WrestleMania season is here! This week kicked off to see what is going to be in store for WrestleMania this year! Let’s see who has the better show this week…
For Raw, the beginning of the Roman Reigns and Undertaker feud going into WrestleMania has been established. The WWE showed that this rivalry is going to be a match to show whose “yard” it is when these two do battle. This is a great way to begin the story between these two as this match will probably have the most hype going into WrestleMania.
Another good thing that I saw from Raw this week was the debut of Austin Aries in the Cruiserweight division. What a better way to do it too than for him to go after the champion. When interviewing Neville, the crowd was chanting for Aries, when Neville questioned if he think Aries could take him on, which Aries answered by punching him right in the face. Hopefully, these two will battle at WrestleMania because this could be another great match that could be on the card.
For Smackdown, even though I do not like the idea of AJ Styles facing off against Shane McMahon at WrestleMania, how they are developing the build to this story though is going well. Styles has proved week after week that he deserves to be in the main event by overcoming every obstacle they have thrown at him. But, Styles finally reached his breaking point this week because he lost to Randy Orton, which means he will not be in the main event anymore, and he is putting the blame on Shane McMahon. This story will continue to build for the remaining weeks before WrestleMania and it will be interesting to see if a stipulation gets added to this match.
For Raw, the only bad I see is what they plan on doing with Braun Strowman. He was booked so perfectly before Fastlane and now since he has lost to Roman Reigns at that PPV, WWE is now lost on what to do with him. The only thing we saw from Strowman this week was that he called out Roman Reigns, only to see the Undertaker come out, and then Strowman leaves the ring out of respect. I’m assuming that they will probably have Strowman win the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal and help him gain some momentum after WrestleMania, but then again, you never know with WWE.
For Smackdown, we didn’t see anything with the tag team division this week. Since American Alpha has won the tag team championship, it seems like Smackdown doesn’t know what to do with them. They weren’t even featured on this weeks show and who knows what they are going to try and put together for WrestleMania. Either way, I do not expect there to be a tag team championship match on the main card for Smackdown because of the lack of building anything up going into WrestleMania.
The Final Verdict
Overall, both shows did a good job helping build up their matches for WrestleMania. The main event is finally figured out on Smackdown as Bray Wyatt will face off against Randy Orton for the WWE Championship and the main event for Raw is set as Goldberg will face off against Brock Lesnar for the WWE Universal Championship. This week, I will give to Raw though because they seem to have more matches laid for the show and they seem to have a better grasp on how to develop these stories. They helped increase the intensity of the match between Goldberg and Lesnar and helped develop new matches with Neville-Aries, Reigns-Undertaker, and Bayley-Charlotte-Sasha Banks. In conclusion, it will be interesting to see where each show goes as we are less than a month away from WrestleMania!