For Raw, when Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins face off against each other, they never seem to disappoint. These two put on a great main event which saw Roman walking out the winner after spearing Rollins. This finally let Roman get one over on Rollins since he hadn’t beaten him in singles competition before that and it gives the Big Dog momentum going into the PPV. Now, while most of the time before a PPV, there is always a last man standing for the main event before the show ends, this really wasn’t the case and the show just ended with Roman winning. A little disappointing that that happened, but either way, it still gets me excited for the Fatal 5-Way at Extreme Rules.
For Smackdown, the debut of the New Day was very refreshing to see. Not only does it bring back another tag team to a very thin division, but it also brings back one of the most entertaining teams in the business. They finally appeared in the ring this week and already have a tag team championship match booked against the Usos at Money in the Bank. Watching these two teams talk trash to each other was a nice preview for what’s coming in this rivalry. I’m looking forward to the New Day’s run on Smackdown and it’ll be interesting to see who walks out the champions after the PPV.
For Raw, while there was nothing wrong with the tag team match between Austin Aries and Jack Gallagher versus Neville and TJP, seeing repeat matches is always a bad thing on shows. It obviously is repetitive and feels like creative just lacked trying anything to intensify the rivalry. Now, while I do like the ending of seeing Neville tap out to Austin Aries, which plants the possibility that Aries could win at Extreme Rules in the Submission Match, they could’ve done that when they had this match the first time and try something else this week to spice up the rivalry.
For Smackdown, while it is awesome that we get to the see the 1st ever Women’s Money in the Bank ladder match, the fact that they didn’t have a winner in the Fatal-5 Way elimination match to determine the #1 Contender for the Smackdown Women’s Championship is a bit of a disappointment. This leaves Naomi without an opponent for the upcoming PPV and it makes WWE logic look ridiculous because she had to forfeit the championship the first time because she was unable to defend it in 30 days, but currently she hasn’t defended it for a few weeks and without an opponent for the PPV, it’ll look like it will be the same case again, but this time she won’t get stripped of the championship.
The Final Verdict
With Raw having the Go Home show before their PPV, I was expecting big things out of Raw this week to really get us excited for the upcoming PPV. Instead, we got segments like “This is Your Life” with Alexa Bliss and Bayley, an episode of “Miz TV” that went on way too long, and didn’t really get a definitive moment of somebody who has a lot of momentum going into the PPV’s Main Event. While Smackdown did a similar thing this week too with their opening promo, it didn’t take as long and it at least ended up in a brawl before a match was made. Overall, I will have to give this week to Smackdown because they took advantage of all the TV time they had compared to Raw. Smackdown did a better job at building up their upcoming PPV and created some new matches for their PPV that have the fans excited. Seeing the debut of the New Day definitely helped Smackdown greatly this week because it is something new to the show and really helping make the tag team better on their show. In conclusion, storytelling is key when getting fans prepared for upcoming PPV’s, and this week, Smackdown was able to build up their rivalries a bit better.