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WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? January 21, 2019



The Good

For Raw, the match between Seth Rollins and Drew McIntyre to help build up the Royal Rumble was a great match. It will be likely these two will be near the end of the Royal Rumble match so this was a great preview for what is to come. Rollins ended up winning after a surprise roll up, which is great for him having lots of momentum going into the Royal Rumble.

For Smackdown, the ending of their show was awesome. The main event was Rey Mysterio vs. Andrade again, but this time, it was a two out of three falls match. The innovation and chemistry these two have in the ring is incredible. The series was tied 1-1 and when it looked like Mysterio was going to win this bout, Samoa Joe interfered. He attacked both superstars to make a statement in regards to the Royal Rumble. What made this so great though was when Joe was on the mic, Randy Orton hit an RKO out of nowhere.

The Bad

For Raw, while Elias and Baron Corbin were able to put on a pretty good match this week, this is something we have seen for way too long. It was even mentioned by the announce team that this had been going on for months. While some rivalries are able to pull that off, these two can only do it for so long because it has felt like it has been going on since halfway through 2018. 

For Smackdown, the only downside that occurred on their show this week was the lack of build up to the United States Championship match. Smackdown seemed to have time to build up every match for the PPV as well as matches on their show. So, it doesn’t seem understandable on why they wouldn’t put time for that match too.

The Final Verdict

With these being the go home shows before the Royal Rumble, both brands were able to put on great shows. From start to finish, they were able to build the PPV as well as put on good matches. As far as who put on a better quality show, it feels like Smackdown had the better show this week. A great segment for the WWE Championship match, an incredible main event, and an even better ending is why they were able to have the better show. In conclusion, WWE  seemed to hit all the right notes for both brands in the build up for the Royal Rumble so hopefully we get to see more of this in 2019.

New Japan Pro Wrestling

Will Ospreay Has Been Contacted by WWE



Will Ospreay

New Japan Pro Wrestling superstar and current  IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion Will Ospreay has confirmed that he has been contacted by WWE and revealed that it is something that he is considering.

Ospreay also mentioned some of the WWE names he would be interested in facing if he were to find himself in WWE.

“I’ve been approached by them, so I have a lot to think about” he said, according to Tokyo Sports. “I’ve mentioned Seth Rollins‘ name many times… Also, considering my history, it would be a dream to fight Ricochet again. I think that because I think we have become completely different wrestlers than when we fought in the past.”

Ospreay has competed for AEW, Progress Wrestling, Rev Pro, and Ring of Honor throughout his career, among others.

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All Elite Wrestling

Colt Cabana Feared For His Job in AEW Following CM Punk’s Arrival



Colt Cabana

Colt Cabana reportedly feared for his job at AEW after the company brought in CM Punk back in August 2021. Punk and Cabana had a nasty falling out, and Cabana saw his appearances on TV for AEW dwindle, something that many speculated was Punk’s doing.

During his Keeping it 100 podcast, Konnan recalled a meeting with Cabana during an AEW event where they discussed Punk.

“When I saw Colt Cabana backstage, I remember asking him, ‘So what’s up with you now that Punk is back?’ He was like, ‘Yeah, man” Konnan said (h/t WrestlingNews). “We’re not really talking.’ I go, ‘Come on, dude. After all these years, you guys were boys’ He said, ‘Yeah, man. He just won’t talk to me.’ He would kind of look around, like, he knew [he was going to be fired.]”

Since then, Punk has been suspended by AEW with his firing (or contract buyout) expected in the future, while Cabana has recently returned to AEW television.

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AJ Styles Praises John Cena’s In-Ring Work



AJ Styles made his debut for WWE during the 2016 Royal Rumble and was immediately thrust into some dream matchups following the event, with the likes of future Hall of Famers such as Chris Jericho and John Cena.

Styles has had a successful run during his WWE tenure, and is now engaged in a feud along with his O.C. faction with The Judgment Day.

Styles recently participated in an interview with ‘The Halftime Show’ and talked about how Cena impressed him with his in-ring work.

“A guy that surprised me with how good he was in the ring would be John Cena” Styles said (h/t Fightful). “John is not known for being a technical mastermind in the ring, but he’s pretty good. I had some of my better matches against this guy.

“His mind for how everything needs to work and transition-wise. He’s just good. He knows what he’s doing. It’s one of those things were you thought, ‘I’m the superior wrestler in the ring,’ but once you get in there with John Cena, you realize, ‘Well, okay, I didn’t know that. Let’s keep going.’

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