For Raw, seeing the debut of Samoa Joe was awesome! This was so unexpected especially since the fans were disappointed when Joe didn’t appear in the Royal Rumble on Sunday. This was a great way to integrate him to the main roster and what a better way to start of your WWE run than with a rivalry with Seth Rollins. These two will put on a great match and I am definitely looking forward to that and I’m sure all WWE fans are as well.
Raw also did a great job building up another match for WrestleMania between Goldberg and Brock Lesnar. Paul Heyman did all the talking during a promo and challenged Goldberg to a match at WrestleMania and we will wait to hear Goldberg’s answer next week on Raw. This match will more than likely happen for a third time and I do expect a good match between these two.
For Smackdown, they did a good job finding six competitors for their main event at the Elimination Chamber PPV that happens in about two weeks. They decided to have John Cena defend his WWE Championship versus AJ Styles, Baron Corbin, The Miz, Dean Ambrose, and Bray Wyatt. That is a lot of star power in the ring at once and it will be interesting to see who will walk out of that match the champion.
Smackdown did get off to a good start to build up this Elimination Chamber match in the main event on their show between AJ Styles and Dean Ambrose.
They also had the Miz and Baron Corbin on commentary during the match and the Miz alone helped build up this match with his microphone skills during the match. His microphone skills though angered Corbin and this led to a full on brawl to end the show. This was a great segment to help build up the hype behind this match and it should be a good one.
For Raw, the whole Rusev and Jinder Mahal versus Enzo and Big Cass needs closure. We thought this rivalry finally came to an end last week, only to find out that they are fighting again this week.
We have seen this match already four or five times and as fans, this rivalry has run its course and it should’ve been done weeks ago. The match wasn’t bad, but this rivalry has gotten stale and boring and it’s time for all of these competitors to move on to something else.
For Smackdown, I loved the Tag Team brawl that broke out, but the ending was awful. It all started with American Alpha hosting an open challenge to all the tag teams on Smackdown, which led to a lot of teams coming out, and it turned into a full out brawl.
Then, they come back from commercial to still see all of these guys brawling, but then American Alpha alongside Heath Slater and Rhyno cleared the ring of the remaining teams, and then the segment just ends.
I didn’t understand why you wouldn’t at least have a match out of that if you are going to take all of the time building it up that American Alpha was coming out to defend their championships.
I know it did lead to a Tag Team Turmoil championship match at the Elimination Chamber PPV, but a match out of that segment really could’ve helped develop a story-line of who is a hot team going into the Turmoil.
The Final Verdict
After the Royal Rumble, both shows had to put on good follow up shows in order to get us excited for the future. Smackdown did their part by building up their Elimination Chamber PPV, and Raw did their part by building up WrestleMania. Overall, I have to give this week to Raw for a few reasons.
First, Raw debuted Samoa Joe, which was long overdue and what a better way to introduce him into the main roster by going after one of the top talents on the show.
Along with that, this moment really helped build the rivalry between Seth Rollins and Triple H that much more and prove that if Rollins can overcome Samoa Joe, then he will finally be able to face off against Triple H at WrestleMania as planned.
Lastly, Raw also was able to build up a future match between Goldberg and Brock Lesnar. It has us looking forward to next week as Goldberg will answer Lesnar’s challenge and it will also determine what is going to happen with Goldberg at Raw’s next PPV, Fastlane.
Overall, Raw had the better show this week again and it will be interesting to see where each show goes from here.