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The Retro Network Podcast Channel features a variety of shows about pop culture past and present. Weekly episodes include the flagship TRN Podcast, Wizards: The Podcast Guide to Comics, The House Show wrestling podcast and Sequelquest movie reviews.

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(From June 2018)

Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros is the most iconic video game franchise in history, so of course a Super Mario Bros live action film starring Mario and Luigi made sense to movie studios in 1993. Unfortunately the grimy wasteland inhabited by Bob Hoskins, John Leguizamo and Dennis Hopper on the silver screen bore very little resemblance to the colorful fantasy world we saw on our television sets at home.

The film has lived in infamy for 25 years as many more video game movies have come and gone,  but no further live action forays into the world of the Super Mario Bros have ever been discussed…until now.

 

Join Adam, Jeramy and returning guest, Colin as they share their stories of gaming with Mario in the 80’s and 90’s, their first time seeing Super Mario Bros in movie theaters and ultimately begin pitching their wild ideas for a Super Mario Bros movie sequel.

Will the gritty cinematic vision of Dinohattan return along with some amped up violence in the mushroom kingdom? Or will the crew work to bring the film back in line with the imagination of gamers everywhere to create a worthy quest for these video game heroes?

Listen now and find out how Super Mario Bros 2 takes shape in the world of imagination known as SequelQuest.

 

 

 

SequelQuest Rewind | A Super Mario Brothers Sequel | EP79
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Stream our SequelQuest Back Catalogue from the links below or find the show on the NEW TRN Feed on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, Podbean, SoundCloud and more.

SequelQuest Back Catalogue:
NEW! Now on Spotify as well! https://spoti.fi/2IrmZOF
iTunes http://apple.co/2qJQwux
GooglePodcasts http://bit.ly/2qwIkl7
Soundcloud http://bit.ly/2p28pIL
TuneIn http://bit.ly/2pKRWWf
Stitcher http://bit.ly/2BJaBGm
Podbean http://bit.ly/2nqSQHz

NEW TheRetroNetwork Feed:
TRN Apple Podcasts: http://bit.ly/TRNpodFeed

 

Credits:
Intro Music
Music: "Let's Go Back" performed by Donovan Raitt
Music: Bensound.com "Instinct"
Exit Music
Music: "Let's Go Back" performed by Donovan Raitt
Technical Producer: Jeramy Hubbard
Social Media Producer: Adam Pope & Jeramy Hubbard
Website: http://theretronetwork.com
Website: http://sequelquestpod.com
Twitter: @SQPod
Twitter: @TRNsocial
Instagram: @ SequelQuest
Facebook: Sequelquest
All rights to the individual Intellectual Properties discussed on SequelQuest are under the ownership of their respective current owners, no copyright infringement is intended.

 

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This is one of the big ones, fans. From the inception of this series your hosts and fellow listeners anxiously awaited discussing the WWF In Your House: Canadian Stampede pay per view event. Arguably the hottest crowd in WWF history. Reactions so loud they literally, not figuratively, shake the building. At the height of WWF's Hart Foundation vs the United States feud this event is held north of the border. Taking place July 6, 1997 from the Canadian Airlines Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in front of over 12,000 of the most passionate fans you'll ever hear.

Bret Hart returned to the WWF and found a changed landscape. Fans were behind a foul mouthed rebel by the name of Stone Cold Steve Austin. Bret blamed the disrespectful bloodthirsty culture of America. In one of the most creative ideas in wrestling history Bret and the rest of the Hart Foundation were the biggest villains in the United States and cheered as heroes in every other country.

In other action, two future world champions battle it out. The WWF begins to toy with a light heavyweight division to counter WCW's cruiserweights. The Undertaker's original challenger for tonight's World title match is injured, so who do they call as a replacement?

All this wrestling talk plus the opinions and stories you've come to know and love from your hosts. Wrestling related face mask talk. A tale of public urination. Cowboy hats! Who is Mrs. Calgary? Detailing the events behind tonight's light heavyweight and World title matches. We discuss our favorite Farmer's Daughter songs. Finally, the Educator singles out a member of the Hart family.

WWF In Your House: Canadian Stampede matches include:

  • Hunter Hearst Helmsley (with Chyna) vs. Mankind.
  • Taka Michinoku vs. the Great Sasuke.
  • The Undertaker (World champion) vs. Vader (with Paul Bearer).
  • The Hart Foundation (Bret Hart, Owen Hart, the British Bulldog, Jim "the Anvil" Neidhart, and Brian Pillman) vs. Ken Shamrock, Goldust, the Legion of Doom, and Stone Cold Steve Austin.

The Retro Network’s own Kevin Decent (@MaskedLibrary) along with his two best friends “Sweet” Matty Treats (@MattyTreats) and Matt “the Educator of Excellence” are revisiting the WWF’s In Your House pay per view events over the course of the worldwide quarantine. This trios team has been watching wrestling all their lives and debating the outcomes since high school. Join them each week for a new podcast and invite them in your house.

Contact The House Show across social media! Follow us on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook. Follow along with each podcast by signing up for a 30-day free trial of the WWE Network. Watch all the In Your House pay-per-views plus so much more from the ’80s and ’90s eras including Wrestlemanias, Summerslams, and events from other leagues like WCW and NWA. Click the link here in the show notes and you’ll also be supporting The House Show and The Retro Network as an official WWE affiliate.

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Episode 15 of WIZARDS was declared the “worst Wizard” issue by the original editorial staff, but we beg to differ. Join Adam, Michael and special guest, Pete as they discover the origin of Chromium comic book covers, introduce the new Damage Control segment, talk William Shatner’s TekWar comic book, review the first appearance of Doomsday in Superman Man of Steel #18 and get jealous as Michael receives a “Bat-tastic” birthday surprise. All this comics geekery and more, so listen now!

Get one of our three official WIZARDS t-shirt designs today at this link https://www.teepublic.com/stores/wizards-the-podcast-guide-to-comics?ref_id=12330

 

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Jason and Mickey return to talk toys and specifically, our favorite toy commercials! First, we catch up on our week which includes Mickey's fixation with Moon Pies. Then, we dive into this week's Recurrent Events and our reactions to the following headlines:

  • Ready Player Two release date
  • New fantasy movie with Jim Henson creature shop
  • Stallone teases another Rambo installment
  • Wonder Years reboot series
  • Mandalorian cereal at Sam's Club
  • Doritos Tangy Pickle
  • Exclusive comic-con G.I. Joe items coming to Walmart

Find links to each Recurrent Events topic in TRN Podcast 055 show notes at TheRetroNetwork.com

In this week's TRN Time Machine segment sponsored by the RetroDaze, Jason and Mickey list their favorite toy commercials from back in the day. Whether it was toys we owned, toys we wanted but never got or just toy store commercials, so many great memories are packed into each of our lists. Plus, our listeners present a glorious list of commercials to add to the conversation. Head over YouTube and watch the TRN Podcast 055 Toy Commercial Playlist to put visuals with the podcast! 

We finish up this week's show with the upcoming schedule for TRN's YouTube shows, written features on the website, and of course, the podcast channel schedule. We invite you explore all The Retro Network and our Patreon page has to offer this coming week.

To interact with the podcast, please connect with @TRNsocial on Twitter which is where we look for feedback to add to the show. If you enjoy the TRN Podcast and others in the channel like WIZARDS: The Podcast Guide to Comics, Sequelquest, and The House Show, please leave a 5-star rating in your favorite app. Support us on Patreon for bonus content including the TRN Drive-In '95 podcast series reviewing 1995 movies and Grocery Stories mini-podcasts on our experiences working at grocery stores back in the day. Choose your level of TRN fandom which starts at just $2!

Follow The Retro Network Podcast Channel on Podbean or subscribe on popular apps like SpotifyiTunes, iHeartRadioGoogle Play, Pandora, TuneIn, Stitcher, AND MORE!

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(From March 2019)

Well listeners, are you ready to rough it? 30 years ago Shelley Long taught a group of little rich girls how to survive in the wilds of Beverly Hills with hilarious results in Troop Beverly Hills. Featuring future stars like Jenny Lewis, Carla Gugino and Tori Spelling this 80s comedy has become a cult classic amongst movie fans but we’ve never seen the likes of Phyllis Nefler or Velda Plendor on the big screen since.

In this fabulous episode Jeff and Adam are joined by former member of Troop Beverly Hills and professional comedy writer, Hayley Terris to envision a sequel to this tale of Wilderness Girls gone wild. Hayley shares her tales of growing up in Beverly Hills where she had personal  experiences with OJ Simpson, Kim Kardashian and even a redhead member of the movie’s cast.

 

This is a trek through the podcast wilderness you won’t want to miss, so earn your Best Listener patch today by enjoying our takes on Troop Beverly Hills 2 now!

 

 

SequelQuest Rewind | A Troop Beverly Hills Sequel | EP96
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Stream our SequelQuest Back Catalogue from the links below or find the show on the NEW TRN Feed on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, Podbean, SoundCloud and more.

SequelQuest Back Catalogue:
NEW! Now on Spotify as well! https://spoti.fi/2IrmZOF
iTunes http://apple.co/2qJQwux
GooglePodcasts http://bit.ly/2qwIkl7
Soundcloud http://bit.ly/2p28pIL
TuneIn http://bit.ly/2pKRWWf
Stitcher http://bit.ly/2BJaBGm
Podbean http://bit.ly/2nqSQHz

NEW TheRetroNetwork Feed:
TRN Apple Podcasts: http://bit.ly/TRNpodFeed

 

Credits:
Intro Music
Music: "Let's Go Back" performed by Donovan Raitt
Music: Bensound.com "Instinct"
Exit Music
Music: "Let's Go Back" performed by Donovan Raitt
Technical Producer: Jeramy Hubbard
Social Media Producer: Adam Pope & Jeramy Hubbard
Website: http://theretronetwork.com
Website: http://sequelquestpod.com
Twitter: @SQPod
Twitter: @TRNsocial
Instagram: @ SequelQuest
Facebook: Sequelquest
All rights to the individual Intellectual Properties discussed on SequelQuest are under the ownership of their respective current owners, no copyright infringement is intended.

 

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That's right, two shows will be discussed today! It's a "Double Hebner!"

Du-plex Ci-ty! Clap clap clapclapclap!

These two shows flow together so well that we finished talking about In Your House 14 and continued into the 15th installment. We didn't want to tell you all about the set up that takes place on 'Revenge of the Taker' and make our listeners wait a week for the pay off at 'A Cold Day in Hell.' Plus, take a look at these two events on the WWE Network. The graphics are exactly the same, only the dates have changed.

Revenge of the 'Taker takes place on  April 20, 1997 at the Rochester Community War Memorial in Rochester, NY in front of nearly 6,500 fans. Steve Austin is about to become the hottest thing in all of professional wrestling. A month earlier at WrestleMania 13 was the infamous double turn in which Austin became a face and Bret Hart turned into WWF's biggest heel. The Hart Foundation is here hating America while simultaneously beloved in Canada and other countries. Some of the Attitude Era's biggest stars are here, just before breaking through.

Tonight's matches include:

  • The Legion of Doom vs. Owen Hart and the British Bulldog (WWF Tag Team champions).
  • Savio Vega (with the Nation of Domination) vs. Rocky Maivia (Intercontinental champion).
  • Jesse James vs Rockabilly (with the Honky Tonk Man).
  • The Undertaker (WWF champion) vs. Mankind (with Paul Bearer).
  • "Stone Cold" Steve Austin vs. Bret Hart to determine the #1 Contender to the WWF title.

Spoiler alert. Austin wins that match.

Which brings us to the second feature, In Your House 15: 'A Cold Day in Hell.' This event is held May 11, 1997, at the Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, VA in front of over 9,000 fans. WWF is heating up and the talent who will help them win the Monday Night Wars is here. It is amazing to see so many future WWF champions on this card. Back when none of us could have imagined what these Superstars were about to do and the amazing careers that lay before them.

Tonight's matches for the second part of the show include:

  • Hunter Hearst Helmsley (with Chyna) vs. Flash Funk.
  • Mankind vs. Rocky Maivia.
  • The Nation of Domination members Faarooq, Crush, and Savio Vega (with Clarence Mason, PG-13, and D'Lo Brown) vs. Ahmed Johnson in a Gauntlet match.
  • Ken Shamrock vs. Vader in a No Holds Barred match.
  • The Undertaker (WWF champion) vs. "Stone Cold" Steve Austin.  

Your hosts discuss these matches and so much more. Shazam! Watching The Rock try to escape from Rocky Maivia. Where does Savio Vega reside? Door banners! Hype central! Bret "Crybaby" Hart. Then on part 2 we wonder if the Chyna gimmick would work today. Fantasy booking a better version of the Nation of Domination. All this talk plus two matches that surprised us.

Contact The House Show across social media! Follow us on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook. Follow along with each podcast by signing up for a 30-day free trial of the WWE Network. Watch all the In Your House pay-per-views plus so much more from the ’80s and ’90s eras including Wrestlemanias, Summerslams, and events from other leagues like WCW and NWA. Click the link here in the show notes and you’ll also be supporting The House Show and The Retro Network as an official WWE affiliate.

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WIZARDS ½ episode 14.5 opens with Michael being dared to lick a 90’s comic book! It’s a will he/won’t he nailbiter that will have you laughing like the Joker until his decision is revealed. Plus Adam launches the new 2099 Hotline segment to reveal even more details about the futuristic Marvel Universe and announces the winner of our Spider-Man 2099 Giveaway. It’s half the length and twice the fun in this WIZARDS mini-episode!

 

Get one of our three WIZARDS designs today at this link https://www.teepublic.com/stores/wizards-the-podcast-guide-to-comics?ref_id=12330

 

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Ask Jason and Mick Anything! That's right, our listeners control this week's Time Machine segment by tweeting us topics to discuss. First, we catch up on our 4th of July holidays and Jason shares his turn in retro wrestling watching from WCW to WWF. Then, we react to this week's Recurrent Events headlines which include:

  • Beavis and Butthead returning for new seasons
  • The Goonies reenactment TV show gets pilot
  • DARYL gets TV series sequel
  • New Scooby-Doo animated movie coming this Halloween
  • Little Monsters and Shivers getting Blu-ray releases
  • Lynryrd Skynyrd biopic on Amazon
  • Peach milkshake back at Chick-Fil-A
  • Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate with Lucky Charms marshmallows
  • Back to the Future/Transformers mashup toy
  • Ghostbusters/My Little Pony figure
  • WWE Legends Royal Rumble card game
  • G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout video game

In this week's TRN Time Machine segment sponsored by the RetroDaze, Jason and Mickey field your questions from Twitter! We first start out with the four topics we didn't get to in the last AMA (also known as Pod Choice 10). Then we answer 7 new topics left for us this week. Topics range from music videos, fantasy movies, MTV shows, what we watched at Grandma's house, and Hanna Barbera cartoons

We finish up this week's show with the upcoming schedule for TRN's YouTube shows, written features on the website, and of course, the podcast channel schedule. We invite you explore all The Retro Network and our Patreon page has to offer this coming week.

To interact with the podcast, please connect with @TRNsocial on Twitter which is where we look for feedback to add to the show. If you enjoy the TRN Podcast and others in the channel like WIZARDS: The Podcast Guide to Comics, Sequelquest, and The House Show, please leave a 5-star rating in your favorite app. Support us on Patreon for bonus content including the TRN Drive-In '95 podcast series reviewing 1995 movies and Grocery Stories mini-podcasts on our experiences working at grocery stores back in the day. Choose your level of TRN fandom which starts at just $2!

Follow The Retro Network Podcast Channel on Podbean or subscribe on popular apps like SpotifyiTunes, iHeartRadioGoogle Play, Pandora, TuneIn, Stitcher, AND MORE!

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(From December 2015)

How do you save the re-booted movie universe of the Fantastic Four? Can an impressive sequel save the day? Listen in as Jeff, Jeramy, Adam, and special guest Preston attempt to help 20th Century Fox right the sinking ship in this week’s episode.

 

 

SequelQuest Rewind | A Fan4stic (Fantastic 4) Sequel | EP7
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Stream our SequelQuest Back Catalogue from the links below or find the show on the NEW TRN Feed on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, Podbean, SoundCloud and more.

SequelQuest Back Catalogue:
NEW! Now on Spotify as well! https://spoti.fi/2IrmZOF
iTunes http://apple.co/2qJQwux
GooglePodcasts http://bit.ly/2qwIkl7
Soundcloud http://bit.ly/2p28pIL
TuneIn http://bit.ly/2pKRWWf
Stitcher http://bit.ly/2BJaBGm
Podbean http://bit.ly/2nqSQHz

NEW TheRetroNetwork Feed:
TRN Apple Podcasts: http://bit.ly/TRNpodFeed

 

Credits:
Intro Music
Music: "Let's Go Back" performed by Donovan Raitt
Music: Bensound.com "Instinct"
Exit Music
Music: "Let's Go Back" performed by Donovan Raitt
Technical Producer: Jeramy Hubbard
Social Media Producer: Adam Pope & Jeramy Hubbard
Website: http://theretronetwork.com
Website: http://sequelquestpod.com
Twitter: @SQPod
Twitter: @TRNsocial
Instagram: @ SequelQuest
Facebook: Sequelquest
All rights to the individual Intellectual Properties discussed on SequelQuest are under the ownership of their respective current owners, no copyright infringement is intended.

 

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Set right in between the 1997 Royal Rumble and WrestleMania 13 came one of the most important editions of the In Your House series. This event took place February 16, 1997 at the UTC Arena in Chattanooga, Tennessee in front of just over 6,000 fans who were guaranteed to see a new WWF champion crowned.

This is a crazy set up so buckle up. The Royal Rumble saw a controversial finish. Steve Austin was eliminated but the referees didn't see it. He came back in and eliminated Vader, the Undertaker, and Bret Hart thus winning the Rumble. The plan all along was to have these four men face off again at In Your House: Final Four to decide a definitive winner who would then go on to face the WWF champion (Shawn Michaels) at WrestleMania 13.

The problem was, Shawn Michaels didn't want to lose his title to Bret Hart. I mean, Shawn had a knee injury. I mean, Shawn "lost his smile". No matter what the truth was the fact is Shawn Michaels gave up the WWF title three days before this pay per view at Thursday Raw Thursday Live. This four way match that was meant to crown a new #1 contender is now for the vacant WWF title.

We go over all of this on the podcast and so much more. Hot Pokemon talk. Matty Treats introduces us to the world of car sushi. We ask what kind of person Shawn Michaels was back in 1997. We discuss sending money via Western Union. One of the biggest WWF debuts of all time as "Funky Gold Gunn" shows up. This is then overshadowed by the debut of Chyna! We follow all of this up with the biggest top 5 debate in show history.

Tonight's card includes:

  • Marc Mero (with Sable) vs. Leif Cassidy.
  • The Nation of Domination - Faarooq, Crush, and Savio Vega - accompanied by PG-13, D-Lo Brown, and Clarence Mason vs. Bart Gunn, Flash Funk, and Goldust (with Marlena).
  • Rocky Maivia (Intercontinental champion) vs. Hunter Hearst Helmsley.
  • Doug Furnas and Phil LaFon vs. Owen Hart and British Bulldog (WWF Tag Team champions) - with Clarence Mason.
  • Vader vs. Undertaker vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Bret Hart in an elimination match for the WWF title.

The Retro Network’s own Kevin Decent (@MaskedLibrary) along with his two best friends “Sweet” Matty Treats (@MattyTreats) and Matt “the Educator of Excellence” are revisiting the WWF’s In Your House pay per view events over the course of the worldwide quarantine. This trios team has been watching wrestling all their lives and debating the outcomes since high school. Join them each week for a new podcast and invite them in your house.

Contact The House Show across social media! Follow us on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook. Follow along with each podcast by signing up for a 30-day free trial of the WWE Network. Watch all the In Your House pay-per-views plus so much more from the ’80s and ’90s eras including Wrestlemanias, Summerslams, and events from other leagues like WCW and NWA. Click the link here in the show notes and you’ll also be supporting The House Show and The Retro Network as an official WWE affiliate.

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