For Raw, there were many returns they had on their show this week. But, out of all of them, I would have to say that Kurt Angle’s was the best. When Baron Corbin decided to host a 10-man global battle royal, Kurt Angle decided to dress up as the Conquistador and eliminate Corbin in the end. When he unveiled his mask, the crowd was going nuts and during this segment, you could tell Kurt was having fun with it too.
For Smackdown, the rematch between Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair opened up the show and this got a lot of TV time and ended up being a good match. While it did finish in a double count out, there was a crazy ending to this as Charlotte speared Becky through the LED board lights on the entrance ramp. These two will settle everything at Evolution as they will face off in the first ever last women standing match.
For Raw, I still do not understand what WWE is trying to go with Bobby Lashley. Recently, they have tried to pair him with Lio Rush. This week, during Lashley’s match against Kevin Owens, Rush was on the microphone the entire match. This became very annoying after a while and the crowd showed their displeasure as well. I cannot determine whether this means that they are trying to have Lashley turn into a bad guy with Rush at his side, or if they are trying to have the crowd embrace this?
For Smackdown, the Rusev and Aiden English story line has taken a sour turn. The whole video ended up being English making a move on Lana, only to get turned down. This part makes sense. Where it started to get sour was when English said “the offer is still on the table.” That point in the story line started to make things awkward. Anytime Lana has been involved in Rusev’s story line, they end up being bad and this has the potential to go in that direction.
The Final Verdict
Both shows were really good this week. They both had great matches throughout the show and helped progress their story lines. I will have to say that Raw had the better show this week. A solid main event and some returns we didn’t see coming made this show great from start to finish. It looks like WWE is going all out for Crown Jewel so hopefully WWE makes it more than just a glorified house show such as the Greatest Royal Rumble, which also took place in Saudi Arabia.
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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