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.
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.
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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