A Very American Coup By Michael – Louis Ingram, Editor-in-Chief...
A Few Changes In The Biz
NEW JERSEY— In the crazy and unpredictable world of professional wrestling, there are two things that can be certain. One is that Vince McMahon reigns supreme over any promotion going, no matter what he does wrong, and two, that African-American superstars – with the exception of one here and there, have taken a back seat to the prime time gigs. That is, until now.
As bad as this is to say you have to wonder what is going on lately, when you first see Theodore Long named as Smackdown general manager. Then, Orlando Jordan, who up until this point was a mere afterthought to the WWE brass, is all of a sudden thrust into a storyline with the WWE Champion? Hey, I don’t write this stuff. Jordan’s best moments were seen on Velocity, and for those who don’t know what Velocity is, believe me, you’re not alone. That would be the show that appears on Spike TV every Saturday night. Trust me, they score lower ratings than anything on the Food Network , even the infomercials. Point being, what gives? Will Jordan be able to take advantage of this opportunity, or will it only be a matter of time before he is cast off to the side, as was the case with Shelton Benjamin, Mark Henry and Rodney Mack?
Granted, they all have injuries, but do you think if someone such as Edge was injured, he would be cast away? Oh, wait – he was injured for over a year. Yet, he currently appears on Monday Night Raw as the Intercontinental champion.
As for the main stoy taking place on Raw these days, in a somewhat surprising twist, it would appear that Randy Orton is no longer a part of the supergroup Evolution. This comes as a direct result of a definite shocker, when Orton defeated Chris Benoit at SummerSlam for the World Heavyweight Championship. Evolution members Triple H, Batista, and Ric Flair decided to congratulate the new champ by assaulting him in a 3 on 1 attack. To tell you the truth, I never thought they would actually go through with giving Orton the crown, but it looks like the WWE wants to try another youth movement to attract the younger audience by crowning their youngest champ ever. Well, good luck on that one.
I see over in NWA-TNA that the “Alpha Male” Monty Brown is getting a little more press. Maybe next time around, I’ll have a little info on him for the reading public. As for the main goings on over there, it looks like Jeff Hardy is now the #1 contender for the world championship. He was a great tag team wrestler, but I don’t think being the flagship of their company is his thing, especially when you have the aforementioned Brown and Killings, who deserve equal time.
Speaking of time, that’s all of my time, so I’ll catch you on the next edition of “In The Black”. Peace…