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WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? February 25, 2019

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The Good

For Raw, the ending of their show this week was the best we have seen in a long time. The ending segment was for Ric Flair’s birthday. While waiting for Flair to come to the ring, Batista made his comeback and attacked Flair. He did this in order to get the attention of Triple H. This definitely is the starting to the build of a match between Batista and Triple H at Wrestlemania.


For Smackdown, they had two different returns on their show this week and both of them were pretty surprising. With that being said though, Kevin Owens’ return had a bigger impact. During the contract signing between Kofi Kingston and Daniel Bryan, Vince McMahon decided to change things up and have Owens replace Kingston instead. This came out of nowhere and really shook things up for the WWE Championship picture, which is really positive going towards Fastlane as well as Wrestlemania.


The Bad

For Raw, while the build for the rivalry between Finn Balor and Bobby Lashley hasn’t been bad, seeing the same match between Lio Rush and Finn Balor for the past three weeks has gotten a little overwhelming. While these two are able to work together pretty well, there can be different ways to build this rivalry than having the same match.

For Smackdown, the only thing missing from their show this week was something for the tag team championship. That was one of the first matches announced for Fastlane and yet WWE couldn’t find time to showcase it this week.

The Final Verdict

Both shows were really good this week. Surprise returns, solid matches, and proper time for most of the rivalries going forward. But, the shock factor for Batista as well as Roman Reigns returning is how Raw won this week. Both shows were solid from beginning to end, but Raw was able to hit on all cylinders this week. In conclusion, WWE’s road to Wrestlemania stories have been very intriguing and hopefully they can keep this momentum going into next week.

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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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