The week was long, and I will not complain about that. I skimmed through both Impact shows and Ring of Honor this week especially since there wasn’t a lot of newness to discuss from WWE. All I have to say is…WE WANT DA POPE!
I felt some type of way about the way Elias ran through the brothas on his way to being built as a serious mid-card draw, but if it is all for Jason Jordan to spring board up the ranks, I’ll accept it. Young JJ came to tell the Drifter that you won’t be smashing a guitar over his back and getting away with it.
How would the New Day top last year’s Halloween costumes? By coming down as three white men and not using white face to do so. Well Kofi did add some redness to bring that Brother Love look home, but you get the message. I don’t know if there was ever a time that Love, Akeem the African Dream, and Jimmy Hart shared the same stage; they did on Tuesday. The Bulgarian Brute fell right in to the game. Handsome Rusev pulled out the victory over “E-keem” while his crew looked on in amazement.
Chad Gable raps; Shelton Benjamin is the hype man. The Usos are not impressed. That is that segment in a nutshell.
The Raw women’s team needs to take form over the next few weeks. Team captain, Alicia “Ms. Foxy” Fox, takes the opportunity to add to her squad instead of teaching Bayley a lesson. Returning is Nia Jax to put in that work for a spot. She proves to be the same thorn in Bayley’s side by dominating for the win. Naturally, I hate to see Nia be another power player to be eliminated after several women team up on her with no help from her team.
On the downside of Halloween is that you’re going to get a holiday theme match. You will definitely get a costume or two. Rich Swann and Cedric Alexander took their beef with Captain Hook and the GJG to the next level by going full clown. Hook has been known for dropping the c-word, not that one, on his foes. While Alexander came with face paint, Swann went full clown complete with wig and gloves then proceeds to get the win.
It is time to figure out how we’re going to get to these NXT War Games. So Authors of Pain got their tag title rematch, and for what it’s worth, they handed SANity a beating. It was par for the course when the Undisputed Era interfered causing the DQ. Akam and Rezar now have Roderick Strong for a teammate in the upcoming event. This should be interesting.
Anyone who is anyone knows that pro wrestling is one part ring work, one part mic work, and another part storytelling. My man Dezmond Xavier has the first part down pat, the other two not so much. It’s not all on him though. If he’s not great at those things, it’s on the promotion to dress it up. I know they have to feel some type of way by getting him several spots on the Impact broadcast during the six-man match including a pin over the current champ then follow up at Bound for Glory with him serving up the receipt by laying down for the count. Anthem, go put in some time on the guy.
Ring of Honor dropped a triple threat tag match on us for no other reason than to give us more of the Kingdom. So why is this here? We got to see Coast 2 Coast, featuring LSG and Shaheem Ali, go to work with some of that high impact tandem offense. That’s pretty much where the talk ends. The Kingdom won.
Joe! Joe! Joe! He is back hell. That’s great for us fans not so much for Apollo Crews. Joe made short work of both Crews and Titus O’Neil. Hand another L to Titus Worldwide. Who is on that roster by the way?
I was super excited at the idea that the Moose and Bobby Lashley angle would be a wrap after their tornado tag cage match. I was even moved to see Moose upholding Anthem’s cross promotional deal by going to Japan and executing his five moves of doom. That all came to an end when Moose was shut out of the cage; King Mo got busted open; American Top Team rushed the ring to take some bumps; Moose climbed the cage; Mo took a nap; Dan Lambert took NO bumps; and Lashley got the victory. I never want to see this on television again, but I’ll watch it anyway if they bring it back next week.