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    Tuesday, May 29, 2018

    #ThemeSongTuesday: Enzo Amore's Back With A Diss Track

    While you were sleeping last night, former WWE Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Amore, who now goes by Real1, released a diss track called "Phoenix." Right off the bat, the title is a reference to both the woman who accused him of sexual harassment—since she's based in Phoenix—and to himself rising from the ashes of the backlash that came his way like a phoenix.

    “They cry tears of joy at my funeral. 
    Still I rise from the ashes like a phoenix. 
    Middle finger to the sky grippin’ my... consensual penis. 
    Lyin’ ass hoe out in Phoenix. 
    When I say that shit I mean it. 
    Fuck you marks for hatin’. 
    This for all my fans waitin’. 
    Entertainment’s hottest free agent. 
    Bitch I’m reincarnated.”

    It's obviously full of anger and vitriol, like virtually all diss tracks. Listen for yourself:

    Like most hiphop tracks today, "Phoenix" uses a trap beat that gives you something to bounce to, without sounding like you're in a murky-ass and hazy club. It helps that Enzo Amore raps with an energy that contrasts the chill vibe that most mumble rap songs have. Lookin' at you, Migos and Rich the Kid.

    As early as his early days as an NXT Superstar, I knew it wouldn't be surprising to hear Real1 as an MC. Now that he's got his own track—a diss track, to boot—he's able to flex his verbal chops. His rapping sounds like a mix of Lil Jon's growling vocals and Ol' Dirty Bastard's gnarly tendencies.

    The lyrics focus a lot on Enzo's state of mind as he addresses—and fires shots at—wrestling fans, the media, his accuser, and anyone else who dared throw stones at him during his ordeal. What amazes me is how he unabashedly took shots at wrestling fans, when there were a good section of the fanbase who actually defended him when this whole issue blew up. You hear it from the get-go, when he raps, "Listen up you sloppy jalopy son of a bitch! Sitting on your fucking couch, with your fucking phone in your hand, doing your arm chair detective work… thinking you know what the fuck is going on.”

    He also maintains and reasserts his innocence with lyrics like, “The only thing that I put in that puddin was proof," and even goes so far as to punctuate it with a line like, “Naw I ain’t Bill Cosby, bitch.” 

    To be fair, there are some cleverly written barbs, like this one, “Bitch them wages gettin’ garnished for my image that you tarnished," which refers to how he feels a lot of people made money off his very own defamation.

    It's a song I wouldn't listen to over and over again. I'm three listens in, and I'm already pretty sick of it. What I do like is how genuine it is—I mean, he poured out all of his resentment into the track, so dapat lang. You can also see other references to the day his accuser went viral, the same day RAW 25 went on the air. From the shirt he was photographed wearing backstage at RAW 25—which he's wearing in the video—to the breaking news announcement that the fan in the beginning of the video is being alerted to, you can see just how much ol' Enzo is putting on the hugot.

    If you need a song to rile you up because you're having a bad day, this could very well work. It's not necessarily a song that I'd want to hear at a wrestling event, unless Real1 himself comes out to it. But seeing as it's unlikely that another wrestling promotion would want to work with him because of the backlash that comes with his brand, YouTube and Spotify are the only places you'll get to hear this track.

    What do you think about Enzo Amore's diss track? Do you think he really is a victim of "gender persecution," as he says? And does it really "hurt the #MeToo movement and the Women's Revolution?" Sound off in the comments!

    Photo from WWE.com and screenshot grabbed from WorldStarHiphop.com
    Transcribed lyrics from "Phoenix" copied from ProWrestlingSheet.com and Cageside Seats

    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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