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WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? June 25, 2018

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The Good

For Raw, they finally escalated the Bayley and Sasha Banks storyline and gave it the time it deserved. Along with that, it felt right on what happened between these two. After losing to the Riott Squad for what feels like the 10th week in a row, Bayley finally had enough and attacked Banks post-match. The crowd went nuts during this which made it feel much better and it felt like it was long overdue. Unfortunately, Kurt Angle sent both of them to counseling to get over this, which is not necessary considering these two have been going at it for weeks. Hopefully, these two get a match at the next PPV.

For Smackdown, team Hell No has reunited! With Daniel Bryan facing off against Luke Harper trying to get retribution for what happened to him last week, Bryan had Harper beat when he applied the Yes lock to him. But, Rowan interfered in the match and the Bludgeon Brothers started to beat up on Bryan. But, Kane came out of nowhere to save his former tag partner. This led to the team reuniting and now they have a championship match at Extreme Rules. While I do think there are other tag teams, such as the Bar, could be in the spot to face the Bludgeon Brothers, this program between these two teams has the potential to be great.

The Bad

For Raw, it seems like they do not what to do with Nia Jax when it comes to booking her. First, she is trying to overcome bullying from Alexa Bliss in her first rivalry to get the women’s championship. Then, during her program with Ronda Rousey, she comes off as a bully. Now, in her second program with Alexa Bliss for the championship, she is helping out Ronda Rousey’s best friend, Natalya to help fight off Bliss? There are too many holes when it comes to booking how Jax comes off so WWE needs to figure that out.

For Smackdown, they tend to promote matches that don’t end up happening. We STILL have yet to see Andrade Almas vs. Sin Cara, and this week, we were unable to see Jeff Hardy vs. Shinsuke Nakamura. Now, they cited that Nakamura was injured before the event started, which is fine. But, to keep having this trend of matches that don’t end up happening, it makes the average fan look stupid for believing that the match is going to happen in the first place.

The Final Verdict

Overall, both shows were really good this week. They built up for Extreme Rules while still having great matches on their shows. Raw had a great main event between Dolph Ziggler and Seth Rollins, had an entertaining segment with Braun Strowman and Kevin Owens, and finally reached a breaking point between Bayley and Sasha Banks. Smackdown, on the other hand, had a pretty good main event between Daniel Bryan and Luke Harper, built up the WWE Championship program between Rusev and AJ Styles, and lastly had a wild 6-man tag match. With that being said though, I will have to say that Raw had the better show this week. The show was entertaining from start to finish and left us wanting more going into next week. In conclusion, both brands have been putting on much better shows since Wrestlemania and hopefully they can keep this momentum going all the way into Summerslam!

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WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? December 10, 2018

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The Good

For Raw, their main event was between Seth Rollins and Baron Corbin in a TLC match for the Intercontinental championship and it was a great match to end the show. It had some crazy spots and was intriguing from start to finish. To make things even more interesting, Heath Slater’s story of him being a referee played into this as well and questions what lies ahead with him too. Rollins ended up winning so the championship match with Dean Ambrose at TLC is still on.

For Smackdown, the opening match between Daniel Bryan and Mustafa Ali was as good as it sounds. Along with that, they had a promo before their match started in where Daniel Bryan picked on Ali and ended up slapping him right in the face. Bryan ended up winning after applying the heel hook,which may be his new finishing submission since he has been doing that the past few weeks. After the match, Bryan proceeded to attack Ali even more on the entrance ramp, giving him all the momentum in his title match against AJ Styles.

The Bad

For Raw, it seems a little crazy that they are trying to embrace that their ratings are at an all time low. To open the show, Seth Rollins had some things to get off his chest towards Baron Corbin. In his rant,he stated that the ratings were at an all time low and that the recent shows have been bad because of Corbin. While it is a good way for management to look bad, it still looks bad to address the bad numbers and try to think of a bailout reason to address why that is.

For Smackdown, the rap battle between the Bar and the Usos was bad and good at the same time. While it was pretty humorous to see the Bar try their best Vanilla Ice impersonation, the whole concept of having a rap battle is what made it bad. While it did help build up the tag team championship match at TLC, their could’ve been another route WWE could’ve gone.

The Final Verdict

With TLC being this Sunday, both brands needed to put on good shows to get fans prepared for the PPV. Both shows did give a lot of time building it up, but things feel a lot smoother on Smackdown compared to Raw. Smackdown has done a really good job of putting time into their championship matches along with things just meant for their show. A prime example of this is giving proper build up for the WWE Championship match while at the same time wanting fans to turn in every week to see where things go for the Miz and Shane McMahon as the Miz keeps trying to get Shane on his side. Due to this,Smackdown had the better show this week and overall had a really good build for all of their matches at TLC. In conclusion, the matches for Smackdown have all the momentum going into TLC.

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Larry “The Axe” Hennig Dies at 82

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Former AWA, NWA, and WWE superstar Larry “The Axe” Hennig, father of WWE Hall of Famer Curt “Mr.Perfect” Hennig and grandfather of current WWE superstar Curtis Axel, has passed away at 82 following a lengthy illness and kidney failure.

WWE released the following statement regarding his passing:

“WWE is saddened to learn that legendary Superstar and Hennig family patriarch Larry “The Axe” Hennig passed away today at 82 years old following a long illness and kidney failure.

A five-time tag team champion in the AWA, Hennig entered the sports-entertainment world under the tutelage of Verne Gagne and crossed paths with some of the most illustrious performers of all time. Most famously, Hennig was among Bruno Sammartino’s challengers for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in the hallowed halls of Madison Square Garden.

Though his own career was cut short due to injury, Hennig’s legacy spanned another two generations thanks to his son, the late WWE Hall of Famer Mr. Perfect, and grandson, former Intercontinental Champion Curtis Axel.

WWE extends its condolences to Hennig’s family, friends and fans.”

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WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? December 3, 2018

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The Good

For Raw, the segment and match featuring Drew McIntyre is the best thing going for this show right now. After Baron Corbin decided to honor McIntyre by giving him a medal, Dolph Ziggler interrupted the presentation to ask for some credit for Drew’s rise to the top. McIntyre stated that he used Ziggler, which irritated Ziggler and led to a match. The match was great too and Ziggler surprisingly won after getting an assist from Finn Balor. Overall, this was a good story told to help get some spotlight for the Balor vs. McIntyre match for TLC as well as solidify the split between Ziggler and McIntyre.

For Smackdown, they did a good job of putting a lot of time into building up the WWE Championship match between Daniel Bryan and AJ Styles for TLC. First, they had Daniel Bryan guest star on Miz TV, which led to a brawl between Styles, Bryan, and the Miz too. This then led to a match between AJ Styles and the Miz in the main event of the show. The match was pretty good and ended when the Miz hit the skull crushing finale on Styles after a Bryan distraction. Then, after the match, Daniel Bryan beat up Styles even more and yelled at the crowd to end the show.

The Bad

For Raw, we had another repeat match between Lucha House Party and the Revival and it just felt like filler. This has been the 3rd week in a row they have had this match and it has been the same result every time. The same thing over and over again tends to get boring after almost a month.

For Smackdown, they honestly did not have anything bad on their show. They gave time to feature a rivalry for each championship they have going as well as rivalries that they have just been building up through their show.

The Final Verdict

Both shows did put a lot of effort into building up TLC this week. Smackdown’s stories have more intrigue than Raw’s though. With that said, Smackdown ended up having the better show this week. A lot of focus was on their championship matches going into the PPV and when a brand puts a lot of time into their championships, they have a bigger feel to them. While Raw, on the other hand, doesn’t even have competition for their tag team championships anymore and we still have the same problem with the Universal Championship that we had a year ago. In conclusion, Smackdown is still doing everything right going into TLC while Raw is just coasting by.

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