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WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? June 18, 2018

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The Good

For Raw, the opening segment with Alexa Bliss and Ronda Rousey was an awesome way to carry over from the PPV. Bliss came out and bragged about her accomplishment in cashing in the Money in the Bank contract, etc. Then, Rousey came out to confront Bliss and it caused absolute chaos. She took out Bliss, attacked Kurt Angle and WWE officials, and topped it off by putting Bliss through a table. Due to these actions, Rousey got suspended for 30 days, but we all know that when she gets back, she has some unfinished business to attend to.

For Smackdown, the gauntlet match to determine who would face AJ Styles at Extreme Rules was great from start to finish. Rusev ended up winning the gauntlet, which was a bit of a surprise, but it should get fans excited for this match for the upcoming PPV. The best match out of this gauntlet though was the opener between Big E and Daniel Bryan. These two beat the hell out of each other and put on one of the best matches of the year. Overall, this was great booking by WWE for this layout from beginning to the end.

The Bad

For Raw, they had a few matches that felt like filler on their show, but at the same time I can understand why they needed to have these matches because they do need to figure out what to do with a few superstars after the PPV. Names like Jinder Mahal and Bobby Roode come up because they basically had jobber matches this week. Mahal is moving on from Roman Reigns and Bobby Roode is still lost on the roster so WWE is trying to figure out where to go with him from here. Maybe a rivalry between the two start up, either way, when the roster has that much star power, some may get lost.

For Smackdown, the only match that didn’t really have any meaning behind it during their show was the match between Becky Lynch and Billie Kay. Lynch is trying to bounce back from the Money in the Bank loss and she was able to against Kay. It just leaves questions on where to go with Lynch from here, which hopefully can get answered in the next few weeks if they’re going to put on her display.

The Final Verdict

Both shows were really entertaining this week. Raw had a surprise championship change when Ziggler defeated Seth Rollins for the Intercontinental championship as well as had a great opening segment. Smackdown hosted a fantastic gauntlet match and helped layout a few rivalries going forward. With that said though, the brand that made the best out of their time given this week, Smackdown had the better show. Not only was their main event great, but they debuted SaNity, helped push more towards a Jeff Hardy versus Shinsuke Nakamura rivalry, and left questions about where Daniel Bryan goes from here. Overall, both shows were very great coming out of the PPV, hopefully WWE keeps this pace up going into Extreme Rules.

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Mia Yim Returns to WWE: “I’m Ready to get My Retribution”

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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.”

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WWE Announces Women’s Tag Team Title Tournament

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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.

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WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? May 7, 2019

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The Good

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.

The Bad

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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