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An Evening With Clint Howard & Wrestler Amazing Kong…

We had another double-bill for this pledge-drive edition of The Five Count! We were joined first by professional wrestler Amazing Kong. In addition to wrestling around the world, Kong has also wrestled as “Awesome Kong” in TNA and “Kharma” in WWE. She’s a former five-time Women’s Champion and is only the third woman to appear in the WWE Royal Rumble. During the show she discussed her days wrestling in Japan, her thoughts on the state of women’s wrestling, and her Good Karma Tracker Kickstarter campaign. She was a lot nicer on the phone than in the ring!

After that we were joined by legendary actor Clint Howard. Clint has appeared in hundreds of films and TV shows spanning a career of more than 50 years. He’s appeared in films like Apollo 13, Rock ‘n’ Roll High School, The Wraith, Ice Cream Man, The Waterboy, and TV shows like Star Trek, Gentle Ben, Seinfeld, and The Andy Griffith Show. During the show he discussed the secrets to his longevity, shared stories about his band The Kempsters, and announced the making of the upcoming film Ice Cream Man 2. It was a happy, happy, happy day!

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A Chat With WWE’s The Miz…

We recently sat down for an exclusive interview with the WWE’s most must-see superstar The Miz. The Miz is a former WWE Champion, WWE Intercontinental Champion, WWE United States Champion, and WWE Tag Team Champion. He’s also appeared in films like The Marine 3: Homefront, The Marine 4: Moving Target, Christmas Bounty, and was a cast member on MTV’s The Real World: Back to New York.

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An Evening With Lou Ferrigno…

This edition of The Five Count featured an exclusive interview with Lou Ferrigno. Lou is best known for his role as “The Hulk” from the TV show The Incredible Hulk. He’s also appeared in several films like Pumping Iron, Hercules, The Avengers, and I Love You, Man. During the show he discussed his bodybuilding days with Arnold Schwarzenegger, what it was like behind “The Hulk” makeup, and his appearance at the Wizard World Minneapolis Comic Con. Our clothes were destroyed after all the “hulking up” we did!

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An Evening With WWE’s Kane…

This edition of The Five Count featured an exclusive interview with WWE Superstar Kane. Kane has won numerous titles in his 20+ year career, including the WWF Championship, World Heavyweight Championship, and ECW Championship. He also portrayed the character “Jacob Goodnight” in the film See No Evil. During the show he discussed the evolution of the Kane character, his thoughts on how the wrestling business has changed over the years, and told us what to expect at the upcoming WWE Elimination Chamber PPV. The Five Count will see you there!

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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!