This week for both shows really helped develop a layout for how WrestleMania is going to be this year. Both of these shows really delivered this week and we will see which show performed better this week.
For Raw, the breakup of Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho was something that we were going to expect, but not in the way that they did it. Raw played the “Festival of Friendship” up perfectly and the delivery of the betrayal during this was executed perfectly. This also helps heat up the rivalry between Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho going into WrestleMania and it will be interesting to see where each competitor goes from here. Raw still does have a PPV coming up before WrestleMania with Fastlane so we will see if this new rivalry comes into play during this too.
For Smackdown, their main event was absolutely incredible. The triple threat match between AJ Styles, John Cena, and Bray Wyatt for the WWE championship was a classic and also really helped establish that Bray Wyatt is here to stay as champion. This match was back and forth between all of the competitors and everything fell into place with this match. This match helped show that Bray Wyatt can compete with the top stars on Smackdown and that he will be the champion going into WrestleMania, now it just depends on his opponent (even though Randy Orton won the Royal Rumble, at the end of the show he announced that he wasn’t going to face Wyatt at WrestleMania, but this is more than likely part of the story).
For Raw, the debut of Emmalina finally happened, only to be a huge disappointment. Now, I don’t know if WWE is doing this as a comedy angle because of how long this took, or they just do not see Emma as a competitor, but either way this felt like this was a waste of time. Maybe this storyline can turn into something great because of all of the delays, but at this point, it has taken so long that it has lost the attention of the WWE Universe.
For Smackdown, the whole segment with Dolph Ziggler was very short, and very pointless. It was about a minute interview where he talked very slowly and just stated that he is coming to take out anybody who stands in his way. This interview didn’t really prove anything and didn’t help develop any storylines going further so this was basically just a waste of time too.
The Final Verdict
This week was tough to decide which show won because of the main events each show held. Raw had the Women’s Championship match which saw Bayley finally accomplishing her dream of being a champion by defeating Charlotte and truly was a feel good moment to end the show. While Smackdown fired back by having an unbelievable triple threat match for the WWE Championship which saw Bray Wyatt outlasting John Cena and AJ Styles and helped prove that Bray Wyatt’s time in the WWE is now.
But, because of the surprise breakup of KO and Jericho, a new feud developing between Sami Zayn and Samoa Joe, a returning Gillberg for comedic purposes, as well as having a championship change hands this week, I will give it to Raw. They are in the process of building up their upcoming PPV as much as possible as well as laying out solid previews for what is coming for WrestleMania. This Road to WrestleMania has been intense so far and we look forward to seeing what is coming up next!