For Raw, the Ultimate Deletion was entertaining from beginning to end. This is exactly what this rivalry needed to make it more entertaining. We got introduced to all of the characters in Matt Hardy’s Woken Universe and we also got a good tour of his compound. Hardy ended up winning and throwing Wyatt into the Lake of Reincarnation, which could lead to a character change to Bray Wyatt, which is much needed. Overall, this was great.
For Smackdown, the opening segment for Daniel Bryan was a great moment. The fact that he got cleared to wrestle after two years was a surreal sight. Along with that, Smackdown planted the idea that he will be fighting at Wrestlemania against Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens. This is very exciting!
For Raw, in regards to the Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns storyline, this took a very confusing turn. Lesnar beat the hell out of Reigns to make it look like he was the bad guy. But, before Lesnar came out, Reigns was going to be escorted out of the building because he was still suspended. Reigns didn’t go out and he decided to attack the police after they put him in handcuffs. This is where I am confused, isn’t the good guy not a guy who would attack police? Because of that, Lesnar beating him up doesn’t feel as bad as it should.
For Smackdown, I didn’t understand why we had a Baron Corbin versus Tye Dillinger match. If this was to promote the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal for Baron Corbin, WWE is a few years too late. Corbin won it a few years ago and it didn’t really do anything for his career. This match felt like filler and we shouldn’t have that around Wrestlemania time.
The Final Verdict
Both shows were pretty good this week. Smackdown really had a lot of attention this week due to Daniel Bryan being cleared to wrestle again, which is an incredible moment. Raw also did a great job though of promoting their matches for Wrestlemania. We are still left questioning whether Cena vs. Undertaker will happen and we know officially have Nia Jax vs. Alex Bliss. Smackdown officially announced the triple threat for the US championship and it is left up in the air what is going to happen with Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. This week, I will have to give to Raw again though because every segment that they had focused on Wrestlemania. Smackdown had moments of filler this week, which is why Raw will get the nod for the better show this week.