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About Joshua Schlag

For most of the last 20+ 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!

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Podcast Episode 400: Hurt | Heal

Transformation. Matt Hardy did it to Bray Wyatt and created The Fiend. Now The Fiend has seemed to make it his mission to change his opponents – just look at his gloves – HURT and HEAL. He’s hurt the likes of Finn Balor and Seth Rollins, while he’s arguably healed Daniel Bryan.

We’re hitting a milestone ourselves with Episode #400 as we wrap up 2019 and prepare for 2020. With that, we’ve come to accept our own transformation as wrestling fans. No longer do we glue ourselves to appointment television with 5+ hours of new and live content each week. We’re free to pick and choose what we want, when we want. Beyond the weekly action, there are now talk shows, podcasts, and various other forms of media to ingest.

If you’ve listened to us over the years, you know that with change comes some protest – but I think we’re ultimately headed in a good direction as wrestling content has never been so available and diversified. Don’t care for Corey Graves? Don’t listen to his podcast, and give The New Day’s weekly show a try instead. Hating on the Rusev love triangle storyline? Get three hours of your week back by skipping RAW – you can still keep up with the storylines by watching monthly PPVs or even “This Week in WWE” on WWE Network. None of the above your speed or flavor? Now there’s a solid alternative with AEW, along with the resurging TNA and NJPW offerings.

Here’s to transformation!

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

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Podcast Episode 399: WarGames + Survivor Series 2019 Preview

Red. Blue. Yellow. YES, YELLOW. RAW, SmackDown, and NXT are all vying for brand supremacy at this Sunday’s Survivor Series. Before that even happens, NXT is putting on what is sure to be a hell of a show the night before. Even if you don’t keep up with every weekly show, there’s a lot to be excited about.

Meanwhile, we also break down some items of cultural significance – from Jim Cornette’s racist remarks to ACH taking a stand – there’s a lot to take in with pro wrestling in 2019. Some good – some bad – but lots to learn from it all regardless of where you stand.

ALSO: Make sure and check out Kraken’s NXT / WrestleMania promotion on social media (@KrakenRum), and (just for our listeners) visit contest.thesteelcage.com before the end of Survivor Series to enter to win a special prize pack.

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

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Podcast Episode 398: Sir, This is a Wendy’s

This week, Derek and Josh try and figure out what the heck is going on with WWE 2K20. They also talk about how great NXT has been and what AEW has been doing right (and what they could work on). The Wednesday Night War isn’t so much a war, and really – it’s a good thing for all of us.

Featuring: ‘The Mayor of Reseda’ Derek (@cap_kaveman) and Joshua Schlag (@thesteelcage / @schlizzag)

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Podcast Episode 397: Brock Lesnar is Inevitable

RAW. SmackDown. NXT. Dynamite. NXT UK. Ten plus hours of fresh pro wrestling content is now coming at us on a weekly basis. Throw in a Saturday or Sunday show, and an already out of hand schedule just becomes that more daunting. First world problems, amirite?

Truth of the matter is – there’s a lot of great content available to us, and we’re excited to wade through it at our leisure along with you. NXT and AEW are pushing each other to dazzle us. SmackDown is being driven by a fair bit of FOX Sports influence. RAW is… well, RAW is RAW. We’ll break down the last few weeks and look to the future a bit, as the WWE Draft looms…

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

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Podcast Episode 396: Clash of Champions 2019 Preview

The start of the NFL season usually means pro wrestling slows down a bit. Not so fast, this year! AEW’s basic cable debut is around the corner. To instill some competition, NXT is moving to USA Network already next week.

On top of all that, Clash of Champions is THIS WEEKEND! Every championship is on the line, with mostly fire rivalries: Kofi Kingston vs Randy Orton; the duality that has become Bayley vs Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch vs Sasha Banks; the non-title rivalry that has come out of Rowan and Roman Reigns; and Seth Rollins teaming up with Braun Strowman to first defend their RAW Tag Team Championships and then later facing each other for the Universal Championship.

Here’s something fun I came across – EVERY. SINGLE. CHAMPION… is favored to retain. Except for Seth and Braun. If you’re interested, you can find odds for the entire Clash of Champions card at Sports Betting Dime.

Anyway, I feel like WWE has felt a fire lit under them as of late, and I expect they’ll bring it this Sunday.

Featuring: ‘The Mayor of Reseda’ Derek (@cap_kaveman) and Joshua Schlag (@thesteelcage / @schlizzag)

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