For Raw, all the buildup they did for WrestleMania was fantastic this week. They ran promos for the Lesnar-Goldberg, Reigns-Undertaker, Jericho-Owens, AND the Rollins-Triple H matches all in one show. The show started with Lesnar’s promo to help build up their match and the show ended with an all-out brawl between Seth Rollins and Triple H, with the other matches building up in between. Overall, Raw did a really good job at getting us prepared for these matches and it really got me excited for all of them. It will be interesting to see how they keep building up these matches as we are still a few weeks away from WrestleMania.
For Smackdown, they did a really good job at developing the story-line between AJ Styles and Shane McMahon. They had segments throughout the show that kept building up the moment before AJ Styles ambushed McMahon. Then, when that moment occurred, they helped show how hurt McMahon was from the ambush, but he was still pushing away medical help in order to announce that AJ Styles has an opponent for WrestleMania. This was a great way to build the story between these two and it will be fun to see them fight at WrestleMania.
For Raw, what has been going on with the tag team division is currently a mess. They decided to host a tag team match between Cesaro and Sheamus versus Big Cass and Enzo, where the winner would face the champions at WrestleMania. But, the champions interfered and it led to the triple threat tag match being held at WrestleMania. This was predictable that this was going to happen before the match even started and having a predictable storyline isn’t efficient.
For Smackdown, I feel like I write about this every week with Smackdown, but what they are doing with Dolph Ziggler is lame. At this point, it just feels like filler for the show. He had a match with Mojo Rawley and it didn’t even last five minutes before Ziggler decided to just walk away and lose by count out. While I will admit that actions like that are good ways to get heel heat, it just really isn’t grasping anyone’s attention and we will see where this leads going into the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal.
The Final Verdict
While both shows are doing their best to build up WrestleMania as much as possible, I feel that Raw has the better storylines going forward. They have run better promos and really have the fans excited for the matches coming from their show. Other than the tag team division, Raw has a solid lineup of matches. While Smackdown is developing matches for the show and have some storylines in place, these rivalries need to start heating up if they want their matches to have as much hype as their counterpart. In conclusion, Raw may have won this week, but I expect Smackdown to start heating up their rivalries as we get closer to WrestleMania.