After three weeks of lackluster content from Black wrestlers, we are back to status quo. To be honest, the one week I was excited was really because of one moment so there’s that. (Although this is dated 7/31, it was completed following the airing of Monday Night Raw.)
The Boss, Sasha Banks, put on a stellar performance in the number one contender’s match on Raw. The set up stunk as WWE is terrible at writing face-face stories; they always seem to hint that someone will turn when we really don’t need that to make the story work. Kudos to Banks and Bayley for executing another noteworthy match to progress their story. It seems that Sasha may be off air for a while, or it could be a swerve to bring her back without us expecting her.
Lei’D Tapa unleashed the aggression with haste in her match against Ember Moon. It was all for not as Ember’s push for the NXT Women’s title would not be halted by anyone. This can be used to build Tapa later, hopefully, while it keeps Moon soaring towards her goal of being the top woman in NXT.
The purple rain came down on Cezar Bononi; he was not enough for the Velveteen Dream, but good enough to showcase the size and power Dream has to offer. Bononi was no small potatoes and seemingly got manhandled by the Velveteen Experience. It was my first time noticing the death valley bomb in his move set, plus he has added to his entrance attire. It looks as if he’s getting the opportunity to flush his character out. Naturally, I began to think of how an NXT competitor can transition to the main roster; his post match interview shows some promise. Let’s hope that the Experience doesn’t end up going the way of the Fashion Files, which I do enjoy by the way.
Emma felt some type of way about not being used on television. Whether that was a work or not, enter Nia Jax. “Hey Emma, you are upset because you’re not on TV? Well Nia has a couple of moves she wants to try out namely a front flip into a senton. You cool with that?” Yes, that happened, and they dramatized it.
The New Day planned to celebrate their new tag title reign; not so fast my friends. They got shanked by the Usos on the way to the ring for a much expected beat down. Boo to the booking for putting this segment at the 75 minute mark where we knew something was about to happen since there was a huge triple threat match headlining the show. SmackDown doesn’t run over folks.
Global Force has been showcasing two black wrestlers for the past month in which I’ve been watching. That’s on me. The way these two are utilized is on them. Moose‘s performance in the 6-man tag match was the pinnacle of Black wrestling on this week’s Impact show. That doesn’t say much when Moose didn’t do much of anything to influence the match. Well he took a low blow from EC3 and the eventual pinfall loss. A few weeks ago it was said that Moose was “at the concession stand.” It seems that he made it back this week to get pinned.
You would think that if your father was the GM of Raw you’d get a better match than Curt Hawkins. That’s exactly what Jason Jordan got.
Are we going to progress this Lana and Tamina relationship already? If it’s not anything of impact, I am going to be truly disappointed.
Rich Swann, Cedric Alexander, and TJP are caught up in a spin cycle of mediocrity via their friendship. 205 Live’s reverse booking also shows that they’re just here because of the shallow pool of cruiserweights.
Bobby Lashley‘s beef with Matt Sydal is stupid. His remark is that he is high in the pecking order and no one should jump him in line to the Heavyweight Championship. Well, Sydal was demanding a shot at the X-Division title; what the hell does that have to do with you Bob? Again, it’s just stupid writing.
And that’s a wrap everybody.