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WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? October 29, 2018

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The Good

For Raw, we got slow and steady progress going forward with the Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins situation. After Ambrose shocked the WWE Universe by stabbing Seth Rollins in the back, Rollins wanted answers this week. While Ambrose did show his face, he did not explain his actions. Instead, he antagonized Rollins by standing out in the crowd and watching Rollins get more and more angry. Who knows when we will get answers, but either way, things are just starting between these two.

For Smackdown, the trick or street fight between the New Day and the Bar (with Big Show) was a fun segment from start to finish. The New Day dressed up as the Brood for Halloween, which was hilarious. Also, the match wasn’t bad either as everybody got involved to help build up their tag team championship match at Crown Jewel.

The Bad

For Raw, with all the changes going on with Crown Jewel and since they were fresh off Evolution, they could’ve given more time focusing on the fall out of that. Instead, they had a 10 women’s tag match that were just repeat opponents from that PPV. That just causes too much clutter and doesn’t help move anything forward.

For Smackdown, the route they decided to go with for the WWE Championship at Crown Jewel doesn’t make much sense, but the whole situation is ugly to start with. With Daniel Bryan refusing to go to Saudi Arabia, they had to find a way to address this situation. So, they decided to just have the WWE Championship match on Smackdown. While the match was good overall, Samoa Joe then decided to attack both competitors, which led to a WWE Championship match between AJ Styles and Samoa Joe at the PPV instead. The problem with this is it just is a lot to process in such little time and doesn’t help Samoa Joe at all getting back into a rivalry that was just ended.

The Final Verdict

With all that is going on, WWE really had some problems in front of them. With some wrestlers refusing to go to Saudi Arabia for the Crown Jewel PPV, to Roman Reigns’ battle with leukemia, to trying to also have an all-women’s PPV fall out to off of, WWE really had too much to handle. They tried to give the proper time for each PPV, only for things to feel rushed and put together at the last second. But, we still have some interesting things going forward. With that said, I will have to say that Raw had the better show this week. We still have a hanging story with Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins and we got a better explanation for replacing John Cena than what Smackdown did for Daniel Bryan. After Crown Jewel, WWE can get things back into organization with Survivor Series.

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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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