For Raw, we have some buildup to a big match for Summerslam. They had two separate triple threat matches and the winner of those matches would face off next week. The winner of that match will get to face Brock Lesnar at Summerslam for the Universal Championship. Roman Reigns and Bobby Lashley ended up winning those matches, meaning they will face off next week. While I did like both matches and they were entertaining, the end results are worrying me. We just saw Lashley beat Roman Reigns at Extreme Rules, and now we get to see this match again. When Lashley won that right there should’ve gave him the #1 contendership for the championship. But, now he has to try and beat Reigns again (which I doubt will happen) and we get to have the awful main event at Wrestlemania headline Summerslam.
For Smackdown, the memorial the Miz had for Team Hell No was entertaining, funny, and a great start to buildup the ongoing feud between Daniel Bryan and the Miz. He ran down team Hell No and played the “I told you so” bit before Daniel Bryan had heard enough and attacked him. The feud between these two has been going on for years, but we have yet to see them duel it out in the ring. Hopefully, this is the case and we get to see these two at Summerslam.
For Raw, I think we have seen enough of the Riot Squad versus Ember Moon. This match has happened three weeks in a row and it hasn’t really led to anything to escalate these competitors to keep fighting each other. We’ll see what WWE has planned for Ember Moon going forward but if it is to keep fighting the same person week after week, than her main roster debut isn’t going how it should be.
For Smackdown, they didn’t really have anything bad happen on their show. The only questionable match you could consider would be Samoa Joe versus Tye Dillinger. But, Joe attacked Dillinger when they were supposed to fight last week so it made sense that they fought this week. Along with that, since Joe win, hopefully this directs the pathway for him to face AJ Styles at Summerslam because that would be a match everyone wants to see.
The Final Verdict
Coming off of Extreme Rules, WWE needed to focus right onto Summerslam. Both brands were able to do that this week and really help lay out some blueprints for what we are going to see at the summer’s biggest PPV. With that said though, I will have to say that Smackdown had the better show this week. Every match made sense, they laid out some previews for matches we may see at Summerslam, and they had a great main event. Summerslam already looks to be a big PPV and in the next few weeks, WWE fans should really look forward to the slow buildup for all the matches going forward!
Mia Yim Returns to WWE: “I’m Ready to get My Retribution”
Mia Yim made her return to WWE during Monday Night RAW following her release from the company back on November 4th, 2021, during a segment between The O.C. and The Judgment Day, by attacking Rhea Ripley.
AJ Styles, Luke Gallows, and Karl Anderson had been looking for some help as they battle with the faction, and Ripley has been a factor in their battles. Now, Yim joins them to help neutralize Ripley.
Yim commented on her return during a backstage interview, and made reference to the former Retribution stable that spelled the end for many promising runs.
“Oh my gosh, it feels so good to be back. It took me a year to try and find myself but now I’m ready. I’m ready to go. I’m ready to kick some ass and get my retribution. But the boys are waiting on me so I’ll see ya later.”
— WWE (@WWE) November 8, 2022
WWE Announces Women’s Tag Team Title Tournament
Following the walkout of Sasha Banks and Naomi, who were at the time the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, details have been mum on what would go on with the vacated titles, but now there finally are some details to share.
With rumors that both Banks and Naomi will be returning to the company with Vince McMahon now in charge, the Women’s Tag Team titles are now back in the spotlight after going off the radar at the time of Banks’ and Naomi’s departures.
WWE has officially announced a new tournament to crown new Women’s Tag Team Champions that will finally begin on Raw this upcoming Monday.
While it seems to lineup the returns of Banks and Naomi, no official word has surfaced as of yet.
WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? May 7, 2019
For Raw, the main event between Kofi Kingston and Daniel Bryan in a Wrestlemania rematch was a good way to end their show. With this new “Wildcard Rule” being introduced at the beginning of Raw, this led to two Smackdown superstars main eventing a Raw show. While we will look into the “Wildcard Rule” later, the match between these two was back and forth and ended with Kingston retaining his championship. Kofi has all the momentum going into the Money in the Bank PPV, which is great considering he is the WWE Champion.
For Smackdown, after the Hardy Boyz had to forfeit their tag team championships due to injury, the match to determine the new champions was great. After Shane McMahon originally was going to give the titles to Daniel Bryan and Rowan, the Usos interrupted and stated that they should at least get the opportunity to earn them. Daniel Bryan and Rowan ended up winning, which is a positive sight moving forward because it will bring more attention to the division with these two as champions.
For Raw, even though things were good for the Usos on Smackdown, they were really bad on Raw. They came out during the Revival’s match and told them that they put Icey Hot on their ring attire. This led to bad acting and just an attempt at humor, which didn’t go well.
For Smackdown, while the Aleister Black promos have been good so far, they are starting to over welcome their stay. This has been going on for about a month, so hopefully we see him in the ring before he loses all momentum.
The Final Verdict
Both brands had interesting shows this week because this new “Wildcard Rule” was introduced. This “Wildcard Rule” means that four superstars from Raw will be on Smackdown and four Smackdown superstars will be on Raw every week. This idea does seem like a bad one though because it will take time away from superstars in their respective brand. Along with that, this is right after the Superstar Shakeup, which now feels completely pointless. As to who had the better show this week though, Smackdown had better matches and was still able to help put good build towards Money in the Bank. In conclusion, Money in the Bank is still about two weeks away, but proper time has been put into it and all the matches gain momentum in build week by week.
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