For Raw, Seth Rollins keeps on rolling as his match with Jinder Mahal was good. There were some close pinfalls and exciting moments in the match that made you feel like Mahal was possibly going to win. But, Rollins got himself DQ’d after using a chair on Mahal as payback for when Mahal used it earlier in the match without the referee seeing it. But, what happened after the match is where things got really good. After Rollins chased away Mahal with the chair, he celebrated on the announcers table. But, out of nowhere, Elias comes and smashes his guitar over his back, starting up what should be a very good Intercontinental championship program between Rollins and Elias.
For Smackdown, the main event got changed, but it got changed for the better. After all the rumors that Big Cass actually hurt his leg, those turned out to be false because Cass said that he was cleared to compete and the match between Daniel Bryan and Samoa Joe turned into a triple threat match. This match ended up being good from start to finish and the outcome made sense. Samoa Joe ended up solidifying the final spot in the Money in the Bank ladder match. Along with that, the rivalry between Big Cass and Daniel Bryan is far from over after Cass attacked Bryan after the match as well. Overall, they had great storytelling to help build up this match as well as future matches between some of the competitors.
For Raw, while I do not mind the buildup between Nia Jax and Ronda Rousey, there are some huge flaws in the story. Before Jax started this rivalry with Rousey, she was a voice in stepping up against bullying and embracing who you are. But, now she starts this rivalry with Rousey and she beats up on a jobber and basically bullies her. It just shows that Alexa Bliss (who is a heel) was right the entire time in those “Moment of Bliss” segments in stating that she was a bully. After all of the buildup to have Jax stand up against bullies and then turn into one just because she is facing Rousey makes absolutely no sense.
For Smackdown, they really had nothing bad happen on their show. I thought the dance off between Lana and Naomi would possibly flop but it didn’t and they kept it short and entertaining. Smackdown has been getting better the past few weeks and they are using the two hours they have to its full potential.
The Final Verdict
This week was a pretty easy decision on who had the better show this week. Smackdown did everything right this week in building up towards Money in the Bank. They helped fill in the final slot for the men’s match, kept building up the WWE championship program, had an entertaining dance off segment, and helped start up the build for the tag team championship match. Meanwhile, on Raw’s side, they helped build up both money in the bank matches, but they had a repeat match between Braun Strowman and Finn Balor and they are showing massive flaws in the storytelling to build up the Ronda Rousey vs. Nia Jax program. In conclusion, Smackdown is doing the right things to build up the PPV, while Raw is just trying to cruise by into the program, which shouldn’t be the case considering they are the longer show.
WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? December 10, 2018
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.
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.
Larry “The Axe” Hennig Dies at 82
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.”
WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? December 3, 2018
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.
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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