Top Pop

Sanity Attacks The Authors of Pain


To be honest, everything we popped for this week was on equal ground. Nothing went above and beyond anything else, but if you are a PotW OG, you know that I am a huge Sanity mark. So I gave them Top Pop because this was genuinely what got the biggest reaction from me.

The Authors of Pain have been extremely dominant since their debut, which is perfect because they are a herculean, menacing, brutal tag team. This week, however, they finally looked somewhat vulnerable. They had to go down sometime, and I think Sanity was a fitting choice for this story. Their guerrilla warfare tactics make it believable that they could topple the two giants of AoP.

This has the potential to lead to some great matches, and Paul Ellering and Eric Young could have some killer opposing-evil-ringleader promos, so I’m excited to see where they go next with this budding feud.


Two Brothers


At the risk of totally beating this topic into the ground, because we’ve talked about this a few times now, I’m going to talk about the Dean Ambrose/Seth Rollins storyline a little more.

This is some of the best storytelling out of WWE in recent memory. It’s realistic, relatable, and captures the attention of the audience every time there’s a new development. Everything about it has been really well done so far.

Not to mention all of the tension between these two is going to make it that much better when they finally put aside their differences and fist bump, hug it out, team up, all of the above, whatever it is that this is leading toward – it’s going to be awesome.


The Monstrous Men Meet Once Again


Unpopular opinion: I am not on the Braun Strowman train. I’m trying, guys. I know he’s hot right now and I want to like him, but…I just don’t. Not that I hate him, he just doesn’t do anything for me. That being said, I can’t deny that watching him throw people (and chairs) around like it’s nothing is amusing.

The Braun Strowman/Roman Reigns storyline has been consistently good since its inception and the addition of Samoa Joe only makes it cooler. Braun and Roman have had vicious encounter after vicious encounter, both men barely making it out each time.

This ferocity makes the Fatal 4-Way coming up next week at SummerSlam very interesting, as it’s a collision of four nearly unbeatable forces in Roman Reigns, Samoa Joe, Brock Lesnar, and Braun Strowman. Personally, I hope Joe walks away with the belt, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see any of the other three win the championship either.


Fashion Peaks: Ascension, Aliens, and Arn


More repeat Pops of the Week topics, I know. But I can’t help it. The Fashion Files segments are entertaining as heck. No shame. They went a bit wild this week, making references to probes in unpleasant places (although the context suggested that Fandango enjoyed it).

I thought maybe they were headed toward a Breezango/Ascension feud, but now it seems like they just wanted an excuse to have their buddies in the segments. As an added bonus, not only did we finally find out what happened to Dango, the culprit behind Tully the Horse’s disappearance was revealed. Arn Anderson made a surprise appearance and admitted to destroying the horse because they didn’t name him Arn – hilarious.


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