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WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? December 31, 2018

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The Good

For Raw, the whole segment and match featuring Seth Rollins was a great feature on this show. With Rollins demanding a rematch for the Intercontinental Championship against Dean Ambrose, Triple H decided to come out and address this. Triple H told him that the “automatic rematch” clause is no longer going to happen and that superstars have to earn their title opportunities from now on. This then led to a match with Bobby Lashley, which ended in a DQ when Rollins took out Lashley and Lio Rush with a steel chair. This has fans thinking if Triple H possibly set something off in Rollins going forward.

For Smackdown, the main event was a fatal five way match to determine who would face Daniel Bryan for the WWE Championship at the Royal Rumble and it was a spectacular match. With each superstar getting their time to shine, it was a solid showing from everybody. AJ Styles ended up winning the match after hitting a 450 splash on Randy Orton. With what has been happening with Styles recently after his encounter with Vince McMahon last week, it is interesting to see what is going to happen next in this feud.

The Bad

For Raw, their main event compared to Smackdown’s was underwhelming. We got a standard tag team match between Natalya and Ronda Rousey versus Nia Jax and Tamina. The match was ok overall but didn’t really have anything too attention grabbing. Along with that, this is a match we have already seen multiple times.

For Smackdown, we really didn’t get anything out of the tag team division this week. There was no segment, promo, or anything in regards to what is next in store for the champions so that was very disappointing.  

The Final Verdict

Overall, with the holidays falling on both scheduled times of these shows, they had to put on good shows that would get people to actually watch. While they could throw in segments related to the holidays, they still need to push forward for the Royal Rumble. In regards to which brand did a better job of this, Smackdown takes this week too. With a solid main event, proper time given to build up the United States Championship, and things to look forward for next week’s show, Smackdown keeps hitting on all cylinders while Raw still needs to figure out what to do.

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The Hart Foundation to be Inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame

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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.

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Ronda Rousey vs. Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair to Main Event WWE WrestleMania 35

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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

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WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? March 19, 2019

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The Good

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.

The Bad

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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