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WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? March 26, 2019

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The Good

For Raw, the promo between Roman Reigns and Drew McIntyre to build up their match for Wrestlemania kept the momentum going for this rivalry. After McIntyre pleaded Reigns to come to the ring to give him an answer to his Wrestlemania challenge, Reigns came to ring, accepted the challenge, and started a brawl between the two. When Reigns was gaining the upper hand, McIntyre hit a low blow and stood tall. The match between these two is getting a lot of attention and has a big fight feel to it, which how a fight like this should be.

For Smackdown, the tag team gauntlet match to determine Kofi Kingston’s future at Wrestlemania was solid from start to finish. While the gauntlet match idea is starting to run its course for this story because they have done these the past few weeks, this should bring an ending to this story. Xavier Woods and Big E put the New Day on their back as they were able to beat out all the teams thrown at them. Now, we wait and see wait happens as Kofi Kingston is set to face Daniel Bryan at Wrestlemania for the WWE Championship. 

The Bad

For Raw,  the whole segment on a Moment of Bliss with Braun Strowman and the two actors from SNL was not good. First off, having these two guys from SNL compete in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal makes this match feel like WWE is not taking this seriously. Along with that, the delivery of all of this was just bad too. This is a match that won’t mean anything come Wrestlemania.

For Smackdown, we were told that we were going to have a fatal four way match to determine who would face Asuka at Wrestlemania. Instead, this match did not happen at all and Asuka defended her championship against Charlotte Flair this week. Surprisingly, Charlotte Flair won and really shakes things up for the main event triple threat match at Wrestlemania. While this is an intriguing way to go with the build up to the main event, Asuka’s championship run as a whole flopped, which is a shame considering how dominant she was in NXT.

The Final Verdict

Both brands continue to focus most of their time on the Wrestlemania matches. Some segments have been good, while others have been bad. As far as overall delivery this week, I will have to say that Smackdown had the better show this week. A feel good ending with the Kofi Kingston story, an added stipulation to the Miz versus Shane McMahon match, and a new women’s champion are why they were able to have the better show. Smackdown was due for a really good show and with all this new information going forward to Wrestlemania, it will be interesting to see how each one is handled.

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Will Ospreay Has Been Contacted by WWE

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New Japan Pro Wrestling superstar and current  IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion Will Ospreay has confirmed that he has been contacted by WWE and revealed that it is something that he is considering.

Ospreay also mentioned some of the WWE names he would be interested in facing if he were to find himself in WWE.

“I’ve been approached by them, so I have a lot to think about” he said, according to Tokyo Sports. “I’ve mentioned Seth Rollins‘ name many times… Also, considering my history, it would be a dream to fight Ricochet again. I think that because I think we have become completely different wrestlers than when we fought in the past.”

Ospreay has competed for AEW, Progress Wrestling, Rev Pro, and Ring of Honor throughout his career, among others.

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Colt Cabana Feared For His Job in AEW Following CM Punk’s Arrival

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Colt Cabana reportedly feared for his job at AEW after the company brought in CM Punk back in August 2021. Punk and Cabana had a nasty falling out, and Cabana saw his appearances on TV for AEW dwindle, something that many speculated was Punk’s doing.

During his Keeping it 100 podcast, Konnan recalled a meeting with Cabana during an AEW event where they discussed Punk.

“When I saw Colt Cabana backstage, I remember asking him, ‘So what’s up with you now that Punk is back?’ He was like, ‘Yeah, man” Konnan said (h/t WrestlingNews). “We’re not really talking.’ I go, ‘Come on, dude. After all these years, you guys were boys’ He said, ‘Yeah, man. He just won’t talk to me.’ He would kind of look around, like, he knew [he was going to be fired.]”

Since then, Punk has been suspended by AEW with his firing (or contract buyout) expected in the future, while Cabana has recently returned to AEW television.

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AJ Styles Praises John Cena’s In-Ring Work

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AJ Styles made his debut for WWE during the 2016 Royal Rumble and was immediately thrust into some dream matchups following the event, with the likes of future Hall of Famers such as Chris Jericho and John Cena.

Styles has had a successful run during his WWE tenure, and is now engaged in a feud along with his O.C. faction with The Judgment Day.

Styles recently participated in an interview with ‘The Halftime Show’ and talked about how Cena impressed him with his in-ring work.

“A guy that surprised me with how good he was in the ring would be John Cena” Styles said (h/t Fightful). “John is not known for being a technical mastermind in the ring, but he’s pretty good. I had some of my better matches against this guy.

“His mind for how everything needs to work and transition-wise. He’s just good. He knows what he’s doing. It’s one of those things were you thought, ‘I’m the superior wrestler in the ring,’ but once you get in there with John Cena, you realize, ‘Well, okay, I didn’t know that. Let’s keep going.’

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