For Raw, we have new tag team champions! After we thought the Revival were going to face off against the B Team for the championship, Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler decided to attack the challengers and take matters into their own hands. This led to Ziggler and McIntyre getting a championship match and they ended up winning. It was only a matter of time before the duo of Ziggler and McIntyre got tag team gold, so this isn’t too much of a shock. This would’ve felt bigger if there would’ve been proper buildup though.
For Smackdown, not only is the Miz vs. Daniel Bryan rivalry great for Smackdown, but the Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch rivalry is hitting on all cylinders too, and this week proved it. They had a face to face interview between the two and they traded barbs back and forth. The crowd is clearly behind Becky Lynch, which makes things more interesting considering WWE is trying to book Charlotte as the good one in this rivalry.
For Raw, the Authors of Pain call up has made no sense. They get rid of Paul Ellering, stating that they can do things by themselves. But, a few weeks later, they bring in Drake Maverick as there manager? Along with that, he said that his goal was for them to win championships. But, wasn’t that what Ellering was there for to start with? Terrible booking for a team that was the dominant force in NXT.
For Smackdown, the only problem I had with the show this week was seeing R-Truth in the main event against the Miz. While he is great to have around, to be featured in the main event shouldn’t be applied to him. There were other matches worthy of getting that slot. The match overall was decent and it did help progress the Miz vs. Daniel Bryan rivalry further, but this could’ve been used at a different time in the show.
The Final Verdict
Right now, Raw seems confused what to build up while Smackdown focuses on Hell in a Cell. Raw is trying to promote Hell in a Cell, the Super Showdown in Australia, and Evolution all at once. Due to this, Raw has holes in their story lines and segments that just flat out don’t make sense. With that said, Smackdown clearly had the better show this week. They had lots of progression in all of the matches set for Hell in a Cell and they did a great job at it too. Overall, Smackdown is doing wonderful building up for the PPV, while Raw is getting lost in all of these promotions.
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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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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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