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    WWE Smackdown versus Raw 2018: Prepare For War

    SMACKDOWN VERSUS RAW 2018:
    Prepare for War


    Starting Point:
    Wrestlemania 34



    Pre-Show:

    "WOKEN" Matt Hardy won the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal with assistance from Bray Wyatt
    Sasha Banks won the inaugural Wrestlemania Women's Battle Royal after last eliminating Bayley

    Main Show:

    Seth Rollins defeated The Miz and Finn Balor for the WWE Intercontinental Championship
    Charlotte Flair defeated Asuka to retain the Smackdown Women's Championship
    Jinder Mahal defeated Randy Orton, Bobby Roode, and Rusev for the WWE United States Championship
    Kurt Angle and Ronda Rousey defeated Stephanie McMahon and Triple H
    The Bludgeon Brothers defeated The Usos and The New Day for the Smackdown Tag Team Championships
    The Undertaker defeated John Cena
    Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon defeated Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn
    Nia Jax defeated Alexa Bliss for the RAW Women's Championship
    AJ Styles defeated Shinsuke Nakamura to retain the WWE Championship
    POST-MATCH: Shinsuke Nakamura low-blowed AJ Styles following their match
    Braun Strowman and hand-picked opponent Nicholas defeated The Bar for the RAW Tag Team Championships
    Brock Lesnar defeated Roman Reigns to retain the Universal Championship


    Just a new Be The Booker project. Will be writing Raw, Smackdown, NXT, and pay-per-views. I decided to leave out 205 Live just because I've done that, and the actual show is amazing currently. Enjoy!


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    Male Superstars:

    Akam | Andrade "Cien" Almas | Apollo Crews | Big Cass | Big Show
    Bo Dallas | Bobby Roode |
    Braun Strowman | Bray Wyatt | Brock Lesnar
    Cesaro | Chad Gable | Curt Hawkins | Curtis Axel | Dash Wilder
    Dean Ambrose | Drew McIntyre | Elias | Finn Balor | Fandango
    Goldust | Heath Slater | Jason Jordan | Jeff Hardy | Jinder Mahal
    John Cena | Kane | Karl Anderson | Kevin Owens | Konnor
    Luke Gallows | Matt Hardy | The Miz | Mojo Rawley | R-Truth
    Randy Orton | Rezar | Rhyno | Roman Reigns | Sami Zayn
    Samir Singh | Samoa Joe | Scott Dawson | Seth Rollins
    | Sheamus
    Sin Cara | Sunil Singh | Titus O'Neil | Tye Dillinger | Tyler Breeze
    Viktor

    Female Superstars:

    Alexa Bliss | Alicia Fox | Asuka | Bayley |
    Carmella
    Dana Brooke | Ember Moon | Liv Morgan | Mandy Rose | Mickie James
    Nia Jax | Naomi | Natalya | Ronda Rousey | Ruby Riott
    Sasha Banks | Sonya Deville

    Tag Teams:

    The Ascension | Konnor & Viktor
    The Authors of Pain | Akam & Rezar
    The Bar | Sheamus & Cesaro
    Breezango | Fandango & Tyler Breeze
    The Club | Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson
    Heath Slater & Rhyno
    Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn
    The Miztourage | Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel
    The Revival | Dash Wilder & Scott Dawson
    The Riott Squad | Ruby Riott & Liv Morgan
    The Singh Brothers | Samir Singh & Sunil Singh
    Titus Worldwide | Titus O'Neil, Apollo Crews, and Dana Brooke

    Other On-Air Personnel:

    Corey Graves | Color Commentator
    Jonathon Coachman | Color Commentator
    Kurt Angle | Raw General Manager
    Maryse | Valet to The Miz
    Michael Cole | Play By Play Announcer
    Paul Heyman | Manager to Brock Lesnar
    Paige | Manager to Absolution
    Stephanie McMahon | Raw Commissioner
    Zelina Vega | Valet to Andrade "Cien" Almas




    Male Superstars:

    Aiden English | AJ Styles | Alexander Wolfe | Baron Corbin | Big E
    Cesaro | Chris Jericho | Curt Hawkins | Dolph Ziggler | Epico Colon
    Eric Young | Finn Balor | Goldust | Harper | Jeff Hardy
    Jey Uso | Jimmy Uso |
    John Cena | Kassius Ohno | Killian Dain
    Kofi Kingston | Mike Kanellis | The Miz | No Way Jose | Primo Colon
    Rowan | Rusev | Samoa Joe | Sheamus | Shelton Benjamin
    Shinsuke Nakamura | Xavier Woods

    Female Superstars:

    Asuka | Becky Lynch | Billie Kay | Charlotte Flair | Dana Brooke
    Lana | Mandy Rose | Nikki Bella | Nikki Cross | Peyton Royce
    Sarah Logan | Tamina

    Tag Teams:

    The Bar | Cesaro & Sheamus
    The Bludgeon Brothers | Harper & Rowan
    The Colons | Primo Colon & Epico Colon
    The IIconics | Billie Kay & Peyton Royce
    The New Day | Big E, Kofi Kingston, & Xavier Woods
    Rusev Day | Aiden English, Rusev, & Lana
    SANitY | Eric Young, Alexander Wolfe, Killian Dain, & Nikki Cross
    The Usos | Jimmy & Jey Uso

    Other On-Air Personnel:

    Byron Saxton | Color Commentator
    Corey Graves | Color Commentator
    Maria Kanellis | Valet to Mike Kanellis
    Paige | Smackdown General Manager
    Shane McMahon | Smackdown Commissioner
    Tom Phillips | Play By Play Announcer
    Male Superstars:

    Adam Cole | Aleister Black | Angelo Dawkins | Bobby Fish | Cezar Bononi
    Danny Burch | EC3 | Fabian Aichner | Johnny Gargano | Kyle O'Reilly
    Hanson | Lars Sullivan | Lio Rush | Montez Ford | Nick Miller
    Oney Lorcan | Otis Dozovic | Pete Dunne
    | Ricochet | Riddick Moss
    Roderick Strong | Rowe | Shane Thorne | Tino Sabbatelli | Tommaso Ciampa
    Trent Seven | Tucker Knight | Tyler Bate | Velveteen Dream | Wesley Blake

    Female Superstars:

    Aliyah | Bianca Belair| Candice LeRae | Dakota Kai | Kairi Sane
    Kavita Devi | Lacey Evans| Rhea Ripley | Shayna Baszler | Taynara Conti
    Vanessa Borne

    Tag Teams:

    Heavy Machinery | Otis Dozovic & Tucker Knight
    Mustache Mountain | Tyler Bate & Trent Seven
    Riddick Moss & Tino Sabbatelli
    The Street Profits | Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford
    TM-61 | Nick Miller & Shane Thorne
    The Undisputed Era | Adam Cole, Bobby Fish, Kyle O'Reilly, & Roderick Strong
    War Raiders | Hanson & Rowe

    Other On-Air Personnel:

    Nigel McGuinness | Color Commentator
    Mauro Ranallo | Play By Play Commentator
    Percy Watson | Color Commentator
    William Regal | General Manager of NXT
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    Re: Smackdown versus Raw 2018: Prepare For War

    Championship History

    Raw Championship History:

    Universal Championship

    Goldberg (1) | March 5th, 2017 - April 2nd, 2017
    Brock Lesnar (1) | April 2nd, 2017 - Present

    WWE Intercontinental Championship

    The Miz (8) | January 22nd, 2018 - April 8th, 2018
    Seth Rollins (1) | April 8th, 2018 - Present


    RAW Tag Team Championship

    The Bar (4) | January 28th, 2018 - April 8th, 2018
    Braun Strowman & Nicholas (1) | April 8th, 2018 - April 9th, 2018
    VACANT

    RAW Women's Championship

    Alexa Bliss (2) | August 28th, 2017 - April 8th, 2018
    Nia Jax (1) | April 8th, 2018 - April 16th, 2018
    Carmella (1) | April 16th, 2018 - Present

    Smackdown Live Championship History:

    WWE Championship

    Jinder Mahal (1) | May 21st, 2017 - November 7th, 2017
    AJ Styles (2) | November 7th, 2017 - Present

    WWE United States Championship

    Randy Orton (1) | March 11th, 2018 - April 8th, 2018
    Jinder Mahal (1) | April 8th, 2018 - April 10th, 2018
    Kassius Ohno (1) | April 10th, 2018 - Present

    Smackdown Tag Team Championship

    The Usos (3) | October 8th, 2017 - April 8th, 2018
    The Bludgeon Brothers (1) | April 8th, 2018 - Present

    Smackdown Women's Championship

    Natalya (1) | August 20th, 2017 - November 14th, 2017
    Charlotte Flair (1) | November 14th, 2017 - Present

    NXT Championship History:

    NXT Championship

    Andrade "Cien" Almas (1) | November 18th, 2017 - April 7th, 2018
    Aleister Black (1) | April 7th, 2018 - Present


    NXT North American Championship

    Adam Cole (1) | April 7th, 2018 - Present

    NXT Tag Team Championship

    SANity (1) | August 19th, 2017 - December 20th, 2017
    The Undisputed Era (1) | December 20th, 2017 - Present


    NXT Women's Championship

    Ember Moon (1) | November 18th, 2017 - April 7th, 2018
    Shayna Baszler (1) | April 7th, 2018 - Present


    United Kingdom Championship

    Tyler Bate (1) | January 15th, 2017 - May 20th, 2017
    Pete Dunne (1) | May 20th, 2017 - Present

    Show History

    Monday Night Raw History:

    Smackdown Live History:

    NXT History:

    Pay-Per-View History:

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    Re: Smackdown versus Raw 2018: Prepare For War


    WWE Announces New Event Schedule

    One night after Wrestlemania, the WWE has announced a huge change in their event schedule for 2018-2019. Many fans know of the Big Five Pay-Per-Views (Royal Rumble, Wrestlemania, Money in the Bank, Summerslam, and Survivor Series), but now those are the only pay-per-view event for the next upcoming year for the WWE.

    Now the largest sports entertainment company in the world will begin hosting events exclusive to their own WWE Network. On months where there is no pay-per-view, the WWE will be hosting varying tournaments one weekend a month. An idea similair to the inagural United Kingdom Championship Tournament held in January of last year. The idea of lowering the pay-per-view schedule is not only make Raw, Smackdown, and the events themselves seem must watch, but it also brings hopes for even more subscriptions to the WWE Network. The new schedule is listed below.


    Greatest Royal Rumble - April 27th, 2018
    King and Queen of the Ring - May 19th, 2018 and May 20th, 2018
    NXT Takeover: Chicago II - June 16th, 2018
    Money in the Bank - June 17th, 2018
    A Shot At The Top - July 7th, 2018 and July 8th, 2018
    NXT Takeover: Brooklyn IV - August 18th, 2018
    Summerslam - August 19th, 2018
    Mae Young Classic - September 8th, 2018 and September 9th, 2018
    Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic - October 13th, 2018 and October 14th, 2018
    NXT Takeover: War Games II - November 17th, 2018
    Survivor Series - November 18th, 2018
    Changing Of The Tides - December 15th, 2018 and December 16th, 2018
    NXT Takeover: Arizona - January 26th, 2019
    Royal Rumble - January 27th, 2019
    Valentine's Day Cup - February 16th, 2019 and February 17th, 2019
    NXT Takeover: New York - April 6th, 2019
    Wrestlemania 35 - April 7th, 201
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    Re: Smackdown versus Raw 2018: Prepare For War

    Dig this idea a lot man! You’ve always been one of my favorite bookers on here and I definitely concur with the lessening PPVs to add prestige to the PPVs. Interested to see the tournament idea too!

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    Looking foward

    This should be...

    Wonderful

    Yeaaaa
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    Brayden Bridges


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    Hell yeah brother. Let's do this :P
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    Re: Smackdown versus Raw 2018: Prepare For War



    Monday Night Raw
    April 9th, 2018
    Airing Live from the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana


    -- A New Reputation --



    Last night at Wrestlemania, “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey made her in-ring debut for the WWE in an exciting match that shocked the fans in attendance and watching at home. She is opening the show tonight for Monday Night Raw. The former UFC star comes out all smiles as usual with a microphone in hand to discuss her victory last week. Ronda, seemingly stronger on the microphone due to the acceptance of the WWE Universe, thanks everyone for their support from last night. And now… She’s ready for more. “I proved myself to be on the same level as every woman back there. I shut up Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, which no other woman or man would do.” Rousey is going to continue on - potentially going to call out a woman in the back - but she is interrupted...

    As she drops the statement, The Baddest Woman on the Planet is interrupted by two woman who have been quite the dangerous since their debut: Absolution. The Golden Goddess Mandy Rose and the former Mixed Martial Artist Sonya Deville come out on stage with Paige by their side and a microphone. In the first encounter between Absolution and Ronda Rousey, the latter had no trouble making quick work of the duo. This time may end up different as there is a legitimate match set to happen according to Paige. The leader of Absolution tells Ronda that Stephanie McMahon is now to fearful to step into that ring due to the broken arm she suffered at Wrestlemania, and she asked the raven-haired beauty to make an announcement: “Later tonight, it will be the always smiling “Baddest Woman” (she said sarcastically) against the women who are real threats to this company. Ronda, baby, we call it a handicap match and it will just you all alone versus Absolution.” A huge announcement coming from the office of Stephanie McMahon through Paige as Ronda Rousey will be making her Monday Night Raw debut tonight.

    In the second to last match of the night, Ronda Rousey met Absolution (minus Paige which we will get to later) in their scheduled Handicap Match. However, it was barely different from their original encounter on the Road to Wrestlemania. Ronda held her own in a dominate fashion versus Mandy Rose as Sonya Deville only entered this match for two minutes at most. Sonya tried to match strikes with Ronda, got caught in a side headlock from the woman, and then pushed away Rousey to make a tag to a still hurt Rose. Some dissension came between the best friends, which allowed Ronda to bring Rose into the armbar forcing her to submit with Deville making no effort to help her friend.

    As Rousey is victorious tonight, two things have been confirmed from all that took place tonight. Ronda Rousey is a force in the Raw women’s division, and the team and friendship of Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville could be on the rocks.


    -- The Potential Last Chance --


    Roman Reigns was unsuccessful in challenging Universal Champion Brock Lesnar last night in a shocking conclusion to the Showcase of the Immortals. On Raw, Roman Reigns made it clear that a second opportunity coming his way will not be wasted. At the Greatest Royal Rumble in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Roman Reigns will challenge Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship. Now in the weeks leading up to New Orleans, Reigns made his displeasures with not only Brock Lesnar but the WWE known. He continued with that tonight by calling Lesnar a poor excuse of a wrestler, an unsafe person to work with. All of this because Lesnar does not care about anything but the paychecks coming to his house.

    With his running down of the Universal Champion, it brings out the champion’s advocate: Paul Heyman. Heyman tells Roman Reigns that running down Brock Lesnar will not get him anywhere anymore. He has to earn a match with his client. And Paul Heyman has been given the authority to make that match to ensure that Brock Lesnar will be facing off with the best that the Raw brand has to offer. Heyman tells Reign he will be apart of a Ten Man Gauntlet Match in the main event of next week’s Raw. The winner challenges The Beast Incarnate at the Greatest Royal Rumble in Saudi Arabia. Roman answers to Heyman he does not care who is put in his way because he will “kick his ass” no matter what.

    But Reigns spoke too soon when Samoa Joe made his return to Monday Night Raw through the crowd by locking the Rear Naked Choke on Roman Reigns effectively choking out the Samoan. As Roman laid lifeless, with “Joe” chants surrounding him, Samoa Joe stares Paul Heyman dead in the eye saying “I will be in that gauntlet match next week, and your clients reign is over. That Universal Championship is coming back with Samoa Joe.”


    -- Some Are Meant To Last, Some Are Meant To Perish --



    Besides Absolution getting rowdy, we also saw women in tag team action as Alexa Bliss and Mickie James teamed up versus Bayley and the Wrestlemania Women’s Battle Royal Winner Sasha Banks. The underlying story of this match really focusing around Bayley and Banks having trust issues as neither of the women really wanted to team with the other. Alexa Bliss showed more ferociousness in her in-ring work tonight with the loss of her Raw Women’s Championship no longer around her waist. Due to communication issues and Sasha Banks walking out on Bayley, Bliss connected with a right hand full of power to Bayley followed by connecting with the Twisted Bliss to get the team for her victory.

    After the match, Alexa Bliss and Mickie James’ celebration is cut short by the arrival of the new RAW Women’s Champion: Nia Jax. The Irresistible Force reminds Alexa Bliss of the events of last night by proudly holding up her championship while she speaks. Nia Jax mentions that Bliss is using her rematch for the Raw Women’s Championship next week, and Nia knows that Bliss is going to do anything and everything to get back the championship. However, Jax has a proposition for her former friend turned bully. Nia does not want to worry about Mickie James, but only wants to worry and finishing this business with Alexa Bliss. So, according to Kurt Angle, next week the Raw Women’s Championship will be on the line but Mickie James is banned from the arena.

    The camera goes to an angry Mickie James who demanded Kurt Angle get out there and explain himself. Alexa Bliss had the microphone though and was as calm as ever. Alexa ensured Nia Jax she did not need Mickie James to humiliate her next week and take back her championship. In fact, when Bliss wins her championship back, she will make a point that Nia Jax will never face her again because she wants the poor excuse of a friend out of her life for good. Alexa Bliss finishes off telling Nia that everyone will learn why she is the goddess and Nia Jax is merely a subject. The segment closing out with Alexa Bliss taunting Nia that the championship is “coming home” as Jax holds up the strap.


    -- The New Intercontinental Champion --


    Kicking off Wrestlemania to an electric start was the WWE Intercontinental Championship Triple Threat Match. In that match, Seth Rollins walked away with the prestigious championship in tow. Tonight was supposed to be a celebration for the Architect of The Shield, but a certain (bitter) former champion made his presence known instead.

    Throughout the night, there were advertisements that Seth Rollins would have a championship celebration commemorating his Wrestlemania victory. When the time came we were “treated” to The Miz and The Miztourage instead. The Miz telling the crowd to the New Orleans crowd that he needs them to shut their mouths because this is a hostile takeover. The Miz and The Miztourage were not leaving thering until The Miz rightfully gets back his Intercontinental Championship. “I spent month after month making sure I made that championship as prestigious as it has ever been. I am not going to sit back and let someone like Seth Rollins ruin that for me. I want back my championship and I want it now.” The Miztourage also making a case known for their leader as they mention that he also changed their careers forever.

    As The Miz sits in the ring with The Miztourage hyping them up, the new Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins finally makes his way to the ring with the crowd roaring in approval. He soaks in the approval of the Smoothie King Center while The Miz raises his hand trying to get those in attendance to shut up. Rollins says there is one thing for certain and that is he won the championship fair and square. “I spent the last year chasing after something to prove all my hard work and this is it, Miz.” The Miz responds that Rollins just had a lucky night and The Miz could win back the championship whenever and wherever even without The Miztourage again. Rollins says they can do it tonight, and it seems the Raw General Manager agrees. Kurt Angle then came out saying he has no issues making that whenever and wherever tonight! The Miz immediately regrets the decision as he is “not ready”, but the stage is set for the main event tonight.

    In the main event of evening, Rollins and Miz met in a thrilling match up with the Intercontinental Championship on the line. Per usual with Seth Rollins, he put together a hot match up with The A-Lister which had the crowd on their feet until The Miztourage made their presence known. As Rollins connected with the Curb Stomp, Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas attacked the champion thus creating a disqualification. However, Seth Rollins fought off all three men by himself to receive a great reaction from the crowd. If that was not enough, Kurt Angle ended the show announcing that this all ends at the Greatest Royal Rumble when Seth Rollins defends the Intercontinental Championship against The Miz inside of a steel cage.


    -- A Clash of Destruction on the Rise --


    Into the tag team scene, there was a surprising change in championships at Wrestlemania when Braun Strowman and hand-picked partner ten year old Nicholas defeated The Bar for the Raw Tag Team Championships. On Raw, Kurt Angle called Braun Strowman and Nicholas into his office telling the duo that they had to relinquish the championships immediately. Angle calling Strowman unprofessional for not finding a legitimate tag team partner and using the power granted to him unlawfully. Kurt tells Braun that new Raw Tag Team Champions will be crowned at the Greatest Royal Rumble through a four team tournament. If Braun can find a legitimate partner, he may enter the tournament in a match next week.

    However, Braun tells Kurt Angle that he is not meant to be a tag team wrestler as a monster is not meant to be tied down. Strowman instead tells Angle he will enter the Greatest Royal Rumble Match on April 27th and become an International Force of Destruction. That is when Braun Strowman is interrupted… By a returning Bobby Lashley! Angle welcomes Lashley back to Monday Night Raw before introducing The Dominator to The Monster Amongst Men. Lashley keeps his words short and sweet that he is back to be the dominate the Raw locker room and be the best on the show like he was years ago. Strowman immediately steps closer to Lashley stating that this was his locker room and his show.


    -- The Deleter of Worlds Arrive --


    In the months leading up to Wrestlemania, there was a feud based on mind games between “Woken” Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt. Hardy eventually won the feud through an Ultimate Deletion with his rival followed by pushing him into the Lake of Reincarnation. Then, at Wrestlemania, Bray Wyatt made his return to surprisingly help Hardy win the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal. On Raw tonight, Matt Hardy happily introduces the audience to a brand new Bray Wyatt whose vessel has been returned to him from the treacherous Abigail. Hardy, with a giant smile showing his teeth, introduces the ‘new and improved’ Bray Wyatt.

    Wyatt gives the universe a story regarding his origins when Abigail took over his vessel and used him to create havoc in the WWE. Bray says he was captured by an elder woman when he was just three years old. The woman brought the two into surgery where their brains were replaced for Abigail to continue her destruction through the world for years to come. But now… Bray Wyatt is the man he was always meant to be. And he thanks Matt Hardy for saving him and taking Abigail into the depths of the Lake of Reincarnation where she belongs. Wyatt finishes off the story saying Abigail has wired his brain to follow a path of chaos and hurt but now it is going to be for the positives and bringing success to his and Hardy’s career. Bray laughs into the microphone while Hardy yells they will DELETE The Bar and bring the Raw Tag Team Championships to The Deleter of Worlds.

    In action, The Deleter of Worlds worked as if they had been a team before. Their mannerisms and movesets matching almost perfectly, which throws the four time RAW Tag Team Champions off the path of victory. After a roughly five minutes, Cesaro and Sheamus finally went into control over their opponents using their strength versus (what Michael Cole calls) the aging Matt Hardy. In the end, as Cesaro and Sheamus set up for their tandem White Noise, the lights went out in the arena. When they came back on, Matt Hardy was in his corner ready to tag in Bray Wyatt. Bray ran through both men as he threw the illegal Cesaro out of the ring. Moments later, Wyatt connected with the Sister Abigail to give this new tandem their first victory and they are on route to becoming RAW Tag Team Champions.


    -- Not All Good News --


    Wrestlemania time does not always equal a good time for everyone. That’s fairly evident now when Paige announced her in-ring retirement due to neck injuries later in the evening in between the opening segment and Ronda Rousey taking on Absolution. The same injuries that put her on the shelf for a better half of the year before her return at the end of 2017.

    Paige shared a special moment with the crowd with her in-ring retirement announcement. The former two time WWE Divas Champion thanking everyone as her WWE career started in the same place where it is now ending. She thanks Triple H for the opportunities he presented to her, Daniel Bryan for giving her faith to maybe one day be cleared again, and Edge for making her realize that there is more to life outside of what she has always known: wrestling. Paige says this is the end of the road for her inside of the ring, but one thing will always be for sure: This is her house and nobody can change that.


    -- New Faces Arrive With Two Returns --


    On the Raw after Wrestlemania, it is only usual that some new faces make their main roster debut. This year would be no different as a total of four stars made their debut as one man is following closely behind.

    Andrade “Cien” Almas” and Zelina Vega made their presence known as Andrade made quick work to defeat R-Truth in 3:19. After his contest, Zelina Vega introduced him to the WWE Universe saying that NXT no longer had anything to offer the duo and this is where Almas becomes a star.

    Former NXT Women’s Champion Ember Moon made her debut with Raw. Ember Moon went one on one with Dana Brooke for a victory over the Titus Worldwide Statistician. After the debut, Moon warns every woman in the back that she is coming to eclipse everyone to get the RAW Women’s Championship.

    Neville made his return to the company as he arrived about an hour into the show. When Renee Young tried to interview him, he looked at the Canadian reporter then walked away.

    Jeff Hardy also made his return in an in-ring capacity. He defeated Goldust when Goldust was called out any guy in the back who “had a pair of boots and was prepared to lose.” Hardy also ran into The Deleters of Worlds backstage acknowledging his brother being Woken and congratulating Wyatt for ridding Abigail from his vessel. Judging from the segment it seems that Hardy will not be joining Matt and Bray in their Woken Universe.

    Authors of Pain - minus Paul Ellering - made their debut in a quick tag team match versus Heath Slater and Rhyno. Akam and Rezar took a microphone announcing their next chapter begins tonight in New Orleans, Louisiana, and it will continue until they defeat every man in the back.

    A vignette aired that Drew McIntyre will soon be joining the RAW Roster.


    WWE Greatest Royal Rumble
    April 27th, 2018
    From the King Abdullah International Stadium in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia


    Confirmed Matches:

    50 Man Royal Rumble

    WWE Universal Championship Match
    Winner of the Ten Man Gauntlet versus WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar with Paul Heyman

    Steel Cage Match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship
    The Miz versus WWE Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins

    RAW Tag Team Championship Match

    The Deleters of World ("WOKEN" Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt) versus TBD

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    Re: Smackdown versus Raw 2018: Prepare For War

    I think I like the way you do your shows….allows for a breakdown of each story and not having to go back to it or try and fail to remember all that happened with the story.

    Good job on getting Rousey even more over and I hope Steph’s broken arm keeps her off tv for a bit. Breaking up Absolution is a good route to go.

    Good announcement of the Gauntlet match. I have a feeling that Reigns will still get the title match, but I look forward to see how you get there and what u do if u do give the belt to Reigns. Maybe as a heel.

    Simple booking for the womens match and interesting to have Mickie banned from the arena…I wonder what shanigans they have planned for next week.

    Good story w/ Miz and Seth and there being a reason for the steel cage match to keep the Miztourage out of the ring. I thoroughly enjoy what
    your putting together.

    Good way of getting the belts off of Strowman and getting him right into a feud with Lashley which should be a big battle of strong man.

    Good weird promo with Matt and Bray…I look forward to them being in the tag tournament and meeting up with the Bar.

    I like the new additions to the RAW roster. Defintly excited about Neville being back. I wonder how your going to incorporate the cruiserweights into the show, if at all.

    I LOVE what you got going here…best of luck for the future.

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    Smackdown Live
    April 10th, 2018
    Airing Live from the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana



    -- Danger from Every Turn --


    At Wrestlemania, a dream match was turned into nothing more than a shameful act that will be remembered forever when Shinsuke Nakamura low-blowed AJ Styles. On Smackdown, The Champ That Runs The Camp opens the show where he wastes no time to call out his now former friend. “Shinsuke, I want you out here in this ring with me right now. Explain yourself.” Short and to the point. Except that would not get the champion the man he was looking for. Instead, he was answered by more than one man as the lights went out in the arena. Smoke filled the stage. Sounds of helicopters could only mean one thing… SANitY has arrived on Smackdown Live.

    Eric Young, Alexander Wolfe, Killian Dain, and Nikki Cross all made their way out to the ring in their own special way as Alexander Wolfe continuously hits Killian and Eric to get his stablemates hyped up while Nikki Cross runs up and down the ramp. After their entrance, Nikki Cross ran circles around the WWE Champion as Styles seemed generally confused about what was happening. Then the males attacked. Alexander Wolfe kicked out the knee of Styles while Young came running with a big boot to the side of his face. The leader and Wofle mugging Styles as they throw down multiple right hands and just stomp on him as if it were a schoolyard fight. Then, they lift him up for Killian Dain to run over and bring all of his weight to Styles and collapsing on the champion. Eric yells at AJ Styles that Smackdown Live is their show now. A quick yet dominating debut that got the world talking about SANitY… Including Smackdown Live Commissioner Shane McMahon who made the main event of WWE Champion AJ Styles versus Eric Young.

    It should be no surprise that both AJ Styles and Eric Young were able to put together a well-structured contest, which brought the crowd to their feet towards the end of the 16 minute affair. Young and Styles pulled out all of the stops on each other until the very last second when things began to get screwy due to SANitY. Alexander Wolfe would be taken out by Young accidentally, and then Eric almost hit Nikki Cross who luckily fell into the arms of the big KIllian Dain. Thanks to Dain being distracted with Cross, it gave AJ Styles enough time to roll Eric Young into the calf crusher to force the leader of the new Smackdown stable to submit.

    With the match ending at exactly 9:59 EST, there was no doubt that the show would end with AJ Styles celebrating his Smackdown victory and no appearance from Shinsuke Nakamura. The audience could not have been more wrong as Nakamura would once again low blow The Phenomenal One before connecting with the Kinshasa to put down the champion. The show ending quite the opposite as everyone expected with Shinsuke Nakamura holding up the WWE Championship.


    -- As One Retires, Another Returns --


    As Shane McMahon was announcing the main event to the show, he also announced that Daniel Bryan is officially relieved of his duties as Smackdown General Manager and is a full time in-ring competitor. That would bring out the new General Manager, someone in the same situation as Daniel, Paige!

    The woman who retired one night ago made it short and sweet with the announcement that she would be running the blue brand. She assured Shane McMahon that she will be a fair and equal employer to every man and woman in the back as Smackdown is the land of opportunity after all. At the end of her quick speech, due to their being ‘lots of business to get down to tonight’, Paige announces that Daniel Bryan would be in singles action later tonight.

    At the top of the second hour, Daniel Bryan came to the ring with a microphone in hand to discuss the events of Wrestlemania and how great it felt to be back inside the ring. However, some familiar rowdy fans would not let The Yes Man speak as Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn were front row to heckle Bryan. That brought out the new GM Paige who had two contracts in hand. Paige tells Kevin and Sami that, while they lost their match at Wrestlemania, the papers have yet to be officially signed for both men to be terminated from the WWE. Therefore, Sami Zayn would be forced to step into the ring in that moment to face off with Daniel Bryan.

    Sami, while in street clothes of jeans and a t-shirt, brought the fight to Daniel as his best friend cheered him on from ringside. Zayn decided to exploit Daniel’s injuries early on to have an advantage over Bryan. However, with the heart and fan support that the former General Manager has…. It did not last long for the former NXT Champion. The World Famous It Kicks - according to Corey Graves - or the Yes Kicks - according to Byron Saxton - setup Sami for the YES! Lock as Daniel Bryan was declared the victor following a ten minute contest.


    -- OHNO! A Failed Open Challenge --


    Jinder Mahal was on a high after winning the United States Championship and decided to host an open challenge saying that he could beat any man in the back. His opponent was a surprising one as it was long standing NXT Star: Kassius Ohno. As the bell rang, Mahal got in the face of Kassius calling him unworthy before slapping him. That set off a switch in Ohno who turned his back to The Modern Day Maharaja before turning back with a huge forearm to the jaw of Mahal to secure the United States Championship in just a minute and thirty seconds.

    Kassius takes the United States Championship from the referee as Tom Phillips puts over how big of a moment this is for Ohno who has spent many years on the independents and NXT. As Ohno celebrates, Mahal is being held up by Sunil Singh with a face of pure disgust.


    -- New Stars Refuse To Bow To The Queen --


    Two nights ago, the unthinkable happened when Asuka’s undefeated streak ended at the hands of Smackdown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair. The victory speech was a large part of advertising going into the last show in New Orleans, but it was interrupted by two women making their main roster debut: Billie Kay and Peyton Royce. Kay and Royce have been known in NXT as bullies who verbally assault their rival before getting the job done inside of the ring. Their debut would be no different.

    The duo now named The IIconics run down Charlotte Flair for getting everything from her father as she has earned nothing in the business given to her. Then, the duo discredit Flair’s victory stating that Asuka has a lot of wear and tear due to all of her battles over the years. Especially with The IIconics in NXT. However, now that Charlotte has done the unthinkable, it is time for The IIconics to make their names known on the big stage by using the Smackdown Women's Champion.

    Charlotte is able to fight off The IIconics until The Femme Fatale comes towards Charlotte with a big boot as the champion focused on Royce. Then, an absolutely devastating attack was put out against Charlotte outside of the ring where The Queen was thrown into the barricade and the steep steps before being powerbombed through the announce table. As Charlotte is laid out, it seemed the unthinkable was about to happen when Carmella made her way to the ringside area. She yellled at The IIconics to help her get Charlotte into the ring, but the duo answered by way of Royce connecting with a spinning heel kick to The Staten Island Princess. The IIconics then took microphones again saying they are in this for themselves and nobody else as they leave both the Smackdown Women’s Champion and Miss Money in the Bank out cold.

    Also in women’s division action: Becky Lynch defeated Natalya in a reignited feud after Lynch eliminated Natalya in the Wrestlemania Women's Battle Royal. Lynch tapped out Natalya in five minutes with the Dis-Arm-Her to add a W to the win column.


    -- A Reign of Dominance Begins --


    In another rivalry reignited: The Usos once again met The New Day in tag team action on this edition of Smackdown Live as the winners will be facing The Bludgeon Brothers at the Greatest Royal Rumble. With roughly seven minutes to work with, the teams pull out all the stops against each other to get a victory over the other. In the ending, Xavier Woods’ rope walk elbow drop was countered with a mid-air superkick for Jey Uso to get the victory for the team.

    As The Usos had their hands raised, the lights went out in the arena and came back on to reveal the new Smackdown Tag Team Champions. Harper immediately connected with a discus clothesline to Jimmy Uso thus leaving Jey alone to fend off the duo. Although he was unable to do that. Just moments later, Rowan came running with a big boot to take out Jey. Then, the champions lifted Jey onto their shoulders and threw the Uso brother over the top rope into The New Day who had just recovered from their tag team match. The camera shows each man once again as The Bludgeon Brothers still stand tall - now with the Smackdown Tag Team Championships.

    Also in tag team match, Fashion Police were successful against the tag team of Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin. Shelton Benjamin then turned on Chad Gable connecting with the Pay Dirt once the former American Alpha had recovered from being the man pinned. In a backstage interview, Shelton told Renee Young that he is not going to be held back as a tag team competitor because he is the Golden Standard and deserves to be on his own. As far as he is concerned, the tag team between him and Chad Gable is over.

    Then, in a backstage segment, Rusev Day recruited a new member: Lana! The Ravishing Russian told Rusev and Aiden English she has plans to bring both the men to stardom more than they already are. Rusev is welcoming to the idea of his wife joining him again as English assures that anything Rusev thinks is best, he agrees with.


    WWE Greatest Royal Rumble
    April 27th, 2018
    From the King Abdullah International Stadium in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

    Confirmed Matches:

    50 Man Royal Rumble

    WWE Universal Championship Match
    Winner of the Ten Man Gauntlet versus WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar with Paul Heyman

    Steel Cage Match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship
    The Miz versus WWE Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins

    RAW Tag Team Championship Match

    The Deleters of World ("WOKEN" Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt) versus TBD

    Smackdown Tag Team Championship Match
    The Usos (Jimmy and Jey Uso) versus Smackdown Tag Team Champions The Bludgeon Brothers (Harper and Rowan)

    Casket Match
    The Undertaker versus Rusev with Aiden English

    Singles Match
    John Cena versus Triple H



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    RAW Feedback

    - Was completely fine with Rousey being used on RAW after Mania... Albeit in the early goings, there will hardly EVER be as many eyeballs on RAW than the night after WrestleMania, between all the lapsed fans and everything. So, you made a good decision here. Rousey submitting Mandy makes sense. I like that there might be some division between Mandy and Sonya... could open up opportunities for the division going forward.
    - Going into this RAW, I think the only thing I'm unhappy about is that Roman isn't the champ. I get that the GRR is coming up, and that's fine and all that. However, I'm hoping you're not as gunshy as WWE Creative is with him. He needs to win at the GRR or there's no point, IMO. That will be critical, for me, going forward here with RAW's booking. Joe getting in the mix is also fine, but I don't see him winning the Gauntlet Match, obviously.
    - Having Sasha win the Women's Battle Royal was a fine touch, although I think to further things, having Bayley go over would've made sense (Please note that is an EXTREMELY biased opinion). Sasha walking out on Bayley was okay as well, but having communication issues happen between Absolution and Boss 'n Hug was a little too repetitive. Maybe you could've done it a little bit differently, although I guess TECHNICALLY, you did by having Mandy make no effort, while Sasha straight up walked out. PLEASE do this feud justice.
    - Fine with Alexa and Nia having a match next week w/o The Mick's presence... Will be curious to see what you do with Nia as champ. And with Alexa as well. The whole division fascinates me! As you can tell.
    - Seth vs. Miz sounded fire and the conclusion made sense. Like the idea of a cage match at the GRR between these two. Think that will be a hoot and should probably be the end of this feud.
    - Not surprising that you went with the same route that they did with the Tag Titles... Lashley being intertwined with Strowman should prove to be good if you do right by Lashley.
    - Very much OK with The Deleter of Worlds moving on. Guessing that you're going to send The Bar to SmackDown Live just like real life, which is cool. You have your work cut out for you and then some with this division but best of luck.
    - Sucks for Paige obviously but you clearly were following the same protocol here. I don't know if you'll do the same thing they did IRL with her becoming SDL's GM, but I'd be OK with that.
    - VERY awesome stuff with all the newbies to the scene... Andrade on RAW is fan-freaking-tastic. Push him to the fucking moon, plz. Ember is fine, glad to see Neville back, same with Jeff, AOP coming to the fold works and Drew Mac being around is cool, too.

    SDLive Feedback

    - God freakin' damn, great start for SANitY here by attacking Styles. Doing Styles/EY on WWE TV is so hilarious to think about but I liked it. Glad you also brought up Nikki Cross, too. Styles winning was OK, and I don't think it kills them. Especially since it went 16 minutes. Nak low-blowing Styles at the bell was good stuff.
    - Alright! Cool. You DID pick Paige for the GM. That works. Having Sami and Kevin fight for contracts works, and Bryan-Sami sounded great. Glad that Bryan won to keep things going.
    - Okay, awesome stuff continues here with Kassius Ohno winning the US Title on his first night. Sucks for Jinder, but that is what it is, LOL. Excited to see what you do with him here.
    - Like that you had pretty much the same thing with the IIconics here as they did IRL, and ALSO them taking out Charlotte AND Carmella. Makes them look even more like badasses. Dig it.
    - Thank the Lord you had Becky win. Please push her.
    - Having The Usos win makes sense so they get their rematch, and Bludgeon Brothers coming out and taking them out also works. Like that we're getting a singles feud between Gable and Benjamin. That'll do. That'll do.
    - Hoping you don't keep Rusev heel here with Lana being intertwined with him... Him and Aiden are $$$.

    Alright so, like I said, there were some strong things here but just a couple of things I think are important going forward. Especially WRT the Universal Championship. Best of luck here. I'll be following!




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    NXT
    April 11th, 2018
    Taped from the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana



    -- Bolstering the Tag Team Division --


    In a usual post-Takeover show, there is not much to write home about however there was a general theme to the show being tag teams. A debuting team, a brand new enforcer for an overlooked woman, and continuing momentum for one of NXT mainstay tag teams.

    Opening up the show was TM-61 in action against the up and coming Ealy Brothers in a rematch from the post-Takeover Philadelphia show of NXT, TM-61 were successful in a quick match versus the brothers while also showing off everything the duo is capable of from their high-flying abilities and tag team maneuvers to earn another decisive victory over the brothers.

    Later, Aliyah made her presence known with a promo before her match up with Mae Young Classic standout: Rhea Ripley. Aliyah tells the fired up NXT crowd that she has been looked over for years now while those who are less than her are making it big at Wrestlemania. The woman name-dropping known friend Liv Morgan specifically as well recent call up Ember Moon. “I know what I need to do to finally be given recognition… I need to change it up a little. I need someone by my side to make sure I stay on track to the top where I belong and no other woman deserves to be. With that said, I want to introduce all of you to Kavita Devi!” With a rather surprising announcement, the first female wrestler of Indian descent Kavita Devi comes out to the ring beside Aliyah.

    Aliyah found a more aggressive style while also using dirty tactics to continue momentum on her side. Rhea however got a comeback going for herself as the New Orleans crowd was strongly behind her and the style of wrestling shown off by the Aussie. However, Kavita Devi made her presence known when Rhea was sent to the outside of the ring as the first ever woman superstar from India through Ripley into the barricade and steel steps before sending her back into the ring. That allowed Aliyah to connect with the finishing Northern Lights Suplex to get a victory over Ripley.

    Finally, a new tag team known as the War Raiders made their presence known in the main event of tonight’s show. The duo made up of Hanson and Rowe made quick work of a local tag team in the main event by using their size and power over the two scrawny individuals. After the match, Hanson and Rowe each took a microphone proclaiming that they are putting the NXT tag team division on notice as there is no duo who can match up to them and no duo who will stop them in winning the NXT Tag Team Championship.


    -- The Forgotten --


    A video package aired during this episode of NXT introducing former Marine: Chad Lail. We get pictures of his time in Iraq before we finally hear his voice as he says “They forgot about me.” Then, accompanied by an electric guitar and drums, are videos of Lail in action at the WWE Performance Center and NXT Live Events with dominating match ups. The vignette soon ends as the graphic appears that Chad Lail will make his debut in two weeks.


    -- What To Expect Next Week --


    As this week’s show did not include much, plenty was announced for next week’s NXT as The Undisputed Era and Roderick Strong will be opening up the show discussing the surprising turn of Strong on partner Pete Dunne. Aleister Black and Shayna Bazler will be making their first appearances as NXT Champion and NXT Women’s Champion respectively. Finally, Ricochet will be making his NXT television debut.



    NXT Takeover: Chicago
    June 16th, 2018
    From the Allstate Arena in Chicago, Illinois


    No matches have been announced.



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    SD Live Review

    - Nice debut for Eric Young and a nice main event match for him. I’m ok with him losing to the WWE champ…anyone else, I would have second guessed the lose. I liked the continuation of the Shinsuke/Styles feud. I don’t think Sanity will be involved in this feud, so I am just wondering what you have planned for them.

    - I like Paige being the GM with Dainel Bryan back as a competitor. I wonder what will come with this Zayn/Owens thing. I wanna see where you go with this whole thing…I just don’t think that the way WWE completed was a good way at all…I personally booked in my head to make them as a faction.

    - I am all for OHNO as champion…I feel like Kassius should have been on the main roster a long time ago…so a big push out of the gate is a welcome sign for me.

    - Good debut for the IIconics…putting them in the thick of things in the Women’s division…I liked that Mella hasn’t cashed in her briefcase yet. Good win for Becky…I hope she gets a good push.

    - Uso’s winning number 1 contenders is cool…I like that Bludgeon Bros took them out afterwards…I would love the Bludgeon Bros to keep the belts for a bit. I love the break up of Gable and Benjamin…I really love Shelton, he is top 3 one of my favorite wrestlers ever, so seeing him as a singles is going to be fun. I kind of think that American Alpha makes a comeback. Also, please turn Rusev Day face.

    NXT Review

    - So I don’t really follow the NXT product except for the Takeover events, so my review will be short.
    - I like what I see from Aliyah and Kavita Devi. I believe they are going to be a strong duo.
    - War Raiders should be fun….i wonder if Ellering somehow makes his way to try and manage them.
    - Chad Lail should be a good addition to the roster….I think I read somewhere that he has a faction with him, so I wonder if you are going to have them in this BTB.

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    Monday Night Raw
    April 16th, 2018
    Live from the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut



    -- Who Challenges The Beast at the Greatest Royal Rumble? --


    Last week, Paul Heyman announced that a Ten Man Gauntlet Match would be the main event of Monday Night Raw as the winner goes one on one with Brock Lesnar in Saudi Arabia. However, with the results of the gauntlet, it will not be that.

    Finn Balor and new Raw Superstar Kevin Owens started off the match up with some quick action with both men kicking out of multiple signature moves to show off how important this match is to those involved. Finn and Kevin fought an intense battle for this opening tenth of the main event. In the end, Balor took too much time to climb to the top rope allowing Owens to superkick Balor. As Finn crashed down, Owens taunted him to get up then connected with a Pop-Up Powerbomb to put away the fellow former NXT Champion.

    Out next is another new Raw Superstar: Chad Gable. Chad Gable brought a ton of fight versus Kevin Owens making this one of the best match-ups within the gauntlet. After some amaeatur wrestling from Gable to get over Owens, the former Universal Champion used dirty tricks to low-blow the former American Alpha. Owens then eliminated Gable with a Pop-Up Powerbomb to continue his streak.

    After Owens puts away Gable, he is tasked with The Glorious Bobby Roode who is now on the red brand. Roode and Owens do not have a not long fight as Kevin immediately looked for another Pop-Up Powerbomb, but Roode slipped under Owens legs. Then The Glorious One turned around The Prizefighter and connected with the Glorious DDT to eliminate KO.

    Bobby Roode is successful but now faces quite possibly the biggest man in this match: a returning Big Cass. Surprisingly, this was also a longer stretch in the gauntlet match with Roode refusing to back down to Cass. Big Cass really impressed many people in his work with Roode as well as his heel charisma while announcing he is better than anyone in this match. However, Roode used his experience to put work against Cass and not allowing the height to become an issue between the two. In the end, Roode looked for The Glorious DDT but Cass punched him away and connected with a big boot to put away Bobby.

    Big Cass may think he is the most impressive man in this match, but the fifth entrant Roman Reigns goes in ready to change his mind. Cass is somewhat embarrassed by The Big Dog who made quick work of Big Cass. Reigns put away Cass in just about three minutes with a spear proving that maybe Big Cass is not better than everyone.

    As Reigns is successful in his first match, he now goes against another new addition to the Monday Night’s: Sami Zayn. Zayn gets some of the heat throughout this ten minute affair as he avoids action with Roman Reigns. When there was actual wrestling, it mostly leaned towards Reigns going after Zayn with some hard-hitting strikes and his signature maneuvers. Zayn was on the offense, but only when he used dirty tactics. Towards the ending, Kevin Owens returned to try and help Sami as he distracted the referee while Zayn had a chair. It backfired as Roman connected with a Superman Punch against the chair to Zayn followed by a Spear to send Sami packing.

    In between Zayn and the next entrant, Kevin Owens stormed the ring to take down Roman with a cheap shot to lead into a two on one attack. Owens connected with a Pop Up Powerbomb to Reigns while Zayn just yelled at Reigns that the duo are best friends and will control Raw.

    The lights dim down once Zayn is gone, and Elias is here to serenade the Hartford crowd before meeting Roman Reigns. Elias sings about the failure of Roman Reigns and now is the time for Elias to prove why he the best man on the Raw roster. Elias had luck on his side as Reigns’ battle with Zayn out him in a disadvantage. Elias would continuously go for quick pinfalls after each move done on The Big Dog. However, as Elias looked for the Drift Away, Reigns pushed himself out and connected with a big sitout powerbomb to eliminate Elias.

    Said to be the second best match of this gauntlet is this one here where NXT call-up Drew McIntyre is the ninth entrant and the fourth opponent for Roman Reigns. McIntyre prove just how beneficial he is to Raw with an absolute slug fest as called by Corey Graves. McIntyre seemed to have the number on Reigns multiple times throughout the match, but Reigns was kicking out of everything including the Claymore Kick. In the end, Roman Reigns would spear Drew McIntyre through the middle rope to the outside. Then, when McIntyre entered the ring at the count of nine, Roman once again connected with a spear to eliminate the former NXT Champion.

    The final man in the gauntlet is Samoa Joe. Joe and Reigns have been known for their extremely competitive hard-hitting bouts as this would be no different. However, it may have become too competitive as there was no winner to this match up. In the end of the twelve minute affair, the fight went to the outside and Roman Reigns speared Samoa Joe through the barricade. When neither man returned to the ring at the count of ten, the referee called for the bell bringing this to a draw. As it left everyone in confusion, Raw General Manager Kurt Angle came out to the Connecticut crowd announcing that he saw a lot in both men tonight, so Brock Lesnar will be defending the Universal Championship in a triple threat versus both Samoa Joe and Roman Reigns at the Greatest Royal Rumble.


    -- The Raw Women’s Championship Scene Explodes --


    Nia Jax and Alexa Bliss’ story ends tonight with the rematch from Wrestlemania. Compared to Wrestlemania, this is a shorter match for the two former friends. Jax is dominant over Bliss in the early stages up until Alexa trips Nia into the middle turnbuckle. Most of Alexa’s offensive maneuvers were mat based to ensure power did not shift to Nia once again. When Bliss missed the Insult to Injury, it spelt the beginning of the end for Bliss. Once Nia returned to her feet, she ran down Bliss then came down with a senton to put away Alexa and retain her championship.

    As Nia is celebrating her win, the music of The Riott Squad hits as Ruby Riott and Liv Morgan make their way towards the winner. Jonathan Coachman makes an interesting point that Paige and Kurt Angle were negotiating for hours, but The Anti-Diva would not not give up Sarah Logan to Raw. Riott and Morgan make a big impression in their Monday Night Raw debut as they waste no time to begin an assault on Nia Jax as Liv has her in a sleeper hold and Ruby takes out the legs of the bigger woman. It seemed the now two person team had a hand over Jax, but The Irresistible Force found it in her to fight off the duo… Until Alexa Bliss re-entered the ring and cracked a back against Nia’s back three times to ground Jax. Then, Riott went to the top rope and came backwards with her cannonball onto Nia’s back. Riott and Morgan leave to the backstage area yelling at fans front row that they are taking over Raw. Soon after, Alexa follows behind with referees running out to check on Jax not without holding up the RAW Women’s Championship.

    Once Nia is finally starting to return to her feet, there is a commotion from the crowd. That turns to a mixed reaction when Miss Money in the Bank Carmella comes sprinting down to the ring! She hands a referee the briefcase and the bell rings as the RAW Women’s Championship is on the line for the second time tonight. Nia comes running towards Carmella, but The Princess of Staten Island ducks under then returns with a kick square to the jaw of Nia followed by pinning her to become the NEW RAW Women’s Champion! The Princess of Staten Island holds up her championship as she gets an applause from the Connecticut crowd with a mix of boos after months of holding onto “Frankie” as there is a huge shift in the Raw women’s division.


    -- Monster versus Monster --


    Kicking off Monday Night Raw this week was now former RAW Tag Team Champion Braun Strowman to talk about the Greatest Royal Rumble. Strowman states the obvious that he is The Monster Among Men, which puts him a step over any other man who will be entering the 50 Man Royal Rumble Match. Strowman guarantees all 49 men will get these hands and be declared the Greatest Royal Rumble winner. Then, like last week, Bobby Lashley interrupts Braun Strowman as he makes his way to the ring.

    Lashley pulls the microphone from Strowman’s hand, getting an audible “Ooh” from the audience, as he tells Braun to realize that he is not the monster anymore. Bobby Lashley, talking in third person, says he defeated everyone in his path years ago and he will do it again now. Bobby Lashley is The Destroyer whether it’s a man… or a monster. In fact, Lashley says to start calling him the Monster Slayer because at the Greatest Royal Rumble.. He will eliminate Braun Strowman and win the match.

    Braun takes offense as he snatches the microophone out of Lashley’s hand. Strowman tells the returning star that he disappeared for ten years to go down to the “little leagues” and actually think of himself as a destroyer. Now Lashley can go pack up and go or he can get these hands… And it was the latter that was chosen as Lashley would go to leave the ring then cheapshot Braun Strowman. He began striking quickly until Strowman pushed him away. Then, Strowman went after Lashley when The Destroyer rolled out of the ring to avoid further physical altercation. Michael Cole puts over that Bobby was all talk and no show in that segment while Graves mentions no one is ready for the monster that is Braun Strowman.


    -- The Viper’s Cut Off --


    Randy Orton made his return to Monday Night Raw from the Superstar Shake Up as he was in action versus Bo Dallas. Before this match, Kurt Angle told both The Miz and Curtis Axel that they will not be ringside for Bo Dallas going one on one with Randy Orton. Orton made quick work of a cocky Bo Dallas as he defeated the former NXT Champion with an RKO.

    After his match, Randy Orton is interrupted by Andrade “Cien” Almas’ business manager: Zelina Vega. Vega promptly questions what the point of the Superstar Shake Up is if it will be just be exposing old washed up stars like Randy Orton. Vega says there is a vendetta against Randy Orton for what he did to El Idolo at this year’s Royal Rumble, and now Almas wants to embarrass Orton like did to him. Randu then took a microphone to question the whereabouts of her client as there is nothing more despicable than a man who cannot speak for himself.

    That seemed to trigger something in Vega as she began yelling at Orton that he has no idea what he is talking about. Zelina calls herself a career changer and a woman who can lead a man to end another’s career. That’s exactly what she says Andrade will do. Then, the crowd goes wild and we cut to the ring to Andrade having Orton in Hammerlock DDT position as he drives The Viper into the mat. Vega then enters the ring telling Orton that no man should ever cross her, and he will be put in his place next week when he goes one on one with El Idolo.


    -- Break Ups, New Friendships, and New Rivalries --


    After Sonya Deville left Mandy Rose last week, Rose and Deville spent the week fighting on Twitter over which member of Absolution was the best. Because of that, Kurt Angle made a match between the two for Raw tonight. It was an interesting moment for the duo to go one on one and show off their in-ring work. The chemistry was there between the two in the six minute match up that ended with Deville winning with a step-up enzuigiri.

    After the match, Sonya took to the microphone to make a statement about her current place in the women’s division. Deville makes it known that she is the absolute package and she will beat anyone in her way. Mandy Rose was her first example, and it does not matter whether she is on Raw or Smackdown. This is her time to shine.

    As the friendship dies between Deville and Rose, a new one seems to have formed between former NXT Women’s Champion Ember Moon and Raw’s newest women’s superstar: Naomi. Naomi and Ember Moon had an extremely athletic fifteen minute match with a nail-biting finish. Ember held onto the ropes to avoid the Rear View, Naomi caught Ember Moon with a dropkick as she looked for her springboard splash, and Ember escaped the Slay-O-Mission to superkick Naomi when she returned to her feet. It allowed Moon to go to the top rope and connect with the Eclipse to put away Naomi for another victory.

    As Ember celebrated, Naomi returned to her feet and offered a handshake to the victor. That cut to the backstage area with Ronda Rousey watching the match up in Kurt Angle's office. The woman is all smiles with Kurt Angle talking about that is what she wants to do inside of that ring. Angle says that opportunity will come again, and as he is going to the say the time and place he is interrupted by Natalya. Natalya tells Ronda that she knows she helped train the former UFC fighter, but she needs to know her role. Natalya tells Angle that he better not think about putting Rousey in any action before The Queen of Harts makes her Raw in-ring debut because she is the best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be. Natalya makes it clear that Rousey needs to stay out of her way as the segment ended.


    -- Title Match Set --


    The Revival met a new Raw tag team: Breezango as the winning team would go on to face “WOKEN” Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt at the Greatest Royal Rumble. Revival and Breezango had a rather quick bout based out of Wilder and Dawson trying to do some legitimate wrestling while Breezeango were trying to entertain the crowd. After four or so minutes, The Revival put away Fandango with the Shatter Machine. After the contest, they took to the microphones saying they have been waiting a year for this and now the top guys are taking what is rightfully theirs.


    -- The Shake Up --


    A full list of the superstars who have were traded from Smackdown Live to Monday Night Raw are:

    Bobby Roode
    Carmella
    Chad Gable
    Fandango
    Jinder Mahal & The Singh Brothers
    Kevin Owens
    Konnor
    Liv Morgan
    Mojo Rawley
    Naomi
    Natalya
    Randy Orton
    Ruby Riott
    Sami Zayn
    Sin Cara
    Tye Dillinger
    Tyler Breeze
    Viktor



    WWE Greatest Royal Rumble
    April 27th, 2018
    From the King Abdullah International Stadium in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

    Confirmed Matches:

    50 Man Royal Rumble Match

    WWE Universal Championship Match
    Samoa Joe versus Roman Reigns versus WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar with Paul Heyman

    Steel Cage Match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship
    The Miz versus WWE Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins

    RAW Tag Team Championship Match

    The Deleters of World ("WOKEN" Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt) versus The Revival (Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder)

    Smackdown Tag Team Championship Match
    The Usos (Jimmy and Jey Uso) versus Smackdown Tag Team Champions The Bludgeon Brothers (Harper and Rowan)

    Casket Match
    The Undertaker versus Rusev with Aiden English

    Singles Match
    John Cena versus Triple H



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    I enjoyed the Gauntlet match and feel like it probably took up an entire hour of RAW which is cool bc it shows how important the match is. I like that you gave some time to the inner matches which put over some of the newer competitors such as Cass, Gable, and Drew. I am excited to see what you do with the triple threat, but I still feel that Reigns will come down with the victory. Also, now you can have Joe take the fall and Heyman can have a field day with that on the microphone.

    A lot happening in the Women’s division. We get Bliss’ rematch out of the way, and then Riott Squad debuts minus Sarah Logan (I personally love this, bc I think she will do great as a singles act once u get the character over) and then Carmella jump ships to RAW and wins the title. I wonder if she was apart of the Shake-up or your allowing the MITB to pick which title they want and not brand restricted. Either way I like it.

    I can get behind a Bobby vs. Braun feud. Honestly, you’ve booked him better than he has been booked by WWE. I think this could be a hell of a showdown in the GRR.

    Zelina is so good on the mic and can really make this Orton/Almas feud work out. I would love to see Orton start to take the Jericho route and putting younger guys over at the end of the feuds.

    I love that your are putting a lot of emphasis on the Womens division…from what im seeing it looks like all of the Four Horsewoman are going be on SD and that is pretty awesome…I like absolution breaking up b/c with Paige gone it doesn’t make much sense to keep them together. I would love to see the team of Ember and Naomi IRL so lets keep that going please…and also I like that you didn’t try to force some on screen relationship between Ronda and Natalya…this feud will give Rousey someone to work with that will help her develop and some credibility with her matches. Good booking.

    Simple and effective to get the Revival into the title picture. Again, Simple but effective.

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    I enjoyed the Gauntlet match and feel like it probably took up an entire hour of RAW which is cool bc it shows how important the match is. I like that you gave some time to the inner matches which put over some of the newer competitors such as Cass, Gable, and Drew. I am excited to see what you do with the triple threat, but I still feel that Reigns will come down with the victory. Also, now you can have Joe take the fall and Heyman can have a field day with that on the microphone.

    A lot happening in the Women’s division. We get Bliss’ rematch out of the way, and then Riott Squad debuts minus Sarah Logan (I personally love this, bc I think she will do great as a singles act once u get the character over) and then Carmella jump ships to RAW and wins the title. I wonder if she was apart of the Shake-up or your allowing the MITB to pick which title they want and not brand restricted. Either way I like it.

    I can get behind a Bobby vs. Braun feud. Honestly, you’ve booked him better than he has been booked by WWE. I think this could be a hell of a showdown in the GRR.

    Zelina is so good on the mic and can really make this Orton/Almas feud work out. I would love to see Orton start to take the Jericho route and putting younger guys over at the end of the feuds.

    I love that your are putting a lot of emphasis on the Womens division…from what im seeing it looks like all of the Four Horsewoman are going be on SD and that is pretty awesome…I like absolution breaking up b/c with Paige gone it doesn’t make much sense to keep them together. I would love to see the team of Ember and Naomi IRL so lets keep that going please…and also I like that you didn’t try to force some on screen relationship between Ronda and Natalya…this feud will give Rousey someone to work with that will help her develop and some credibility with her matches. Good booking.

    Simple and effective to get the Revival into the title picture. Again, Simple but effective.

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    Smackdown Live
    April 17th, 2018
    From the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island


    -- The Challenge is Set --


    Kicking off Smackdown this week is new General Manager Paige. Paige makes light of the new event schedule in the WWE forcing competition between Smackdown Live and Raw, so she is expecting the best out of her superstars both those who are coming over and those who were not traded. She quickly moves that into the Greatest Royal Rumble coming up and AJ Styles needs a challenger for the big show. Paige has talked to Shane McMahon and tonight will feature six singles matches where the winners will all meet in a Six Pack Challenge . The winner of that goes on to face AJ Styles at the Greatest Royal Rumble. Tom Phillips put over the idea of six qualifying matches tonight may make this one of the biggest Smackdown Live’s in this new schedule already.

    Straight from Paige’s announcement, we go into the first qualifying match that features SANitY leader Eric Young versus Smackdown Live’s newest superstar Jeff Hardy. Young and Hardy kicked off the night with a competitive contest that was mainly revolved around SANitY making their presence known throughout. In the end, Jeff Hardy went for the Swanton Bomb but Alexander Wolfe through him off the top rope as the referee was distracted by Nikki Cross. Eric Young got the victory with an elbow drop from the second rope.

    The second match brings Shelton Benjamin with a new attitude versus former WWE Universal Champion Finn Balor. Surprisingly, these two received the most time out of all the qualifying matches here tonight. Balor fought with some more fury in everything he did as Byron Saxton says that he is upset from losing the Gauntlet Match one night ago. Benjamin pulled out all the stops including running up to the top rope as Finn looked for the Coup de Grace, and Shelton connected with a huge belly to belly suplex. Shelton has always been known for those impressive maneuvers, but Finn was still able to comeback and win with that Coup de Grace to advance to the Six Pack Challenge.

    Then, Daniel Bryan met with The Lone Wolf Baron Corbin in the third qualifying match of the evening. Corbin had some sort of vendetta revealed in a pre-match interview where he was angry with Bryan recently returning to the ring and getting more exposure than Corbin. This matchup was pretty one-sided in favor of Baron, but the “brash arrogance” of Baron Corbin screwed him in the end as he let Daniel recover and connect with the Running Knee to defeat Baron Corbin.

    Curt Hawkins then came out to talk up how is losing streak will end with this qualifying match as he will beat AJ Styles for the WWE Championship. Unfortunately, Dolph Ziggler has something to do about that. Curt Hawkins and Dolph Ziggler have the shortest match in these qualifiers as Ziggler connects with a Superkick for the win after Hawkins celebrates just for getting in a few right hands.

    Aiden English was accompanied by Rusev and Lana for his match with quite probably one of the biggest acquisitions from the shake up: Neville. Corey Graves put over the fact that Neville’s return to Raw last week was to discuss with Kurt Angle about getting the now former King of the Cruiserweights to the blue brand. Neville and English have a quick affair tonight as Neville mainly dominates Aiden English as he picked up the victory with a superplex from the top rope.

    In the main event, Shinsuke Nakamura went one on one with Xavier Woods of The New Day. Xavier Woods and Shinsuke put together a rather entertaining match especially in their mid-match showdown of copying and taunting the other man. However, after that little showdown, Shinsuke completely dominated Woods with hard-hitting strikes which resulted in Xavier Woods unable to fight back. As the referee was checking on Woods, Nakamura came running in with the Kinshasa then pinned Woods to be the last man going into the Six Pack Challenge.


    -- The Threat --


    At the top of the second hour, AJ Styles made his way out to talk about the Greatest Royal Rumble and talk up that he does not care who is standing in the ring across from him. However, he was interrupted by a new Smackdown Live acquisition: Samoa Joe. A man who just one night ago qualified to challenge Brock Lesnar at the Greatest Royal Rumble is now on the complete opposite brand sparking some debate between the commentary team.

    Samoa Joe tells AJ Styles to consider what he says a warning because he is not eligible to even qualify for the Six Pack Challenge. Joe tells AJ he has months and months of pent up aggression and anger in him, something Roman Reigns learned about last night. Something Brock Lesnar will learn about at the Greatest Royal Rumble. Joe plans to win the Universal Championship, bring it over to Smackdown, beat whoever in hell has the WWE Championship, and he will become the most dominant champion in WWE history. Samoa Joe does not care if this is the house that AJ Styles built because he will burn it down and pillage it for everything it is worth.

    Styles talks back as he says that he did not win this championship for no reason, and he is the champion because he is one of the best in the locker room. AJ tells Samoa Joe has has zero issues meeting Samoa Joe in this ring once he successfully defends his championship at the Greatest Royal Rumble. The Samoan Submission Machine says this is his show and no one can stop him now as the segment closes. He and Styles staring down with The Phenomenal One holding up his championship.


    -- The Most Must See Superstar --


    In another big shift, The Miz made his return to Smackdown Live with a special edition of Miz TV. His guest? Himself. The Miz made sure for the first words out of his mouth were to announce that the savior of Smackdown Live is back and is going to the blue brand the top show across USA Network. The A Lister has one plan to do that: taking Daniel Bryan off of his show.

    With The Miz calling out Daniel, Smackdown Live General Manager Paige makes her way out to confront the self-proclaimed Most Must See Superstar. To put it simply: Paige makes it clear that The Miz does not run this show and she makes the decision who is best for Smackdown Live. Plus, Paige didn’t bring The Miz over to Smackdown Live because he will make it the A Show as she has many superstars who can do that. She brought The Miz to Smackdown as a request from Daniel Bryan, so he can finally shut him up.

    The Miz talks back to his boss saying that Daniel Bryan does not control him nor does Daniel Bryan control Paige. The Miz is going to do Paige a favor at the Greatest Royal Rumble when he brings the Intercontinental Champion to the blue brand then kicks Daniel Bryan off to the Island of Misfit Toys. Miz adds on that he recommends that Paige get over her pity party with Daniel Bryan and focus on being a boss and not a friend.

    So Paige just does that. The GM assures The Miz that anything she does is none of his business. However, he brought up a good point of being a boss and her job is to manage her show. In a big match announcement, days before challenging Seth Rollins at the Greatest Royal Rumble, The Miz will go one on one with WWE Champion AJ Styles next week! As the segment closes, The Miz promises to embarrass AJ Styles because Smackdown Live is his show.


    -- An Early End to Dominance? --


    Last week on Smackdown Live, Billie Kay and Peyton Royce attacked both Smackdown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair and Miss Money in the Bank Carmella in an effort to make themselves known. This week The IIconics meet the champion Charlotte Flair in action with her best friend Becky Lynch by her side. In an extremely competitive thirteen minute match - accompanied with a second screen commercial break - Royce and Kay proved that they are on Smackdown Live to stick around. Some great back and forth action eventually took a toll on everyone involved bringing everyone to a tired state bringing more wonder on who would win the contest. In the closing moment, with Lynch looking for a hot tag, Billie Kay pulled Charlotte off the apron and into the steel steps. Royce then got the victory for her team with the Fisherman Suplex on Lynch.

    After the tag team match, Charlotte Flair quickly came to the aid of her best friend when Kay and Royce resumed their assault. Once The IIconics got control over an already beaten Flair, the lights went out to an already familiar warrior’s music played through the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. The Empress of Tomorrow Asuka comes out through the curtain minus her mask and robe as she makes a b-line for the ring. Royce immediately looks for a spinning heel kick, but Asuka counters to connect with one of her own. Then, Billie Kay took a fury of rights and lefts before being pulled out of the ring by Peyton. Asuka and Charlotte had a brief staredown but the champion and former challenger shook hands.

    Also in the Superstar Shake Up, Dana Brooke was brought over to Smackdown Live. Paige assured the woman that she is not here to be anyone's statistician but to prove herself as an in-ring competitor. In the backstage segment, the lone Riott Squad member Sarah Logan interrupted telling Paige to realize the real wrestlers who deserve their recognition. Not a girl who can do 2 +2 at most. The comment struck a chord with Brooke who challenge Logan to a match next week, which Paige made official.


    -- The Artist Meets The Bar --


    Kassius Ohno also talked to Renee Young backstage to discuss winning the United States Championship one night ago. Ohno calls it the biggest night of his career as he worked years in and out of NXT to get to the main stage. Young also mentions that Jinder Mahal will be using his rematch against Kassius Ohno at the Greatest Royal Rumble. Kassius has a simple answer that he has done it before and he will do it again at Saudi Arabia: Knockout Jinder Mahal.

    After this interview, Kassius Ohno turned around to meet The Bar. Sheamus and Ohno look at each other for nothing longer than three seconds while The Knockout Artist and Cesaro look at each other much longer. Cesaro tells Kassius it’s about time he made it to the big leagues, but he has a lot of catching up to do. Sheamus adds on that Ohno to stay out of their path because Smackdown Live is now their show, which they will prove when one of the two wins the Greatest Royal Rumble match. To add to that, The Bar defeated a local tag team in two minutes proving themselves as a forceful team.


    -- The Star --


    Goldust made his Smackdown Live debut in quite an interesting fashion. The Bizarre One spoke about a star coming to Smackdown Live to forever change the scene. Goldust saying this person will put the WWE Universe in shock and awe of how something can be so beautiful yet so violent. He invites the WWE Universe to meet ‘The Star’... Soon…


    -- For The Family --


    In a pre-taped video package, Mike Kanellis made his return to WWE television from his home with wife Maria Kanellis and their newborn Freddie. Mike talks about his overcoming his addiction and he is coming back to television next week to fight for his family because it is about time he did right by them. Bennett ends the short statement that he will go to the moon and beyond because he has one goal: to do good by his family.


    -- The Shake Up --


    A full list of superstars who were traded from Monday Night Raw to Smackdown Live are:

    Asuka
    Cesaro
    Curt Hawkins
    Dana Brooke
    Finn Balor
    Goldust
    Jeff Hardy
    The Miz
    Mandy Rose
    No Way Jose (from NXT)
    Samoa Joe
    Sheamus



    WWE Greatest Royal Rumble
    April 27th, 2018
    From the King Abdullah International Stadium in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

    Confirmed Matches:

    50 Man Royal Rumble Match

    WWE Universal Championship Match
    Samoa Joe versus Roman Reigns versus WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar with Paul Heyman

    Steel Cage Match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship
    The Miz versus WWE Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins

    RAW Tag Team Championship Match

    The Deleters of World ("WOKEN" Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt) versus The Revival (Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder)

    WWE Championship Match
    The Winner of the Six Pack Challenge Next Tuesday versus WWE Champion AJ Styles

    Smackdown Tag Team Championship Match
    The Usos (Jimmy and Jey Uso) versus Smackdown Tag Team Champions The Bludgeon Brothers (Harper and Rowan)

    Casket Match
    The Undertaker versus Rusev with Aiden English

    Singles Match
    John Cena versus Triple H



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    I’ve been wanting to leave some comments on your new thread for awhile, so I figured no time like the present to actually finally make it happen. Before I start, for a nice, easy, fun read, I’m quite enjoying the recapped way in which you’re writing these shows. It feels like a Bleacher Report write up outside of the grades for each segment not being there but I quite enjoy it.

    Without trying to be to critical right away, as a standalone idea, forcing the wrestlers to qualify for a Six Pack Challenge match which will then decide who the champion is a fine move. Considering we just had a 10 man gauntlet on Raw, now we are preparing for a 6 pack challenge on Smackdown, it maybe feels a little too familiar for me. I would have maybe preferred if there was slightly more of a difference between the way the two brands have been laid out in the early stages. The only other issue I had was a guy like Curt Hawkins getting a chance over basically anybody else on the roster. The guy is on the losing streak and it seems like a joke that this guy would get a run at the championship.

    In terms of a standalone edition of Smackdown though, damn we had some strong wrestling. And considering how promo heavy Raw usually is, I LOVE the idea of Smackdown being the wrestling heavy show. Young/Hardy, Shelton/Finn, Nakamura/Woods and Bryan, Ziggler, and Neville being in action is just an awesome night of wrestling. Good stuff, and that 6 pack match next week should be damn entertaining.

    I have a pet peeve around draft time when somebody gets drafted to a new show, but still has to have a title shot at the next pay per view for their old brands title. Very rarely do they actually have a chance to win that contest. That’s pretty much what happened here with Joe. Outside of that though, Joe/Styles segment was a nice start to a potential program between the two. Oh boy, that would be awesome.

    The Miz being on Smackdown further frustrates me because I guess his IC Title match with Rollins won’t mean anything either. If that’s the case, it’s just annoying and feels like a waste of a PPV match. Miz hosting MizTV with himself as the guest is standard Miz stuff though. Such a douche, but awesome anyway. Paige and Miz’s back and forth was good, and I LOVE the fact that Miz and Bryan is being put on the agenda straight away. In real life, it feels as if they are delaying it too much and are going to wait until the heat is gone. Strike well the iron is hot my friend. Oh yeah and Miz/AJ next week should be an awesome main event.

    Good to see you correct the wrongs early on with The Iconics after their attack on Charlotte last week. Rather than having them job and feel like nobody’s, they have just beaten two of the biggest names on the roster and feel like a HUGE deal. Terrific stuff. Asuka stopping the attack afterwards was a nice touch as well, and looking forward to watching The Iconics wage war on everybody moving forward.

    Dana Brooke/Sarah Logan stuff isn’t really much to comment on at this stage. Segment I guess would be okay but it’s nothing to get me interested in this stage. I’ll have to reserve judgement as we see how we go.

    The Bar squashing some local talent is fine to get them looking good on Smackdown, but the Ohno/Cesaro segment was all kinds of awesome. I love these throw backs to the old days. I wonder if anything will come of this or if it’s just a tease. Either way, I like the idea of Ohno as the US Champ as well… Just anything to get the belt of boring Jinder really, so good booking throughout with Ohno on the main roster so far.

    Intrigued to see what this whole Goldust star thing is all about. Surely Cody Rhodes won’t be returning Stardust?

    Smackdown got some good names in the draft as well with me being especially curious to see how you deal with No Way Jose. Love that guy.

    Show was a fun read and I enjoyed it, but there were still some things I mentioned that could use some improvement. I look forward to watching this grow though, as with the roster being shaken up, you can really begin to get your own feuds up and running in the coming weeks. I expect this to only get better from here.









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    I like bringing back the six pack challenge and I like that you didn’t split the matches up between two or three weeks…it makes the viewer more likely to stay throughout the entire show bc they know at the end of the show, they will know who the 6 men are. Good decision on the first person in the match with Eric Young…I did like that you had him go over an established competitor in Jeff Hardy as well as showing that Sanity as a team is a force to be reckoned with. I personally would love to see Shelton vs. Finn IRL. I think that would be one hell of a match…good decision putting Finn over here, as Shelton should be used to put on a good athletic match with a younger guy and put them over. I really am digging the wrestlers you have on Smackdown. Daniel Bryan winning was a great call, as he needs a nice push coming back from his retirement. I like that you still use the picture in picture promos. They can be cool to set up a story for the match, much like you did in this match. I want to see what you have planned for Curtis Hawkins. I think it was ok having him in this match, if you have a plan for his losing streak. Dolph getting in just adds to the match quality for the six pack challenge. I was reading the next paragraph and my mind like auto-corrected it to being Rusev in this match…I like that you had English in this match bc it was all about Neville and Rusev shouldn’t be taking that fall…I still hope you turn Rusev Day face and keep them all together. This match is like amazing as far as work-rate goes. Lastly, Nakamura getting into the match just adds even more to this match and at this point, he would be the favorite to win the match.

    I enjoyed having Joe and AJ have some words and you are really pushing SD as the wrestling brand, which it has historically been. This gives me, the viewer, a thought that maybe Joe can win the title and then there will be a unification match down the line.

    Miz getting back on SD was the right call and I’m glad that you followed real life in bringing him to the blue brand. Next week should be a good match between him and AJ….I do hope that you pull the trigger on Miz vs. Bryan sooner than it seems WWE is planning on doing it.

    The IIconics getting the win over the established Charlotte and Becky was a good move and doesn’t really hurt the ladies b/c they are not an established team where as it looks like you are establishing Billy/Peyton as one. I like Asuka coming over to SD, which goes back to you making SD the wrestling brand even on the women’s side of things. The Dana/Sarah thing is nothing to really write about but I like that you are doing an undercard in the women’s division.

    I really enjoyed the conversation between Ohno and Cesaro. It wasn’t over the top, but just suttle enough to get a pop from the fans that know the history. I wonder if this leads somewhere or if it was just a one time deal since Ohno has the US belt and Cesaro is in a tag team.

    Interesting little thing from Goldust. Its actually funny bc im rewatching old RAWs and Goldust just returned at the RR in 2002 and was talking about a star coming back. I really hope it is someone that Goldust can manage.

    Nice introductory video to get the fans back to knowing who the Kanellis family is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigmc123 View Post

    The IIconics getting the win over the established Charlotte and Becky was a good move and doesn’t really hurt the ladies b/c they are not an established team where as it looks like you are establishing Billy/Peyton as one. I like Asuka coming over to SD, which goes back to you making SD the wrestling brand even on the women’s side of things. The Dana/Sarah thing is nothing to really write about but I like that you are doing an undercard in the women’s division.
    I'm glad you were a fan of not only the way the Smackdown women's division has shaped up, but also realizing the undercard I'm trying to form in the division to give a more solid base for stories. I want to try to implement the women as an actual division versus all the ladies kind of rotating around to eventual championship opportunities.

    Quote Originally Posted by Stojy View Post

    Without trying to be to critical right away, as a standalone idea, forcing the wrestlers to qualify for a Six Pack Challenge match which will then decide who the champion is a fine move. Considering we just had a 10 man gauntlet on Raw, now we are preparing for a 6 pack challenge on Smackdown, it maybe feels a little too familiar for me. I would have maybe preferred if there was slightly more of a difference between the way the two brands have been laid out in the early stages. The only other issue I had was a guy like Curt Hawkins getting a chance over basically anybody else on the roster. The guy is on the losing streak and it seems like a joke that this guy would get a run at the championship.

    I have a pet peeve around draft time when somebody gets drafted to a new show, but still has to have a title shot at the next pay per view for their old brands title. Very rarely do they actually have a chance to win that contest. That’s pretty much what happened here with Joe. Outside of that though, Joe/Styles segment was a nice start to a potential program between the two. Oh boy, that would be awesome.

    The Miz being on Smackdown further frustrates me because I guess his IC Title match with Rollins won’t mean anything either. If that’s the case, it’s just annoying and feels like a waste of a PPV match. Miz hosting MizTV with himself as the guest is standard Miz stuff though. Such a douche, but awesome anyway. Paige and Miz’s back and forth was good, and I LOVE the fact that Miz and Bryan is being put on the agenda straight away. In real life, it feels as if they are delaying it too much and are going to wait until the heat is gone. Strike well the iron is hot my friend. Oh yeah and Miz/AJ next week should be an awesome main event.
    I understand how terrible it can bee when you have superstars changing shows and the championship they are challenging for is on the opposite brand. Last year with Wyatt and Orton at Payback was already rough before the House of Horrors aspect. Especially with someone winning that opposite brands championship being rare. With the GRR coming up, I looked at it as a way to officially cut off stories. After that, there won't be many situations if any of superstars hopping across shows for feuds.

    I also felt the Six Pack Challenge would be the best way to push a legitimate challenger against Styles versus him just being given a challenger. The layout of the WWE calendar screwed me over bringing the gauntlet and challenge so close together.
    NXT will be up TONIGHT.


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