Published on April 25th, 2017 | by Greg Phillips6
12 Must-Subscribe Wrestling Podcasts
Place to Be Nation
For the better part of a decade, longtime wrestling fans Scott Criscuolo and JT Rozzero have lent their insights and humor to this podcast, which focuses on a different individual event with each iteration. The guys have gone through the extensive history of WWE pay-per-view events and specials, throwing in little-known bits of insider knowledge, interviews with industry veterans such as Kevin Kelly, and an assortment of impressions and characters along the way.
In addition to the main Place to Be Podcast, Place to Be Nation is the home to a family of the best wrestling podcasts around: Survey Says, a monthly look back at World Championship Wrestling; Clotheslines and Headlines, an examination of the biggest news in the world of wrestling on a promotion-by-promotion basis; and The Main Event, an in-depth look at the state of WWE, just to name a few.
Wrestling Observer Radio
The only paid podcast on this list, Wrestling Observer Radio can seem like a steep deal at first. But when you consider that a subscription ($9.99 per month on the low end) also includes access to the Wrestling Observer via F4WOnline, it suddenly doesn’t seem like such a bad deal. Hosted by Bryan Alvarez, the real draw of WOR is the presence of Dave Meltzer, the single most respected wrestling journalist in the history of the business.
Alvarez and Meltzer delve into all the biggest news stories of the week, often dropping bombshells that haven’t even been mentioned in Meltzer’s terrific newsletter, the Wrestling Observer. There are also plenty of hot takes to go around, as the highly opinionated Alvarez and Meltzer give their thoughts on the state of pro wrestling around the globe. Whether they’re delving into a controversial subject like the recent WWE bullying scandal or simply analyzing a major event like WrestleMania or NJPW’s Wrestle Kingdom, Alvarez and Meltzer provide more bang for your buck than any other paid podcast.
What Happened When
It took him a while to get in the game, but frequent Jim Ross guest and legendary wrestling announcer Tony Schiavone now has his own weekly podcast alongside host Conrad Thompson. Thompson, a successful mortgage advisor who started his podcasting career with “Nature Boy” Ric Flair’s short-lived show, does a great job captaining the ship and leading Schiavone through conversations about WCW, Jim Crockett Promotions and the Monday Night Wars.
While it took him a few episodes to get acclimated, Schiavone has found his groove as an unexpectedly frank (and vulgar!) commentator on events and happenings from years ago. Not for a family audience, What Happened When is at its best when Schiavone lets loose on the wacky world that often was World Championship Wrestling. The best episode to date featured Schiavone recollecting Halloween Havoc 1992 and, finally, providing play-by-play commentary for the main event in real-time. The results were hilarious, with Schiavone having a field day taking apart the logistics behind a “coal miner’s glove match.”
This is one of the youngest podcasts on the list, but it also has the most room to grow into one of the best. It’s off to a great start.