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    Tuesday, March 20, 2018

    #ThemeSongTuesday: Band of Bludgeon Brothers

    As of last week's episode of SmackDown Live, it appears we're getting ourselves a Triple Threat Tag Team Match for the SmackDown Tag Team Championships between The Usos, whichever combination of The New Day, and The Bludgeon Brothers. When we first saw how the match would come about at Fastlane, I wasn't a huge fan of the move, but the events of SmackDown Live last week helped me change my mind. It helped that Creative had made use of the history between The Usos and The New Day to sow some sort of alliance between both teams, especially with Harper & Rowan being the established heels in this feud.

    It's been at least half a year since The Bludgeon Brothers redebuted on SmackDown Live, but I haven't really found a reason to feature their theme on #TST because it has an air of mediocrity to it. Before I break it down for you, have a listen:

    Let's start with the positives.

    The intro has this ominous, swampy feel to it, which is consistent with the video packages depicting Harper and Rowan returning to the backwoods and harnessing their inner Wyatt. As you listen through the track, you'll realize it totally screams "video game boss." I can imagine myself playing an RPG with The Bludgeon Brothers as the final bosses to beat, with their entrance theme playing in the background. Aaand that's about it on the positive side.

    As for the negatives, it's a typical CFO$ production, which it means it's over five minutes of an endless loop. Now, going back to my earlier comment about mediocrity, it stems from another CFO$ crutch: the use of synthesizers instead of actual instruments. Imagine how much more badass this track would sound if actual guitars and basses were shredded to create the imposing chords that bring the theme together. I've got no problems with the keys being used on this one, but hearing the synth instead of the guitars and bass makes it exactly what I described earlier: that of a video game villain, not a real, human villain.

    All in all, there was a lot of potential to create something special for The Bludgeon Brothers, especially since they got a soft reboot after breaking away from Bray Wyatt thanks to the brand split, and later, the Superstar Shakeup. Instead, CFO$ went with what was easy, so all we got was something passable. Keep gettin' dem checks, boys.

    Photo from WWE


    Stan Sy (@_StanSy) is the Editor at Large of Smark Henry, and is also a radio DJ on Wave 89.1, an events host, a freelance writer, and one of the hosts of The Smark Gilas-Pilipinas Podcast. He also used to be one of the hosts and writers of The Wrestling Gods on FOX. He enjoys watching WWE, NXTLucha Underground, and the occasional New Japan match. You can ask him questions about wrestling, Survivor (yes, the reality show), or whatever you like on his CuriousCat account.
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