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WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? August 6, 2018

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The Good

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.

The Bad

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.

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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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