The adopted Usos are still the only champs this week. Ember Moon and Shelton Benjamin are both one win away from picking up that title although a win by Benjamin would remove the Usos from the list. No other Black competitor is anywhere near a title shot at this time. Oh well, I forgot about Kenny King as the ROH Television champ; I just can’t find the recent taping to review for this week.
There is an interesting development in the case of Jason Jordan. Every week, Corey Graves and Booker T flip their biases whenever Jordan, Elias, or Titus O’Neil are near the ring. Enter the new Elias/Jordan feud. JJ asks for a rematch after defeating the Drifter at TLC. He has the upper hand near the end of the match only to be the victim of a wicked guitar shot that left the illegitimate Angle with a welt that seemed to glow as he was taken away. Elias is getting a run for his money from this kid.
You know who is taking advantage of the absence of Nia Jax? Alicia Fox. Foxy has turned up her performance to move the needle a bit. She earned the right to Captain the Raw women over Sasha Banks and Bayley and basically fought a handicap match to do so. Lastly, I could watch her drop that northern lights suplex all day.
Heel runs are easy for most performers; they still have to draw the right type heat. These Uso guys are doing the heel thing in a way that they can turn back and keep this persona. The way in which they kept mentioning Shelton Benjamin’s name was pretty good.
Monday night they assisted in the siege of Raw; on Tuesday, the New Day was back doing their thing for team Blue. They had to do the job for Gable and Benjamin, aka the Sequel, so their Raw appearance was the highlight of the week.
We we’re blessed to see the NXT women duke it out in an over the top battle royal for the last spot into the Women’s Title fatal four way. I was watching Vanessa Borne to see how much mileage she would get considering she hasn’t been getting much shine as of late. My beautiful nightmare, Bianca Belair, I knew would get plenty of showtime. Did I think she’d make the final four? Sure did not. Her using a woman as a weapon to eliminate a competitor then toss her like an old tool was hella eye raising, but that was only the beginning. Belair pressed Candice Lerae like a paperweight before whipping Billie Kay as she was a disobedient mule for grabbing her ponytail.
The brothers of 205 Live return to tag team action this week and still managing to brandish similar ring attire. While several shots of dancing white women are highlighted during Rich Swann’s entrance, Cedric Alexander gets to the business of ass kicking. This mashup is thoroughly entertaining but seemingly headed to some sort of breaking point with Gallagher and Kendrick making an offer to Cedric. Noam Dar didn’t quite catch the lumbar check right either.
I was ready to give this section a rest this week. I was until that Impact show. One positive thing is that Moose and Stephan Bonner will bury the hatchet with Lashley and King Mo. The addition of a steel cage may boost this trash feud up the review rankings.