Former WWE star Colt Cabana (you may remember him as Scotty Goldman) has been doing his "Art of Wrestling" podcast for almost two years. Every Thursday, he puts up a new show where he has a relaxed conversation of an interview with someone else in the pro wrestling business, effectively being to pro wrestling what Marc Maron's "WTF" is to comedy.
Usually the guest is a fellow wrestler (including many more current WWE performers than you might expect), but he's also had on non-performers like APW promoter Roland Alexander and Dragon Gate USA booker Gabe Sapolsky. Always entertaining, it's one of the best pro wrestling podcasts on the internet.
This week is Cabana's 100th show, and who better to celebrate it with than his second ever guest and best friend, WWE Champion CM Punk? For this special occasion though, the format was flipped: Instead of Cabana serving as interviewer, he's the guest, with Punk serving as special guest host. While noting that he was literally more nervous than he was at WrestleMania 28, he handled the whole show, doing everything that Cabana does normally in addition to the interview itself.
As you might expect, this is a great show, with lots of great banter and interesting stories told inside the studio...apartment, including:
- Cabana discussing how he's rarely worked as a heel, and the lengths he went to as an evil-doer after a turn in IWA Mid-South.
- John Cena's somewhat cold reception to Cabana backstage until one day Cena suddenly started hounding him about how much he loved Cabana's "Matt Classic" gimmick that he used in Wrestling Society X.
- Punk discovering Batista's feelings on the "shake hands with and introduce yourself to everyone" tradition among pro wrestlers early in his WWE run.
- The unique niche Cabana has carved out for himself.
...and much more. Awesome, awesome stuff, and if you've never listened to the show before, now is a great time to start.
David Bixenspan has written for Bleacher Report and served as Pro Wrestling Team Leader since late 2011. You can follow him on Twitter at @davidbix and check out his wrestling podcast archive (including interviews with CM Punk & Colt Cabana) at LoserLeavesTown.net.
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