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WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? September 17, 2018

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The Good

For Raw, Dean Ambrose versus Drew McIntyre was a great opening match to start off Raw. These two went back and forth and McIntyre ended up getting the victory after hitting a Claymore Kick. The rivalry between the Shield and McIntyre, Ziggler, and Strowman will possibly end at the Super Showdown so matches like this help elevate this rivalry.

For Smackdown, the segment we got from Randy Orton was one of the best pieces of his work. After defeating Jeff Hardy at Hell in a Cell, Orton was in the back at the production truck and he was harassing one of the workers to watch all of his assaults against Hardy. Orton then states that it will be nothing compared to his next victim. Things are looking up and really interesting for Orton going forward.

The Bad

For Raw, we got a filler match between Bayley and Dana Brooke and it wasn’t much. Last week, Dana Brooke decided to go on her own and it doesn’t make a difference because she lost to Bayley in a few minutes. Along with that, apparently creative has nothing in mind for the team of Bayley and Sasha Banks since the Riot Squad is dealing with the Bella Twins.

For Smackdown, they are deciding to have Naomi and Asuka be a team moving forward. While it probably would be better to have them face off against each other, WWE has decided to have them go against the IIconics next. Maybe the rumor of women’s tag team championship at Evolution are true and that’s why they keep forming women teams?

The Final Verdict

Fresh off of Hell in a Cell, both shows needed to show where they were going next. The Super Showdown does have lots of matches with implications on it and both brands are focused on that. But, Raw also introduced the Crown Jewel PPV, which will take place later this year and include Brock Lesnar getting his rematch for the Universal Championship. In regards to what show had more meaning and was better, Smackdown definitely took it this week. We got a great match between AJ Styles and Andrade Almas, Rusev Day unfortunately is broken up for good, and we got a great ending segment with Becky Lynch as the new champion. In conclusion, Smackdown is providing solid shows and storylines week after week while Raw does have some interesting angles, not everything they are trying is clicking.

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Bobby Lashley Discusses Hurt Business Reunion

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Bobby Lashley hopes that there will be a day that the popular Hurt Business faction will reunite, and reignited their dominant impact during WWE Monday Night RAW that was front and center during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lashley, MVP, Shelton Benjamin, and Cedric Alexander, all formed the faction, and at one point they held a lot of gold, when Lashley was WWE Champion and Alexander & Benjamin were Raw Tag Team Champions.

The faction has since split up, with Lashley and MVP branching off as a solo act, but MVP eventually split from Lashley and is now managing Omos.

Lashley is still holding out hope.

“You know what, I was thinking about what could happen to actually bring us together, and I thought about this the other day. I was like, if [MVP] made Omos too dangerous, where he couldn’t contain him anymore, and Omos turned on him, he would need somebody to help him. There’s only one person that can beat Omos. Then, I may need some help, and if I need some help, you have Cedric, you have Shelton, you have, we can take him down, and then we’re babyfaces again. They’ll love us. Anything can happen,” Bobby Lashley said, during an interview with Ryan Satin on the Out of Character Podcast (H/T to Fightful)

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WWE Fires John Laurinaitis

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WWE has quietly let go of former WWE head of talent relations John Laurinaitis in the aftermath of public accusations levied at Laurinaitis and former WWE Vince McMahon, according to PWInsider’s Mike Johnson.

“We are told that the termination happened within the last week or so and it was, for obvious reasons, being kept very quiet beyond a very small circle. We are working to confirm when the departure took place but every source, to a person, made it clear Laurinaitis was let go.”

Allegations came to light earlier this summer when the Wall Street Journal published an article alleging WWE board members are “investigating a secret $3 million settlement that longtime chief executive Vince McMahon agreed to pay to a departing employee with whom he allegedly had an affair, according to documents and people familiar with the board inquiry.”

It was alleged that McMahon “gave her like a toy” to Laurinaitis.

The WWE Board of Director’s investigation is ongoing.

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Live Morgan Injury Update

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SmackDown Women’s Champion Liv Morgan is set to defend her title at WWE Clash at the Castle that takes places in the United Kingdom during Labor Day Weekend, but could an injury limit her?

Morgan was wearing an arm brace on SmackDown leading fans to think she is legitimately hurt.

According to Fightful, Morgan is not hurt and the injury is a work to advance the storyline of Ronda Rousey “snapping” following the controversial ending to their SummerSlam championship match which saw Morgan clearly tapping out to Rousey prior to Rousey being counted down for the pinfall, giving Morgan the victory.

Morgan wining walking away still champion, given the circumstances, has irked fans.

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