Chicago, you were a lovely crowd. From an underwhelming card at NXT TakeOver that went above and beyond the call of duty (Their prediction? PAIN!!!) to a Money in the Bank show that was longer than it needed to be, but delivered when it counted… these crowds were lively and fun, and so were we as we watched the show from Jared’s pool.

If you haven’t taken in a pro wrestling show while sipping beer in a pool, you’re not living, folks…

Braun Strowman is Mr. Money (Monster) in the Bank. Alexa Bliss was the MITB winner, but quickly snatched up the RAW Women’s Championship. Ronda went off the deep end. And last but not least, Dolph Ziggler hit a high note on his return to relevance as he won the Intercontinental Championship for a sixth time. Crazy! Meanwhile on SmackDown, Asuka made it clear she isn’t done chasing Carmella, while Daniel Bryan was thwarted en route to a title shot – but never fear, we got to enjoy the GREATEST Rusev Day!

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

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!