Conrad Thompson, aka Conrad the Mortgage Guy, has gone from a wrestling fan and professional in the mortgage business to the co-host of two of the most popular wrestling podcasts in the game alongside Bruce Prichard and Tony Schiavone, plus a newer series with Eric Bischoff. He’s also the creator of wrestling podcast convention, Starrcast.
After Starrcast took place as a companion to All In on Labor Day weekend 2018, it was only natural that Starrcast II would go down before AEW’s Double or Nothing on Memorial Day weekend 2019. Tickets to the convention, whose growing guest list already includes the likes of Kenny Omega, Ric Flair, and, surprisingly, the Undertaker, went on sale yesterday morning, and Thompson expects them to, “go pretty fast.”
With Spandex spoke to Thompson about the Starrcast events, his podcast projects, his involvement with All Elite Wrestling, and more. That conversation is below and has been edited for length and clarity.
With Spandex: It seems like you’re involved in so many projects in the wrestling world. Could you give a rundown of everything you’re involved with right now?
Conrad Thompson: I guess it all started with the Something To Wrestle With podcast, which is a podcast I do Fridays at noon with Bruce Prichard. And then I added a show for Tony Schiavone called What Happened When? with Tony Schiavone, and then most recently we started 83 Weeks with Eric Bischoff, so I have podcasts Monday mornings, Wednesday mornings, and Fridays at noon now. And then sometime last year I was silly enough to think that I should do a wrestling podcast convention and Starrcast was born in Chicago over Labor Day weekend, and we’re bringing it back for round two, this time in Las Vegas. And at some point last year after WrestleMania, Bruce and I did Something Else To Wrestle With over on the WWE Network, where we would examine one topic in long form, and the WWE Network would splice in clips, so it’s been a whirlwind couple of years. I’m not supposed to be here, but I am. I kind of call myself the Forrest Gump of wrestling.
Doing all these history-based podcasts, is there something you’ve been most surprised to learn?
Well, I think, you know, the biggest thing I’ve learned is not everything is as planned out as we fans may have thought. You know, a lot of times things just happen for very simple reasons and there’s not as much planning involved. It’s just sort of off-the-cuff and, you know, wherever there’s a real-life situation where someone’s sick or someone’s having problems at home or whatever… programs change and storylines change.