For Raw, King Neville has finally been dethroned as the Cruiserweight Champion. Akira Tozawa shocked the world by defeating Neville for the championship this week. Now, while it was confusing that WWE already has this match planned for Summerslam, WWE decided to pull the strings early on this one and decided to have it this week (same goes with Finn Balor vs. Bray Wyatt). Now, I am a fan of shocking the crowd by having Tozawa win, but to be honest, I didn’t really want him to be the one to dethrone Neville. Mostly because Neville has been doing such a good job of keeping the Cruiserweight division afloat that if he isn’t champion, I do not know how they are going to survive. But, they are having a rematch at Summerslam (same goes with Finn Balor vs. Bray Wyatt too) and we will see if they are just giving a reason to have Neville come out different this match, or Tozawa is the real deal and looking to be the new face of the Cruiserweight division.
For Smackdown, the main event between Jinder Mahal and John Cena was a great main event for the show this week. But, what happened after the match is what made for great entertainment. When it looked like Cena had the match won, Baron Corbin decided to interfere. Not only that, he then decided to cash in his money in the bank contract. But, his decision to take his time before making this decision ended up hurting him in the end because Cena distracted Corbin right when his championship match started, which gave Mahal enough time to sneak up behind Corbin and pin him for the win. Now, while it is a shame that WWE hosted an entire PPV for the Money in the Bank contract, only to have it be ineffective in the end, but this moment was still great from start to finish and it also really makes Jinder Mahal look like an ultimate opportunist, which fans either respect or can’t stand.
For Raw, another week, another poor Jason Jordan segment. WWE is trying so hard to make the crowd like this guy that they even tried teaming him with the Hardy Boyz this week. While fans love the Hardyz, they do not like Jason Jordan and this story line. The fact that WWE is going to keep pushing it too is going to anger the crowd more and more every week. This may reach a point where people who usually don’t cheer for The Miz, will end up cheering for him if he continues his rivalry with Jordan. At this point, they need to throw a curve ball into that Kurt Angle-Jason Jordan story line because the fans don’t like the direction it is headed.
For Smackdown, it seems like they are more focused on Carmella cashing in her Money in the Bank contract than they are about the Smackdown Women’s Championship match. They had another week of doing absolutely nothing to intensify the rivalry between Natalya and Naomi for their match at Summerslam and just focused more on Carmella. While I do understand that you do have to consider Carmella a threat since she still has the briefcase, they still need to focus on the match you have at hand and it feels like both Natalya and Naomi aren’t even focused on each other.
The Final Verdict
Both shows decided to surprise us this week before Summerslam. Raw decided to crown a New Cruiserweight champion while Smackdown finally decided to pull the trigger on Baron Corbin cashing in his Money in the Bank contract. Both of these decisions did pay off well because I feel that everybody was shocked when both of these events occurred. They both had results that we didn’t expect and it made us think what is going to happen at Summerslam! Overall, this week I will have to give to Smackdown. The main reason I am giving it to them this week is because I think they had the more shocking moment by having Corbin cash in, only to fail in seconds. This moment was shocking, funny, and intense all in one. Along with that, it also really intensified the match between John Cena and Baron Corbin at Summerslam because Cena cost Corbin his opportunity. Along with that, Smackdown had a great moment like they do with every Randy Orton rivalry in that he comes out of nowhere to give his opponent an RKO. In conclusion, while Raw did have a great show this week as they put the final touches on some of the matches they have going into Summerslam, Smackdown did a better job at building what they already have going at Summerslam and had one of the more crazier moments this year with Corbin losing his Money in the Bank Contract match.