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.
Scott Hensley returns to talk about the Scenic City Invitational. Four years ago Scott and Ace Rockwell had the idea to start a tournament involving 16 of the top indy talents they could find....since then the Scenic City brand has grown into something much more than either had anticipated possible. Scott carries us on the journey of how this evolved over time and has become the epic event it is today. Gene also talks to Scott about the infamous 'Money Pitt Wrestling' project that some of you may not know about. Also, stay tuned after the interview as Gene and Rose Jackson talk about their trip to Nashville to see AroLucha featuring Rey Mysterio.
"Savage Youth" Shean Christopher has had an interesting journey from 15 year old ring announcer to 20 year old ProSouth Heavyweight Champion. Hear all the fun stories from Shean's training to become a wrestler, winning his first championship tagging with his mentor and trainer Ace Haven, competing with brother and rival Donnie Primetime and so much more. Give it a listen and learn what makes Shean, a SAVAGE YOUTH!
Former Co-Host Neil 'the Real Deal' Taylor visits Alabama to go with Gene and Rosey to Stand Up Live! in Huntsville to see Andrew 'Dice' Clay and runs into the Podfather Conrad Thompson and Tony Schiavone. On the way back during a huge thunderstorm, Gene and Neil discuss the Tupelo Comic Con Brutus Beefcake booking debacle as well as Jimmy Hart, WrestleMania and more!
This week Gene & Neil are happy to welcome Duke Warfield to the show. Duke started his wrestling career in the Mid-South before shipping out with the Navy and taking his wrestling persona along for the ride. This makes for a very unique experience compared to most guys on the indy wrestling scene. They'll talk to Duke about what he's experience thus far and what his goals are for the future!
This week Gene and Neil are joined once again by 'Mr. Sensational' Leslie Jones to talk about random wrestling topics...CALL IN LIVE and join the conversation or ask anything you'd like! You never know what will happen when Leslie is on the show as things always seem to get controversial when Mr. Sensational is on the show!
This week Gene and Neil are joined by the South's most controversial promoter....IWA Deep South's Kevin Brannen! Kevin's IWA Deep South promotion is one of the longest running promotions in the Southeast and has always been the subject of controversy. IWA Deep South (and it's off-shoots LXW and $10 Rasslin) has led the way in 'strong style', death match, and comedy wrestling providing an alternative from what most other wrestling promotions brings it's fans. Many of the top stars in the business have graced their rings over the years including: Mike Quackenbush, "Sweet & Sour" Larry Sweeney, The Armstrongs, Chuck Taylor, Cliff Compton, Mad Man Pondo, Joey Ryan, and so many others. A lot of big things are in store in the upcoming year so tune to hear all about IWA Deep South's past, present, and future with the man behind all the madness...Kevin Brannen! (This week's episode is presented by IWA DEEP SOUTH'S SOFTCORE CUP 2- coming Aug. 19th)