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DragonKingKarl Old Tyme Wrestling Hour is a spin-off of the popular DragonKingKarl Classic Wrestling Audio Show podcast heard at f4wonline.com and Wrestling Observer.  DragonKingKarl Old Tyme Wrestling Hour is an all original podcast only for Patreon supporters at the $5 level of the When It Was Cool website.



DragonKingKarl NEW Old Time Wrestling Hour Podcast Episode 03

Podcast: (12/04/2018) (Zones: Wrestling / Old Time Wrestling Hour) On this edition of the New Old Time Wrestling Hour Podcast Karl reviews a match that has literally everything - A lucha libre tag team, an eight time (eventually) NWA World heavyweight champion, and Austin Idol. Oh yeah, if that weren't messed up enough it takes place in Japan. We review Mil Mascaras and Dos Caras vs. Harley Race and Austin Idol from 1980 in All Japan Pro Wrestling. Plus some news and notes from the Wrestling Observer in 1984. DragonKingKarl New Old Time Wrestling Hour 03


DragonKingKarl NEW Old Time Wrestling Hour Podcast Episode 02

Podcast: (11-20-2018) (Zones: Wrestling / Old Time Wrestling Hour) On the new Karl Stern NEW Old Time Wrestling Hour Podcast I discuss the legendary Ultimate Dragon gimmick (no, I did not misspell that), Mike Jackson, Tiger Mask is somewhat of a jerk, fun times with phone scammers, interesting origins of the term jobber, NWA suspended wrestlers of the 1960s, GREAT ANTONIO, 1984 in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, and more! DragonKingKarl New Old Time Wrestling Hour Podcast 02


DragonKingKarl NEW Old Time Wrestling Hour Podcast Episode 01

Podcast: (10-30-2018) (Zones: Wrestling / Old Time Wrestling Hour) Pro Wrestling historian Karl Stern has had enough and it's time to come clean. On the debut episode of the DragonKingKarl NEW Old Time Wrestling Hour, DragonKingKarl lights into the wrestling business with a rage of fire.  Passionately telling you about why he loves wrestling history but declaring, once and for all, the truth about it. What's up with modern pro wrestling? Is NJPW really all it's cracked up to be? What's the deal with modern WWE? Plus, the inside scoop behind the scenes in pro wrestling in the 1990s and more. The old time wrestling hour hits the reset button. DragonKingKarl New Old Time Wrestling Hour Podcast 01


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DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour - Episode 34 - Demolition, Sputnik Monroe and Memphis Wrestling, and more.

(09-25-2018) Several listener questions addressed this episode including the forgotten WWF tag team of Demolition. We discuss their music and why they've been largely written out of history despite being one of the most popular and successful tag teams ever in WWF WWE. A great question about Sputnik Monroe and race relations and the power of Memphis wrestling. All this and much more on a new edition of the DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour Podcast. DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour Podcast 034


DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour - Episode 33 - Further discussion of the deaths of Nikolai Volkoff, Brickhouse Brown, & Brian Christopher, plus WCW vs WWF / WWE, and more.

(08-14-2018) On this Patreon only edition of the DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour we talk about the deaths of Nikolai Volkoff, Brickhouse Brown, and Brian Christopher, (this was recorded before the death of Jim Neidhart was announced yesterday). Follow up to comments that have come in since their deaths. A great question and scenario about what happens to WWF if WCW doesn't launch Nitro. WCW really pushed WWF to a higher level when they launched the rival show but what if that never happened? Plus our usual look back at the SECW results project. DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour Podcast 33


DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour - Episode 32 - The State of Wrestling Media, Newsletters, Websites, and more. Wrestling Masked Men.

(07-25-2018) On this episode, host Karl Stern talks about the pro wrestling media today as compared to the 1990s and the pre-internet era. Southeastern Championship Wrestling in early 1981 and Mr. Saito. The disappearance of masked men in wrestling. Other Mr. Wrestling's, Assassins, etc. DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour Podcast 32


DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour - Episode 31 - More Thoughts on Vader, Southeastern Championship Wrestling end of 1980, a Shooting and Stabbing and more!

(07-03-2018) On this episode of the DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour host Karl Stern gives more thoughts on the life, career, and death of Big Van Vader (Leon White). The evolution of his gear. His world travels. Southeastern Championship Wrestling the end of 1980 and transition into 1981. Millennial songs. And finally the story of a wrestler shot in the stomach at a party and a future world champion stabbed in the face. DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour Podcast 31


DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour - FREE EDITION - Episode 30 - Questions on David Von Erich, Lou Thesz vs Rikidozan, SECW 1980, and June 1985 issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter reviewed

(06-12-2018) I put the wrong intro at the beginning of this show, sorry, this is actually a new show. Mailbag includes David Von Erich as NWA World champion, Lou Thesz vs Rikidozan and the NWA World title, SECW in 1980, and then a look at the June 23, 1985 edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter which includes the debuts of Randy Savage, Brian Blair, Stan Frasier, and Terry Funk in the WWF and Southeastern becomes Continental. DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour 30


DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour - Episode 29 - Wrestling Observer Newsletter coverage of the death of David Von Erich

(05-29-2018) On this edition of the DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour Podcast I will go through the Wrestling Observer Newsletter issue reporting on the death of David Von Erich in 1984. We will cover in detail, not only the death of David, but news from the rest of the wrestling world as covered in that issue.  DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour 29


DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour - Episode 28 - Wrestling Observer Trolls, WWF 1980s VHS Game, Bruno Sammartino, and SECW

(05-15-2018) On this edition of the DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour host Karl Stern talks about Wrestling Observer trolls, takes questions from the mailbag including a 1980s WWF VHS game, Bruno Sammartino questions, and then looks at episode 4 of Ron Fuller's Southeastern Championship Wrestling TV program with special audio. DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour 28


DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour - Episode 27 - Looking Back at Pro Wrestling Illustrated January 1983

(05-01-2018) On this edition of the DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour Podcast host Karl Stern takes a look back at the January 1983 issue of Pro Wrestling Illustrated magazine featuring Ricky Steamboat on the cover where he proudly and wrongly proclaims he was a year away from winning the NWA World title (he was six).  Plus more fun PWI stories, made up interviews, and more. DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour 27


DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour - Episode 26 - Barry Windham, Reviews of Southeastern Championship Wrestling, WWF, and Jim Crockett Shows

(04-17-2018) On this edition of the DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour Podcast we hit the mailbag again and review several 1980s era cards including our continuing look at the history of Southeastern Championship Wrestling, plus WWF and Jim Crockett Promotions shows and ask the question: What happened to Barry Windham? DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour 26


DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour - Episode 25 - Daniel Bryan and his place in pro wrestling history.  Review of a Pensacola, FL Southeastern Championship Wrestling house show from October 1980, and a massive WWF TV taping featuring the infamous Missy's Manor segments, the Can-Am Connection of Rick Martel & Tom Zenk, Demolition, and more!

(03-06-2018) On this edition of the DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour Podcast we hit the mailbag to talk about Daniel Bryan and his place in pro wrestling history.  Following last episodes TV taping of SECW we go the next day to a house show in the home base of Pensacola, FL.  Then we look at on of those famous 1980s marathon WWF TV tapings, this one from Las Vegas, NV featuring the infamous Missy's Manor talk show segments, the Can-Am Connection, Demolition, Hulk Hogan, and more!  DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour 25


DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour - Episode 24 - Mailbag on Gary Hart, the first World Champion with 100% worked matches.  Plus reviews of the second Southeastern Championship Wrestling television show where Ron Fuller walks out, Jim Crockett Promotions, Ric Flair, and more!

(02-27-2018) On this edition of the DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour Podcast we hit the mailbag to talk about Gary Hart, who was the first world champion who had 100% worked matches, the second TV episode of Southeastern Championship Wrestling with Ron Fuller walking out, and a review of some 1980s Jim Crockett cards and Ric Flair title defenses. DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour 24


DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour - Episode 23 - Mailbag on Strangler Lewis, The Spoiler (not that one), and Bobby Heenan, Plus Reviews of Southeastern & WWF Wrestling

(02-13-2018) (Zones: Old Time Wrestling Hour Podcast) On the latest edition of the DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour Podcast, host Karl Stern jumps into the Patreon mailbag for a great series of questions with topics including - Was Ed "Strangler" Lewis really that tough? Who was the other Ed White / The Spoiler?  Discussion about Bobby Heenan on commentary.  Breakdowns of house shows from Southeastern Championship Wrestling and WWF. DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour 23


DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour - Episode 022 - Mailbag on the Fuller - Welch - Fields - Golden Family of Wrestling, Les Thatcher, Promoting Wrestling in the 1990s, Plus Reviews of Southeastern & Mid-Atlantic Wrestling

(01-30-2018) (Zones: Old Time Wrestling Hour Podcast) On this edition of the DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour Podcast, host Karl Stern hits the mailbag to discuss the history of the Fuller-Welch-Fields-Golden wrestling family, review of the first Southeastern Championship Wrestling house show in 1980 where the line-up was completely different than what was airing on TV and why that was with names like Bob Armstrong, a masked Randy Rose, Ron Bass, and more. Thoughts on Les Thatcher as an announcer. Stories on promoting pro wrestling in the 1990s with guys like Hector Guerrero, the Armstrongs, Mike Jackson, Jim Duggan, Buff Bagwell, and others.  And a review of a 1983 Mid-Atlantic show and a Ric Flair NWA title defense. DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour 022


DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour - Episode 021 - Mailbag on Ken Patera, Abdullah the Butcher, Southeastern Championship Wrestling Review, & Ron Fuller

(01-17-2018) (Zones: Old Time Wrestling Hour Podcast) On this episode of the DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour Podcast, host Karl Stern answers a few questions out of the mailbag including thoughts on Ken Patera, the Abdullah the Butcher hepatitis controversy, reviews an episode of Southeastern Championship Wrestling, and a great Ron Fuller promo.  DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour 021


DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour - Episode 020 - WWF King of the Ring 1996 The Show That Changed Everything

(12-22-2017) (Zones: Old Time Wrestling Hour) On this episode of the DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour, host Karl Stern talks about a show that, at the time, looked like nothing special but changed the course of history. WCW was exploding with the arrival of Scott Hall & Kevin Nash, Hunter Hearst Helmsley (Triple H) was the hot rising star in WWF but was now in the dog house following the infamous MSG "curtain call".  This necessitated a change in the King of the Ring tournament.  Enter: "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and a washed up Jake Roberts.  One busted lip and one promo later everything changed. DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour 020


DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour - Episode 019 - Mailbag, Update on James "Kamala" Harris Health, How do we discuss bad wrestling stereotypes in the modern age?

(11-24-2017) (Zones: Old Time Wrestling Hour) On this episode of the DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour, host Karl Stern jumps into the mailbag then takes a look at the health of James "Kamala" Harris and then has a discussion on how we deal with offensive, stereotypical, and outdated wrestling gimmicks in the modern age of political correctness? DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour 018


DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour - Episode 018 - The Killing of Bruiser Brody

(10-18-2017) (Zones: Old Time Wrestling Hour) On this episode of the DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour, host Karl Stern continues #MonsterMonth and takes a look back at the 1988 Puerto Rico dressing room killing of Bruiser Brody by Jose Gonzalez (Invader I).  With many years of hindsight, interviews, and clarity, what really happened?  The events seem clear at first glance so why then no conviction?  Was it really self defense? Was it a corrupt court system? What have the eye witnesses said in the years since this happened?  Today we examine in detail the killing of Bruiser Brody. DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour 018


DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour - Episode 017 - WCW World War 3 in 1995 and The Yeti!

(09-15-2017) (Zones: Ole Time Wrestling Hour) On this episode of the DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour, host Karl Stern takes a look back at the 1995 WCW World War 3 which featured a 60 man battle royal for the vacant WCW World heavyweight title, Hulk Hogan burned an Observer for no obvious reason and almost sent Sting, Randy Savage, and Gene Okerlund to their deaths.  Then we get off on a tangent about The Yeti! DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling hour 017


DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour - Episode 016 - ECW November to Remember 1995

(08-30-2017) (Zones: Old Time Wrestling Hour) On this episode of the DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour, host Karl Stern takes a look back at the good, the bad, and the ugly of the ECW November to Remember 1995 featuring the return of Sabu, Buh Buh Buh Buh Buh Ray Dudley, Steve Austin in a world title match, Konnan, Rey Myserio, Jr, and Psicosis.  DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling hour 016


DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour - Episode 15 - Ric Flair health situation, Gene Anderson, David Sammartino, Jerry Lawler, more

On this episode host Karl Stern talks about the Ric Flair health situation, answers mailbag questions about Gene Anderson and David Sammartino, and talks David Letterman and the Jerry Lawler vs Andy Kaufman situation.  DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour Podcast 15


DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour - Episode 014- Disgusting Promotional Tactics

On this edition of the DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour, Karl Stern takes a question from a Patreon supporter about the worst and most disgusting promotional tactics.  From World Class Championship Wrestling to the WWE there is a lot to choose from and Karl tells you what does... and does NOT offend him.  DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour Podcast 014


DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour - Episode 13

Karl Stern hits the mailbag again for this episode of the Old Time Wrestling Hour.  Some great questions for this episode including Lou Thesz and his version of pro wrestling history and the gimmick of Adrian Street and how it ended with a whimper instead of a bang.  Episode 13


DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour - Episode 12

Karl Stern talks about the AWA World heavyweight championship.  How many times did Verne Gagne hold the title? Why and how did the AWA split off from the NWA? Forgotten world heavyweight champions like Mr. M, Dr. X, and Fritz Von Erich.  This is a special edition of the Old Time Wrestling Hour looking at a territory we seldom talk about.  Episode 12


DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour - Episode 11

Karl Stern talks about the recent Continental Wrestling reunion in Dothan, AL which was attended by Bob Armstrong, Ron Fuller, Robert Fuller, Lord Humongous, Wendell Cooley, Dutch Mantell, Arn Anderson, and others.  Then Karl takes a look at the mailbag and talks about Andy Kaufman.  Episode 11


DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour - Episode 10

Karl Stern takes a look at the bombshell revelation by Austin Idol that another wrestler/manager put a hit out on him and was arrested for it.  Is it true? What happened?  When did it happen?  We look at the situation in detail.  Then Karl takes a look at current wrestling talking heads like Jim Cornette and challenges their ideas about pro wrestling in 2017 in a controversial (yet hopefully entertaining) fashion.  Episode 10



DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour - Episode 9

Karl Stern talks WWE WrestleMania and post-WrestleMania RAW thoughts.  The Undertaker, more Dustin Rhodes love, the 1994 coming of Hulk Hogan into WCW and his summer of 1994 feud with Ric Flair and more.  Episode 9


DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour - Episode 8

Karl Stern is back with a new original edition of the Old Time Wrestling Hour podcast talking WWE Network, latest additions to the Southeastern Championship Wrestling results project, Bunkhouse Buck, and Dustin Rhodes.  Episode 8


DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour - Episode 7

This episode the Patreons get the mailbag with questions about The Undertaker, Frank Gotch, then a discussion about the Midnight Express and how Ron Starr became a part of it, the car accident that ended Norvell Austin's run, and how on Earth the Honky Tonk Man Wayne Farris ended up in this story.  Also the story about the fan fight that almost sent Ron Starr to jail.  Episode 7


DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour - Episode 6

On this edition of the formerly named Karl Stern History of Wrestling podcast only for Patreons, Karl talks his recent wrestling research projects and 1982-84 pro wrestling.  The Midnight Express you probably don't know about.  What's new on the WWE Network of interest to classic fans and on YouTube plus more!  Episode 6


DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour - Episode 5

DragonKingKarl (Karl Stern) talks about the death of controversial wrestling star Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka and talks about the seedy underbelly of pro wrestling in the 1980's plus gives updates on his current wrestling history projects.  Episode 5


DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour - Episode 4

(01-04-2017) DragonKingKarl (Karl Stern) talks about the state of pro wrestling history research and how there was a boom period about 10 years ago but how things have changed.  Also, what's the latest on the Southeastern wrestling project and more.  Episode 4


DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour - Episode 3

 (12-28-2106) DragonKingKarl (Karl Stern) talks about his latest research projects including the NWA Southeastern Championship Wrestling project and the wrestling stars we have lost in 2016 including classic stars the Mongolian Stomper, Blackjack Mulligan, Axl Rotten, and others. Episode 3


DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour - Episode 2

DragonKingKarl (Karl Stern) talks about Sting entering the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame.  What is Sting's career legacy really?  Does he deserve to be in?  What happens to Sting's career under the microscope? How does it measure up with his original partner the Ultimate Warrior?  Episode 2


DragonKingKarl Old Time Wrestling Hour - Episode 1

(12-08-2016) DragonKingKarl launches an all new, all different pro wrestling podcast looking at his research and topics of interest in old school retro pro wrestling.  In episode 1 Karl looks at the NWA Southeastern Championship Wrestling research project and talks about various Southeastern wrestlers he met or worked with along the way including an unlikely friendship with Buddy Landell plus thoughts on other first time meetings with Jerry Stubbs and others.  Episode 1


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