I received the opportunity to converse with Jay Hunter, one of the founding members of OSW Review – an old school wrestling video podcast which sees him chronologically critiquing vintage wrestling storylines PPV-by-PPV along with his best friends.
I spoke with Mr Hunter about a myriad of topics such as; the process of creating an OSW Review episode, his favourite video-game soundtracks, and the next OSW Review storyline arc to name a few. So, without any further ado, here’s my interview with OSW Review’s Jay Hunter.
1.) What’s the process of making 90+ minute episodes of OSW Review?
We take 18 ounces of sizzling ground beef and soak it in rich, creamery butter… I mean, same process since day 1(ish)! I do my homework, we all watch the PPV separately and take our own notes. I create a script (which is the structure of the review) and we come to my place to record the podcast, the session lasting 3+ hours! Then I edit the audio 4 times (trimming it to ~half the length to make it tight) and then edit the video 2-3 times over. At the same time, I’m Mr. Manager, liaising with artists, musicians and animators to create various bits and bobs that I think’d be awesome!
Recently my friend and super-talented video creator Chris from Reload Last Save has come aboard the production team so I can start work on the ‘flourishes’ earlier. He’s amazing! I’m breaking V1 into the production side too 🙂 After editing 63 episodes myself, it’s a bit weird loosening the reins!
2.) Do you guys at times feel that you HAVE to be funny? I mean has there ever been an instance where you guys were like, ‘that bit didn’t come out funny let’s do it again,’? Is there any pressure of that sort in your heads during the recording process?
Well OOC is ‘the funny one’ so that’s all on his shoulders 😉 Did you know? OOC & I recorded Survivor Series 1989 (V1 couldn’t make it that day) but it wasn’t the same, a bit too calm and proper, so we rescheduled and re-recorded. Much better! We’d never re-do entire segments from a show though; it wouldn’t work, sure our best bits are spontaneous. The show is very similar to what it’s being like around us (minus the FIFA talk), we just talk bollocks and try to make each other laugh! We have a blast recording and hopefully, ye guys do too.
3.) Do you think the market has now slowly started to become saturated with wrestling podcasts? Because making a podcast, or at least an audio-only podcast, is not an expensive affair.
I thought we were too late to the party back in 2011! Having choice and hearing different voices & perspectives is fantastic. I love how not just wrestlers, but behind the scenes writers (like ex-WWE writer Brian Mann) and bookers (eg Kevin Sullivan) have podcasts. Mike Quackenbush just started a new one (Kayfabe 2.0) last month. The Chikara owner! How awesome is that? Wrestling podcasts give us unprecedented backstage access, for free, on demand. Rock on!
Also, podcasts are about talking about your favourite topic, hopefully with people, you love talking to, and sharing that with the world. I do mine with my two best friends in the world. It’s a tremendous creative outlet. Everyone should give it a go!
4.) Patreon serves as your primary source of earning, do you think continuing this podcast would’ve been unviable without a platform like Patreon?
FF-VI inspired pixel art from OSW Review’s Bound for Glory episode
Short answer yes with an if, long answer no with a but. We’re in our 30s now and have a lot more responsibilities, and with production time spiralling out of control, I was at literally at 1 every 3 months, maybe. Now it’s half that, whilst also producing full-on film reviews and other projects to keep things fresh and myself creatively interested.
I love OSW (I think about it pretty much all day, every day) so I could never stop, and thanks to NoggerU I can work on it full-time and go crazy! Like in our Bound For Glory 2007 episode, we had pixel versions of ourselves at the Final Fantasy VI opera, complete with a custom orchestral version of our theme tune! Chris and Ryan did an incredible job. It took weeks to get perfect but now it’s a piece of Episode 66 forever
5.) Tell us a bit about yourself, how did you get into wrestling, and of course how did you meet V1 & Mr OOC?
So I was standing at the docks, looking for a good time and this car rolls up…We’re three knobs from Dublin, Ireland! I’m the youngest of 6 (4 brothers). We all watched WWF in the 80s – they got me into liking heels, and as a kid, of course, I loved the faces. So I was just marking out all the time! My first vivid memory was the ‘89 Rumble Ultimate Posedown with Rick Rude and the Warrior. I know, right? Side note; I think everyone’s mam, auntie and sister fancied the arse off Rick Rude.
I met OOC in secondary school (our clique was called “The Brig”) and I met V1 in college. I remember it was anatomy class where we both noticed the other was wearing a Brock Lesnar tee! The interlocking beards I can’t explain.
6.) One of my friends has told me to ask you that who would win in a “Battle of the boys”? Big Cass or Test? Also, has V1 ever gone back to Subway since his incident?
Get the boat! That’s not even a contest mate, even Test’s great value rip-off, Tramp Stamp Hoyt, would flatten him! As for V1 & Subway, my sources tell me…. yes!
7.) You use a lot of video game music in your videos, what’re some of your favourite video games and favourite video game soundtracks? Also, have you played the new Super Mario Odyssey on the Switch?
All-time favourite games: A Link To The Past, Super Mario World, Shadowrun (SNES), Resi Remake, SSF2T, MK2 and KI. Special shout-outs to The Last of Us, I’ve never cared about two characters so much, and MK9 for being an incredible rebirth of the franchise, whilst re-telling games 1-3.
Those franchises all have whopper soundtracks and you’ll hear ‘em sneaking in my videogame music radio show, Super OSW 64! I created it so I could keep together my favourite VGM Dead Rising 4 has a great Christmas soundtrack, No Man’s Sky by 65DaysofStatic is the first record I’ve ever bought – incredible “math-rock”! Life is Strange is amazing chill music, Mafia 3 (but that’s cheating!), Far 3 Cry: Blood Dragon is, wow, just mind-blowing 80s synthwave awesomeness….too many to list! At the moment I have Cuphead’s old-timey big band jazzy OST on loop. MY BOY Edgar from the Retro VGM Revival Hour just sent me Silent Hill & Revenge of Shinobi which I’m going to unwrap after this, cheers brah! I love the fans requesting tracks, it’s opened me up to so much more awesome videogame music, like Ashley’s Song from Smash! Blown away – it’s the videogame equivalent of Shawn Michaels’ Sexy Boy!
I don’t have a Switch but I will steal V1’s and his copy of Odyssey when he isn’t looking. Steve, if you’re reading this, what’s that over there?
8.) Have you guys decided the next arc for reviews? Can you share any details about it?
Sure, it’s the Lex Express. Keep it under your hat…and act surprised!
9.) The stage is now yours, what message would you like to give for your fans?
Em… The Cat’s in the cradle and the silver spoon… yes, we have no bananas.
Thanks for being awesome! You keep watching and I’ll keep making ‘em, deal?
Hello readers, thank you for reading this interview. In conclusion, I would like to thank Mr Hunter for giving me the opportunity to interview him. You can follow him on Twitter, @OSWreview and his co-host Stephen Roe aka V1, @V1_OSW
Plus, you can check out their stuff on YouTube at OSW Review HD
And, if you liked what you saw on YouTube, you can probably support them on Patreon to get access to exclusive movie reviews, deleted scenes from their PPV reviews, and more~! To check-out OSW Review on Patreon click here!