JSC Radio Ep. 66: #RetroReview – 1998 Royal Rumble


PHILADELPHIA (JSC) —  What’s good people! After a month of delays, it’s that time again.

As you recall, back in November, Episode 56 was the last #RetroReview, which took a look back at the infamous 1997 Survivor Series. Nothing like looking at something you were into as a teenager as a 38-year-old! Also, as you know, there will be a quarterly show like this that reviews one of the classic “Big 4” WWF/WWE Pay-Per-Views: Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, SummerSlam, and Survivor Series (plus, later this year, there will be a review for the 20th Anniversary of the 1998 King of the Ring).

Previously Episode 28 looked at Ric Flair’s incredible win in the 1992 Royal Rumble and Episode 36 looked at my all-time favorite WrestleMania matches, and since Episode 48 looked at SummerSlam 1997, I had to go back 20 years for the next Retro Review: the 1998 Royal Rumble, the first major pay-per-view following the Montreal Screwjob.

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The man with the garbage can on his head would be the biggest movie star on Earth 10 years later.

By January 1998, pro wrestling was still reeling from the fallout from Montreal. WCW was in the midst of completely botching the acquisition of Bret Hart, waiting more than a month to formally debut him on Nitro and eventually having him be apart of the completely messed-up finish to the Hulk Hogan-Sting match at Starrcade. Meanwhile, the WWF was navigating the residual PR nightmare. Vince McMahon was reluctantly embracing his dark side — which would eventually lead to him becoming “Mr. McMahon,” one of the all-time great heels — while ushering in the “Attitude Era.” At the same time, the company was trying to execute original plan that ran into a wild detour: Getting Stone Cold Steve Austin the World Title by WrestleMania 14. That’s what brings us to that night in San Jose, where the path to Austin officially being crowned “The Man” officially took off.

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A New Episode drops every week — usually on Thursday or Friday (even though today is Saturday).  Continue reading JSC Radio Ep. 66: #RetroReview – 1998 Royal Rumble

JSC Radio Ep. 51: 10 Second Runoff


PHILADELPHIA (JSC) —  What Up Doe, y’all! It’s time once again for the Podcast that never ends. Episode 51 is here and it ended up being a follow up to the milestone 50th Episode.

This week, for the first time since Episode 23, I was forced to go right at the man in the Oval Office over his comments about NFL players protesting racial injustice during the national anthem, and it was…well, not easy. But I explain that during the show. Plus, I get on Lions fans. It’s something for everyone!

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A New Episode drops every week — usually on Thursday or Friday.  Continue reading JSC Radio Ep. 51: 10 Second Runoff

JSC Radio Ep. 48: #RetroReview – SummerSlam 1997


PHILADELPHIA (JSC) —  What’s good people! After last week’s rather heavy episode, it was time to shake things up and change the vibe. As y’all know, this show doesn’t have a set format, per se. But this is definitely a big Pro Wrestling (not “Sports Entertainment”) Spot here at House JSC. And I decided a few weeks ago to try something different.

Episode 48 is the first official #RetroReview, which will be a quarterly show that reviews one of the classic “Big 4” WWF/WWE Pay-Per-Views: Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, SummerSlam, and Survivor Series. After Episode 28 looked at Ric Flair’s incredible win in the 1992 Royal Rumble and Episode 36 looked at my all-time favorite WrestleMania matches, it was time to go all in and review a full PPV, and no better place to start than going back 20 years to SummerSlam 1997, when things were definitely changing in the World Wrestling Federation and in the business in general.

Remember, JSC Radio is on SoundcloudApple PodcastsStitcher Radio, and Google Play! The show is also on Twitter at @JSCRadio!

A New Episode drops every week — usually on Thursday or Friday.  Continue reading JSC Radio Ep. 48: #RetroReview – SummerSlam 1997

JSC Radio – Episode 5: WrestleMania


Get ready for WrestleMania 32 on Amazon

PHILADELPHIA (JSC) —  I’ve been a fan of professional wrestling since I was 5 years old. 1984. The year before what would become a yearly tradition known as WrestleMania would begin. I was a WWF (now known as WWE) guy to start and as a kid you couldn’t tell me a damn thing about Wrestling. Saturday and Sunday mornings were the time for Hulk Hogan, Macho Man Randy Savage, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, and the Ultimate Warrior. When I got a little older, Saturday nights at 6:05 joined the party when the NWA (eventually known as WCW) came into my life. Suddenly, Ric Flair and the Horsemen, Dusty Rhodes, Magnum TA, and Sting were added to the rotation. In 31 years, I’ve seen damn near everything good and bad about pro wrestling. With WrestleMania 32 coming tomorrow, and me having a brand new podcast, I figured I would do the first of what will hopefully be many shows dedicated to Professional Wrestling. Not “Sports Entertainment.” PRO WRESTLING. Continue reading JSC Radio – Episode 5: WrestleMania

Random Thoughts: Zimmerman Gets Shot, Brady Gets Popped, & Daniel Bryan is Out


 ♠ 3 Things That Are On My Mind ♠

The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.
— Albert Einstein
LAKEWOOD, N.J. (JSC) — It’s that time once again. It’s time for me to get some things off of my chest. I do this every so often and there are three things that I have to give a couple of thoughts on. The theme for this brain dump is all things bad. Whether it’s the bad karma that Tom Brady is carrying around right now, the horribly bad breaks that one of my favorite professional wrestler keeps running into, or the all around bad karma that one of the world’s worst people continues to have following him around after he got away with murder. As always, these are my opinions and mine alone. Any objections that you may have, you can take up with the Law Offices of Sit & Spin. No need to drag out this intro. Let’s Go.

Continue reading Random Thoughts: Zimmerman Gets Shot, Brady Gets Popped, & Daniel Bryan is Out