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WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? October 1, 2018

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The Good

For Raw, the ending segment to build up the Triple H versus the Undertaker match was awesome. It started off with Shawn Michaels emphasizing that he thinks Triple H will win and that if Kane interferes, then he will step in and take care of that. This led to the Brothers of Destruction coming out to attack Michaels, only for Triple H to come out to save him. This led to a brawl that left the Brothers of Destruction standing tall after a double chokeslam. Segments like this are simple, but really help build up this fight and fans should soak this in as this will be the last time these two legends go at it.

For Smackdown, the brawl between Randy Orton and Tye Dillinger was quick, entertaining, and got a point across. Dillinger wanted revenge after Orton attacked Dillinger during his United States Championship match against Shinsuke Nakamura last week. Paige gave in and gave Dillinger a match against Orton. The fight between these two only lasted a few minutes, but they beat the heck out of each other. Orton ended up winning this brawl by going to his sadistic ways and put Dillinger’s finger between the turnbuckles, and bent it backwards. Not only does it question where this goes from here, but it’s a great story having Orton break one of Dillinger’s fingers considering he always uses his 10 fingers for his 10 gimmick.

The Bad

For Raw, the whole the Shield vs. Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler, and Drew McIntyre has ran its course and isn’t really intriguing as it once was. Each member of the Shield faced off against a member of the other trio and two out of the three matches involved interference in the match. Having these teams brawl a few times before their match is entertaining. But, when this happens every week, it starts to get stale.

For Smackdown, the lack of programming for the United States Championship doesn’t make any sense. Since Shinsuke Nakamura has won it, he has only defended it twice and has only been on Smackdown maybe three or four times total. I was hoping that maybe they would give off the possibility of an open challenge at Super Showdown, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.

The Final Verdict

With this begin the go home show before Super Showdown, but brands had to advertise a lot for this PPV and get the last build up for it. Both shows were really good this week and should’ve gotten fans excited for the PPV. But, between these two, I will have to say that Raw had the better show this week.  Raw had a great closing segment, a great promo with Elias that had some of the loudest booing I have heard in a while, and actually put the Authors of Pain to smart usage! Smackdown had a great show this week, but the lack of the United States championship hurts them week by week. Overall, Super Showdown should be a solid PPV because all of the matches on this card got the proper buildup.

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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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Tetsuya Naito Posts Video Aimed at Chris Jericho

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With Chris Jericho set to defend his IWGP Intercontinental Championship against Tetsuya Naito at Wrestle Kingdom 13, the trash talk has started.

Naito posted the following video, via New Japan Pro Wrestling’s official YouTube channel, where he mocks the future WWE Hall of Famer.

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Kevin Owens Likely to Return In March

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WWE Superstar Kevin Owens is slated to make his return to the ring sometime in March, but despite his timetable making him available for WrestleMania 35, it is still unclear if WWE has plans for Owens at Mania.

Owens is still recovering from surgery and WWE may be hesitant in putting him a big angle for WrestleMania, opting instead to hold off on his official return to the ring until after WrestleMania 35, perhaps at the Monday Night RAW following the event.

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