It’s finally here! Royal Rumble week in Phoenix is upon us. We’re doing our own show on Friday. We’re catching some local wrestling action. We’re catching NXT on Saturday. We’ll be counting down with all of you on Sunday (again and again). Then we’ll be a part of the fall out on Monday and Tuesday for RAW and SmackDown. There’s so much to talk about. We barely touch upon it in the midst of plenty of other chatter. More to come from Friday’s show. Stay tuned!

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

…and the Mat Mania Podcast (@MatManiaPodcast) Crew: Teek Hall (@Teek_Hall), Roknowledge (@Roknowledge), NeoEcks (@theneoecks), and Mega Ran (@MegaRan)

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!