For Raw, the opening segment to find out what the plans are for the Universal Championship at Summerslam was a great way to start the show. Braun Strowman, Samoa Joe, and Roman Reigns each came out to plead their case, only for Kurt Angle to schedule a fatal 4-way for the Universal Championship at Summerslam. This then led to an all-out brawl between the three competitors and it was a great preview of what’s ahead for Summerslam. WWE definitely got the main event right on this one for the summer’s biggest PPV.
For Smackdown, it was the return of the G.O.A.T, Chris Jericho! It was great to see him back and he had a good reason to be back, to get his rematch for the United States Championship. At the same time though, AJ Styles was asking for his rematch too which led to a triple threat match for the championship. This match is easily considered for the match of 2017 because this was awesome from start to finish and we have a new United States Champion! AJ Styles pinned Jericho to win, which caused extreme frustration for Kevin Owens, who decided to invoke his rematch clause for next week’s Smackdown. It’s great to see Jericho back and it will be interesting to see where he is inserted for Summerslam.
For Raw, they do seem a little confused on who will challenge Cesaro and Sheamus for the tag team championship at Summerslam. First, they teased that they could challenge the Revival by having them watch their match against Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson. But, they then teased that they could challenge Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose because they were watching their match as well. Either way, I have hope that Raw will find suitable challengers, I would just like to have a sense of who it would be sooner rather than later.
For Smackdown, they also seemed confused on what to do with Sami Zayn and Tye Dillinger. They put them as a team to face Mike Kanellis and Aiden English. While it was a good match and it was good to see those two get a win, they need to develop new rivalries for these guys. While I have been enjoying the Mike Kanellis and Sami Zayn feud, it needs something to take it up a notch. While for Dillinger, he has been facing Aiden English the past few months and it’s time for him to find new competition.
The Final Verdict
Overall, both shows put on fantastic shows. Both shows had great openings and great matches throughout! The only thing missing from both shows was developing new rivalries, which isn’t something really too big to complain about! This week though, I will have to say that Smackdown had a better show than Raw. The main reason being that Chris Jericho is back for Summerslam which helps this show drastically. Along with that, the main event they put on has potential to be one of the best matches of the year! Lastly, they have a dream match next week when John Cena faces off against Shinsuke Nakamura to determine who will face Jinder Mahal for the WWE Championship at Summerslam! Overall, both shows were excellent and even having to pick a winner this week was difficult.