Breaking News: Big Show Returns

WWE has announced that the Big Show will make his return to in-ring competition on SmackDown Live this week. He will be facing Randy Orton in a qualifying match for the WWE World Cup, a tournament that will conclude at Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia. The Big Show has not wrestled a match since losing to Braun Strowman in a steel cage match on the September 4, 2017 episode of Raw.

Other matches announced for SmackDown live include another WWE World Cup qualifying match between Jeff Hardy and Samoa Joe as well as a SmackDown Women’s Championship match between Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch, with the stipulation that if Becky is disqualified for any reason, she will lose the championship.

WWE Super Show-Down Review

SMACKDOWN TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: THE BAR VS. THE NEW DAY (c)

Big E will sit this one out, a curious decision, but they must feel like Sheamus and Cesaro can both neutralize his power, so they want to double down on a speed advantage. Unfortunately for them, power is winning out in the early going. Impressive spot when Sheamus launched Woods in the air and Cesaro hit him with an uppercut.

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WWE Super Show-Down Predictions

CRUISERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: BUDDY MURPHY VS. CEDRIC ALEXADER (c)

Alexander has been undefeated for over a year. He’s been running the cruiserweight division, and deservedly so, he’s terrific. You know what else would be terrific? Giving Buddy Murphy a championship win in his hometown. I love Cedric, and Murphy is a heel, but that would be a tremendous way to start the show. I think he’d have a great run as champion, but even if you only have him win it just to do it in front of the home crowd, you could always have Alexander win it back in Saudi Arabia

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Raw Review, 10/1

IN-RING INTERVIEW: DEAN AMBROSE

Ambrose teases that he’s done with The Shield. He’s so good on the mic. Sure, he emphasizes that The Shield is a brotherhood, but he also runs down all the reasons why he would leave and why he could go out on his, continuing to leave some doubt. I love the options that Corbin offers Ambrose. It’s such a great way to get in his head. Ambrose doesn’t break, and ends up facing Strowman.

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Mixed Match Challenge Review, Week One

TEAM MONSTER ECLIPSE (BRAUN STROWMAN & EMBER MOON) VS. TEAM PAWZ (KEVIN OWENS & NATALYA)

Let’s not pretend we’re here to see anything other than Braun Strowman smashing Kevin Owens. However, I do love watching Ember Moon wrestle. I love Owens pleading with Natalya, “Don’t let her tag!” Owens’ insults are entertaining. “Congratulations, you’re eight years old.”

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Raw Review, 9/17

OPENING SEGMENT: ROMAN REIGNS

Roman calling out Brock is bad ass. Lesnar doesn’t come out when called, he waits until someone is beaten down and vulnerable. Chicken shit? Probably. But he almost always is the one standing at the end, so maybe he has the right idea. I’m smelling a triple threat match for the title. Or maybe a number one contender match between Strowman and Lesnar first. Corbin is a bitch as GM and is so easy to hate.

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Hell in a Cell Ending

I thought the Hell in a Cell main event was a really good match. I thought it was total crap that Strowman and Reigns laid there for 5-10 minutes while everything happened around them.  I know you want the focus to be on the guys fighting on top of and falling off of the cell, but come on, have them do SOMETHING. Dan McQuade of Deadspin thinks there’s too much interference in these types of matches. What people really seem to be pissed about is the ending. I don’t put a lot of stock in what live crowds have to say anymore, but there’s a video going around of them chanting “this is bullshit” when the match was declared a no contest. So I want to know what people think, if a Hell in a Cell match should EVER be declared a no contest and if you’re cool with last night’s ending.