X-Pac opens today’s show by speaking about the new Mayor of Knox County, Kane. He points out that he knew Kane was going be to victorious in this Mayoral race from the time he announced his intentions to run. He loves Glenn Jacobs, and notes that they had a lot of fun together when they tagged for a period of time during the attitude era.
Jerry “The King” Lawler returned to the ring this past week, paying tribute to his late son, Brian Christopher Lawler in a match against James Ellsworth. Lawler later went on record saying that wrestling was therapeutic for him at this difficult time. X-Pac says he spoke to Lawler the morning of Brian’s funeral and Lawler was quite upset. He adds that Lawler did what he thought was best for his son, and he thinks people should leave Lawler alone right now.
Cody Rhodes, The Young Bucks, and the rest of the ALL IN crew announced this past week that there’ll be an “Over Budget Battle Royale” at ALL IN on September 1st. X-Pac thinks this is a great idea, noting that a battle royale makes sense when you have a lot of talent and need to find a way to fit them all onto a card with limited time to do so.
X-Pac welcomes Davey Boy Smith Jr. to the show.
X-Pac asks Smith Jr. if he thinks his Uncle Owen will ever be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. He’s unsure if it will ever happen, but he’s sure that his Aunt Martha (Owen’s Widow) doesn’t want WWE to profit from Owen’s induction. He points out that if WWE donates their profits to the Owen Hart Foundation, which she’s heavily involved in, perhaps she’d allow it. However, he simply doesn’t think she’ll ever permit his induction.
X-Pac points out that Bret Hart and Martha argued publicly over this topic recently, and Smith Jr. notes that it was hard for him to watch that dispute play out publicly. He decided to stay out of the dispute, and points out that he can definitely see both sides of the argument.
Speaking about the potential induction of his father, The British Bulldog, Smith Jr. says he’d love to induct his father if the time ever came. He points out that his father and Dynamite Kid should have been inducted a long time ago, and you can argue that they should have been inducted before plenty of current inductees. He doesn’t know what the delay is for but regardless, he hopes that they both get inducted someday.
Smith Jr. talks about his father’s influence on him as a professional wrestler as his career has progressed. He recalls planning out the majority of his matches with T.J. Wilson (Tyson Kidd) when they worked together in Calgary. While they had great, choreographed bouts, his father told him that he needed to learn how to work on the fly. Smith Jr. has since learned how to call matches in the ring and he thinks that’s a very valuable skill.
Smith Jr. talks about what separates NJPW from the other wrestling promotions in Japan. He points out that NJPW has basically always been the #1 promotion in Japan, similar to how WWE is consistently the #1 promotion in the world. Sure, NJPW and WWE have had their down periods, but they always bounce back. NJPW’s booking has been consistently good for a long period of time now, and they’ve been able to expand internationally as of late.
X-Pac asks Smith Jr. how the Montreal Screwjob affected him as a kid. Smith Jr. points out that at that time he was a big fan of Shawn Michaels and the other members of The Kliq. He also says that his father, The British Bulldog, didn’t really have any issues with The Kliq. It was mostly Bret who had heat with those guys, and he can recall his father even taking Shawn Michaels’ side on certain things at that time.
Smith Jr. talks about the recent incident between him and Jake “The Snake” Roberts. He points out that the entire thing was blown out of proportion and he has since buried the hatchet with Roberts. He says his real issue is with the dirt sheets who spread the rumours and fuelled the fire at that time.
Smith Jr. says his father did a lot of good things for WWE throughout his career, and he wishes they could have done more for him. He also wishes that his father would have had a Championship run with WWE. Nonetheless, he knows that he can’t turn back the clock and he can’t change the past.
Speaking about the upcoming WWE Evolution PPV, Smith Jr. says he’d love to see Natalya do something with Ronda Rousey. He’s also a big fan of NXT Women’s Champion, Shayna Baszler, and he wouldn’t mind seeing Natalya work with her at some point.
That sums up today’s episode of X-Pac 1, 2, 360. You can listen to the show yourself anytime here, and I’ll catch ya next week for another recap!