Fans would argue about WWE Superstar Becky Lynch and her recent ups and downs but since the WWE brand split in 2016, the Lasskicker has become one of the constant faces of Smackdown Live in the last couple of years.
But with the possibility of another WWE draft after this year’s Wrestlemania, or even a Superstar Shakeup, there are many superstars who could use a change of scenery, including Lynch.
WWE’s Irish Lass addressed the possibility of moving to Raw in an interview with Solo Wrestling, via Wrestling.Inc.
“[Going over to Raw] and having new challenges and a new crop of women’s [talent]… maybe that would be the best look for me. I love SmackDown, I love the people on the brand, I love the crowd here, I love the vibe. But, I guess if I think what I always want to do is go for championships, and if that’s not in my future on SmackDown, well then I want it to be in my future somewhere else.”
Lynch has built an impressive body of work on Smackdown since WWE’s brand split. She was the inaugural Smackdown Women’s Champion, having won the title in a six-pack challenge at Backlash 2016. She had a high profile feud with Alexa Bliss for the title and even wrestled Mickie James before the two went to Raw.
As part of the Smackdown Women’s Division, Lynch also competed in the first two women’s Money in the Bank ladder matches and even wrestled James Ellsworth before his departure from the company – which is notable because WWE hasn’t really promoted intergender matches in quite some time.
Of course Lynch was the second participant in the first women’s Royal Rumble match earlier this year. She also tagged with fellow Smackdown superstar Sami Zayn for the Mixed Match Challenge. Recently, Lynch has recently found herself embroiled in a feud with newcomers the Riott Squad. Fans have pointed to Lynch’s recent angles as lackluster, but they point the finger at the way she is being booked.
Fans love seeing Lynch on Smackdown, but there is a chance a move to Raw would breathe new life into her career.
As she said in the interview, Lynch would find herself facing a new crop of talent like the recently debuted Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville, as well as Nia Jax. She could also square off against the likes of Bayley, who she had matches with NXT but never faced on the main roster.
She could also be thrown into feuds with Mickie James, Sasha Banks and Alexa Bliss. Although she faced James and Bliss on Smackdown – as well as had encounters with Banks before the brand split – enough time has passed where the matches would be fresh, especially if Lynch was the heel in those programs.
With a Draft or Superstar Shakeup, there could be NXT talent thrown into Raw for her face. There is a chance she could also face Ronda Rousey down the road.
There are numerous possibilities for Lynch if she were to move to Raw during this year.
WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? October 15, 2018
For Raw, the segment between Ronda Rousey and the Bella Twins went a lot better than people probably expected. They traded insults back and forth and it eventually led to some fighting. The Bella Twins brought out security, which Rousey took out easily but the twins got away before Rousey could get to them. Hearing some of the insults they were throwing at each other made this feel more personal and that’s what helps make a solid rivalry.
For Smackdown, out of all the stars they had featured on their 1,000th episode, the reunion of Evolution was the most intriguing out of all of them. While they were listing off their accomplishments, Batista threw a little shade towards Triple H about how Triple H has yet to beat him. Batista did say that if he were to ever come back to WWE for one last run, he would want to have a rivalry with Triple H. So is this a sign of things to come?
For Raw, the Finn Balor versus Jinder Mahal match wasn’t even worth watching. It was quick and was just there to promote the mixed match challenge. With the two PPV’s coming up, there isn’t much to really invest with the MMC.
For Smackdown, because of how big there show was this week, they did have to rush some things during the show and one of them was a World Cup qualifying match. The match was between The Miz and Rusev and the Miz won within a minute. Now, this was due to a distraction from Aiden English, which helps push that rivalry further, but this match did deserve to have more time.
The Final Verdict
Both shows were pretty solid this week. They were able to build up both Crown Jewel and Evolution effectively. But, because Smackdown had its 1,000th episode, fans knew that WWE was going to go all out for it. With that being said, Smackdown had the better show this week. Smackdown did a really great job of integrating the legends they brought back for the show into the rivalries they have going on currently. Along with that, they had a great match for the returning Rey Mysterio! Overall, if WWE follows through with Crown Jewel, it truly is looking to be a special event along with Evolution too.
WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? October 8, 2018
For Raw, there were many returns they had on their show this week. But, out of all of them, I would have to say that Kurt Angle’s was the best. When Baron Corbin decided to host a 10-man global battle royal, Kurt Angle decided to dress up as the Conquistador and eliminate Corbin in the end. When he unveiled his mask, the crowd was going nuts and during this segment, you could tell Kurt was having fun with it too.
For Smackdown, the rematch between Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair opened up the show and this got a lot of TV time and ended up being a good match. While it did finish in a double count out, there was a crazy ending to this as Charlotte speared Becky through the LED board lights on the entrance ramp. These two will settle everything at Evolution as they will face off in the first ever last women standing match.
For Raw, I still do not understand what WWE is trying to go with Bobby Lashley. Recently, they have tried to pair him with Lio Rush. This week, during Lashley’s match against Kevin Owens, Rush was on the microphone the entire match. This became very annoying after a while and the crowd showed their displeasure as well. I cannot determine whether this means that they are trying to have Lashley turn into a bad guy with Rush at his side, or if they are trying to have the crowd embrace this?
For Smackdown, the Rusev and Aiden English story line has taken a sour turn. The whole video ended up being English making a move on Lana, only to get turned down. This part makes sense. Where it started to get sour was when English said “the offer is still on the table.” That point in the story line started to make things awkward. Anytime Lana has been involved in Rusev’s story line, they end up being bad and this has the potential to go in that direction.
The Final Verdict
Both shows were really good this week. They both had great matches throughout the show and helped progress their story lines. I will have to say that Raw had the better show this week. A solid main event and some returns we didn’t see coming made this show great from start to finish. It looks like WWE is going all out for Crown Jewel so hopefully WWE makes it more than just a glorified house show such as the Greatest Royal Rumble, which also took place in Saudi Arabia.
WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? October 1, 2018
For Raw, the ending segment to build up the Triple H versus the Undertaker match was awesome. It started off with Shawn Michaels emphasizing that he thinks Triple H will win and that if Kane interferes, then he will step in and take care of that. This led to the Brothers of Destruction coming out to attack Michaels, only for Triple H to come out to save him. This led to a brawl that left the Brothers of Destruction standing tall after a double chokeslam. Segments like this are simple, but really help build up this fight and fans should soak this in as this will be the last time these two legends go at it.
For Smackdown, the brawl between Randy Orton and Tye Dillinger was quick, entertaining, and got a point across. Dillinger wanted revenge after Orton attacked Dillinger during his United States Championship match against Shinsuke Nakamura last week. Paige gave in and gave Dillinger a match against Orton. The fight between these two only lasted a few minutes, but they beat the heck out of each other. Orton ended up winning this brawl by going to his sadistic ways and put Dillinger’s finger between the turnbuckles, and bent it backwards. Not only does it question where this goes from here, but it’s a great story having Orton break one of Dillinger’s fingers considering he always uses his 10 fingers for his 10 gimmick.
For Raw, the whole the Shield vs. Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler, and Drew McIntyre has ran its course and isn’t really intriguing as it once was. Each member of the Shield faced off against a member of the other trio and two out of the three matches involved interference in the match. Having these teams brawl a few times before their match is entertaining. But, when this happens every week, it starts to get stale.
For Smackdown, the lack of programming for the United States Championship doesn’t make any sense. Since Shinsuke Nakamura has won it, he has only defended it twice and has only been on Smackdown maybe three or four times total. I was hoping that maybe they would give off the possibility of an open challenge at Super Showdown, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.
The Final Verdict
With this begin the go home show before Super Showdown, but brands had to advertise a lot for this PPV and get the last build up for it. Both shows were really good this week and should’ve gotten fans excited for the PPV. But, between these two, I will have to say that Raw had the better show this week. Raw had a great closing segment, a great promo with Elias that had some of the loudest booing I have heard in a while, and actually put the Authors of Pain to smart usage! Smackdown had a great show this week, but the lack of the United States championship hurts them week by week. Overall, Super Showdown should be a solid PPV because all of the matches on this card got the proper buildup.
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