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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¡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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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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