For Raw, the Baron Corbin GM era on Raw is officially over. After losing to Braun Strowman at TLC, Corbin asked for one more opportunity to get the chance to be permanent GM. All of the McMahons decided to give him that chance, but it was a 4-on-1 no disqualification match against Kurt Angle, Apollo Crews, Bobby Roode, and Chad Gable. It was basically the same result as TLC as they all took turns hitting Corbin with a chair and then Angle pinned Corbin after an Angle Slam. Even though it was very similar to what happened at TLC, seeing a bad authority figure get what is coming to him is always entertaining.
For Smackdown, the tag match between AJ Styles and Mustafa Ali vs. Daniel Bryan and Andrade Almas was a solid main event and a good way to end their show. Each of these guys got to show their skills in their respective time and surprisingly, Mustafa Ali ended up pinning the WWE Champion for the win.
For Raw, while it is nice to move forward with Ronda Rousey and her championship, having an hour long gauntlet match to determine who will face her next isn’t really the best way to go about it. This closed out the show and it just felt like it was dragging on after about half way through. In the end, Natalya ended up making Sasha Banks tap out to the sharpshooter and these two women will face off next week for the championship.
For Smackdown, for some reason, Paige was relieved of her duties of GM. This doesn’t really make sense as they didn’t really give a good reason as to why. This opened up the show as their McMahons promise to deliver new things going forward for both brands. Getting rid of somebody who was doing a great job like Paige in her role doesn’t seem like it will help though.
The Final Verdict
With both brands moving on from TLC, a shakeup is an interesting way to go immediately after the PPV. Along with that, with the Royal Rumble a few weeks away, it will be interesting to see how WWE integrates who goes where and how that plays a factor. In regards to this week though, I will have to say that Smackdown had the better show this week. A good main event, trying to bring other tag teams back to relevancy, and solid buildup for next weeks show make Smackdown still the better brand going forward for this shakeup. But, with new superstars arriving and some coming back, WWE has a lot in front of them going forward.
The Hart Foundation to be Inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame
WWE has confirmed that Bret “Hit Man” Hart & the late Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart, who formed that legendary Hart Foundation tag team, will be inducted in as part of the 2019 WWE Hall of Fame.
The induction was first reported by Yahoo Sports, and the induction will make Bret Hart a two-time Hall of Famer, joining Ric Flair and fellow 2019 Inductees Shawn Michaels of D-Generation X and Harlem Heat’s Booker T.
Ronda Rousey vs. Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair to Main Event WWE WrestleMania 35
WrestleMania 35 will make history as it will mark the first time in history that women will main event that annual mega-event.
WWE has announced that Ronda Rousey vs. Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair for the RAW’s Women’s Championship will Main Event WWE WrestleMania 35
WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? March 19, 2019
For Raw, the main event between Seth Rollins and Drew McIntyre was a great match and ended the show on a good note. McIntyre won after a Brock Lesnar distraction, which helps give McIntyre more momentum into Wrestlemania for his match against Roman Reigns as he looks to beat everybody from the Shield. This segment also keeps building up the Universal Championship match as Lesnar gained the upper hand this week.
For Smackdown, the Kofi Kingston gauntlet match took up half of the show, and it was a overall solid series of events to help keep Kingston’s story moving forward. After Kingston thought he finally overcame everything that was put in front of him, Vince McMahon announced that he had one more match left, and it was against Daniel Bryan. Bryan ended up winning, which now leaves questions going into next week’s show and really is great considering this is all for the WWE Championship, which now has a more important feel to it.
For Raw, they tried to make it a mystery as to who would be Finn Balor’s tag team partner against Bobby Lashley and Lio Rush, but the pick ended up being Braun Strowman, which could’ve been predicted. Along with that, this is a match we have seen more than once in the past few months, so it just felt like filler at this point. There is still questions as to what is in store for the Intercontinental Championship at Wrestlemania, which is not a good sign.
For Smackdown, the segment between Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair on the Kevin Owens show might have taken out some of the strength of the build up for the Women’s Championship match between Rousey, Lynch, and Flair. We already know what we has happened between Lynch and Flair because they have been battling each other for the past seven months. This segment is just something we have already seen between these two, so it would’ve been better if more of the attention on this segment was focused on Ronda Rousey.
The Final Verdict
Both brands are putting a majority of their show into Wrestlemania, which is how they should be. But, the overall delivery of the build up for these matches this week seem to be better on Raw this week. Batista’s interview, Brock Lesnar’s appearance, and a solid main event give Raw the better show this week. Both brands have been putting on entertaining shows for a majority of 2019, so lets hope that this continues for not just Wrestlemania, but all the PPV’s after.
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