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WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? July 30, 2018

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The Good

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.

The Bad

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!

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Malakai Black Released from AEW, Pulled from Upcoming Appearances

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Malakai Black’s time in AEW is at an end, as he has received a conditional release this week after he requested a full release earlier this year, and now Black will be officially pulled from upcoming appearances.

Black was scheduled for the upcoming Northeast Wrestling show on Friday where he was set to face Matt Taven. Jay Lethal and Enzo Amore, but the promotion announced that Black was pulled from the event due to “health issues”.

AEW President Tony Khan stated earlier this summer that Black “has almost five years left on his deal. I wouldn’t expect him going anywhere anytime soon.” However, his release likely came with a non-compete clause to prevent him from jumping back to WWE, where he is likely heading once his personal issues are addressed.

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CM Punk Out 6-8 Months, Needs Surgery

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CM Punk will be out of action for considerable time, and it may also mark an end to his run in AEW.

After defeating Jon Moxley to reclaim the AEW World Championship, Punk made some harsh comments during the post-event media scrum that prompted a backstage altercation involving AEW superstars The Young Bucks and Kenny Omega, who have since been suspended.

Punk was injured during his match with Moxley, and while he may be out for considerable time, he also could be ultimately fired from the company. AEW stripped Punk of the World Championship on Wednesday’s edition of AEW Dynamite.

“Punk’s out for eight months, or whatever it’s going to be, six months/eight months, whatever” according to Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio. “If he’s not let go, and a lot of people don’t want him back.”

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Christian Cage Out Several Months

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AEW continues to deal with the injury bug and you can now add Christian Cage to the list, as he is expected to miss 6 to 9 months due to injury, according to the Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer.

Per the report: “His injury may be the exact same injury as [CM] Punk. So we’re talking again like an eight-month-ish, six-to-nine months of being out.”

Cage was part of a short match at AEW All Out against Jungle Boy, shockingly defeating him with a spear and a killswitch in just 33 seconds. Jungle Boy was attacked by Luchasaurus just before the match began.

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