For Raw, we have some buildup to a big match for Summerslam. They had two separate triple threat matches and the winner of those matches would face off next week. The winner of that match will get to face Brock Lesnar at Summerslam for the Universal Championship. Roman Reigns and Bobby Lashley ended up winning those matches, meaning they will face off next week. While I did like both matches and they were entertaining, the end results are worrying me. We just saw Lashley beat Roman Reigns at Extreme Rules, and now we get to see this match again. When Lashley won that right there should’ve gave him the #1 contendership for the championship. But, now he has to try and beat Reigns again (which I doubt will happen) and we get to have the awful main event at Wrestlemania headline Summerslam.
For Smackdown, the memorial the Miz had for Team Hell No was entertaining, funny, and a great start to buildup the ongoing feud between Daniel Bryan and the Miz. He ran down team Hell No and played the “I told you so” bit before Daniel Bryan had heard enough and attacked him. The feud between these two has been going on for years, but we have yet to see them duel it out in the ring. Hopefully, this is the case and we get to see these two at Summerslam.
For Raw, I think we have seen enough of the Riot Squad versus Ember Moon. This match has happened three weeks in a row and it hasn’t really led to anything to escalate these competitors to keep fighting each other. We’ll see what WWE has planned for Ember Moon going forward but if it is to keep fighting the same person week after week, than her main roster debut isn’t going how it should be.
For Smackdown, they didn’t really have anything bad happen on their show. The only questionable match you could consider would be Samoa Joe versus Tye Dillinger. But, Joe attacked Dillinger when they were supposed to fight last week so it made sense that they fought this week. Along with that, since Joe win, hopefully this directs the pathway for him to face AJ Styles at Summerslam because that would be a match everyone wants to see.
The Final Verdict
Coming off of Extreme Rules, WWE needed to focus right onto Summerslam. Both brands were able to do that this week and really help lay out some blueprints for what we are going to see at the summer’s biggest PPV. With that said though, I will have to say that Smackdown had the better show this week. Every match made sense, they laid out some previews for matches we may see at Summerslam, and they had a great main event. Summerslam already looks to be a big PPV and in the next few weeks, WWE fans should really look forward to the slow buildup for all the matches going forward!
Lio Rush Backstage Reputation
WWE superstar Lio Rush has been in the middle of a confusing wrinkle in his association with Bobby Lashley, who seems to be done with Rush, but still teaming with him.
Lashley attacked Rush following Fin Balor pinning Rush in their handicapped match at Elimination Chamber, which cost Lashley his Intercontinental Championship despite not being pinned.
It’s been an interesting direction for Rush’s character, and according to PWInsider’s Mike Johnson (h/t WrestlingNews.co) Rush may have a reputation backstage.
“It appears Lio Rush is done with Bobby Lashley. I can tell you behind the scenes there were not a lot of people surprised at that and not a lot of people surprised that Lio took the pin. There are times Lio has a reputation for rubbing people, including other workers, the wrong way. Whether that was being held against him and that was part of the reasoning for him losing or whether it was just a decision to protect Lashley and shift the belt to Finn Balor, I guess we’ll have to see based on how Lio is presented in the weeks and months to come.”
WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? February 11, 2019
For Raw, The Revival finally were able to become tag team champions. After months and months of seeing them go up against Bobby Roode and Chad Gable, it was about time WWE finally decided to shake things up in this rivalry. The tag team division got the attention it deserved this week and all of these guys were able to put on a great match. Hopefully, things start to go into a more intriguing direction now that the Revival are the champions.
For Smackdown, the gauntlet match they had between all of the competitors in the men’s elimination chamber was a great way to close out their show. Kofi Kingston ended up replacing Mustafa Ali after Ali announced he was injured and would not be able to compete in the match. Kingston put on a show as he defeated Daniel Bryan, Jeff Hardy, and Samoa Joe before losing to AJ Styles. Randy Orton ended up winning the gauntlet by hitting an RKO out of nowhere on AJ Styles to end the show. This match has really good build up going into the PPV and now after Kofi Kingston’s last minute placement in this match, it really does leave it up in the air who could win at the PPV.
For Raw, Ruby Riott beat Nikki Cross and it was a quick match, which was won by Ruby Riott. Riott has a match on the PPV against Ronda Rousey and there has been minimal effort to build up this match. Rousey is more focused on her Wrestlemania match than this one and it is clear by the WWE is looking at it.
For Smackdown, they had a promo with the women’s tag teams from Raw building up their elimination chamber matches, and one of them was so bad that it has to be mentioned. When it was Nia Jax and Tamina’s time, Nia Jax kept cutting off what Tamina was saying by talking over her. This happened a few times and who knows if WWE meant to do this or not, but either way, it was painful to see.
The Final Verdict
With these being the go home shows before Elimination Chamber, WWE seemed only to really focus on two matches for the whole PPV. Those matches were both the Elimination Chamber matches, which do have big implications. But, WWE still should at least put effort into building up the other matches. Some of these were announced the day of this week’s show. Smackdown had the better show this week as a whole. A great gauntlet match and proper time put into all of their brand’s matches is the main reason why. In conclusion, WWE is more focused towards Wrestlemania so expect any of these PPV’s in between to shake things up going towards the biggest show of the year.
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.
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