episode, Lanny...

Duration:01:23:50

4: B Brian Blair on Paul Orndorff, The Cauliflower Alley Club, Shoot Fights, Ribs, and more!

9/24/2018
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Welcome to the fourth edition of The Genius Cast with Lanny Poffo where we have one-half of The Killer Bees and current president of The Cauliflower Alley Club, B Brian Blair as a guest! In this candid discussion, Brian opens up about his dear friend Paul Orndorff, how he's doing today, the GoFundMe effort to save his home, Orndorff's time in football and how Orndorff adopted the "Brandon Bull" nickname, how he and Paul "took care of business" on the road, the assistance he's trying to...

Duration:01:36:27

3: Deep Drive Into Randy Poffo's Baseball Career

9/17/2018
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Welcome to the third edition of The Genius Cast with Lanny Poffo where we take a "deep drive" into brother Randy's 4-year minor league baseball career. Find out how Randy got the nickname "Macho Man" from his time in baseball and more! Plus: "Lost to History", Randy working with WWE in 2003 for a video game promo and whether WWE reached out to him before he died, if 2k Sports have reached out to use Lanny's likeness in a game, Sid Vicious going to Lanny for help to break into the business,...

Duration:01:19:53