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    Friday, April 12, 2019

    #SGQ: WrestleModa Weekend

    WrestleMania weekend is over and you can bet your bottom dollar everybody brought their most fashionable gear for this whole escapade. If there ever was a fashion week for wrestling in general, then this would be the best representation of that, as a majority of our Superstars were able to catch our eye. So join me, in this edition of #SGQ that I've officially christened as #SGQ: WrestleModa Weekend!

    Pumped Up Kicks

    I'll get this out of the way because a good chunk of the Smark Henry crew are sneaker-heads. Did you all hear about the special gift Becky Lynch received days prior to her WrestleMania 35 main event match? In an article from hotnewhiphop.com, it was revealed that she received a custom Air Jordan 3 made by well-known sneaker customizer @Mache275. It's a touching surprise and one that fits her since I personally consider her the GOAT like Michael Jordan. Okay, that might be reaching too much, but somebody please tell me where I can get a pair like this?

    New York, New York

    There's no better way to get a cheap pop than to give tribute to the city you're in, and our favorite Superstars took full advantage of this by sporting their own tributes to the Big Apple.

    The easiest way most people do it is through their patronage of the local sports teams. Yes, CM Punk has done it before, but that doesn't mean that Matt Riddle and John Cena can't give tribute to the New York Yankees as well. Riddle graced us with his Yankees-inspired jacket and wrestling tights during NXT TakeOver: New York while Cena came out in complete throwback mode (with matching hype video) to honor the great Babe Ruth with his Doctor of Thugonomics persona in his skit with Elias.

    The Velveteen Dream has never been shy in going overboard with his style choices, and his choice for this weekend was very surreal. Wearing a crown and posing for the crowd, the Dream chose to emulate (and possibly give tribute) to one of New York's most famous landmarks, the Statue of Liberty. It was very larger than life and it's a good thing he was able to retain the belt to prove that freedom reigns supreme for the Velveteen Dream.

    Well, Hello Pop Culture

    With the rise of superhero (and supervillain) movies, some of our geekier favorites have decided to go all out and adorn the hero tights by giving tribute to their favorite costumed marvels. They were already larger than life as Superstars, but the superhero suits gave us the feeling that they're huge super-nerds and super-fans as well.

    New NXT Champion Johnny Gargano decided to channel his inner Tony Stark by donning Iron Man-inspired gear. From the color scheme, up to the jacket design, to even the logos (albeit tweaked to match his logos), Johnny Wrestling could've easily been tagged as Johnny Iron Man by the NXT Universe and it's funny how his designs mesh well with the Marvel fan favorite.

    Rey Mysterio took the easier route by donning an attire befitting to his name. The Spider-Man: Far From Home movie has recently revealed that master of illusion Mysterio will be part of the story and Rey Rey took this as an opportunity to dress up as the Spidey villain. Sadly, some eagle-eyed viewers had their own take by likening his attire to that of Goldust's former green BDSM attire from the Attitude Era. Either way, Rey's Mania costumes have always been mostly centered on comic book franchises so this isn't as surprising as the rest.

    Lana Day may be over but at least the Ravishing Russian was able to don clothes from a femme fatale in the DC Universe library, Wonder Woman. Although she did not win the Women's Battle Royale, her choice of clothing left quite an impression on comic book fans everywhere.

    Now, Buddy Murphy, I'm not sure if it was intentional or not, but his attire gave me serious Joker vibes. The purple, green and white combination did give out a villainous feel although I somehow feel that I'm grasping for straws on this one. Regardless, it was a great color scheme for the former Cruiserweight Champion.

    It wouldn't be a WrestleMania without Triple H spending a third of the budget on some overblown ridiculous concept of an entrance (I kid, I kid). But truth be told, he's always had a grasp on his pop culture references (remember that Conan the Barbarian-like entrance from a few years back) and this year is no different. Minus the laughably bad CGI video, there's no mistaking the Cerebral Assassin thought hard and championed the Mad Max-inspired gear and entrance sans War Boys in preparation for his battle with Batista. He did go over the movie star so at least dressing up wasn't all in jest.

    In With The Old and In With The New

    Here are some quick hitters that didn't quite make it but are worth noticing.

    • How long has it been since we saw the Demon? I missed the days wherein Balor paint was themed. Remember the Texas Chainsaw or the Jack the Ripper? If I missed the reference on this one, do tell me.
    • Bald Sami Zayn on this week's episodes of RAW and SmackDown Live is such a refreshing yet weird sight to see. I do feel it's a breath of fresh air to see Sami sport a different look.
    • It's great to see Bianca Belair always provide such witty and timely designs for her gear. She had photos of in-ring interactions with her TakeOver opponents on her tights.
    • Have I accidentally traveled back in time or have the Hardy Boyz taken a swim in the Lake of Reincarnation? Matt and Jeff are looking like their '90s selves and that's great considering these might be their twilight years.
    • Did you see that new New Day shirt that they unveiled after Kofi Kingston won the WWE Championship? Yeah, it's on the cover of this article.
    • Speaking of the New Day, why did Kairi Sane's choice of colors remind of them? Has KofiMania spilled off onto other Superstars as well?
    And that's it for my WrestleMania weekend fashion review. Did I miss any notable attires or references? Did you enjoy the choices the Superstars made for their clothing items? Sound off in the comments section below.

    Photos from WWE


    Miguel “The Migz” Llado is your supposed style icon and NXT reviewer at the Smark Henry offices. A lover of everything music, wrestling, videogames, and food, he lives his life tweeting his mind off (@the_migz) and ‘gramming random food items and locations (@tha_migz) as he sets on his journey to completely do things spontaneously. You can also add him on PSN (MigzLlado) to show your WWE2K19 (or any PS4) skills. When not being a smark, he lives his life being (and trying to be) an awesome architect, musician extraordinaire and armchair fantasy booker.
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