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WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? September 3, 2018



The Good

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.

The Bad

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.

New Japan Pro Wrestling

Will Ospreay Has Been Contacted by WWE



Will Ospreay

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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All Elite Wrestling

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



Colt Cabana

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



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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