For Raw, all the returns that happened during the show were awesome moments and helped develop storylines for Survivor Series. We saw the returns of Stephanie McMahon, Nia Jax, Braun Strowman, and Samoa Joe! It is great to see all of these people come back because McMahon needed to emphasize the importance of Raw looking strong for Survivor Series, Jax needed to be here to be on the women’s team, Strowman needed to be back because he is the best thing going on Raw, and Samoa Joe coming back from injury and still looking like a madman is something we have missed. Overall, each of these returns were great sights to see.
For Smackdown, the main event between Kevin Owens and Shinsuke Nakamura was a great match. These two really put on a show and put on a great main event for Smackdown. This match also had big implications as the winner would be on the Smackdown Men’s team. Nakamura won after Randy Orton came out to help Nakamura and attack Sami Zayn, who was there to help Owens, which distracted Owens and Nakamura was able to finish the match. So far for the Smackdown Men’s team you have Randy Orton, Bobby Roode, Shane McMahon, and now Shinsuke Nakamura…..pretty solid team right there.
For Raw, how many weeks in a row are we going to see Jason Jordan interrupt Elias’ performance? This is going on three weeks now of this happening and this story is starting to get old and stale really quickly. This just felt like filler on the show and the fact that this is something we have seen week after week, means that creative has ran out of ideas of what to do between these two. That is a shame considering both of these guys are great workers.
For Smackdown, the same thing between Jason Jordan and Elias can be said between Baron Corbin and Sin Cara. This is the 3rd week in a row we have seen these two fight, and with no implications between them either. This also felt like filler as well as these two fought to a draw because Sin Cara snapped on Corbin after he tried to rip off his mask. Overall, these two should have had a championship match by now and the fact that we have to see them face off again and again before that happens makes this rivalry fall flat before it can really even get elevated.
The Final Verdict
Both shows were pretty good this week. Smackdown focused on laying out what their team is going to be at Survivor Series while Raw had a bunch of crazy segments and fun moments to help build up the PPV as a whole. This week, I will have to give to Raw. Braun Strowman coming back was one of the best and most entertaining returns I have seen in a long time. Along with that, Raw hosted two different championship matches during their show, and both of the matches were great! In conclusion, Raw still has to lay out what their teams are going to be for Survivor Series, but the show they ran this week was too entertaining to worry about that matter for now. With that being said, now that Smackdown basically has their teams laid out, it’ll be interesting to see how Raw counters it.