For Raw, the show revolved around Samoa Joe, and Raw did a great job of portraying him as a main event type of superstar. Not only did he have a great promo stating that he isn’t afraid of Brock Lesnar, but they also had him send a message to Brock Lesnar by having him choke out Paul Heyman. Along with that, they also had him beat Seth Rollins in the main event to show that he is ready for Lesnar come Great Balls of Fire. We also finally get to see Lesnar next week in his response to Joe choking out Heyman. Fans should be really excited for this match!
For Smackdown, the main event between Shinsuke Nakamura and Kevin Owens was everything that the fans expected. The match between these two was great and entertaining to watch from start to end. Both of these two are great workers and have great chemistry in the ring. They put on a solid main event to counter Raw’s main event and it also really helped Nakamura have tons of momentum going into the Money in the Bank ladder match.
For Raw, when the Titus Brand first started recruiting Apollo Crews, I thought that this was going to lead to either O’Neil and Crews being a tag team, or Crews finally getting a push that he deserved while Titus O’Neil was going to be his manager that would do all of the talking. But, this unfortunately has turned these two into a comedy act, and not in a good way. Every week, either one of these guys is losing to Kalisto, which leads to them arguing, which probably means one of them is going to turn on the other. Let’s admit it; nobody wants to see a Titus O’Neil versus Apollo Crews program.
For Smackdown, while it was great to see Lana make her debut for Smackdown, to immediately put her in a championship match at Money in the Bank may not be the best idea though. We haven’t seen her wrestle yet so we are unaware of what she is capable of in the ring. I would’ve at least recommended her winning a match or two first before WWE just throws her right into the championship contention. But, maybe within the next few weeks we can see if she is good in the ring or not and determine whether the championship match at Money in the Bank will be worth watching, or be the most cringe worthy match to watch.
The Final Verdict
With both shows having PPV’s coming up, both shows needed to push their main events for these PPV’s and they both did a great job at doing that. Raw had Samoa Joe look like he is ready to bring the fight to Lesnar and Smackdown has all the Money in the Bank competitors ready to brawl for a top prize in the company. While Smackdown has the top prize in the company with the WWE Championship, the championship match they have coming up for the PPV between Jinder Mahal and Randy Orton doesn’t feel as important as it should and this is where Smackdown struggles though. So, for this week, I will give it to Raw for many reasons. First off, not only was the show great because of the push they are giving Samoa Joe, but the celebration that the Miz had for winning for Intercontinental championship was brilliant because he was paranoid the entire time because of Dean Ambrose, which led to Miz destroying the entire celebration. Along with that, we still have two hanging storylines that have fans anticipating for answers with determining who has been attacking Enzo and Cass as well as what’s going on with the text messages with Kurt Angle! These two storylines are running really great right now because it has people anticipating for next week and wanting to know who are behind these. In conclusion, both shows are doing a great job at getting fans ready for their PPV’s, but with Raw’s effective use of their star power this week, they have a main event for their Great Balls of Fire PPV that have fans aching to see.