For Raw, all the segments with Brock Lesnar were very entertaining and showed us a side of Brock Lesnar we have yet to see. They actually emphasized his lack of caring for WWE and the show. This led to Kurt Angle threatening Paul Heyman that if he didn’t physically appear in the ring, then Heyman would be fired. Lesnar eventually came out but attacked Kurt Angle for calling him “The worst Universal Champion ever” and then struck fear into Paul Heyman by shoving his face towards Kurt Angle as he laid there. Great stuff here from Lesnar to highlight how facing off Roman Reigns over and over again takes away his care for the WWE.
For Smackdown, the back and forth promo between Daniel Bryan and the Miz was great. Daniel Bryan called out the Miz to come out and fight and the Miz obviously wanted no part of it. Instead, he was filming for his show and wanted Bryan to stop riding his coattails to still be relevant in the WWE. The match for Summerslam got proposed by Bryan, but Miz has yet to accept. This rivalry just keeps getting better and better between these two week after week and the match for Summerslam should have a big match feel for it.
For Raw, Apollo Crews defeated one of the members of the Authors of Pain and it only lasted about two minutes. Crews never had momentum going into this match and it already is making the AOP look kind of weak. AOP has already beaten Titus Worldwide as well so I have no idea what WWE is trying to implement here by making one of the best tag teams in NXT already losing early on their main roster appearances.
For Smackdown, I am not that big of a fan of involving Charlotte Flair back into the Women’s championship picture. WWE had a good story going of Becky Lynch winning week after week to show the momentum she has going into Summerslam and that it was finally her time to be back into the championship hunt. Now, the match is going to be a triple threat and hopefully this maybe leads to a more aggressive Lynch to show that she is not happy that Charlotte nosed her way into this match.
The Final Verdict
Both shows were pretty good this week as they both focused on Summerslam. Both shows focused on their main events and helped build up the other championship matches they plan to have on the PPV. Along with that, they had one on one matches that they focused on too. With all said though, I will have to say that Raw had the better show this week. The show just feels better and bigger when Lesnar is on it and it’s a shame that he is never there. Lesnar did some of his best work this week really looking selfish and not caring about the WWE. In the end, that is to try and get Roman Reigns cheered and it won’t work. But, I wouldn’t mind seeing this crazy Lesnar throughout the build up of this fight. In conclusion, Summerslam is starting to have its blueprints laid out and it is looking to be a great show!
WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? January 7, 2019
For Raw, the main event between Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose for the Intercontinental championship was a great match and a good way to end this rivalry and move forward with both competitors. Ambrose ended up winning after Bobby Lashley interfered and attacked Rollins. This made sense as the show opened with Rollins and Lashley brawling and these two have been at each other for the past few weeks. What’s really good to take out of this is now Rollins can focus on the Royal Rumble and Ambrose can focus on who is next contender is for his championship.
For Smackdown, the push for Shane McMahon and The Miz to go for the tag team championship was an entertaining way to help build this match up at the Royal Rumble. After Shane expressed aggressiveness and prove worthiness to earn a championship match, the Miz tried to impress him by going out there and challenging the Bar to that match by himself. The challenge was accepted and even though that isn’t what Shane meant, they are getting the match that wanted when they first formed.
For Raw, the Braun Strowman and Brock Lesnar “face to face” segment fell flat. Strowman struggled on his delivery of insults to Lesnar, and the “face to face” was more of just Lesnar walking around the ring over and over again without getting in Strowman’s face. At this point, anybody but Brock Lesnar needs to hold the Universal championship in order to give it a more important feel.
For Smackdown, there was nothing they had that was really too bad. Smackdown was able to give proper time for all the rivalries they are building up.
The Final Verdict
Smackdown has been hitting on all the right cylinders with their shows for a while now. Once they establish a championship match for the PPV, they give proper buildup and interesting scenarios for each one. Along with that, when Smackdown wants to build up a rivalry just for their show, they are able to do that effectively as well. While Raw does try to do the same, there segments and matches just don’t have the spark that Smackdown is able to deliver. So, with that said, Smackdown had the better show this week. In conclusion, the Royal Rumble is one of the big 4 PPV’s for the year of 2019 for WWE, and so far it looks like everything is going right for Smackdown while Raw is still trying to find their footing.
McKenzie Mitchell Announces Impact Wrestling Exit
Impact Wrestling backstage interviewer McKenzie Mitchell has officially announced her departure from the promotion.
Mitchell, who has been with the company since 2016, made the announcement in a lengthy post on her Instagram page:
Grateful. Changed. IMPACTed. Undoubtedly the most exhilarating and exciting experience of my life thus far. Words can’t describe my appreciation for @impactwrestling and company and all that I’ve learned with this experience. To my friends, family, and fans- you guys rock and are the reason why I love doing what I do each and every day. 2019 is a year of change and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.
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NXT Takeover: Blackpool Card
WWE is preparing for their upcoming NXT event, NXT Takeover: Blackpool, and after the airing of this week’s NXT, the full card is now in focus.
NXT UK’s first Takeover event hits the WWE Network, live from Blackpool, England, this Saturday.
Here is the card, at the time of this writing:
NXT UK Women’s Championship Match – Rhea Ripley (c) vs. Toni Storm
NXT UK Tag Team Championship Match – Moustache Mountain (Trent Seven and Tyler Bate) vs. Grizzled Young Veterans (Zack Gibson and James Drake)
WWE United Kingdom Championship Match – Pete Dunne (c) vs. Joe Coffey
No DQ Match – Dave Mastiff vs. Eddie Dennis
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