CM Punk remains sidelined as we head into TLC. The Shield gets their chance to shine in what’s essentially a hardcore 6 man tag match. Big Show and Sheamus will no doubt beat each other up. And Ziggler will have his shot at greatness as he goes toe to toe with John Cena with his Money in the Bank briefcase on the line.

In addition, we review The Rise and Fall of ECW (an oldie but a goodie), preview next Monday’s Slammy Awards, while also paying homage to Slammys of previous years in our own trivia game.

Hosted by: Joshua Schlag (@thesteelcage / @schlizzag)

Featuring: ‘The Beast from the Middle East’ Darrell Johnson (@zazzumplop), ‘A-Bomb’ Adam Hess (@ahess49)

Music by The Black Furies, courtesy of Music Alley.

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Joshua Schlag

For most of the last 30+ years of my life, I've been watching WWE. As a kid, Monday Night Raw hooked me from the start. From Bret Hart and Razor Ramon, to Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock, to CM Punk and Daniel Bryan.. I've witnessed the ups and downs and I'm proud to have enjoyed pro wrestling through the years.

Though I now watch in a much different fashion than I did when I was a kid (finding out Vince McMahon was the owner and Jack Tunney no more than a figurehead was like finding out Santa Claus did not exist), I feel like I have a much greater appreciation for the hard work pro wrestlers do and the things they sacrifice to entertain us.

It's still real to me, dammit!