For Raw, the interview with Paul Heyman was one of his best pieces of work that I have seen from him since he has been in WWE. He looked totally distraught and was totally devastated when talking about his current relationship with Brock Lesnar after what happened last week. While I do not look forward to the Lesnar vs. Reigns match at Summerslam, at least we know that Heyman is doing his best to try and build up this fight as much as possible.
For Smackdown, everything that WWE is doing to help build up the Daniel Bryan vs. the Miz fight is going perfectly. The Miz decided to accept Bryan’s challenge to a match at Summerslam and he decided to announce his decision on the set of his reality show. Little did he know that Daniel Bryan was on the set too and attacked him as the Miz was running him down. This match probably has the best build up over all the other fights at Summerslam and fans should be really excited for this bout.
For Raw, Bobby Roode beat Mojo Rawley after one week of buildup between these two. After Rawley was running his mouth last week to people in the locker room, Roode decided to get in Rawley’s face and confront him about it which led to them fighting backstage. Then, this match just happened and that was it. This match will probably be on the pre-show for Summerslam so get prepared to see it……again.
For Smackdown, it seems like WWE is confused on what they should do for the United States Championship. While it was announced that Shinsuke Nakamura would face off against Jeff Hardy at Summerslam for the championship, a lot of focus still seems to be on Randy Orton and Jeff Hardy. While Orton has said he has erased Hardy and with Nakamura agreeing with that statement, it sounds like it is up in the air for what is going to happen at Summerslam. The mysterious aspect is intriguing, but there still should be build up for this considering there are only two weeks left before the PPV.
The Final Verdict
Both shows did their fair share of building up their brands matches at Summerslam. But, this week, Smackdown did a much better job this week than Raw did. We had a great promo from the WWE Champion AJ Styles, determined who will face the Bludgeon Brothers at Summerslam, and got a great backstage brawl segment with Daniel Bryan and the Miz. As for Raw, we just got matches that tried to push the build ups further, but to no avail. In conclusion, WWE needs to start doing more things to build up the Raw matches for Summerslam because Smackdown is hitting on all cylinders for their matches.
WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? February 4, 2019
For Raw, the whole back and forth rivalry between Jeff Jarrett and Elias was entertaining. What started at the Royal Rumble and has carried over for the past few weeks, seeing Elias and Jarrett exchange guitar shots had a throwback feel to it. Along with that, Road Dogg being in the corner of Jarrett really brought times back. Lastly, Elias ended up winning the match, which helps give him momentum going into whoever his next rival will be.
For Smackdown, Mustafa Ali and Randy Orton put on the best match during their show this week. Ali’s high flying against Randy Orton’s slow attacking pace was a great matchup of styles and it showed. Orton ended up winning after hitting an RKO from the top rope and gives him the upper hand towards the Elimination Chamber match.
For Raw, the lack of featuring the tag team champions on their show this week was evident. While they did have a number one contenders match featured this week, the winners ended up being the Revival. This is a match that we have already seen one too many times and if there isn’t a different result this time around, then what is the point of the Revival facing off against the tag team champions.
For Smackdown, after R-Truth shocked the world last week by defeating Shinsuke Nakamura to win the United States championship, you would think that we would get a segment of him celebrating this victory the next week. Instead, he wasn’t even really on the show this week. As good as R-Truth is, at least a 30 second segment would’ve been better than nothing from him.
The Final Verdict
Both shows were average this week. They did help build the Elimination Chamber as well as still pushing Ronda Rousey versus Becky Lynch as the main event of Wrestlemania. But, there was lots missing from both brands this week. Both shows were missing champions this week and didn’t even bother mentioning them. As talented as the champions currently are, each one should get respective time. With that said though, I will have to say that Raw had the better show this week. A debuting EC3, a solid double match with Ronda Rousey, and a decent main event gave Raw a better show this time around. In conclusion, WWE still has some work to do when building up these next two PPV’s, hopefully, they can put on better efforts that they did this week.
The Hart Foundation To Be Inducted in WWE Hall of Fame
The original group, and the ones being honored, includes WWE Hall of Famer Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart, Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart, and WWE Hall of Famer ‘The Mouth of the South’ Jimmy Hart.
Sadly, Neidhart will be inducted posthumously as he passed away in 2018 at the page of 63.
WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? January 28, 2019
For Raw, the ending segment between Seth Rollins and Brock Lesnar was an awesome way to close out the show and start the build for this match at Wrestlemania. After Rollins won the Royal Rumble on Sunday, he had to make a decision on which champion he would face. Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar told Rollins to choose Daniel Bryan over Lesnar because he didn’t want to fight with Lesnar, which led to Rollins responding by igniting a brawl. Overall, great way to help ramp up the intensity for what could be the main event of Wrestlemania.
For Smackdown, we have a new United States champion and this moment really came out of nowhere. R-Truth went one on one against Shinsuke Nakamura for the championship and he won via roll up. Soon after Truth won, Rusev then came out and challenged Truth to defend his newly won belt. Truth won again via roll up, which led to both Nakamura and Rusev attacking him after. Its a fresh start with the US championship and somebody with as much charisma as Truth is a good way to hit the reset button for this belt.
For Raw, who knows what they are trying to do with Kurt Angle. After losing to Baron Corbin in about five minutes, this leaves lots of questions on where Angle stands with WWE. Ever since he has came back to the ring, he has lost over and over again. This shouldn’t be happening with a hall of fame of his status. But, this could lead to an interesting story considering how good Angle is.
For Smackdown, while it was a feel good moment to see the Miz and Shane McMahon win the tag team championship, their celebration on the show this week wasn’t that compelling. At the PPV, when they won the match, they celebrated with the Miz’s father. Then, during this celebration, it was the same thing as the Miz’s dad came out and celebrated with them along with a video package being played. This could’ve been done better and differently considering we already saw this type of celebration during the PPV.
The Final Verdict
Overall, both shows were really good this week. Not only are they starting to layout some of the big matches for Wrestlemania, but they are also starting to implement matches for their upcoming PPV, Elimination Chamber. Smackdown felt a little crammed though as they were trying to fit in promos during superstars entrances and having promos during commercials. While Raw, on the other hand, was able to announce two huge matches for Wrestlemania as well as help build up some rivalries going into Elimination Chamber. Raw had the better show this week for a few reasons. A solid ending, a great beginning for the Ronda Rousey versus Becky Lynch match, and an entertaining segment with Elias help Raw deliver this week. In conclusion, 2019 continues to be good for WWE so hopefully they can continue this pace going into their next big PPV of the year.
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