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Talk Show with Fists
This is very frequent in Professional Wrestling. Say Promotion A doesn't have enough actual wrestling to fill the entire show, what do they do? Give some wrestler, often a Heel or a smart mouthed Face, his own talk show, of course. The talk show isn't really a talk show as much as it is a few chairs, or a couch, in the ring and the host simply runs his mouth.

The thing about these talk shows is that they seem to always end violently. Usually the host calls out a wrestler and proceeds to either insult the wrestler directly or brag his ass off while at the same time insulting the guest. At this point, the guest's finishing move is often applied to the host's face. Sometimes, however, the guest decides to say something to the host and then, inexplicably, take his eye off of the host. Which is frequently followed by the host taking the guest's head off.

In short, regardless of the wrestlers involved, who's hosting, who's the guest, and the specifics of who is beating on whom, they always end in violence.

Was incredibly popular in the early 90s, when just about every heel in WWE got one.

Not to be confused with Jerry Springer and its ilk.

Examples:

  • Piper's Pit, hosted by "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, was the Trope Codifier in the 1980s and included incidents such as Piper cracking Jimmy Snuka over the head with a coconut, beating up a jobber named Frankie Williams, spraying Morton Downey Jr. with a fire extinguisher, and himself getting Super Kicked by Shawn Michaels.
  • In a episode of Chris Jericho's show, The Highlight Reel, Jeff Hardy responded to Jericho's bragging by hitting him with a Twist of Fate. Strangely enough, for all the ridiculous lampshading it gets, the "Obscenely Expensive Jeritron 5000" had yet to be used in a violent confrontation — until the final edition, where Jericho committed a Face-Heel Turn and sent Shawn Michaels through it, paralleling a years ago scene where Michaels' singles career took off after he basically did this (with a barbershop window) to Marty Jannetty.
    • Speaking of, that would be Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake's show, The Barber Shop. Its most famous moment was the segment where Shawn Michaels turned heel (by launching Marty Jannetty through the glass door), and it is this segment that began Michaels' run to the superstardom stratosphere.
    • Two months after the Rockers' break-up, the final episode of the Barber Shop involved Sid Justice smashing up the Barber Shop set with a steel chair as his way of sending a message to Hulk Hogan.
  • Jake "The Snake" Roberts hosted The Snake Pit, where the most famous segment was the Honky Tonk Man smashing Roberts over the back after Roberts told Honky that he was not interested in his music. (Interestingly, André the Giant was once a visitor to the Snake Pit, and never showed any fear of snakes.)
  • In 1986, Adrian Adonis began using an effeminate "cross-dresser" gimmick and began hosting a segment called "The Flower Shop." The violence came when Roddy Piper came to shut the Flower Shop down. After a week of threats against one another, both The Flower Shop and Piper's Pit sets were set up ... and Adonis got a temporary victory by (with the help of Don Muraco and Bob Orton) destroying Piper.
    • A week later, Piper got his revenge by taking his fists (and a bat) to the "Flower Shop" set!
  • A show hosted by Edge called The Cutting Edge, ended with his guest, Batista, Power Bombing him in response to Edge taunting him by arranging to have the lights go off in the arena, as if The Undertaker were entering, even though he wasn't.
  • Carlito's Cabana, hosted by Carlito Colon & recently also his brother Primo Colon has recently become an example of a Talk Show With Fists hosted by a Tag Team family.
  • MVP's VIP Lounge
  • Christian's The Peeps Show
  • The Brother Love Show
  • Paul Bearer's Funeral Parlor
  • A Flair For The Gold (Ric Flair)
  • Parodied in the Strong Bad Email yes, wrestling, where Strong Bad sets up one of these apparently for the sole purpose of hitting Homestar with a folding chair.
    Strong Bad: Never before had two chairs and a potted plant so transformed the wrestling ring.
  • The Abraham Washington Show starring Abraham Washington on ECW. Notable for having Tony Atlas in the Ed McMahon position (and the laugh), and for putting an APPLAUSE sign on the Titan Tron when Abe gets introduced.
  • Shawn Michaels had The Heartbreak Hotel.
  • Terry Funk had Funk's Grill in WCW.
  • Paul E. Dangerously had the Danger Zone in WCW and ECW.
  • Miz TV.
  • Beulah McGillicutty had "Beulah's Box" in ECW.
  • nWo Nightcap, a vehicle for Eric Bischoff's feud with Jay Leno.

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