Colbert, WWE, and Musicians Deal with a World without Crowds

On Tuesday night, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders spoke after the results of the Arizona, Illinois, and Florida primaries had been called for Biden. Instead of the usual shouted triumphalism of the winner and the C’mon everybody! We’ll get ‘em next time! of the loser, both dialed down the volume.

Buku, FQF Reschedule, Hogs Cancels, and the Concert Business Takes a Time Out

Two more shoes dropped in New Orleans as French Quarter Festival and the Buku Music + Art Project announced that they are postponing their events. Buku is moving the festival originally scheduled for March 20 and 21 at Mardi Gras World to the Labor Day weekend, according to a statement published on the Buku Web site. At this point, there’s no word on how much of the lineup that included Flume, Illiium, Charlie XCX, and Megan Thee Stallion will be part of the festival in September.

Roman Reigns Shows His Softer Side

This year’s number one project in the WWE is clearly building Roman Reigns. He’s big, agile, and charismatic, and perhaps because he was picked for big things years ago, fans have been slow to truly embrace him. At the recent “No Mercy” pay-per-view, he completed a brief program with John Cena designed to give Cena a chance to tell the fans that Reigns has earned his respect.

The Big Show Shows How It's Done

I never loved physically big wrestlers in the WWE. They wrestled big, slow matches that were all about power, so they bored me on a couple of levels. I am proudly #neverhulkhogan, and The Great Khali and Giant Gonzales made me uncomfortable to watch because you could see that their unusual size came from the acromegaly that would afflict them more as they aged. That unhealthy undercurrent in big wrestler matches further took the fun out of them.

Baron Corbin Trades His Briefcase for a "L"

Baron Corbin goes into the WWE’s Summerslam this Sunday with a big “L” on his head. Earlier this year, he won the Money in the Bank match which gave him the Money in the Bank briefcase and the ability to, at any moment, get a championship match. In the past, briefcase holders have used it opportunistically to get matches after champions have endured grueling matches and defeat them.

The WWE Gives Us Good Battles After "Battleground"

In recent months, Smackdown Live has been the better WWE show. Raw on Monday nights is the company’s flagship show, but the performers on Smackdown Live have been more dynamic with storylines that let them be great. On Sunday night’s “Battleground” pay-per-view, those same stars struggled in match after match that suffered from derailing flaws. 

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