This Week in WWE: SummerSlam starts to sort itself out
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Chris Novak: We are officially on the road to SummerSlam. Packed show tonight. A Fatal 4-Way between Alexa Bliss, Carmella, Naomi and Natalya is scheduled to determine Becky Lynch’s next opponent at S’Slam for the Women’s Championship. Elsewhere, there will be a huge Battle Royal to determine Brock Lesnar’s opponent at the big event in Toronto for his newly won Universal Championship. 

Speaking of, Brock and Paul Heyman are here to start the show. 

Robert O’Neill: Brock is using the belt as a boombox now! Delightful. Heyman came out last week and said Brock would cash in. Then Heyman came out at Extreme Rules and said Brock would cash in. What do you know? Brock cashed in. Heyman runs down the ten guys in the battle royal tonight, and I gotta say there are a lot of intriguing options here!

Chris Novak: There’s really no bad options here. Only ones who are better than the others. That should be a really fun main event. Up next, Ricochet is gonna be scrapping. Against whom? We’ll likely find out after the break. Well, we got okie-doked. Ricochet is teaming with The Usos against Robert Roode and The Revival. Six-Man ⅔ Man for… whatever reason.

The match was fine. The babyfaces got the win after Ricochet pinned Roode. 

The Club came out and then Ricochet jumped out and attacked AJ Styles. ALl hell then broke loose. The Usos went after Anderson and Gallows. Then The Revival went after them. The Usos stood tall and then went to dive out of the ring. Roode intervened and took him out, and then Jey was hit with the Shatter Machine. Ricochet then dove in and got everyone, and then Styles hit him with the Phenomenal Forearm.

Robert O’Neill: That was awesome. I really liked the postmatch stuff, including Ricochet doing a whole ass flip to sell the Phenomenal Forearm. Also, I kept saying he needs to find some friends, and it seems like he has! That’s good. 

Chris Novak: I enjoyed that post-match segment more than the match. Such is life. 

The Viking Raiders are up next. They squashed some dudes. Easy enough.

They flashed back to last night’s opener with Drew Mac and Shane losing to Roman and The Undertaker. Then they cut to some footage earlier today of Drew confronting some superstars, Cedric Alexander chief among ‘em. It seemed that we’re going to get Drew vs. Ceddy either tonight or down the line. All for it. 

Evidently… it’s right now. 

Robert O’Neill: Hey this should be good! Cedric hasn’t really gotten a chance to shine on Raw. Hope they let him go off here. 

They did! And he won by rolling Drew up after a spinebuster attempt. That was awesome. Use Cedric more! 

Chris Novak: I actually liked that a lot. A whole lot. Cedric getting a big win over Drew will serve him pretty well going forward, if we are to believe that big things could be on the way for him. 

Robert O’Neill: Finn Balor is facing Samoa Joe here as both men are coming off losses last night. Let’s see where this goes.

Wow, Joe won in pretty quick fashion, then went to beat Balor down after but Finn was able to get the upper hand and dispose of Joe. As he was celebrating though, the lights went out and when they came back BRAY WYATT was in the ring with his scary mask. Finn got a Sister Abigail as Bray stood tall.

Chris Novak: I don’t have any desire to see Bray Wyatt. I’m not falling for this trap again. No way, no way, no way. 

Drake Maverick is on the way to consummate his marriage. However, as we would find out after he and Renee Michelle checked into their hotel, R-Truth is at the hotel as well. That should lead to some comedy later.

Street Profits talked about the segment we just saw and hyped up the F4W later and the battle royal. Good stuff from them, per usual.

AJ Styles and The Club are facing The Lucha House Party! This… is actually pretty fun. THe match goes a little bit haywire when Ricochet comes out through the crowd and goes after AJ Styles. So, after this break, we’ll have a quick restart of things. 

Robert O’Neill: It’s a good back and forth until AJ Styles locks the Calf Crusher in on Kalisto and gets him to tap but refuses to release the submission. Good heeling! 

Chris Novak: Seth Rollins cut a solid promo backstage after being asked about tonight’s main event. Worked for me. He’s assuredly my pick to win tonight. 

The Fatal 4-Way Elimination Match to determine the #1 contender for Becky Lynch’s Women’s Championship… it’s next.

Natalya is going to SummerSlam. Carmella went out first after Alexa swooped in and rolled her up. The match continued on for a… long time… and Natalya got Naomi with a rollup. Then Nattie made Alexa tap out. This match will get a lot of discussion because of how “bad” it was. Here’s my thing. No it wasn’t that great. But it also wasn’t awful. The pacing and agenting of it was just weird. Oh well. I don’t much care about Nattie-Becky, and none of the stuff along the way the next few weeks will probably get me to care.

Robert O’Neill: This match was a bit of a mess. Too long, and the wrong person won. Obviously I’m very pro-Alexa, but if not her, why not Naomi? I get Natalya is from Canada and Summerslam is in Canada but… I just don’t care about her.

SPEAKING OF WHICH, here’s Dolph Ziggler on MizTV. 

Alright that actually wasn’t bad. Ziggler called Miz out for being a sellout and corporate now an forgetting his roots just like his wife did, and then Miz beat him up. 

Chris Novak: A Miz-Ziggler feud in 2019 doesn’t sound all that interesting to me.

R-Truth snuck into Drake Maverick’s hotel room and won the 24/7 Championship back. The segment was pretty hilarious, I have to say. As they often are. 

Battle Royal is next. Seth Rollins won. Not too surprising of a result. They’re running it back, as they probably should be. This works for me, as long as they do the match right. We’ll see if they do!

Robert O’Neill: I don’t love the result but I also expected it. My problem was the postmatch stuff when they basically had Seth cut the same exact promo as he did leading up to WrestleMania. We’ll see how it goes, I guess.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Robert O’Neill: Whew, boy. This show… didn’t work for me. Coming off Extreme Rules, I was very optimistic to start the road to SummerSlam, but between running the exact same program from earlier with Seth “I’M GONNA BE A FIGHTING CHAMPION! I’M HERE AND YOU’RE NOT!!!!” Rollins and Brock Lesnar, and the utter mess that the women’s division has turned into… yikes. The 24-7 Title stuff was fun and The Club vs. LHP was fine but other than that… yikes. D+

Chris Novak: Wow, that is way, WAY too harsh a grade in my opinion… this show was fine. It wasn’t anything to really write home about and I do think they could’ve rebounded better from Extreme Rules better. The Fatal 4-Way was disappointing, although itw as not nearly as bad as anyone thought it would be, even though the booking decision was baffling in the end. I’m going to give this a C. This was not D+ worthy and I think Rob is crazy here. I’m not sure what you’d expect here with Seth’s “story.” That’s been the whole way so far. Why change it?

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Chris Novak: Time for SmackDown Live. Bit of an intriguing show. The IIconics are defending their Women’s Tag Team Titles against The Kabuki Warriors. Also, Ember Moon and a mystery partner will face Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville. For now, we begin with SmackDown’s Town Hall, which could (and I emphasize the word could here) be intriguing. Before that… we get a look at what happened “earlier” today. Shane McMahon and Kevin Owens bantered, and Shane gave KO the night off. I can only imagine where that’s headed.

Anyways, the entire roster is out on the stage right now. Yes, that includes such folks as Charlotte Flair, Buddy Murphy, Liv Morgan, among others who you may or may not have seen for the last few… weeks… or months. Shene asks who would like to fo first, as far as speaking, and to the front comes Roman Reigns. Roman says he’s not gonna be diplomatic and tells Shane to kiss his ass.

Robert O’Neill: Charlotte steps up and defends Shane “from one family to another” and lays on it on thick before Liv Morgan goes to the other microphone and tells Charlotte to shut up before Shane shuts it down. Then Buddy Murphy steps up and tells Kevin Owens to keep his name out of his mouth. 

Chris Novak: I’m enjoying this so far. Apollo says that everyone agrees with what KO said. Andrade and Zelina then step up, and it seems as though some seeds were planted to have another match between those two. Elias then steps up until The New Day cuts them off. Kofi gets the conversation going and… suddenly, his mic is cut. I’m sure that wasn’t intentional. Cesaro then comes up and says he wants to fight Aleister Black yet again tonight. So, that will rule.

Kevin Owens then showed up and Stunned Shane McMahon. Shane had a hilarious botch of the kick to the stomach. Thought that was a fun and effective enough segment. Everything else this evening will sort itself out, I reckon.

Robert O’Neill: And we’re jumping right into Cesaro/Black. Hell yeah. 

Chris Novak: Well, this match was good again. Not as good as the PPV match, but it was good nonetheless. But that’s to be expected, right? Aleister won after hitting another really awesome Black Mass. Let’s get Black’s push rolling.

Robert O’Neill: Frankly I’m just glad they didn’t have 50/50 booking here. Let Black keep racking up wins. Good on my end. 

Chris Novak: Backstage interaction between Dolph Ziggler and Shane McMahon give way to the thought that, uh, I guess, that there’ll be some interaction between them and KO later. Okay, sure.

Charlotte Flair is facing Liv Morgan. Hell to the yeah, Liv Morgan’s getting a match. Boom!

Robert O’Neill: It was kind of short and Charlotte won, but Liv looked good! It makes sense for Charlotte to win relatively quickly, as she’s “better” than Liv. After the match Liv goes on commentary and says “When I come back, I’m gonna be REAL!”

Well alright. Cool!

Chris Novak: Color me intrigued. Color me very intrigued. Ember Moon and ??? vs. Mandy and Sonya is next. Her partner? It’s BAYLEY! This is a nice little twist. And works well for me! 

Robert O’Neill: Ember and Bayley got a quick victory, then Bayley announced that Ember would be facing her at Summerslam for the title. Huh!

Chris Novak: No she did not, pal. She just said she wanted to face her for the title, unless I missed something. And I don’t think that I did! I reckon that match happens on TV and we get Bayley-Charlotte at SummerSlam. 

Robert O’Neill: Ah, I was confused. We’ll have to wait and see what happens! 

Chris Novak: Correction… the match IS happening at SummerSlam. Very intriguing.

Robert O’Neill: New Day is here, and they all have gold! 

Big E and Xavier Woods announce that they accept Bryan and Rowan’s offer for a rematch and away we go!

Well, maybe not. Bryan and Rowan come out in gear, but both turn around and leave. But now they’re back. And now they’re gone again, but Samoa Joe is coming out! 

Chris Novak: But interrupting Joe after he gets some words in is Elias! Elias says that Joe had his shot, failed, and so he’s deserving of a championship opportunity. Then… Randy Orton comes out! Orton says that he’s going to take Kofi down with the RKO. Elias says that they can’t have a championship match, and then suggests that they have a Six-Man Tag. 

Randy Orton pinned WWE Champion Kofi Kingston. Crazy sentence isn’t it? This was a really, really fun six-man tag team match. The heels getting the W here works for the purpose of elevating Orton into title contention. I’m going to hazard this is the direction for SummerSlam, and I am all for it.

Robert O’Neill: Absolutely. There’s so much you can do with a Kofi/Orton feud. They touched on it a little in the spring, but I would love it to be full speed ahead like this seems to be.

The IIconics are putting their titles on the line against the Kabuki Warriors. 

Well, it didn’t last very long. Billie Kay was knocked out of the ring and decided to not get back in before the 10 count. Champions’ advantage! That’s good heel work. Asuka and Kairi got their revenge afterwards. 

Chris Novak: Fine with that, as a means to extend this feud on a little longer.

Andrade and Apollo grappled in a pretty quick match. Apollo won. Looks like they’re doing some mid-card stuff with them here if the last few weeks are any indications. I’m cool with that. 

Kevin Owens and Dolph Ziggler faced off in the main event. The match was… fine. Owens hit a Stunner on Ziggler and then hightailed it out of there, as several SDLive superstars (all heels) were at ringside and went in pursuit. Shane said afterwards that Owens was going to pay. 

Robert O’Neill: The very end of that was kind of clunky but overall I liked the match and segment and show.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Robert O’Neill: That was a fun show! The town hall set the tone for the rest of the night by getting Liv Morgan in action, Buddy Murphy in the fold, and various other things Twitter has been upset about. The 6-man tag match was fun and did a good job setting up Orton/Kofi for Summerslam. A

Christopher Novak: Fun show. Everyone got TV time which was really nice. Especially the women, as everybody in some way shape or form was able to get on screen and do meaningful things. More of that and SmackDown will be back to being the premier show that it is. This was a solid episode of television. I will give this a high B+.

Paverbs Explained EP. 3

Pavy brings his homegirl Eva on to discuss honesty in a relationship, the most annoying thing about the opposite sex, love, sex & everything in between.

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Looking Glass #49 - Strawberry Creampie

X, Ash, Darius and Brandon break down the latest Pokemon Sword & Shield Trailer, plus Game of Thrones prequel news, Young Justice, and more.

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As Justin Bieber readies to drop much anticipated new music, enjoy this Barber's Chair playlist of the best hits in Bieberveli's arsenal! 
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First Black Champ - Two Fawking Years of First Black Champ Pod

It's officially two years of the First Black Champ Podcast and we are just beginning! Special thanks for Barber's Chair Digital, Jonathan Hood and YOU the listener for rocking with us through trash audio and light streaming numbers! We appreciate you!

In the midst of our celebration we talk WWE Extreme Rules and give probably our best prediction and potential GuranDAMNTees to date! With the improvements of Raw and Smackdown, we ask the question, Did Vince only beat Heyman and Bischoff because of his budget? We want to know your answer!

And as promised we give you Every Black WWE Champion since July of 2017 on this milestone episode of the First Black Champ Podcast! Use the hashtag #ImFawkingWithFBCPod

As Justin Bieber readies to drop much anticipated new music, enjoy this Barber's Chair playlist of the best hits in Bieberveli's arsenal! 
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Random Acts of Podcast EP247: Did You Call My Daughter A Bitch?

On this week’s episode of RAOP we bring on return guests Justin (@jvstinDGAF )& Dom (@CRlSPWATER) to chop it up about what classic black movies we think are overrated, wild stories from our high school days, Kawhi & PG going to the Clippers and a ton more other topics. Remember to send in YOUR questions, #TheyNeedTheirAssBeat or #RealNiggaOfTheWeek submissions, email us at MAIL@RAOPodcast.com or call 424-260-RAOP to leave a voicemail.

As Justin Bieber readies to drop much anticipated new music, enjoy this Barber's Chair playlist of the best hits in Bieberveli's arsenal! 
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Throw your diamonds up for more than a decade of heat with the new TIDAL-exclusive Roc La Familia playlist from The Barber's Chair! The greatest hits from the most prolific label in hip hop history.
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Ruthless Aggression - Joey Janela vs. Enzo Amore

Pierce Rob and Chris preview Sunday's Extreme Rules show and talk about the Evolve/All Elite Wrestling war on Saturday. Plus G1 Classic, Slammiversary, the foolery between Joey Janela and Enzo Amore, and a trip back to 2003 where Kane is an ugly psychopath and Eddie Guerrero is more worried about his lowrider than he is his former tag partner

Ruthless Aggression recap:
RAW 528
Smackdown 203

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Extreme Rules 2019: Results, recap, analysis, ratings

What a night in Philadelphia it was. Let’s get down to business.

Finn Balor vs. Shinsuke Nakamura - Intercontinental Championship

Chris Novak: Shock championship change! Shinsuke Nakamura has won the Intercontinental Championship away from Finn Balor. This was a fun little match, although I think their match on SmackDown was better. That being said, hey, this is cool! I suspect they’re gonna run this back in some way shape or form at SummerSlam in Toronto. Which is OK by me! ***¼ for me. 

Robert O’Neill: That was fun! Wasn’t expecting a title switch. I also liked the match on Smackdown more but I’ll go ***. It was fun for what it was and the title change was cool.

Drew Gulak vs. Tony Nese - Cruiserweight Championship

Chris Novak: Okay, this was pretty good. Gulak retained his Cruiserweight Championship, as expected. I think these two went a little bit lightly all things considered. Maybe it was a time crunch, maybe not. But I definitely expected a bit more here. That being said, it was still pretty good. ***½ for me here. Good start to the show with these Kickoff matches.

Robert O’Neill: Going to be interested to see where Tony Nese goes next and who Gulak’s next opponent is. I think this match was good but their match at Stomping Grounds was better. ***¼ 

Drew McIntyre and Shane McMahon vs. Roman Reigns and The Undertaker

Chris Novak: That… was… really fun? That was really fun! The Undertaker pinned Shane McMahon after hitting him with a Tombstone Piledriver. That superseded my expectations in a large way. Elias had a nice run-in and there was some good action and plunder here. Great sequence at the end, as Drew Mac went for a Claymore, but Reigns came in to spear him. ***¾ here. Super fun opener! 

Robert O’Neill: That was more fun than it had the right to be. That’s the perfect way to use Shane McMahon, Undertaker looked good, and the right team won. The passing of the torch sort of thing they did at the end between Taker and Roman was awesome, too. ***¾ 

The Revival vs. The Usos - Raw Tag Team Championships

Chris Novak: I had high expectations for this match. They were not met. It wasn’t outright bad, and still pretty good. But there was some sloppiness and awkwardness abound here. Thought these two teams definitely have better in them and it’s a little disappointing that it didn’t really go down that way. ***¼ for me.

Robert O’Neill: I like The Revival and The Usos a lot but yeah this match was just kinda there for me. A rare miss from these teams. **½ 

Aleister Black vs. Cesaro

Chris Novak: Big surprise… this was really good. Black won via the Black Mass. This match got a good amount of time and both were able to showcase their stuff. **** for me here. I’m not the high man though evidently. But this was kick ass and is, so far, the MOTN. 

Robert O’Neill: I loved this match! Both guys got to show just how good they are, and Aleister looks great with the victory. ****½ 

Bayley vs. Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross - SmackDown Live Women’s Championship

Chris Novak: Bayley wins. Seven stars. In all seriousness, this was super fun. Handicap matches tend to be weird, but they absolutely made this work and then some. Bayley won with an Elbow Drop off the top rope. Everyone got some good moments and spots. ***¾ for me here.

Robert O’Neill: Yeah this was quite good. Sometimes these handicap matches are bad, but this one definitely worked for me. Like the other matches, I’m excited to see what comes next for these three. ***½

Bobby Lashley vs. Braun Strowman - Last Man Standing

Chris Novak: This match absolutely ruled. Braun Strowman won after busting through a wall (yes) and beat the 10 count in the process. Strowman and Bob Lashley beat the absolute shit out of each other all over the arena. That is exactly how those matches should go and this one did not spare any bones. There was a great spot that brought them into an enclosed platform or whatever, which is where Strowman broke free from. I’m going ****½ on this. This is not only one of the best matches of the entire year, but one of the best Last Man Standing Matches ever, too.

Robert O’Neill: Chris pretty much nailed it. This match was everything a LMS match should be. ****

Daniel Bryan and Rowan vs. Heavy Machinery vs. The New Day - SmackDown Live Tag Team Championships 

Chris Novak: The New Day are six-time Tag Team Champions! This was a fantastic match. Everybody got their licks in here and looked great. There were some great sequences here with a very nice payoff between Big E and Daniel Bryan. I’m going ****¼ here. This was fan-freaking-tastic.

Robert O’Neill: Wow, the New Day has all the gold! For now, at least… Great match. ****¼ 

Ricochet vs. AJ Styles - United States Championship

Chris Novak: AJ Styles won the United States Championship after hitting a REVERSE Styles Clash OFF THE MIDDLE ROPE! A sick spot ended what was a really awesome match. A bit slower than I expected it to be, but that’s okay. These two still had a lot of great spots here and the finish ruled. Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows’ involvement helped add yet another layer. ****¼ for me. 

Robert O’Neill: I liked their Raw match more, but I also liked the ending there. That reverse Styles Clash was NASTY. ***¾ here. Think they can run it back at Summerslam. 

Dolph Ziggler vs. Kevin Owens

Chris Novak: Kevin Owens won after one (1) Stunner within a couple of seconds. Seven stars.

Robert O’Neill: This is the greatest night in the history of our sport. 

Kofi Kingston vs. Samoa Joe - WWE Championship

Chris Novak: Kofi Kingston retained yet again! Kofi’s heater continues with yet another really good match against Samoa Joe. Joe had plenty of great offense in here and got in some good beat downs. But, Kingston survives yet again and the beat goes on. ***¾ for me here.

Robert O’Neill: I didn’t think it was Joe’s time to win because they didn’t do a great job on the build to this, but the match was good for what it was! Joe will win the title eventually and Kofi still has all-time great face champion booking. ***¾ 

Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch vs. Baron Corbin and Lacey Evans - Universal/Raw Women’s Championship

Chris Novak: This match, like the opener, had no business being as good and as fun as it was. And yet, it was! Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch retained their titles after Rollins hit Corbin with three Stomps. THAT came after Corbin hit Becky with the End of Days! This match was filled with great spots and action. This was very well put together and super fun. ***½ for me. 

Robert O’Neill: You said on the preview that if they leaned into the stipulation and let this be a mess, it would be good. They did! Becky taking the End Of Days was an amazing spot, and Seth showing a whole new level of intensity after that was a side of him we haven’t seen much of. ***½ 

But…

Seth Rollins vs. Brock Lesnar - Universal Championship

Chris Novak: Paul Heyman wasn’t lying. Brock Lesnar cashed in his MITB contract, and defeated Seth Rollins to win the Universal Championship! 

Robert O’Neill: We’re not star rating this one because it was too short obviously but what a great ending to the show. 

FINAL THOUGHTS

Chris Novak: What a fun show. Top to bottom, the most consistent show of the entire year. There wasn’t a single cooldown match here, which really worked to their benefits. I think there’ve been “better” shows in terms of compellingness and drama. But this one was one of the very best this year. A- for me. 

Robert O’Neill: You nailed it. I loved this show start to finish and they had no down periods. While there likely wasn’t an all-time great match on this show, everything was very good and fun. That’s all we can ask for. Can’t wait for Raw and Smackdown. A

This Week in WWE: One Last Stop Before Extreme Rules
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Chris Novak: Raw is emanating from my home state of New Jersey. No, I’m not there, and neither are my parents. Not sure which one I feel more ashamed of. Becky Lynch and Seth Rollins vs. Andrade and Zelina Vega is happening right out of the gate. Hey, that’s my kind of jam. 

Robert O’Neill: Ya know, that was a fun match. Rollins and Becky won but Seth almost dropped the ball after he was distracted by Andrade making inadvertent contact with Becky. I actually really like that. While I have mixed feelings about the Becky/Seth pairing, I think it’s pretty good way to build this up. Corbin and Lacey attacked from behind after the match. And then Paul Heyman came out! Will Brock Lesnar cash in?

Chris Novak: He will not? But Sunday? I doubt it but Paul Heyman spun a yarn about how Extreme Rules in Philadelphia would be a fitting place. Because, yknow, ECW, Philly, yeah. You get it. 

Robert O’Neill: Heyman says Brock will cash in Sunday! Or maybe not. Maybe he’s lying. Who knows!

We move onto a ⅔ falls 6-man tag between the Miz/Usos and Elias/Revival. IT’s gonna be good but the forced stipulation is stupid. Just have the match during commercials. It was fine for years, it’s fine now.

Chris Novak: It was forced… but once again, like the mixed tag match at the start of the show, the match was really good. The babyfaces picked up the win. Seems to setup the fact The Revival will retain on Sunday, which is a good thing. Oh yeah, that’s happening! Extreme Rules is looking fun.

There will be a Beat The Clock Challenge later between Bayley and Nikki Cross, who’s subbing in tonight for an ill Alexa Bliss. The winner of the challenge picks the stipulation for Sunday. Uh oh.

Robert O’Neill: 24-7 Champion Drake Maverick is here, along with his wife! He’s going to retain his title tonight AND consummate his marriage. Good luck, pal.

Chris Novak: So Rey Mysterio’s out here for his open challenge. Bobby Lashley comes out and answers it, and makes quick work of him. Post-match, he beats him down more and threw him into some officials. Essentially, I guess, this was more a vehicle for Lashley than Mysterio. Which… makes sense, since Rey’s not doing anything at the PPV. 

AJ Styles, Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows were backstage. Charly Caruso tried to get a word, but he said that he didn’t owe anyone an explanation.

Robert O’Neill: We keep rolling right along as Cesaro faces off with No Way Jose, after their match was unable to get underway last week. CEsaro wins in pretty short order but NWJ got some solid work in. This might be a fine mini-feud? 

The Street Profits are back!

Chris Novak: They cut a fun promo hyping up the Taker-Roman/Shane-Drew match this week. It was very entertaining and very Street Profits in the best way.

Mike and Maria were backstage after the mess that happened last week. Maria said she wanted “ice cream and pickles” at the end of the segment, so off Mike went to get it. 

Now we have a back and forth between Bayley and Nikki Cross before the Beat The Clock Challenge they have later tonight. It was the typical banter. We learned that Bayley will face Sarah Logan and Nikki Cross will face Dana Brooke. Hey, that’s awesome! More people getting burn is NEVER a problem with me.

Robert O’Neill: R-Truth is looking for Drake Maverick and also sings Jeff Jarrett’s 1996 smash hit “With My Baby Tonight” 

What a segment.

The Viking Raiders are in action against Colin and Devin Justin 

Chris Novak: The Viking Raiders promptly squashed them. There was some interjection with the 24/7 gaggle, but nothing came to pass besides the Raiders dropping Hawkins and Ryder. Truth got in, was intimidated and then ran off. 

Ricochet vs. Luke Gallows is next. This was pretty fun! Ricochet got beaten down for much of the match. However, Ricochet wormed his way into victory. Styles then brought Karl Anderson into the fold, as he’ll be facing him after this commercial break! Ricochet won that match also, and then after the match, AJ Styles jumped in the ring and started beating him down. Gallows got in on it as well. Styles hit him with a Brainbuster, and then Anderson and Gallows hit RIcochet with a Magic Killer. Then Styles teased yet another Styles Clash from the second rope, but threw him down on the mat instead.

Ricochet wasn’t quite done though because he got up. Gallows and Anderson got in and held him up, and Styles hit him with the Phenomenal Forearm. 

Effective stuff here with Anderson and Gallows not looking too weak in defeat and still appearing menacing enough to look like a legit threat. 

Robert O’Neill: That was simple and effective. Ricochet will probably retain Sunday, bu he may want to find some friends at some point to counteract these three.

Drake Maverick has escaped the mob and made it back to his wife. They’re ready to go, but Truth pops out of a crate. Carmella pops out of another crate and instructs Truth to attack, and they chase after Drake!

Bayley vs. Sarah Logan is the first Beat The Clock match. Sarah looked pretty good in her first match in a while, but Bayley got the win with a Sunset Flip Powerbomb at 4:32. Nikki Cross vs. Dana Brooke is up immediately after. 

Chris Novak: Dana is dusted in short order by Nikki. She invites Bayley into the ring and informs her that Sunday will now be a Handicap Match for the SmackDown Live Women’s championship. But what was interesting was the dialogue after that announcement. Nikki told her that she doesn’t know what a loyal friend is and that she should go and find a friend. Um… well… y’know… there’s this one girl…

Robert O’Neill: Intrigue!

It’s time for the main events. Drew McIntyre and Shane McMahon against Roman Reigns and Gary “The Janitor” Garbutt.

They take Roman out early on and Gary has to come in, and, what do you know, he can work! He hits some nice looking flips and other aerial maneuvers before getting hit with a Claymore and losing the match. As Mike Rome announces Drew and Shane as the winners, Gary unmasks and he’s Cedric Alexander! Hey that was fun. 

Chris Novak: I don’t understand why… you know, he lost, but whatever. 

FINAL THOUGHTS

Robert O’Neill: Well, that was a bit of a mess. It’s not that I hated Raw, it was just a downgrade from last week. The main event was weird, and the Mike and Maria stuff is kind of weird and not really for me? Other than that it did its job and got me ready for Extreme Rules, but I’m really just ready for Summerslam. C+

Chris Novak: I will actually be the high man on Raw this week? Surprising. I’m gonna go with a B-. Raw’s in need of some refreshing and the main event was definitely awkward. That being said, while this was a downgrade from last week, it was above middle of the road for me.

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Chris Novak: Last stop on the way to Extreme Rules. SmackDown Live’s in Manchester, New Hampshire. The show begins with Kayla Braxton interviewing Dolph Ziggler in the parking lot earlier today. I actually like them producing this segment this way. KO drives up behind him and honks his horn to effectively interrupt the segment. This eventually spills a bit out of control as the two fight in the parking lot! Dolph is sent inside but, apparently, KO is being sent home! So… that ends that match being a thing. 

Shane says it happened because things spilled out of control backstage. KO was the instigator, so that’s why he’s being sent home. Shane says he has a “few ideas” as to what the main event will be, and he tells Sarah Schreiber that he’ll circle back to her and us when he has to make that decision. 

Commentators run down the card for the night. That card includes Finn/Shinsuke… oh, okay. KO is still here actually. Owens runs Shane and the things he’s done down in what is a hell of a promo. 

Robert O’Neill: This was all in the first five minutes of the show! Wow. Lot going on. Also I’m 100% here for top babyface Kevin Owens. It’s gonna be a hell of a fun summer. 

Chris Novak: Owens basically says that everyone in the back, himself included, feels sick to their stomachs every time that Shane calls himself the “Best in the World.” He name drops quite the roster of people, including Bud Murph, Liv Morgan, Asuka, Kairi Sane and the whole lot. Shane came out to interrupt at one point here, and cut his mic off, but KO used another mic AND the headset. As security went to go after him, Owens hopped the barricade and stormed away. This was an awesome start to the show. 

Robert O’Neill: And now we move right along with Finn Balor vs. Shinsuke Nakamura. First match for either guy in quite some time. Excited for this one.

Chris Novak: First match for Finn since Money in the Bank, first SDLive match for him since 5/14 and first singles match since 4/23. Additionally, the first match for Shinsuke in general since 4/23, too. 

Robert O’Neill: Unsurprisingly, it was pretty good! Shinsuke got the win after hitting multiple Kinshasas and looking very good. Perhaps these two will meet again Sunday? 

Chris Novak: Nak looked like a total beast in that match. I won’t be surprised if Finn-Nak gets added to the Extreme Rules card by the end of the week. 

We are going to have a contract signing for the SDLive Women’s Championship Match this Sunday. Hey! That’s pretty fun, right?

A video package highlighting the Kofi Kingston-Samoa Joe feud plays. It’s predictably very good. Joe then comes on screen afterwards and talks some shit. So, pretty much, what you’d expect. 

Robert O’Neill: Nikki Cross is here for a contract signing with Bayley for their match on Sunday. Alexa isn’t around because she’s sick. 

Chris Novak: These two pretty much hit all the proper notes here. Bayley talked about her early years in NXT and how she was often manipulated but eventually grew into her own. Nikki says she’s tired of Bayley trying to drive a wedge between the two of them, and claims they’ll be co-champions if they win on Sunday. Somehow… I don’t see that in the cards. But alas, it’s time for Nikki Cross to face Carmella. 

Robert O’Neill: Nikki gets the victory with the swinging neckbreaker after a good back and forth match and then stares down Bayley. This is a really good story they’re telling. 

The Kabuki Warriors and Paige run into The IIconics backstage, and the Kabuki Warriors want the title shot they’re owed. Billie and Peyton say it can’t do tonight though because Billie has MadCowBirdFlu. Hilarious. 

Chris Novak: Hey, look at that. Advancement for the Women’s Tag Team Champions feud. I mean, hey, it’s better than nothing right? I liked this tease though and, obviously, Billie’s “disease” was hilarious.

Robert O’Neill: Time for the Tag Team Summit!

Chris Novak: This all eventually bellowed into a Triple Threat Match between Bryan, Otis and Xavier. And it absolutely ruled. Otis picked up the win after hitting a Pop-Up Slam on Woods. They teased the fact that if that happens on Sunday, then Bryan and Rowan will lose the title. Elementary stuff here, and it all really worked. The match was just outstanding. 

Robert O’Neill: Wow. This match was so good. Something about Smackdown multi-man matches, man. Really excited for the tag match on Sunday!

Chris Novak: Mandy and Sonya bullied Ember Moon in the back again. They seemed to challenge Ember to go find a tag team partner so that she could face them both. I KNOW SOMEONE WHO SHE COULD PICK! 

Another really great Ali vignette aired. I’m a big fan of these and this one was another real good one.

Aleister Black’s opponent has been revealed and it is… Cesaro! So this match should totally fucking rock on Sunday. It’s also #WWETop25 approved. Wink, wink. 

Robert O’Neill: The main event has arrived! Roman Reigns is taking on Dolph Ziggler. 

Chris Novak: This should be pretty decent, if both bring their working boots. And so they did. There was a real hot finish here. Everyone got involved at ringside. Reigns went way over the top rope for a dive on everyone. He was then superkicked by Ziggler. Shane got into the ring to talk some trash, but Kevin Owens reappeared and hit him with a Stunner. Reigns and Dolph got back into the ring, and Roman hit him with a Spear to win the matchup at the horn.

Robert O’Neill: *Clears throat* OWENS GOT MCMAHON! OWENS GOT MCMAHON!

FINAL THOUGHTS

Chris Novak: This show ruled. There was very good action, good storyline advancement and no low points. This was the best SmackDown in some time, which admittedly has been a low bar to clear. But everything flowed really well here. Maybe they realized how stupid the Elimination and ⅔ Falls Matches are, maybe I’ll regret saying that in a week. Whatever the case, this was a great show to tee up Extreme Rules. A-

Robert O’Neill: I didn’t love Smackdown last week, but they definitely bounced back this week. I loved this from wall to wall, and it has me really excited for Extreme Rules. It was nice seeing Roman Reigns back in action, and Aleister Black vs. Cesaro should be a ton of fun. A- here as well.

Ball Don't Lie EP 60 - Kawhi the Don

Count the Dings' Mariano joins Scott and Joe to recap the biggest news in NBA free agency thus far. Kawhi and PG to the Clippers, AD and Boogie join Bron with the Lakers, Kyrie and KD team up in Brooklyn, Jimmy Buckets to Miami and the swirling rumors surrounding Russell Westbrook. All that and more on episode 60 of Ball Don't Lie!

As Justin Bieber readies to drop much anticipated new music, enjoy this Barber's Chair playlist of the best hits in Bieberveli's arsenal! 
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Throw your diamonds up for more than a decade of heat with the new TIDAL-exclusive Roc La Familia playlist from The Barber's Chair! The greatest hits from the most prolific label in hip hop history.
Listen here: https://tidal.com/playlist/dfcd8a98-7eb0-473e-8666-170acc564443

Listen to the new bangers playlist on Spotify, Tidal, and Apple Music!
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When it comes to trading for Russell Westbrook, Bulls fans need to make up their minds: is it Oochie Wally or One Mic?
Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

This isn’t a post advocating for, or against, the Chicago Bulls trading for Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook. You’ll certainly see plenty of articles predicting where the 30-year-old MVP will wind up between now and the time he is traded, whether that comes now or at some point during the season. Let’s be frank: those are fun Bleacher Report stories to sift through while you sit on the Red Line hoping that discolored stream trickling down your train cart is actually some high schoolers’ spilled Mango Mania Mystic and not some homeless guy’s piss. However, they’re dry as hell and one of 1,000 that will be typed up by nerdy white dudes with ‘-NBA” on the end of their Twitter handle. Nobody needs more of those.

No, this article is addressed to Bulls fans, some of the most passionate supporters in the world. We have been there for our Bulls through the euphoric highs (three-peat X2, the Derrick Rose-led Bench Mob-by Bulls of 2011) and the dark, depressing lows (the Baby Bulls, Rose’s recurring knee injuries, The Three Alphas). One could argue that more than any team in the NBA, Bulls fans ride for their squad in thin times, evident by the Bulls’ second-place finish in average attendance in 2018-19, another year at-or-near the top of the league for a team that’s led the league in attendance 13 times since their last championship in 1998.

These are very much lean times for the Bulls, entering their third year of a long-overdue rebuild, the first full year of head coach Jim Boylen’s tenure after replacing the out-of-his-league Fred Hoiberg mid-season and limping towards a 22-60 record. Who knows when the Bulls will be competitive in the East again, or how long a fan base already restless for the return of a winning franchise will continue to wait patiently until heads finally roll.

Still, there’s much for Bulls fans to be excited about next season. Lauri Markkanen enters his third year in the league, and despite missing 30 games last season with a sprained elbow and health issues, has flashed glimpses of a future All-Star. Zach Lavine exploded in 2019, finishing in the top 20 in scoring in the NBA. Wendell Carter Jr. started 44 games before a thumb injury ended his season, and the Otto Porter Jr. trade at the deadline brought over a capable three-and-D option on the wing.

Chicago, shockingly, even made good moves in the offseason to improve the club, adding point guard Coby White and big Daniel Gafford in the draft, while signing vets Thaddeus Young and Tomas Satoransky in free agency. The Bulls aren’t back yet, but the hope around Chicago is they’re well on their way.

But while the Bulls were busy resetting the ballclub, something happened across the NBA. The league we once knew got flipped on its ass, and all of a sudden the powers that were are no longer. The Western Conference has balanced out after the Raptors ended the Warriors run this June, with Kevin Durant leaving for the Brooklyn Nets and Klay Thompson set to miss a good chunk of next season with a torn ACL. Now, more teams are gearing up for a run at the Larry O’Brien in 2020. The Clippers - say it with me again - are challenging the Lakers’ big two of LeBron James and Anthony Davis with one of their own, signing Kawhi Leonard away from Toronto and swinging a massive deal with the Thunder for Paul George. Brooklyn will try to make it work without KD next season, while Boston hopes for better returns from Kemba Walker than what the newest Net Kyrie Irving gave them, and the Sixers load up by re-signing Tobias Harris and adding Al Horford. The Heat are trying to build around Jimmy Butler, while the Jazz hope Mike Conley fits perfectly next to Donovan Mitchell. Not to mention the Bucks and reigning MVP Giannis Antetekoumpo, rising squads in Denver and Indy, and established powers in Houston and Golden State.

LOL and the Knicks doing whatever the Knicks are doing.

That brings us back to Russell Westbrook and the Thunder, who according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, are receptive to trade offers for the eight-time All-Star. It’s not often that a superstar of Westbrook’s caliber - a former MVP coming off his third-consecutive season averaging a triple-double - is available via trade. Speculation has already begun with clubs like the Miami Heat and Detroit Pistons reportedly the frontrunners, but ESPN’s Brian Windhorst named Chicago as a destination that makes sense.

There’s pros and cons to the Westsiders pivoting in the middle of a rebuild to acquire an aging star like Westbrook, and we’ve heard each and every one of them to death on social media since the Paul George to LA trade was announced early Saturday morning. Cries of Westbrook’s alleged poor shooting ability, IQ, attitude, age, and most importantly, the massive contract he signed to stay in OKC that includes a player option of $47,063,478 in 2022-23, have run rampant online. All of those fears are understandable, especially given the time spent to acquire the young pieces the Bulls have over the last few years. However, something doesn’t seem right.

Just a week ago, Bulls fans and media members in the city looked down on the Thaddeus Young and Tomas Satoransky acquisitions, either because they weren’t sexy, or because the Bulls made no effort to attract a superstar this summer or leading up to it. Now, the same ones are writing think pieces and making podcasts about why it would be idiotic for the Bulls to move for a superstar to try and compete in a thin Eastern Conference in 2020.

So what is it, Bulls fans? Is it Oochie Wally or is it One Mic? You decide, but be aware: the clock is ticking.

You can’t clown the Bulls front office for having a plan since the February trade for Porter and sticking with it this summer, then run it back and criticize fans who would be open to trading for one of the ten best players in the game right now. You can’t go on a tweet-storm about Chicago not being an attractive destination for free agents, then say the Bulls would be stupid to add a star that moves them not just a step closer to a title, but closer to attracting top talent in free agency, because it theoretically takes them out of the running for Giannis once he reaches the open market. Bulls fans have not been consistent at all with what they want out of the club, and it’s honestly more frustrating than watching the product on the court.

Do I want the Bulls to engage OKC in conversations for Russ? Hell yeah. He’s in his prime, playing the best basketball of his career, and he will be the same age Chris Paul is now when his contract is up. If he can bring the same level of production at 34 that CP3 has, there’s no reason to worry about his age. He immediately vaults the Bulls into playoff contention, but more importantly the pieces left behind after the trade - almost certainly Markkanen and one of Lavine/Carter Jr. - will elevate their game alongside Westbrook. Coby White would become a casualty of the deal, either going the other way to OKC or coming off the bench for Westbrook, but are we really worried that trading for a future Hall of Famer is going to greatly affect the future of Coby White?

If Gar Forman and John Paxson stick to their guns and avoid a move for Westbrook, I’m fine with that too. Sure the Bulls might be unbearable as hell next season, and maybe the season after that as well, but I won’t lose sleep. Chicago will wait their turn to strike on Giannis or A.D. or some other disgruntled superstar who could boost the club’s chances of winning. Russ definitely speeds up the timeline, but missing out on him doesn’t hurt it either.

But God help me, Bulls fans, pick a lane and stay firmly there. If you bitched and complained about the lack of a push for a star last week, be open to a deal for one the next week. If you demand more from the men in charge, don’t huff and puff and throw a hissy fit online when other fans do the same when they see one of the premier players in the league available. Sometimes it feels like Bulls fans have no idea what they want; they just want a return to the glory days of Bulls basketball, and I get it. 21 years is a mighty long time to be wishing and praying on a come up. But you can’t come up in the NBA if you don’t take chances. See: 2019 Toronto Raptors, 2008 Boston Celtics, and 2004 Detroit Pistons.

Or, yanow, keep whining like the apathetic losers you are. Won’t change how I feel about the Bulls one bit.

Ball Don't Lie Ep. 59 - Summer Sessions

On this episode of Ball Don't Lie, Scott is joined by Pavy & Damien (@Im_VelvetJones) as the guys discuss literally everything that comes to mind, all thanks to Tito's Vodka

As Justin Bieber readies to drop much anticipated new music, enjoy this Barber's Chair playlist of the best hits in Bieberveli's arsenal! 
Apple Music: https://apple.co/2HdG2yN
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2HbTcME
Tidal: http://bit.ly/bieberveli

Throw your diamonds up for more than a decade of heat with the new TIDAL-exclusive Roc La Familia playlist from The Barber's Chair! The greatest hits from the most prolific label in hip hop history.
Listen here: https://tidal.com/playlist/dfcd8a98-7eb0-473e-8666-170acc564443

Listen to the new bangers playlist on Spotify, Tidal, and Apple Music!
Tidal: bit.ly/tidalbangers
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Looking Glass #48: Akira is the YesJulz of Anime

This week on LG: X, Church, Jason and Ken review Spider-Man: Far from Home and Stranger Things S3, Flash changes directors, Young Justice premiere, and more

Topics:
Batista for Star Wars show
Attack on Titan S4 release
New Akira anime coming
The Witcher Netflix
The Walking Dead
Stranger Things
DC Comics
Sandman TV Series coming to Netflix
Young Justice premiere
Catwoman casting rumors for The Batman
Flash nets IT Director
Marvel Comics
Marvel Zombies 3
Runaway S3 + Cloak & Dagger
Spider-Man: Far from Home review

As Justin Bieber readies to drop much anticipated new music, enjoy this Barber's Chair playlist of the best hits in Bieberveli's arsenal! 
Apple Music: https://apple.co/2HdG2yN
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2HbTcME
Tidal: http://bit.ly/bieberveli

Throw your diamonds up for more than a decade of heat with the new TIDAL-exclusive Roc La Familia playlist from The Barber's Chair! The greatest hits from the most prolific label in hip hop history.
Listen here: https://tidal.com/playlist/dfcd8a98-7eb0-473e-8666-170acc564443

Listen to the new bangers playlist on Spotify, Tidal, and Apple Music!
Tidal: bit.ly/tidalbangers
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Apple Music: bit.ly/applebangers

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Ball Don't Lie EP 58 - The City Is Under New Management

Pierce and Scott give their instant reaction to Kawhi Leonard and Paul George joining the Los Angeles Clippers!

As Justin Bieber readies to drop much anticipated new music, enjoy this Barber's Chair playlist of the best hits in Bieberveli's arsenal! 
Apple Music: https://apple.co/2HdG2yN
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2HbTcME
Tidal: http://bit.ly/bieberveli

Throw your diamonds up for more than a decade of heat with the new TIDAL-exclusive Roc La Familia playlist from The Barber's Chair! The greatest hits from the most prolific label in hip hop history.
Listen here: https://tidal.com/playlist/dfcd8a98-7eb0-473e-8666-170acc564443

Listen to the new bangers playlist on Spotify, Tidal, and Apple Music!
Tidal: bit.ly/tidalbangers
Spotify: bit.ly/spotifybangers
Apple Music: bit.ly/applebangers

WrestleMania might be over but you can still rep Becky Two Belts with the brand new #FreeTheMan tees up now on the Barber's Chair Net merch shop
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Ruthless Aggression - RAW Is Heyman

Before we dive into the Paul Heyman era on RAW, Pierce Rob and Chris do a quick review of Spider-Man: Far From Home! Then, another week in the Ruthless Aggression era as RAW deals with the fallout of Kane's unmasking, and Vince gets rid of Hogan for GOOD (two years).

Ruthless Aggression recap:
RAW 527
Smackdown 202

As Justin Bieber readies to drop much anticipated new music, enjoy this Barber's Chair playlist of the best hits in Bieberveli's arsenal! 
Apple Music: https://apple.co/2HdG2yN
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2HbTcME
Tidal: http://bit.ly/bieberveli

Throw your diamonds up for more than a decade of heat with the new TIDAL-exclusive Roc La Familia playlist from The Barber's Chair! The greatest hits from the most prolific label in hip hop history.
Listen here: https://tidal.com/playlist/dfcd8a98-7eb0-473e-8666-170acc564443

Listen to the new bangers playlist on Spotify, Tidal, and Apple Music!
Tidal: bit.ly/tidalbangers
Spotify: bit.ly/spotifybangers
Apple Music: bit.ly/applebangers

WrestleMania might be over but you can still rep Becky Two Belts with the brand new #FreeTheMan tees up now on the Barber's Chair Net merch shop
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Paverbs Explained Ep.2 - The Power Of Communciation

On the second episode of Paverbs Explained, Pavy breaks down the power of communication & why you should always seek to openly communicate with those around you.

As Justin Bieber readies to drop much anticipated new music, enjoy this Barber's Chair playlist of the best hits in Bieberveli's arsenal! 
Apple Music: https://apple.co/2HdG2yN
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2HbTcME
Tidal: http://bit.ly/bieberveli

Throw your diamonds up for more than a decade of heat with the new TIDAL-exclusive Roc La Familia playlist from The Barber's Chair! The greatest hits from the most prolific label in hip hop history.
Listen here: https://tidal.com/playlist/dfcd8a98-7eb0-473e-8666-170acc564443

Listen to the new bangers playlist on Spotify, Tidal, and Apple Music!
Tidal: bit.ly/tidalbangers
Spotify: bit.ly/spotifybangers
Apple Music: bit.ly/applebangers

WrestleMania might be over but you can still rep Becky Two Belts with the brand new #FreeTheMan tees up now on the Barber's Chair Net merch shop
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The MOGCAST EP. 6 - When They See Mogs

Peace, mogs! Ava Duvernay's 4-part Netflix series "When They See Us" chronicled the catastrophic injustice surrounding The Central Park Five. Aye, scratch that, The Exonerated Five! GY, Dane, Cee, and Rhodan sit down to unpack a very important conversation.

Follow the mogs on social media!
@GY312
@Pbbt
@MogcastPod
@Dopeasdane
@ceeeverything (Instagram)

As Justin Bieber readies to drop much anticipated new music, enjoy this Barber's Chair playlist of the best hits in Bieberveli's arsenal! 
Apple Music: https://apple.co/2HdG2yN
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2HbTcME
Tidal: http://bit.ly/bieberveli

Throw your diamonds up for more than a decade of heat with the new TIDAL-exclusive Roc La Familia playlist from The Barber's Chair! The greatest hits from the most prolific label in hip hop history.
Listen here: https://tidal.com/playlist/dfcd8a98-7eb0-473e-8666-170acc564443

Listen to the new bangers playlist on Spotify, Tidal, and Apple Music!
Tidal: bit.ly/tidalbangers
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This Week in WWE: Raw E. Dangerously

RAW

Chris Novak: I’m super excited for people to overreact if nothing happens on this Raw after it was announced that Paul Heyman and Eric Bischoff were becoming showrunners. Anyways, let’s get off and running. There was a production error while the show was beginning, showing that… The Street Profits, the NXT Tag Team Champions, were in the house. What does this mean? Time will tell. It’s time for the first match of the month of July though, which will be Bobby Lashley vs. Braun Strowman in a Falls Count Anywhere Match. I’m totally here for this.

Robert O’Neill: I don’t particularly like either of these guys but I’ve really enjoyed their feud. 

Chris Novak: HOLY… okay, so this match ended abruptly. Why? Because Bruan ran in and drove Lashley THROUGH THE DAMN SET!! There were a few explosions, Corey Graves cussed, and now they need a new set. Maybe I wasn’t on to something in the beginning. Paul E. is wasting littlet ime. 

Robert O’Neill: I know they said it wouldn’t be right away for Heyman and Bischoff, but it’s hard to watch this match/segment and think of anything BESIDES 2002-03 WWE where Paul Heyman had a significant creative voice. That was incredible stuff. People are gonna be talking about it for a while. 

Chris Novak: Viking Raiders vs. The New Day is next. Because we’re just getting right down to it. 

Robert O’Neill: It doesn’t really get going because Samoa Joe comes out and attacks the New Day, which brings out Kofi Kingston! I imagine we’ll get six man tag action on the other side of the break. 

Chris Novak: Okay, that six-man tag team match was great. Samoa Joe choked Kofi Kingston out to give him his first loss since March 19. The setup for this match, as well as the match itself, were well put together. 

We pivot backstage. Drake Maverick actually brought his wife, indie wrestler Renee Michelle, to Raw! She gives him an ultimatum after realizing she’s at Raw (she was blindfolded, Drake said he was taking her on their honeymoon). It’s either her, or the 24/7 Championship! Maverick assured her everything would be fine, and hugged her. Naturally, R-Truth showed up and told Maverick he was a sucker for romance and wouldn’t intervene. 

Robert O’Neill: Good lord, these two are so entertaining all the time. AJ Styles is backstage talking to The Club about how they’re still letting him down, but perhaps they’ll improve soon.

No Way Jose is facing Cesaro, but Truth and Maverick are both out here as well. Truth taunts Drake but the locker room comes out to try and get the 24/7 title! In the meantime Cesaro hits No Way Jose with a Neutralizer on the floor and continues to beat him up. 

Charly Caruso is backstage with THE STREET PROFITS! They’re ready to face whoever, and they had a very entertaining interview. 

Chris Novak: This is delightful. The Street Profits absolutely deserve to be up here. Especially Angelo Dawkins. God bless him, he finally made it up to WWE TV proper. I’m legitimately happy for him. 

A segment with Drew McIntyre and Shane McMahon is next. Well, we can’t fix everything quite yet. 

Miz is interviewed before this segment. He expresses more regret for helping to cultivate the monster that is Shane McMahon. They’re doing Miz vs. Elias ⅔ Falls again, for the record. He says Shane will need a new lackey after the match. 

Shane touts the fact that he’s been in the ring with Taker before and says that Taker did indeed surprise them, but there won’t be any surprises at Extreme Rules. Eventually after a bit of talking, there’s some ~SCARE TACTICS~ dished out by The Undertaker. From… wherever he might be. Taker’s music then hits, and naturally everyone goes into a tizzy. And he does, indeed, show up. This leads to Drew Mac and Shane running scared. 

Robert O’Neill: Undertaker actually cut a pretty good promo saying he’s the reaper of wayward souls and while Roman didn’t ask him for help, he’s doing it because he doesn’t respect Shane or Drew. 

We go backstage where Baron Corbin and Lacey Evans cut a promo on Becky Lynch and Seth Rollins, featuring Lacey saying Seth Rollins has “wandering eyes” and Seth is gonna be focused on her during her upcoming match with Natalya. 

Chris Novak: Surprisingly (?) this was pretty good! Corbin got involved and tripped Nattie up, which eventually led to Evans hitting her with the Women’s Right. I gotta be honest, I definitely enjoyed that sequence a lot more than I thought I would. A nice surprise! 

Ricochet was interviewed backstage. The Club intervened and kinda bullied the US Champion a little bit. They talked up AJ Styles to him. Afterwards, AJ Styles met with The Club again backstage. They asked where Styles’ spark was and this seemed to fire him up. That led to Styles going up to Ricochet. This led to a US Championship Match being made between Styles and Ricochet… tonight! Ricochet offered his hand, but Styles slapped him across the face. Ricochet slapped him RIGHT back. Hey… this is fun! 

Robert O’Neill: Absolutely down for this feud continuing AND AJ going heel again and realigning with The Club. Love it. Think the match tonight is gonna be awesome. 

Speaking of awesome, Miz and Elias are having a ⅔ falls match!

Chris Novak: Miz won after making Elias tap out with the Figure Four Leg Lock. Honestly… just a fine TV match. Nothing more, nothing less. Miz took out some extra punishment on Elias after the match was over, as is customary. 

Becky Lynch and Seth Rollins were interviewed by Charly Caruso. She asks them if they though their decision was impulsive. This segment went on as it were, and then Mike and Maria Kanellis showed up! Of course Heyman pulled Maria up to the main roster. Basically, this leads up to a mixed tag match later on tonight. Maria called Mike Kanellis her bitch. That… was something else.

Robert O’Neill: That was a very weird and bad segment but it’s cool that Mike and Maria has something to do now? I guess? 

So they have a match and Seth tags Becky in, but Maria isn’t gonna compete. Instead she gets on a mic and yells at Mike for being awful, then yells that she’s pregnant. Then Seth gets the win and Maria yells at Mike even more, then says next time she’ll have Becky impregnate her This is some VERY Paul Heyman stuff. 

Chris Novak: Oh Lordy… that was… that was something! Um. That’s all I can really say.

Robert O’Neill: Speaking of Heyman, he’s talking to Charly about the fact that maybe Brock Lesnar will cash in tonight, but the Street Profits come and interrupt and roast him a bit and say they’re going to the ring right now. Love it. 

Chris Novak: The Street Profits are total gems. Love it. 

A Moment of Bliss with Nikki Cross is next. Worth noting that Alexa’s dressed to compete. We shall see what happens here. They look back at Nikki’s win this past week on SmackDown, and she says that Alexa was the first person to open herself up to Nikki and be a friend for her. Carmella then arrives and chides Alexa for saying that she’s not actually her friend.

This leads to… a match that only lasted a couple seconds. Uh, yeah. I’m not really a fan of that but we’re gonna keep it moving. 

Robert O’Neill: Well, “keep it moving” likely means Nikki vs. Carmella here. Let’s see. Yup, there we go. 

Nikki gets the victory over Carmella, and Alexa is happy for her. How nice!

Chris Novak: Okay… I’m fine with pushing a narrative that all Nikki does is win for Alexa while all Alexa does is lose. I just think you can accomplish that while not having her get pinned in a couple of seconds. Whatever. The way this is progressing should prove interesting. 

Afterwards, we saw Alexa and Nikki backstage. They both seem to be chipper. Sarah Schreiber comes up and goes to interview Nikki. She points out that the WWE Universe wants to see Nikki face Bayley INSTEAD of Alexa. Bliss, pissed off, er, blissed off I should say, angrily says “No Comment!” and drags Nikki away. I like where this all this is headed honestly. 

Robert O’Neill: It’s time for the main event, as AJ Styles is facing Ricochet. Styles gets a pinfall in the first few minutes and the match seems to be over, but Ricochet’s foot was under the rope! Match restarts. Eventually Gallows and Anderson come down to spectate and Ricochet gets a pinfall on Styles after a creative sequence. Wow. Survive and advance. Gallows and Anderson question AJ after and Ricochet looks ready to help AJ fight them, but AJ punches Ricochet! The Club is back! Holy crap Styles did a Styles Clash on Ricochet from the second rope to end the show.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Robert O’Neill: I like most episodes of Raw so maybe I’m not the best source, but I loved this one. Everyone wanted it to feel different, and it sure did. From the content, to the script, to the production, you can tell changes have been made. Not everything resonated with me (the Becky and Seth stuff was very bad) but it was an entertaining three hours that flew by, bookended by great moments. A

Chris Novak: I won’t quite go there yet with an A for Raw, although I found it to be an enjoyable program. I’ll comfortably give it a high B+. I’m still not really sure I’m sold on this “no wrestling through commercial breaks” thing as it disrupted the flow of a few things and, evidently, appears to also be doing some damage to women’s wrestling matches too. Still, there were some great highs here.

SMACKDOWN LIVE

Robert O’Neill: Remember when Raw didn’t start with an elongated promo and talking segment? Anyway, here’s Kevin Owens with his Kevin Owens show guests Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre. Owens says the two are probably in some trouble against Roman and Undertaker, then Dolph Ziggler comes out and Owens says no one cares about Ziggler (true) and Kevin asks Shane to make a #1 contenders match between Owens and Ziggler. Shane refuses, but Shane says they can team up to face Heavy Machinery and if they win they can be added to the tag titles match at Extreme Rules. 

Chris Novak: Thanks for the extensive recap of the first part here while I was briefly away Rob. 

Big E vs. Daniel Bryan is next. The match was pretty fun. Bryan won after Rowan got involved, throwing him into the ringpost. Bryan then hit the Running Knee after Rowan decked Xavier Woods as he was trying to go over to him. Strong showing for both here. 

Robert O’Neill: That was as good as I thought it would be. Great stuff.

R-Truth is backstage with Kayla Braxton and he’s very distraught about losing the 24/7 Title, but he vows to get it back! 

Chris Novak: Alexa Bliss says that Nikki Cross is going to host A Moment of Bliss. She wants her to do it because she’s done such a good job lately. Well, this could potentially be interesting. The guest is Bayley. That’s three times for Bayley on this show. Clearly, Alexa has a high opinion of the SmackDown Live Women’s Champion. 

Alright, that did not go as I thought that it would. Bayley won clean as a sheet with no meddling from Alexa. Which… is interesting? Sort of? I don’t know what to really make of it. 

Robert O’Neill: Yeah that was weird. Probably not the direction I would have taken, but the match itself was good. 

Kofi Kingston and Samoa Joe are in the ring for a face to face interaction. Joe doesn’t take Kofi seriously, and he thinks Kofi will need the New Day’s help. Kofi says he won’t. But then the tone gets a bit more serious as Kofi says Joe will NEVER have a moment at Wrestlemania to share with his kids like Kofi had. Joe wants Kofi to shake his hand, but Kofi, after pondering it, flips him off instead. What an edgy week of WWE programming! 

Chris Novak: The bird wasn’t even censored. What a time to be alive.

Heavy Machinery had a very good backstage interview prior to their tag team match later on tonight.

Andrade vs. Apollo Crews is next. This match was a nice surprise, in that it was pretty fun! Andrade won with the Hammerlock DDT, but not after Zelina Vega got involved and hit Apollo with a hurricanrana after she jumped off the apron. Seriously though, really fun match! Worth seeking out if you ask me. 

Robert O’Neill: Loved that! Nice to see both guys get some TV time. Definitely agree with seeking out the match. 

Chris Novak: Aleister Black essentially says that someone played ding dong ditch with him. That’s kinda rude. He said he’ll be waiting for someone at Extreme Rules? I guess we’ll be seeing him in action for the first time in three months. How exciting.

Robert O’Neill: Ember Moon continues her feud with Mandy Rose and Sonya DeVille, this week facing Mandy. And Ember gets a quick victory! Hey alright.

Chris Novak: If nothing else, the two of them went hard in the small time they were given. I can at the very least like that. Now… as far as why the matches are running shorter these days? That’s another discussion.

Robert O’Neill: Time for the main event! Will Owens and Ziggler get added to the tag titles match at Extreme Rules? Bryan and Rowan and The New Day are out to watch the proceedings up close. The match goes back and forth until Ziggler gets taken out and HM hit a Compactor on Owens for the victory. After the match, Ziggler comes back in the ring and Owens hits him with a stunner and yells at him to end the night.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Robert O’Neill: While I preferred Raw, Smackdown was a fine show. Oddly enough, it felt like it dragged at points where Raw didn’t, but the in-ring stuff was good as usual and the Shane/Drew stuff was palatable. I would like the women to get more time, as Chris noted, but hopefully that’ll come. B-

Chris Novak: SmackDown wasn’t a bad show, but I’m not sure it was a great show either. Probably closer to just “good” at best here. Still a bit miffed about the women’s time here, and I was confused at the development in the Bayley/Alexa/Nikki program. That all said, there was still some fun stuff here. B- for me here too.

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