Monday, May 9, 2016

I Listen So You Don't Have To: Art Of Wrestling, Episode 300

Cabana's milestone ep sees him take listener questions
Photo Credit: Scott Finkelstein
If you’re new, here’s the rundown. We 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 many wrestling podcasts out there, of course, but this feature largely hews to the regular rotation we feel best fit the category of hit or miss. If we can save other folks some time, we’re happy to do so.

Show: Art Of Wrestling
Episode: 300 (May 5, 2016)
Run Time: 1:41:44
Guest: Marty DeRosa (4:31)

Summary: To mark his milestone episode, Colt Cabana is playing listener voice mails and bouncing his answers off DeRosa. Callers ask about his business model, his critical eye, favorite podcast moments, if he’ll perform in Australia, Tough Enough, keys to success, dead crowds, interviewing women, his first day of training, his post office box, integrating humor, Irn-Bru, Cliff Compton’s money, Cubs as wrestlers, his eventual retirement match, the “ball cocktail,” an offer for free window tinting, travel, the hall of fame, his WWE stint, Sweden, the famous Titan Towers merchandise closet, Pro Wrestling Tees, singlets, his sound gear, Dave Meltzer’s WCW audio, wrestler pay, globetrotting, guest spots he’s done, TNA, general health, working as Dan Severn, the merch table, ideal show guests, if he’d write a book, Bill Murray, the WWE tape library, favorite feuds, road food, and if he’s seen around town.

Quote of the week: “If you notice the guys I did have while they were in the company, they were my friends that I knew their story. They were indy guys. Johnny Curtis is an example, I had him on very early before he became Fandango. And so a couple of guys that I was going to have on, that I had asked and they were all about it, Sandow was one of ’em, Wade Barrett was one of ’em. There’s two guys that were going to be on the show. Kidman was gonna come on. … When I was doing those announcer things, I was trying to have Brookside on, and he’s notoriously, like, aloof almost? Like, he’ll be like, ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah,’ — and then you won’t hear from him for — and I was going down like three weeks in a row, so I was like, ‘All right, I got three weeks to do one with Robbie’ and it just never happened. So those are four guys that I was looking forward to having on that, sadly at this point, probably, you know, maybe a post-WWE career that they might be on.”

Why you should listen: “It was a fun little chat. I don’t know if this is a groundbreaking episode by any means. Maybe it sucks, maybe you find a lot of information in it, I’m not even sure. It was hard to even listen back to me answering questions while I kind of edited and put this all together, but we did it, it’s 300, I thought this would be a fun way. You be the judge.”

Why you should skip it: “This episode is probably one for the ones who listen every single week, the die-hards, if you will, and that’s what I make it for, to be honest. Those are the ones I like, you guys know that.”

Final thoughts: “Thank you for the hangout, guys. Thank you for 300 episodes. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Thank you. I appreciate it. Let’s end this — this is too long for me. Way too long for me. Too long for you.”