For Raw, they finally escalated the Bayley and Sasha Banks storyline and gave it the time it deserved. Along with that, it felt right on what happened between these two. After losing to the Riott Squad for what feels like the 10th week in a row, Bayley finally had enough and attacked Banks post-match. The crowd went nuts during this which made it feel much better and it felt like it was long overdue. Unfortunately, Kurt Angle sent both of them to counseling to get over this, which is not necessary considering these two have been going at it for weeks. Hopefully, these two get a match at the next PPV.
For Smackdown, team Hell No has reunited! With Daniel Bryan facing off against Luke Harper trying to get retribution for what happened to him last week, Bryan had Harper beat when he applied the Yes lock to him. But, Rowan interfered in the match and the Bludgeon Brothers started to beat up on Bryan. But, Kane came out of nowhere to save his former tag partner. This led to the team reuniting and now they have a championship match at Extreme Rules. While I do think there are other tag teams, such as the Bar, could be in the spot to face the Bludgeon Brothers, this program between these two teams has the potential to be great.
For Raw, it seems like they do not what to do with Nia Jax when it comes to booking her. First, she is trying to overcome bullying from Alexa Bliss in her first rivalry to get the women’s championship. Then, during her program with Ronda Rousey, she comes off as a bully. Now, in her second program with Alexa Bliss for the championship, she is helping out Ronda Rousey’s best friend, Natalya to help fight off Bliss? There are too many holes when it comes to booking how Jax comes off so WWE needs to figure that out.
For Smackdown, they tend to promote matches that don’t end up happening. We STILL have yet to see Andrade Almas vs. Sin Cara, and this week, we were unable to see Jeff Hardy vs. Shinsuke Nakamura. Now, they cited that Nakamura was injured before the event started, which is fine. But, to keep having this trend of matches that don’t end up happening, it makes the average fan look stupid for believing that the match is going to happen in the first place.
The Final Verdict
Overall, both shows were really good this week. They built up for Extreme Rules while still having great matches on their shows. Raw had a great main event between Dolph Ziggler and Seth Rollins, had an entertaining segment with Braun Strowman and Kevin Owens, and finally reached a breaking point between Bayley and Sasha Banks. Smackdown, on the other hand, had a pretty good main event between Daniel Bryan and Luke Harper, built up the WWE Championship program between Rusev and AJ Styles, and lastly had a wild 6-man tag match. With that being said though, I will have to say that Raw had the better show this week. The show was entertaining from start to finish and left us wanting more going into next week. In conclusion, both brands have been putting on much better shows since Wrestlemania and hopefully they can keep this momentum going all the way into Summerslam!
Chicago Host City for 2019 Survivor Series
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)
WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? November 12, 2018
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.”
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.
WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? November 5, 2018
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.
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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