An era has officially passed, with the loss of Mean Gene Okerlund. But WWE moves on…

The McMahon Family shake-up continues as stars like Apollo Crews and Mustafa Ali continue foreplay before their (hopeful) breakout moments. Things like that keep us engaged and tuned in – and so far, the shake-up has proven to be successful. How long will that last, though?

As far as we can tell, the Royal Rumble build continues to keep the excitement coming. Cautious optimism prevails!

Featuring: ‘Captain Kaveman’ Derek Montilla (@cap_kaveman) and Joshua Schlag (@thesteelcage / @schlizzag).

Intro music by The Black Furies, courtesy of Music Alley. Outro music by Andy Savage (@pattiakassassin).

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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!