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WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? May 7, 2018

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The Good

For Raw, even though we have seen this matchup multiple times the past few weeks, the match between Braun Strowman and Kevin Owens was a great way to start off Raw. Strowman ended up winning to solidify his spot in the Money in the Bank ladder match. Strowman is on an absolute roll right now and he deserves to be in the ladder match.

For Smackdown, they surprised me this week when they had Rusev beat Daniel Bryan to get a spot in the Money in the Bank ladder match. Usually when Rusev is put in a big spotlight, he tends to lose so the fact that he actually beat a big name like Daniel Bryan and now he has the chance to win money in the bank is exciting. As far as Daniel Bryan, it looks like him and Big Cass are not done yet.

The Bad

For Raw, the sit down interview with Bobby Lashley was awful. All we learned from this interview was that he grew up with three sisters. We never found out why he is back in WWE or who he would like to fight. This segment could’ve been a great way to show why Bobby Lashley is back, but instead we just learned about his family and made no progression towards that.

For Smackdown, I didn’t understand the purpose of the match between Mandy Rose and Becky Lynch. I thought that this would be a Money in the Bank qualifying match, but instead it was just a match. This match did help establish that Mandy Rose can handle being by herself, which is good to see, but it shouldn’t come at a time where it feels like filler on the show.

The Final Verdict

I’ll be honest, Monday Night Raw was not a good show this week. While they did focus on Money in the Bank and had some qualifying matches, most of what they featured on their show fell flat. The Bobby Lashley interview was a letdown, we had one too many phone selfie promos, and we saw Bobby Roode versus Elias for the 100th time. Smackdown, on the other hand, featured two great Money in the Bank qualifying matches, and still focused on the main rivalry for their brand between AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura. With that said, Smackdown definitely had the better show this week. With Money in the Bank building up week after week, it will be interesting to see who fills out the rest of the 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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