Santos Escobar: A Heel for All Seasons in NXT

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NXT 2.0’s September 2021 premiere was met with trepidation and apprehension. Under the helmsmanship of WWE’s executive vice president of global talent strategy and development Triple H, “Black and Gold” NXT was a cult favorite that had spawned a new breed of World Wrestling Entertainment wrestling. With his prioritization of female and international talent, and […] READ MORE



Hit Row: What to Expect from The Faction on SmackDown

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In 2019, Isaiah “Swerve” Scott, f.k.a. Shane Strickland of Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW) and Major League Wrestling (MLW) fame, signed a contract with WWE, debuting via the NXT Breakout Tournament. After floating around for a while taking losses to the likes of Drew Gulak and El Hijo del Fantasma (now known as Santos Escobar), he […] 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


NXT Superstars Hit Row Drafted to SmackDown

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The second round of announcements for the 2021 WWE Draft came with a few surprises. Chief among them was the announcement made by WWE official Sonya Deville. In the first of potentially multiple names called up from NXT, the entirety of Hit Row was drafted to SmackDown. All four members – Ashante “Thee” Adonis, Top […] READ MORE


Just Different: A Look at NXT’s Hit Row Records Unit

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Ever since hip-hop and rap took over the radio waves in the 1980s, professional wrestling has sought to include its culture into its pantheon. In 1991, PN News debuted in WCW (his name a take on popular group PM Dawn), while in the United States Wrestling Association (USWA), Jamie Dundee turned on his dad (USWA/Memphis […] READ MORE