Tuesday, October 6, 2015

I Listen So You Don't Have To: Steve Austin Show Ep. 260

Austin dishes with two guys from DDP Yoga
Photo Credit: WWE.com
If you're new, here's the rundown: I listen to a handful of wrestling podcasts each week. Too many, probably, though certainly not all of them. In the interest of saving you time — in case you have the restraint to skip certain episodes — the plan is to give the bare bones of a given show and let you decide if it’s worth investing the time to hear the whole thing. There are better wrestling podcasts out there, of course, but these are the ones in my regular rotation that I feel best fit the category of hit or miss. If I can save other folks some time, I'm happy to do so.

Show: Steve Austin Show — Unleashed!
Episode: 260 (Oct. 1, 2015)
Run Time: 1:35:35
Guest: Chris Carey and Nathan Mowery (15:06)

Summary: While in Georgia, Steve Austin had a bull session wit two behind-the-scenes guys who keep things running at DDP Yoga — Chris Carey and Nathan Mowery. The guys explain their career and education backgrounds and the importance of honest professional critiques. Austin asks about their approach editing, which leads to praise for DDP Yoga President Steve Yu. After talking about their connection to Jake Roberts and Scott Hall, the guys explain their daily tasks, the use of music in their film projects, professional influences and the Roberts documentary. There’s an abrupt shift into the guys explaining how the play with fire and their other hobbies, and they wrap up discussing career goals and camera specifications.

Quote of the week: Mowery: “I am like a huge mark at heart, still. The lines of professionalism and fanboyness kind of got blurry there for a minute. I remember walking into the house, and then I see Jake, and I’m just like, ‘Oh my God, that’s Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts.’ I walk up to him, and then he’s just like — I was like, ‘Hey man,’ I figured I’d introduce myself, I’m like, ‘Hey, I’m Nathan, I’m gonna be working here now.’ He’s like ‘Eff off kid, your haircut’s pissing me off.’ ”

Carey: “It’s not the most beautifully shot documentary. But the reason is to be as real and as in the moment as possible. Like, that was the main goal and the main focus across the board, and that was something that we did not ever want to stray away from. So if the shot wasn’t good but the mood and what was actually happening was, or was important to what was going on, that won every time.”

Why you should listen: Video production wonks should be all over this episode and perhaps will find it professionally inspiring. There’s a few scattered details about the new Roberts documentary, and especially Hall, that serve as chestnuts to wrestling fans willing to wade through everything else.

Why you should skip it: It’s unfair to call this episode boring — Austin’s almost incapable of being boring, and his guests have plenty of energy and charisma — but the subject matter is a notable departure from Austin’s wheelhouse. If you don’t care what goes on at DDP Yoga Studios, there’s far better ways to spend 90 minutes.

Final thoughts: One characteristic of a great host is the ability to interview a broad swath of subjects and still guide an interesting conversation. That Austin can do so here, while obviously out of his element and juggling two guests, is a testament to his skill. But still, listening to this entire interview just to appreciate Austin’s versatility or glean some tidbits about working under Dallas Page are not the type of incentives that make an episode essential.