For Raw, the interview with Paul Heyman was one of his best pieces of work that I have seen from him since he has been in WWE. He looked totally distraught and was totally devastated when talking about his current relationship with Brock Lesnar after what happened last week. While I do not look forward to the Lesnar vs. Reigns match at Summerslam, at least we know that Heyman is doing his best to try and build up this fight as much as possible.
For Smackdown, everything that WWE is doing to help build up the Daniel Bryan vs. the Miz fight is going perfectly. The Miz decided to accept Bryan’s challenge to a match at Summerslam and he decided to announce his decision on the set of his reality show. Little did he know that Daniel Bryan was on the set too and attacked him as the Miz was running him down. This match probably has the best build up over all the other fights at Summerslam and fans should be really excited for this bout.
For Raw, Bobby Roode beat Mojo Rawley after one week of buildup between these two. After Rawley was running his mouth last week to people in the locker room, Roode decided to get in Rawley’s face and confront him about it which led to them fighting backstage. Then, this match just happened and that was it. This match will probably be on the pre-show for Summerslam so get prepared to see it……again.
For Smackdown, it seems like WWE is confused on what they should do for the United States Championship. While it was announced that Shinsuke Nakamura would face off against Jeff Hardy at Summerslam for the championship, a lot of focus still seems to be on Randy Orton and Jeff Hardy. While Orton has said he has erased Hardy and with Nakamura agreeing with that statement, it sounds like it is up in the air for what is going to happen at Summerslam. The mysterious aspect is intriguing, but there still should be build up for this considering there are only two weeks left before the PPV.
The Final Verdict
Both shows did their fair share of building up their brands matches at Summerslam. But, this week, Smackdown did a much better job this week than Raw did. We had a great promo from the WWE Champion AJ Styles, determined who will face the Bludgeon Brothers at Summerslam, and got a great backstage brawl segment with Daniel Bryan and the Miz. As for Raw, we just got matches that tried to push the build ups further, but to no avail. In conclusion, WWE needs to start doing more things to build up the Raw matches for Summerslam because Smackdown is hitting on all cylinders for their matches.
Roman Reigns Discusses Universal Title Victory Over Brock Lesnar
It may not be the perfect outcome, but it was necessary to take the WWE Universal Title off of Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam, especially considering that Lesnar is preparing for a return to the octagon and UFC in the near future, and the fact that Lesnar’s contract has strangleheld WWE for far too long.
Roman Reigns was the guy to do it, and as unpopular as the choice may be, and as unpopular and boring as the Lesnar/Reigns feud been, this was also necessary.
Reigns reflected on his big win at SummerSlam.
Triple H Discusses WWE Signing Matt Riddle
Triple H commented on the recent signing of former UFC star Matt Riddle, who was shown in the crowd during NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn IV on Saturday night. WWE had been previously hesitant to sign Riddle due to his history related to marijuana use.
“Matt brings a lot to the table” Triple H said, according to Newsweek.
“He’s an amazing athlete, smart in the way he’s adapted and what he did in his MMA career,” Levesque told media in a post-show press conference. “He’s learned a lot on his own in a very brief period of time to get to where he is. I’ve watched him for awhile, his ups and downs, and you know there just comes a time when somebody gets good enough.”
Triple H believes that adding him to WWE, and the NXT roster, will be the next step in his development.
“I think he’s ready to get brought in and be taken the rest of the way. I also think he’s matured as a person.” Triple H continued.
“I think he’s realized where he wants to get in this business as opposed to just being in the business. We think it’s the right time, but only time will tell. He’s a very talented guy and the sky’s the limit. We’ll see what he can do. I feel sometimes people say ‘you bring them in and just go with it.’ It’s not that simple. Not everybody makes it, not everything works. There’s a lot of factors. I believe in him and I believe he has a lot of potential.”
Matt Riddle Signs With WWE
The rumors are true, Matt Riddle is heading to WWE as his appearance in the audience of Saturday night’s NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn 4, live, at the Barclays Center confirmed. Riddle had been rumored to be heading to the company for the past several weeks.
WWE issued the following statement regarding Riddle:
Matt Riddle, or as he is often referred to by fans, “The King of Bros,” has been announced as the newest Superstar to wave the NXT flag. Fittingly, the news was revealed as he was ringside for tonight’s huge WWE Network special event in Brooklyn.
The former wrestling champion and UFC fighter made a name for himself in the indie circuit, capturing titles such as the EVOLVE Championship and the PROGRESS Atlas Championship.
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) August 18, 2018
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