For Raw, we have new tag team champions! After we thought the Revival were going to face off against the B Team for the championship, Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler decided to attack the challengers and take matters into their own hands. This led to Ziggler and McIntyre getting a championship match and they ended up winning. It was only a matter of time before the duo of Ziggler and McIntyre got tag team gold, so this isn’t too much of a shock. This would’ve felt bigger if there would’ve been proper buildup though.
For Smackdown, not only is the Miz vs. Daniel Bryan rivalry great for Smackdown, but the Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch rivalry is hitting on all cylinders too, and this week proved it. They had a face to face interview between the two and they traded barbs back and forth. The crowd is clearly behind Becky Lynch, which makes things more interesting considering WWE is trying to book Charlotte as the good one in this rivalry.
For Raw, the Authors of Pain call up has made no sense. They get rid of Paul Ellering, stating that they can do things by themselves. But, a few weeks later, they bring in Drake Maverick as there manager? Along with that, he said that his goal was for them to win championships. But, wasn’t that what Ellering was there for to start with? Terrible booking for a team that was the dominant force in NXT.
For Smackdown, the only problem I had with the show this week was seeing R-Truth in the main event against the Miz. While he is great to have around, to be featured in the main event shouldn’t be applied to him. There were other matches worthy of getting that slot. The match overall was decent and it did help progress the Miz vs. Daniel Bryan rivalry further, but this could’ve been used at a different time in the show.
The Final Verdict
Right now, Raw seems confused what to build up while Smackdown focuses on Hell in a Cell. Raw is trying to promote Hell in a Cell, the Super Showdown in Australia, and Evolution all at once. Due to this, Raw has holes in their story lines and segments that just flat out don’t make sense. With that said, Smackdown clearly had the better show this week. They had lots of progression in all of the matches set for Hell in a Cell and they did a great job at it too. Overall, Smackdown is doing wonderful building up for the PPV, while Raw is getting lost in all of these promotions.
Tye Dillinger Requests Release from WWE
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.
Lio Rush Backstage Reputation
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.”
D-Generation X, with Chyna, to be Inducted in WWE Hall of Fame
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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