Pardon me as I wipe the tears from my eyes; for one, Naomi’s second reign as champ is over. I knew it was coming, and I’m glad it was to Natalya and not Carmella. Ember Moon put on an impressive show but did not leave with the NXT Women’s Title. The biggest thing was there was one twitter user who was a little too excited about the former then tried to defend being called a racist after he used the word “trash” to describe Naomi and her glow theme. Without further ado, I bring you the week in Black wrestling.
It gets no hotter than Sasha Banks and Nia Jax for the chance to face Alexa Bliss at Summer Slam. The match was all it should have been expected to be, but the icing on the cake came when Sasha battled through an awkward match with the champ at the showcase of the summer to leave as the four-time Raw Women’s Champ. Sasha continues to solidify herself as a mainstay by notching another submission victory. That Bank Statement puts a lot of women in the red.
The New Day/Usos battle peaked on Sunday with what was probably one of the best preshow matches this year. I know there are those who felt it should have made the card; I am not one of those. I would have hated to have to half-watch that high tempo match on mute while tuned into Game of Thrones or something. They got my undivided attention. It will be interesting to see where these teams will be going in the next few weeks.
I’m warming up the Street Profits pretty quickly. Nothing makes me get excited about my brothers and sisters than seeing them have a bit of creative leverage in building their character. Montez Ford jumping the barrier and running through the NXT Universe is not something conjured up in the writers’ room.
If it’s true that we’ve seen the last of the Authors of Pain at NXT, let me say that they were sent out well by SAnitY, Bobby Fish, and Kyle O’Reilly. It took a heavy dose of crazy to offset the physical dominance of the champs. They’ll go ghost for a while until the return to crush some main roster tag team, preferably on Raw.
Ember Moon owes us nothing. She went all out in her slobberknocker of a match with Asuka. It was the definition of elevation via a loss. I can deal with her tapping to the utterly dominant and formidable Empress of Tomorrow.
Naomi’s reign at the top was ended by pedigree of one Natalya. There is no need to be ashamed of that because I consider how it would have been had it been Carmella who cashed in on her. For the people who have an issue with the glow, you can go jump off a cliff. I tire of the wrestling fanboys who always want things to go the same way it did back in the days; you mean the days of the asshole Hulk Hogan and his impeccable leg drop. Get the fuck outta here. I just hope you all were just as mad at the spinner title. Don’t let me find out otherwise.
This guy Dezmond Xavier is a freak of an athlete. He put on a damn good show in the finals of the Super X Cup to claim that trophy. That backhand spring into an overhead kick is how an X Division match should end. He shouldn’t get lost in the sauce with Sanjay Dutt getting his title back and Matt Sydal earning his title shot.
The booking of Jason Jordan did get a bit better. I wonder if the decision to partner him with the likes of the Hardy Boys was to truly even the odds or a contingency plan in the event his singles match with the Miz didn’t go well with the crowd. I’m trying to think back to the last time the guy was a singles competitor; it’s been a minute for sure.
Why R. Truth? I’m not here for a rap/sing off between he and Elias. He did make me crack a smile with his KFC cameo.
I know there was no heads up to Alberto getting suspended especially in regard to the Shot vs. Shot match featuring Bobby Lashley and Sydal, but there was knowledge of this match and it’s ridiculous origins when determining what to do with the title. Lashley out here talking about nobody is going to get in line before him when in fact, twenty dudes just got in line. So rather than facing Sydal, all Lashley needed to do was show up to the gauntlet match. Who knew?