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WrestleMania's go home shows were weak at best.

Raw starts off with an announcement that the women's main even will be a winner takes all match, essentially combining the Women's Raw and Women's Smackdown titles, just a few years after their creation. The Ricochet and Aleister Black tour continued with them losing to The Raw tag team champs again The Revival and then turning on them and attacking them in a seeming heel turn. Kurt Angle had a farewell moment cut short by Baron Corbin with the WWE trying it's hardest to convince you that Baron Corbin is in fact a big enough jerk to warrant being the bad guy in this farewell match. Bautista came in and cut a great four word promo for his seemingly brutal match against Triple H, The Animal has been channeling his inner Bruce Willis by delivering a really solid angry but quietly spoken guy this time around and it's becoming more fun to watch as it builds, this may slowly be becoming my most anticipated non title match. The women's tag title match seems like it's going to be a disaster, Sasha and Bailey were way off their game and it seemed like everyone had a big case of the jitters for some reason, meaning their big match will be interesting to say the least.

Smackdown did everything in its power to try and convince you to watch WrestleMania with so much promo cutting it was crazy. AJ Styles and Randy Orton agitated each other some more, The Miz and Shane bothered each other even more, and Becky Lynch did her best work yet reminding everyone that they in fact are supposed to be rooting for her this Sunday. Daniel Bryant and Kofi Kingston did a great job with their promo at the end of Smackdown though and honestly WrestleMania does have some interesting and exciting matches booked.

There have been some really lazy moments building up to this main event, the Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch and Ronda Rousey getting arrested on Raw was a lame send home moment. It doesn't make it more impressive that they are this ready to all fight each other they're fighting for two titles, they don't need to raise the stakes much more than that. The announcement that Finn Balor is returning to his Demon alter ego is great news, the Demon hasn't been seen in a long time and it tends to make for some great entertainment. Smackdown finished with basically the entire roster that isn't involved in a match coming out and wrestling in a giant battle royal that was funny but it reminds people just how many wrestlers aren't getting their moment in the sun. Think about this, all of those guys were out there and we still haven't heard from Bray Wyatt, Sami Zayn or Luke Harper. All guys who had big moments over the past few years. WrestleMania looms and afterwards there is usually a superstar shake up where some old faces swap shows, new guys show up and changes get made so who knows what's coming next.

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Houston now trails in the fall classic

Astros fall in World Series Game 1 as Braves come out swinging

Framber Valdez had a forgettable start in World Series Game 1 as the Braves tagged him with five runs. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images

After a dominant end to win the ALCS and American League pennant, the Houston Astros welcomed in the National League champion Atlanta Braves for World Series Game 1 at Minute Maid Park on Tuesday. With Houston favored to win not just this game but the entire series, the Braves shook up those expectations by finding early success at the plate to build a lead they would hold to take a 1-0 series lead.

Final Score: Braves 6, Astros 2

World Series (Best of Seven): Atlanta leads 1-0

Winning Pitcher: A.J. Minter

Losing Pitcher: Framber Valdez

Valdez unable to replicate ALCS Game 5 success as Braves mount early lead

For the optimist, not having home-field advantage in an MLB postseason series affords you a benefit: you can score first and take captive momentum first in the series. The Braves did that against Framber Valdez, as Jorge Soler became the first player in league history to hit a homer in the first plate appearance of a World Series, putting Atlanta out to an immediate 1-0 lead. They would get another in the first frame, getting a one-out infield single by Ozzie Albies, who would steal second to get in position for an RBI double by Austin Riley.

Houston had the chance to respond in their first inning against former teammate Charlie Morton, getting a single and two walks to load the bases with no outs. They'd strand all three runners, though, as Morton made it through unscathed but having used 26 pitches. Atlanta kept putting stress on Valdez, extending their lead to three runs with back-to-back singles to start the second before later getting an RBI groundout.

Valdez gave up two more in the top of the third, once again allowing a leadoff single, this one setting up a two-run homer to make it a 5-0 Braves lead and forcing Houston's starter out of the game early. Yimi Garcia entered and was able to retire the three batters he faced to end the frame.

Braves lose Morton to injury as both bullpens begin long night

After stranding the bases loaded in the bottom of the first to keep the Astros off the board, Morton followed it up with a 1-2-3 second. He started the bottom of the third by retiring his fifth batter in a row, getting a strikeout of Jose Altuve. He would immediately call trainers to get him out of the game, though, as he would later be diagnosed with a fractured fibula, presumably from a ball that ricocheted off his leg in the prior inning, ending his season in a disappointing turn of events for the Braves.

That set up a long night for both bullpens, and next up for Houston was Jake Odorizzi. He started with a scoreless fourth, working around a two-out error to keep it a five-run game. The Astros began a rally in the bottom of the fourth, getting runners on the corners with one out on a Kyle Tucker double and Yuli Gurriel single. Chas McCormick brought in the first run of the board for Houston, but that's all they would get as Atlanta's lead remained four runs.

Astros drop Game 1

Odorizzi kept going on the mound, tossing a 1-2-3 fifth, then getting one out before a one-out single in the top of the sixth would prompt Dusty Baker to move on to Phil Maton, who finished the inning. Maton returned in the top of the seventh, getting a strikeout before a double and a walk would result in the call to bring in Ryne Stanek.

A double play against his first batter allowed Stanek to finish the seventh, and then he returned in the eighth. He faced three batters that frame, getting one out before a walk and a single would put runners on the corners as Houston moved on to Brooks Raley. A sac fly by Freddie Freeman off of Raley made it a five-run lead again, but a leadoff triple by Yordan Alvarez in the bottom of the inning would set up Carlos Correa for an RBI, a groundout to make it 6-2.

Atlanta's bullpen continued to do well, though, limiting the damage to that one run in the eighth, then returning to hold on to the four-run lead in the bottom of the ninth to give the Braves the upset win to start the series. The loss extends their home losing streak in the World Series to five games (having lost all four at home in the 2019 World Series against the Nationals) and puts them down 0-1 and in need of a win in Game 2 to try and reset the series into a best-of-five.

Up Next: World Series Game 2 will be another 7:09 PM Central scheduled start time on Wednesday from Minute Maid Park. The expected pitching matchup is Max Fried, who is 1-1 with a 3.78 ERA in three postseason starts, for the Braves, and Jose Urquidy, who went just 1.2 innings while allowing six runs (five earned) in his start in the ALCS.

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