I have to say that Global Force Wrestling is a consistent loser on this series. Their affiliation with AAA has afforded the ability to highlight a slew of Latin American stars; for that, they get a pass, but they do this at an expense to their other areas. The only Black wrestler getting television time on the regular is Lashley with his battle over staying or going back to MMA. There are no Black women, no black tag teams, and Dezmond Xavier, the Super X Cup winner, has not been seen since he vowed to challenge for the title. Mind you there have been a bevy of new X division wrestlers to grace the stage since then.
I know this is not an unreasonable expectation. Compare them to NXT, another hour long, taped show; somehow the development product seems to showcase a wide range of talent to the point that even if one show is lacking a little bit of variety, we know that during the taping there was a good representation of multiple groups for the fans to see. GFW goes weeks without featuring someone of a darker hue outside of Lashley, Kongo Kong, or Sanjay Dutt. Hell, even the Latin American wrestlers have a revolving door. Bring back The Pope!
The Broskis got that work from the Usos while the champs, The New Day, watch from ring side seats. The tag champs made a grand entrance only to jump the barrier, eat popcorn, and discuss their future challengers like only they could. Any other feud that was to have gone this long would have probably run stale, yet these teams keep bringing a freshness that a step away from the normal booking of tag team feuds. The bonus part is the effective way of working the slow break up of the Hype Bros through a series of tag matches. How could I forget? The tag titles will be defended in a Hell In The Cell match.
Young Jason Jordan is still getting screen time opposite the Miz and his cronies. With Jeff Hardy out, Jason was paired up with Not-So-Broken Matt Hardy. How I forget that he made his name as tag team wrestler amid this obvious singles push he’s getting. I’m turning my nose up at this because it smells a lot like substitute work for the time being. Sure, they’re making the best of the situation, but one can’t help but wonder how far off from the original plan they are.
The Raw women’s division is now at the point where it should have been when Bayley went down. Either way, Nia Jax is back to being a pushover competitor. It may take two women to take her down, but it doesn’t matter if she’s somehow removed from a match’s decision because she was “outwitted” by her opponents.
NXT tends to work in some sprinkles of all walks of life each week in an impressive fashion. This week, Vanessa Borne attempted to light up the stage with some fierce intensity when she faced Liv Morgan. It is worth noting that the NXT women were put on notice that there will be an upcoming fatal fourway match to determine the new champ. This match was more to give Liv a jump into the spotlight then Borne. A smart mark would definitely point to this as a step for Borne to challenge a more seasoned Liv in the future.
Apollo Crews laid down for Elias again. It wouldn’t stink as much, but to use Crews, who we haven’t seen for weeks, to get Elias going is lazy. Damn, at least give Crews some legitimacy first. They love to use someone who isn’t lukewarm to jump start guys who aren’t getting over with the crowd. It always leads to a lukewarm run. Always.