For Raw, the reunion of The Shield was as every bit of great as we would thought it would be. They reunited at the beginning of the show to attack the Miz, Cesaro, and Sheamus and they were not finished there. They then attacked Braun Strowman later in the show and did their trademark power bomb through the announcers table! While it was originally scheduled to be a 3-on-3 match, after Dean Ambrose talked up the Shield a little much (saying they could take on four, five, even six guys), this led to the announcement that The Shield was face off against Braun Strowman, the Miz, Cesaro, and Sheamus in a 4-on-3 TLC match after Strowman demanded he be in the match after being attacked. Overall, this makes sense as those four have a problem with the faction and it helps build up the story even more.
For Smackdown, while I am not a fan of multiple people coming out all at once to prove a point, Smackdown actually used it to its advantage for the tag team division. Now that the Usos and the New Day have climaxed their rivalry after Hell in the Cell, it was time to find new challengers for the Usos. Each tag team on Smackdown came out to explain why they should be next in line, which led to a fatal four way tag team match to find out who is next in line. Overall, this ended up being a really good match and Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin ended up winning. These two versus the Usos should be a really good match and something that the WWE Universe should really look forward to.
For Raw, whatever is happening with Bray Wyatt and Sister Abigail is ridiculous and bad. Instead of somebody actually playing the role of Abigail, we get to see Bray Wyatt dress in drag and act like her “soul” has taken him over. Just when you thought this rivalry couldn’t get any more ridiculous, it takes it to this level. This really is a shame for this to be happening to Wyatt and for Finn Balor to be involved in this because this rivalry has now taken steps back and seems uninteresting now.
For Smackdown, there were a lot of bad things for this show this week. For starters, one way to make the WWE Championship not feel as important is when you do not have the champion on the show. Jinder Mahal was nowhere to be found on the show and that is a shame considering he is fresh off defeating Shinsuke Nakamura. Another bad thing that happened in the show was the exchange between Bobby Roode and Dolph Ziggler on the microphone. This was very painful to watch because they both had moments of dead air and that is something you cannot have when cutting a promo. While this rivalry had the potential to be a decent one, moments like this ruin it.
The Final Verdict
With Smackdown coming off a PPV, they needed to make sure to still put on a good show for the aftermath of the PPV and Raw needed to put on a good show as well since their PPV, TLC, is now less than two weeks away. This week, I will have to give to Raw for a few reasons. They really helped build up their rivalries such as the Mickie James versus Alexa Bliss rivalry and we now found out this week that Emma will be the one who faces Asuka in her debut. While Raw did rush the Cruiserweight championship match to this show and we saw a new champion with Kalisto defeating Enzo Amore, I’m sure that they will have the rematch on the PPV. Lastly, Smackdown had many moments that felt like filler on the show such as the Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura versus Rusev and Aiden English as well as Becky Lynch versus Carmella instead of putting the WWE Champion on the show and promising to show another episode of Fashion Files, which was nowhere to be found. In conclusion, Raw really built up their upcoming PPV this week and did a good job of doing it so much so that they had a better show than Smackdown.