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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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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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