For Raw, the Intercontinental championship match between Kevin Owens and Seth Rollins stole the show this week. These two put on a great match from start to finish and has some interesting ramifications from it. Rollins decided to host an open challenge, which Owens answered and stated that ever since his time on Raw, he has been miserable but that may soon change. Things didn’t change for Owens though and he was unable to beat Rollins. After the match, Owens then decided to quit. It’ll be interesting to see where this goes for both competitors as Rollins looks to find the next challenger to his championship and Owens looks for new work.
For Smackdown, Daniel Bryan had a great match with Andrade Almas on their show. These two went back and forth and right when we thought we were going to see Almas tap out from the Yes Lock, The Miz and Maryse interfered and attacked Bryan and Brie Bella. The attack on them really intensified this rivalry going into Hell in a Cell and it is one of the best things going for Smackdown.
For Raw, it seems like WWE does not know what to do with Bobby Lashley. From beating Roman Reigns a few weeks ago, to beating the Ascension and not having a match at Summerslam is a very steep downfall. This is a shame considering how talented he is and how successful he was outside of WWE. As much hype as there was when he returned, that hype has faded quickly.
For Smackdown, while the triple threat tag team match that Smackdown had wasn’t bad, they only question I have is where did the Colons come from? We haven’t seen or heard from them in months and then they just appear on this match? Confusing times right there but at least WWE is taking time to find out who should challenge the New Day next for the championship.
The Final Verdict
Overall, both shows were pretty good this week. With both shows in Toronto, the crowd was hot for both shows and made everything more interesting and better to watch. Both shows did a very good job of building up the Hell in a Cell PPV, the women’s PPV, Evolution, as well as the super showdown show in Australia. With that being said, I will have to say that Raw had the better show this week. We got to see a returning Trish Stratus, saw some controversy with Kevin Owens quitting, and had an interesting main event where Braun Strowman turned on Roman Reigns. The buildup for Hell in a Cell has been pretty good and hopefully WWE can keep this momentum going into the next few PPV’s.
NXT UK Premiers on WWE Network October 17
WWE has officially announced the premier of NXT UK on the WWE Network, in a Twitter post that appeared on Wednesday morning.
Per the announcement, the UK division of the NXT brand will debut on October 17th at 8pm BST and will air weekly, featuring male and female wrestlers in the UK.
BREAKING: #NXTUK, a new weekly episodic series featuring the greatest male and female competitors from the UK, will stream on @WWENetwork on Wednesdays beginning 17th October at 8pm BST. pic.twitter.com/L8wVJquMdF
— WWE UK (@WWEUK) October 11, 2018
NJPW Talent Considering Departure, Upset with New Management
It appears that the new management heading up NJPW, led by Harold Meij, is rubbing talent the wrong way, upsetting their wrestlers so much so that they are considering a departure from the promotion, eyeing WWE as the next destination.
According to Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer, Meij is also receiving backlash.
“The initial reaction was that the feeling was that he talks down to the wrestlers, he then continued to say many of the wrestlers are concerned he has no history in the business as well.
There are people who in the past had never even considered WWE who are thinking about it, and others who were completely committed to staying who are probably still leaning that way, but are considering the WWE option.”
Kaitlyn Discusses Mae Young Classic
Following her recent return to professional wrestling, former WWE Diva’s Champion Kaitlyn is back in WWE for the Mae Young Classic and is hoping that the tournament can give her a boost to the RAW or Smackdown roster.
Kaitlyn took a hiatus from wrestling following her release from WWE in 2014, and she believes that given her WWE experience, she won’t need to go through NXT to get to the main roster.
“Now that I’ve been there and done it, the stakes are higher, the level of competition is higher, so I see myself just going through it, going through the Mae Young Classic, going through NXT, going through the SmackDown roster, going through the Raw roster” Kaitlyn said, during an interview with ESPN. I know I’m capable of it, and I think the Mae Young Classic is just the beginning.”
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