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WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? June 4, 2018

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The Good

For Raw, the opening segment and match between Elias, Jinder Mahal, Seth Rollins, and Roman Reigns was all great stuff. Elias always knows how to get the crowd riled up and he did that to start the show off and say that he will beat Seth Rollins at Money in the Bank. Then, Rollins came out and started a brawl which led to the tag match between the four competitors. The match was great and it led to a shock ending as Elias pinned Rollins. Overall, these two rivalries are the only matches that Raw is putting in the proper buildup for.

For Smackdown, the contract signing between AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura was a great segment to help build up for this match. Unlike most contract signings, this one was backstage, which I am a fan of because it helped build the tension between these two. WWE has been lacking on giving the WWE Championship matches that “big match” feel recently, but they redeemed themselves here with this segment. With this match finally getting the proper buildup it deserves, this match now feels like a big deal.

The Bad

For Raw, the six women tag match between the Riot Squad and Sasha Banks, Ember Moon, and Alexa Bliss was really senseless. For starters, it makes no sense for Alexa Bliss to team up with Moon and Banks since they both have had problems with her. Along with that, Bliss left the match early with an “injury” so Bayley just decides to show up and win the match for them. Thankfully, Baron Corbin, who is now an associate of the Authority, made the referee overturn the decision, which angered Banks and Moon towards Bayley. The Bayley-Banks storyline has so many holes now that people have stopped really caring about it now.

For Smackdown, the tag team championship rivalry could’ve gotten more time this week. They had a singles match between Luke Harper and Karl Anderson and the match was only about three minutes long. Even though it got the point across that Anderson and Gallows could win at Money in the Bank, more than just three minutes would’ve helped make Anderson beating Harper feel like more of an upset.

The Final Verdict

Smackdown Live has recently been on a roll with their shows. They are putting in the time to build up each one of the rivalries they have going into the PPV and doing a good job at it as well. While Raw on the other hand, has lots of flaws in some of their buildup towards the PPV. A great example of this is Ronda Rousey and Nia Jax. Last week, Jax bullies a jobber and then this week she fights Natalya and hurts her and now is sympathetic towards her? Due to improper buildup from Raw, Smackdown had the better show again this week. In conclusion, Smackdown is doing the right things to build up the PPV, while it feels like Raw is just going with the flow and not putting in the proper storytelling to build up their matches.

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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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