For Raw, another week, another amazing Braun Strowman match and segment. This week, he had a symphony of destruction match against Elias and it was entertaining from start to finish. Elias tried to run away before the match started, only for Strowman to stop him in his tracks by stopping the car he was trying to get away in! Along with that, we got to see Strowman break another huge bass over Elias’ back, which is always hilarious. Lastly, Strowman won by dropping a piano on Elias. Hopefully, they find a Wrestlemania opponent for Strowman because he is too good of an act to not have on their biggest show.
For Smackdown, we are finally getting something with both Rusev and Shinsuke Nakamura. They had a backstage promo interviewing Nakamura and the duo of Rusev and Aiden English interrupted him to voice their displeasure of Nakamura kneeing English in the throat, which affected his singing voice. This led to these two making a match at Fastlane, and it should be a good one. But, knowing how Rusev is booked, expect Nakamura to win this in order to have momentum going into Wrestlemania.
For Raw, it would make sense to have formidable opponents for the tag team championship come Wresltemania. But, this doesn’t seem to be the case. The Bar defeated the Revival this week and it still leaves up the question of who will face them at Wrestlemania. Personally, I thought the Revival would be the team that they would face, but WWE seems to be going a different route.
For Smackdown, I still don’t understand what Jinder Mahal’s role is in this United States championship rivalry between Randy Orton and Bobby Roode. This week, he defeated Orton in a singles match due to a distraction from Roode. If booking made sense, this would be a triple threat match at Fastlane, but it is still a one-on-one match between Roode and Orton. Maybe this triple threat match will get pushed to Wrestlemania, but how the story has been told, it makes no sense that Mahal isn’t in this match currently.
The Final Verdict
With Smackdown hosting the go home show before Fastlane and with Raw building up Wrestlemania, both shows had to be good this week. Overall though, Raw had the better show than Smackdown this week. At this point, Smackdown needs Fastlane to happen ASAP so that they can focus on Wrestlemania. They have potential rivalries that could make their card look better than Raw’s and they need the time to help develop these stories. Raw has now developed two new big matches for the Wrestlemania card and right now, the biggest event of the year is panning out to be a good one.