For Raw, there was a surprise appearance by the Undertaker during Elias’ segment and it was an exciting moment. After not seeing the Undertaker at Wrestlemania, there was speculation that he wasn’t going to be around WWE for a while again. But, he shocked the WWE universe by showing up on Raw and ended up standing tall in the ring after attacking Elias. You never know when the Deadman will show up, so it is always a positive experience when he does.
For Smackdown, we have new tag team champions! After the Usos won their fatal four way match at Wrestlemania, they ended up defending the championships again, but this time only against the Hardy Boyz. While this match in itself should’ve been at Wrestlemania, it was still a pleasure to finally see these two teams face off against each other. The Hardy Boyz ended up winning and becoming the new champions, which questions what is ahead for this division.
For Raw, the main event was going to be a blockbuster type match between Kofi Kingston and Seth Rollins to unify both of their recently won championships. But, in the middle of the match, the Bar interfered and ruined the match. The main issue with all of this is, what was the motive of the Bar? They had no issues with either superstar recently. This event led to your standard tag match to close out the show and it overall just halted all the momentum that was going into the ending of the show.
For Smackdown, their main event wasn’t that very good as well. It was the Bar and Drew McIntyre versus the New Day and this felt similar to the Raw main event. It was just a standard tag match and in the closing moments of the match, Drew McIntyre and Xavier Woods were no where to be found.
The Final Verdict
With both of these being the post Wrestlemania shows, there was a lot to process and a lot to learn as to what is next for WWE. They did announce that a superstar shake up was occurring in the next week so we will see new faces in new places. With that being said, Raw had the better show this week. A surprise Undertaker appearance, a world where Brock Lesnar is not the Universal Champion anymore, and the final goodbye to Dean Ambrose were some reasons why Raw was able to put on a better show. After the superstar shake up, the WWE universe will get a much better layout of what WWE has for the rest of 2019.
WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? April 16, 2019
For Raw, they got the best addition from the shakeup to their show, which was AJ Styles. After Styles really made his mark on Smackdown, it seemed like WWE creative was running out of ideas of what to do with Styles on Smackdown. So, having him on Raw is really intriguing now and it should be interesting to see what the future holds for him on Raw.
For Smackdown, their biggest addition from the shakeup was Roman Reigns and the way they introduced him to the show was entertaining. After Vince McMahon announced that the “biggest addition in Smackdown history” was Elias, Roman Reigns interrupted and ended up clearing out the ring and declaring that Smackdown is his yard now. Reigns needed a change of scenery after being on Raw for few years, so this is something the WWE universe should be excited for.
For Raw, while it was great to see an NXT tag team called up, the name they gave him is horrible. Formerly known as the War Raiders, who are the current NXT tag team champions were called up to Monday nights. But, they decided to change their name to the Viking Experience, which is one of the worst name changes in WWE history.
For Smackdown, they had a match between Carmella and Charlotte Flair and this felt like filler. After all the new names that they brought onto Smackdown during the shakeup for the women’s division, they could have had one of them in this match instead of putting them all together in the 8-women tag match that was featured on the show later.
The Final Verdict
For these being the superstar shakeup episodes, both shows felt a little underwhelming. While we are able to think of the possibility of matchups that we will see in the future because of this shakeup, the introduction of these new names felt like they should have been a bigger deal. Along with that, it seemed like WWE either was confused on how to handle some of these shakeups or they purposely wanted to confuse the fans. A prime example is how Finn Balor went to Smackdown with the Intercontinental championship. Since this was introduced to us on Smackdown, is there no secondary belt now on Raw? Or did Samoa Joe just automatically move to Raw because he currently was holding the original secondary belt on Smackdown? Overall, as to who had the better show, I will have to say that Raw had the better show. The additions of the Miz, the Usos, Rey Mysterio, Andrade, AJ Styles, and Naomi are all new faces that were due for this. In conclusion, while the shakeup could’ve been handled better, the future should be intriguing as WWE prepares to fully move on from Wrestlemania.
AEW Signs CIMA
All Elite Wrestling has announced his latest signing.
The Khan-family backed promotion has officially announced that they have signed Dragon Gate superstar CIMA to a contract following the announcement of his involvement with the ‘Double or Nothing’ event.
The announcement came during the latest episode of ‘Being The Elite.’
Matt Hardy Responds to John Oliver’s WWE Segment
John Oliver, host of HBO’s popular ‘Last Week Tonight’, took WWE to task in a recent episode over their lack of healthcare for their performers, bringing a dark element of the treatment of WWE superstars to light.
Since then, wrestlers have spoken out, both in support of Oliver’s segment and coming to the defense of WWE.
One of those coming to WWE’s defense is WWE superstar and future Hall of Famer Matt Hardy, who praised WWE and how far they have come over the years.
“When I first started here [1997/1998] the locker room, everything was like the wild wild west then” Hardy said in an interview with FOX Sports (h/t Wrestling Inc). ” The change that has happened in those 20-plus years has been unreal. I mean, now the drug testing is very stringent. … You have to be here, and you have to be good and you have to be on top of your game. You have to be a professional. The physicals they do as far as cardiovascular and just checking you over and over — [there have] been several guys they caught that have had serious [health] issues that could have been life threatening if they didn’t catch it here, and just the way they take care of you. “
“Every surgery I ever had, WWE has paid for. They’re very faithful and very good about that. It’s just some of the stuff that the John talked about was kind of passé, kind of outdated because now they really do [take care of wrestlers’ health]. They take care of everything especially stuff that happens in house. As far as the whole health insurance thing, that’s kind of a different argument, because we do a different gig in many many ways. But WWE has never done anything but be great to me.
“They’ve taking care of me in every capacity, every front. And they’ve given me a great life. I mean one of the characters I play is ‘Big Money’ Matt, who’s like this millionaire that’s been around for a long time, and you know there’s a lot of truth to it in some ways, and I wouldn’t have that persona and I wouldn’t have the great life that I have right now if it wasn’t for WWE.”
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