To hug, or not to hug? That was a big question on both WWE flagship shows. Bayley chose the latter in her dealings with Sasha. FINALLY.

Also, WWE had a pretty heavy focus on tag teams. From the rocky (and very temporary) partnership between Braun Strowman and Kevin Owens to the deep roots of SHIELD holding strong, Drew McIntyre doing whatever it takes to help Dolph Ziggler… nothing could quite compare to the reunion of Daniel Bryan and Kane in the main event of SmackDown – Team Friendship is back and hugging it out like they haven’t missed a beat!

On this episode, we break down all of that as well as the United Kingdom Championship Tournament and the announcement of the NXT UK brand.

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!