For those of you who don’t know, I am Alex Gold aka “The Goldmine”. Wondering why? I know everything there is to know about everything and whatever I say, or touch turns to Gold. This is my column, “Heel Turn”.
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WWE Backlash began in 1999. Back then the event was the nucleus for what would be the entire spring WWE program.
2002’s contribution to the event exceled expectations with its main event, The Immortal Hulk Hogan vs current WWE executive, HHH, who by the way, at almost fifty years old still has to carry the company because the younger generation simply aren’t able to step up to the plate – excluding Elias. As you all know by now, WWE stands for “Walk With Elias” and that’s because he is a true wrestler’s wrestler. He has the larger-than-life personality, the charisma, the look and the wrestling as well as vocal skills to be one of the greatest entertainers of all time. Step aside Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Elias is the most electrifying man in sports entertainment.
Last night the 2018 version of Backlash took place on the WWE Network – thank God. Had it been a PPV like it was back in 2001-2002, fans would have been asking for a refund. For those of you who took advantage of the WWE Network free trial, bravo. You have half a mind.
Saddled with a subpar card featuring matches: Big Ca$h, pardon me, Big Cass vs as Big Cass calls him, “The Trash Man”, Daniel Bryan and how apropos. Honestly, I’m getting to the point where I may send a “care package” to WWE for the attention Daniel Bryan. The contents of the care package will include: Shaving foam, a razor, a coupon to Supercuts, a comb, some deodorant and a copy of “Personality For Dummies”. On the other hand, Big Cass, the most improved wrestler on the roster could be a movie star.
The rest of the Backlash card was as follows: ‘Was A Monster Among Men’ Braun Strowman and Bobby “there’s no plan for me” Lashley vs Kevin ‘I hang out at bars way too often’ Owens and Sami ‘I really am masculine’ Zayn, and a main event featuring Mr. zero personality himself, Roman Reigns vs an out of shape skirt wearing UFC fighter wannabe, Samoa Joe. These matches alone should have been enough to dissuade even the least educated of wrestling fan from watching let alone attending. But alas, even with a card like this, thousands still broke open their life-savings jars and spent their nickels and dimes to be there. The slightly smarter individuals were those who stood up and started leaving at the beginning of the main event.
Once again WWE have dropped the proverbial ball. The night after WrestleMania 34, the draft, the returns, the matches, things looked as though they were on the up. The night after the very next monthly attraction, Backlash, total disaster and chaos rule.
We are potentially on the verge of seeing the biggest WWE fan “backlash” since Roman Reigns’ Raw appearance the night after he defeated The Undertaker at last year’s WrestleMania 33. However, I will say this. Roman Reigns (the man) outside of the wrestling business seems like a respectable guy. He provides for his wife and kids, shows up for work and tries to be better. It’s not him we should necessarily be upset with, but rather the suits in the WWE offices who continually put him in situations that only support our unwavering dislike for his persona. I think it’s high-time Roman Reigns turned heel. At least then we’d love to hate his character, rather than genuinely hating his character.
Personally, I would not want to be Roman Reigns, Vince McMahon, HHH or Stephanie McMahon – not that I would want to be a woman anyway because I’m a man, but you get the picture.
WWE is beginning their build up for Money In The Bank. They might want to think about renaming the event, Bankrupt.
Alex Gold, Heel & Author
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