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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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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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