Welcome to the fifty-first episode of The SharpShooter Cast!  We've had the privilege of calling ourselves the only weekly podcast on TJR for a year now, and guess what?  That time is finally coming to an end.  Mike Durst and Mike Ayres are set to post The Last Round podcast around these parts, and we welcome their company!  Look at TJR, getting all multimedia savvy...

This week has been a big one for WWE.  On Sunday, we got their Battleground PPV (or WWE Network Special Event, depending on how much YOU paid), and yesterday we got the first Raw leading up to SummerSlam.  Although Battleground was a bit of a disappointment, we understand that SummerSlam is one of their biggest events of the year, and everything going on right now is leading up to then.  On this week's episode, listen to us detail our thoughts on Battleground, and whether or not we considered it a worthwhile watch.

Raw, unlike Battleground, was VERY much noteworthy.  Brock Lesnar made his return, setting up a match with John Cena at SummerSlam, and we got more movement on some very compelling stories.  Stephanie McMahon and Brie Bella in particular are a hot ticket, and a big reason to tune in to SummerSlam.

We're also very lucky to have another round of questions from listeners this week.  A big thanks to Jesse, Ray, and Gabe for contributing to the show.  We hope you enjoy our answers about lively crowds, TNA, and WWE surprises.  If YOU wish to contribute to the show with a question, be sure to hit us up in the comments, or email us directly.  All of our contact info is at the bottom of this post!

Without further adieu, on to Episode 511

This week's episode covers:

  • A couple of favorite podcast memories.
  • Review of WWE's Battleground...
  • ... in which nothing of note happened.
  • Rusev/Lana controversy.
  • A review of the 7/21 episode of Raw.
  • Women shine on the show.
  • Stephanie McMahon and Brie Bella = must see tv.
  • King of the Ring idea.
  • Who is more ready? Bray Wyatt or Roman Reigns?
  • Brock Lesnar to face John Cena at SummerSlam.
  • The downfall of Cesaro.
  • Final Raw grades.
  • Listener Questions: 1) Should WWE host PPVs in specific cities with loud crowds?
  • 2) Do we think TNA is doing anything right?
  • 3) Does WWE have the ability to surprise anymore?
  • CM Punk on the AP music awards says he's never coming back to WWE.

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Thanks for listening!  Let us know what you thought of this week's episode in the comments.  Did you enjoy Battleground?  And who do you think is more ready to be WWE Champ: Roman Reigns or Bray Wyatt?  And be sure to listen to next week's episode, which marks an entire year of SharpShooter Cast episodes!  We're trying to figure out something special to do, so we hope you'll enjoy.