This week Gene is joined by "the Casio Kid" Matt Mitchell. Casio is a comedian, morning radio host, and most importantly a big wrestling fan and one of the stars of the upcoming Starrcast convention in Chicago as part of the huge ALL IN weekend. It's a fun conversation as Casio shares his earliest memories of wrestling, practicing wrestling holds on his little sister, spearing a friend during a wild "Nitro Party", the genesis of his desire to make people laugh, the first joke he ever told and the impression it made on him, getting his start with Rick & Bubba, working for Jay Leno after moving to LA to join the Groundlings Improv School, getting into radio, becoming best friends with the man who would become the 'Podfather' of wrestling podcasts, behind the scenes of Starrcast, and so much more along the way! A great conversation that flies by before you know it.....Casio is a natural story teller and always entertaining...whether you already know him or just want to learn more about him....this is the episode for you!
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This week Gene's guest is the promoter of Pro Wrestling EGO, Jay Andrews. The guys have a fun conversation covering not only the history and evolution of Pro Wrestling EGO but also the developement of the Great Southern 8 tournament and brand as well as just wrestling promoting in general. They also talk about some of the great independent talent that's out there today that they both know and what's inspired some of the great angles and matches in PWE. All this and much, much more on an episode that really seems to fly by quickly!
New South Wrestling's Dump Sanders joins Gene this week as they dive deep into the history of New South and everything that brings us to the 3 Year Anniversary Show this weekend in Hartselle, Alabama. How did New South come together? What was the plan? Are they where they planned to be at this stage? All these questions and many, many more get answered in this fun and insightful episode!
Gene's old friend and manager "Mr. Sensational" Leslie Jones returns to the show this week to talk (or perhaps debate would be a better word) wrestling. Leslie has a lot to say about the NWA, NWA World Champion Nick Aldis, ALL IN, Ring of Honor, Impact Wrestling, and the state of indy wrestling in the south now compared to a few years ago......not to mention a whole host of other fun topics....it's always fun whenever Mr. Sensational is on the show!
He's a member of Tricks of the Trade w/Dameon Certone....he's one third of Team Thrown Together with JACS & Shean Christopher....he's the booker for New Level Pro Wrestling in Anniston, Alabama....He's the Trickster and he joins Gene on the podcast this week for a super fun episode! Trickster is one of the most charismatic wrestlers on the southern indy scene today and a master of the microphone! Hear how Trickster went from the often infamous ACW in Boaz, Alabama to becoming one of the top stars of Prosouth Wrestling, to being a part of one of the hottest new promotions in Alabama today, New Level Pro Wrestling! Hear how joined his family (no pun intended) in the wrestling biz and has has now made his own name in pro wrestling...even if it wasn't the name he may have intended. A lot of great insight into how he found his way through the often difficult learning process in wrestling and some of the "Tricks of the Trade" he learned along the way!
What time is it?? It's PRIME TIME!! That's right this week Gene is joined by the Steel Dragon himself, Donnie Primetime! The Master of Prime Jit-su is here and he's in full "promo mode" selling tickets and talking all kinds of smack about "Savage Youth" Shean Christopher, Dump Sanders, and countless others! Donnie also talks about the origins of the Featured Attraction, tagging with the REAL Cabana Man Dan, doing seminars, and "brothering" it up on the highways and bi-ways of this great land bringing Prime Jit-su to the masses! He also talks about some of the top prospects out there on the indy scene, and you will be absolutely floored by who one of his "dream matches" would be against!! All this and much, much more in a a super fun and insightful episode of Locals to Legends Wrestling Radio!
On this episode Gene is joined by the "Mid South Prodigy" Bam Bam Bundy! Bundy talks about breaking into the buisness in the Memphis Wrestling Academy under Kevin White and Brian Christopher, they discuss his training with Brian and the eventual friendship that stems from it, the man behind the Grandmaster Sexay gimmick that many may not know, How Bam Bam ended up occupying Monday Night RAW with Daniel Bryan, his match that almost didn't happen with Jerry 'the King' Lawler, getting accepted by veteran wrestling Bert Prentice, and what they have going on today with USA Championship Wrestling in Tennessee...all this and so much more on another fun episode of Locals to Legends!
This week's guest is a death match legend and now a published author....the one and only Mad Man Pondo! Gene talks to Pondo about his career including: working for Herb Abrams' UWF in Florida, his inspiration for becoming a death match wrestler, his days in Kick Ass Wrestling in Memphis, how he met and got involved with ICP, the origins of Girl Fight, his favorite memories of $5 Wrestling, and so much more!! Check out the interview then go order Pondo's book at www.eatsleepwrestle.com!
Happy Fourth of July!! We have a special bonus episode this week on a Wednesday. This week's episode is intresting to say the least as we welcome our guest Phil Macchio! Last week's guest Izzy Rotten told about a very tough year personally, well Phil has had quite the trying year as well. Hear the crazy story of how Phil went from sitting at his house in Alabama to sitting in a prison cell in Florida! The scary thing is.....in the current state of the world, it could happen to anyone. Phil tells the whole story from beginning to end and hopefully clears the air as to some of the misconceptions that are out there about him. We also talk about some fun stuff like the Terry Teague knockout story, the origins of his "that's OK" catchphrase, and much more! Check it out and spread it around!
This week's episode gets interesting when Gene is joined by the one and only Izzy Rotten. It's been a roller coaster of a year since Izzy's last time on the show and they get into all of it in this interview. From becoming a "multi-millionare" and losing it all, to becoming buddies with a recent WWE Hall of Famer, to multiple suicide attempts, booking a successful wrestling show recently in Ripley, Mississippi, to having to tag with Gene himself against former WWE Superstar Carlito and Curly Moe for OWO last December....they cover it all and dig pretty deep....Izzy is completely open and honest about the personal difficulties of the last several months and hopefully has some helpful advice to anyone going through a timein their life. Give it a listen, and spread it around for others to here as well.