Wrestling talk shows have a long history in the business, going back more than 30 years.
Are they legitimate talk shows along the lines of, say, The Tonight Show? Of course not, although some in wrestling have tried to emulate that format. These are brief interview segments - some as short as a minute or two - that have aired on wrestling programs, live events and even pay-per-views.These have been used as a tool to elevate talent, introduce new characters and further big angles; sometimes, they're even used to kick off a brand new storyline.
For our purposes, a Wrestling Talk Show is a segment that has a proper name (e.g. Miz TV) and is hosted by a wrestler or wrestling personality in the middle of a wrestling television show. Exclusions would include self-contained programming (e.g. TNT, Talking Smack, Prime Time Wrestling, The Bobby Heenan Show, WWE Backstage); pre-taped interview segments used to hype upcoming live events (e.g. Face to Face); and the nameless, generic interview segments that Mean Gene Okerlund and others conducted on elevated platforms or similar sets.
And even with those segments excluded, we still have lots of segments to choose from. In counting down the Top 50 Wrestling Talk Shows, Wrestling Merchandise and Memories looked at the following criteria:
Were the talk shows prominent parts of a wrestling show?
Were they around for a significant portion of time?
How many historically memorable segments happened on the show?
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