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Stone Cold Says WWE Stars Are Trapped In A Box, NXT Wrestler Scheduled To Be Called Up To The WWE Main Roster Pretty Soon, Raw & SmackDown Live Viewership For This Week

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Raw & SmackDown Live Viewership For This Week

This week’s episode of Raw, which featured a Raw Tag Team Title change in the main event, drew 2.84 million viewers. This is down from previous week’s 2.85 million viewers.

Below are the results from this week’s show:

Raw General Manager Kurt Angle appeared on “Miz TV”

Jason Jordan def. Elias in a Guitar-on-a-Pole Match

Asuka def. Stacy Coates

Finn Bálor vs. Samoa Joe ended in a Double Count-out

Sasha Banks & Bayley def. Alicia Fox & Nia Jax

Braun Strowman def. Intercontinental Champion The Miz via Disqualification

WWE United Kingdom Champion Pete Dunne def. WWE Cruiserweight Champion Enzo Amore

Cesaro & Sheamus def. Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins to become the new Raw Tag Team Champions

Below are the top 10 moments from this week’s show:

This week’s episode of SmackDown Live, which featured AJ Styles defeating Jinder Mahal to win the WWE Championship in the main event, drew 2.60 million viewers.

This is up from previous week’s 2.12 million viewers. Below are the results:

Shane McMahon and The New Day kicked off SmackDown LIVE

Kofi Kingston def. Sami Zayn

Randy Orton def. Rusev to deny Rusev a spot on the SmackDown Survivor Series Team

Becky Lynch def. James Ellsworth

Shelton Benjamin & Chad Gable def. The Usos via Count-out

AJ Styles def. Jinder Mahal to win the WWE Championship

Below are the top 10 moments from this week’s show:

Stone Cold Says WWE Stars Are Trapped In A Box, Thinks WWE Shouldn’t Be Scripted So Much

6 Time World Wrestling Federation Champion “Stone Cold” Steve Austin recently gave his views on current WWE programming and WWE stars. Below is what he said:

“The old memories of me being in the Sportatorium when I first broke in and that building was one of the greatest sh*t holes in the world. It was atmosphere personified and it smelled like beer, some stale beer, popcorn and hot dogs and you get that old french fry grease. And then when you got on that mat, it smelled like sweat.

Those are just the vivid memories of way back in the day, but to speak of your regression, everything moves forward and the style has changed. But I feel like the guys in today’s system are kind of trapped in a box.

And as I talked to Vince McMahon, I feel like it’s harder to reach for that brass ring than he says so because things are a lot more confined and guys are a lot more controlled.

Back in the day, in the mid 90s, when I said – Hey man, pi$$ on it and I’m going for it and, you know, I’m gonna go out on a limb and I started raising hell, flipping people off, used the four-letter words.

These guys you know …… these guys don’t really have that freedom. So they’re kind of boxed in. So reaching for that brass ring is a little bit easier said than done.

I feel like this is one of my biggest critiques. I still watch Monday Night Raw and I’m a big fan of the show. But some of the spontaneity of yesteryear has lost. Going back to your days, my days and to the current product, some of that spontaneity has lost just on a TV show.

And I think if they can recreate that, you don’t have to go back to the Attitude Era. You don’t have to cuss. You don’t have to do anything like that.

But let some of these guys free on their promos and let the environment evolve back into what it was without regressing and saying “hey, we’re going back to Attitude Era”. Just don’t script it so much.”

NXT Wrestler Scheduled To Be Called Up To The WWE Main Roster Pretty Soon

NXT wrestler Hideo Itami is scheduled to get called up to the WWE main roster pretty soon.

He’ll be joining the Cruiserweight division and will work the following shows: Raw, 205 Live, WWE Main Event.

        
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