The Raw women’s division is setting itself for the summer. The current booking works well for Ember Moon considering that she’s new to the scene and routine. For those like Nia Jax and Sasha Banks, not so much. The 10-woman tag match to close Raw ended up being a showcase for someone not named Moon, Jax, or Banks. It still was a better shot at telling a story because everyone’s role was served within the match along with Ember having the opportunity to to work with the current heels of the roster.
The feud between the Usos and the Bludgeon Brothers continued its path with a Jey Uso vs. Erick Rowan match. On the surface, it’s the prototypical speed against power. The twist, though, Naomi…. Back to the match, it seems that these four men destroy the ring side during every match up. Naomi tho’.
The week of Titus Worldwide was all about Titus even though Apollo had the esteemed pleasure of selling the zig zag/claymore tag finisher. Yet and still, the whole week revolved around Titus O’Neil and his trip during the Greatest Royal Rumble. If you haven’t seen it before now, you’ve definitely been under a rock.
The direction for Bobby Lashley is steal unclear, and that’s fine. It seems that someone has been listening to the fans because he’s back working with Braun Strowman as a tag partner. Lashley showed that big man speed as he ran down Sami Zayn when he made a dash up the ramp. This is a good temporary move to work Lashley into a story line down the road even if that is him tangling with Strowman.
Newly single, Shelton Benjamin, is working his way into the US Title dance. I had a stint of nostalgia watching him face Randy Orton while Jeff Hardy watched. Benjamin can become a mid-card heel that SmackDown needs especially being opposite the likes of Hardy and Orton. Oh, and he pulled off a pinning victory.
After one of the most irrelevant roles at Redemption, Moose assumed the role that he’s held for the better part of the last year, and that’s being a physically dominant competitor. He served all the business to Braxton Sutter just before taking the mic and speaking a title challenge into existence. I’ll be excited when it finally happens.