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WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? April 16, 2019

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The Good

For Raw, they got the best addition from the shakeup to their show, which was AJ Styles. After Styles really made his mark on Smackdown, it seemed like WWE creative was running out of ideas of what to do with Styles on Smackdown. So, having him on Raw is really intriguing now and it should be interesting to see what the future holds for him on Raw.  

For Smackdown, their biggest addition from the shakeup was Roman Reigns and the way they introduced him to the show was entertaining. After Vince McMahon announced that the “biggest addition in Smackdown history” was Elias, Roman Reigns interrupted and ended up clearing out the ring and declaring that Smackdown is his yard now. Reigns needed a change of scenery after being on Raw for few years, so this is something the WWE universe should be excited for.

The Bad

For Raw, while it was great to see an NXT tag team called up, the name they gave him is horrible. Formerly known as the War Raiders, who are the current NXT tag team champions were called up to Monday nights. But, they decided to change their name to the Viking Experience, which is one of the worst name changes in WWE history.

For Smackdown, they had a match between Carmella and Charlotte Flair and this felt like filler. After all the new names that they brought onto Smackdown during the shakeup for the women’s division, they could have had one of them in this match instead of putting them all together in the 8-women tag match that was featured on the show later. 

The Final Verdict

For these being the superstar shakeup episodes, both shows felt a little underwhelming. While we are able to think of the possibility of matchups that we will see in the future because of this shakeup, the introduction of these new names felt like they should have been a bigger deal. Along with that, it seemed like WWE either was confused on how to handle some of these shakeups or they purposely wanted to confuse the fans. A prime example is how Finn Balor went to Smackdown with the Intercontinental championship. Since this was introduced to us on Smackdown, is there no secondary belt now on Raw? Or did Samoa Joe just automatically move to Raw because he currently was holding the original secondary belt on Smackdown? Overall, as to who had the better show, I will have to say that Raw had the better show. The additions of the Miz, the Usos, Rey Mysterio, Andrade, AJ Styles, and Naomi are all new faces that were due for this. In conclusion, while the shakeup could’ve been handled better, the future should be intriguing as WWE prepares to fully move on from Wrestlemania.

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WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? April 9, 2019

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The Good

For Raw, there was a surprise appearance by the Undertaker during Elias’ segment and it was an exciting moment. After not seeing the Undertaker at Wrestlemania, there was speculation that he wasn’t going to be around WWE for a while again. But, he shocked the WWE universe by showing up on Raw and ended up standing tall in the ring after attacking Elias. You never know when the Deadman will show up, so it is always a positive experience when he does.

For Smackdown, we have new tag team champions! After the Usos won their fatal four way match at Wrestlemania, they ended up defending the championships again, but this time only against the Hardy Boyz. While this match in itself should’ve been at Wrestlemania, it was still a pleasure to finally see these two teams face off against each other. The Hardy Boyz ended up winning and becoming the new champions, which questions what is ahead for this division.

The Bad

For Raw, the main event was going to be a blockbuster type match between Kofi Kingston and Seth Rollins to unify both of their recently won championships. But, in the middle of the match, the Bar interfered and ruined the match. The main issue with all of this is, what was the motive of the Bar? They had no issues with either superstar recently. This event led to your standard tag match to close out the show and it overall just halted all the momentum that was going into the ending of the show.

For Smackdown, their main event wasn’t that very good as well. It was the Bar and Drew McIntyre versus the New Day and this felt similar to the Raw main event. It was just a standard tag match and in the closing moments of the match, Drew McIntyre and Xavier Woods were no where to be found. 

The Final Verdict

With both of these being the post Wrestlemania shows, there was a lot to process and a lot to learn as to what is next for WWE. They did announce that a superstar shake up was occurring in the next week so we will see new faces in new places. With that being said, Raw had the better show this week. A surprise Undertaker appearance, a world where Brock Lesnar is not the Universal Champion anymore, and the final goodbye to Dean Ambrose were some reasons why Raw was able to put on a better show. After the superstar shake up, the WWE universe will get a much better layout of what WWE has for the rest of 2019.

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WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? April 2, 2019

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The Good

For Raw, the promo from Batista was short, sweet, and delivered perfectly. Batista came out, showed a video of all the times he has beaten Triple H throughout his career, tells Triple H to kiss his butt on the microphone, then leaves. The build up for this match has been perfect from start to finish and this helps give the feel that the match between these two is going to be an all out brawl.

For Smackdown, the Kevin Owens show segment between Randy Orton and AJ Styles was a perfectly executed segment to really help build up the match between these two at Wrestlemania. Orton and Styles exchanged brutal insults back and forth. So much so, that Owens knew that one of the insults was going to ignite a fight, so he politely got up and walked away. A fight started and lasted for a few seconds before an RKO was delivered out of nowhere. The match between these two has the potential to steal the show at Wrestlemania.

The Bad

For Raw, they had a tag match between Heavy Machinery and Bobby Roode and Chad Gable, which ended up with Heavy Machinery winning. This match just felt like filler for this point because nobody knows whats going forward with either of these teams after Wrestlemania. 

For Smackdown, they had an 18 person mixed tag team match that was a mess from the beginning. Having 18 people in a match that is not a battle royal is too much to handle with such little time they had.

The Final Verdict

With both of these being the final shows before Wrestlemania, both brands needed to put a lot of time into their big matches. Both shows were able to do that, but Raw had the better show this week due to how much time they were able to put into their main event. Along with a great segment for the Universal Championship and Kurt Angle farewell match, Raw was able to put on a really solid show. Overall, Wrestlemania was given the proper time to lay out really good stories going into the show and all of the matches that WWE wanted to have a bigger feel to, they do.    

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