For Raw, the tag team championship match between the Revival and the team of Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre was really good from start to finish. It is a shame that this wasn’t put on a PPV because these two team fought like this should’ve been on one. It’ll be interesting to see who are the ones who can stop Ziggler and McIntyre because they are the hottest tag team of the year.
For Smackdown, the contract signing for the WWE championship match between AJ Styles and Samoa Joe didn’t go as most contract signings go. Instead of both fighters signing and then fighting, Samoa Joe wasn’t in Denver. Instead, he was at AJ Styles’ house. They basically made Samoa Joe look like a horror movie villain as he went to the front door and rang the doorbell before the show ended. It truly is moments like this that make the WWE Championship feel like the top championship again.
For Raw, they made a match between Alicia Fox and Nia Jax and this felt like filler. Jax was nominated for an award at the People’s Choice Awards and WWE felt the need to give some time to this by having her beat Fox in about three minutes and it didn’t really lead to anything going forward.
For Smackdown, while a good amount of the show was given to what happened with Rusev Day, Becky Lynch getting involved and beating Lana wasn’t necessary in this. After Aiden English explained his actions by putting all the blame on Lana, out of nowhere Lynch challenged her to a match. While it is great to see Becky Lynch get this time on the show, having her at this point in the show wasn’t needed.
The Final Verdict
After this week’s shows, it showed that WWE is going all in for the WWE Super Showdown in Australia. A lot of focus was on that show for both brands. It will be intriguing to see if some of these rivalries continue after this show and which ones will end there. With that said, I would have to say that Smackdown had the better show this week. Most of their show was great buildup for the Super Showdown and they have built up reason for why to tune into next week’s show. Raw has been really sloppy running their shows ever since the Shield reunion has happened because too much is going on. In conclusion, the Super Showdown looks to be a bigger deal than originally expected and fans should be excited about that.
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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