For Raw, the main event between Finn Balor and Braun Strowman was a great match. It was a great battle of little guy versus big guy and Balor really pushed Strowman to his limits. This match made sense as well because both competitors are in the Money in the Bank ladder match so why not have them face off. Strowman ended up winning and he has the most momentum going into the PPV.
For Smackdown, their main event was really great too! The match was between Jeff Hardy and Daniel Bryan with the winner facing Samoa Joe next week for a chance to get into the Money in the Bank ladder match. Both competitors went back and forth and Daniel Bryan ended up winning after putting on the heel hook (hopefully that is not his new finishing maneuver because the Yes Lock is great). What also made this great is Bryan had no time to celebrate because Samoa Joe came in the ring right after the match to let him know that he still has to deal with him.
For Raw, the Bobby Lashley sisters segment was awful. The 1st interview where he mentioned his sisters was awful and this segment just made this whole storyline pitiful. It is a shame that Bobby Lashley’s comeback is being wasted on this.
For Smackdown, there really wasn’t anything too bad that happened on the show. If I had to point out maybe one bad thing, it would be the length of the match between Billie Kay and Lana. Lana ended up beating Kay in about a minute because of outside distractions, but I do not have a problem with Lana winning to help keep the idea of Rusev and Lana both winning the Money in the Bank ladder matches still in tact!
The Final Verdict
Overall, Smackdown had a great show this week while Raw had an average show this week. Smackdown focused heavily on Money in the Bank as well as next week’s show. The WWE championship match between AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura finally got a stipulation; we filled out a few more slots for the Money in the Bank ladder match, and the main event on their show was great! Raw, on the other hand, had a great main event, but also had some moments that felt like filler on their show. With that said, Smackdown had the better show this week. In conclusion, WWE is ramping up the intensity towards Money in the Bank and it will be interesting to see how they finish filling out the match card.
Mia Yim Returns to WWE: “I’m Ready to get My Retribution”
Mia Yim made her return to WWE during Monday Night RAW following her release from the company back on November 4th, 2021, during a segment between The O.C. and The Judgment Day, by attacking Rhea Ripley.
AJ Styles, Luke Gallows, and Karl Anderson had been looking for some help as they battle with the faction, and Ripley has been a factor in their battles. Now, Yim joins them to help neutralize Ripley.
Yim commented on her return during a backstage interview, and made reference to the former Retribution stable that spelled the end for many promising runs.
“Oh my gosh, it feels so good to be back. It took me a year to try and find myself but now I’m ready. I’m ready to go. I’m ready to kick some ass and get my retribution. But the boys are waiting on me so I’ll see ya later.”
— WWE (@WWE) November 8, 2022
WWE Announces Women’s Tag Team Title Tournament
Following the walkout of Sasha Banks and Naomi, who were at the time the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, details have been mum on what would go on with the vacated titles, but now there finally are some details to share.
With rumors that both Banks and Naomi will be returning to the company with Vince McMahon now in charge, the Women’s Tag Team titles are now back in the spotlight after going off the radar at the time of Banks’ and Naomi’s departures.
WWE has officially announced a new tournament to crown new Women’s Tag Team Champions that will finally begin on Raw this upcoming Monday.
While it seems to lineup the returns of Banks and Naomi, no official word has surfaced as of yet.
WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? May 7, 2019
For Raw, the main event between Kofi Kingston and Daniel Bryan in a Wrestlemania rematch was a good way to end their show. With this new “Wildcard Rule” being introduced at the beginning of Raw, this led to two Smackdown superstars main eventing a Raw show. While we will look into the “Wildcard Rule” later, the match between these two was back and forth and ended with Kingston retaining his championship. Kofi has all the momentum going into the Money in the Bank PPV, which is great considering he is the WWE Champion.
For Smackdown, after the Hardy Boyz had to forfeit their tag team championships due to injury, the match to determine the new champions was great. After Shane McMahon originally was going to give the titles to Daniel Bryan and Rowan, the Usos interrupted and stated that they should at least get the opportunity to earn them. Daniel Bryan and Rowan ended up winning, which is a positive sight moving forward because it will bring more attention to the division with these two as champions.
For Raw, even though things were good for the Usos on Smackdown, they were really bad on Raw. They came out during the Revival’s match and told them that they put Icey Hot on their ring attire. This led to bad acting and just an attempt at humor, which didn’t go well.
For Smackdown, while the Aleister Black promos have been good so far, they are starting to over welcome their stay. This has been going on for about a month, so hopefully we see him in the ring before he loses all momentum.
The Final Verdict
Both brands had interesting shows this week because this new “Wildcard Rule” was introduced. This “Wildcard Rule” means that four superstars from Raw will be on Smackdown and four Smackdown superstars will be on Raw every week. This idea does seem like a bad one though because it will take time away from superstars in their respective brand. Along with that, this is right after the Superstar Shakeup, which now feels completely pointless. As to who had the better show this week though, Smackdown had better matches and was still able to help put good build towards Money in the Bank. In conclusion, Money in the Bank is still about two weeks away, but proper time has been put into it and all the matches gain momentum in build week by week.
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