Mr. Big founding bassist Billy Sheehan and singer Eric Martin bring the rock & roll to TIJ! Billy talks about starting Mr. Big right after leaving the David Lee Roth “Eat ‘Em And Smile” solo band, and he and Eric tell the story of their surprise hit single, “To Be With You,” the role that MTV played in their success, and what it was like touring with Rush and Bryan Adams in the 90s. They talk big in Japan, losing drummer Pat Torpey last year, and whether Mr. Big will ever tour again. Plus, Billy has tons of ridiculously hilarious stories from this days with David Lee Roth including skunk beer garage sessions, Canadian “peelers,” and the historic reunion gig that never was. Billy also tells the true story about how he nearly joined Van Halen himself!
Stevie Ray is a WWE Hall of Famer, and he’s talking about what it was like to be inducted earlier this month alongside his brother, Booker T, as one half of the Harlem Heat tag team! Stevie’s telling stories from their early days at Global, making the move to WCW, working with everyone from the Steiners to the Nasty Boys to Nash & Hall to Sting & Macho Man and Eddie Guerrero too! Stevie Ray explains why he didn’t go to WWE after Vince McMahon bought WCW, and what he thinks caused WCW’s demise. He’s got a great story about Chavo Sr, and the one time that Ted Turner and Jane Fonda showed up at Center Stage in Atlanta.
Juice Robinson makes his TIJ debut, and he’s telling it straight when it comes to why he left WWE/NXT! He’s also telling it straight about New Japan, what it was like living in the dojo, wrestling Kenny Omega, and what went wrong in the match where he busted Kevin Owens’ nose! Juice is talking sweet home Chicago, working with Great Khali, what he did to piss off William Regal, and why he’d rather do carnival camps in England than go back to WWE.
Danny Boy O’Connor from House of Pain returns to TIJ to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of one of his and Chris Jericho’s favorite movies, the cult classic, “The Warriors!” Danny Boy also has actor Apache Ramos with him, who was one of the Orphans gang members in the film! Apache shares some great behind-the-scenes stories about what it was like to film all around New York City (except the Bronx), blow up cars, and improv lines. Discover what inspired all the gang costumes and gimmicks (Baseball Furies, anyone?), why the Orphans only got t-shirts, and why the movie was protested and banned when it was originally released in theaters in 1979.
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Bully Ray returns to drop some 411 on the Ring of Honor/New Japan G1 Supercard event taking place tomorrow (Saturday 4/6) at New York’s Madison Square Garden. How the heck did that happen (in the house that the McMahons built)? Bully’s got that story, along with the reason why he signed with ROH, what his last days were like at Impact, and why things didn’t work out for him and D-Von at WWE. He’s also speaking to the evolution of the Bully Ray character, and giving a full behind-the-scenes, deep-dive look at the Dudley Boyz induction into the WWE Hall of Fame last year!
It’s the return of Jack Slade for the Best Worst Wrestlemania Preview EVER! Jericho may be banned from the WWE (and possibly had his tickets revoked under suspicious circumstances), but until his cellular connection is disrupted, he and Jack Slade breakdown the card, performances, and predict championship changes. They weigh in on Kurt Angle’s retirement match, Triple H’s career-on-the-line match, Batista’s big return, Roman Reigns comeback, and the huge Women’s main event featuring Ronda Rousey, Becky Lynch and Charlotte. They also speculate on an Undertaker return, a John Cena appearance, and a victory for The Demon.
Remote Viewing is an incredible psychic phenomenon used by the CIA, the military, and NASA. It’s like ESP where a person has the ability to describe things far away that they’ve never seen before. Russell Targ, who started the Stanford Research Institute in the 70s to train people on the technique of remote viewing, and filmmaker, Lance Mungia, documented the incredible phenomenon in their new film, “Third Eye Spies.” They’re sharing stories about how this ability has been used (to see into the Kremlin, to aid in the Patty Hearst kidnapping investigation, and to spot the ring around Jupiter), and delving into the lives of some of the famous remote viewers in history (like Ingo Swann and Pat Price).
David Penzer was Jericho’s old traveling buddy at WCW. Actually, Penzer was EVERYBODY’s traveling buddy at WCW because WCW covered the cost of Penzer’s car and hotel room! Hear some of the crazy road stories involving Arn Anderson, Eddie Guerrero, Chris Benoit, Ric Flair, and Harley Race. Penzer was there for the Monday Night Wars, the end of WCW, and the first few days of the WWE takeover. He talks about his WWE audition, meeting with Vince McMahon, and why things ultimately didn’t work out there. Penzer's got a couple of favorite career moments, a favorite Bret Hart match, and a wicked introduction of Luke Gallows making his way to the ring.
The Classic Album Clash returns, and this time it’s Iron Maiden’s “The Number Of The Beast” versus “Powerslave!” And the expert panel assembled to debate the merits of both albums and their respective songs includes Lizzy Borden, Metal Blade Record founder Brian Slagel, and Red Solo Cup Jeff (who manages to stay awake this time). They share Maiden introduction stories, first concerts, first meets with various band members, lots of great trivia, Eddie tales, info on the British New Wave of Heavy Metal scene, and of course their favorite picks for songs and ultimately album!
Rebel Starbuck aka Mike Majalahti is the greatest wrestler in Finnish history, and the most popular wrestler outside of the US and Canada! He and Jericho actually both got started in Calgary, and it was Chris’ black wrestling boots and tights that Rebel borrowed for his first-ever match (which happened to be against Lance Storm). Rebel’s talking about the time he accosted Stu Hart at his home in the hopes of getting a shot at Stampede Wrestling, his incredible career in Japan thanks to the Japanese Buzzsaw Tajiri, Fight Club Finland, and his brand new promotion, SLAM Wrestling. He’s also setting the record straight about Chris Jericho, Jim Cornette, and Smokey Mountain Wrestling.