STARRCASTonFITE Preview by Mike Johnson
August 22, 2018
By: Mike Johnson
On Labor Day weekend, they all converge. Legends. Fans. Superstars. Podcasters. The most important independent wrestling event in decades will take place on September 1st and everyone is "All In."
An event that massive, a movement that momentous can't be contained by just one day, leading to the birth of Starrcast, the most packed gathering of wrestling stars and events ever assembled.
FITE is proud to be the exclusive broadcaster of all the historical moments and amazing chicanery that will be presented under one roof, allowing fans across the globe to be eye-witnesses to an extraordinary assembly of events.
Here's your preview of how insane this scope of events are!
The Monday Night War Debate with Bruce Prichard & Eric Bischoff
The Monday Night Wars helped to change the trajectory of professional wrestling forever, destroying all existing conventions and re-defining what the narratives within professional wrestling promotions and even across them are today. Eric Bischoff was at the helm of World Championship Wrestling. Bruce Prichard was one of the top lieutenants in the World Wrestling Federation. Every Monday Night for years, it was a blood feud, with rating points, money and the attention of millions of fans all at stake. Now, at Starrcast, the two sides will once again go to war, debating the merits of the war, from the highest of victories to the lowest of strategies. From talent jumps to live vs. taped products, from sports-entertainment to reality-based pro wrestling, old wounds will be torn open for the world to see – who will emerge the victor?
Elite Karaoke with Marty Scurll
The Bullet Club's resident Villain helps kick off the Starrcast party with an exclusive Elite Karaoke party. Sing along with the stars and the fans in attendance to create the largest karaoke party in the history of professional wrestling!
Papa Buck Jam Session
The Young Bucks, Nick Jackson and Matt Jackson are THE trendsetters in the world of professional wrestling, but who set the trend for them? Papa Buck, of course! For the first time ever, he brings everyone into a special, intimate musical performance, jamming as only the original Young Buck could.
Botchamania w/Tony Schiavone PLUS Stand Up Comedy from Ron Funches & Casio Kid
Botchamania is professional wrestling's most consistently popular YouTube roast of professional wrestling, celebrating the wacky things and unique mistakes that only happen during the performance of the world's favorite combat sport artform. Some of professional wrestling's funniest fans, including Ron Funches will join the Botchamania party with stand-up routines while Tony Schiavone will expose the rest of the world to the unique delivery he's brought to his own podcast. If you've only heard Tony on Nitro, be prepared!
Madusa Unthrottled w/a Panel on Women's Wrestling featuring stars like Gail Kim, Lisa Marie Vachon, and GLOW Founder David McLane
If there was a definitive female talent who helped pave the way for today's women's' evolution and the success of series like Netflix's GLOW, it's Madusa. She brings her podcast live to Starrcast, celebrating the mighty and power of womanhood in professional wrestling with former WWE Champions like Gail Kim and Lisa Marie Varon joining the discussion, as well as David McLane, the founder of the original Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling who is helping to spearhead the new incarnation of WOW. The past, present and the future of women's wrestling collides on stage with WWE Hall of Famer Madusa as the master of ceremonies!
What Happened When w/ Tony Schiavone & Conrad Thompson
Every week on What Happened When, Conrad Thompson and Tony Schiavone reflect back on the good old days of Mid-Atlantic, the NWA and World Championship Wrestling, using that as a springboard for a frank, funny discussion that is truly no holds barred. Live without a net, where the conversation goes and who shows up, no one, not even the hosts, can predict.
Four Star Summit with the Wrestling Observer & the Pro Wrestling Torch
Four of the most well-known and controversial writers to cover the inside of professional wrestling unite to discuss the pro wrestling world, covering it, the ever-changing landscape of wrestling news media and stories from their careers. Those who critique will now be center-stage, taking fan questions and having their feet held to the fire in this discussion that will surely spark additional fan debate.
WrestleCrap w/ RD Reynolds & Friends
For decades, Wrestlecrap has celebrated and roasted the worst in professional wrestling. If it was a silly as a Giant surviving a fall off Cobo Hall, if it fell as hard as The Shockmaster or of it went off the rails worse than the Black Scorpion storyline, it's been chronicled by RD Reynolds and his band of merry men. At Starrcast, The Crap will hit the fan, live on FITE.
War Games Retrospective w/ JJ Dillon, Tully Blanchard, Lex Luger & Road Warrior Animal
Wargames: The Match Beyond was the definitive match for Jim Crockett Promotions, bringing "Violence for the Sake of Violence." While the battles needed to be enclosed in two rings covered in a steel cage, the discussion can only be contained at Starrcast. Combatants from both sides will discuss one of Dusty Rhodes' greatest creative ideas, the ferocity of the physicality and all the behind the scenes insight of what it was like to go to war in one of the most celebrated gimmick matches of all time.
Clockblockers Trivia w/ Macaulay Culkin & Matt Cohen of the Bunny Ears Pod
Yes, THAT Macaulay Culkin! Once best remembered for being Home Alone, he's now overtaken those nostalgic memories with his incredibly popular podcast. At Starrcast, he'll be leading the Clockblockers Trivia party alongside Matt Cohen, dishing up some of the coolest and most fun professional wrestling trivia discussion ever known to Mankind (and even Cactus Jack)
The Roast of Bruce Prichard
Bruce Prichard is known for many things and perhaps chief among them is his humble, diplomatic nature. Yeah, perhaps not! After all of the punishment, zingers, insults and political shenanigans Bruce has (allegedly) dished out over the course his decades-long career in professional wrestling, finally, it's time for payback. A rogue's gallery of Bruce's best friends and worst enemies will be assembled to give Bruce back everything he deserves. Why? Well, you know…
The Raven Effect
Former ECW World Champion Raven has lived a storied life in the world of professional wrestling, competing everywhere from The Pacific Northwest and Memphis to Japan, WCW, WWE and beyond. The Raven Effect allows access and insight into one of the most creative brains ever in professional wrestling and all of the torment that comes with having one. Shrewd and astute, you'll learn quite a lot from this live podcast, nevermore.
Stranglemania with the Insane Clown Posse
The Insane Clown Posse were the kings of making professional wrestling viral before the Internet took hold of everyone's brains and we all became addicted to holding our cellphones 24/7. Their Stranglemania series, which both celebrated and roasted the best death match wrestlers gave birth to ICP's own promotion and helped lay down the foundation for the Juggalo Army! ICP will reflect on all that and discuss whatever the hell they want. It's ICP talking their Juggalo love of pro wrestling, what more could one ask for?
Spend My Days Karaoke w/ Bruce Prichard & Jeff Jarrett
More Karaoke, this time led by no-doubt by now bruised Bruce Prichard and WWE Hall of Famer Jeff Jarrett. What happens when the world's greatest country singer Double J steps out of retirement and it's time for the entire Starrcast party to hit main event time? There's no way to predict the ridiculousness of this scene.
The ALL IN DDP Yoga Workshop
WWE Hall of Famer Diamond Dallas Page has rescued careers from ruin and saved lives with his DDP Yoga. While FITE users know the program is available on our platform, DDP is taking it to the people for a very special workshop that will introduce and explain why the program works while taking everyone, in attendance and at home, through an entire regimen. Feel the bang…and the burn.
Remembering Andy Kaufman w/ Jerry Lawler & Dutch Mantell, hosted by Bill Apter
Move over Mike Tyson and Mr. T, the original great celebrity pro wrestling invasion was committed by the legendary comedian Andy Kaufman. He and Jerry Lawler captured the minds of the United States and battled all over the Memphis territory in a feud that has been covered in documentaries and feature films alike. Lawler and Dutch Mantel sit down with the man who helped connect everyone involved together, Bill Apter for a discussion of how it all came together, why it worked and possibly, who knows, maybe Andy is going to show up and reveal he's not really dead after all….
X-PAC 1-2-360 Degrees of the nWo w/ Scott Hall & Kevin Nash hosted by Sean Waltman
Sean Waltman has been outspoken and honest about himself, his career and life in general on his podcast. At Starrcast, he reunites with his two closest friends, The Outsiders, to reminisce about the good old days of the Kliq, terrorizing WCW and changing the face of professional wrestling forever with the NWO. With three of the greatest storytellers in pro wrestling history in one place, there's no telling who will be discussed and where the conversation will go.
Total Non-Stop Jarrett w/ a Panel on TNA, hosted by Jeff Jarrett
Well, given the current legal issues between Jeff Jarrett and Impact Wrestling, this will be a damn interesting one! The original founder of TNA will preside over a discussion of the highs and lows, the Victory Roads and the LOLTNA moments in a gathering that will certainly be Bound for Glory when it comes to annals of dissecting the great, the ridiculous and the impactful of the most controversial wrestling company of the 2000s and beyond!
PrimeTime with Sean Mooney Presents: Behind the Themes with Jim Johnston
For the first time ever, long-time WWE composer Jim Johnston makes a public appearance outside of the auspices of Stamford management to talk about the creative process, the legendary theme songs we all sing along to and all of the behind the scenes stories you want to hear about decades working inside the Titan machine. Sean Mooney, who's been exploring the personalities and stories from his time period in the WWF, will bring us backstage and behind the music.
Keepin' It 100! with Konnan, Disco Inferno, & Shane "Hurricane" Helms
One of the most blazing discussions weekly in professional wrestling, Konnan always keeps it 100 as he breaks down the current day professional wrestling world, the lucha scene and tons more as only he could. Hurricane Helms and Disco Inferno bring the funny and the insight in what looks to be the most entertaining, off the cuff discussion all weekend.
The Death of WCW Panel w/ Eric Bischoff, Kevin Sullivan, JJ Dillon & the Author of the Book, RD Reynolds
RD Reynolds literally wrote the book on the death of World Championship Wrestling, but only at Starrcast will he sit down to talk with some of the (alleged) culprits responsible for the end of pro wrestling's long love affair with Turner Broadcasting. With Eric Bischoff, who once ran the entire WCW ship, former WCW booker Kevin Sullivan and former WCW executive JJ Dillon all assembled together for the first time in decades for this discussion, tempers will certainly flair, allegations will be made and once again, Nitro's role in zeitgeist of the Monday Night Wars will be remembered.
The Art of Wrestling with Colt Cabana
Colt Cabana is the original wrestling podcaster, bringing listeners into the world of professional wrestling and allowing some of the best performers in the world to tell their stories. Cabana has led the podcast parade and now he'll open the floodgates and talk about the best and worst of the pro wrestling life with travel stories, special guests and more.
Bunny Ears Podcast w/ Macaulay Culkin & Matt Cohen, featuring Cody
The star of "Arrow" has not only helped lift an entire DC Comic book TV franchise universe, but he loves professional wrestling so much, he's "All In" when it comes to competing in the ring. If anyone from the entertainment world will understand that love of the game for pro wrestling, it's Macaulay Culkin. A discussion that will meet where Hollywood and pro wrestling connect, live at Starrcast.
Storytime with the Young Bucks
It all starts with The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson). They helped to revolutionize and change the face of pro wrestling forever. The journey that began in Rancho Cucamonga climaxes at "All In" and the next day, they will have the chance to sit with their extended fan family to reflect on everything that led them to sitting in the throne as independent wrestling kings, where they go from here and all of the wonderful life experiences that come with living the Superkick Party.
Greatest Trivia Rumble w/Many Wrestling Personalities
More trivia! More surprises!
The Lapsed Fan
The Lapsed Fan podcast dives into the events of yesteryear, bringing a new, fresh perspective on the good old days of professional wrestling. So, get ready to jump back in time and take part in a unique exploration of the wonderful and memorable events that we all loved (and even some that we want to forget!)
Why It Ended w/Robbie E & Matt Koon
Robbie E and Matt Koon sit down on every episode of Why It Ended, bringing a former full-time professional wrestling performer to discuss the highs and lows of their career and why the time came for them to step out from beyond their service to pro wrestling and return to civilian life. From emotionally jarring and hilarious celebratory stories, Why It Ended is an exploration of some of the most colorful performers you ever watched in the ring…and why that unique part of their resume came to its completion.
Mike Johnson is the lead reporter for PWInsider.com and has been writing about professional wrestling since 1996. He can be found on Twitter @MikePWInsider and MikeJohnsonWrites.com.