A Very American Coup By Michael – Louis Ingram, Editor-in-Chief...
KT’s “In The Black” Report
|D’ Lo Brown|
NEW JERSEY—Now that WrestleMania XX is out of the way, Backlash has also come and gone, but the real surprise came this past week on Raw, when the already World Heavyweight Champion Chris Benoit and Edge captured the World Tag Team titles from Ric Flair and Batista. Benoit holding two titles will be short lived, but still interesting to watch and see how it all plays out.
Nothing really going on with any of the African-American talent on the WWE roster to speak of right now. We usually go through these phases where there’s no main storylines, no main event status, or no big payday. However, if by some miracle, The Rock should return to the ring on even a semi-regular basis, some of that will change. Don’t hold your breath on it, though.
Actually, with Shelton Benjamin making his mark on Raw, the last African-American item that Smackdown was grappling with was the dismissal of Ron Simmons. Of course, this provides the opportunity to Bradshaw to elevate his career to new levels. Whether or not it is justified at Simmons’ expense is something that you can be the judge of. As for John Bradshaw Layfield, he gets the main event at Judgement Day next month against “Latino Heat” Eddie Guerrero for the WWE Championship.
I didn’t think that Guerrero would ever get to be the champion, much less hold on to the belt for 2 months. However, I don’t see that changing this time around. Besides, it’s been a long time since the WWE had a Latino champion to represent them. It would be to their advantage to go after that demographic, especially with the unpredictable ratings that happen with their shows from time to time.
Getting to the other side of the business in NWA-TNA for a moment – something I rarely get to do, I give congratulations to D’ Lo Brown, as he is now one half of the NWA Tag Team Champions. It’s at least nice to see that D’ Lo wasn’t one of the fatal casualties of Vince McMahon’s whimsical roster cuts.
As for Ron “The Truth” Killings, formerly K-Kwik in the WWE, he seems to have also found a nice home out there in Nashville. I’ll keep an eye on those two, and give any further updates, as warranted. In the meantime, until we next meet, I hope that you can stay “In The Black”. Peace…