Woooo what a week to be a Black wrestling fan. That is if you’re not a Bobby Lashley fan, but don’t worry, I will not include TNA for the second week.
The SmackDown Live Rap Battle was easily the blackest part of this week in wrestling, and it didn’t involve any physical action outside of a mush and brief skirmish. The Usos and the Day Ones faced off with the New Day and whatever their crew was supposed to be in the middle of the ring for a URL styled war of words. This was yet another event for the culture that I can appreciate. Hats off to both squads for executing the segment without making it feel like a parody of black people. They kept the content centered around topics that fans who did not know what was going down all while staying true to the format of a rap battle. Hi-five to everybody who has been waiting for Blackness not to be a punchline of a gimmick.
These dudes were having so much fun with it that the Usos broke character twice.
Almost as exciting as the battle, Naomi squashed Lana with a 3-move combo.
But before I get to that, how dare I forget this…
It was brought to my attention that Naomi is the first women’s champ with a custom belt. Make this title run nice and long even if that means you give some of those big names a rest for the time being.
Ember Moon spoke on here title aspirations during NXT only to be interrupted by Ruby Riot. Ember’s “Child Please” eye is so strong it made me worry about Ruby if continues to act up. I figured they are waiting to pull the trigger on Asuka dropping the belt, but Ember should be the next face of the division unless. Then again, I’m hoping she gets polished and pushed to the main roster soon.
Sasha Banks looked good for the second week in a row. She took on the duo of Alexa Bliss and Nia Jax almost on her own after Bayley was taken out. Don’t be surprised if she ends up in the BURR category after this PPV and subsequent Raw for being dominated by the champ.
Titus O’Neil is no Paul Heyman nor is he Bill Russell. Booking Apollo in a match against Braun Strowman was not a good look for the Titus Worldwide image. Don’t get me wrong, that sales pitch was some good foolishness. I didn’t know that new dad strength was a thing. The whole scene reminded me of a 90’s anti-peer pressure special. Look kids, a friend that encourages you to face an angry Strowman is not a friend at all. Are we sure Crews didn’t lose a 1-up man when he was kicked out the air. Shout out to him for doing what few people have done, get Strowman on his back.
R-Truth provided some good comedy standing behind Goldust eating popcorn after the clip viewing. I understand what they were trying to do, but having Truth take a “beat down” after being stabbed in the back shows who they want to push in this feud. Both guys are old and not about to make any serious run; give the nod to Truth. If not for that, this whole thing would be a super BURRRR.
Tamina rolled up Lana like she was mad that her girl been out here making a fool of herself in front of the people. On its own, the whole thing was weird and head scratching. Battleground is right around the corner; check back next week to see who is next in line for a title shot. I doubt Tamina is about to make this a family affair.
Jinder Mahal cut a truth telling, anti-Murica promo on the Fourth of July that could only be topped The Nation of Domination dropping a “woke” promo on that crowd or Sin Cara bashing the Phoenix crowd about his disgust with anti-Mexican rhetoric in the US today. Since neither are active at the moment, drop that knowledge Jinder.