As SmackDown‘s first dedicated PPV post-WrestleMania, my expectations for BackLash were as low as they were for Payback. In fact, if anything, my expectations were a little lower. However you try to dance around it, SmackDown‘s a B-show. That doesn’t mean it can’t bring some compelling things to the table. It’s just that, by and large, you can always look to Raw for a bit of added spectacle. With a main event pitching Jinder Mahal against Randy Orton, my hopes were far from high. The only thing on the card of real intrigue, to me, was the inevitable debut of Shinsuke Nakamura on a WWE main roster.… [continue reading]
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As the Phenom, the Dead Man and a clearly Big Evil, The Undertaker has been the stuff of legends from his very beginnings. It’s not even something many people have questioned or considered. The Undertaker is absolutely brilliant and it’s as simple as that. The closest anyone will get is smarks dissecting his in-ring limitations, while openly accepting his undeniable quality. I would find it utterly impossible to understand any argument that paints him as less than iconic. A true deity in the world of sports entertainment, his long and decorated career is absolutely one of the most important things in the industry. … [continue reading]