Nice to see you again. There are so many wrestlers on the WWE roster that the company has divided its wrestlers in two. Monday Night Raw and SmackDown have had their own rosters on and off over nineteen years now and it has been rather helpful in a lot of ways. Above all else, it allows for some interesting moments when someone shows up on the other show. That was the case this week.
This week on SmackDown, Monday Night Raw’s Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax made surprise appearances, attacking Bianca Belair as she confronted Bayley. Women’s Tag Team Champions Natalya and Tamina made the save, setting up a six woman tag team match. Baszler made Natalya tap out to the Kirifuda Clutch, setting up a title match next week on Monday Night Raw.
Baszler and Jax were allowed to appear on the show due to the Brand To Brand Invitational concept. The idea allows a Monday Night Raw or SmackDown wrestler to appear on the other show once every quarter of the year. This is one of the only ways that a wrestler is allowed to appear on the opposite show, though it is not a concept that is regularly mentioned or used.
It was a big surprise. Check out the appearance and the match:
Opinion: This is the kind of thing that can make either show feel a little more exciting while also saving some of the bigger matches and moments for later. Baszler and Jax showing up makes sense and WWE does have a mechanism to allow it to happen. The Tag Team Title match is a logical way to go, though I’m not sure which of the teams walks out with the titles.
What did you think of the surprise? Who wins the title match? Let us know in the comments below.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books.
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