For Raw, Dean Ambrose turning on Seth Rollins after what was a really emotional show was one of the more shocking moments in WWE. After winning the Raw tag team championship from Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre, Ambrose gave Rollins a dirty deeds and beat him up badly just moments after they won. The crowd was left stunned and it left so many questions going into next week.
For Smackdown, the segment and match between Rey Mysterio and the Miz was great and helped build up the “Best in the World” tournament occurring at Crown Jewel. The Miz threw some shade at Mysterio questioning his comeback, only for Mysterio to challenge the Miz to a match. The match happened and it was good from start to finish and ended when Mysterio won when he hit the 619.
For Raw, there was a fatal four way match between Nia Jax, Ember Moon, Dana Brooke, and Tamina and this felt like filler and put together at the last second in order to build up the women’s battle royal at Evolution. The match was quick and really was all about Ember Moon since she has the biggest upside going into Evolution.
For Smackdown, there was supposed to be a tag match with Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville versus Naomi and Asuka, but it just led to other women superstars coming out before the match could start and led to a brawl. While this was to build up the women’s battle royal at Evolution, there are better ways to doing this than having everybody come out at once and get five seconds to say why they will win.
The Final Verdict
Roman Reigns truly shocked the WWE Universe when he announced that he has to relinquish his Universal Championship because he is battling leukemia. This was very emotional and left the WWE to make some decisions going forward. Due to this, Braun Strowman and Brock Lesnar will go one-on-one at Crown Jewel for the Universal Championship now. With Evolution this Sunday, a lot of focus was on this PPV too and both shows did a pretty good job of building it up. Overall, I would have to say that Raw had the better show this week. There is a lot to process after this week’s Raw compared to Smackdown and it will be interesting to see what happens going forward.
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.
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