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WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? July 2, 2018

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The Good

For Raw, the counseling segments were pretty entertaining this week between Bayley and Sasha Banks. You can tell the build for this is slow and the fans do not know what direction this is heading, which is good. WWE is just getting started with the counseling between these two and it’ll be interesting to see what happens next.

For Smackdown, the main event between the reunited Team Hell No and the Usos was a great match. There was something on the line in this match too because if the Usos won, they would be added to the tag team championship match at Extreme Rules. Team Hell No ended up winning, meaning they will face the Bludgeon Brothers at Extreme Rules and with Daniel Bryan involved, it does feel like the tag team division is getting recognition it deserves.

The Bad

For Raw, how many weeks in a row are we going to see the same matches? Bobby Lashley and Roman Reigns vs. The Revival and Curtis Axel vs. Matt Hardy have been on our TV screens for the past three weeks. While I do understand trying to build up rivalries since most of these competitors are facing off against each other at Extreme Rules, there are other ways about building them up than just putting on the same match week after week.

For Smackdown, I still do not understand what they are trying to do with Andrade Almas. The former NXT Champion still has not had his match with Sin Cara and we haven’t seen him on TV for weeks. Hopefully, he is either the next one to answer one of Jeff Hardy’s open challenges or he finds somebody else to have a rivalry with because the anticipation to see what he can do for Smackdown is running thin.

The Final Verdict

Overall, both shows were pretty good this week. Both shows did a great job of building up their matches for Extreme Rules and have laid out groundwork for possible upcoming feuds as well. Both brands had segments that felt like they were going to fall flat, turn out pretty good (New Day’s pancake eating segment, Bayley and Sasha Banks counseling). With that said, I will have to say that Smackdown had the better show this week. A great main event, proper build up for the WWE Championship match, and a New Day segment that led to Xavier Woods getting put through a table are all solid reasons for why their brand had the better show. In conclusion, WWE has done a good job of building up for Extreme Rules. Hopefully, WWE keeps the momentum rolling into the PPV because the card looks good.

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Chicago Host City for 2019 Survivor Series

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Chicago will be the host city for next year’s WWE Survivor Series event and will host 4 events at the Allstate Arena, according to a report from the Chicago Tribune who was quoting WWE’s Executive Vice President of Special Events

  • SmackDown Live (Friday, Nov. 22)
  • NXT Takeover (Saturday, Nov. 23)
  • Survivor Series: (Sunday, Nov. 24)
  • Monday Night Raw: (Monday, Nov. 25)

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WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? November 12, 2018

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The Good

For Raw, when Smackdown invaded Raw this week, it was an awesome segment from start to finish. After Alexa Bliss announced that Ruby Riott would be the final member of the women’s team, the cameras cut backstage to Becky Lynch attacking Ronda Rousey. Soon after that, Lynch came out with other Smackdown women superstars and a brawl ensued. Lynch broke her nose and had a few facial fractures after Nia Jax punched in the face during this brawl. This led to Lynch bleeding profusely from her nose, but that didn’t stop her from fighting. Lynch then attacked Rousey with a chair and stood tall in the crowd. This made Becky Lynch look like the baddest women on the planet and the WWE universe seem to agree as they were chanting her name throughout this.

For Smackdown, we have a new WWE Champion! Daniel Bryan defeated AJ Styles after hitting a low blow and then a running knee. Bryan then attacked Styles after the match and shocked the WWE Universe. Bryan now gets to face Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series and some have considered this a “dream match.”

The Bad

For Raw, the whole ordeal with the tag team Survivor Series elimination match was a mess. Raw opened up with a battle royal to determine who the captains would be for Raw for that match. This battle royal was interrupted by Braun Strowman, so they pushed the match for later in the show. Then, when the match happened, nobody really cared. Lastly, the team that won could only just brag that they were the captains because all the other teams involved in the Battle Royal will be the same teams to represent Raw in the match anyway.

For Smackdown, there was no invasion angle on their show this week, which is confusing. Last year, both brands invaded each other’s show before Survivor Series. But, this time around, Smackdown only invaded Raw. When this doesn’t happen now, it really makes the matches at Survivor Series not feel as important as they should. What really doesn’t make much sense either is that during the show, they showed that security was preparing for an invasion, but it never happened.

The Final Verdict

With these being the go home shows before Survivor Series, WWE usually ramps up the build to these matches by having invasions happen as well as taking a lot of time to talk about these matches. But, with the Becky Lynch injury, she had to pull out of her match with Rousey and find a replacement. WWE also decided to throw the fans a curve ball by having AJ Styles 365+ days reign as WWE Champion come to a screeching halt this week too after losing to Daniel Bryan. As far as which brand had a better show, I will have to say that Raw had the better show this week. Raw did a really good job of building up Survivor Series as well as what is to come after the PPV too. They had time to show what is going to happen next between Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins as well as Braun Strowman and his situations with Baron Corbin and Brock Lesnar. Lastly, the ending invasion with Smackdown was an awesome moment for years to come. Survivor Series is looking to be a solid PPV and it is also intriguing to see what happens after the PPV too.

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WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? November 5, 2018

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The Good

For Raw, we have new tag team champions this week after the Authors of Pain defeated Seth Rollins. After Rollins called out Baron Corbin for helping Brock Lesnar win the Universal Championship, Corbin retaliated by having him defend the tag team championship against AOP knowing that Dean Ambrose wasn’t going to help Rollins out. That was the case as Rollins tried to his best to win two on one, only to fail. After the match, Ambrose attacked Rollins again. When I stated last week that this Seth Rollins versus Dean Ambrose rivalry is going to be a slow build, this is a prime example of it and doing it in a effective way.

For Smackdown, we had a great one on one match between Rey Mysterio and Andrade Almas. Before this bout, Daniel Bryan picked Mysterio to be on the men’s team, only for the Miz to question it and say that Mysterio will have to prove it against Almas. Both Mysterio and Almas put on a high flying match which ended when Mysterio hit the 619. After the match, Randy Orton attacked Mysterio too, which questions where his intentions are going forward too.

The Bad

For Raw, while I do not mind the Bobby Lashley versus Finn Balor rivalry, having them face off against each other every week is not a good way to build up the rivalry. This is the 3rd week in a row they have faced off against each other and it hasn’t really led to anything for either competitor. There are much better ways to help develop this rivalry. Having them fight every week gets repetitive and boring quickly.

For Smackdown, the reveal for the women’s team at Survivor Series didn’t really have the intriguing impact compared to what they are doing on Raw. For Smackdown, there is no team captain and they don’t even have one fully committed to the team. When it was Charlotte’s turn to get introduced, she didn’t show up, instead we got Mandy Rose questioning why others were on the team in her place. While that aspect of the team is interesting, there are still some things left up in the air about this.

The Final Verdict

After Crown Jewel, it felt like WWE was trying to move past that as soon as possible and move onto Survivor Series. This seems like the smartest decision for WWE considering the controversy that was behind Crown Jewel. But, as both brands moved on, they did a pretty solid job of building up Survivor Series. But, I will have to say that Smackdown had the better show this week. They spent all of their allotted time on focusing on Survivor Series and have some pretty interesting stories going into it. While Raw, on the other hand, had some matches that felt like filler and have been extremely repetitive. Overall, WWE needs to ramp up the buildup for Survivor Series, especially considering that this is one of the Big Four PPV’s.

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