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A monthly episodic podcast, looking back at wrestling’s Monday Night War, through the eyes of one’s of it’s biggest influences, Vince Russo. As the head-writer of the WWE, Russo was the man who spearheaded the WWE’s revival against Ted Turner’s WCW, penning some of wrestling’s most famous segments, featuring the likes of Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, The Undertaker, Mick Foley, DX and The Hart Foundation.

As the WWE turned the tables and began to convincingly win the ratings war, WCW decided to bring in the man they deemed responsible for WWE’s change of fortunes, and in October 1999, Russo became the head-writer of WCW, writing for the likes Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Randy Savage, Rowdy Roddy Piper, Goldberg and the NWO

This podcast is a month by month account of Vince Russo’s time with both companies - from the man himself - beginning with his WWE run from January 1997 and concluding with October 2000, his final month with WCW. You will hear all the dirt, the facts, the plans that changed, the ideas that almost were and an unique insight into creativity dealing all with some of biggest names in wrestling history, from the man who lived, breathed and wrote the greatest period in wrestling history.

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A monthly episodic podcast, looking back at wrestling’s Monday Night War, through the eyes of one’s of it’s biggest influences, Vince Russo. As the head-writer of the WWE, Russo was the man who spearheaded the WWE’s revival against Ted Turner’s WCW, penning some of wrestling’s most famous segments, featuring the likes of Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, The Undertaker, Mick Foley, DX and The Hart Foundation.

As the WWE turned the tables and began to convincingly win the ratings war, WCW decided to bring in the man they deemed responsible for WWE’s change of fortunes, and in October 1999, Russo became the head-writer of WCW, writing for the likes Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Randy Savage, Rowdy Roddy Piper, Goldberg and the NWO

This podcast is a month by month account of Vince Russo’s time with both companies - from the man himself - beginning with his WWE run from January 1997 and concluding with October 2000, his final month with WCW. You will hear all the dirt, the facts, the plans that changed, the ideas that almost were and an unique insight into creativity dealing all with some of biggest names in wrestling history, from the man who lived, breathed and wrote the greatest period in wrestling history.

    Podcast on a Pole Ep 11: Sept. 1997

    Podcast on a Pole Ep 11: Sept. 1997

    Podcast on a Pole is a Monthly Podcast that follows the WWF vs WCW Monday Night Wars. This Episode is reviewing September of 1997. You will hear about the WWF PPV Ground Zero where Stone Cold Steve Austin needed to vacate the Intercontinental Title as well as the Tag Team Titles. We get to hear about Brian Pillman's XXX Files and what the plans were going to be before his untimely death in October. Hear what was happening in WCW at the time and the progression of DX before they were called DX. Also you will get a look at the UK PPV One Night Only, as Billi was there being a typical Brit throwing things at HBK after he defeated The British Bulldog...What a mark. All that and more this month on Podcast On a Pole September 1997!
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    WCW 1997 | With SHOCKING Surprise Guest

    WCW 1997 | With SHOCKING Surprise Guest

    After much speculation, Billi and Cav explain exactly what happened with Vince Russo and why he departed Podcast on a Pole. With Russo now gone, we needed this episode to be something special — to set the tone for what you can expect moving forward, and we definitely think we came through with what we set out to do. 
    We will be delivering 2 episodes this month, with September 1997 set to be released over the weekend, however, this bonus episode will focus exclusively on WCW in 1997— featuring the man most qualified to do so.
    While we have somewhat neglected to extensively cover the other side of the Monday Night War - due to Vince Russo’s claim that he never watched WCW or cared about they were doing - we assume you, this episode more than compensates for that! 


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    • 2 hr 1 min
    Podcast on a Pole Ep 10: August 1997

    Podcast on a Pole Ep 10: August 1997

    Podcast on a Pole is a monthly episodic podcast, looking back at wrestling’s Monday Night War, through the eyes of one’s of its biggest influences, Vince Russo. As the head-writer as both the WWE and WCW, Russo was involved with some of wrestling’s most famous segments, featuring the likes of Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, The Undertaker, Mick Foley, DX, Bret Hart, Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Rowdy Roddy Piper, Goldberg, the NWO and more.

    On this episode of Podcast on a Pole, we deep delve into August 1997– which featured one of the biggest SummerSlam’s in history. Vince Russo eventually made himself available, to break down all the key happenings, which saw Bret Hart become the 5th time world champion and the entire company hold their collective breaths, as Owen Hart inexplicably dropped Steve Austin - the company’s cash cow - on his head.

    Elsewhere in August, we saw the heel turn Shawn Michaels’ who would begin his program with The Undertaker following the SummerSlam finish. We also saw the continuation of the USA vs Hart Foundation storyline, as The Patriot emerged as the first challenger for Bret Hart’s newly won title, while the injured Steve Austin was kept on TV to terrorise the late Owen Hart. For those of you joining us late in the proceedings, the WWE was changing in the spring/summer of 1997.
    Stone Cold Steve Austin – who in any other year before would have been a dastardly heel – was becoming the company’s hottest babyface, while Bret Hart – a longtime good guy in WWE – was being rejected by the modern fans, and decided to turn heel. shortly thereafter, Bret reunited with his brother Owen, brothers-in-law The British Bulldog and Jim Neidhart, and longtime family friend Brian Pillman, to form The new Hart Foundation. This was debatably Bret’s finest year in the WWF, as But Hart’s transition to heel alone, was a groundbreaking storyline, but when you factor the twist that The Hart Foundation bashed America every week on TV - and were booed as heels in the US - but we’re cheered as babyfaces everywhere else on the planet, this really was an unforgettable and groundbreaking period in WWF history, that you’ll never experience ever again. You’ll also never see it covered more extensively, on a month to month basis, than right here on Podcast on a Pole— from the man responsible for writing it.
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    • 1 hr 17 min
    Podcast on a Pole Ep 9: July 1997

    Podcast on a Pole Ep 9: July 1997

    Podcast on a Pole is a monthly episodic podcast, looking back at wrestling’s Monday Night War, through the eyes of one’s of its biggest influences, Vince Russo. As the head-writer as both the WWE and WCW, Russo was involved with some of wrestling’s most famous segments, featuring the likes of Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, The Undertaker, Mick Foley, DX, Bret Hart, Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Rowdy Roddy Piper, Goldberg, the NWO and more.

    On this episode of Podcast on a Pole, we take an in depth look at July 1997, as Vince Russo verbalises his unforgettable experience of travelling to Canada to witness the building shaking Canadian Stampede PPV— which saw Bret Hart’s Hart Foundation return to Calgary and receive a Prophet-like response, as they overcame a Stone Cold lead Team USA, in front of the entire Hart family and a rabid hometown crowd. The entrances alone are incredible to watch, as the Saddledome fans erupted for the Hart Foundation, for one of the most “sustained reactions” in WWE history. Meanwhile, Team USA— Austin, Shamrock, Goldust, and LOD, were savagely booed. Canadian Stampede would sadly be the last great moment of the legendary Hart family’s WWF legacy. 


    July was a crucial month in the USA vs Hart Foundation storyline. For those of you joining us late in the proceedings, the WWE was changing in the spring/summer of 1997.
    Stone Cold Steve Austin – who in any other year before would have been a dastardly heel – was becoming the company’s hottest babyface, while Bret Hart – a longtime good guy in WWE – was being rejected by the modern fans, and decided to turn heel. shortly thereafter, Bret reunited with his brother Owen, brothers-in-law The British Bulldog and Jim Neidhart, and longtime family friend Brian Pillman, to form The new Hart Foundation. This was debatably Bret’s finest year in the WWF, as But Hart’s transition to heel alone, was a groundbreaking storyline, but when you factor the twist that The Hart Foundation bashed America every week on TV - and were booed as heels in the US - but we’re cheered as babyfaces everywhere else on the planet, this really was an unforgettable and groundbreaking period in WWF history, that you’ll never experience ever again. You’ll also never see it covered more extensively, on a month to month basis, than right here on Podcast on a Pole— from the man responsible for writing it.
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Podcast on a Pole Ep 8: June 1997

    Podcast on a Pole Ep 8: June 1997

    Podcast on a Pole is a monthly episodic podcast, looking back at wrestling’s Monday Night War, through the eyes of one’s of its biggest influences, Vince Russo. As the head-writer as both the WWE and WCW, Russo was involved with some of wrestling’s most famous segments, featuring the likes of Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, The Undertaker, Mick Foley, DX, Bret Hart, Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Rowdy Roddy Piper, Goldberg, the NWO and more.

    On this episode of Podcast on a Pole, we take an in depth look at June 1997, as Vince Russo breaks down a month that saw plans for the King of the Ring totally revamped— including the overall winner and the cancelled Bret Hart vs Shawn Michaels and Steve Austin vs Brian Pillman matches — leaving us with a Shawn Michaels vs Steve Austin match no one asked for. However, when it came to getting his hands on Shawn, Bret couldn’t wait any longer, giving us the infamous backstage fight in Hartford on June 9th. We get the full lowdown from the man that was there.

    You’d think that in itself could be a full episode, but that’s never the case with Raw in 1997, as we also look at the Undertaker’s secret, the implosion of the Nation, the heel turn of Ahmed Johnson, the three faces of Foley, the plans for Shamrock vs Dan Severn, the weird relationship between Lawler and Heyman and the burial of Sycho Sid — all exclusively on this month’s edition of “Podcast on a Pole!”

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    • 1 hr 19 min
    Podcast on a Pole Ep 7: May 1997

    Podcast on a Pole Ep 7: May 1997

    Podcast on a Pole is a monthly episodic podcast, looking back at wrestling’s Monday Night War, through the eyes of one’s of its biggest influences, Vince Russo. As the head-writer as both the WWE and WCW, Russo was involved with some of wrestling’s most famous segments, featuring the likes of Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, The Undertaker, Mick Foley, DX, Bret Hart, Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Rowdy Roddy Piper, Goldberg, the NWO and more.

    On this episode of Podcast on a Pole, we take an in depth look at May 1997, as Vince Russo breaks down his third month in creative— a month that sewed the seeds for so much that was to come, including the implosion of Bret Hart and Michaels and the long-term feud between The Undertaker and Kane.

    This episode deep dives into subjects such as, the real physical condition of Brian Pillman, the ‘Sunny days’ comment, the Bret and Shawn over-run, the foundations of Kane, the sit-down interviews from Mick Foley and Goldust, the Faarooq race card controversy, the utilisation of Sunny and more— all exclusively on this month’s edition of “Podcast on a Pole!”

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    • 1 hr 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
65 Ratings

65 Ratings

Bleed420 ,

Russo is the man!!

Love this podcast and everyone involved. Great history review!

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Love it....On A Pole

Great show. Billi and Cav are very educated on WWF/WWE programming from the late 90s era. Vince has some great stories and insight. Very entertaining show.

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