Out of the five exclusives promised on the WWE Network for this week, I was most excited for “The Return of the King of The Ring” (which you can read here), the second edition of Live with Chris Jericho feat. Stephanie McMahon, and the Mick Foley comedy special Cheap Pops. You could not ask for a better week to be a wrestling fan, with every night having something new to look forward to.
As talked about on a previous episode of Chris Jericho’s award-winning (in my mind) podcast Talk is Jericho, Jericho explains that the Live with Chris Jericho is a separate entity than his audio TIJ show. The #LiveJericho is simply an exclusive on the WWE Network and will never be made available in audio form. So if you want to hear Jericho’s talk with John Cena and Stephanie McMahon, they can only be viewed if you are a subscriber to the WWE Network. Call him an artist, call his a good company man, Chris Jericho is still the Best in the World at everything he does.
After listening to virtually every single episode of TIJ, even getting the distinct honor of being followed by the official twitter handle @TalkIsJericho, I took his conversation with Stephanie McMahon for what it was, a conversation. Much like you and your friends would have laying on the couch, tossing back a couple of cold ones. What many wrestling fans expect is not what Live with Chris Jericho, or even Talk Is Jericho, is about. They want Chris to bombard these WWE personnel with “hard-hitting” questions to unravel the fabric of kayfabe and time. They basically want a shoot-interview, and unfortunately my loyal readers, that’s not what podcasts are about.
Stephanie McMahon was great, she’s still very beautiful and such an awesome person. And the fact that her eight-year-old daughter has gotten some training from Natalya who says she has promise, is just pretty damn cool. She also talked about first starting out in the WWE working as a clerk, as a receptionist, and then interning in TV production. She went into when she first started dating Triple H and the trouble it caused. And so much more.
Live with Chris Jericho is definitely a must, and if you are a devote wrestling fan, then look no further than Cheap Pops. Mrs. Foley’s baby boy puts on a great comedy special, not to be confused with a stand-up comedy, which he explains in the show! He takes his viewers on an auto-biographical journey to explain why Brock Lesnar was the only man to break The Streak, and why it had to be him.
If you are a fan of his New York Times’ Best Seller “Have a Nice Day” then you are going to love Cheap Pops because the way he tells his stories is the way you would expect him to say it while reading his books. And for any other reason, he’s Mick Friggin’ Foley! There, I’ve sold you on watching Mick Foley’s Cheap Pops.
But seriously, Mick Foley had me laughing and smiling throughout, and made me happy to hear from the hardcore legend once again. And these comedy shows of his is his way of expressing himself creatively to all of us. What more could you want as a wrestling fan?
All three exclusives: KOTR, Live with Chris Jericho and Cheap Pops are available on demand on the WWE Network. Please let me know which specials you loved the most by commenting below or hitting me up on one of the many social networks listed below!
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