We like surprises. Monday’s episode of RAW was a heck of a pleasant surprise. They tried something different, and it worked. Seth Rollins went from “kinda stale” / “don’t care” to a wrestling god in a matter of 65 minutes, and general excitement for Sunday’s main event rose significantly. Is the general consensus of Roman Reigns winning and going on to face Brock Lesnar still going to happen? We talk about that and some possible alternatives that might work quite nicely…

Meanwhile, SmackDown continues to struggle as a television show. We had some fun watching it in person, but we honestly had a lot more fun during the dark match main event where KO / SZ / Roode / Nakamura all showed sides of themselves we don’t get to see much of on TV.

In addition, the Mixed Match Challenge and 205 Live’s Cruiserweight Championship Tournament both completed their first round this week in Phoenix. Plenty to discuss as we head into Sunday. The road to New Orleans continues..

Featuring: Joshua Schlag (@thesteelcage / @schlizzag), ‘The Mayor of Reseda’ Derek (@cap_kaveman), ‘Hot Podcast Garbage’ Sprung (@jasprung), and ‘Super Jew’ Jared (@SuperJew75).

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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!