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WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? August 27, 2018

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The Good

For Raw, the Intercontinental championship match between Kevin Owens and Seth Rollins stole the show this week. These two put on a great match from start to finish and has some interesting ramifications from it. Rollins decided to host an open challenge, which Owens answered and stated that ever since his time on Raw, he has been miserable but that may soon change. Things didn’t change for Owens though and he was unable to beat Rollins. After the match, Owens then decided to quit. It’ll be interesting to see where this goes for both competitors as Rollins looks to find the next challenger to his championship and Owens looks for new work.

For Smackdown, Daniel Bryan had a great match with Andrade Almas on their show. These two went back and forth and right when we thought we were going to see Almas tap out from the Yes Lock, The Miz and Maryse interfered and attacked Bryan and Brie Bella. The attack on them really intensified this rivalry going into Hell in a Cell and it is one of the best things going for Smackdown.

The Bad

For Raw, it seems like WWE does not know what to do with Bobby Lashley. From beating Roman Reigns a few weeks ago, to beating the Ascension and not having a match at Summerslam is a very steep downfall. This is a shame considering how talented he is and how successful he was outside of WWE. As much hype as there was when he returned, that hype has faded quickly.

For Smackdown, while the triple threat tag team match that Smackdown had wasn’t bad, they only question I have is where did the Colons come from? We haven’t seen or heard from them in months and then they just  appear on this match? Confusing times right there but at least WWE is taking time to find out who should challenge the New Day next for the championship.

The Final Verdict

Overall, both shows were pretty good this week. With both shows in Toronto, the crowd was hot for both shows and made everything more interesting and better to watch. Both shows did a very good job of building up the Hell in a Cell PPV, the women’s PPV, Evolution, as well as the super showdown show in Australia. With that being said, I will have to say that Raw had the better show this week. We got to see a returning Trish Stratus, saw some controversy with Kevin Owens quitting, and had an interesting main event where Braun Strowman turned on Roman Reigns. The buildup for Hell in a Cell has been pretty good and hopefully WWE can keep this momentum going into the next few PPV’s.

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Malakai Black Released from AEW, Pulled from Upcoming Appearances

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Malakai Black’s time in AEW is at an end, as he has received a conditional release this week after he requested a full release earlier this year, and now Black will be officially pulled from upcoming appearances.

Black was scheduled for the upcoming Northeast Wrestling show on Friday where he was set to face Matt Taven. Jay Lethal and Enzo Amore, but the promotion announced that Black was pulled from the event due to “health issues”.

AEW President Tony Khan stated earlier this summer that Black “has almost five years left on his deal. I wouldn’t expect him going anywhere anytime soon.” However, his release likely came with a non-compete clause to prevent him from jumping back to WWE, where he is likely heading once his personal issues are addressed.

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CM Punk Out 6-8 Months, Needs Surgery

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CM Punk will be out of action for considerable time, and it may also mark an end to his run in AEW.

After defeating Jon Moxley to reclaim the AEW World Championship, Punk made some harsh comments during the post-event media scrum that prompted a backstage altercation involving AEW superstars The Young Bucks and Kenny Omega, who have since been suspended.

Punk was injured during his match with Moxley, and while he may be out for considerable time, he also could be ultimately fired from the company. AEW stripped Punk of the World Championship on Wednesday’s edition of AEW Dynamite.

“Punk’s out for eight months, or whatever it’s going to be, six months/eight months, whatever” according to Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio. “If he’s not let go, and a lot of people don’t want him back.”

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Christian Cage Out Several Months

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AEW continues to deal with the injury bug and you can now add Christian Cage to the list, as he is expected to miss 6 to 9 months due to injury, according to the Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer.

Per the report: “His injury may be the exact same injury as [CM] Punk. So we’re talking again like an eight-month-ish, six-to-nine months of being out.”

Cage was part of a short match at AEW All Out against Jungle Boy, shockingly defeating him with a spear and a killswitch in just 33 seconds. Jungle Boy was attacked by Luchasaurus just before the match began.

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