This week in WWE: Shield hints at reunion

Rumors of Shield getting the band back together are swirling. Photo by WWE.com

This is a weekly look at the action in the WWE:


Braun Strowman vs Seth Rollins opened Raw from Denver, Colorado this week. Rollins would see an opening to bring down Strowman, but it would not be enough. Strowman would recover and defeat Rollins with a Running Power Slam. He would continue to attack Rollins until his tag team partner, Dean Ambrose ran down to attempt to save Rollins. Strowman would, eventually, get the best out of Ambrose and lay him out. The Bar, Cesaro and Sheamus, would, then, come out to beat Ambrose and Rollins while they were down to end the segment. Mickie James would hunt down Alexa Bliss backstage after she pranked her by leaving a walker and adult diapers for her in her locker room. Bliss would refuse to take on an “older woman” in the ring. Her friend, Nia Jax, on the other hand, had no problem with it at all. Elias’ feud with Titus World Wide continued this week as he defeated Titus O’Neil. Nia Jax vs. Mickie James would close the first hour. James would hit Jax with a Tornado DDT, but, before she could even go for a pin, Alexa Bliss would get involve to prevent James from winning. James would go on the outside of the ring and brawl with Bliss before walking away on top.

Renee Young attempted to interview Cruiserweight Champion, Enzo Amore. Instead, Amore would only stand there, speechless, reflecting on how Neville and the rest of the Cruiserweight division attacked him the week before. Matt Hardy and Jason Jordan tagged again. This time, it was against Gallows and Anderson. The latter team would go on to win via their Magic Killer finisher. Roman Reigns would challenge for The Miz’s Intercontinental Championship. The Miz continued to mock Reigns and The Shield by recreating the entrance of the faction. Reigns would eliminate The Mizterouge from the equation by attacking them before the match began, leaving him and Miz alone. Just when it looked like Reigns would win the title, The Bar came from the crowd and aided The Miz in his attack of Reigns. The Miz would, again, mock The Shield. This week, it was with the help of The Bar, though.

Finn Balor made his way to the ring to call out Bray Wyatt. He has been playing mind games with Balor for months now, and Balor is tired of it. Wyatt would respond via a video package. He would tell Balor that Sister Abagail never lied to him, and that she is dying to meet Balor. Bayley and Sasha Banks teamed up again this week to take on Emma and Alicia Fox. They would win the match after Emma would walk away on Fox leaving her to take the pin from Bayley. For the second week in a row, Enzo Amore closed Monday Night Raw. He made that known to the crowd and went on to criticize how weak the division is. The whole division made their way to the ring to attack Amore, but, before they could even touch him, Amore announced that any one who touched him would be fired. Kurt Angle made his way to the ring to confirm that not one of them could touch Amore, except for his newest signing to the Cruiserweight division. Kalisto raced to the ring and laid out Amore with the Salida del Sol. Raw would, then, close with Roman Reigns sitting in his locker room still recovering from his earlier attack. Suddenly, Ambrose and Rollins walk into his locker room and nod their heads leading fans to believe their reunion will in fact happen.

Highlight of the Night: The Bar getting involved in the match between The Miz and Roman Reigns. Their involvement was completely unexpected, and it finally gave Ambrose and Rollins a reason to help Reigns and reunite as The Shield.

SmackDown Live

SmackDown Live opened with Shinsuke Nakamura in the ring to talk about his match with WWE Champion, Jinder Mahal, at Hell in a Cell. Before he could get too far into his promo, he was interrupted by The Signh Brothers. As they “introduced” Mahal, he snuck up behind Nakamura attacking him. The first match of the night saw Becky Lynch and Charlotte tag against Natalya and Carmella. The latter team would end up victorious after Charlotte tapped out to Natalya’s Sharp Shooter. After a commercial break, a package aired to hype up Shane McMahon vs. Kevin Owens at Hell in a Cell. Bobby Roode defeated Mike Kanellis almost immediately with a Glorious DDT. Dolph Ziggler, then, made his way to the ring mocking Roode’s entrance. He explained to Roode that he would expose him for what he was, “nothing more than an entrance”. The Usos closed the first hour of the show shouting how they were the tag team to elevate the division on the blue brand. The New Day would, then, make their way to the ring to agree with The Usos. They have, in fact, elevated the division together, but that will not stop The New Day from retaining their Tag Team titles.

WWE Champion Jinder Mahal would talk backstage about his attack on Shinsuke Nakamura to open the show. He explained that this attack was very much a sign of the things that are to come. Tye Dillinger took on Baron Corbin while United States Champion, AJ Styles, watched from backstage. Dillinger would roll up Corbin and surprise him and win. Styles would then come on the big screen to explain how nothing will be handed to Corbin. He is not going to be able to take short cuts against AJ Styles. Rusev and Aiden English made their way to the ring to discuss what Orton did to them the week before. Orton would interrupt Rusev and make his way to the ring for his match against English. Orton would go on to win the match after hitting English with an RKO. Shane McMahon made his way to the ring to talk about his match against Kevin Owens. Owens came down through the crowd but would refuse to face him in the ring. So, McMahon followed him into the crowd where Owens blindsided him with an attack. Owens would go on to explain how he would destroy him this Sunday. All the while, McMahon struggled to make his way back to the ring. Owens would close the show with a Pop Up Power Bomb to a defenseless McMahon.

Highlight of the Night: Every once in a while, Orton will hit an awesome RKO on his opponent. This was definitely the case, for the second week in the row with the RKO that finished the match with Aiden English.

How do they compare?

Raw kept the ball rolling this week. Since they began to build for No Mercy, the show had been relatively good. The same cannot be said about SmackDown Live, though. The show has had some great moments, but it is unfortunate that they have not built up the feuds in the mid card as well as they did the main event scene. For a “go home” show, this weeks episode of SmackDown Live did not do as much as it should have to get Hell in a Cell over. It does not feel as big as No Mercy felt for Raw two weeks ago. For now, Raw has all the momentum. TLC is not scheduled until the end of the month, but I can already say I am more excited for it than I am for Hell in a Cell.

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Houston's losing streak extended to five games

With key Astros missing, Detroit completes the series sweep

An overall bad day for the Astros on Wednesday. Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images

On Wednesday afternoon, the Astros received a big blow to their chances in the series finale against Detroit and potentially longer. Five players: Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, Yordan Alvarez, Martin Maldonado, and Robel Garcia would all be moved to the IL due to health and safety protocols, leaving them scrambling to get a whole team together for the game against the Tigers.

The Astros would not be able to overcome both the loss of players and the onslaught of another strong start by Detroit in Wednesday's game which put them too far out front for Houston to come back from to avoid a series sweep.

Final Score: Tigers 6, Astros 4

Astros' Record: 6-6, third in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Michael Fulmer (1-0)

Losing Pitcher: Lance McCullers Jr. (1-1)

Tigers knock out another starter early

Detroit continued their success of making Houston's starter work hard in early innings, getting after Lance McCullers Jr., and giving him an early exit. After a lengthy fist, they broke through in the second getting two hits, a walk, a hit batter, and an RBI groundout to put up three runs on 34 pitches.

He would have a quicker 1-2-3 third, but after giving up a single, a walk, and hitting another batter to load the bases and reach 87 pitches, he would be removed in favor of Joe Smith. Smith would allow all three of the inherited runners to score, adding those runs to McCullers Jr.'s final line: 3.2 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 87 P.

Astros try to claw back into it

After Smith would go on to load the bases again in the inning, still with two outs, Houston made another pitching change to bring in Brandon Bielak to get the third out and stop the bleeding at 6-0. The Astros would get on the board in the fifth, getting a runner on base to set up a two-run homer by Jason Castro to cut the lead to 6-2.

Bielak remained in the game to try and eat up as many innings as possible. While he continued to hold the Tigers to their six runs through the six innings, the Astros clawed back into the game. In the bottom of the sixth, Houston put their first two batters on base with a walk and single before an RBI-single by Yuli Gurriel to make it 6-3. They would threaten for more but be held there for the time being.

Astros can't cash in, Tigers complete sweep

Ryne Stanek was Houston's next reliever in the top of the seventh, getting a 1-2-3 frame to keep it a three-run game, as did Brooks Raley in the eighth. In the home part of the inning, the Astros put their first two runners on base on an error and a walk, then loaded them with a one-out single by Carlos Correa. They'd waste their chance to make something happen, though, with an inning-ending double-play.

Ryan Pressly, who had no save opportunities in recent games, entered to get some work in the top of the ninth. He worked around a leadoff double for a scoreless inning, sending the 6-3 game to the bottom of the ninth. The Astros had yet another chance to make something happen, loading the bases with no outs to bring the go-ahead run to the plate. After two outs, Yuli Gurriel would bring one run in with a walk, but that's as close as they'd come, extending their losing streak to five games and getting swept by the Tigers.

Up Next: Houston will get a much-needed day off tomorrow to try and leave this poor homestand behind them. They'll pick things up in Seattle on Friday, with first pitch of the opener of three games at 9:10 PM Central. The expected pitching matchup is Jose Urquidy (0-1, 5.23 ERA) for the Astros and Yusei Kikuchi (0-0, 3.75 ERA) for the Mariners.

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