The audio in my web interview made it impossible to understand anything I said. I don't think anyone was a fan of that "interview".
As far as Wake's USNWR boost this year... I think it generated a bit of excitement around the school (got people to look more closely at it, and consider it with a higher degree of plausibility). But, with exception to those super elitist (T14 or bust) TLS peeps, Wake seems to pass the TLS acceptability metric on most grounds- ATL ranks them #30; their quality (non-university funded, JD required, long-term) job prospect stats are ~75% of the class, and, while some might disagree, even Wake's TLS profile now speaks to the superior national portability of a Wake degree when compared with similarly ranked schools.
I completed about half of the first question before the page reloaded and then gave me a different first question. This was after I completed the mock-interview practice run twice without fail, only to have the real thing freeze and refuse to load. Also, I prepped for a few hours, which I think ended up hurting me rather than helping me since after you read the prompt aloud, deal with the ticking clock, and try to address the camera instead of your own face, you're left with less time to do anything more than scream "I loved it!" or "Because I just want to!". I had actual answers to the questions, but none of I managed to reasonably convey. I feel like now that I know the process better, I would have been best served by giving crazily-simplified answers with a big cool smile on my face. Oh well, hopefully applicants next year will be served by our complaints this year when they go treasure hunting in this thread!
As to the rest, I agree. Wake is an awesome school and I was pretty bummed when they got the bump in the rankings because I knew that it didn't bode well for us waiters. I'm also too old to go into this paying anything near sticker, so it pretty much crushed the dream of a large offer.