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WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? December 17, 2018

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The Good

For Raw, the Baron Corbin GM era on Raw is officially over. After losing to Braun Strowman at TLC, Corbin asked for one more opportunity to get the chance to be permanent GM. All of the McMahons decided to give him that chance, but it was a 4-on-1 no disqualification match against Kurt Angle, Apollo Crews, Bobby Roode, and Chad Gable. It was basically the same result as TLC as they all took turns hitting Corbin with a chair and then Angle pinned Corbin after an Angle Slam. Even though it was very similar to what happened at TLC, seeing a bad authority figure get what is coming to him is always entertaining.

For Smackdown, the tag match between AJ Styles and Mustafa Ali vs. Daniel Bryan and Andrade Almas was a solid main event and a good way to end their show. Each of these guys got to show their skills in their respective time and surprisingly, Mustafa Ali ended up pinning the WWE Champion for the win.

The Bad

For Raw, while it is nice to move forward with Ronda Rousey and her championship, having an hour long gauntlet match to determine who will face her next isn’t really the best way to go about it. This closed out the show and it just felt like it was dragging on after about half way through. In the end, Natalya ended up making Sasha Banks tap out to the sharpshooter and these two women will face off next week for the championship.

For Smackdown, for some reason, Paige was relieved of her duties of GM. This doesn’t really make sense as they didn’t really give a good reason as to why. This opened up the show as their McMahons promise to deliver new things going forward for both brands. Getting rid of somebody who was doing a great job like Paige in her role doesn’t seem like it will help though.

The Final Verdict

With both brands moving on from TLC, a shakeup is an interesting way to go immediately after the PPV. Along with that, with the Royal Rumble a few weeks away, it will be interesting to see how WWE integrates who goes where and how that plays a factor. In regards to this week though, I will have to say that Smackdown had the better show this week. A good main event, trying to bring other tag teams back to relevancy, and solid buildup for next weeks show make Smackdown still the better brand going forward for this shakeup. But, with new superstars arriving and some coming back, WWE has a lot in front of them going forward.

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AEW’s Nyla Rose Talks About Being Promotion’s 1st Transgender Wrestler

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All Elite Wrestling has already impressed with their ‘Double or Nothing’ event last month in Las Vegas, and their roster of professional wrestlers continue to make headlines with their matches, and the work they do on social media as well.

One AEW wrestler who is receiving the spotlight is Nyla Rose, the promotion’s first transgender wrestler, who is discussing her journey to AEW and her future.

“As much negativity that I do see, I do see much more love and acceptance,” Rose said, during an interview with Sports Illustrated. “It’s just that sadly negative things seem to get highlighted more than positive things.”

She continued, “”If I can bear the weight, if I can hold up all the hatred and everything and carry that on my back, I know that I’m strong enough to do it, If the people out there need to beat me up and I need to absorb that so that the next generation, the youth, can have an easier time, I gladly welcome that.”

“I’m really hoping to set the tone and set the pace and create that environment that’s going to fuel the next generation” Rose commented “Not just trans people, but inspire anybody to say, ‘Hey, these women lit that on fire. I want to be that. I want to do that.’”

“AEW has felt that I am worthy of a chance. All I can ask is that some of the people out there, the fans who might be a little bit tight-minded, just give me a chance to show you what I can do in the ring. That’s all.”

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NXT’s Adam Cole Discusses Creative Freedom

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NXT Champion Adam Cole is at the height of his success with the promotion, recently defeating Johnny Gargano in another instant classic to capture his first NXT Championship, and he is talking about how things go down in NXT.

Unlike much of the main roster, where promos are often scripted and comedy-acts are more common, Cole says that superstars in NXT get a bit more creative freedom, as he had with Gargano for their match.

“One of the coolest things about NXT is we have a ton of creative liberties to come up with the story and the vision we have for the match” Cole said, during an interview with TalkSport. “Of course, there’s input and advice given and there’s suggestions or, you know ‘we need something this way’ (but) we do have a lot of freedom, which is great.”

Cole added that he and Gargano came up with the format for their two out of three falls classic at NXT Takeover: New York.

 

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Scarlett Bordeaux Granted Release From Impact Wrestling

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Scarlett Bordeaux has been granted her release from Impact Wrestling.

Impact Wrestling confirmed that they have parted ways with the 28-year old Bordeaux.

“IMPACT Wrestling confirms that it has released Scarlett Bordeaux from her commitments to IMPACT” Impact Wrestling said in an official statement. “We wish her every success in her future endeavors.”

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