The running theme for this series will surely be the half-ass efforts in pushing Black performers. And I know only certain wrestlers are getting highlighted at any given moment, it still doesn’t help when there always seems to be some absence of consistent diversity across the board. Hey, this is pro wrestling where Black wrestlers are lucky to never have some stereotypical gimmick at some point in their career.
Ember Moon continues to polish her skills at NXT. She opened the show in a contest with Ruby Riot since Riot had something to say the other week about who’s where in line for the NXT Women’s Title. Ember traded spots with her opponents and sold the hell out those bumps to eventually score a pinfall victory. That Eclipse is poetry every time I see it. Sadly, I don’t even remember the set up this time; usually the end comes off a mean forearm counter to send her victim to the turnbuckle.
Because I couldn’t leave Ember in this category alone, I want to mention Low-Ki at GFW. Dude is wrestling in a suit and still pulling off his same move-set. He landed a huge double stomp off the top turnbuckle to crash a surfboard submission during the X-Division triple treat match.
The New Day took the titles off the Usos to star the clock on their first reign as your WWE…SmackDown…Tag…Team…CHAMPIONS! On top of that they won the titles with the Kofi/Xavier combo with Woods scoring the pin. This was easily the best match of the Battleground event and did much to make up for two boring ass singles matches the past two weeks.
Oh and how could I forget Naomi at Battleground? Although she didn’t have a match, she blessed us with her entrance and sat on commentary. I didn’t catch the audio since I was watching Dem Thrones, but I did appreciate the slow-mo recap of the Women’s division match. See it for your self…yes lawd!
Sasha Banks came in for the save and gave Nia Jax that work. She was awarded a match to determine the number one contender for her efforts. It all means nothing if she doesn’t end up holding the title soon. If she’s going to be used to build other women fine, but who on Raw needs that kind of help?
Jason Jordan is Kurt Angle’s illegitimate son. That’s all nothing more to say.
No Way Jose has been targeted by Cien Almas. Most likely we’ll get the culmination of this battle at TakeOver: Brooklyn.
Bobby Lashley had an exchange with Bruce Prichard after interrupting Matt Syndal’s request for a title shot. It got weird when Sydal dropped to both knees asking Lashley not to interrupt him. That spear was whack too because it wasn’t like Lashley blindsided Syndal. The nigga was right in front of his face.
So that was this week. There wasn’t much to boo; I don’t recall an R-Truth appearance. Not that I don’t like Truth, I hate this weak ass feud he’s in. It’s worth noting that Jinder Mahal did retain that title with a lot of help from the family. GFW has a Mexican wrestler civil war going on and just like America, Prichard pledges to stay out of it until it matters to the company.
Come back next week to see if business picks up any.