WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who Won this Week? July 31, 2017

The Good

For Raw, what they are building up between Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose is really starting to get interesting. Seth Rollins decided to get into a fight with the tag team champions, only for him to get jumped by Cesaro and Shemaus and saved by Dean Ambrose. Ambrose then said while part of him does want to reunite with Rollins and go back to their Shield days, he still doesn’t trust Rollins. This makes sense and makes for great storytelling because you can see where Ambrose is coming from, but you also feel for Rollins wanting to reunite because he knows he was wrong when he betrayed him the first time and he wants to redeem himself. This may lead to these two getting a tag team championship match at Summerslam, which should be great!

For Smackdown, the dream match between Shinsuke Nakamura and John Cena lived up to all of the hype it meant to be. This match had big implications as the winner was going to face Jinder Mahal for the WWE Championship at Summerslam. Nakamura surprisingly won clean and is leading to a huge push for Nakamura. Cena showed respect too after the match and it really shows that Cena is all-in on helping guys like Nakamura get over in the WWE. Overall, great match between these two and hopefully we get to see this again.

The Bad

For Raw, they tried out two different entrance themes for people they are trying to push and not only were their new themes bad, but so were the segments they took part in. I am referring to Jason Jordan and Big Cass. First, with Jason Jordan, he was featured on Miz TV and while the Miz was doing his best to make this interesting, it is really difficult to get behind Jason Jordan because he is only here due to being Kurt Angle’s son. The crowd showed it too by being dead silent during this entire segment. As for Big Cass, they tried new theme music as well, which was terrible. Also, they tried to intensity his rivalry with Big Show by having Cass face off against Big Show in the main event. Overall, this match was not main event worthy at all and it was very slow and dull. Hopefully, this rivalry is getting towards the end of it because it is time for Big Cass to find some new competition.

For Smackdown, no advancements were really made with the women’s division this week. While they did feature a tag match between Naomi, Becky Lynch, Natalya, and Carmella, the team of Becky Lynch and Naomi won and that was really it. The number one contender, Natalya, has been the number one contender for a few weeks now and all we have gotten out of this rivalry is that Natalya thinks the women’s belt looks childish after Naomi decided to put lights on the belt. They need something to shake up this rivalry and really make fans look forward to their championship match at Summerslam.

The Final Verdict

Overall, both shows are starting to get matches laid out for Summerslam. We now have the main event from both shows and now we are starting to get rivalries developed as we get closer to the biggest PPV of the summer. For this week though, I will have to give to Smackdown for a few reasons. They had a great TV match between Chad Gable and Rusev, which led to Rusev saying that nobody can beat him, which led to Randy Orton having to something to say about that and gave us a preview of a possible Summerslam battle. They also featured the Usos, who cut a great promo making fun of the New Day, they also have a layout for who will face Jinder Mahal at Summerslam, and they have another United States Championship match between AJ Styles and Kevin Owens with Shane McMahon as the guest referee.  While Raw did have great moments by having the triple threat match between the contenders for the Universal Championship match and having an all-out brawl between a few tag teams too, they still had their dull moments during the show. In conclusion, Summerslam should be very exciting as we get closer to it!