Heading into their 12th year, the Smart Wrestling Fan podcast can proudly tout themselves as the longest weekly episodic pro wrestling podcast in history. I’ve been an avid fan of the program since the double digit episode numbers and it’s not just the longevity that has made Smart Wrestling Fan stand out to me all these years. Smart Wrestling Fan brings a certain quality to their review format, going above and beyond the typical wrestling round table show by providing a blow by blow breakdown of all major televised wrestling for the week. Combining this in-depth review structure with the fun and wacky personalities of hosts Joe, Amy (Executive Moonbeam), and Mr. Mutant Larry gives us not only one of the most analytical wrestling reviews shows available but one that will tickle your funny bone as well.
Much like professional wrestling itself, Smart Wrestling Fan has gone through a few different era’s during it’s 10+ year existence with different co-hosts coming and going over the years; the one constant being Joe Negron. Joe’s dedication to podcasting extends well beyond providing the most well documented history of televised pro-wrestling since they started back in 2005. On top of the completely free Smart Wrestling Fan show, Joe has created the Smart Wrestling Fan EXTRA (the extra means more) network of podcasts covering a wide variety of pop culture and listener requested topics.
For just $5 a month worth of support on their Patreon page Smart Wrestling Fan EXTRA will not only garner you exclusive first access to the normal weekly Smart Wrestling Fan show, but Smart Wrestling Fan Other as well, where WWE Network Specials and NXT is covered. For the old school wrestling fans around, there is over a years worth of Smart Wrestling Fan Retro, featuring a long run with yours truly as Joe & friends travel back in time to review the weekly wrestling of the 1990’s Attitude Era starting with SummerSlam 1995. If you hate wrestling and made it this far, bless your soul, this next part is for you.
On top of all the professional wrestling coverage Smart Wrestling Fan has been built upon, EXTRA also provides us with podcasts exploring the gangs opinion of other topics and interests. My personal favorite podcast, Smart Movie Fan, gives listeners a chance to pick any film of their choosing for a round table discussion. These discussions come as in-depth as the wrestling reviews with beat for beat film analysis that usually go longer than the movies themselves. With titles like Sleepaway Camp 1 & 2, The Wraith, People Under the Stairs, Dead Alive, Glitter, The Last Airbender, and Shoot Em Up all covered, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Personal favorite episodes of mine include Batman Returns which reminds us of just how terrible that movie was, and the over 4 hour breakdown of why Man of Steel is quite possibly the worst thing ever.
Also included on EXTRA are one off podcasts like Smart Breaking Bad Fan, songs produced for the show, on going series like Smart Bojack Horseman Fan, back episodes of the main show and much, much more. If you like what you hear and want to support them even more, their Patreon offers multiple supporter levels with fun bonuses along the way, like discounts on exclusive Smart Wrestling Fan Shop merchandise and official Smart Wrestling Fan Crate Baskets where the gang will send you a box of fun stuff every month, including toys, figures, movies, and even digital games!
Another charming aspect of Smart Wrestling Fan is not only the do it yourself nature Joe has chosen to take with the podcast but the wonderful community of listeners they’ve built around the show, including reading all listeners emails and an active presence on Twitter. Most excitingly though is their Facebook page, which allows the hosts to interact and comment live during the weekly wrestling shows. The page is a constant flow of conversation and humor revolving around the world of professional wrestling without the riff raff of similar pages. The conversation during live events really adds an extra element to watching the programming each week.
Smart Wrestling Fan is more than just a podcast its a community of like minded individuals with a love for not only wrestling but entertainment & media alike, and it is definitely one to be a part of. If you can’t donate to their Patreon I’d still recommend giving the entirely free show a listen as it’s available on iTunes and Podbean right now!