Welcome to another milestone episode of The SharpShooter Cast!  We are TJR's only weekly podcast, and we just hit 50 episodes!  A quick apology about the auto-play on the stream this week.  Our podcast host is having issues with the browser players and their stats, and a few settings have been changed on us.  Bear with us as we work these issues out.  Just an educated guess - autoplay won't be on next week.

This week we talk about the final Raw leading in to this Sunday's Battleground.  Although the July PPV is typically lackluster compared to Money in the Bank and SummerSlam, it feels a bit bigger than normal this year thanks to all the WWE Network subscriptions that are going to be up for renewal.  Plainly put, WWE needs to present fans with something interesting if they wish to see the Network continue to grow.  Whether that something "interesting" is Roman Reigns winning the title, Seth Rollins cashing in his Money in the Bank contract, or Brock Lesnar making his destructive return, we optimistically anticipate SOMETHING big to happen.

Other good stuff in this episode - My house was broken into yesterday, and I describe the entire terrifying ordeal to Aaron.  Also, we answer three listener questions, which we always greatly appreciate.  A big thanks to Samuel, Mike, and Gabe this week.  Finally, be sure to stick around until the end of the show, as I talk about my article on The Atlantic's piece on WWE and racism.  I attempt to clear certain points of the article up, and explain that while I don't disagree with the premise of The Atlantic's article, I take exception to the methodology in how the argument is made.

This week's episode covers:

  • Aaron's beef with his penis.
  • Tom's house is broken into.
  • Thoughts on Lebron James.
  • WWE Network pick of the week: SummerSlam 2002.
  • A review and analysis of Raw.
  • The opening segment felt overproduced.
  • Concerns over the WWE Network.
  • We like The Miz's new gimmick!
  • Obama vs Putin should headline next WrestleMania.
  • Sting's big reveal leaves much to be desired.
  • Ric Flair shines in Virginia.
  • Final match does a decent job in hyping Battleground.
  • Final Raw scores.
  • Listener questions: 1) Who are we surprised made it to the main event scene?
  • 2) Do we think WWE should split brands again?
  • 3) Who can potentially be the next Chris Jericho/Shawn Michaels or Cena/Hogan?

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What did you think of this week's episode?  Did Raw successfully sell you on Battleground?  And what are your thoughts on our questions this week?  Should the WWE split brands again, or is the roster too weak at the moment?  Also, have you ever had your home broken into, and is it reasonable to sleep with a baseball bat?  Ok, that one was a bit personal, but I look forward to your thoughts!  Thanks for making 50 episodes (of varying quality!) possible.