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The JJ Dillon Show

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Get an historical, inside look at pro wrestling from the smoke-filled arenas to the executive boardrooms and beyond. It's Storytime wit JJ! Join the legendary leader of the fabled Four Horsemen and WWE Hall of Famer along with co-host Rich Bocchini as they discuss JJ’s 40-plus years in the sport. As a referee, wrestler, manager, and later, Vice President of Talent Relations for WWE, JJ Dillon has seen it all. Follow the show on Twitter @JJDillonShow Email the show JJDillonShow@MLW.com Check out our T-Shirts at ProWrestlingTees.com/JJDShow

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Get an historical, inside look at pro wrestling from the smoke-filled arenas to the executive boardrooms and beyond. It's Storytime wit JJ! Join the legendary leader of the fabled Four Horsemen and WWE Hall of Famer along with co-host Rich Bocchini as they discuss JJ’s 40-plus years in the sport. As a referee, wrestler, manager, and later, Vice President of Talent Relations for WWE, JJ Dillon has seen it all. Follow the show on Twitter @JJDillonShow Email the show JJDillonShow@MLW.com Check out our T-Shirts at ProWrestlingTees.com/JJDShow

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Great podcast from one of rasslin’s greats!

By L Fishtown - Jun 19 2018
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Great wrestling stories, great wrestling knowledge, and no negativity!

Good show !

By JBLCENAFAN - May 29 2018
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Solid , has many stories and never too dirty or anything , doesn't insult the fans like Jim Ross.

iTunes Ratings

287 Ratings
Average Ratings
252
19
7
4
5

Great podcast from one of rasslin’s greats!

By L Fishtown - Jun 19 2018
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Great wrestling stories, great wrestling knowledge, and no negativity!

Good show !

By JBLCENAFAN - May 29 2018
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Solid , has many stories and never too dirty or anything , doesn't insult the fans like Jim Ross.

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The JJ Dillon Show

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Get an historical, inside look at pro wrestling from the smoke-filled arenas to the executive boardrooms and beyond. It's Storytime wit JJ! Join the legendary leader of the fabled Four Horsemen and WWE Hall of Famer along with co-host Rich Bocchini as they discuss JJ’s 40-plus years in the sport. As a referee, wrestler, manager, and later, Vice President of Talent Relations for WWE, JJ Dillon has seen it all. Follow the show on Twitter @JJDillonShow Email the show JJDillonShow@MLW.com Check out our T-Shirts at ProWrestlingTees.com/JJDShow

Rank #1: Episode 14: The Implosion of Crockett Promotions

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This week's show focuses on the events leading to the demise of Jim Crockett Promotions and the promotion's eventual sale to Turner Broadcasting. JJ also explains the why and how of his move from the NWA to the WWF in a behind the scenes role. ---Get JJ's Autobiography "Wrestlers are Like Seagulls" at www.jjdillon.com ---Pick up a JJ Dillon Show T-Shirt at www.prowrestlingtees.com/jjdshow ---EMAIL the show - jjdillonshow@mlw.com ---TWITTER - @JJDillonShow @RichBocchini #AskJJD

Sep 28 2017

1hr 57mins

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Rank #2: Episode 41: Bruno, Johnny V and Paul Jones

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This week on the show JJ and Rich reflect on the passing of Bruno Sammartino, Johnny Valiant, and Paul Jones. _This week's show is brought to you by ZipRecruiter. The right candidates are out there. ZipRecruiter is how you find them. Right now, our listeners can try ZipRecruiter for free. Just go to ZipRecruiter.com/jjdillon._ ---EMAIL the show - jjdillonshow@mlw.com  ---TWITTER - Follow us @jjdillonshow… Use #AskJJD ---SUBSCRIBE on iTunes, and take moment to leave a review and star rating. Thanks!  ---Help support the show! Get an official JJ Dillon Show T-Shirt at www.prowrestlingtees.com/jjdshow  ---Get a signed copy of JJ's Autobiography Wrestlers are Like Seagulls by emailing horsemandillon@yahoo.com

Apr 20 2018

1hr 20mins

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Rank #3: Episode 6: Hogan vs. Flair in WWF; Dream Match?

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As Ric Flair carried the NWA World Heavyweight Championship through most of the 1980's, WWF World Champion Hulk Hogan was quickly becoming the face of pro wrestling to the mainstream audience. The two top champs in the two top promotions, each representative of two different styles of wrestling. As their respective promotions fought to become the undisputed juggernaut in the business, the thought of a Hogan/Flair matchup was nothing more than a pipe dream. Zip ahead to 1991, and Flair shockingly left the NWA, still carrying the promotion's title belt, and showed up on WWF TV calling himself "the real world champion." The stage was set for the dream match to finally take place. Would it live up to it's potential? --Follow the show on Twitter - @JJDillonShow --Follow Rich on Twitter - @RichBocchini --Use # AskJJD to get involved in the conversation --Email questions to us - JJDillonShow@MLW.com

Aug 03 2017

1hr 47mins

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Rank #4: Episode 2: Jim Barnett; Wrestling's Power Broker

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The colorful, controversial, and highly influential Jim Barnett is the main topic of discussion on this edition of the JJ Dillon Show. How controversial was he? Ole Anderson once said, "Eric Bischoff would become better at being Jim Barnett than Jim Barnett was." And if we need to tell you who Eric Bischoff is.... Barnett was a key power-broker in the business, and JJ worked for and along side him.

Jul 06 2017

1hr 17mins

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Rank #5: Episode 3: Booking a Territory 101: Part 1

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JJ worked alongside some of the greatest bookers in the history of the wrestling business. He also "had the book" at times in Florida, Kansas City, and the Canadian Maritimes. In this episode of the show we find out how JJ's philosophy of booking was formed, who influenced him, and who helped give him his start "behind the scenes." Follow the show on Twitter @JJDillonShow Email us! JJDillonShow@MLW.com Follow Rich on Twitter @RichBocchini

Jul 13 2017

1hr 41mins

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Rank #6: Episode 29: Why JJ left the WWF

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On this week's show JJ shares his reasons for leaving the WWF in 1996, his role in enforcing the company's drug policy, how the WWF steroid trial and aftermath literally bankrupted him, and lots, lots, more. ---Get a PERSONAL PHONE CALL FROM JJ! Just grab an official JJ Dillon Show T-Shirt at www.prowrestlingtees.com/jjdshow and JJ will call you to say thanks! --Download the SeatGeek App, use the code JJDILLON, and save $20 the first time you order seats to a sporting event, concert, etc. --Get $30 off your first order at www.hellofresh.com and use the code DILLON30 ---EMAIL the show - jjdillonshow@mlw.com  ---Get a signed copy of JJ's Autobiography "Wrestlers are Like Seagulls" - email horsemandillon@yahoo.com ---TWITTER - @jjdillonshow @richbocchini #AskJJD

Jan 04 2018

1hr 5mins

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Rank #7: Episode 37: Sharpen the Knives

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JJ and Rich are back with a new installment of Storytime with JJ! This week the guys tackle Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash, Scott Steiner, Shawn Michaels and the politics of pro wrestling; JJ gives his thoughts on Hillbilly Jim being named to the WWE Hall of Fame; upcoming Four Horsemen reunions, plus lots more! ---SUBSCRIBE on iTunes, and take moment to leave a review and star rating. Thanks! ---Help support the show! Get an official _JJ Dillon Show_ T-Shirt at www.prowrestlingtees.com/jjdshow ---Want a signed copy of JJ's Autobiography _Wrestlers are Like Seagulls_? - email horsemandillon@yahoo.com ---EMAIL the show - jjdillonshow@mlw.com ---TWITTER - Follow us @jjdillonshow… Use #AskJJD

Mar 08 2018

1hr 30mins

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Rank #8: Episode 25: Brody vs. Luger

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This week’s show revolves around the infamous cage match in Florida between Bruiser Brody and Lex Luger in 1987 that resulted in Luger hightailing it to the locker room after Brody refused to work with him. This week we’ll watch that match “together” and get a live breakdown of the match. We’ll see if we can find the missing piece that unlocks the mystery of “what the hell just happened?” The significance in this match is that it opens the door for Lex Luger to come to Jim Crockett Promotions and eventually join the Horsemen. ---Get a PERSONAL PHONE CALL FROM JJ! Just grab an official JJ Dillon Show T-Shirt at www.prowrestlingtees.com/jjdshow and JJ will call you to say thanks! --Download the SeatGeek App, use the code JJDILLON, and save $20 the first time you order seats to a sporting event, concert, etc. --Get $30 off your first order at www.hellofresh.com and use the code DILLON30 ---EMAIL the show - jjdillonshow@mlw.com ---Get a signed copy of JJ's Autobiography "Wrestlers are Like Seagulls" - email horsemandillon@yahoo.com ---TWITTER - @jjdillonshow @richbocchini #AskJJD

Dec 07 2017

1hr 23mins

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Rank #9: Episode 26: NWA to WWF

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This week on the show JJ tells us about making the move from the NWA to the WWF in 1988. Along the way we hear stories about working with the one and only Vincent Kennedy McMahon, Pat Patterson and a whole lot more. ---Get a PERSONAL PHONE CALL FROM JJ! Just grab an official JJ Dillon Show T-Shirt at www.prowrestlingtees.com/jjdshow and JJ will call you to say thanks! --Download the SeatGeek App, use the code JJDILLON, and save $20 the first time you order seats to a sporting event, concert, etc. --Get $30 off your first order at www.hellofresh.com and use the code DILLON30 ---EMAIL the show - jjdillonshow@mlw.com ---Get a signed copy of JJ's Autobiography "Wrestlers are Like Seagulls" - email horsemandillon@yahoo.com ---TWITTER - @jjdillonshow @richbocchini #AskJJD

Dec 14 2017

1hr 31mins

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Rank #10: Episode 10: Stylin' & Profilin' with the Nature Boy Ric Flair

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Only someone who was there could do justice to some of the unbelievable stories of Ric Flair's run as NWA World Heavyweight Champion with the Four Horsemen. JJ had a front row seat to Ric's incredible matches and even more incredible moments away from the ring, and now takes you along for the ride with a first-hand account of what makes Flair the Stylin', profilin', limousine riding, jet flying, kiss-stealing, wheelin' n' dealin' son of a gun! How did Flair get started in the business? Did JJ know what was planned the night Ric beat Dusty Rhodes for his first NWA World Title? The Horsemen didn't steal Tom Selleck's champagne, did they? What kind of craziness did Ric and Charles Barkley get up to in Houston? GET AN OFFICIAL JJ DILLON SHOW T-SHIRT ---ProWrestlingTees.com/jjdshow --Follow us on Twitter @JJDillonShow --Follow Rich on Twitter @RichBocchini --Email the show - JJDillonShow@MLW.com

Aug 31 2017

1hr 44mins

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Rank #11: Episode 30: Storytime with JJ

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Is there heat between JJ and Bruce Prichard? This week on the show JJ answers that question and lots more!  ---Get a PERSONAL PHONE CALL FROM JJ! Just grab an official JJ Dillon Show T-Shirt at www.prowrestlingtees.com/jjdshow and JJ will call you to say thanks!  ---EMAIL the show - jjdillonshow@mlw.com   ---Get a signed copy of JJ's Autobiography "Wrestlers are Like Seagulls" - email horsemandillon@yahoo.com ---TWITTER - @jjdillonshow @richbocchini #AskJJD

Jan 12 2018

1hr

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Rank #12: Episode 13: The NWA TV Title

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This week JJ and Rich get into the history of the NWA TV title and some of the champions that held it. This is not an exhaustive history of each and every champion, but more of an historical look at what the TV title meant in the big scheme of things. When many fans think of the TV Title, they think of the WCW version that traces its lineage to the Mid-Atlantic TV Title. But the Georgia TV Championship was the one defended on TBS prior to 1985. The guys touch on some of the TV champions from both the Mid-Atlantic and Georgia territories, and discuss in detail one of the most-remembered TV Title rivalries from the Crockett era involving Dusty Rhodes vs. Tully Blanchard. (In full disclosure, Arn Anderson's reigns as NWA/WCW TV Champion will be discussed on an upcoming full-length "Enforcer" episode. ) JJ also shares stories of working with the man whom he calls the greatest manager of all time, Bobby the Brain Heenan. ---Get JJ's Autobiography "Wrestlers are Like Seagulls" at www.jjdillon.com ---Pick up a JJ Dillon Show T-Shirt at www.prowrestlingtees.com/jjdshow ---EMAIL the show - jjdillonshow@mlw.com ---TWITTER - @JJDillonShow @RichBocchini #AskJJD

Sep 21 2017

1hr 19mins

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Rank #13: Episode 45: Revisionist History?

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Starting in 1982, if Fritz Von Erich, Verne Gagne, and Jim Crockett had a vision of everything that happened in the wrestling industry for the rest of the 80s, and the power to change only one event in their respective promotions’ destinies during that time, what do you think those decisions might be? JJ and Rich discuss!  ---Get an official JJ Dillon Show T-Shirt at www.prowrestlingtees.com/jjdshow  ---EMAIL us! - jjdillonshow@mlw.com  ---TWITTER - Follow us @jjdillonshow… Use #AskJJD    ---SUBSCRIBE on iTunes, and take moment to leave a review and star rating. Thanks!  ---Get a signed copy of JJ's Autobiography Wrestlers are Like Seagulls by emailing horsemandillon@yahoo.com

Jun 22 2018

1hr 10mins

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Rank #14: Episode 35: Dangerous Crowds

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It's another history-filled edition of Storytime with JJ. This week Rich and JJ talk groupies, upcoming Four Horsemen reunions, Ric Flair vs. Buddy Rogers, Gorgeous George, how often JJ feared for his life as a heel, and lots more! ---Help support the show and get an official JJ Dillon Show T-Shirt at www.prowrestlingtees.com/jjdshow ---EMAIL the show - jjdillonshow@mlw.com ---Get a signed copy of JJ's Autobiography "Wrestlers are Like Seagulls" - email horsemandillon@yahoo.com ---TWITTER - Follow us @jjdillonshow… Have a question? Use #AskJJD

Feb 24 2018

1hr 40mins

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Rank #15: Episode 9: Saturday 6:05 WTBS Tapings

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The moment WTBS beamed its signal to satellite in 1979, the station became a powerhouse in the wrestling world. The longtime home of Georgia Championship Wrestling was now available to cable companies across the US and Canada. And just like that, the landscape of regional territories began to fracture. The familiar Saturday 6:05 p.m. time slot itself (along with accompanying times on Saturday morning and Sunday evening) was one that was hotly contested over its tenure, beginning almost as soon as the ink dried on the first contract structured in 1972. On this week's show, JJ and Rich discuss the history and importance of WTBS to wrestling as a whole, with a special focus on the Crockett era. They also get into JJ's personal memories of taping TV at the TBS Studio, including a few hilarious tales involving late nights and the lengths the Four Horsemen had to go to in order get there on time. ProWrestlingTees.com/jjdshow Follow us on Twitter @jjdillonshow Follow Rich on Twitter @richbocchini Email the show - JJDillonShow@MLW.com

Aug 24 2017

1hr 32mins

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Rank #16: Episode 15 : The Implosion of Crockett Promotions: Part 2

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Thanks to incredible response from our listeners, JJ and Rich go a little deeper into some of the behind-the-scenes meetings between Turner executives and Crockett staff members; JJ shares the details of his meeting with Turner execs, and who JJ felt should have been the booker after the Turner takeover. Plus tons more! ---Get JJ's Autobiography "Wrestlers are Like Seagulls" at www.jjdillon.com ---Pick up a JJ Dillon Show T-Shirt at www.prowrestlingtees.com/jjdshow ---EMAIL the show - jjdillonshow@mlw.com ---TWITTER - @JJDillonShow @RichBocchini #AskJJD

Oct 05 2017

1hr 25mins

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Rank #17: Episode 4: Booking a Territory 101: Part 2

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In this episode of the show we talk a little more about JJ’s history as it pertains to booking. JJ also explains how cable TV forced promotions to change their booking strategy, what it was like booking towns with Vince McMahon and Pat Patterson, and whether or not booking decisions should be dictated by the fans. JJ also has some advice and ideas for today’s independent promoters, and we get a visit from up-and-coming independent star Jason Cade during the new Indie Spotlight segment. Follow the show on Twitter @JJDillonShow Email us! JJDillonShow@MLW.com Follow Rich on Twitter @RichBocchini

Jul 20 2017

2hr 3mins

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Rank #18: Episode 5: Mailbag Q&A #1

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Ever wonder how payoffs were figured out? Was JJ good with "hired guns" stretching wanna-be wrestlers? This week JJ answers your booking-related (and beyond) questions, and we also get a recap of Induction Weekend at the Tragos/Thesz Hall of Fame in Waterloo, Iowa. Follow the show on Twitter @JJDillonShow Use the hashtag #AskJJD on Twitter Email us! JJDillonShow@MLW.com Follow Rich on Twitter @RichBocchini

Jul 26 2017

1hr 40mins

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Rank #19: Episode 24: Tully & Arn Q&A; The Origins of Kamala

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This week on the JJ Dillon Show we wrap up our look at the Andersons and Tully Blanchard with some questions from our listeners. Then, we dive into the origins of Kamala the Ugandan Giant and JJ's role in helping make the big man a star in the Memphis territory. Along the way we get stories involving Kendo Nagasaki, Jerry Lawler, and Jimmy Hart. We also find out, definitively, who Kim Chee actually was. ---Get a PERSONAL PHONE CALL FROM JJ! Just grab an official JJ Dillon Show T-Shirt at www.prowrestlingtees.com/jjdshow and JJ will call you to say thanks! --Download the SeatGeek App, use the code JJDILLON, and save $20 the first time you order seats to a sporting event, concert, etc. --Get $30 off your first order at www.hellofresh.com and use the code DILLON30 ---EMAIL the show - jjdillonshow@mlw.com ---Get a signed copy of JJ's Autobiography "Wrestlers are Like Seagulls" - email horsemandillon@yahoo.com ---TWITTER - @jjdillonshow @richbocchini #AskJJD

Nov 30 2017

1hr 22mins

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Rank #20: Episode 27: Vince's Heat Shield

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This week's title pretty much says it all. We get more inside stories from JJ's time working in the WWF's talent relations department, taking the heat with the talent for Vince McMahon, plus lots more. ---Get a PERSONAL PHONE CALL FROM JJ! Just grab an official JJ Dillon Show T-Shirt at www.prowrestlingtees.com/jjdshow and JJ will call you to say thanks! --Download the SeatGeek App, use the code JJDILLON, and save $20 the first time you order seats to a sporting event, concert, etc. --Get $30 off your first order at www.hellofresh.com and use the code DILLON30 ---EMAIL the show - jjdillonshow@mlw.com ---Get a signed copy of JJ's Autobiography "Wrestlers are Like Seagulls" - email horsemandillon@yahoo.com ---TWITTER - @jjdillonshow @richbocchini #AskJJD

Dec 21 2017

59mins

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