Following a glorious night of NXT, WWE Backlash delivered a tedious bore of a show

Saturday night, the WWE put on one of the best shows I’ve seen live in my 25 years as a wrestling fan. NXT TakeOver Chicago held at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois, a fabled wrestling arena with historically hot crowds. It’s played host to two of the great WWE matches of the last 20 years—Steve Austin vs.…

NXT TakeOver remains WWE’s most special event

As you probably already know, NXT has now put on its seventh TakeOver special, Respect (or R-espect, as yours truly can’t help but call it). Yes, seventh. So at this point, I’m no longer trying to sell anyone on the very concept of NXT as a wrestling “company” or an in-house alternative to main roster WWE. I’ve done…

WWE entrance themes reimagined as soft rock, bring different kind of pain

The music hits and the crowd goes crazy for what it implies—the entrance of everyone’s favorite wrestler. Usually screeching guitars and staccato drums announce that a true warrior is heading to the ring. But what if the music was a bit more soothing and the lyrics were far more on point ? That seems to be the impetus…