WRESTLING REPORT

WWE rides the momentum from WrestleMania

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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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All Elite Wrestling debuted last Wednesday and we are now in a new era. The Cody Rhodes led new wrestling promotion kicked off with a barn burner of a match between Cody Rhodes and Sammy Guevara. Seeing the return of wrestling to TNT has a lot of meaning to it, as WCW ended it's run Ted Turner had allegedly said there would never be wrestling on TNT again. Fast forward eighteen years later and Cody Rhodes has brought wrestling back to the Turner channel. A young roster filled with potential and great Indy wrestlers who are media savvy and willing to try big moves and land huge spots, AEW is going to push WWE in many ways.

WWE responded with an extended version of NXT, now two hours to rival AEW, kicking off with a match between Adam Cole and Matt Riddle for the title. It's an interesting move to see Finn Balor come on to NXT, this might be the way to fairly distribute the roster between USA and Fox but the most important take away from NXT is after comparing it to AEW it's just not as technically impressive. Overall as a show it isn't enough to directly compete against what AEW did the same night, although I did like the bit with running over their time like in the old days.

Smackdown kicked off well with The Rock and The Man embarrassing a King. The Kevin Owens and Shane McMahon ladder match being on Smackdown is a great decision with a pay per view event coming up the weekend after this show, hopefully it isn't one they regret. The match was obviously great, and Kevin winning was the obvious outcome but it was fantastic and what a great moment from Kevin Owens firing and stunning Shane. A squash match between Brock Lesnar and Kofi Kingston is so disrespectful and wrong to do to Kofi, who has been a great champ for WWE over the last year. It looks like the Fox era has begun.

Coming out of a disastrous Hell in a Cell where Seth cheated to end a match against The Fiend, resulting in the audience audibly chanting AEW at the end of the event. It's important for WWE to find some footing coming through the draft starting this Friday or AEW is going to keep chopping away at them and leading off with a cheating wife is so 1990s and not the right move at all. Natalya and Lacey Evans put some great work into the first match of the night to help recover some of the damage done by the opening. Overall it was a flat episode coming out of a rough pay per view and those aren't the things you want if you're looking over your shoulder at the new guy.

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