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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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Malakai Black Released from AEW, Pulled from Upcoming Appearances

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Malakai Black’s time in AEW is at an end, as he has received a conditional release this week after he requested a full release earlier this year, and now Black will be officially pulled from upcoming appearances.

Black was scheduled for the upcoming Northeast Wrestling show on Friday where he was set to face Matt Taven. Jay Lethal and Enzo Amore, but the promotion announced that Black was pulled from the event due to “health issues”.

AEW President Tony Khan stated earlier this summer that Black “has almost five years left on his deal. I wouldn’t expect him going anywhere anytime soon.” However, his release likely came with a non-compete clause to prevent him from jumping back to WWE, where he is likely heading once his personal issues are addressed.

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CM Punk Out 6-8 Months, Needs Surgery

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CM Punk will be out of action for considerable time, and it may also mark an end to his run in AEW.

After defeating Jon Moxley to reclaim the AEW World Championship, Punk made some harsh comments during the post-event media scrum that prompted a backstage altercation involving AEW superstars The Young Bucks and Kenny Omega, who have since been suspended.

Punk was injured during his match with Moxley, and while he may be out for considerable time, he also could be ultimately fired from the company. AEW stripped Punk of the World Championship on Wednesday’s edition of AEW Dynamite.

“Punk’s out for eight months, or whatever it’s going to be, six months/eight months, whatever” according to Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio. “If he’s not let go, and a lot of people don’t want him back.”

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Christian Cage Out Several Months

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AEW continues to deal with the injury bug and you can now add Christian Cage to the list, as he is expected to miss 6 to 9 months due to injury, according to the Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer.

Per the report: “His injury may be the exact same injury as [CM] Punk. So we’re talking again like an eight-month-ish, six-to-nine months of being out.”

Cage was part of a short match at AEW All Out against Jungle Boy, shockingly defeating him with a spear and a killswitch in just 33 seconds. Jungle Boy was attacked by Luchasaurus just before the match began.

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