I’m just gonna be a stereotype once again. I know it’s dated for January 29th, but you know I didn’t post this until the 30th or 31st. Let’s just call a spade a spade. This was a week in Black wrestling.
Big shout out to all the old school wrestlers who appeared on Raw 25. In case you missed them, there was MVP, Ron Simmons, D-Von Dudley, and the Boogeyman to name a few.
If I’m on to something, the slow burn of heel Jason Jordan continues. The smiling, happy-go-lucky son of Kurt Angle was the only member of the Raw Tag Title match not to draw double duty, yet somehow he was the one who seemed out of it. His unwillingness to give it a go after being pulled off the apron ultimately cost his team the titles. The pre-show nugget of him flashing his cockiness while reuniting with Chad Gable was very much in line with the idea that I have of him eventually being that spoiled son of a hall of famer.
I don’t need to see Titus O’Neil and Apollo Crews win every week to be high on them. It only takes making them worthy competition. They had a pretty busy week following their win streak against The Bar. The duo got out here to teach Heath Slater a lesson about cheating before the Dudley Boys rained on the parade to issue their own form of justice.
Speaking of Chad Gable earlier, he and his partner, Shelton Benjamin, faced the Usos for the SmackDown Tag Titles. They couldn’t quite put the penitentiary bros away for a one fall in the 2 out of 3 match. The Usos rolled out with a rather quick and decisive victory leaving the World’s 2nd Greatest Tag Team a little shocked.
The moment Xavier Woods began lip syncing the words of Bobby Roode’s entrance music was the highlight of my week of the New Day. I know they appeared during Raw 25 to “separate” the competitors of the Universal title match. I even know that the three made it to the Royal Rumble with Kofi Kingston pulling yet another stunt to avoid elimination. I also know that Big E was featured on the Mixed Match Challenge with Carmella. None of that does as much as Xavier echoing us marking out to Roode’s entrance.
It’s hard not to pick The Velveteen Dream as this week’s highlight wrestla’. He is putting his persona together inside the ring and out. I know TakeOver events are usually where they ramp up entrances, but it would go far to have a natural haired sista and shirtless, buff brotha to accompany Dream. He delivered on the promise to know Kassius Ohno out quick; he just didn’t pin him. All in all, it was an awesome match between two powerful strikers.
The top of NXT Women’s mountain belongs to Ember Moon. She proved this much in selling Shayna Baszler’s dominance as a force in the ring. Ember took all of that beating and held on to score a pin. Then, if that wasn’t enough, she made an entrance into the women’s rumble complete with a bandaged arm. That didn’t stop her from hitting Asuka with an eclipse before getting eliminated.
My meter still hasn’t moved much for he way Sasha Banks is being booked. They want her to be edgy because she’s the Boss while keeping her as one of the top faces in the women’s division. I’m beginning to question can the Boss gimmick really pop as a face. She’s a far cry from what she was when Becky Lynch was running as her companion during their late NXT run. Banks drew #1 in the women’s rumble and lasted nearly an hour in the match; she spent much of the night rolling under the ropes to the ring side lending the stage to the other women returning to the scene.
There was not much from the camp of Naomi this week. She got a bit of payback in defeating Liv Morgan and followed up with an impressive showing during the rumble. She didn’t win nor does it look like the stars are lining up for her to run a program of any importance any time soon. It is a bonus to mention that we did see Jacqueline make a brief appearance during the women’s rumble. I’m sure that behind the scenes Black woman link up was pretty memorable with Naomi, Jackie, Nia Jax, Tamina, and Ember. They talk about too sweet.
No Way Jose returned to the ring this week. I’m withholding all other remarks until we see where they’re going with him.
I am still thrilled and in awe of Bianca Belair. She did work during this NXT taping. I am always impressed with the way the sistas have brought their spice to the scene. Belair had “EST” bedazzled in her ponytail like only the hottEST would think to do.
Cedric Alexander has stuck it out through two guys ahead of him being removed from the roster. First, it was Rich Swann; now, it’s Enzo. I don’t blame Cedric, but if he doesn’t come out on top soon, this will be all for nothing.
And another match featuring Moose and Bobby Lashley. Well we know Lashley is leaving Impact Wrestling.