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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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Will Ospreay Has Been Contacted by WWE

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New Japan Pro Wrestling superstar and current  IWGP United States Heavyweight Champion Will Ospreay has confirmed that he has been contacted by WWE and revealed that it is something that he is considering.

Ospreay also mentioned some of the WWE names he would be interested in facing if he were to find himself in WWE.

“I’ve been approached by them, so I have a lot to think about” he said, according to Tokyo Sports. “I’ve mentioned Seth Rollins‘ name many times… Also, considering my history, it would be a dream to fight Ricochet again. I think that because I think we have become completely different wrestlers than when we fought in the past.”

Ospreay has competed for AEW, Progress Wrestling, Rev Pro, and Ring of Honor throughout his career, among others.

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Colt Cabana Feared For His Job in AEW Following CM Punk’s Arrival

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Colt Cabana reportedly feared for his job at AEW after the company brought in CM Punk back in August 2021. Punk and Cabana had a nasty falling out, and Cabana saw his appearances on TV for AEW dwindle, something that many speculated was Punk’s doing.

During his Keeping it 100 podcast, Konnan recalled a meeting with Cabana during an AEW event where they discussed Punk.

“When I saw Colt Cabana backstage, I remember asking him, ‘So what’s up with you now that Punk is back?’ He was like, ‘Yeah, man” Konnan said (h/t WrestlingNews). “We’re not really talking.’ I go, ‘Come on, dude. After all these years, you guys were boys’ He said, ‘Yeah, man. He just won’t talk to me.’ He would kind of look around, like, he knew [he was going to be fired.]”

Since then, Punk has been suspended by AEW with his firing (or contract buyout) expected in the future, while Cabana has recently returned to AEW television.

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AJ Styles Praises John Cena’s In-Ring Work

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AJ Styles made his debut for WWE during the 2016 Royal Rumble and was immediately thrust into some dream matchups following the event, with the likes of future Hall of Famers such as Chris Jericho and John Cena.

Styles has had a successful run during his WWE tenure, and is now engaged in a feud along with his O.C. faction with The Judgment Day.

Styles recently participated in an interview with ‘The Halftime Show’ and talked about how Cena impressed him with his in-ring work.

“A guy that surprised me with how good he was in the ring would be John Cena” Styles said (h/t Fightful). “John is not known for being a technical mastermind in the ring, but he’s pretty good. I had some of my better matches against this guy.

“His mind for how everything needs to work and transition-wise. He’s just good. He knows what he’s doing. It’s one of those things were you thought, ‘I’m the superior wrestler in the ring,’ but once you get in there with John Cena, you realize, ‘Well, okay, I didn’t know that. Let’s keep going.’

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