Well, RAW sure took a step back this week. No worries, though! SmackDown does what it does best, and the wrestling world did more than its part to keep our attention. All Elite Wrestling is real and has seemingly already got the attention of our pro wrestling overlords from Stamford, Connecticut. NXT UK has their first TakeOver show this weekend, as well, and for many of us – it may be a good jumping off point as the show to this point hasn’t been the easiest to keep up with. BritWrest is strong, even within WWE, and we’re looking forward to it!

Featuring: ‘Hot Podcast Garbage’ Sprung (@jasprung), ‘Super Jew’ Jared (@SuperJew75), ‘Captain Kaveman’ Derek Montilla (@cap_kaveman) and Joshua Schlag (@thesteelcage / @schlizzag).

Intro music by The Black Furies, courtesy of Music Alley. Outro music by Bear Ghost (@grizzlyphantom), courtesy of 80/20 Records.

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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!