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WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? October 22, 2018

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The Good

For Raw, Dean Ambrose turning on Seth Rollins after what was a really emotional show was one of the more shocking moments in WWE. After winning the Raw tag team championship from Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre, Ambrose gave Rollins a dirty deeds and beat him up badly just moments after they won. The crowd was left stunned and it left so many questions going into next week.

For Smackdown, the segment and match between Rey Mysterio and the Miz was great and helped build up the “Best in the World” tournament occurring at Crown Jewel. The Miz threw some shade at Mysterio questioning his comeback, only for Mysterio to challenge the Miz to a match. The match happened and it was good from start to finish and ended when Mysterio won when he hit the 619.

The Bad

For Raw, there was a fatal four way match between Nia Jax, Ember Moon, Dana Brooke, and Tamina and this felt like filler and put together at the last second in order to build up the women’s battle royal at Evolution. The match was quick and really was all about Ember Moon since she has the biggest upside going into Evolution.

For Smackdown, there was supposed to be a tag match with Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville versus Naomi and Asuka, but it just led to other women superstars coming out before the match could start and led to a brawl. While this was to build up the women’s battle royal at Evolution, there are better ways to doing this than having everybody come out at once and get five seconds to say why they will win.

The Final Verdict

Roman Reigns truly shocked the WWE Universe when he announced that he has to relinquish his Universal Championship because he is battling leukemia. This was very emotional and left the WWE to make some decisions going forward. Due to this, Braun Strowman and Brock Lesnar will go one-on-one at Crown Jewel for the Universal Championship now. With Evolution this Sunday, a lot of focus was on this PPV too and both shows did a pretty good job of building it up. Overall, I would have to say that Raw had the better show this week. There is a lot to process after this week’s Raw compared to Smackdown and it will be interesting to see what happens going forward.

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Tye Dillinger Requests Release from WWE

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Tye Dillinger is ready to move on from WWE, and has officially asked for his release from the company.

Dillinger has been sparingly used since his call up from NXT almost 2 years ago, and with the rise of other promotions, and the launch of AEW, it’s no surprise that Dillinger has decided to go elsewhere.

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Lio Rush Backstage Reputation

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WWE superstar Lio Rush has been in the middle of a confusing wrinkle in his association with Bobby Lashley, who seems to be done with Rush, but still teaming with him.

Lashley attacked Rush following Fin Balor pinning Rush in their handicapped match at Elimination Chamber, which cost Lashley his Intercontinental Championship despite not being pinned.

It’s been an interesting direction for Rush’s character, and according to PWInsider’s Mike Johnson (h/t WrestlingNews.co) Rush may have a reputation backstage.

“It appears Lio Rush is done with Bobby Lashley. I can tell you behind the scenes there were not a lot of people surprised at that and not a lot of people surprised that Lio took the pin. There are times Lio has a reputation for rubbing people, including other workers, the wrong way. Whether that was being held against him and that was part of the reasoning for him losing or whether it was just a decision to protect Lashley and shift the belt to Finn Balor, I guess we’ll have to see based on how Lio is presented in the weeks and months to come.”

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D-Generation X, with Chyna, to be Inducted in WWE Hall of Fame

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Chyna will finally get recognized and honored as a WWE Hall of Famer.

According to ESPN, Degeneration-X will be officially inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2019.

Shawn Michaels, Triple H, The New Age Outlaws, X-Pac, and Chyna will all be inducted. It will mark Michaels’ second induction into the Hall of Fame.

“I think it’s the most meaningful for us all to go in together and to be recognized together,” Tripe H said, according to ESPN. “Because I think both groups were [just] as impactful.”

“It’s a funny thing, because DX was something that, before Kevin [Nash] and Scott [Hall] left, at the time we all talked about using ‘The Kliq’ as it was — kind of morphing that into television, since it was so out there anyways,” said Levesque. “But things worked out the way they did — they left, and the timing was right.”

“Shawn and I still wanted to do it. Vince saw the value in it, I guess, and finally let us go at it, by that point in time I was looking for a heater, and we had brought Chyna.”

Triple H went on to say Chyna deserved to be in the Hall of Fame.

“Look, people believe what they want to believe. When I said a few years ago on the Austin podcast, or show, or whatever you want to call it, there’s complexities around it,” said Triple H. “But absolutely, definitely deserves to be in there. It’d be tough to pick a female that was more impactful on the business. She did something that was completely so out of left field that it wasn’t even being considered when we first brought it up for her to come in. It wasn’t even a consideration… it wasn’t an easy thing, and against all odds she did all of that.”

And as far as Chyna being inducted in the future as single’s competitor, which she deserves, Triple H is confident it will happen eventually.

“From that standpoint, absolutely 100 percent deserves to be in the Hall of Fame, and should probably be more than once — as a group, but individually as well,” Levesque continued. “There’s more complexity to that than meets the eye, but here we are. I’m just happy that it’s here. I’m happy for her family, the people that she was close to, that hopefully this is super meaningful to them. I know it would be to her. It’s a great thing — very deserving.”

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