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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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Correa could be on his way out. Composite image by Jack Brame.

It has not been the best of times to be a star athlete in Houston. In the last year, Jadeveon Clowney and DeAndre Hopkins were solid off for a warm bucket of spit. George Springer won't be back. James Harden and Russell Westbrook rumors are rampant. J.J. Watt might be moving on as well.

Now, reports are the Astros are listening to offers for Carlos Correa.

Predictably, Astros fans are livid. And if it's true, they should be concerned about the bigger picture.

Trading Correa makes sense - if you have no plans on keeping him after next season, as was clearly the case with Springer. If the Astros can get a haul and replenish the farm system, it would be the right move, especially considering Correa's injury history.

But in the long run, it does not bode well for the direction of the team. All recent indications are that the Astros are going cheap.

They would still be a competitive team without Correa, but it would be yet another indication their World Series window has closed. Alex Bregman could slide over to shortstop, but who would play third? And they only have one starting outfielder on the roster as it is. Putting together a competitive lineup around Bregman, Jose Altuve, Kyle Tucker, Yuli Gurriel and Yordan Alvarez would still be possible, but if the Astros aren't going to spend money, that could be problematic.

The writing was probably on the wall when the team hired James Click as GM from the notoriously frugal Tampa Bay organization. The good news is the Rays have been successful. But this is a new direction for a team that was not afraid to spend big money to make runs at the World Series.

If they lose Correa, they lose a team leader, one of the few players who embraced the villain role in the wake of the cheating controversy and was not afraid to speak out. But he has never lived up to his MVP potential, has battled injuries and will command big dollars on the open market. He is still young enough to become that kind of player, and someone will gamble big money that he will.

Sadly, if this rumor is true, it won't be the Astros.

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