Former Raw Tag Team Champion Jason Jordan has been wrestling with a neck injury and has taken the first step back to recovery.
“He had an injury to a disc in his neck which resulted in significant pain that was refractory to all conservative measures,” WWE Medical Director Dr. Joseph Maroon said. “It was decided to do a minimally invasive operation to decompress the nerve, to allow it to heal.”
The procedure Jordan underwent is called a minimally invasive posterior cervical microdiscectomy. It is not known just how long Jordan will be out of action.
Many have speculated Jordan’s injury was the reason he had limited participation in the Raw Tag Team title match with him and Seth Rollins against Sheamus and Cesaro at the Royal Rumble.
Jordan was sent home after his backstage segment with General Manager Kurt Angle during the Feb. 5 episode of Raw. Jordan’s wife issued a statement, confirming his injury and said he would be back in no time.
WWE removed Jordan from their live event schedule until he is cleared to return to the ring.
There are a couple of different ways fans can look at this. First, it’s unfortunate Jordan had to go down with a neck injury at this point. Although some fans have soured on him being revealed as Angle’s son (kayfabe), Jordan fine tuned his wrestling skills and improved his character work that is inching its way to a heel turn.
There are no confirmed plans as to what Jordan’s role for Wrestlemania 34 will be, but some speculate he will face Rollins at the Show of Shows. A match between Rollins and Jordan could be a mat classic for the fans and elevate the former American Alpha’s career to the next level.
On the other hand, Jordan taking care of this injury and undergoing surgery was one of the best things he could do in this situation. He will be out of action for a short amount of time, but it is better for him to return to the ring healthy, rather than just work through it and risk further injury to his health.
It also allows him a chance to sit back and heal from the rest of the wear and tear to his body, as well as work on his character from home. Being off a WWE tour because of injury can give him something for his in-ring persona to chew on.
For example, Jordan could take any resentment and bitter feelings he has of being away from the ring and channel them to his, for lack of better term, Son of Raw GM character. Jordan could act out those feelings on screen toward Angle for keeping him from making his father proud.
He could travel to Raw and participate in backstage segments with Angle and Rollins.
There is no solid timetable for Jordan to return to the thing, but it’s likely fans will see him at around Wrestlemania time.
WWE Announces Women’s Tag Team Title Tournament
Following the walkout of Sasha Banks and Naomi, who were at the time the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, details have been mum on what would go on with the vacated titles, but now there finally are some details to share.
With rumors that both Banks and Naomi will be returning to the company with Vince McMahon now in charge, the Women’s Tag Team titles are now back in the spotlight after going off the radar at the time of Banks’ and Naomi’s departures.
WWE has officially announced a new tournament to crown new Women’s Tag Team Champions that will finally begin on Raw this upcoming Monday.
While it seems to lineup the returns of Banks and Naomi, no official word has surfaced as of yet.
WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? May 7, 2019
For Raw, the main event between Kofi Kingston and Daniel Bryan in a Wrestlemania rematch was a good way to end their show. With this new “Wildcard Rule” being introduced at the beginning of Raw, this led to two Smackdown superstars main eventing a Raw show. While we will look into the “Wildcard Rule” later, the match between these two was back and forth and ended with Kingston retaining his championship. Kofi has all the momentum going into the Money in the Bank PPV, which is great considering he is the WWE Champion.
For Smackdown, after the Hardy Boyz had to forfeit their tag team championships due to injury, the match to determine the new champions was great. After Shane McMahon originally was going to give the titles to Daniel Bryan and Rowan, the Usos interrupted and stated that they should at least get the opportunity to earn them. Daniel Bryan and Rowan ended up winning, which is a positive sight moving forward because it will bring more attention to the division with these two as champions.
For Raw, even though things were good for the Usos on Smackdown, they were really bad on Raw. They came out during the Revival’s match and told them that they put Icey Hot on their ring attire. This led to bad acting and just an attempt at humor, which didn’t go well.
For Smackdown, while the Aleister Black promos have been good so far, they are starting to over welcome their stay. This has been going on for about a month, so hopefully we see him in the ring before he loses all momentum.
The Final Verdict
Both brands had interesting shows this week because this new “Wildcard Rule” was introduced. This “Wildcard Rule” means that four superstars from Raw will be on Smackdown and four Smackdown superstars will be on Raw every week. This idea does seem like a bad one though because it will take time away from superstars in their respective brand. Along with that, this is right after the Superstar Shakeup, which now feels completely pointless. As to who had the better show this week though, Smackdown had better matches and was still able to help put good build towards Money in the Bank. In conclusion, Money in the Bank is still about two weeks away, but proper time has been put into it and all the matches gain momentum in build week by week.
WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? April 30, 2019
For Raw, the contract signing between AJ Styles and Seth Rollins was a great segment to end their show and continue to build up their match for Money in the Bank. They exchanged insults and eventually came to blows and the final shot we saw was AJ Styles standing over Rollins after he hit him with a phenomenal forearm through a table.
For Smackdown, the build up between Kofi Kingston and Kevin Owens got a lot of time featured on their show this week, and it was all really good material. It opened and closed their show and ended with Kofi Kingston getting the upper hand after he brawled with Owens. Overall, this match is getting a lot of attention and it should considering this is for the WWE Championship.
For Raw, unfortunately, it looks like the rumors with Lio Rush not getting along with people backstage is true because when Bobby Lashley went on Miz TV, Rush was nowhere to be found. While it is unknown what the future holds for Rush, WWE has to start all over with Bobby Lashley again by himself and he’s not even in the Money in the Bank match either.
For Smackdown, they had a tag match which had Kairi Sane and Asuka versus two local competitors and this match felt like filler. With the main focus being on the women’s ladder match and neither Asuka or Sane being in that match, there really is nothing for those two to do at the moment.
The Final Verdict
Both brands are focusing on the Money in the Bank PPV, but some delivery of the matches have fell flat. Both the men’s and women’s ladder match competitors were just announced instead of each competitor actually earning an opportunity to get in the ladder match. But, as far as their championship matches, both men’s and women’s, have been given plenty of time and those matches do feel more important. As far as who had the better show, Raw has more matches on the PPV, therefore they were able to put more time into them. In conclusion, Money in the Bank is still a few weeks away, but WWE has given a lot of time into it so the fans should be excited for the first PPV since Wrestlemania.
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