For Raw, the interview with Paul Heyman was one of his best pieces of work that I have seen from him since he has been in WWE. He looked totally distraught and was totally devastated when talking about his current relationship with Brock Lesnar after what happened last week. While I do not look forward to the Lesnar vs. Reigns match at Summerslam, at least we know that Heyman is doing his best to try and build up this fight as much as possible.
For Smackdown, everything that WWE is doing to help build up the Daniel Bryan vs. the Miz fight is going perfectly. The Miz decided to accept Bryan’s challenge to a match at Summerslam and he decided to announce his decision on the set of his reality show. Little did he know that Daniel Bryan was on the set too and attacked him as the Miz was running him down. This match probably has the best build up over all the other fights at Summerslam and fans should be really excited for this bout.
For Raw, Bobby Roode beat Mojo Rawley after one week of buildup between these two. After Rawley was running his mouth last week to people in the locker room, Roode decided to get in Rawley’s face and confront him about it which led to them fighting backstage. Then, this match just happened and that was it. This match will probably be on the pre-show for Summerslam so get prepared to see it……again.
For Smackdown, it seems like WWE is confused on what they should do for the United States Championship. While it was announced that Shinsuke Nakamura would face off against Jeff Hardy at Summerslam for the championship, a lot of focus still seems to be on Randy Orton and Jeff Hardy. While Orton has said he has erased Hardy and with Nakamura agreeing with that statement, it sounds like it is up in the air for what is going to happen at Summerslam. The mysterious aspect is intriguing, but there still should be build up for this considering there are only two weeks left before the PPV.
The Final Verdict
Both shows did their fair share of building up their brands matches at Summerslam. But, this week, Smackdown did a much better job this week than Raw did. We had a great promo from the WWE Champion AJ Styles, determined who will face the Bludgeon Brothers at Summerslam, and got a great backstage brawl segment with Daniel Bryan and the Miz. As for Raw, we just got matches that tried to push the build ups further, but to no avail. In conclusion, WWE needs to start doing more things to build up the Raw matches for Summerslam because Smackdown is hitting on all cylinders for their matches.
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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