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WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? May 21, 2018

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The Good

For Raw, the main event between Finn Balor and Braun Strowman was a great match. It was a great battle of little guy versus big guy and Balor really pushed Strowman to his limits. This match made sense as well because both competitors are in the Money in the Bank ladder match so why not have them face off.  Strowman ended up winning and he has the most momentum going into the PPV.

For Smackdown, their main event was really great too! The match was between Jeff Hardy and Daniel Bryan with the winner facing Samoa Joe next week for a chance to get into the Money in the Bank ladder match. Both competitors went back and forth and Daniel Bryan ended up winning after putting on the heel hook (hopefully that is not his new finishing maneuver because the Yes Lock is great). What also made this great is Bryan had no time to celebrate because Samoa Joe came in the ring right after the match to let him know that he still has to deal with him.

The Bad

For Raw, the Bobby Lashley sisters segment was awful. The 1st interview where he mentioned his sisters was awful and this segment just made this whole storyline pitiful. It is a shame that Bobby Lashley’s comeback is being wasted on this.

For Smackdown, there really wasn’t anything too bad that happened on the show. If I had to point out maybe one bad thing, it would be the length of the match between Billie Kay and Lana. Lana ended up beating Kay in about a minute because of outside distractions, but I do not have a problem with Lana winning to help keep the idea of Rusev and Lana both winning the Money in the Bank ladder matches still in tact!

The Final Verdict

Overall, Smackdown had a great show this week while Raw had an average show this week. Smackdown focused heavily on Money in the Bank as well as next week’s show. The WWE championship match between AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura finally got a stipulation; we filled out a few more slots for the Money in the Bank ladder match, and the main event on their show was great! Raw, on the other hand, had a great main event, but also had some moments that felt like filler on their show. With that said, Smackdown had the better show this week. In conclusion, WWE is ramping up the intensity towards Money in the Bank and it will be interesting to see how they finish filling out the match card.

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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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