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From Starrcade '83 to March 26, 2001, Tony Schiavone was the voice of professional wrestling below the Mason-Dixon Line. Though the Monday Night Wars may be over you can still relive the memories of Jim Crockett Promotions and World Championship Wrestling. Hear for yourself why What Happened When with Tony Schiavone is a hilarious trip down professional wrestlings memory lane. Join Tony and Conrad every Wednesday morning at 6am ET exclusively on Westwood One Podcast Network.
 
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For over forty years Jim Ross has been the Voice of Wrestling. From starting as referee in the regional territories to becoming the Executive Vice President for WWE, nobody has a story quite like Jim Ross. From recruiting and hiring some of the biggest superstars in the industry to providing the soundtrack for the most important moments in wrestling history, "Good Ole JR" was there for it all. Join us every Thursday morning as Conrad Thompson grills JR like you've never heard before, uncut a ...
 
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On this episode of Grilling JR, JR and Conrad look back 30 years at WrestleWar 1992! It's one of the best WarGames of all-time as Sting heads a team of Dustin Rhodes, Barry Windham, Ricky Steamboat & Nikita Koloff vs. The Dangerous Alliance. Plus, the Steiners defend the WCW Tag Team Titles against Tatsumi Fujinami & Takayuki Iizuka, Brian Pillman …
 
What a difference a year made in the life of World Championship Wrestling! In last week's podcast we looked back on Slamboree 1996, an event most fans hated. A year later? Most everyone loved Slamboree 1997. The advent of the NWO had a lot to do with that, but so did the return of Ric Flair after being off for eight months with shoulder problems. F…
 
The biggest star in Hollywood just celebrated his milestone 50th birthday, so what better way to celebrate than by revisiting his early beginnings in the WWF. It's The Rock's 1996-97! Topics include the infamous 7 bucks lunch, training in Memphis, debuting at Survivor Series, joining the Nation, feuding with Austin and the IC Title, and much more! …
 
Slamboree was originally an event that began in 1993 and was subtitled: "A Legends Reunion." The event was the brainchild of Dusty Rhodes, but in 1996 it looked nothing like the original one. The 1996 version featured Sting versus the Giant for the WCW World Title, Dean Malenko against Brad Armstrong for the WCW Cruiserweight Title and Konnan again…
 
On this episode of Grilling JR, JR and Conrad look back 25 years at Monday Night Raw from Omaha in the middle of the build towards Cold Day in Hell. Topics include Bret Hart’s surgery, his Anti-American promo on the show, Owen Hart taking on Rocky Maivia for the Intercontinental Title, the build to the Goldust interviews with JR, Undertaker vs. Bul…
 
This is arguably the most famous "Raw is War" ever. Not because it was the highest rated ever, but because it featured DX on the attack against WCW! The two sides, the two shows, were literally 24 miles apart with the WWF(E) at the Hampton Coliseum and WCW at the Norfolk Scope. So DX, led by Triple H, Billy Gunn, X-Pac, Road Dogg and Chyna recorded…
 
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We go back to 1987 with some pretty memorable events. First of all, Magnum T.A. makes his first public appearance since his horrible accident in the fall of 1986. Secondly, we will see highlights from the Crockett Cup tournament in Baltimore won by Dusty Rhodes and Nikita Koloff, and, finally, we will see the debut of the New Breed: Chris Champion …
 
On this episode of Grilling JR, it's time for another fun edition of Ask JR Anything! Topics include the Jacksonville Jaguars, King of the Ring ’98, Butterbean, a physical Hall of Fame, Dark Side of the Ring, and much more! GEICO - Do you own or rent your home? Sure you do! And it’s hard work. But you know what’s easy? Bundling with GEICO. Go to GE…
 
While things were on the steep decline in 1998 for WCW, Vince McMahon and the WWE continued to grow. Then on April 13, 1998 something happened that shook the Monday Night Wars: Raw beat Nitro in the ratings for the first time in 83 weeks. Things were never the same, again. The main reason was the angle between Stone Cold Steve Austin and McMahon. B…
 
On this episode of Grilling JR, JR and Paul revisit the career of one of WWE’s newest Hall of Fame inductees, Vader! Topics include Leon’s NFL career, working Japan, becoming IWGP Champion, Stan Hansen, WCW debut, becoming World Champion, arrival in WWF, and much more! NHTSA - When you’re driving, put down your phone, and keep your hands on the whe…
 
In honor of her 70th birthday (which is April 6th), we take a close look at the woman who has been with Tony Schiavone during his entire wrestling career. A very emotional but devoted, loving wife and mother of five, she was with Tony when he first decided to take the plunge into wrestling, during the move to WWE, the move back to WCW, the demise o…
 
On this episode of Grilling JR, JR and Conrad go back 15 years to revisit WrestleMania 23, which took place on April 1, 2007 at Ford Field in Detroit, MI! Topics include the induction of Jim to the Hall of Fame, the Battle of the Billionaires between Umaga with Vince McMahon against Bobby Lashley with Donald Trump in a Hair vs. Hair match, Undertak…
 
The Nitro ratings were tumbling, but that did not stop a very large crowd from coming to the Air Canada Center in Toronto in March of 1999. Why? Because Bret Hart was on the card with a memorable challenge to Goldberg. Also, Hollywood Hulk Hogan meets Diamond Dallas Page and their brawl goes on to destroy the Nitro set. Chris Benoit and Dean Malenk…
 
On this episode of Grilling JR, JR and Conrad go back 25 years to revisit WrestleMania XIII, which took place on March 23,1997 at the Rosemont Horizon, in Chicago, IL! In it, we'd see the legendary double-turn take place between Bret Hart and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin! Other topics include the aftermath of Shawn losing his smile, Chyna, Ken Shamroc…
 
Twelve years ago, great stars like Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian, Amazing Red, the Young Bucks, the Motor City Machine Guns, Mangus (AKA Nick Aldis), Scott Hall, Syxx-Pac, Kevin Nash, Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, AJ Style, Kurt Angle, Abyss and many more all got together for a special edition of TNA's Destination X. We will look back on that prog…
 
On this episode of Grilling JR, we go back 26 years to revisit WrestleMania XII, which took place on March 31,1996 at the Anaheim Pond Arena in Anaheim, CA! In it, we'd see "The Boyhood Dream Come True" as Shawn Michaels defeated Bret Hart to win his first WWF Championship in a 60-minute Iron Man Match. Other topics include Scott Hall and Kevin Nas…
 
If you combine Cinnaburst gum with college students, girls gone wild and WCW and what do you get? WCW Monday Nitro at Club La Vela in Panama City, Florida on March 16, 1998. Quite a collection! With Hollywood Hulk Hogan, Macho Man Randy Savage, Lex Luger, Sting, Ultimo Dragon, Fit Finlay, Chris Jericho, Eddie Guerrero, Chavo Guerrero, Diamond Dalla…
 
On this episode of Grilling JR, we go back 25 years to revisit a year that opened with "Stone Cold" Steve Austin as one of the top heels in the company...and ended with him being the hottest babyface since Hulk Hogan! Topics include feuding with Bret Hart, working with Vader, WrestleMania 13's Submission match and double turn, winning tag team gold…
 
Ole Anderson has left the Four Horsemen and it is time they fill the void. That big announcement happens on this show along with some great action. We will see Ron Garvin and Barry Windham defend the US Tag Team Titles against the unlikely duo of Ivan Koloff and Dick Murdoch. Plus in action: Brad Armstrong, Jim Cornette, Big Bubba and the Midnight …
 
On this episode of Grilling JR, JR and Conrad continue the story of early 90's Sting, covering Sting's 1991! Topics include WarGames, PWI‘s Wrestler of the Year, resigning a 3-year deal, El Gigante, Flair leaving WCW, Chamber of Horrors, Paul E. Dangerously, and much more! WWE 2K22 - Experience the new WWE 2K22 like never before with striking graph…
 
It was a card loaded with talent, and one that saw the end of Lex Luger's run in WCW for awhile as he would bolt to the WWF. Here we have Cactus Jack, Steve Austin, Ron Simmons, the Steiners, Arn Anderson, Larry Zbyszko, Barry Windham, Arn Anderson, Beautiful Bobby, Sting, Luger, Ricky Steamboat, Rick Rude. Ricky Morton, Vinnie Vegas and more. But …
 
On this episode of Grilling JR, JR and Paul go back 30 years to revisit SuperBrawl II, which took place on February 29, 1992 at the Miller High Life Theatre in Milwaukee, WI. In it, we'd see a main event where Sting would challenge Lex Luger for the WCW Championship. Other topics include Hogan's Arsenio Hall controversy, Luger giving his notice to …
 
The Four Horsemen were dominate in 1986. So much so that to this day, wrestling fans worldwide know what you mean when you flash four fingers on one hand. But in 1987, the unthinkable happened. The crew of Ric Flair, Tully Blanchard, Arn Anderson and Ole Anderson (managed by JJ Dillon) had a problem and it escalated. We will take you back to relive…
 
On this episode of Grilling JR, JR and Paul go back 25 years to revisit one of the most memorable editions of RAW ever! Thanks to the Westminster Dog Show, it's Thursday Raw Thursday, where we'd see Shawn Michaels surrender the WWF Championship...while losing his smile in the process. Topics include Shawn's injury, the WWF/ECW relationship, Rocky v…
 
We welcome back The Voice of Your Childhood, Tony Schiavone, for another edition of Ask Tony Anything! Tony answers Top Guys and My Push member questions, hosted by AFS Queen Lauren! Upgrade today to be apart of the next Live Q&A with JR on Feb 17! Support us on Patreon, get this show early and ad free, plus TONS of BONUS content: patreon.com/WHWMo…
 
On this episode of Grilling JR, JR and Conrad revisit a pivotal year in the career of one of the biggest stars still going today. It’s Sting in 1990! Topics include Jim Herd wanting Luger to be champion, Ric Flair’s issues with Herd, producing syndicated shows with Terry Funk, original plans for WrestleWar ‘90, Sting’s knee injury, winning his firs…
 
It's the midst of the Jim Herd era in WCW and this seven match card had some good moments and some bad ones as well. The good featured a Ric Flair vs Lex Luger NWA World Title matchup that was basically a substitute match due to Sting's knee injury. Plus the Rock and Roll Express and the Midnight Express with Jim Cornette put on yet another tag tea…
 
On this episode of Grilling JR, JR and Paul go back 25 years to revisit the first ever 2-hour episode of Monday Night Raw from February 3, 1997 at the Toronto Skydome! Topics include Tiger Ali Singh's signing, Vader, Sid's in-ring interview, Shawn Michaels' promo, HHH vs. Marc Mero, The Undertaker & Ahmed Johnson vs. Farooq & Mankind, and more! SHE…
 
The WCW Annual February event was a few months before the advent of the NWO. Packed with stars and some very bad matches, the pay per view event was not short on major talent. Two cage matches highlighted the event with Hulk Hogan meeting the Giant and Ric Flair going up against the Macho Man Randy Savage. The event also featured, Sting, Lex Luger,…
 
On this episode of Grilling JR, JR and Conrad revisit when Bret Hart went bad again in 1997 - at least here in the US. Topics include Shawn losing his smile, Bret winning the belt for a 4th time at Final Four, losing to Sid, Bret's Raw promo and shoving Vince, the double heel turn at WrestleMania 13, to reformation of the Hart Foundation, and much …
 
We celebrate five (count 'em, five!) years of WHW with a look at the 2017 Royal Rumble. Back in January of 2017, Conrad Thompson brought Tony Schiavone's attention back to wrestling when this podcast began, and for Schiavone, this event--the 2017 Rumble--was the first wrestling program he watched since his departure from wrestling in 2001. So, this…
 
On this episode of Grilling JR, JR and Conrad go back 20 years to revisit Royal Rumble 2002, which we also recently covered on over on Something To Wrestle! We hear JR’s take on HHH winning the Rumble after returning from his quad injury. Plus, the guys discuss the brand split, the nWo coming in, the XWF, Ric Flair getting back into the ring, and m…
 
This TBS special, which aired on January 21, 1992, pulled in the lowest ratings numbers of any of the "Clashes," but was, critically, one of the best ones that aired on TBS between March of 1988 and August of 1997. From the opening bout, featuring the Steiner Brothers against Vader and Mr. Hughes, to the final match with Sting and Ricky Steamboat m…
 
On this episode of Grilling JR, JR and Paul go back 25 years to revisit Royal Rumble '97, which took place on January 19, 1997 at the Alamo Dome in San Antonio, TX. In it, we'd see a main event where Shawn Michaels would challenge Sid for the WWF Championship. Other topics include HHH vs. Goldust for the Intercontinental Championship, Vader vs. Und…
 
We take you back to the TBS Studios in Atlanta in 1987 where we first heard from and then saw in action, "The Total Package" Lex Luger. Make no mistake, this was not his first time wrestling on television, as he had been a part of Championship Wrestling from Florida, but this would be his first time on a national broadcast. We will also hear from D…
 
On this watchalong edition of Grilling JR, JR and Conrad watch back one of the most interesting Monday Night Raw's of all-time - Raw Bowl from January 1,1996! The guys discuss the Razor Ramon/Goldust angle, Vince McMahon's football IQ, Billionaire Ted’s Rasslin Warroom, and much more! GOLIATH LIFE - GoliathLife.com streamlines the life insurance pu…
 
It's' the Finger Poke of Doom! It's the "Butts in Seats" comment. It's all here! The reason WCW lost the Monday Night Wars. Not so fast! Even though those two incidents have resonated among wrestling fans for decades, the main reason WCW lost the war is actually all wrapped up in this episode. This Monday Nitro episode sucked! Even though on this s…
 
On this episode of Grilling JR, JR and Conrad go back 30 years to revisit Starrcade '91, which took place on December 29, 1991 at the Norfolk Scope in Norfolk, VA. In it, we'd see a main event where Sting would win the Battlebowl battle royal earning a World Title match at SuperBrawl II. Other topics include the first PPV not being under the NWA na…
 
We close out the year with two watch-alongs in one podcast, as we present 12-20-86 and then watch 12-27-86. Get ready for some memorable moments and matches as the U.S. Tag Team Champions--Ron Garvin and Barry Windham, will defend against the Midnight Express. We will also have some great promos from the Rock and Roll Express, Ric Flair, Arn Anders…
 
On this episode of Grilling JR, JR and Conrad discuss the beginnings of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin as we discuss his career from 1995 to 1996. Topics include Steve being released from WCW, his ECW run, signing with the WWF, pairing with Ted DiBiase, the Million Dollar Championship, King of the Ring 1996 and the Austin 3:16 promo, and much more! LEGA…
 
Maybe it was the holiday season, or maybe they had been on the road too much, but in this episode of World Championship Wrestling from 1986, everyone is fired up. From the intense promos from Dusty and Nitka, the Four Horsemen, the Rock and Roll Express, Jim Cornette, Ric Flair, the Road Warriors and other to the match where the Ragin' Bull and Ric…
 
On this episode of Grilling JR, JR and Paul go back 20 years to revisit Vengeance 2001, which took place on December 9, 2001 at the San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego, CA. In it, we'd see the crowning of a new Undisputed WWF Champion as the WCW and WWF Championships were unified in a 3-match tournament between Stone Cold, Kurt Angle, The Rock, and…
 
As Tony continues his travels promoting Butts in Seats, this week's episode of What Happened When will not be about 1986, but instead, we are showcasing a recent AdFreeShows.com live event - it's Ask Tony Anything Live with the man of the hour, Tony Schiavone! Ad Free Shows members had the chance to pick Tony's brain and ask him anything, as they c…
 
On this episode of Grilling JR, JR and Paul discuss one of JR's former colleagues, longtime WWE commentator and current host of Smackdown, Michael Cole! The guys discuss Todd Pettengill recommending Cole, commentary debut with Jim Cornette, filling in for JR, QVC, promotion to Smackdown, turning heel, and so much more! STAMPS – If you’re looking fo…
 
Was this the end of the Rock and Roll Express era in JCP? In this very famous telecast Paul Jones issues a challenge for his men Rick Rude and Manny Fernandez to vie for the World Tag Team Championship. The result is an unprecedented four segment match in which Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson are dethroned! Also, surprise, surprise....Baby Doll is n…
 
Our thoughts are with JR as he begins his cancer treatment this week. As JR put it, "skin cancer doesn't stand a chance!" For this week's episode of Grilling JR, we are showcasing one of our most recent Ask JR Live events, as Top Guys & My Push members had the chance to pick JR's brain and ask him anything, as they chatted LIVE one-on-one! INDEED -…
 
Starrcade is over and now the focus of JCP is the Bunkhouse Stampedes going across the country in December. However, this is a different show: no Ric Flair, no Four Horsemen, no Dusty Rhodes, but still plenty of action with a damn good main event. At the end we will see a 12+ minute match with Brad and Bob Armstrong against Jimmy Garvin and Bill Du…
 
On this watchalong edition of Grilling JR, JR and Conrad watch back an unforgettable episode of Monday Night Raw from November 26, 2001. This episode is most remembered for JR joining Vince McMahon’s "Kiss My Ass Club.” The guys also discuss Jerry Lawler returning to the company, Jimmy Hart's XWF, Paul Heyman "fired", Ric Flair, Undisputed Title To…
 
Look back with Tony, Conrad and special guest David Crockett as they watch matches from Starrcade '86! Included are Jimmy Valiant vs Paul Jones, Ron Garvin vs Big Bubba, Tully Blanchard vs Dusty Rhodes, the Road Warriors-Midnight Express Scaffold Match, the Rock and Roll Express vs the Anderson and Ric Flair vs Nikita Koloff. Additionally some grea…
 
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