|Austin and Satin talk Bálor, Making a Murderer, and more|
Photo Credit: WWE.com
Show: Steve Austin Show
Episode: 291 (Jan. 19, 2016)
Run Time: 1:37:20
Guest: Ryan Satin (12:50)
Summary: Austin’s in-person guest is Ryan Satin, a former TMZ producer who recently launched a wrestling news website. They begin with Satin’s background with TMZ and his wrestling fandom, eventually explaining how he decided to found a website and podcast. Satin recalls his time at TMZ breaking stories like the death of Randy Savage and SpikeTV’s decision to cancel TNA Impact, as well as his brief experience as an on-the-street reporter. After discussing how WWE might debut the Bullet Club and the future of Finn Bálor, they get into a deep dive on Making A Murderer.
Quote of the week: “Just a place where I really hope you guys will check it out, exclusive wrestling news, for free, I’m not charging you any money, I just want to bring, um, I want to bring, more uh, honesty and truth and journalism to wrestling news, and I really hope that some of you guys will check out my website and see what I’m about, I really think you’ll find a bunch of stories already that are very interesting that didn’t get a lot of pickup because my site maybe isn’t as big as some of the others right now. But, you know, I promise you with my history of being an accurate journalist that I stand behind all my stories, they’re not rumors, and I really hope that you’ll give it a shot.”
Why you should listen: I’m not a Making A Murderer fan, or even a Netflix subscriber, but it seems this is the perfect episode for the people who like both that show and Steve Austin. Much like when Austin talks football or even MMA, it is kind of endearing to hear him be totally honest about his fandom and genuine appreciation for a non-wrestling product. As for Satin, the only times I enjoyed him were when he was being blunt about how TMZ operates and his own news-gathering process.
Why you should skip it: I’m not a Making A Murderer fan, or even a Netflix subscriber, so I was pretty lost for the entire second half. Neither do I intentionally consume TMZ content, so I’d never heard of Satin, nor do I have any desire to seek out his website, podcast or social media accounts. Perhaps he’s unfairly painted with the stink of TMZ, but it’s not as if he’s trying to actively disassociate from the outfit that made his career, such as it is.
Final thoughts: Kudos to Austin for pursuing a live guest. I wish it hadn’t been this dude, but I accept there are plenty of potential listeners who either care about Satin, TMZ or Making A Murderer. Perhaps even all three. More power to those people, but for me this was barely more than background noise.