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WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? January 14, 2019

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The Good

For Raw, their main event had a lot of big names and they all lived up to the hype to put on a great match. This match had big implications as it was a fatal four way between Drew McIntyre, Finn Balor, John Cena, and Baron Corbin to determine who would face Brock Lesnar at the Royal Rumble. Finn Balor ended up winning the match and now he finally gets to fight for the belt that he never lost in the first place. 

For Smackdown, usually repeat matches aren’t embraced, but the match between Andrade and Rey Myserio was better than it was last week. Crazy move combinations, reversals, and very close pin falls made this match epic. This match already may be considered one of the best of the year. Andrade ended up winning too, which is great for him early in 2019.

The Bad

For Raw, the moment of Bliss segment was all over the place and didn’t really give much to Raw overall. For starters, Paul Heyman was trying to help build up the main event since he represents Lesnar, but then one of the members from Heavy Machinery came out, only to make grunting noises. This went on for about 30 seconds and completely ruined the overall segment.

For Smackdown, while some do not mind the whole soap opera type drama between Mandy Rose and Naomi, others also don’t like where this is going. It all started with Mandy giving Jimmy the key to her hotel, which led to the hotel room where a fight broke out. Rose and Naomi have a match next week to help settle this so all the build up for it is paying off for an end.

The Final Verdict

Since 2019 has started, both shows have a very different edge and feel to them. This includes having more people backstage in segments, introducing new matchups, and somewhat giving the people what they want. With all that said, I will have to say that Raw had the better show this week. A great main event, a new Intercontinental champion, and having a new challenger against Brock Lesnar at the Royal Rumble are all things to really consider what is in store for the road to Wrestlemania. While Smackdown did have another good show, Raw is finally starting to mesh well with what is new for 2019. 

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WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? April 16, 2019

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The Good

For Raw, they got the best addition from the shakeup to their show, which was AJ Styles. After Styles really made his mark on Smackdown, it seemed like WWE creative was running out of ideas of what to do with Styles on Smackdown. So, having him on Raw is really intriguing now and it should be interesting to see what the future holds for him on Raw.  

For Smackdown, their biggest addition from the shakeup was Roman Reigns and the way they introduced him to the show was entertaining. After Vince McMahon announced that the “biggest addition in Smackdown history” was Elias, Roman Reigns interrupted and ended up clearing out the ring and declaring that Smackdown is his yard now. Reigns needed a change of scenery after being on Raw for few years, so this is something the WWE universe should be excited for.

The Bad

For Raw, while it was great to see an NXT tag team called up, the name they gave him is horrible. Formerly known as the War Raiders, who are the current NXT tag team champions were called up to Monday nights. But, they decided to change their name to the Viking Experience, which is one of the worst name changes in WWE history.

For Smackdown, they had a match between Carmella and Charlotte Flair and this felt like filler. After all the new names that they brought onto Smackdown during the shakeup for the women’s division, they could have had one of them in this match instead of putting them all together in the 8-women tag match that was featured on the show later. 

The Final Verdict

For these being the superstar shakeup episodes, both shows felt a little underwhelming. While we are able to think of the possibility of matchups that we will see in the future because of this shakeup, the introduction of these new names felt like they should have been a bigger deal. Along with that, it seemed like WWE either was confused on how to handle some of these shakeups or they purposely wanted to confuse the fans. A prime example is how Finn Balor went to Smackdown with the Intercontinental championship. Since this was introduced to us on Smackdown, is there no secondary belt now on Raw? Or did Samoa Joe just automatically move to Raw because he currently was holding the original secondary belt on Smackdown? Overall, as to who had the better show, I will have to say that Raw had the better show. The additions of the Miz, the Usos, Rey Mysterio, Andrade, AJ Styles, and Naomi are all new faces that were due for this. In conclusion, while the shakeup could’ve been handled better, the future should be intriguing as WWE prepares to fully move on from Wrestlemania.

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AEW Signs CIMA

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All Elite Wrestling has announced his latest signing.

The Khan-family backed promotion has officially announced that they have signed Dragon Gate superstar CIMA to a contract following the announcement of his involvement with the ‘Double or Nothing’ event.

The announcement came during the latest episode of ‘Being The Elite.’

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Matt Hardy Responds to John Oliver’s WWE Segment

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John Oliver, host of HBO’s popular ‘Last Week Tonight’, took WWE to task in a recent episode over their lack of healthcare for their performers, bringing a dark element of the treatment of WWE superstars to light.

Since then, wrestlers have spoken out, both in support of Oliver’s segment and coming to the defense of WWE.

One of those coming to WWE’s defense is WWE superstar and future Hall of Famer Matt Hardy, who praised WWE and how far they have come over the years.

“When I first started here [1997/1998] the locker room, everything was like the wild wild west then” Hardy said in an interview with FOX Sports (h/t Wrestling Inc). ”  The change that has happened in those 20-plus years has been unreal. I mean, now the drug testing is very stringent. … You have to be here, and you have to be good and you have to be on top of your game. You have to be a professional. The physicals they do as far as cardiovascular and just checking you over and over — [there have] been several guys they caught that have had serious [health] issues that could have been life threatening if they didn’t catch it here, and just the way they take care of you. “

“Every surgery I ever had, WWE has paid for. They’re very faithful and very good about that. It’s just some of the stuff that the John talked about was kind of passé, kind of outdated because now they really do [take care of wrestlers’ health]. They take care of everything especially stuff that happens in house. As far as the whole health insurance thing, that’s kind of a different argument, because we do a different gig in many many ways. But WWE has never done anything but be great to me.

“They’ve taking care of me in every capacity, every front. And they’ve given me a great life. I mean one of the characters I play is ‘Big Money’ Matt, who’s like this millionaire that’s been around for a long time, and you know there’s a lot of truth to it in some ways, and I wouldn’t have that persona and I wouldn’t have the great life that I have right now if it wasn’t for WWE.”

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