Banks vs Lynch: What the WWE Women’s Division Needed

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Dark Side of the Ring’s October 14 episode chronicled the troubled life of former WWE, Extreme Championship Wrestling, et al. performer Luna Vachon. A talented in-ring worker with a unique, edgy persona, Vachon’s career never reached the heights her talent merited partially because of profound struggles with mental illness and substance abuse. However, the limitations […] READ MORE


Supersized SmackDown Goes Head to Head With AEW Rampage

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The paradigm has shifted. World Wrestling Entertainment has finally stopped insisting that All Elite Wrestling is not competition, and are directly competing with the rival promotion on October 15’s edition of Friday Night SmackDown. The “middle child” of WWE television, having launched in 1999, SmackDown was long considered the “B” show to flagship program Monday […] READ MORE


Did Queen’s Crown Come Too Late?

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October 8’s Friday Night SmackDown kicked off Night One of the King of the Ring tournament, Some of World Wrestling Entertainment’s greatest performers, like “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Booker T, and Owen Hart, used winning the tournament to enhance their gimmicks and their presences on the roster. This is the first KOTR held since 2019, before […] READ MORE



Raw Seeks Redemption in 2021 WWE Draft

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October 4’s Monday Night Raw continued the 2021 draft, which began on October 1’s Friday Night SmackDown. SmackDown’s draft featured some smart choices, such as retaining Roman Reigns, Jimmy, and Jey Uso, who’ve been such a boon for the brand throughout latter 2020 and 2021 so far, but also some surprises like drafting NXT stable […] READ MORE


WWE Draft, Night 1: The Good, the Bad, and the Unexpected

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Pumpkin spice season, sweater weather, and the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) draft are upon us, the latter beginning on October 1’s episode of Friday Night SmackDown. The draft picks had implications for the directions of both SmackDown and Monday Night Raw, as WWE seems to be going head to head with All Elite Wrestling (AEW) […] READ MORE


WWE Strikes Back

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For a year and a half, World Wrestling Entertainment has insisted that it does not view All Elite Wrestling as serious competition,  in the same way that WCW dogged them throughout the 1990s. However, 2021 has seen a subtle but palpable shift in tactics and, presumably, perspective. When launching NXT on USA Network in 2019 […] READ MORE


Finally: Bianca Belair and Becky Lynch Bring It At Extreme Rules

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Friday Night SmackDown women’s champion Becky Lynch was sorely missed by her avid fanbase during her year and a half absence from the ring. When Lynch returned to action at SummerSlam on August 21, crashing Carmella’s match against Bianca Belair for the women’s title, what followed was no less than baffling. Lynch claimed the title […] READ MORE


A Smart Feud: Naomi and Sonya Deville

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The big ticket program of Friday Night SmackDown’s women’s division is unquestionably the feud between Bianca Belair and Becky Lynch. Both women have made pro wrestling history, Lynch as an unprecedentedly popular and marketable female performer, Belair as one half of the first pair of  African-American women to co-headline WrestleMania in a main event match […] READ MORE


Tommaso Ciampa Grounds NXT 2.0

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So far, reviews of the new NXT 2.0 have been mixed. To many pro wrestling fans, the black and gold NXT will always be held as a defining era. Back when black and gold NXT was being promoted as a third brand rather than a developmental territory, it waved the banner for athletically driven, realism-based […] READ MORE