Wrestling & Everything Coast to Coast
By Russell Jackman
Wrestling & Everything Coast to CoastNov 25, 2023
Mark Smith 12th Year Memorial Show with Kelly Palkki!
Show 192 (11/22/23) This very special show reunites Mike & Buddy with old friend Kelly Palkki, known as valet/manager Betty Beefcake from APW! We reminisce about old times but also pay special tribute to Mark "The Bison" Smith who died on this date in 11/22/11. I hope you tune in to an episode "from the heart" and happy holidays from the W&EC2C crew to you and your family! https://youtu.be/UO_GwVcRryU
J-Sizzle from Steel City Wrestling
Show 191 (11/12/23) This week Jonathan Schwartz and Buddy interview J Sizzle from Steel City Wrestling in Pueblo, Colorado! We talk to him about starting up his fed, what it is like to be an indy promoter and also about his champion Plexx. A very different kind of interview, hope you check it out! https://youtu.be/DkyhSzBJTJk
Ryan Boman (Writer & Wrestling Analyst)!
Show 190 (11/5/23) This week Buddy and Mike interview frequent guest Ryan Boman, who runs Pinned, a wrestling consulting business, and also published author. We talk about St. Louis Wrestling, the NWA move to the territory system, Roman Reigns's title run and what ever happened to Cage Matches! Always a tremendously honest and genuine interview given by Ryan to us, I am sure you'll get tremendous value from this show when you check it out! https://youtu.be/XvqJU7308Kg
Leonard Caplan & Jonathan Schwartz!
Show 189 (10/29/23) This week it's a general topic show with Wrestling Journalists Leonard Caplan and Jonathan Schwartz! We cover all sorts of subjects like some of the wrestlers lost this year, the NWA announcement of going back to a territory system, the future of the WWE without Vince McMahon and so much more! A fascinating grab bag of wrestling topics on this show that you will want to check out! https://youtu.be/oYD_5wJn4DI
Sheldon Goldberg (NE Championship Wrestling Promoter & Author!)
show 188 (10/22/23) This week Evan, Mike and Buddy interview Sheldon Goldberg again, who has a new book called "The Last Fall" about a fictitious wrestler's journey from the indy territories to the WWF! Also a lot of talk about what makes or breaks Indy Promotions, talk about his experience as a promoter in NECW and so much more! Another informative interview, check it out! https://youtu.be/5-Rwf4Z8HFw
Halloween Episode (with Jeanne Basone, Cat&Casey Wood!)
Show 187 (10/15/23): This week we have both special guests AND a special show, featuring the beautiful Jeanne Basone (Hollywood from GLOW) and my pal Casey Wood (AKA Kid Chrome) and his wife Cat as we talk ALL about our favorite Halloween stuff-- mostly movies but even things like songs and favorite candy! You'll love this back-and-forth between us all as we talk about Zombies, Vampires, Psycho Killers, Hauntings/Possessions, Giant Monsters are MORE! Hope this gets you into the Halloween Spirit! https://youtu.be/k1uskjcarcg
Patrick Hernandez(XPW/WWF) Ref!
Show 186 (10/8/23) Buddy and Mike welcome current XPW Ref Patrick Hernandez! He has some amazing stories about his experiences in the ring so you will definitely want to give it a listen- a great guest and a lot of fun to have on the show! https://youtu.be/vBigzGw7aks
Wrestling Round Table (Evan Ginzburg, Jonathan Schwartz, Benny Scala & Dan Sebastiano!)
show 184 (9/24/23) This week Buddy is joined by Evan Ginzburg, Jonathan Schwartz, Benny Scala & Dan Sebastiano as we talk about things like our favorite wrestling movies, making movies, The WWE Mergers & Layoffs, AEW's recent show in NY, John Tolos memories and so much more! Another "very special episode" and a lot of fun with all the guys giving their two cent's worth on subjects both today and yesteryear! Be sure to check it out! https://youtu.be/N7hqp4SsZwM
Remembering Brett Sawyer, General Adnan and other stuff!
Show 183 (9/17/23) Thanks to a last minute guest cancelation, Mike and Buddy round up a number of different topics, including what's going on with the WWE's new merger, Jungle Boy Perry's suspension, Riddle's sexual assault suit, The Rock's future with the WWE/wrestling and thoughts of the passing of Brett Sawyer and General Adnan. An interesting grab bag of wrestling (and other) related topics. Check it out! https://youtu.be/E_VaFOzDN3Q
Travis Orndorff (Son of Paul Orndorff)!
Show 182 (9/10/23): This week Buddy is joined by Benny Scala and Jonathan Schwartz with son of legendary wrestler Paul "Mr #1derful" Orndorff! You don't get a more down to earth, realistic interview than the one that Travis gave to us this week. I know I say that these episodes are special but this is an EXTREMELY special episode. I GUARANTEE you'll learn things you never knew before not just about Paul Orndorff but about wrestling in general. Please check it out!!! https://youtu.be/tBBHmat4_zI
Terry Funk (and thoughts about Bray Wyatt & CM Punk)!
Show 181 (9/3/23): This week we get the thoughts and memories of Mike Lano who spent a lot of time with Terry Funk, plus more thoughts on the passing of Bray Wyatt & the CM Punk altercation/firing in AEW- a shorter show due to Mike's illness...Hope you like it! https://youtu.be/scevkv9bI6g
Strange Happenings at W&EC2C!
Show 180 (8/27 & 8/28/23); An unusual show- first 15 minutes are thoughts about the passing of Terry Funk & Bray Wyatt with pals of the show Casey Wood, Evan Ginzburg and JJ Purdom, then because of cable internet issues, the show was interrupted, so on the next night I interview Ryan & Ellie Devine, of Full Queer Wrestling! It still winds up being a great show but my apologies for the weird transition at 15 minutes in...Still a lot of fun to watch/listen, check it out! https://youtu.be/-6yJ7BgISn4
Jesse Hernandez (WWF Wrestler & Referee)!
Show 179 (8/20/23) This week Mike & Buddy have Jesse Hernandez, former WWF Wrestler & Ref! He tells us more stories about John Tolos (as Evan is still working on his upcoming John Tolos book), plus all about working with the Guerreros, Bill Anderson, and working territories across the Western USA, plus his own fed Empire Wrestling! Despite some interference from the Summer Storms in CA this is definitely worth listening to! https://youtu.be/Fcy6k-qMvXw
Chris Tolos (John Tolos's Son)!
Show 178 (8/13/23) This week Mike, Evan and Buddy are joined with the of legendary champion wrestler John Tolos's son, Chris Tolos! In preparation of Evan & Mike's upcoming book on John Tolos, Chris reveals fascinating information about growing up as the son of a famous wrestler, funny stories he remembers from his father, and other insights that you will only hear on OUR show! If you were a fan of John Tolos, Fred Blassie, Bruno Sammartino or others during that time period, you'll want to check this show out for sure!!! https://youtu.be/o0ikKyPSR5A
Jeff Walton (Pro Wrestling Manager/Promoter)!
Show 177 (8/6/23) This week Jonathan Schwartz joins Buddy and Mike as we interview Jeff Walton, also known as Tux Newman, manager in the Los Angeles Area and across the country. He has stories about the Tolos Brothers, managing Bruiser Brody and Andy Kaufman plus Memories of Adrian Street and so much more! Please check out yet another "special episode" of W&EC2C! https://youtu.be/IykQ407n3Zg
Kelly Slaughter (Sgt. Slaughter's Daughter)!
Show 176 (7/30/23): This week Mike and Buddy welcome back Kelly Slaughter, Sgt. Slaughter's daughter! Hear more stories about her experiences running the Spartan Race, life growing up with her famous father, her thoughts and experiences with him and what she's up to today! Always a fun show when Kelly stops by! https://youtu.be/aBzS5K30sZo
Len Denton (The Grappler) & Casey Wood/Greg Foumal!
Show 175 (7/23/23): This time Buddy gets a special 56th birthday present in the form of being able to do a bucket list interview with Len Denton, AKA "the Grappler"! Join Buddy with Casey Wood & Greg Foumal ask The Grappler about his wrestling career, working the Pacific Northwest & World Class- plus his experiences and ring stories including Bruiser Brody, The Von Erichs, Brian Addidas, Buddy Rose & more!!! This has been one of my favorite shows out of the 175, so check it out! https://youtu.be/KTU8n-PZpG8
Ed Garea Memorial Show (With David Skolnick)
Show 174 (7/16/23): This week, Buddy, Dr. Mike and Evan are joined by wrestling columnist and wrier David Skolnick to remember the Phantom Of the Wrestling for The Wrestling Eye, Wrestling Perspective and other newsletters. Also a major discussion about the history of Wrestling sheets and what makes someone a true "wrestling historian". A lot of interesting topics tonight...https://youtu.be/12W1420WzyA
Maxx Payne (Wrestler & Musician)!
Show 173(7/9/23) Dr. Mike & Buddy talk to long time wrestler and rock & roll musician Maxx Payne! He has some great stories about his origins, working with legends such as Red Bastien, Harley Race, Antonio Inoki & more! Certainly a one-of-a-kind interview you won't want to miss! https://youtu.be/MQRnE3KSBC8
Remembering Droz & Gary Albright
Show 172 (7/2/23) This pre holiday show has just Mike & Buddy chatting about the recent passing of Darren "Droz/Puke" Drozdov and a recent article on Gary Albright in Pro Wrestling Stories. Plus memories of ECW, UPW, All Pro Wrestling, Woody Farmer and more-- even for a short pre holiday show it's got a lot of great stuff, so check it out! https://youtu.be/xlhnKDH56l0
Benny Scala and our usual show about NOTHING!
show 171 (6/25/23) I celebrate Benny's birthday by having another show about NOTHING! Actually we cover so much stuff, from memories about the Light Heavyweight Championship and the 6 Man Tag Team Titles, to Boogie Woogie Man Jimmy Valiant's wrestling camp, Benny's thoughts on the passing of the Iron Sheik and more! As always a super fun show when Benny is around, so check it out! https://youtu.be/J83dQFsiuwI
Full Queer Wrestling with Ellie D & Ryan Devine!
show 170 (6-18-23) This week Mike and Buddy welcome back Ellie D and Ryan Devine, the promoters and talent in Full Queer Wrestling based in the East Bay Area of California! Learn all about what made their recent shows special, challenges to this unique wrestling federation, and some very interesting discussion about LBGTQ and being all inclusive! A fascinating show with many social issues that we chat about openly! You'll want to check it out... https://youtu.be/Ca6-l0NJo3o
Too Much Wrestling? With Jonathan Schwartz!
show 168 (6/4/23): Buddy comes back from his first live show in 5 years with Totally Queer Wrestling in Richmond, CA...His review plus a discussion on whether there's too much wrestling on TV, plus talk about ECW, the history of drag-wrestlers and acceptance of trans/drag wrestling. A fascinating discussion! https://youtu.be/PTzEY6Xy3to
Iron Sheik Tribute!
Show 169 (6/11/23) This week a FULL PANEL of Buddy, Evan, Mike & Jonathan gather together to pay tribute to the legendary Iron Sheik for his contributions to the industry and what Mike & Evan's personal experiences were with the Iron Sheik. Well worth listening to, lot of great subjects talked about this week... https://youtu.be/ltVhtIOdKuM
Battlebots Chat with Peter Abrahamson, The Bot Whisperer!
show 167 (5/28/23), This week Buddy does a solo interview of his childhood friend and "Bot Whisperer" Peter Abrahamson for the Robotic Combat show, Battlebots! Find out about the origins of the show, surprises from the season that just happened and the future of robot battles! I hope you enjoy checking out this very different but fun episode of W&EC2C! https://youtu.be/1z8N-WTTGKU
Superstar Billy Graham Tribute W/Evan Ginzburg!
Show 166 (5/21/23): This show Mike & Buddy bring back Evan Ginzburg to share memories about the passing of legendary wrestler Superstar Billy Graham. Lots of great stories about how he got to be a big star, what his impact was on wrestling, and Evan's own personal experiences about meeting and working with him. Sad to hear another legend has passed. https://youtu.be/y19MePewrvQ
Wrestling Magazines and MORE with Benny Scala!
Show 165 (5/14/23) This week I am joined again by Wrestling Writer and showhost Benny Scala from Dan & Benny in the ring as we talk about Wrestling Magazines, old wrestling from the 70's and 80's, how much these magazines meant to us in the days before the internet...Great stuff! https://youtu.be/ptnasfZLY7Q
Allan Bolte (Wrestling Announcer)!
Show 164 (5/7/23) This week Lano and Buddy interview their long-time friend, legendary pro wrestling announcer Allan Bolte! If you want a show that talks about bay area wrestling history, everyone from Pat Patterson to Andre the Giant and everything inbetween, this the show for you! All sorts of great stories, check it out!!! https://youtu.be/-_8fOhYBLJc
Pacific Northwest Wrestling with guests Casey Wood (AKA Kid Chrome from APW) and PNW Wrestling Historian Greg Foumal
Show 163 (4/30/23): This week we remember Pacific Northwest Wrestling with guests Casey Wood (AKA Kid Chrome from APW) and PNW Wrestling Historian Greg Foumal! We talk about Roddy Piper, The Grappler, Buddy Rose, Billy Jack Haynes and more! A fast hour with a lot of great wrestling memories- check it out! https://youtu.be/-1L7lHbQ8mY
Angel Orsini (Wrestler & Founder of the Women's Wrestling Hall of Fame!)
Show 162 (4/23/23) This week Mike and Buddy interview repeat show guest, Angel Orsini- how she got started in ECW, her involvement in the Women's Wrestling Hall Of Fame and many other great topics! I hope you enjoy tonight's interview as much as we did! https://youtu.be/Y9483Sxvj1A
Totally Queer Wrestling W/Ryan Devine & Ellie D!
Show 161 (4/16/23) This week we have Ryan Devine and his wife, Ellie D, students at Stoner U/Hoodslam in the San Francisco Bay Area and also promoters of up-and-coming LBGT Wrestling Federation, Totally Queer Wrestling! We cover their brave but controversial new federation, being a nerd and loving wrestling, managerial/valet styles and their training-- an interview like no other that we've ever done! Please check it out!!! https://youtu.be/QfUA2zjjmzo
Wrestlemania 39 Wrapup with Jonathan Schwartz!
Show 160 (4/9/23) We wrap up Wrestlemania 39 with our observations, thoughts about the recent WWE deal to Evolve with the UFC, and what is in the cards for the near and long term of the WWE- Lots to discuss on an Easter Evening! I hope you enjoy watching/listening!
Pre Wrestlemania 2023 Show! (With Evan Ginzburg & Ryan Boman)
Show 158 (3/26/23): This week Buddy & Mike are joined with Evan Ginzburg & Ryan Boman of Pinned! We cover St. Louis Wrestling and the status of the hall of fame, Evan uses the show as therapy for his wrestling angst, and we have a roundtable discussion regarding the upcoming Wrestlemania 2023 show! I hope you have as much fun listening as we had doing the show! https://youtu.be/nmXpWKq_Tqk
Charles Marquez (Former CCW Owner/Promoter & Suplex City Podcaster)!
Show 157 (3/19/23): This week Buddy & Mike interview the former promoter of California Championship Wrestling (2006-2008) and Suplex City Podcaster! We talk about his origins in becoming a promoter, running a fed, and also his thoughts on wrestling today-- we cover it all! It was amazing to meet up with him after 15 years! A great show, I hope you check it out! https://youtu.be/pDL4Ei7sdm8
Nikita Breznikov and Jonathan Schwartz & The Heroes Of Wrestling!
show 156 (3/12/23) This week it's just Buddy along with Long time show guest Nikita Breznikov and Jonathan Schwartz as we talk about the WWE trying to legalize gambling on matches, the sale of the WWE, The "infamous" Pay Per View Heroes of Wrestling, Nikita working with Nikolai Volkoff & The Iron Sheik and more! Who needs the Oscars???? https://youtu.be/IaxuID123HU
Sherwin XL (Comedian/Producer) and Cheka Shining (Performer/Positive Body Model)
Show 155 (3/5/23): This week Evan and Buddy welcome back Sherwin XL (Comedian/Producer) and welcome Ms. Cheka Shining (Performer/Positive Body Model) as we talk some classic wrestling, listen to Sherwin's wrestling impressions, life on the coasts, Cheka's unique profession and so much more! I hope you can check us out this week for a very different kind of episode. PS: Friends of the show Jim Phillips(https://www.gofundme.com/f/helping-jim-phillips-take-his-first-steps-again?qid=892a360c04b2f0e723e37d0a947fd699) & Shane Dynasty/Doc Atrocity (https://www.gofundme.com/f/docs-losing-a-finger?qid=6338f0ac95ee72e46eac5e3845acadca) are both in dire need of help from our listeners/subscribers. Please check out their Go Fund Me Pages and if you can offer even a little bit of help that would be wonderful to either or both of these wonderful guests of W&ECTC! https://youtu.be/VDPcDsqf4G8
Casey Wood (Kid Chrome, Wrestler)!
Show 154 (2/26/23): This week Mike and Buddy interview an old friend that they haven't talked to in 20+ years: Kid Chrome aka Casey Wood! We talk some old school Pacific Northwest Pro Wrestling, All Pro Wrestling, Pro Wrestling Iron and more! I hope you check it out!!! https://youtu.be/jQW4jOtDLVE
Remembering Jerry Jarrett (With Jonathan Schwartz)!
Show 153 (2/19/23): this week we remember the passing of Jerry Jarrett, talk about AEW's upcoming show in San Francisco, Zayne & Cody Rhodes and Paul Heyman's promo skills, Father/Son Wrestling combos and so much more! Join us with Jonathan Schwartz on another great episode!
Jesus Cruz & Paul Ponte (Creators/Directors/Producers of Bisontennial- The Mark Bison Smith Story)
Show 152 (2/12/23) This week Buddy interviews Jesus Cruz & Paul Ponte, the creative force behind Bisontennial, the Mark Bison Smith Story! Find out about how this amazing Youtube documentary was created, made and produced, some of the challenges to making the movie and so much more! https://youtu.be/qIUEtXBnMHo
Lanny Poffo Memorial Show (w/Mary Fries, Pampero Firpo's Daughter)
Show 151 (2/5/23) This week we mourn the passing of former show guest "The Genius"/"Leaping" Lanny Poffo who died this week at age 68. Join Mike Lano, Evan Ginzburg, Jonathan Schwartz and Pampero Firpo's daughter, Mary Fries, as we remember our very special guest from show 53, his life and our experiences. A sad memorial but also a wonderful collection of memories of his meaningful life inside and outside of the ring.
Ric Newman (Facebook Blogger) talks Royal Rumble 2023!
Show (150) 1/29/23 This week Evan joins Mike and Buddy along with Wrestling Facebook page Blogger (w/You Know It's Fake, Right? Page) to talk about the unfortunate death of Jay Briscoe plus all about the WWE 2023 Royal Rumble! A fun roundtable all around with a lot of opinions all the way around, hope you check it out! https://youtu.be/gCetKZmlK2w
Shane Atrocity (Wrestler/Manager)!
Show 149 (1/22/23) This week it's my honor to interview one of the greatest minds in pro wrestling and my original managerial mentor, Shane "Doc" Atrocity! Listen to his origins, the many nor cal stars he worked with, and amazing and deep thoughts on wrestling psychology and booking. Of all the interviews I've ever done, this has been one of my ALL TIME FAVORITES! I really strongly suggest that everyone give it a view/listen!!! https://youtu.be/mnLW5XJNjmI
Jonathan Schwartz (SLAM Columnist, Canadian Attorney)!
Show 148 (1/15/23) This week we welcome back SLAM Wrestling Journalist from the Wrestler's Court, Canadian Attorney Jonathan Schwartz! We talk about football players becoming wrestlers, changing battle royale/rumble rules and of course, the biggest issue of the week, Vince McMahon taking back over the WWE and its possible sale! I hope you check out this week's show because it was a lot of fun having Jonathan on to hear his thoughts about these big wrestling issues! https://youtu.be/YajMCkdo4iw
Mark Brombacher (Actor/Writer/Wrestling Promoter)!
Show 147 (1/8/23) Welcome to our first show of 2023! Evan Ginzburg returns to the show where we interview Canadian Actor, Writer & Wrestling Promoter Mark Brombacher! He gives us fascinating stories about Bodhi Sing and many other Canadian talents from the 80's-90's that we worked with, plus talk about his stories in wrestling, acting, writing and making movies and web series! A different type of guest but a lot of fun to listen to! Check it out! https://youtu.be/dlwrQcV7euE
JJ Purdom (Wrestling Announcer & Promoter/Podcaster!)
Show 146(12/31/22): The FINAL SHOW of 2022! I invite long time friend, "The Voice of Nor Cal Pro Wrestling" and former booker/promoter and my "country cousin", J.J. Purdom, all the way from his home outside of Lincoln, Nebraska! We talk all about some of the greats that we've seen perform and work for us, including Brian Cage, Donovan Morgan, Mike Modest, and more! We also talk about what makes and breaks indy feds and some other great wisdom about booking. What a fun show! Make sure you check it out!!! https://youtu.be/YoULxm9C5Rs
Vern Glenn (Bay Area Sportscaster!)
Show 145 (12/23/22) This very special show features long time bay area sportscaster Vern Glenn, his experiences interviewing wrestlers such as Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair, plus comic book talk and cartoon talk, it's a great show with so much fun all the way around! Check it out! https://youtu.be/xd3AUTZrNhQ
Wrestling & Food with Marc Madison, Benny Scala & Dan Sebastiano!
Show 144 (12/18/22) A special holiday edition, where we talk all about WRESTLING AND FOOD! Plus a lot of other things about the holidays! I hope you enjoy the show and happy holidays to ALL OUR LISTENERS/VIEWERS! https://youtu.be/YyyK9XemeZg
Jeanne "Hollywood" Bassone from GLOW!
This week we welcome back the vivacious, beautiful and fascinating Jeanne "Hollywood" Bassone from the original GLOW program! Find out what she's been up to, and wonderful stories from her past and so much more! Always a super charming guest, I hope you check out her interview this week!
Tales from The Territories and more!
Show 142 (12/4/22) This week it's just Buddy and Mike- talking about Tales from the Territories, APW/PWI and bay area wrestling history, including stories about Dalip Singh (The Great Khali), Roland Alexander, Vinnie Massaro, Christopher Daniels, Scoot Andrews, Frankie Kazarian, Samoa Joe and much more! A different kind of episode but still a lot of fun to listen to! Check it out! https://youtu.be/NZwuzoTU-vA
Survivor Series Wrapup with Evan Ginzburg & Jonathan Schwartz!
Show 141 (11/27/22) This week we feature our favorite Co Hosts Evan Ginzburg & Jonathan Schwartz with a wrapup for the Survivor Series 2022, inside stories from Evan about the making of the Wrestler, fan conventions, MJF/Jon Moxley, and some important remembrances of people we recently lost. I hope you go and check it out! https://youtu.be/boSZTc-c9zc