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WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? July 2, 2018

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The Good

For Raw, the counseling segments were pretty entertaining this week between Bayley and Sasha Banks. You can tell the build for this is slow and the fans do not know what direction this is heading, which is good. WWE is just getting started with the counseling between these two and it’ll be interesting to see what happens next.

For Smackdown, the main event between the reunited Team Hell No and the Usos was a great match. There was something on the line in this match too because if the Usos won, they would be added to the tag team championship match at Extreme Rules. Team Hell No ended up winning, meaning they will face the Bludgeon Brothers at Extreme Rules and with Daniel Bryan involved, it does feel like the tag team division is getting recognition it deserves.

The Bad

For Raw, how many weeks in a row are we going to see the same matches? Bobby Lashley and Roman Reigns vs. The Revival and Curtis Axel vs. Matt Hardy have been on our TV screens for the past three weeks. While I do understand trying to build up rivalries since most of these competitors are facing off against each other at Extreme Rules, there are other ways about building them up than just putting on the same match week after week.

For Smackdown, I still do not understand what they are trying to do with Andrade Almas. The former NXT Champion still has not had his match with Sin Cara and we haven’t seen him on TV for weeks. Hopefully, he is either the next one to answer one of Jeff Hardy’s open challenges or he finds somebody else to have a rivalry with because the anticipation to see what he can do for Smackdown is running thin.

The Final Verdict

Overall, both shows were pretty good this week. Both shows did a great job of building up their matches for Extreme Rules and have laid out groundwork for possible upcoming feuds as well. Both brands had segments that felt like they were going to fall flat, turn out pretty good (New Day’s pancake eating segment, Bayley and Sasha Banks counseling). With that said, I will have to say that Smackdown had the better show this week. A great main event, proper build up for the WWE Championship match, and a New Day segment that led to Xavier Woods getting put through a table are all solid reasons for why their brand had the better show. In conclusion, WWE has done a good job of building up for Extreme Rules. Hopefully, WWE keeps the momentum rolling into the PPV because the card looks good.

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Seth Rollins Talks Kenny Omega, Roman Reigns

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WWE superstar Seth Rollins, who just lost his Intercontinental Championship to Dean Ambrose at the WWE TLC PPV, was recently interviewed by Iridian Fierro of La Ley 107.9 and discussed a number of topics.

Rollins talked about his desire to eventually have a match with Kenny Omega, who is set to become a free agent in January and will likely be heavily pursued by WWE when he does so.

“I think I’m the absolute best and make no doubt about it, Kenny Omega is also one of the best in the world” Rollins said.

Rollins also said that he speaks to Roman Reigns once a week to see how he is doing as he battles leukemia.

You can hear the entire interview below:

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WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? December 10, 2018

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The Good

For Raw, their main event was between Seth Rollins and Baron Corbin in a TLC match for the Intercontinental championship and it was a great match to end the show. It had some crazy spots and was intriguing from start to finish. To make things even more interesting, Heath Slater’s story of him being a referee played into this as well and questions what lies ahead with him too. Rollins ended up winning so the championship match with Dean Ambrose at TLC is still on.

For Smackdown, the opening match between Daniel Bryan and Mustafa Ali was as good as it sounds. Along with that, they had a promo before their match started in where Daniel Bryan picked on Ali and ended up slapping him right in the face. Bryan ended up winning after applying the heel hook,which may be his new finishing submission since he has been doing that the past few weeks. After the match, Bryan proceeded to attack Ali even more on the entrance ramp, giving him all the momentum in his title match against AJ Styles.

The Bad

For Raw, it seems a little crazy that they are trying to embrace that their ratings are at an all time low. To open the show, Seth Rollins had some things to get off his chest towards Baron Corbin. In his rant,he stated that the ratings were at an all time low and that the recent shows have been bad because of Corbin. While it is a good way for management to look bad, it still looks bad to address the bad numbers and try to think of a bailout reason to address why that is.

For Smackdown, the rap battle between the Bar and the Usos was bad and good at the same time. While it was pretty humorous to see the Bar try their best Vanilla Ice impersonation, the whole concept of having a rap battle is what made it bad. While it did help build up the tag team championship match at TLC, their could’ve been another route WWE could’ve gone.

The Final Verdict

With TLC being this Sunday, both brands needed to put on good shows to get fans prepared for the PPV. Both shows did give a lot of time building it up, but things feel a lot smoother on Smackdown compared to Raw. Smackdown has done a really good job of putting time into their championship matches along with things just meant for their show. A prime example of this is giving proper build up for the WWE Championship match while at the same time wanting fans to turn in every week to see where things go for the Miz and Shane McMahon as the Miz keeps trying to get Shane on his side. Due to this,Smackdown had the better show this week and overall had a really good build for all of their matches at TLC. In conclusion, the matches for Smackdown have all the momentum going into TLC.

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Larry “The Axe” Hennig Dies at 82

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Former AWA, NWA, and WWE superstar Larry “The Axe” Hennig, father of WWE Hall of Famer Curt “Mr.Perfect” Hennig and grandfather of current WWE superstar Curtis Axel, has passed away at 82 following a lengthy illness and kidney failure.

WWE released the following statement regarding his passing:

“WWE is saddened to learn that legendary Superstar and Hennig family patriarch Larry “The Axe” Hennig passed away today at 82 years old following a long illness and kidney failure.

A five-time tag team champion in the AWA, Hennig entered the sports-entertainment world under the tutelage of Verne Gagne and crossed paths with some of the most illustrious performers of all time. Most famously, Hennig was among Bruno Sammartino’s challengers for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in the hallowed halls of Madison Square Garden.

Though his own career was cut short due to injury, Hennig’s legacy spanned another two generations thanks to his son, the late WWE Hall of Famer Mr. Perfect, and grandson, former Intercontinental Champion Curtis Axel.

WWE extends its condolences to Hennig’s family, friends and fans.”

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