My name is Thomas Briggs, and this is the 45th episode of The SharpShooter Cast!  We are still TJR's lone weekly podcast, and boy do we have a good show for you this week.

Last week's show exclusively focused on our review of WWE's PayBack PPV.  If you haven't checked it out, please do, as we thought very highly of the event.  Of course, because the episode was recorded last Monday, we neglected last week's Raw.  While the episode was subpar overall, it did feature one hell of an end, with the heel-turn of Seth Rollins.  

We're big fans of Seth Rollins.  Back in 2012, I wrote an article about several wrestlers in developmental that could be the next CM Punk.  In that article, I listed Seth Rollins as someone to get excited about.  He seemed to have everything, and it was puzzling why the WWE insisted on keeping him in developmental for so long.  Clearly, WWE waited the perfect length of time with Rollins, as being teamed up with Ambrose and Reigns allowed the three of them to reach heights seemingly impossible for three individual debuts.

We've talked a lot about how Roman Reigns is the next big thing over the last year.  We still think he is.  But he's not the most talented performer in the Shield - that man would be Seth Rollins.  Which is why we're so happy to see the WWE give him the push he so rightly deserves.  Instead of Roman Reigns being the breakout star of the Shield, WWE is giving each individual member his own breakout moment.  And that's something to be very excited about.

Raw was must-see tv last night because of Seth Rollins' sit down interview.  Our show this week covers reactions to Rollins' heel turn and subsequent interview.  We think you'll enjoy the conversation.

This week's episode covers:

  • Aaron talks about his lack of energy.
  • A brief discussion on Seth Rollins' heel turn last week.
  • Two ladder matches at Money in the Bank?! Count us in.
  • NXT Takeover:
  • Thoughts on Hart vs Flair, Breeze vs Zayn, and Neville vs Kidd.
  • A review and analysis of the 6/9/14 episode of Raw.
  • The Shield promo delivers hype.
  • Seth Rollins sit-down interview stands out.
  • Mark Hamill = Joker = Awesome.
  • Triple H and Stephanie McMahon strip the title from Bryan.
  • Who will win the Title at Money in the Bank?
  • Qualifying matches are good, but same old same old.
  • Main event fails to deliver hook for next week.
  • Final Raw scores.
  • Listener questions:
  • What WWE developed superstar could defeat an indie darling without upsetting "smart" fans?
  • What do we think is the real reason Dolph Ziggler has been held back?

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Let us know your thoughts on this week's episode!  Are you as excited about Rollins' heel turn as we are?  And who should he feud with first: Dean Ambrose or Roman Reigns?  Also, we had two great listener questions this week: What's your speculation behind the Dolph Ziggler's anti-push?  And what homegrown WWE superstar could defeat a top indie darling without infuriating "smart" fans?  We think Dolph Ziggler and Brock Lesnar are great answers, but we're certain we've passed over other great options.  Thanks again for listening everyone!