For Raw, they had a series of matches to determine who would face Seth Rollins for the Universal Championship at Money in the Bank. All of these matches were pretty solid and in the end, AJ Styles ended up winning it all. This has been a dream match WWE fans have asked for ever since Styles came to WWE, so Raw should be able to build this up properly.
For Smackdown, we all knew that Kevin Owens was going to turn on the New Day, it was just a matter of when. Owens decided that this week was the week to do it as he attacked both Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods after Kingston’s match against Shinsuke Nakamura. This is going to lead to a WWE Championship match between Kevin Owens and Kofi Kingston and this is another solid match added to the Money in the Bank PPV.
For Raw, after WWE was torn apart by the fans by naming the War Raiders the Viking Experience, they decided to change their name again. This time, the new name is the Viking Raiders. It is a little bit of an improvement, but not to name them the War Raiders to begin with is still baffling. They had a segment on the show this week they felt like filler as well as they attacked Lucha House Party before they could even begin their match with them.
For Smackdown, Becky Lynch is deciding to defend both of her belts at Money in the Bank, but her challenger from Smackdown is a sight WWE fans have seen too many times. Charlotte Flair ended up earning her opportunity by beating Bayley in a number one contender’s match. While WWE wants to show that Charlotte did earn her opportunity, it’s just a match we have seen one too many times.
The Final Verdict
Both brands put on pretty good shows this week. Even though there was some mix up in the superstar shake up (Andrade and Aleister Black going from Smackdown to Raw, then back to Smackdown), WWE was was still able to bounce back from that confusion. Both brands were able to establish number one contenders for their biggest championships, and help put a story behind them too. But, as far as a better show from start to finish, it seems that Raw had the more impactful and better show. A wacky segment with Bray Wyatt, a dream match in the making for the Universal Championship, and proper time given to their women’s championship match helped Raw this week. Overall, both brands are starting to layout the blueprint for what is in store for WWE Money in the Bank, so hopefully WWE is able to capitalize on this moving forward.
Adam Cole Discusses Troubling Injury Recovery
AEW superstar Adam Cole has opened up about what he calls a “scary” recovery from a second concussion that he suffered at AEW and NJPW’s ‘Forbidden Door’ event back in June 2022, with Cole set to make his return to the ring soon.
Cole specifically talked about memory loss as the most troubling aspect of his recovery:
”The memory stuff is the really, really scary part to me” Cole said, during an appearance on Wrestling Observer Radio (h/t CagesideSeats). “When you’re in the middle of a ring and there’s thousands of people around you and I have no idea what I’m supposed to be doing. That was really scary. So, I knew pretty early on after my memory started going that something was wrong.”
Cole’s road to recovery as an especially long one.
“The crazy thing was that after even a month, it was like that’s when real serious side effects started happening” he said. “Everything I said in my return in-ring promo that I did all of that was true, and more. There was a lot of stuff that was happening very late into the healing process, or, what I thought was late, like a month-and-a-half, two months.”
Cole is gearing up for his return to AEW, with all signs pointing to him stepping back into the ring at Revolution next month.
Donovan Dijak Suffers Injury at NXT Vengeance Day
NXT Vengeance Day was a rousing success for WWE on Saturday which saw a number of headlines come out of the event that was well-received by fans, including an injury suffered by Donovan Dijak during his match with Wes Lee for the North American Championship.
Dijak suffered an apparent broken finger during the match, which was seen on camera and shared on social media.
Following the event NXT general manager Shawn Michaels provided an update on Dijak, stating he did not suffer a broken finger – “Yeah, everybody is good” Michaels said. “I announced it at gorilla, it’s got to be a miracle, It’s not broken.
“We got him x-ray, they said it’s not broken and so yeah, I guess what you do is you kind of numb it and put it back in place and that’s what’s happening now. But it is, again, a modern miracle because we all saw it, it was pretty gnarly looking. But, apparently, he’s going to be okay, which is obviously fantastic news for us and him.”
Tony Khan Open to AEW/WWE Crossover
AEW owner and booker Tony Khan is certainly open to the idea of AEW and WWE working together for a potential crossover supershow, despite Khan’s consistent blasting of WWE over the last few years.
“It’s something I would certainly be open to and I think it’s an interesting thing for the future” Khan said during an appearance on WTF with Marc Maron. “It’s not something that’s ever really been done. They’ve kind of existed in their own space. We are working with a lot of wrestling promotions.”
Khan’s AEW has already worked with a number of promotions such as Impact Wrestling and NJPW, and WWE has even warmed to the idea of working with other promotions, as they have with Impact Wrestling, NJPW, and NOAH recently.
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