• Ep. #452: April 3-9, 2000

    This week on BTS, Kris and David take a look at the week that was April 3-9, 2000. Topics of discussion include:

    • Ready to Rumble debuts in theaters and does decently at the box office. Plus we have reports from the premiere, which featured a "match" between Vampiro & The Wall.
    • Nitro and Thunder being clip shows as this was the week before the big Bischoff/Russo reboot.
    • New Japan has DOME IMPACT at the Tokyo Dome featuring the last major Shinya Hashimoto vs. Naoya Ogawa Tokyo Dome main event.
    • The awesomeness of Kazunari Murakami.
    • Tatsumi Fujinami announcing his retirement.
    • Jushin Thunder Liger winning the 3rd Super J-Cup tournament.
    • Mike Awesome deciding to leave ECW as all heck breaks loose.
    • Paul Heyman scrambling as he tries to sign talent to "contracts."
    • Shawn Michaels wrestling his "retirement" match in his TWA promotion against Venom (Paul Diamond).
    • Andy Rooney talking about wrestling in his weekly segment on 60 Minutes.
    • Court TV airs its "Wrestling With Death" special.
    • Chyna turns on Chris Jericho to help Eddie Guerrero on the post-WrestleMania episode of Raw, forming a memorable partnership.
    • The WWF's TV in general after WrestleMania and their direction moving forward.

    This is an extremely fun show, so take a listen!!!

    Timestamps:

    0:00:00 WCW

    0:41:13 Int’l: AJPW, NJPW, Super J-Cup, BattlARTS, BJPW, FMW, Onita Pro, Osaka Pro, Bull Nakano, Arsion, Jd’, JWP, Saudi Arabia, AAA, CMLL, IWRG, & Monterrey

    1:46:49 Classic Commercial Break

    1:51:10 Halftime

    2:37:25 ECW

    3:15:08 Other USA: CZW, JAPW, NWANJ, OVW, MemphisCW, Memphis Power Pro, TWA, Oregon commission, Andy Rooney, & Court TV

    3:40:25 WWF

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    5h 8m - Apr 8, 2024
  • Ep. #451: March 28-April 4, 1999

    Kris and David are guestless this week as we discuss the week-plus that was March 28-April 4, 1999. Topics of discussion include:

    • WrestleMania XV: The Raging Climax in Philadelphia, which was one of the biggest pro wrestling events of all-time up to that point.
    • Butterbean destroying Bart Gunn in the last-ever Brawl For All match.
    • Chyna and Triple H reuniting and then Triple H joining The Corporation the same night.
    • PETE ROSE making his shocking return to attack Kane while wearing the San Diego Chicken Costume
    • Sable and Tori having a match for the ages in all of the wrong ways, complete with ringside fans hearing Sable loudly complaining about Tori working too stiff.
    • The Undertaker vs. The Big Bossman in HELL IN A CELL…in a manner of speaking.
    • “Stone Cold” Steve Austin regaining the WWF Championship by defeating The Rock.
    • Stephanie McMahon making her debut as a TV character debut the night after Mania.
    • Vince and Shane McMahon GET DOWN at the WrestleMania Rage Party the night before the PPV.
    • ESPN's Outside the Lines takes on pro wrestling in an amazing episode that looks at the business’s influence on children and the ever-increasing rate of young wrestler deaths.
    • Sid burning his bridge in ECW as only he can.
    • Bret Hart and Goldberg having a very memorable angle in Toronto on the final WCW Monday Nitro before the unveiling of the infamous new logo and set.
    • All sorts of mass confusion in WCW as Kevin Nash's run as booker is in full insanity mode.

    A highly newsworthy show and a great one at that, so LISTEN NOW!!!!

    Timestamps:

    0:00:00 WWF

    2:02:29 Int’l: AJPW, NJPW, Arsion, GAEA, JWP, Stampede, AAA, CMLL, Ricky Banderas, & WWC

    2:22:09 Classic Commercial Break

    2:32:33 Halftime

    3:01:59 ESPN Outside The Lines: Pro Wrestling’s Hold On America

    4:18:10 Other USA: ECW, NWA Georgia, Memphis Power Pro, & APW

    4:32:48 WCW

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    6h 17m - Apr 1, 2024
  • Exile on Badstreet #83: Thunderbolt & The Express

    Kris Zellner is joined by Barry Rose as we discuss the history of Thunderbolt Patterson as well as Mike Rotunda and Barry Windham, a.k.a. The U.S. Express, all from a Championship Wrestling from Florida perspective.

    We talk about how CWF was vital to their careeers and some of their major moments in the territory among other topics.

    Barry also talks about his upcoming convention "Glory Days Grapplecon" which takes place on the weekend of April 20th at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, FL.

    Take a listen, and we hope you enjoy the show!

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    1h 49m - Mar 31, 2024
  • Ep. #450: March 20-26, 2003

    Kris and David are guestless as we discuss the week that was March 20-26, 2003. Topics of discussion include:

    • We learn how Curt Hennig died the same week that “Bruiser” Brian Cox passes away.
    • D-Lo Brown suffers a concussion in his first big TNA match.
    • A.J. Styles uses an unfortunate slur on TNA’s weekly PPV. (The same one he used everywhere else.)
    • AJPW starts the Champion Carnival tour with some big foreign names in the tournament.
    • NJPW runs some big shows with Yoshihiro Takayama defending his NWF Heavyweight Title against Scott Norton in the marquee match.
    • World Japan's first tour is officially classified as a disaster.
    • Konnan jumping from the WWC to the IWA in Puerto Rico.
    • Samoa Joe winning the ROH World Title from Xavier and how undervalued Xavier was by the fans in this era.
    • The story of the "ROH Riots."
    • Portland Wrestling returning to TV. Again.
    • An update on the WWE buying the ECW intellectual property rights out of bankruptcy court.
    • John Cena getting hot with his raps.
    • Los Guerreros hustling on the golf course on SmackDown.
    • Stephanie McMahon & Brian Kendrick's "chemistry" in their segments together.
    • Vince McMahon bloodies up Hulk Hogan during their WrestleMania contract signing angle.
    • Shawn Michaels sounds off on Bret Hart on Off the Record on TSN in Canada.
    • Steve Austin gets into a pillow fight with Cousin Sal on an early episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live.
    • Vince McMahon makes a very odd appearance on The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn.

    This was a funky time in wrestling history. and we had quite the show as a result!!!

    Timestamps:

    0:00:00 Curt Hennig cause of death and Brian Cox passes away

    0:25;02 NWA-TNA

    0:52:23 Eastern Hemisphere: AJPW, NJPW, NOAH, World Japan, BJPW, IWA Japan, Kageki, Michinoku Pro, NMC, Osaka Pro, Toryumon, WMF, AJW, GAEA, Jd’, JWP, NEO, WWA, & TWA

    1:33:16 Classic Commercial Break

    1:36:40 Halftime

    2:20:27 Other North America: Stampede, CMLL, IWRG, Monterrey, Tijuana, & IWAPR

    2:29:05 Other USA: JerseyCW, ROH, IWAMS, MAW, AWS, Portland, & OVW

    2:56:25 WWE

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    5h 2m - Mar 25, 2024
  • Ep. #449: March 13-20, 1988 with Phil Schneider

    Kris and David are joined by Phil Schneider (@philaschneider) to discuss the week-plus that was March 13-20, 1988. Topics of discussion include:

    • The differences between the WWF and JCP at the time when it came to running angles with blood on TV.
    • WWF Magazine spoiling the WrestleMania IV tournament winner in an issue that came out about a month before the show.
    • Bruno Sammartino going off on current wrestling on a Pittsburgh radio show.
    • THE GASPARS running wild in New Japan.
    • Brian Pillman talking shit on the other Bad[d] Company on Stampede TV.
    • The greatness of WWC in the months before everything changed with Bruiser Brody's murder.
    • Paul E. Dangerously attempting a hostile takeover of Pro Wrestling This Week…with help from George Steinbrenner?
    • Eddie Gilbert burning Randy Hales with a gigantic fireball on Memphis TV.
    • World Class’s shows improving since Michael Hayes took over the book.
    • Badd Company winning the AWA World Tag Team Titles from the Midnight Rockers in Las Vegas.
    • The Oregon wrestling war heats up between Don Owen and Billy Jack Haynes, all the while a State Athletic Commission has a contentious meeting.
    • What exactly was the Four Horsemen Top Performance System supposed to do, exactly?
    • Al Perez and Gary Hart debut on TBS.
    • The Fantastics and The Midnight Express have one of the wildest brawls ever on TBS.

    A very entertaining show as always with Phil on board with us, so check it out!!!

    Timestamps:

    0:00:00 WWF

    0:49:07 Int’l: NJPW, All-Star (UK), Stampede, Vancouver, EMLL, & WWC

    1:24:34 Classic Commercial Break

    1:27:45 Halftime

    2:17:46 Other USA: NECW, NWF, Pro Wrestling This Week, SCW, Blackjack Mulligan, The Sheik/Big Time Wrestling, USA Wrestling, Continental, WOW, CWA/Memphis, WCPW, WCCW, Central States, AWA, Alexis Smirnoff runs in Napa, & Portland

    3:42:58 Jim Crockett Promotions

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    4h 56m - Mar 18, 2024
  • Ep. #448: March 7-12, 1996

    Kris and David are guestless as we discuss the (almost-)week that was March 7-12, 1996. Topics of discussion include:

    • Dave Meltzer's pilgrimage to the northeast for ECW's Big Ass Extreme Bash shows in Queens and Philadelphia, with very noticeable differences between the two shows both in and out of the ring.
    • Shane Douglas and Brian Pillman heating up their angle on both nights, including “hit the baby.”
    • Rey Misterio Jr. and Juventud Guerrera having possibly the greatest match in the history of the ECW Arena in the form of their 2/3 falls match.
    • Mick Foley's final ECW matches, where he put over Chris Jericho…but not Mikey Whipwreck.
    • The creation of the short-lived Junior Four Horsemen stable in New Japan.featuring Jushin Thunder Liger, El Samurai, Wild Pegasus (Chris Benoit), and Black Tiger (Eddy Guerrero).
    • Johnny B. Badd quitting WCW and going on the record the very next day with Wade Keller in a Torch Talk detailing his side of everything that happened.
    • Rick and Scott Steiner returning to WCW unannounced on Nitro and how the Nasty Boys temporarily being fired led to that happening.
    • Ric Flair getting arrested in Charlotte on the unusual charge of aiding and abetting a DWI.
    • Brian Pillman showing up on Nitro to plug his hotline in his first WCW appearance since SuperBrawl. Meanwhile, backstage, Hulk Hogan leeches onto him, which sets the stage for his shoot angle imploding.
    • Eric Bischoff doing a Prodigy chat with Bob Ryder, where he had a lot to say on some interesting topics, including the WWF’s Billionaire Ted skits.
    • Chris Champion returning to the USWA for the first time since his legal problems drove him out a few years earlier…but as Yoshi Kwan instead of himself.
    • How WWF was handling the departures of Scott Hall and Kevin Nash and the possible departures of Sean Waltman & Bret Hart.
    • Jim Ross doing some fantastic work producing the first WrestleMania XII training videos of Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels in their hometowns.
    • A new wrestler named "Craig or Duane Johnson” works some dark matches on the TV tapings.

    This is a loaded show this week, folks, so you don't want to miss out!!!

    Timestamps:

    0:00:00 ECW

    1:50:45 Int’l: NJPW, WAR, IWA Japan, Tokyo Pro, Pancrase, AJW, GAEA, Jd’, LLPW, AAA, CMLL, & IWRG

    2:09:09 Classic Commercial Break

    2:11:57 Halftime

    2:38:37 WCW

    4:00:31 Other USA: IPWA, ASW (NC), USWA, & Compton lucha

    4:20:40 WWF

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    5h 35m - Mar 11, 2024
  • Ep. #447: February 28-March 6, 1991 with Beau James

    Kris and David are joined by Beau James (@kingofkingsport) to discuss the week that was February 28-March 6, 1991. Topics of discussion include:

    • Dave Meltzer's thoughts on Sensational Sherri being stripped to her underwear to close the Sgt. Slaughter-Ultimate Warrior cage matches on house shows and the changing image of the WWF in general.
    • Bob Costas pulling out of WrestleMania VII and why that happened.
    • Paul Bearer makes a wacky appearance on Prime Time Wrestling that takes a particularly messy turn when Lord Alfred Hayes shows up.
    • The Ultimate Warrior basically killing off Brother Love in an angle that Vince McMahon and Roddy Piper used to personally mock Bruce Prichard on commentary.
    • THE MARINER attacking Earthquake on TV.
    • The contrast between the foreigners in both AJPW and NJPW at the time, plus how great both promotions were in general.
    • Yoshiaki Fujiwara's PWFG runs its first show.
    • Luchadores getting life insurance thanks to the Box y Lucha commission in Mexico City.
    • Joel Goodhart running one of his big shows in Philadelphia featuring Eddie Gilbert vs. Cactus Jack and Terry Funk vs. Jerry Lawler.
    • The bitter breakup of the USWA and the Mid-South Coliseum that lasted several months.
    • The USWA battling Gary Hart's Texas Championship Wrestling in Dallas, including TCW beating the USWA in the local Nielsen ratings and some great clips from Gary's TV show.
    • The LPWA bringing in Norman the Lunatic and running a long TV taping.
    • Why Buddy Landel was fired by WCW.
    • Owen Hart making his WCW debut.
    • Dave Meltzer's hatred of the canned crowd noise on WCW TV.

    There’s lots of great stuff here — including much more not mentioned above — on another tremendous episode of BTS!!!

    Timestamps:

    0:00:00 WWF

    1:31:05 Int’l: AJPW, NJPW, SWS, PWFG, NWF in Greece, CNWA, CDMX Box y Lucha commission, CMLL, UWA, & WWC

    2:11:29 Classic Commercial Break

    2:15:13 Halftime

    3:03:29 Other USA: UWF (Abrams), ICW, TWA, SAPW, Joe Pedicino/GWF, Suncoast Pro, Jim Cornette selling water filters, USWA, TCW, HPW, LPWA, Portland, & Terry Funk on Quantum Leap

    5:13:00 WCW

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    6h 11m - Mar 4, 2024
  • Ep. #446: February 21-27, 2000

    Kris and David are guestless this week as we discuss the week that was February 21-27, 2000. Topics of discussion include:

    • A rundown of the chaos that was going on behind the scenes at WCW, which was bad enough that both Bill Goldberg and Sting basically wanted nothing to do with it all until there was a permanent booking team in place.
    • Nitro and Thunder having plenty of crazy shit going on including yet another fake La Parka, the Harris Twins getting a huge push for some reason, Buff Bagwell striking out with valets, Kevin Nash having amnesia, and so much more.
    • Kenta Kobashi becoming Triple Crown Champion in AJPW as Mitsuharu Misawa is getting his ducks in a row for a potential split.
    • Big Japan makes a deal with Combat Zone Wrestling to trade talent.
    • Dan Henderson wins the first annual RINGS King of Kings tournament amidst a loaded field.
    • Perro Aguayo makes his grand return to Arena Mexico after being gone for seven years.
    • The sordid details of Jim Thompson — a.k.a. Detroit News wrestling columnist “M.L. Curly” — being charged with child molestation.
    • The ECWA's fourth annual Super 8 tournament, which doubled as a DVDVR message board gathering and and a coming out party for Scoot Andrews.
    • Shane Douglas showing up in XPW and, naturally, shooting on Ric Flair.
    • Raw at the Georgia Dome featuring one of the all-time great Rock promos: “I am The Game-uh.”
    • SmackDown featuring Mick Foley cutting one of the greatest promos of his career and ANOTHER one of The Rock’s most memory promos, this time mocking The Big Show’s “AAAAHHHH THE CHOKESLAM!!!!!!” pose.
    • The No Way Out PPV featuring Foley vs. Triple H in an insane Hell in the Cell match that was purely nuts and started Foley’s “retirement.”

    This is just scratching the surface, as this show is loaded, so....LISTEN NOW!!!

    Timestamps:

    0:00:00 WCW

    1:49:09 Eurasia: AJPW, NJPW, BattlARTS, BJPW, Capture, DDT, FMW, Onita Pro, Super J-Cup, SkyPerfecTV/DirecTV Japan merger, RINGS, Jd’, JWP, & FWA

    2:28:51 Latin America: CMLL, IWRG, Mil Mascaras, & IWAPR

    2:37:05 Classic Commercial Break

    2:40:59 Jim Thompson charged in child molestation case

    3:07:36 Other USA: JAPW, ECW, ECWA, Norm Connors on “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” on ABC, IWAMS, Memphis (MCW & Power Pro), Rev Pro, XPW, & Rena Mero on “Relic Hunter”

    3:51:50 WWF

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    6h 8m - Feb 26, 2024
  • Ep. #445: February 15-20, 1994

    Kris and David are guestless as we discuss the (almost)-week that was February 15-20, 1994. Topics of discussion include:

    • WWF firing Marty Jannetty for at least the fourth time overall and the third time in just two years.
    • Vince McMahon co-hosting Radio WWF with Jim Ross — and it's a doozy.
    • Shinya Hashimoto beating Genichiro Tenryu for the first time as New Japan is red hot.
    • UWFi running a big grandstand angle at a press conference challenging all the big champions in Japan.
    • The very first match between Chris Benoit and Sabu taking place on a NWA New Jersey show.
    • The status of Paul E. Dangerously with both Jim Crockett's WWN and Tod Gordon's ECW.
    • Bob Armstrong returning as SMW Commissioner.
    • The Thrillseekers officially “signing their contracts” on SMW TV.
    • A wild update on the Jerry Lawler statutory rape case in Louisville.
    • Eddie Gilbert running wild on Memphis TV.
    • An update on Hulk Hogan in WCW.
    • A detailed look at WCW SuperBrawl IV, one of the most forgotten PPV's in WCW history in part because it was never released on home video.

    That sounds like a great show, doesn't it? Well, it was!!!!

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    5h 8m - Feb 19, 2024
  • Ep. #444: February 7-13, 1995 with Pete Stein

    Kris and David are joined by Pete Stein (for the international sections) to discuss the week that was February 7-13, 1995. Topics of discussion include:

    • WCW adding more PPV events to their schedule.
    • The upcoming Cruiserweight Title tournament that doesn’t happen for another year.
    • Rick and Scott Steiner's impending return, which ALSO doesn't happen for another calendar year.
    • Dave Meltzer's thoughts on the DDP/Evad Sullivan angle.
    • Some great videos on WCW Saturday Night centering on Ric Flair, Sting, and the Hogan/Vader feud.
    • WCW's presence at the New York Toy Fair.
    • A wild time in New Japan featuring one of the greatest TV episodes in NJPW history as they went full ECW, featuring Masa Saito becoming the BULLODAWOODS.
    • Just which Rayo de Jalisco had actually passed away.
    • Victor Quinones running IWA shows in the Dominican Republic.
    • ECW becoming a cult favorite promotion in Japan.
    • The Gangstas’ feud with Bob Armstrong getting hot and heavy in SMW.
    • Sid Vicious turning babyface in Memphis.
    • The National Wrestling Council runs a big show in Las Vegas.
    • Dick Murdoch does Dick Murdoch things on WWF house shows.
    • Why exactly Shawn Michaels abdicated his color commentary job on Raw.

    All of that and so much more on a solid episode of Between the Sheets.

    Timestamps:

    0:00:00 WCW

    1:28:56 Japan: NJPW, WAR, FMW, IWU, Nishi Nihon, & AJW

    2:23:02 Classic Commercial Break

    2:25:53 Halftime

    3:00:29 Other North America: CRMW, AAA, CMLL, & IWA Dominican Republic

    3:24:46 Other USA: Crockett/NWA woes, ECW, All-Star (NC), NCW, SMW, USWA, NWA Dallas, & NWC

    4:33:08 WWF

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    5h 10m - Feb 12, 2024
  • Ep. #443: January 31-February 6, 1988

    Kris and David are guestless as we discuss the week that was January 31-February 6, 1988. Topics of discussion include:

    • The Main Event airing live in prime time on NBC featuring Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant for the WWF Championship and DOUBLE DAVE HEBNERS! We also talk about the Nielsen ratings for the show, Honky Tonk Man refusing to do a clean job to Randy Savage, and much much more from this history-making TV special.
    • Ted DiBiase showing up in Boston and Philly the next day wearing the WWF Championship belt and how that was received.
    • New Japan on tour featuring Buzz Sawyer and Owen Hart, and how they were being received.
    • Scott McGhee suffering a stroke that ends his career.
    • Dave Meltzer's rundown of the Lucha Libre scene in 1988.
    • Jerry Blackwell's Southern Championship Wrestling doing some great things in Georgia, plus a look into their feud with Deep South.
    • Ron Fuller makes a big announcement about the future of wrestling in Knoxville.
    • Brother Ernest Angel comes to Memphis.
    • The AWA having issues drawing in the Twin Cities.
    • The Road Warriors/Powers of Pain bench press contest angle where Animal broke his orbital bone.
    • And RIC FLAIR NIGHT in Raleigh, North Carolina on NWA Worldwide Wrestling, which started the build to Sting’s title shot at the first Clash of the Champions.

    We always love the 80's shows and this one is no different, so LISTEN NOW!!!

    Timestamps:

    0:00:00 WWF

    1:32:00 Int’l: NJPW, Stampede, Tim Flowers, Mexico, & WWC

    1:54:05 Classic Commercial Break

    1:57;53 Halftime (contains discussion of the Vince McMahon sex trafficking allegations, albeit mostly in broad strokes)

    2:46:10 Other USA: Canarsie High School, Georgia (SCW-Deep South war), Global (FL), Continental, CWA/Memphis, WCCW, Central States/WWA, AWA, Chavo Guererro, Alexis Smirnoff, & Portland 

    4:12:29 Jim Crockett Promotions

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    5h 26m - Feb 5, 2024
  • Ep. #442: January 24-30, 2014

    Kris and David are guestless as we talk about the week that was January 24-30, 2014, a Patreon request from Sean Doherty who put down the $25 for us to do it. Topics of discussion include:

    • TNA making a deal to return to Universal Studios for TV tapings.
    • MVP being revealed as the top secret “investor” in TNA in the big angle of their United Kingdom tour.
    • Prince Devitt weighing his offer to join WWE at the same time as KENTA has a tryout at the WWE Performance Center
    • CM Punk walking out of WWE less than an hour before the Raw the night after the Rumble, and we go in-depth about his interview with Ariel Helwani earlier in the weekend that foreshadowed this happening.
    • The Royal Rumble PPV — the next to last PPV before the launch of WWE Network — which had one of the wildest atmospheres of any wrestling show of the era as the fans in Pittsburgh made their feelings known to WWE about their displeasure with the booking of Daniel Bryan.
    • Batista winning the Royal Rumble in his return and the craziness of that moment.
    • The Raw after the Rumble. which was a course correction in some ways, but it wasn't enough.
    • Much more, including Smackdown, NXT, WWE getting a new TV deal, Jake the Snake going into the HOF, Sin Cara speaks out in Mexico about the new Sin Cara and tons more.

    This is a STACKED show, so you better not miss it!!!

    Timestamps:

    0:00:00 TNA

    0:38:03 Everything That Isn’t TNA or WWE: AJPW, NJPW, NOAH, Osaka Pro, AAA, CMLL, ROH, & Jim Ross to FoxSports.com

    1:02:12 Classic Commercial Break

    1:05:50 Not Exactly Halftime

    1:08:27 CM Punk walks out on WWE

    2:10:01 SmackDown & Royal Rumble

    4:08:10 Other WWE

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    5h 38m - Jan 29, 2024
  • Patreon Flashback — Ep. #70: Titangate Part 4

    Since we want everyone to be able to learn from our Patreon series on the 1992 "Titangate" sex and drug scandals in WWE, want to be able to direct everyone to the shows, and don't want to give anyone the idea that we're trying to make money off of the awful new lawsuit against WWE, we're releasing all four Titangate shows for free. Permanently. We're really proud of the work we did on these, and we hope that everyone can learn from them.

    ---

    Content warning: By necessity of covering this topic, though it is not the sole focus, this episode contains a significant amount of discussion of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and child sexual abuse, a non-trivial amount of which is descriptive. If you have any concerns that this content may be triggering or otherwise upsetting to you, then skipping this episode may be advisable.

    It's July, and you know what that means: The fourth and final part of our Patreon-exclusive deep dive into what became known as Titangate, the overarching collection of scandals that hit the WWF in 1992. Topics include:

    • Alex Marvez breaking the story of the federal grand jury investigation into the ring boy scandal in the Miami Herald...weeks after Dave Meltzer buried the lede while reporting it in the Observer.
    • The emergence of "Barney," the teenage boy who came off like a plant when asking an audience question on Donahue and then came forward with a new sexual assault allegation against Mel Phillips.
    • Jeff Savage's Penthouse feature that expanded his San Diego Union-Tribune reporting into a larger feature.
    • Paul Roma, in John Clark's Wrestling Flyer, accusing Pat Patterson of telling him to sleep with a different Titan Sports executive if he wanted a bigger push.
    • Murray Hodgson's confidence eroding after his lawyer quit during his deposition.
    • Cheryl Vasquez's protest of a WWF house show in Poughkeepsie, where at least one wrestler allegedly tried to run her over with his car.
    • Pat Patterson's return to the WWF in late August.
    • Bill Kunkel going scorched earth in his Potshots column in Three Count, criticizing Savage for how he handled errors in the Penthouse story, Marvez for not reporting on his and the New York Times' own back and forth with Jerry McDevitt, and others.
    • Our summation of the scandals and how they relate to Vince McMahon's 2022 downfall.

    ...and much more. When we started this series in April, we had no idea it would become as topical as it has, but here we are.

    Timestamps:

    0:00:00 Weeks of June 15-July 20, 1992

    1:05:35 Week of July 27, 1992

    2:18:14 Week of August 3, 1992

    3:02:27 Weeks of August 17-August 31, 1992

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    For the best in both current and classic indie wrestling streaming, make sure to check out IndependentWrestling.tv and use coupon code BTSPOD for a free 5 day trial! (You can also go directly to TinyURL.com/IWTVsheets to sign up that way.) If you convert to a paid subscriber, we get a kickback for referring you, allowing you to support both the show and the indie scene.

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    3h 59m - Jan 28, 2024
  • Patreon Flashback — Ep. #69: Titangate Part 3

    Since we want everyone to be able to learn from our Patreon series on the 1992 "Titangate" sex and drug scandals in WWE, want to be able to direct everyone to the shows, and don't want to give anyone the idea that we're trying to make money off of the awful new lawsuit against WWE, we're releasing all four Titangate shows for free. Permanently. We're really proud of the work we did on these, and we hope that everyone can learn from them.

    ---

    Content warning: By necessity of covering this topic, though it is not the sole focus, this episode contains discussion of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and child sexual abuse. If you have any concerns that this content may be triggering or otherwise upsetting to you, then skipping this episode may be advisable.

    It’s June [2022], and you know what that means: Time for a new Patreon-exclusive deep dive. This time, it’s part 3 of a series on what became known as Titangate, the overarching collection of scandals that hit the WWF in 1992. The topics include:

    • A Current Affair covering the scandals, which included, at the last minute, a letter that Murray Hodgson sent Vince McMahon out of the blue looking for work…while he was suing the WWF. Also: The production of the segment leads to an incredibly strange, forgotten Wrestling Observer item about someone claiming to be a former wrestler going to different shows with conflicting versions of what  he said Rita Chatterton told him about Vince McMahon…before disappearing.
    • How the scandals begat John Arezzi and Vince Russo splitting as business partners, with both giving their sides in material that we didn’t have when we did the “Vince Russo Origins” show a few years ago.
    • John Arezzi and Bill Kunkle writing about their memories of Mel Phillips’ red flags going back to the mid-1970s.
    • Sid Justice getting suspended for cheating on a drug test.
    • Steve Planamenta word vomiting to Mike Mooneyham about the successes and failures of the drug testing program so far.
    • Lee Cole accusing the WWF of trying to get him sent to prison.
    • Tom Zenk and Jim Ross’s thoughts on Titangate, including Zenk revealing for the first and only time that he left the WWF over a vaguely-described incident of sexual misconduct, as well as an overly glib Barry Orton interview where he goes off on Tom and Lee Cole.
    • Vince McMahon benefitting from how many different stories were being shoved into one overarching “WWF scandals” box.
    • The WWF repeatedly airing matches with Mel Phillips doing ring announcing during this period.

    All that and much more on the latest installment of a series that’s become increasingly relevant in 2022 over the last few weeks.

    Timestamps:

    0:00:00 Week of April 27, 1992

    0:44:06 Week of May 4, 1992

    1:38:52 Weeks of May 11 & May 18, 1992

    2:08:36 Week of May 25, 1992

    3:14:58 Weeks of June 1 & June 8, 1992

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    For the best in both current and classic indie wrestling streaming, make sure to check out IndependentWrestling.tv and use coupon code BTSPOD for a free 5 day trial! (You can also go directly to TinyURL.com/IWTVsheets to sign up that way.) If you convert to a paid subscriber, we get a kickback for referring you, allowing you to support both the show and the indie scene.

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    4h 12m - Jan 28, 2024
  • Patreon Flashback — Ep. #68: Titangate Part 2

    Since we want everyone to be able to learn from our Patreon series on the 1992 "Titangate" sex and drug scandals in WWE, want to be able to direct everyone to the shows, and don't want to give anyone the idea that we're trying to make money off of the awful new lawsuit against WWE, we're releasing all four Titangate shows for free. Permanently. We're really proud of the work we did on these, and we hope that everyone can learn from them.

    ---

    Content warning: By necessity of covering this topic, though it is not the sole focus, this episode contains discussion of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and child sexual abuse. If you have any concerns that this content may be triggering or otherwise upsetting to you, then skipping this episode may be advisable.

    It’s May [2022], and you know what that means: Time for a new Patreon-exclusive deep dive. This time, it’s part 2 of a series on what became known as Titangate, the overarching collection of scandals that hit the WWF in 1992. This time, the topics include:

    • The Now It Can Be Told and Geraldo episodes covering the scandals, especially the new allegations from Rita Chatterton (accusing Vince McMahon) and Mike Clark (accusing Terry Garvin), as well as the CBS Evening News story the same week where Vince McMahon loses his mind. Also: Just how shook was Murray Hodgson by sitting next to Rita during the Geraldo taping?
    • The WWF steroid symposium at the Plaza Hotel and how it led to the dissolution of John Arezzi and Vince Russo’s business relationship.
    • Steve Planamenta going wild as WWF spokesman, particularly to kvetch about Phil Mushnick to Mike Mooneyham, with Mushnick striking back the following week.
    • Dave Meltzer’s many back and forths with Dr. Mauro DiPasquale about the WWF drug testing program.
    • The Allentown Morning Call attempting to look into the local side of the Mel Phillips allegations.
    • Karate Kid and Lord Littlebrook accusing the WWF of blackballing their “midget wrestler” troupe for accusing Pat Patterson of sexual harassment.
    • Roddy Piper ranting about steroids and Hodgson in a radio interview.
    • David Letterman referencing the scandals in his own way.

    …and much more. You will probably learn a lot from this show.

    Timestamps:

    0:00:00 Week of March 23, 1992

    0:59:07 Week of March 30, 1992

    1:51:15 Week of April 6, 1992

    3:17:37 Week of April 13, 1992

    4:05:54 Week of April 20, 1992

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    4h 51m - Jan 28, 2024
  • Patreon Flashback — Ep. #67: Titangate Part 1

    Since we want everyone to be able to learn from our Patreon series on the 1992 "Titangate" sex and drug scandals in WWE, want to be able to direct everyone to the shows, and don't want to give anyone the idea that we're trying to make money off of the awful new lawsuit against WWE, we're releasing all four Titangate shows for free. Permanently. We're really proud of the work we did on these, and we hope that everyone can learn from them.

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    Content warning: By necessity of covering this topic, though it is not the sole focus, this episode contains a significant amount of discussion of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and child sexual abuse, a non-trivial amount of which is descriptive. If you have any concerns that this content may be triggering or otherwise upsetting to you, then skipping this episode may be advisable.

    It’s April [2022], and you know what that means: Time for a new Patreon-exclusive deep dive. This time, it’s part 1 of a series on what became known as Titangate, the overarching collection of scandals that hit the WWF in 1992. We start in February 1992 with the attempted DEA raid of the locker room at a St. Louis house show as well as Barry Orton going public with sexual harassment allegations against Pat Patterson and Terry Garvin, which was actually the first public trace of that side of the scandals. After skipping the first week of March because we just covered it in-depth on the main show (ep. #344), we move on to what are probably the two longest weeks in the history of our Patreon shows to date.

    The week of March 9,  everything starts to blow up with the Village Voice story that unleashed Murray Hodgson on the world, San Diego-Union Tribune article about drugs and the abuse of ring boys that introduced Tom Cole and Chris Loss, a bizarre WWF press release, the Los Angeles Times story that dwelled on Hulk Hogan’s cocaine use way too much, and more, including Vince McMahon heeling on Bruno Sammartino on Larry King Live. And in the week of March 16, we get the legendary Titangate episode of The Phil Donahue Show and all of the related chaos, Phil Mushnick going scorched earth on Vince McMahon in the New York Post while revealing Vince’s shocking admission about what he suspected of Mel Phillips, Wade Keller hitting the nail on the head about the direction of the media coverage, and more.

    And that just scratches the surface: There’s tons more, including Hulk Hogan’s gun charge, the WWF still using underage ring boys after being contacted for Jeff Savage’s Union-Tribune story, how heavily Savage’s article was edited before publication, Dave Meltzer spotting Hodgson’s true nature early on, tons of media criticism including Alex Marvez’s less than ideal handling of a rape allegation blurted out by Orton, Dave Meltzer’s handling of the Vince/Phillips stuff, and the degree to which media went way too hard on Hogan/drugs to the exclusion of the more important story, and MUCH more.

    This is the longest Patreon show to date, and it’s a doozy. We put a lot into it, so we hope you appreciate it.

    Timestamps:

    0:00:00 Weeks of February 17 & February 24, 1992

    Check out BTS episode #344 for the week of March 2, 1992, which includes the resignations of Pat Patterson & Terry Garvin and everything else that happened that week in extreme detail.

    0:58:56 Week of March 9, 1992 

    3:23:11 Week of March 16, 1992

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    6h 21m - Jan 28, 2024
  • Re: the new lawsuit against WWE, Vince McMahon, and John Laurinaitis

    We thought we would record something quick for halftime about the new sex trafficking lawsuit against WWE, Vince McMahon, and John Laurinaitis, but then realized that there was no way it would fit, so we're releasing this here. We made a point of not discussing the graphic, potentially really triggering stuff from the lawsuit. But given the topic, there are obviously discussions of sexual assault and other abuse more broadly, so tread carefully.

    We also talk about how we've made the executive decision to make the four-part Patreon series about the 1992 Titangate scandals in WWE available for free going forward. They'll go up here on the free feed soon. but in the meantime, they've been unlocked on the Patreon page, so check out the Titangate collection page to listen.




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    1h 1m - Jan 26, 2024
  • Ep. #441: January 17-23, 1993 with John McAdam

    Kris and David are joined by John McAdam (@CCMilani) to discuss the week that was January 17-23, 1993. Topics of discussion include:

    • Ric Flair's exit from the WWF featuring the buildup to his loser leaves the WWF match with Mr. Perfect.
    • The surprisingly big backlash to the Doink the Clown/Crush angle which was the focus of a scathing blurb by Bob Raissman in his column in the New York Daily News.
    • Just how fun the early days of Monday Night Raw were.
    • AAA running their first supershow in Mexico City to much success.
    • A big wrestling convention in Philadelphia featuring the Battle of the Belts show that was co-promoted by Tod Gordon and Dennis Coralluzzo and featured the final videotaped match of Kerry Von Erich's career.
    • Jim Cornette talking to the Torch about the SMW/WCW situation plus SMW has a great TV taping as their 1993 ramps up in a big way.
    • Some clips from Austin Idol’s short lived USA Wrestling promotion in Alabama.
    • Honky Tonk Man causeing a ruckus at the WMC Studios in Memphis.
    • Davey Boy Smith being on his way to WCW.
    • The greatness of the Big Van Vader/Sting feud.
    • The Rock ’n’ Roll Express return to WCW TV via SMW footage.
    • Paul E. Dangerously speaking out about his WCW firing on Wade Keller's radio show.

    All of that plus so much more on a very entertaining episode of Between the Sheets!

    Timestamps:

    0:00:00 WWF

    1:03:24 Int’l: AJPW, FMW, Indie Summit, Universal, PWFG, RINGS, AAA, CMLL, Monterrey, UWA, AWF, & WWC

    1:36:25 Classic Commercial Break

    1:40:50 Halftime

    2:12:27 Other USA: Legends of Wrestling convention/ECW vs. WWA Battle of the Belts, SMW, USA Wrestling, USWA, Big D, GWF, MesquiteCW, USWF, UWF (Abrams), & CWUSA

    4:23:23 WCW

    5:27:35 Patreon Preview: Kerry Von Erich talks to John Clark about going to rehab at the Betty Ford Clinic

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    For the best in both current and classic indie wrestling streaming, make sure to check out IndependentWrestling.tv and use coupon code BTSPOD for a free 5 day trial! (You can also go directly to TinyURL.com/IWTVsheets to sign up that way.) If you convert to a paid subscriber, we get a kickback for referring you, allowing you to support both the show and the indie scene.

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    5h 44m - Jan 22, 2024
  • Ep. #440: January 9-16, 1987

    Kris and David are guestless as we discuss the week-plus that was January 9-16, 1987. Topics of discussion include:

    • A look at the WWF and Jim Crockett Promotions running against each other on the same night in Philadelphia, which would become a common deal through the rest of the 80's. We talk about who had the better show both in the ring and at the box office.
    • The weird story of Jim Neidhart being charged with (and eventually being tried for and acquitted of) assaulting a U.S. Air flight attendant on a trip from Tampa to Pittsburgh, which was the first case that Jerry McDevitt ever worked for the WWF.
    • The Dynamite Kid returning home from the hospital after his near-career ending back injury.
    • Why the Roddy Piper vs. Adrian Adonis feud was dying at the box office.
    • Jerry Stubbs working as "A. Sheik" in All Japan.
    • Tatsumi Fujinami and Kengo Kimura doing big business with their mini-feud in New Japan.
    • Mike Von Erich's rough tour of New Japan.
    • Kevin Sullivan returning to Florida yet again as the booker.
    • Jerry Lawler getting posted crotch first by Austin Idol and Tommy Rich in Memphis and suffering pro wrestling’s first-ever in-storyline ruptured testicle.
    • Ted DiBiase: Super babyface in the UWF.
    • Bruiser Brody taking over the book in World Class and the expectations for how his run should go.
    • Jim Crockett wanting to return to Canada with Angelo Mosca as his front-man.
    • Vladimir Petrov’s TV debut.
    • Why do young men outside of the core Crockett territory hate the Rock ’n’ Roll Express?

    All that and much more, including a free preview of our latest Patreon show, on a very fun episode of BTS!!!!

    Timestamps:

    0:00:00 War of Philadelphia & WWF

    1:15:25 Int’l: AJPW, NJPW, AJW, All-Star, Montreal, Stampede, & WWC

    1:41:46 Classic Commercial Break

    1:46:10 Halftime

    2:24:20 USA East: NYC, Sgt. Slaughter, Deep South, CWF, Continental, & CWA/Memphis

    3:07:14 USA West: UWF, WCCW, Central States, AWA, & Portland

    4:19:57 Jim Crockett Promotions

    4:58:47 Patreon Preview: Kerry Von Erich talks to John Clark about going to rehab at the Betty Ford Clinic

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    For the best in both current and classic indie wrestling streaming, make sure to check out IndependentWrestling.tv and use coupon code BTSPOD for a free 5 day trial! (You can also go directly to TinyURL.com/IWTVsheets to sign up that way.) If you convert to a paid subscriber, we get a kickback for referring you, allowing you to support both the show and the indie scene.

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    5h 15m - Jan 15, 2024
  • Ep. #439: January 1-9, 2001

    Kris and David are guestless as we discuss the week-plus that was January 1-9, 2001. Topics of discussion include:

    • The final ECW PPV, Guilty As Charged 2001, with a full in-depth rundown of everything that happened on the screen and backstage at a volatile time in ECW history being that they were about to close their doors.
    • Rob Van Dam as the big "surprise" on the show and how that was received.
    • ECW leaving TV alltogether and wrestlers still being behind on pay.
    • An update on WCW being for sale and how close they were to an announcement being made regarding finding a buyer.
    • Thunder and Nitro featuring Ric Flair's mysterious masked man and lots of other wackiness.
    • New Japan running Wrestling World 2001 at the Tokyo Dome featuring a stacked card with the IWGP Heavyweight Title tournament featuring Toshiaki Kawada, plus Shinya Hashimoto facing off with Riki Choshu in a "shoot" among other matches.
    • Lots of other news and results from Japan, including DEEP’s debut event.
    • An article about how torn the Hart Family was in the aftermath of Owen's death.
    • A major legends match in Tijuana.
    • Vince McMahon gives a wild and crazy interview to Playboy Magazine.
    • A stacked week of WWE TV as we have TWO Raws, with Stephanie McMahon's hatred of Trish Stratus and the return of Triple H to attack Steve Austin being the major fallout.
    • News on a possible return of Shawn Michaels.

    This is just the tip of the iceberg, as we have so much more, so take a listen!!

    Timestamps:

    0:00:00 ECW

    1:03:55 WCW

    1:49:23 Japan: NJPW, AJPW, NOAH, BattlARTS, BJPW, FMW, Onita Pro, Osaka Pro, DEEP, AJW, Arsion, LLPW, & NEO Ladies

    2:34:29 Classic Commercial Break

    2:38:42 Halftime

    3:39:12 Other North America: Hart family, CMLL, IWRG, Tijuana, IWAPR, WWC, JerseyCW, WXO, NWA Wildside, IWAMS, & Rev Pro

    4:08:47 WWF

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    For the best in both current and classic indie wrestling streaming, make sure to check out IndependentWrestling.tv and use coupon code BTSPOD for a free 5 day trial! (You can also go directly to TinyURL.com/IWTVsheets to sign up that way.) If you convert to a paid subscriber, we get a kickback for referring you, allowing you to support both the show and the indie scene.

    And if you'd like to support us while checking out the various promotions available on FITE TV, including their FITE+ subscription service, like BKFC, GCW, our friends at AIW and Black Label Pro, and more, you can sign up at TinyURL.com/BTSFITE.

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    5h 54m - Jan 8, 2024
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