|Tony Schiavone & Jim Ross|
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My childhood was filled with pro wrestling from any company I had access to in the mid-1980s. In St. Louis, I could watch the WWF, World Class Championship Wrestling, The AWA, Central States, The UWF and The NWA on the Superstation TBS. One of the show's constants was Tony Schiavone. His voice greeted fans each week at 6:05 p.m. I came to like his interviewing style and the way he called matches. And who could forget the excitement in his voice telling us "we're out of time!!!" at the end of each show?
|Jesse "the Body" Ventura & Schiavone in the WWF|
Years later we'd all learn that Tony was fed the line by Eric Bischoff. I listened to the former commentator tell the story to Jim Ross on his podcast a few years ago. I adopted a whole new respect and appreciation with Schiavone after that interview. And now for the past seven weeks, I have religiously listened to his podcast What Happened When Monday with Conrad Thompson.
I'm a huge fan of Conrad and the role he plays on Something To Wrestle With Bruce Prichard. In fact, Conrad was a guest on the My 1-2-3 Cents podcast back in August 2016. Listening to Tony each week tell stories from the past from his perspective has only made me respect and appreciate this man even more.
Episode 7: The Final Nitro show is especially telling. The days of the Monday Night Wars were clearly an emotional time not just for the talent in the ring, but those calling the matches and working behind the scenes too. Fans often forget there are real men and women with families and lives outside the ring. Our fandom sometimes blinds us to that fact.
|Bobby Heenan & Tony Schiavone|