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He’s a multiple world champion pro wrestler, lead singer of Fozzy, and a New York Times best-selling author. Listen in as Chris Jericho interviews some of the biggest names in wrestling, entertainment, comedy, and the paranormal. Don’t miss his unique, engaging, weekly take on all things pop culture.
 
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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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“Tiger King 2” on Netflix delves into the mystery behind the disappearance of Carole Baskin’s husband, Don Lewis. Don went missing in 1997, and people speculated that Carole may have killed him. YouTuber Ripper Jack developed an interest in Don Lewis’ missing persons case after seeing the original “Tiger King” documentary series, and started both a…
 
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…
 
What does the WWE Attitude Era and current KISS concerts have in common? Scotty 2 Hotty will tell ya! The former NXT coach and NXT live event producer talks about his latest run at WWE in Performance Center, including how it started, the talent he helped develop, and the recent changes that prompted him to leave. He also shares stories from his fir…
 
It’s the return of Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson, and he’s dishing the details on his brand-new one-man show, “An Evening with Bruce Dickinson,” which kicks off THIS Monday, January 17th, in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He’s doing 34 dates, crisscrossing the States, and all the ticket info is at IronMaiden.com! You’ll hear what inspired this out…
 
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…
 
Reigning Ring of Honor World Champion, Jonathan Gresham, is defending the title at his own show this Sunday, January 16th! His brand new promotion, Terminus, is hosting their first-ever live event at the Kroc Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Jonathan explains how he and Baron Black came to start their own promotion, the meaning behind the Terminus name,…
 
There’s a new biography out about the life and career of the late, great Eddie Van Halen. It’s called “Unchained: The Edward Van Halen Story,” and was written by journalist and former editor of Kerrang! magazine, Paul Brannigan. Paul spent 7 years researching and writing the book about the legendary guitarist, and interviewed countless people to he…
 
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…
 
Keith Mitchell is one of the true behind-the-scenes pioneers in wrestling! Keith is a longtime TV producer who helped launch video packages and ring music entrances for wrestlers. Keith got his start in World Class Wrestling with the Von Erichs in the 80s before moving on to WCW followed by TNA and ultimately landing at AEW in 2019. And after 40 ye…
 
Stryper killed it onstage at the Chris Jericho Rock & Wrestling Rager At Sea Triple Whammy last October, and again during their live Talk Is Jericho podcast appearance on the ship! Brothers Robert and Michael Sweet tell stories from their early days including hanging out on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, changing the band’s name from Rock’s Regime …
 
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…
 
Chris Jericho wrestled Kenny Omega in an epic match at the Tokyo Dome in January 2018, and unknowingly created what was soon to become The Painmaker! Chris tells the story about how that trip to Japan gave rise to The Painmaker’s signature spiked jacket, and black makeup look. He explains what inspired the clothes, the wrestling style, and the back…
 
There’s a great new movie available on Amazon Prime called “Electric Jesus.” It’s the story about a bunch of teenagers trying to make it big with their Christian metal band! It’s set in the summer of 1986 and has a very cool cast including Judd Nelson who plays the Pastor trying to help the band, and Brian Baumgartner (of “The Office” fame) as the …
 
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…
 
Cary Silkin was a Ring of Honor fan from day one, and became a silent investor when the promotion was struggling to get off the ground, long before he became its owner and operator! And then when he sold ROH in 2011 to Sinclair, he transitioned into ROH’s Brand Ambassador. Cary tells the ROH story, including behind-the-scenes details of the circums…
 
James Michael Guffey’s (or Jimmy Rave as the wrestling world knew him) passion for pro wrestling was undeniable, and in one of the last long-form interviews he did before his untimely passing on December 12th at the age of 39, that love for the business is palpable. Jimmy spoke at length about his battle with MRSA, his struggles with addiction, adj…
 
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…
 
“The History of Horror and Metal” is a new documentary from director Mike Shiff, who also coincidentally worked on Fozzy’s video for “Sandpaper.” Mike is a horror and heavy metal music fan, and was inspired to do this documentary to explore the deep connection between metal and horror movies! He did over 60 interviews for the doc and spoke to a who…
 
Jay Lethal recounts the single zoom call at Ring of Honor that effectively changed his life, and led directly to him signing with AEW. He explains why Ring Of Honor temporarily closing its doors was such a shock to the roster, his first reaction after hearing the news, and what originally kept him there when the Young Bucks, Hangman Adam Page, and …
 
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…
 
The Fab 3 (Jericho, drummer Mike Portnoy, and Anthrax’s Charlie Benante) return to celebrate the release of Peter Jackson’s 8-hour documentary series, “Get Back,” on their favorite band, The Beatles! Peter Jackson sifted through, and restored, the original footage captured for Michael Lindsay Hogg’s 1970 documentary about the making of the “Let It …
 
Criminologist Laura Brand is the executive producer of “The Toolbox Killer” documentary currently streaming on Peacock. It’s the horrific, true crime story of two sadistic serial killers, Lawrence Bittaker and Roy Norris, who terrorized and killed teenage girls in Southern California over a 5-month period in 1979. The pair often used tools found in…
 
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 -…
 
In 1994, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York brought a criminal case against Vince McMahon accusing the then-chairman of the World Wrestling Federation of supplying illegal anabolic steroids to his professional wrestlers. After deliberating for 16 hours, the jury eventually found Vince McMahon not guilty. Dave Melt…
 
The Beatles made the Cavern Club in Liverpool a household name, and wait till you hear some of the other artists and bands that didn’t play there because it was The Beatles house! Clark Gilmour who works at the Cavern Club and Neil Brannon, Manager of the Magical Mystery Tour in Liverpool, share a wealth of trivia and stories from the Fab Four’s ea…
 
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…
 
Kurt Angle celebrates the fans on the Chris Jericho Rock & Wrestling Rager At Sea Triple Whammy with great stories from his entire career. He explains how winning the Gold Medal at the 1996 Olympics turned into a job with WWE, which led to incredible matches and moments with Stone Cold Steve Austin, Chris Jericho, Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero, and …
 
The Beast of Gevaudan a real-life, cryptid being described as a giant dog-like wolf, terrorized the former province of Gevaudan in the Margeride Mountains of south-central France between 1764 and 1767. It attacked and killed hundreds of mostly women and children for sport, and was nearly impossible to kill! Scott and Forrest from the “Astonishing L…
 
On this episode of Grilling JR, JR and Conrad revisit Survivor Series 2001, which took place on November 18, 2001 at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, NC. The main event featured a 5-on-5 Survivor Series match between Team WWF vs. Team Alliance for control of the company. Other notable matches included an Immunity Battle Royal, Edge vs. Test t…
 
So what happened on the Chris Jericho Rock & Wrestling Rager at Sea Triple Whammy?? A LOT! Chris shares some of his favorite cruise stories and activities including getting onstage with Fozzy, Stryper, Kuarantine, and Rubix Cube, tag teaming with Orange Cassidy, and hanging in the Will Ospreay conga line! You’ll hear about the one-of-a-kind matches…
 
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