Though his career also includes work for the Georgia Bulldogs and Atlanta Braves, the voice of Tony Schiavone is still most associated with pro wrestling, especially WCW. Schiavone, along with co-host Conrad Thompson, regularly revisits wrestling shows of the past on the podcast What Happened When? On May 24 at 10 AM at Starrcast (and available to watch remotely through StarrcastonFITE.com), he’ll join a less heard in the wrestling world, Sting, in a look back at his own career in WCW, the NWA, and beyond.
Schiavone talked to With Spandex about his plans for “Behind the Paint, With Sting,” his career as a commentator, what he thinks could steal the show at AEW‘s Double or Nothing, and more. That conversation is below and has been edited for length and clarity.
With Spandex: So we’re talking about the “Behind the Paint, With Sting” – are they calling it a panel at Starrcast or are they calling them stage shows?
Tony Schiavone: It’s called a stage show, Emily. There are two stages. There’s like the Starrcast Stage and then there’s the Pro Wrestling Tees Stage, and this is going to be Friday morning, the first show, at 10 A.M. with Sting and I, and it’s going to be… We’re going to just sit down and talk about his career and the fans will be able to ask him questions. And it’ll be the first time really that I can remember that Sting has had, you know, a sit-down, shoot interview about his career because his career was well-storied as far as when I knew him, and then there was a time when WCW went down and he kind of stepped away from the business and came back and his personal life, and we’re going to get into all that, so it’s going to be pretty cool.
And how did the show come about?
Conrad was – Conrad Thompson, who puts this together – wants to do something that the fans had never done. You know, Arn Anderson’s going to have a show too; I’m not so sure if I’m going to co-host that or not. But it’s a chance for the fans to talk to people, talk to wrestlers, and get to know the wrestlers on a personal level that’s never been done before, so Conrad wanted to do something that’s not been done. And he approached Sting and Sting agreed to do it. You know, sometimes I feel that if you just take the time to talk to these guys and approach them, in this day and age they go back and think about their career and you know, yeah, they’d like to talk about it.
Sting was very receptive to it. Conrad approached him and they all agreed to it. And then Conrad talked to me about it and, shoot, I was all in for this one too. To be able to talk to Sting – it’s funny, Sting and I, since WCW went down, which was 2001, Sting and I have only really talked one time since then, and that was last year very briefly in Virginia – we both had an appearance. So, you know, there’s a lot that I know about Sting and it’s one of those things where Conrad just approached him, and Sting agreed to it.