For Raw, the promo from Batista was short, sweet, and delivered perfectly. Batista came out, showed a video of all the times he has beaten Triple H throughout his career, tells Triple H to kiss his butt on the microphone, then leaves. The build up for this match has been perfect from start to finish and this helps give the feel that the match between these two is going to be an all out brawl.
For Smackdown, the Kevin Owens show segment between Randy Orton and AJ Styles was a perfectly executed segment to really help build up the match between these two at Wrestlemania. Orton and Styles exchanged brutal insults back and forth. So much so, that Owens knew that one of the insults was going to ignite a fight, so he politely got up and walked away. A fight started and lasted for a few seconds before an RKO was delivered out of nowhere. The match between these two has the potential to steal the show at Wrestlemania.
For Raw, they had a tag match between Heavy Machinery and Bobby Roode and Chad Gable, which ended up with Heavy Machinery winning. This match just felt like filler for this point because nobody knows whats going forward with either of these teams after Wrestlemania.
For Smackdown, they had an 18 person mixed tag team match that was a mess from the beginning. Having 18 people in a match that is not a battle royal is too much to handle with such little time they had.
The Final Verdict
With both of these being the final shows before Wrestlemania, both brands needed to put a lot of time into their big matches. Both shows were able to do that, but Raw had the better show this week due to how much time they were able to put into their main event. Along with a great segment for the Universal Championship and Kurt Angle farewell match, Raw was able to put on a really solid show. Overall, Wrestlemania was given the proper time to lay out really good stories going into the show and all of the matches that WWE wanted to have a bigger feel to, they do.
Myron Reed Departs MLW
Former MLW World Middleweight Champion Myron Reed has made his exit with the promotion following a four-year run and is now a free agent as the two sides parted ways following Reed’s contract expiring, according to Fightful Select.
Reed, 25, confirmed his departure on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon.
Reed broke into wrestling several years back after he made waves as one of YouTube’s popular pro wrestling content creators which generated interest from indie promotions around the industry, ending up with Kentucky-based World Wrestling Alliance to start.
Jade Cargill Offers Praise for Charlotte Flair
AEW TBS champion Jade Cargill has offered some big praise for WWE Smackdown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair, who remains one of the best female wrestlers in the entire industry, and recently made her return to WWE after several months off.
Cargill is one of AEW’s rising stars and has been positioned as a legitimate force, but offered her praise for Flair’s work.
“I think Charlotte Flair is great” Cargill said, during an appearance on Bootleg Kev. “I think she’s very sound wrestler. She can do all the flippy shit that you want to do. She can go out there and have a hardcore match. I think she’s a total package that we have as far as an example for a woman wrestler today.
She leaves and comes back, and then she like, it’s like she never left” Cargill added. “I think she’s phenomenal at what she does. People can say whatever they want, I think she’s a great wrestler.”
Braun Strowman Talks Brock Lesnar Shooting On Him at Royal Rumble
WWE superstar Braun Strowman has had a number of memorable moments during his career at WWE, but none are quite like the 2018 Royal Rumble where Brock Lesnar got upset with Strowman for catching him with a knee.
Lesnar didn’t take to kindly and immediately hit Strowman with a flurry of legitimate punches, including a right hand to his jaw.
“Shit got real” Strowman said, during an interview with BT Sport.
“I mean, at the end of the day it’s two scary guys, two dominant males, not wanting to give an inch to either one, and we took it from each other. Things happen. We’re not playing, we’re not ballet, we’re not badminton. We’re physical. He’s [Lesnar] 300lbs, of just unadulterated animalistic beast and I’m a 385lbs monster. Things happen. At the end of the day, we made one hell of a segment, that’s what really happened.”
“I pat myself on the back. I think I’m the only person in history to take an overhand right from Brock Lesnar and not get knocked out. Anytime you get in the ring with “The Beast” and mix it up, the bigger the challenge the better. If you’re not wrestling the best, then who’d you beat?”
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