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WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? November 19, 2018

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The Good

For Raw, it is actually interesting and funny to see where they are going with the Authors of Pain. After Drake Mavericks “accident” at Survivor Series, WWE had a segment where other tag teams were making fun of Maverick. One team that angered Maverick was Bobby Roode and Chad Gable, which led to a match. Roode and Gable ended up winning pretty quickly in their match and they now look to be in line next for a championship match. While potty humor is childish to some fans, others found it funny. But, overall, it helps give Maverick a reason to unleash AOP on tag teams going forward.

For Smackdown, the main event was between Rey Mysterio and Randy Orton and it was a great match and left fans wanting more. After a back and forth match, Orton ended up winning after hitting a 2nd RKO on Mysterio. After the match, Orton then kept attacking Mysterio and ripped off his mask. This is intriguing because now we wait and see what Mysterio is going to do for payback.

The Bad

For Raw, for what feels like the 3rd week in a row, we had the Lucha House Party versus the Revival, with the same result of LHP winning. While I do understand trying to build up a new tag team in the division, there are better ways than to build them up every week at the expense of the Revival.

For Smackdown, it is really confusing what they are trying to do with Charlotte Flair. After explaining her attack on Ronda Rousey at Survivor Series, she then had a match against both of the IIconics. While they are pushing this idea that Charlotte now is ruthless and thinks she is the best, this sounds very similar to what they did with Becky Lynch, but it just doesn’t have the firepower that Lynch had when she changed her attitude.

The Final Verdict

Each brand had a lot in front of them going forward. While both brands prepare for TLC, each show had to spend respectable time on which rivalries they are going to push for this PPV as well as still focus on the fallout of Survivor Series. For Raw, they did a good job of focusing on Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose as well as Baron Corbin versus Braun Strowman. But, as far as Ronda Rousey, they are trying to balance out focusing on her match with Nia Jax as well as what happens next between her and Charlotte Flair. As for Smackdown, they have a WWE Championship rematch between AJ Styles and Daniel Bryan and that’s about it, so they need to push some ideas going forward. With that said, I will have to say that Raw had the better show this week. They were able to build up TLC better than Smackdown was this week. But, with Smackdown having to come up with a few more matches for the PPV, I expect their build to increase these next few weeks.

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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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Tetsuya Naito Posts Video Aimed at Chris Jericho

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With Chris Jericho set to defend his IWGP Intercontinental Championship against Tetsuya Naito at Wrestle Kingdom 13, the trash talk has started.

Naito posted the following video, via New Japan Pro Wrestling’s official YouTube channel, where he mocks the future WWE Hall of Famer.

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Kevin Owens Likely to Return In March

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WWE Superstar Kevin Owens is slated to make his return to the ring sometime in March, but despite his timetable making him available for WrestleMania 35, it is still unclear if WWE has plans for Owens at Mania.

Owens is still recovering from surgery and WWE may be hesitant in putting him a big angle for WrestleMania, opting instead to hold off on his official return to the ring until after WrestleMania 35, perhaps at the Monday Night RAW following the event.

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