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WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? July 23, 2018

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The Good

For Raw, the big announcement Stephanie McMahon had to start the show was that WWE will have its first ever all women’s PPV. This is such a great achievement for women’s wrestling and they definitely deserve to have the spotlight. This event will be in late October and it should be something all wrestling fans should look forward to.

For Smackdown, we got heel Randy Orton back and it is going to be great. Orton came out and finally explained his actions as to why he attacked Jeff Hardy. He said that he wasn’t getting the respect he deserves and he is absolutely right considering how the fans treated him when he was a good guy. Orton stated his main goal is to now take the superstars that are considered “heroes” and take them out. Fans demanded for Orton to be a heel and they got him now in full effect.

The Bad

For Raw, you would think that when a rivalry that has a trilogy of fights, that those were good fights and the third one is to finish it once and for all. That is NOT the  case with Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar. Reigns defeated Bobby Lashley to face Lesnar at Summerslam and I do not understand why WWE insists on going down this route. Their match at Wrestlemania was the worst of the night and now they plan on having this as the main event again?!? This also now makes Lashley beating Reigns at Extreme Rules completely irrelevant too. WWE just wants to shove Roman Reigns down our throat at this point and I find it ridiculous that we have to see this terrible rivalry get built up again.

For Smackdown, they are going to try and build Asuka back up by defeating Billie Kay in a singles match this week, but after the disaster that happened with her and Carmella, it may take a while before we see her back on the top. What also doesn’t make much sense is that later in the show, Paige finally decided to fire James Ellsworth. That also just leaves Asuka hanging because then it asks, what would happen if she faced Carmella without Ellsworth interfering in both matches? Either way, this whole ordeal doesn’t help Asuka much.

The Final Verdict

Overall, both shows are starting to establish the card for Summerslam. We had a few championship matches announced as well as a match with a very important stipulation. With that being said though, I would have to say that Smackdown had the better show this week. We had entertaining matches, got a segment to find out who will face AJ Styles at Summerslam, and we have a mini tournament to decide who will face the Bludgeon Brothers at Summerslam too. Both brands are going to be pushing their big matches as much as possible going forward. Hopefully though, they can just tell the stories right so that fans can get behind them.

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Lio Rush Backstage Reputation

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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.”

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WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? February 11, 2019

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The Good

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.

The Bad

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.

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WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? February 4, 2019

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The Good

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.

The Bad

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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