What Is the Legacy of NXT’s Black and Gold Era? (Part 1)

June 20th, 2022, will mark the ten-year anniversary of NXT – the wrestling promotion, not the scripted reality show. NXT as we knew it, however, isn’t making it to that milestone. The first week of the new year made it abundantly clear that “NXT 2.0” wasn’t just a change in…

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Matches On WWE Day 1 and Raw Showed What Brock Lesnar Brings to a Match

Brock Lesnar once again holds the WWE Championship. In other news, the sky is blue and grass is green. I understand the frustrations that people have with the result of the WWE Championship match at Day 1. In spite of his recent face turn, Brock Lesnar still represents the status…

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¡Olé!: Three Essential El Generico Matches

El Generico: the man, the myth, the legend. Sometimes erroneously referred to as “Sami Zayn when he was on the indies,” a statement which is clearly not true as Zayn himself has denied it, and El Generico is retired and unavailable for comment. (More earnestly, it’s totally accurate to say…

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Dear Kevin Owens: Get Worse

Since I’ve seen at least one episode of WWE television, and I possess a moderate amount of taste, I think Kevin Owens is simply the tits. Whatever role the man is playing on screen, whatever feud he’s shoved into or title scene he’s aiming for, he always puts on bangers.…

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Karma: On Kevin Owens and the Psychology of Injury

During Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn’s match at Hell in a Cell, Zayn did his tope con giro—a flying leap over the top rope—to knock down Owens. Owens came up from the move clutching at his left arm, and spent the rest of the match in visible pain, having to…

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Fight Forever: How Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens’ WrestleMania Match Redefined Their Rivalry

Let me start at the beginning. No, no. We don’t have enough time. Let me start at the end. On April 12, 2021, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn faced off in a singles match at WrestleMania as Owens tried to shake Zayn out of his conspiratorial obsessions and bring him…

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