WWE WRAP-UP

This week in the WWE: The Shield reunites and crashes The Mizzie awards

The Shield reunites on Raw and punishes anyone in their path. Photo by WWE.com

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

Raw

This week’s Raw opened with The Miz handing out his “The Mizzie” awards.  These awards were, of course, given only to The Mizterouge, The Bar, and himself. Roman Reigns made his way to the ring. To Miz’s surprise, he wasn’t alone as Ambrose and Rollins came down with him. The Shield reunited and ended The Mizzies celebration. Jason Jordan defeated Karl Anderson despite Luke Gallows’ attempt to get involved in the match. Kurt Angle found The Miz backstage recovering from The Shield’s attack. Angle would go on to tell Miz that he and The Bar would be in the main event at TLC against The Shield in the very match that the event is named after: a tables, ladders, and chairs match. Elias was interrupted by Titus O’Neil as he tried to play a song for the crowd in Indianapolis. O’Neil’s client, Apollo Crews, would follow him down to the ring for his match against Elias. Elias would go on to defeat Crews to end the first hour.

Enzo Amore came down to the ring to voice his displeasure with Kurt Angle. He was upset that he allowed Kalisto to attack him, and that he went as far as rewarding Kalisto with a title match at TLC. Angle made his way to the ring to talk with Amore. After Amore made an argument that Angle does not respect him as a champion, Angle decided to cancel the match at TLC. Instead, Amore would be taking on him in the main event of Raw in a Lumberjack Match. Braun Strowman took on Matt Hardy. Hardy would hit Strowman with his Twist of Fate finisher, but it would not be enough as Strowman would go on to win with a Running Power Slam. After the match, Strowman would attempt to carry Hardy backstage, but The Shield would come out to save Hardy as they slammed Strowman through the announcer’s table. Mickie James made her way to the ring to explain that her age shouldn’t matter to Alexa Bliss. The only number Bliss should be worried about is seven, since she will be a seven-time champion after she defeats Bliss. This, of course, prompted Bliss to make her way to the ring. James would get the upper hand over the champion before she ran away from James. Kurt Angle was confronted by the rest of the Women’s Division since he has not chosen an opponent for Asuka, who will be debuting at TLC. Angle announced that they would all be facing off with the winner taking on Asuka.

The Miz would find Kurt Angle in his office to try to persuade him to let him add another member to his team at TLC. Angle would agree, and Braun Strowman would enter his office revealing himself as Miz’s newest partner. Finn Balor would be introduced to Bray Wyatt’s Sister Abagail. She would explain that she would be feeding Wyatt with the strength to defeat Balor.  The Woman’s Fatal Five Way turned out to be an elimination match. Bayley would eliminate Dana Brooke, but would be eliminated by Alecia Fox.  Sasha Banks would submit Fox, but would be rolled up by the winner of the match, Emma. The Cruiserweight Division made their way to the ring for The Lumberjack match between Enzo Amore and Kalisto. The lumberjacks would begin to brawl amongst each other, and Kalisto would see an opening to Suplex Amore through the lumberjacks. Amore would regain himself and would attempt to pin Kalisto, but Mustafa Ali would stop it. Kalisto would go on to win the match and The Cruiserweight Championship via the Salida del Sol.

Highlight of the Night: The Shield attacking Braun Strowman. Sure, the group officially reunited in the opening segment of the show, but it was this moment that really made it seem like The Shield were really back.

SmackDown Live

The blue brand’s show opened with a recap of Hell in a Cell. A package showed how Sami Zayn helped Kevin Owens beat Shane McMahon. Tom Phillips, then, promised Zayn would be addressing it later in the show. The Usos made their way to the ring with their newly acquired Tag Team championships. They invited The New Day to come down to the ring, and, to The New Day’s surprise, offer them a handshake in a sign of truce. Before they could shake hands, though, the entire Tag Team division came down to ask for an opportunity at the titles. Daniel Bryan made his way to the ring to announce that every team would get a chance, except The New Day.  The Ascension, Breezango, The Hype Bros, and Shelton Benjamin & Chad Gable would participate in a Fatal Fairway with the team of Benjamin and Gable winning. Backstage, Natalya was confronted by Tamina, Lana, and Carmella. The Women’s Champion began talking about Charlotte Flair, and, unfortunately for her, Charlotte was close enough to hear her.  A brawl then broke out between the entire division. After a commercial break, Becky Lynch took on Carmella. Lynch would submit Carmella with her Disarmer finisher.

Kevin Owens came down to the ring to start the second hour. He welcomed the fans to “Kevin’s Heaven”, a place without Shane McMahon. He, then, introduced Sami Zayn. Zayn went on to explain how being a good guy only lead to mediocrity, and that saving his “brother," Kevin Owens, was the right thing to do. Shinsuke Nakamura and Randy Orton teamed up and defeated Rusev and Aiden English. A promo package aired showing a repackaged Luke Harper and Erick Rowan. Bobby Roode, then, made his way to the ring to talk about his win over Dolph Ziggler at Hell in a Cell. Ziggler came out to announce to Roode that he’d be wanting his rematch, but only when he's ready. SmackDown Live closed with Baron Corbin retaining his United States Championship over AJ Styles.

Highlight of the Night: The Usos showing props to The New Day. Without a doubt, their feud has been one of the best ones of the year. Knowing how much these teams have elevated each other, it was pretty cool to see both teams embrace with a handshake.

How do they compare?

This is perhaps the easiest decision I’ve made when trying to decide who had the better show. SmackDown Live is just not there right now. The alarming thing is the fact they just came off a pay-per-view. Typically, the first show after an event delivers, this was not the case. Raw is still full steam ahead for TLC. They put in a lot of work tying in different stories to build their main event for TLC, and it is definitely paying off.

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Houston drops first of three

Mariners heat up late to take series opener over Astros

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With the playoffs just a little over a week away, the Astros started their last week of regular-season games in Seattle against the Mariners. A couple of wins against them would secure Houston's spot as the AL West's second playoff participant, with Oakland all but having locked up the first spot sitting six games in front of Houston with seven left to play. Here is a quick rundown of the opener from T-Mobile Park:

Final Score: Mariners 6, Astros 1.

Record: 27-27, second in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Marco Gonzalez (7-2, 3.06 ERA).

Losing pitcher: Lance McCullers Jr. (3-3, 4.24 ERA).

Bitter end to an impressive start for McCullers Jr.

Both starting pitchers would take a scoreless deep late into Monday night's game. While the Astros were trying to figure out Marco Gonzalez, Lance McCullers Jr. was repeating the success of his last start, a seven-inning two-hit start against the Rangers.

McCullers Jr. allowed a two-out walk in the bottom of the first inning, then proceeded to retire the next fourteen batters before a one-out double in the bottom of the sixth gave the Mariners their first hit of the night. He would go on to finish the sixth before things unraveled in the seventh.

A leadoff walk would result in a run after an error by Jose Altuve left runners on first and second, setting up an RBI-double to give the Mariners the first run of the night and a 1-0 lead. McCullers Jr. looked like he was going to cap off his night by stranding the runners on second and third after back-to-back strikeouts, but before he could get the last out of the inning allowed a three-run home run to blow the game open at 4-0. His final line: 6.2 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 1 HR, 102 P.

Mariners take the opener

Despite getting several hits against him along the way, Houston could not get anything substantial going against Gonzalez, who would shutout the Astros over eight innings of work. After Enoli Paredes finished the seventh, Brandon Bielak would take over out of Houston's bullpen for the bottom of the eighth.

He struggled mightily, loading the bases with no outs, including a hit batter before allowing a two-RBI single to extend Seattle's lead to 6-0. The Astros would get on the board in the top of the ninth, getting a two-out double by Carlos Correa, who would score on an RBI-single by Josh Reddick. That would be too little, too late as the 6-1 score would go final as the Mariners took the opener, keeping the Astros' magic number at two.

Up Next: The middle game of this three-game set will be another 8:10 PM Central start on Tuesday. On the mound will be Framber Valdez (4-3, 3.82 ERA) for the Astros and Ljay Newsome (0-1, 6.35 ERA) for the Mariners.

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