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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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Adam Cole Discusses Troubling Injury Recovery

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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.

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Donovan Dijak Suffers Injury at NXT Vengeance Day

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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.”

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Tony Khan Open to AEW/WWE Crossover

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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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