Revisiting The Best Angles on WWE Smackdown & AEW Shows This Week plus More Wrestling News
WWE Smackdown has become the can't-miss show of the week for WWE fans, and the main reason is the excellent Bloodline storyline. Even though Sami Zayn lost the WWE Undisputed title last week, the storyline is still moving forward, with Kevin Owens rejecting his plea for help on Raw this past Monday and then last night an incredible exchange with Jimmy Uso.
Uso spent the whole night trying to get a hold of his brother Jey to explain his non-action at the WWE Elimination Chamber last week. At the end of the night, Jimmy comes out to call out his brother, but Sami came out. Sami couldn't believe Jimmy was the first to attack him after Sami turned on Roman. Jimmy responded back that Sami is the one that caused all of this and broke up his family. Sami retorted that family doesn't make you test your loyalty. Another A+ segment.
I have no idea what's going on with Bray Wyatt…
Dominick Mysterio was all over the show, and very comfortable in his new heel role. First, he stood up for his "mami," Rhea Ripley and led to this weird exchange with Charlotte. Charlotte reminded Dom that she had a real papi at home who has a very thick… accent!
Later in the show, Dom had a great exchange with his dad further advancing their storyline:
What's happening on AEW TV?
AEW's next big PPV, Revolution, is just one week away and the promotion has gone into overdrive. MJF has shifted gears with his character, offering a new explanation for why he doesn't like Bryan Danielson, tying it to his (allegedly) real-life breakup with his fiancé. The two meet in a one-hour iron man match next week.
"Jungle Boy" Jack Perry keeps trying, and failing, to get revenge on Christian:
On Rampage, Young Bucks and Aussie Open had a really fun match that ultimately led to the setup for the Elite vs. House of Black at Revolution.
Meanwhile, Keith Lee debuted his new look:
We'll have a full preview of AEW Revolution next week in this column.
What's on TV this week?
RAW has a really fun main event scheduled for Monday night. Here's the full lineup:
- WWE Women's Tag Team Championship: Damage CTRL's Dakota Kai & IYO SKY (c) vs. Becky Lynch & Lita
- Asuka vs. Carmella
- Candice LeRae vs. Piper Niven
- WrestleMania Goes Hollywood" edition of Miz TV
WWE NXT is on Tuesday at 8pm on USA:
- NXT North American title open challenge
- Meiko Satomura vs. Zoey Stark
- Carmelo Hayes vs. Tyler Bate
AEW Dynamite this Wednesday at 8pm on TBS has a huge lineup:
- Face of the Revolution ladder match for a future TNT title shot: Komander vs. Konosuke Takeshita vs. Ortiz vs. Action Andretti vs. Sammy Guevara vs. Powerhouse Hobbs vs. Eddie Kingston vs. AR Fox
- Casino tag team battle royale for a spot in the Tag Team title match at Revolution: Top Flight vs. Aussie Open vs. Matt Menard & Angelo Parker vs. Best Friends vs. Alex Reynolds & John Silver vs. Mike Bennett & Matt Taven vs. Preston Vance & Rush vs. Claudio Castagnoli & Wheeler Yuta vs. The Lucha Bros vs. The Butcher & The Blade
- AEW All-Atlantic Championship: Orange Cassidy (c) vs. Big Bill
- FTW Championship: Hook (c) vs. Matt Hardy
- Chris Jericho vs. Peter Avalon
- Toni Storm vs. Riho
- MJF & Bran Danielson speak
Smackdown next Friday at 8pm on Fox announced:
- Roman Reigns returns
- Liv Morgan vs. Rhea Ripley
- Natalya & Tegan Nox vs. Ronda Rousey & Shayna Baszler
AEW Revolution is next Saturday and has this lineup announced so far:
- 60-minute iron man match for the AEW World Championship: MJF (c) vs. Bryan Danielson
- AEW Women's World Championship: Jamie Hayter (c) vs. Ruby Soho vs. Saraya
- TNT Championship: Samoa Joe (c) vs. Wardlow
- AEW World Tag Team Championship: The Gunns (c) vs. The Acclaimed vs. Jeff Jarrett & Jay Lethal vs. TBD
- AEW World Trios Championship: The Elite (c) vs. The House of Black
- Chris Jericho vs. Ricky Starks -- everyone banned from ringside
- Texas Death match: Jon Moxley vs. Hangman Page
More Wrestling News from Around the Internet
AEW announced a new reality series AEW: All Access will premiere next month on TBS, following Dynamite. The show will follow Adam Cole, Britt Baker, Sammy Guevara, Tay Conti, The Young Bucks, Saraya, Wardlow, and Eddie Kingson backstage as they gear up for big matches. This show is a successor to AEW's previous reality series, Rhodes to the Top.
WWE Backlash will drop the "WrestleMania Backlash" name this May, and WWE will have a second event that month, WWE King and Queen of the Ring, crowning new tournament winners.
Kenny Omega's contract has been extended to November, according to Dave Meltzer. Omega's contract was originally to be up at the beginning of 2023, but due to spending most of 2022 out with an injury, it allowed his contract to have time added on. Young Bucks' contract expires early next year.
AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door 2 has been listed as taking place on Saturday, June 24, 2023 on cable listings.
Anna Jay confirmed she got bruised ribs from a very painful-looking powerbomb she took to the floor a few weeks ago.
Cameron Grimes is expected to debut on the main WWE roster shortly, according to Dave Meltzer.
Jeff Hardy pled no contest to his DUI and will have his license revoked for 10 years. He will also be under probation for two years and serve nearly $5k in fines, plus be required to do community service.
Impact Wrestling had their "No Surrender" PPV last night and this was the spot of the night:
WWE got some fun publicity on Wheel of Fortune recently, and that kid is going to a WWE show now.
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