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WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? November 19, 2018

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The Good

For Raw, it is actually interesting and funny to see where they are going with the Authors of Pain. After Drake Mavericks “accident” at Survivor Series, WWE had a segment where other tag teams were making fun of Maverick. One team that angered Maverick was Bobby Roode and Chad Gable, which led to a match. Roode and Gable ended up winning pretty quickly in their match and they now look to be in line next for a championship match. While potty humor is childish to some fans, others found it funny. But, overall, it helps give Maverick a reason to unleash AOP on tag teams going forward.

For Smackdown, the main event was between Rey Mysterio and Randy Orton and it was a great match and left fans wanting more. After a back and forth match, Orton ended up winning after hitting a 2nd RKO on Mysterio. After the match, Orton then kept attacking Mysterio and ripped off his mask. This is intriguing because now we wait and see what Mysterio is going to do for payback.

The Bad

For Raw, for what feels like the 3rd week in a row, we had the Lucha House Party versus the Revival, with the same result of LHP winning. While I do understand trying to build up a new tag team in the division, there are better ways than to build them up every week at the expense of the Revival.

For Smackdown, it is really confusing what they are trying to do with Charlotte Flair. After explaining her attack on Ronda Rousey at Survivor Series, she then had a match against both of the IIconics. While they are pushing this idea that Charlotte now is ruthless and thinks she is the best, this sounds very similar to what they did with Becky Lynch, but it just doesn’t have the firepower that Lynch had when she changed her attitude.

The Final Verdict

Each brand had a lot in front of them going forward. While both brands prepare for TLC, each show had to spend respectable time on which rivalries they are going to push for this PPV as well as still focus on the fallout of Survivor Series. For Raw, they did a good job of focusing on Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose as well as Baron Corbin versus Braun Strowman. But, as far as Ronda Rousey, they are trying to balance out focusing on her match with Nia Jax as well as what happens next between her and Charlotte Flair. As for Smackdown, they have a WWE Championship rematch between AJ Styles and Daniel Bryan and that’s about it, so they need to push some ideas going forward. With that said, I will have to say that Raw had the better show this week. They were able to build up TLC better than Smackdown was this week. But, with Smackdown having to come up with a few more matches for the PPV, I expect their build to increase these next few weeks.

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AEW’s Nyla Rose Talks About Being Promotion’s 1st Transgender Wrestler

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All Elite Wrestling has already impressed with their ‘Double or Nothing’ event last month in Las Vegas, and their roster of professional wrestlers continue to make headlines with their matches, and the work they do on social media as well.

One AEW wrestler who is receiving the spotlight is Nyla Rose, the promotion’s first transgender wrestler, who is discussing her journey to AEW and her future.

“As much negativity that I do see, I do see much more love and acceptance,” Rose said, during an interview with Sports Illustrated. “It’s just that sadly negative things seem to get highlighted more than positive things.”

She continued, “”If I can bear the weight, if I can hold up all the hatred and everything and carry that on my back, I know that I’m strong enough to do it, If the people out there need to beat me up and I need to absorb that so that the next generation, the youth, can have an easier time, I gladly welcome that.”

“I’m really hoping to set the tone and set the pace and create that environment that’s going to fuel the next generation” Rose commented “Not just trans people, but inspire anybody to say, ‘Hey, these women lit that on fire. I want to be that. I want to do that.’”

“AEW has felt that I am worthy of a chance. All I can ask is that some of the people out there, the fans who might be a little bit tight-minded, just give me a chance to show you what I can do in the ring. That’s all.”

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NXT’s Adam Cole Discusses Creative Freedom

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NXT Champion Adam Cole is at the height of his success with the promotion, recently defeating Johnny Gargano in another instant classic to capture his first NXT Championship, and he is talking about how things go down in NXT.

Unlike much of the main roster, where promos are often scripted and comedy-acts are more common, Cole says that superstars in NXT get a bit more creative freedom, as he had with Gargano for their match.

“One of the coolest things about NXT is we have a ton of creative liberties to come up with the story and the vision we have for the match” Cole said, during an interview with TalkSport. “Of course, there’s input and advice given and there’s suggestions or, you know ‘we need something this way’ (but) we do have a lot of freedom, which is great.”

Cole added that he and Gargano came up with the format for their two out of three falls classic at NXT Takeover: New York.

 

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Scarlett Bordeaux Granted Release From Impact Wrestling

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Scarlett Bordeaux has been granted her release from Impact Wrestling.

Impact Wrestling confirmed that they have parted ways with the 28-year old Bordeaux.

“IMPACT Wrestling confirms that it has released Scarlett Bordeaux from her commitments to IMPACT” Impact Wrestling said in an official statement. “We wish her every success in her future endeavors.”

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