WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? April 23, 2018

The Good

For Raw, the tag match between Braun Strowman and Bobby Lashely versus Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn was entertaining from start to finish. Zayn and Owens kept trying their best to make sure that Lashley couldn’t tag in Strowman. But, when Strowman got the tag (the crowd went nuts when he got tagged in too), he absolutely bulldozed through both Owens and Zayn and his team ended up getting the win. Strowman is clearly one of the most popular superstars on the roster right now and hopefully WWE notices this and puts him in championship contention.

For Smackdown, their main event was the best match on their show. It featured a reunited Club (AJ Styles, Luke Gallows, and Karl Anderson) versus Shinsuke Nakamura, Rusev, and Aiden English. Nakamura and his team won after Nakamura snuck up on Gallows to take out his knee and then he hit his finishing maneuver for the pin. After the match, Styles final got his hands on Nakamura, only for Nakamura to stop the fight by hitting a low blow on Styles. Overall, the buildup for this championship match has been really good and it should be interesting who ends up winning at the Greatest Royal Rumble.

The Bad

For Raw, they had a tag match between Seth Rollins and Finn Balor versus the Miztourage. Throughout the night, the Miztourage tried to join forces with each superstar, with them respectfully declining. This then led to a match, which did feel like filler because they didn’t do anything to build the tension between Rollins and Balor in pursuit of the Intercontinental Championship. Before Wrestlemania, you could feel the tension. Hopefully, they try and revive this rivalry after the Greatest Royal Rumble.

For Smackdown, the only bad I saw from this show was a botch on the contract signing between Carmella and Charlotte Flair. The contract segment signing was great, but when they started to fight during the signing, Charlotte tried to slam Carmella’s head into the table and Carmella messed it up. Not too big of a deal, but if she is going to be women’s champion, she cannot be making too many of those mistakes.

The Final Verdict

Overall, both shows were pretty good again this week. After the Greatest Royal Rumble and Backlash, we should get a better sense of where each show is heading with their new additions from the superstar shakeup. With that being said, I will have to say that Smackdown had the better show once again this week. They used all their time perfectly to display matches as well as promos for the upcoming Greatest Royal Rumble event as well as Backlash. It should be interesting to see what WWE does for the Greatest Royal Rumble event since seven championships are on the line and there is a 50 man Royal Rumble. In conclusion, with this show and Backlash soon after that, it should be a clear sign of what WWE has in store for the rest of 2018.