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Former wrestler Jeff Jarrett. Photo courtesy of "My World with Jeff Jarrett"

Nashville became home to one of the country's most popular sports podcasts this year when professional wrestler, executive and native son Jeff Jarrett launched his "My World" podcast in partnership with Ad Free Shows.

Why it matters: Nashville has a deep history in pro wrestling. Stars such as Stone Cold Steve Austin and Sting and the Ultimate Warrior got their start here. Jarrett's family has played a starring role and has deep ties to the industry.

  • Grandmother Teeny Jarrett and father Jerry Jarrett preceded him into the wrestling business, but Jeff became a star in his own right.
  • He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2018 as a performer and has a unique background on the business side of pro wrestling, having co-founded the promotion now called Impact Wrestling.
  • "My World" offers listeners behind-the-scenes stories from Jarrett's life in the industry — like the time he "held up" WWE chairman Vince McMahon for more money before wrestling his final match with the promotion.

Driving the news: The podcast, co-hosted by Conrad Thompson, has been a wild success. It debuted at No. 1 for pro wrestling podcasts and No. 4 for all sports podcasts, according to the Apple Podcasts charts.

  • Jarrett told Axios he has been "absolutely floored" by the success.
  • Thompson is a well-known wrestling podcaster who also hosts shows with Bruce Prichard, Jim Ross and a host of other wrestling legends.

The local angle: Jarrett already dedicated an episode to the uniquely Nashville story of partnering with several Tennessee Titans players for a television angle, which played a role in saving Impact Wrestling when it was facing financial turmoil.

  • "We absolutely will have episodes dedicated to Nashville, and the fairgrounds, and just all the stories that come out of there, from the legends who came through to really the way that [fairgrounds] building was built and designed with pro wrestling in mind," Jarrett said.

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Airlines call for Biden admin's "immediate intervention" in 5G deployment

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The CEOs of leading U.S. air cargo and passenger carriers on Monday warned the Biden administration there could be "catastrophic disruption" after AT&T and Verizon deploy a new 5G service this week.

Driving the news: They said in a letter to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and other top federal officials ahead of the C-Band 5G service's deployment Wednesday that "the nation's commerce will grind to a halt" and "could potentially strand tens of thousands of Americans overseas."

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Thousands without power as "hazardous" winter storm lashes East Coast

Satellite imagery of the Northeastern U.S. taken by NOAA on Jan. 17. Photo: NOAA

A major winter storm lashed much of the East Coast Sunday and Monday, causing widespread power outages and disrupting travel over the holiday weekend.

The latest: Authorities in North Carolina confirmed that two people died in a car crash and that they responded 600 vehicle accidents during the storm on Sunday, per the Washington Post.

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CDC director says COVID-19 messaging should have been clearer

Rochelle Walensky. Photo: Stefani Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images

Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal that the messaging around the COVID-19 pandemic and changing guidance should have been clearer.

State of play: Walensky is being coached by media experts and is planning to have more press briefings by herself in order to ensure that CDC is seen as an independent, scientific entity, rather than as a political one, the Journal reports.