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WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? September 24, 2018

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The Good

For Raw, the tag team championship match between the Revival and the team of Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre was really good from start to finish. It is a shame that this wasn’t put on a PPV because these two team fought like this should’ve been on one. It’ll be interesting to see who are the ones who can stop Ziggler and McIntyre because they are the hottest tag team of the year.

For Smackdown, the contract signing for the WWE championship match between AJ Styles and Samoa Joe didn’t go as most contract signings go. Instead of both fighters signing and then fighting, Samoa Joe wasn’t in Denver. Instead, he was at AJ Styles’ house. They basically made Samoa Joe look like a horror movie villain as he went to the front door and rang the doorbell before the show ended. It truly is moments like this that make the WWE Championship feel like the top championship again.

The Bad

For Raw, they made a match between Alicia Fox and Nia Jax and this felt like filler. Jax was nominated for an award at the People’s Choice Awards and WWE felt the need to give some time to this by having her beat Fox in about three minutes and it didn’t really lead to anything going forward.

For Smackdown, while a good amount of the show was given to what happened with Rusev Day, Becky Lynch getting involved and beating Lana wasn’t necessary in this. After Aiden English explained his actions by putting all the blame on Lana, out of nowhere Lynch challenged her to a match. While it is great to see Becky Lynch get this time on the show, having her at this point in the show wasn’t needed.

The Final Verdict

After this week’s shows, it showed that WWE is going all in for the WWE Super Showdown in Australia. A lot of focus was on that show for both brands. It will be intriguing to see if some of these rivalries continue after this show and which ones will end there. With that said, I would have to say that Smackdown had the better show this week. Most of their show was great buildup for the Super Showdown and they have built up reason for why to tune into next week’s show. Raw has been really sloppy running their shows ever since the Shield reunion has happened because too much is going on. In conclusion, the Super Showdown looks to be a bigger deal than originally expected and fans should be excited about that.

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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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