For Raw, we got slow and steady progress going forward with the Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins situation. After Ambrose shocked the WWE Universe by stabbing Seth Rollins in the back, Rollins wanted answers this week. While Ambrose did show his face, he did not explain his actions. Instead, he antagonized Rollins by standing out in the crowd and watching Rollins get more and more angry. Who knows when we will get answers, but either way, things are just starting between these two.
For Smackdown, the trick or street fight between the New Day and the Bar (with Big Show) was a fun segment from start to finish. The New Day dressed up as the Brood for Halloween, which was hilarious. Also, the match wasn’t bad either as everybody got involved to help build up their tag team championship match at Crown Jewel.
For Raw, with all the changes going on with Crown Jewel and since they were fresh off Evolution, they could’ve given more time focusing on the fall out of that. Instead, they had a 10 women’s tag match that were just repeat opponents from that PPV. That just causes too much clutter and doesn’t help move anything forward.
For Smackdown, the route they decided to go with for the WWE Championship at Crown Jewel doesn’t make much sense, but the whole situation is ugly to start with. With Daniel Bryan refusing to go to Saudi Arabia, they had to find a way to address this situation. So, they decided to just have the WWE Championship match on Smackdown. While the match was good overall, Samoa Joe then decided to attack both competitors, which led to a WWE Championship match between AJ Styles and Samoa Joe at the PPV instead. The problem with this is it just is a lot to process in such little time and doesn’t help Samoa Joe at all getting back into a rivalry that was just ended.
The Final Verdict
With all that is going on, WWE really had some problems in front of them. With some wrestlers refusing to go to Saudi Arabia for the Crown Jewel PPV, to Roman Reigns’ battle with leukemia, to trying to also have an all-women’s PPV fall out to off of, WWE really had too much to handle. They tried to give the proper time for each PPV, only for things to feel rushed and put together at the last second. But, we still have some interesting things going forward. With that said, I will have to say that Raw had the better show this week. We still have a hanging story with Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins and we got a better explanation for replacing John Cena than what Smackdown did for Daniel Bryan. After Crown Jewel, WWE can get things back into organization with Survivor Series.
Enzo Amore Kicked Out of Survivor Series
Former WWE superstar Enzo Amore made his presence known at WWE Survivor Series, but not in a good way, as he caused such a commotion that he was promptly kicked out, and ultimately banned from the arena during Sunday’s show.
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Shawn Michaels Talks Crown Jewel, In Ring Future
WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels was a recent guest on E&C’s Pod of Awesomeness and discussed a number of topics including his work down at NXT with the younger superstars and his recent in-ring return at Crown Jewel.
“I’m glad to say that I did it, but I don’t want to try it again.” Michaels said regarding his match earlier this month.
Michaels also refuted the idea that he did it for the payday.
“I didn’t want to be put in that position because I’m good with the performances that I’ve had at WrestleMania. I wanted to end those the way that I ended them” Micheals said, saying that all 4 men in a tag match was like KISS and the Rolling Stones playing their greatest hits.
Michaels also said that he is happy he returned, but does not want to get back in the ring again.
“Fighting With My Family” Movie Trailer Released
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s Seven Bucks Productions’s ‘Fighting With My Family’, produced in conjunction with WWE Studios and Film 4, which is based on the life of the Knight family, including WWE’s Paige, has finally dropped a trailer.
According to the synopsis:
“Based on a true story, FIGHTING WITH MY FAMILY follows reformed gangster Ricky, wife Julia, daughter Paige and son Zak as they make a living wrestling together in tiny venues. When Paige and Zak get the opportunity to try out for WWE, the family grabs a once-in-a-lifetime chance to turn their wildest dreams into a dazzling future. However, brother and sister quickly discover that to become superstars, both their talent and their relationship will be put to the test.”
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