I’m not sure what’s motivating WWE to continue to put on quality television through the holiday season, but I certainly love it. Whether it’s increased pressure from shows like New Japan’s Wrestle Kingdom or (more likely) pressure from the highest stock prices $WWE has ever seen – it’s a blessing to the fanbase to be able to catch some solid shows as we begin an early start on the road to the Royal Rumble.

Speaking of New Japan, though, we are recording this week’s show just moments before the annual January 4th Tokyo Dome show takes place. We’ll give you our take on the action across the pond so you can make sure to tune in after the fact via NJPW World or AXS TV.

Featuring: Joshua Schlag (@thesteelcage / @schlizzag) and, ‘The Mayor of Reseda’ Derek (@cap_kaveman).

Bonus: Tim (@TimAgne) from Derek and Tim Eat Snacks joins us for a special surprise!

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!