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WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? October 1, 2018

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The Good

For Raw, the ending segment to build up the Triple H versus the Undertaker match was awesome. It started off with Shawn Michaels emphasizing that he thinks Triple H will win and that if Kane interferes, then he will step in and take care of that. This led to the Brothers of Destruction coming out to attack Michaels, only for Triple H to come out to save him. This led to a brawl that left the Brothers of Destruction standing tall after a double chokeslam. Segments like this are simple, but really help build up this fight and fans should soak this in as this will be the last time these two legends go at it.

For Smackdown, the brawl between Randy Orton and Tye Dillinger was quick, entertaining, and got a point across. Dillinger wanted revenge after Orton attacked Dillinger during his United States Championship match against Shinsuke Nakamura last week. Paige gave in and gave Dillinger a match against Orton. The fight between these two only lasted a few minutes, but they beat the heck out of each other. Orton ended up winning this brawl by going to his sadistic ways and put Dillinger’s finger between the turnbuckles, and bent it backwards. Not only does it question where this goes from here, but it’s a great story having Orton break one of Dillinger’s fingers considering he always uses his 10 fingers for his 10 gimmick.

The Bad

For Raw, the whole the Shield vs. Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler, and Drew McIntyre has ran its course and isn’t really intriguing as it once was. Each member of the Shield faced off against a member of the other trio and two out of the three matches involved interference in the match. Having these teams brawl a few times before their match is entertaining. But, when this happens every week, it starts to get stale.

For Smackdown, the lack of programming for the United States Championship doesn’t make any sense. Since Shinsuke Nakamura has won it, he has only defended it twice and has only been on Smackdown maybe three or four times total. I was hoping that maybe they would give off the possibility of an open challenge at Super Showdown, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.

The Final Verdict

With this begin the go home show before Super Showdown, but brands had to advertise a lot for this PPV and get the last build up for it. Both shows were really good this week and should’ve gotten fans excited for the PPV. But, between these two, I will have to say that Raw had the better show this week.  Raw had a great closing segment, a great promo with Elias that had some of the loudest booing I have heard in a while, and actually put the Authors of Pain to smart usage! Smackdown had a great show this week, but the lack of the United States championship hurts them week by week. Overall, Super Showdown should be a solid PPV because all of the matches on this card got the proper buildup.

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NXT UK Premiers on WWE Network October 17

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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.

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NJPW Talent Considering Departure, Upset with New Management

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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.”

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Kaitlyn Discusses Mae Young Classic

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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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