The past seven days of pro wrestling has had its peaks and on serious valley. I don’t want to come across as too hard on GFW; yes I do. Any way, Cedric Alexander is looking like he can carry this heat but can he carry the division? Shane Taylor is trying to make his bid for a ROH TV Title opportunity; I didn’t get to see it because of a bad feed. There was a lot of content to review this week, and I blazed through all of it.
I have said it several times that Alicia Fox having personality makes the women’s division 1000 times more compelling. Even if she’s not in the title picture, she can run a great B- or C-level feud to keep other women occupied. Nothing made my week more than her reverting to the spoiled, never take a loss character. The line of the week has to be, “You don’t look like my dad! You’re not my mom!”
It was mighty nice of Cedric Alexander to include Rich Swann in his rivalry with The Brian Kendrick and Jack Gallagher. Swann is a week off closing the door on a feud with TJP and didn’t have much going on. With the title already tied up and Gulak working his PowerPoint deal, there wasn’t much left for Rich. His presence even the odds at TLC, but ultimately Alexander landed a lumbar check on Kendrick to score the victory.
Naomi has been on a bit of a cooler following her title run and failed bid to reclaim. She had a moment in the spotlight during the six-woman tag on Smackdown. She’s been displaying the results of her hard work and happiness on the ‘gram, but it was something totally different on Tuesday when you catch her flying into her opponents at ringside.
The Smackdown Tag Champs, the Usos, are feeling good and great. Renee Young had trouble keeping the mic in front of them as they did there usual tag team promo backstage. In comes Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable to share their new take on being the new number one contenders. SB could teach Apollo Crews a few classes about going from serious to cheerful within a segment and not come out grinnin’ like a Cheshire cat. Benjamin delivered his lines in a way to be taken as a threat then instantly transitioned into a lighthearted mood before leaving the interview.
The return of our bae, Ember Moon, has the whole crew excited. Trust me; I’m sure they are excited. I’m also sure that we all expected her to make it into the fatal four way at War Games. What we didn’t expect was the fabulous eclipse she landed to win the triple threat qualifier. It’s like she was singing to ya boy as she flew through the air to put away Sonya Deville and Ruby Riot.
The troll game of The +333332 is masterful. He wasn’t in action this week but found a way to get Aleister Black’s attention when he snatched the man’s vest prior to his match. Dream made off with the vest before seeing Black peak back at him.
A little positive progression in the advancement of the Jason Jordan, Apollo Crews, and Titus O’Neil. Titus Worldwide needed the momentum of Jordan to get over the Elias hump as he tagged with the Good Brothers. As a bonus, JJ made an appearance at TLC to taunt Elias.
Sasha Banks drew the short straw to get in the ring with Alicia rather than face the debuting Asuka. There is a silver lining though; Foxy, as mentioned before, is ready to get some more TV time. It was interesting to see that Banks won both matches this week, but when has a loss stopped Alicia’s shine?
The A story in the women’s division has to be the dance between Charlotte and Natalya with the Carmella in the shadows. Tamina and Lana are lurking in the wait, hopefully. It would be a great use of time to slide another foe their direction to flush out the duo’s story and clarify their motivations.
Ah, you got me GFW. You showcased Dezmond Xavier for a second consecutive week as he has run up against Lee Cult. Dez managed to score a clean win with two distractions roaming around the ring with a mix of dives and other high flying offense. It may just be too late to strike on his momentum though.
Impact threw more shit on the dumpster fire that is Moose and Bobby Lashley. After Moose trashed America Top Team’s facility last week, ATT returned to Impact to exact revenge. The seven man squad were standing tall by the end of the altercation with a couple Impact wrestlers laying out along with Moose and his partner in crime. The addition of security and refs who came down just to watch made this the dumbest segment of the night. Try to make it look like ATT was there illegally instead of making your company look hella week.