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An Evening With WWE’s “The Russian Bear” Ivan Koloff & “Exotic” Adrian Street…

This installment of The Five Count featured a supercard bigger than Wrestlemania and Starrcade combined! The show included two exclusive interviews with wrestling legends. First we were joined by the legendary “Exotic” Adrian Street. Having held championships all over the world during his 50-year career, Adrian is best known for his high-profile feuds with Austin Idol and Randy “Macho Man” Savage. His flamboyant persona is also credited with inspiring other wrestlers like “Adorable” Adrian Adonis and Goldust. During the show he discussed traveling the globe during his career, his numerous books and music videos, and why he never made the jump to the WWF. Just imagine what he could do to you!

Next, we were joined by “The Russian Bear” Ivan Koloff. Ivan is the man responsible for ending Bruno Sammartino’s nearly-eight year run as WWWF World Heavyweight Champion by defeating him for the title in Madison Square Garden. He’s also known for his high-profile feuds in the NWA with Dusty Rhodes, The Road Warriors, Magnum T.A., and The Rock ‘N’ Roll Express. During the show he discussed his feud with Bruno Sammartino, how he successfully made the jump from the WWWF to the NWA, and what it was like being hated by fans across the globe. We can relate, comrades!

If that weren’t enough, we also gave away tickets to the WWE Elimination Chamber PPV at Target Center. It’s an opportunity to see John Cena, Daniel Bryan, Batista, and possibly Ton! Step into the squared-circle!

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An Evening With WWE’s Dolph Ziggler, Lex Luger & George “The Animal” Steele…

The listeners were hanging from the rafters during this edition of The Five Count. The show featured not one, not two, but three exclusive interviews with legends of the squared-circle. First we were joined by WWE Superstar Dolph Ziggler. Dolph is a former World Heavyweight Champion, World Tag Team Champion, WWE United States Champion, and WWE Intercontinental Champion. He was also the 2012 WWE Money in the Bank winner. During the show he discussed overcoming bad gimmicks early in his career, his dream of facing Shawn Michaels in a 60-minute iron man match, and why he should be the face of today’s WWE. They don’t call him “The Showoff” for nothin’!

Next we were joined by “The Total Package” Lex Luger. Lex is a former WCW World Heavyweight Champion, NWA/WCW United States Heavyweight Champion, WCW World Television Champion, and NWA/WCW World Tag Team Champion. He was also the co-winner of the 1994 WWE Royal Rumble and a former member of The Four Horseman. During the show he discussed his early days in the business, what being a member of The Four Horsemen did for his career, and how he hopes to one day be part of the WWE Hall of Fame. They don’t call him “The Total Package” for nothin’!

Lastly, we were joined by WWE Hall of Famer George “The Animal” Steele. Known for his signature green tongue and appetite for turnbuckles, George’s wrestling career spanned more than 25 years and included feuds with greats like Bruno Sammartino and Randy “Macho Man” Savage. He also appeared in Tim Burton’s film Ed Wood with Johnny Depp. During the show he discussed how he started in the wrestling business, his famous feud with the late Randy “Macho Man” Savage, and why he started eating turnbuckles. They don’t call him “The Animal” for nothin’!

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An Evening With Rocko’s Modern Life’s Carlos Alazraqui & WWE’s Wade Barrett…

This installment of The Five Count was overflowing with quality content.The first hour featured and exclusive interview with Carlos Alazraqui. Carlos is best known as the voice of “Rocko” from Rocko’s Modern Life and “Deputy James Garcia” from Reno 911!. He’s also worked on Family Guy, Phineas and Ferb, The Fairly OddParents!, Camp Lazlo, and was the voice of the Taco Bell Chihuahua. During the interview he discussed the ongoing popularity of Rocko, how much of Reno 911! was improvised, and the origins of the Taco Bell dog. ¡Yo quiero The Five Count!

The second hour of the show featured an exclusive interview with WWE Superstar Wade Barrett. Wade is a former WWE Intercontinental Champion and winner of the first WWE NXT. He was also the leader of the WWE factions Nexus and The Corre. During the interview he discussed his start in the wrestling business, his favorite guys to work with, and why he admires the late “British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith. Ton’s teeth were eventually loosened by a Barrett Barrage.

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An Evening With WWE’s Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka & Gerald Brisco…

We celebrated Wrestlemania weekend during this installment of The Five Count with two back-to-back interviews with former titans of the squared-circle. We were first joined by WWE Hall of Famer Gerald Brisco. Gerry won numerous championships during the ’70s and ’80s through various promotions throughout the country, including more than 20 tag-team championships with his brother, Jack Brisco. Newer fans know him as one of Vince McMahon’s “stooges” during WWE’s “Attitude Era” in the late ’90s. During the show he shared stories about teaming with his brother, discovering Hulk Hogan, and his work during the “Attitude Era” with Pat Patterson. He was a real class act.

After that we were joined by another WWE Hall of Famer, Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka. Snuka wrestled for numerous promotions throughout the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s, and is credited with introducing the “high-flyer” style of wrestling to the WWE. He’s best known for his feud with “Rowdy” Roddy Piper in the mid-’80s, which helped secure Snuka a spot in the main event of the first Wrestlemania. During the show he discussed his start in the business, his feud with “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, and being The Undertaker’s very first Wrestlemania opponent. Another class act, brudda!

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An Evening With The King Of Kong’s Billy Mitchell & Steve Wiebe…

This was another jam-packed, two-hour episode of The Five Count. During the first hour we played some of our favorite yuletide classics, warned the listeners of the dangers of osteoporosis, and took a trip to Pac-Ville to celebrate Christmas with Pac-Man. It was breathtaking.

The second hour included two exclusive interviews with Donkey Kong masters. Our first guest was Steve Wiebe. Steve is best known as the main focus in the documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters. He has held the record for highest score in Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong Jr. on several occasions and was the first person to achieve more than a million points in a public game of Donkey Kong. During the show he discussed his mastery of the Atari 2600, the harsh mistress known as Donkey Kong, and his rivalry with Billy Mitchell.

After that we were joined by Steve’s arch-nemesis in The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, Billy Mitchell. Billy is considered by many to be the greatest arcade game player of all-time. He has held the record for highest scores in Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr., BurgerTime, and was the first person to achieve a perfect score in Pac-Man. During the show he discussed his days as part of the U.S. National Video Game Team, meeting Namco founder Masaya Nakamura, and why creative editing in The King of Kong cast him in an unfavorable light. It was an arcade Christmas on The Five Count! Grab some quarters!

An Evening With WWE’s Booker T…

This episode of The Five Count featured an exclusive interview with WWE Hall of Famer Booker T. Booker T is a former six-time World Heavyweight Champion, former 10-time WCW World Tag Team Champion as one-half of the team Harlem Heat, and a former WWE King of the Ring. During the show he told tales of his 20+ years in the wrestling business, discussed his current role as the general manager for WWE’s SmackDown, and talked about his new book, Booker T: From Prison to Promise. We could dig that, sucka!

An Evening With Jesse “The Body” Ventura…

This episode of The Five Count featured an exclusive interview with Jesse “The Body” Ventura. Jesse served as the 38th Governor of Minnesota from 1999 to 2003. He’s also a member of the WWE Hall of Fame and has appeared in several films including Predator, The Running Man, Demolition Man, Batman & Robin, No Holds Barred, and Abraxas, Guardian of the Universe. During the show he discussed his days in professional wrestling, recording his numerous hit records, and why the United States ain’t what it used to be. We didn’t have time to bleed the entire show!

An Evening With Chuck Wepner & Dan “The Beast” Severn…

This installment of The Five Count was our special celebration of our great nation’s independence. The celebration included exclusive interviews with two American heroes. First up was former heavyweight boxing champion Chuck Wepner. Known as the Bayonee Bleeder, Chuck is best known for going 15 rounds with then heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali in 1975. He also went toe-to-toe with guys like Sonny Liston, Ernie Terrell, and George Foreman, and has been cited as the inspiration for Sylvester Stallone’s film Rocky. During the show he discussed how he started out in boxing, going the distance with Ali, and being the inspiration for Rocky Balboa. After that he announced an open challenge to Godzilla!

Next up we were joined by Dan “The Beast” Severn. Dan is a former two-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion, UFC Superfight Champion, and a member of the UFC Hall of Fame. He’s considered one of the pioneers of the UFC, helping make mixed martial arts what it is today. During the show he shared stories about his time in the octagon, working for Vince McMahon and the WWE, and why he’s still able to tie competitors in knots today. God bless America!

An Evening With WWE’s Diamond Dallas Page…

This installment of The Five Count featured an exclusive interview with Diamond Dallas Page. DDP is a former three-time WCW Heavyweight Champion, WWE Tag Team Champion, and has appeared in films like Ready To Rumble and The Devil’s Rejects. He is also the creator of the DDPYOGA program. During the show he explained how he got started in wrestling, discussed forming a tag team with Jay Leno, and tried to talk Ton into joining his yoga program. When Ton refused, DDP offered him a Diamond Cutter as a consolation prize. Feel the bang!

An Evening With WWE’s “Mean” Gene Okerlund…

This installment of The Five Count featured a a special interview with “Mean” Gene Okerlund. “Mean” Gene is one of the most recognizable announcers in professional wrestling. His career has spanned five decades and included tenures with the AWA, WCW, and WWE. He is also a member of the WWE Hall Of Fame. During the show he discussed how he started in the business working for the American Wrestling Association in Minnesota, what it was like being part of the World Wrestling Federation during the height of Hulkamania, and why he thinks today’s product ain’t what it used to be. Amen, brother!