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The aftermath of the craziest WrestleMania in recent history.

Coming out of a crazy WrestleMania where seven titles changed hands, the bar was set rather high to carry the momentum but Raw did its best. Kurt Angle came back and got revenge on Baron Corben for how his WrestleMania moment was ruined with a loss in his farewell match. This led into Lars Sullivan making his WWE main roster debut with a run in to further destroy and humiliate Kurt Angle some more. Lacey Evans actually did something other than walk back and forth by punching Becky Lynch in the face probably setting up Becky's first post WrestleMania rivalry. Speaking of great female wrestlers, Alexa Bliss returned to the ring for the first time since the women's royal rumble a few months back against Bayley. The Revival had a title rematch against Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder for the Raw Tag Titles and yet again they lost, leaving them in an odd spot honestly, having lost way more than they've won here lately. The Undertaker made a bizarre surprise return to the ring and delivered a choke slam and a tombstone piledriver on Elias, as exciting as it always is to see The Deadman the question of why looms over the appearance. The biggest and most annoying moment in all of Raw though was the winner take all match between Kofi Kingston and Seth Rollins each putting their newly won titles on the line, being interrupted by The Bar. It was an odd moment, why even tease unifying the titles to simply call it off and have them fight together against a common foe?

Smackdown played fast and light with the "rules" of the WWE universe, with Drew Mcintyre and Braun Strowman showing up even though they are both technically members of the Raw roster. Although both The Bar and The New Day and Becky Lynch were all on Raw the day before so maybe turnabout is fair play. After the Usos retained their titles in a fatal four way on WrestleMania they then had them come in and lose their titles on Smackdown to the Hardy Brothers, and then Lars Sullivan came in and threw them both around like rag dolls. Lacey Evans showed back up and punched Becky Lynch again so that's looking like a pretty good lock for the first rivalry for the now combined women's title. Perhaps the only real bad moment on Smackdown was Shane McMahon's obnoxious cut where he harassed the ring announcer and talked about being the best in the world, I'm just not interested in a bunch of Shane McMahon storylines.

With the Superstar Shake Up coming next week and lots of wrestlers floating around without storylines, it's going to be an interesting week next week and WWE took advantage of all that uncertainty to make two good shows where they just shrugged and said anything can happen.

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Houston can win series on Sunday

Timely hitting helps Astros edge out D-backs to even series

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The Astros had two losses over the last 24 hours; one a game against the Diamondbacks in the series opener on Friday night, the other the news that their recovering ace, Justin Verlander, announced Saturday afternoon that he is opting to undergo Tommy John surgery. The decision and surgery will likely sideline Verlander through 2021 when his current contract with Houston ends.

With that, the Astros headwinds continued to increase, meaning a win to even the series with Arizona on Saturday would be a much-needed pick-me-up. Here's how they did:

Final Score: Astros 3, Diamondbacks 2.

Record: 26-26, second in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Enoli Paredes (3-2, 2.84 ERA).

Losing pitcher: Luke Weaver (1-8, 6.51 ERA).

D-backs score two on Javier who is pulled early

Kole Calhoun, who drove in four runs, including a home run in Friday's game, would start the scoring on Saturday with a solo home run off of Cristian Javier in the top of the second, giving Arizona an early 1-0 lead. Javier allowed another run in the top of the third, giving up a leadoff single that would move to third on a groundout then score on a sac fly, doubling the lead to 2-0.

Javier finished the third and tossed a 1-2-3 fourth, but whether it be due to a pre-determined pitch count or other situation, he would not go any further, ending his night there on just 77 pitches. His final line: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR, 77 P.

Astros grab a lead in the sixth

The Astros were able to cut the lead in half in the bottom of the third, getting a leadoff single by Josh Reddick, who would move to third after a walk and fielder's choice before scoring on an RBI-groundout by Jose Altuve, making it 2-1. Enoli Paredes was first out of Houston's bullpen, taking over for Javier in the top of the fifth and retiring six straight batters for two perfect frames.

Houston would get to Luke Weaver in the bottom of the sixth, getting a leadoff single by George Springer, who would score from first on an RBI-double by Altuve to tie the game. Altuve would come around as the go-ahead run later in the inning on an RBI-single by Kyle Tucker, knocking Weaver out of the game as the Astros took their first lead of the game, 3-2.

Houston evens the series and moves back up to .500

Josh James was the next reliever for Houston in the top of the seventh, and despite getting into a jam by issuing a one-out walk and hitting the next batter, he was able to get out of it. It was thanks to a great play by Michael Brantley, who started a double play by catching a lineout and throwing a runner out at second to end the inning.

Brooks Raley had the eighth and erased a one-out walk by retiring the next two batters to maintain the one-run lead. After a scoreless bottom of the eighth, the Astros turned to closer Ryan Pressly to get another save and finish the one-run game. Pressly would do so, as Houston would move back up to .500 and even the series 1-1 heading into the rubber game on Sunday.

Up Next: The finale of this series between Houston and Arizona, and Houston's last regular-season home game of 2020, will get underway at 1:10 PM Central on Sunday. Madison Bumgarner (0-4, 8.53) ERA will be on the mound for the D-backs, while Jose Urquidy (1-1, 2.70 ERA) will start for the Astros.

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