For Raw, the main event between Finn Balor, Seth Rollins, and the Miz to determine the number one contender for the Intercontinental Championship was a great match to watch and be a part of as a fan. There were close pinfalls, high flying moves, and interference to help make this match very entertaining and build up rivalries for the future. This match alone helped plant two future rivalries, intensify a current rivalry, and really helped Raw establish a layout of the future after the Superstar Shakeup. After this match, we now know that it will be Dean Ambrose vs. the Miz for the Intercontinental Championship, Finn Balor vs. Bray Wyatt, and the continuation of the Samoa Joe vs. Seth Rollins rivalry. Overall, great match to end the show and it has fans anticipating seeing where each of these rivalries go.
For Smackdown, even though this may be the last time we see Chris Jericho for a few months, the main event between him and Kevin Owens was a great match and a good sendoff for Jericho to be gone. These two faced off in a rematch from their championship match at Payback, but this time around, Kevin Owens was able to walk out champion. Then, Owens had a post-match attack on Jericho and planted the idea that Jericho will be out because of injury while we as the fans know that he will be going on tour with his band and on tour for his book. It is a shame that we only got to see Jericho on one episode of Smackdown before he leaves for a little bit, but it will make his return that much more satisfying though.
For Raw, the Enzo Amore and Big Cass versus Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson rivalry needs to stop. We have seen these two teams fight long enough and nobody is accomplishing anything in this rivalry. While the match wasn’t that bad, this story between the two teams has gotten old and stale and we need something new out of both of these teams.
For Smackdown, the Tye Dillinger versus Aiden English match is something we saw last week and it was the same exact thing this week. English sings to the crowd to get heel heat, Dillinger comes out to save the day and beats him really quick. I feel like it was Deja-vu because we saw the same thing last week and we need new competition for Dillinger since WWE is trying to push him.
The Final Verdict
Both Raw and Smackdown were able to put on fantastic shows this week. Both shows had very entertaining opening segments as well as main events. Both shows also were able to help build up future rivalries for their upcoming PPV’s and both shows have fans looking forward to next week! While it did hurt both shows that they didn’t have their main champions on it, both shows were able to really push their other championships though and make those belts feel just as important because of it. If I had to pick a winner this week though, I will give it to Raw. The main reason being is that because they really were able to bounce back from Payback and plant new rivalries to develop right off the bat for the future as well as still building up some from Payback.