For Raw, the last man standing match between Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns was awesome from start to finish. Anytime these two fight, they beat the hell out of each other and this week proved it even more. Also, anytime you are watching Braun Strowman, you are bound to see something either new or something crazy. This week, Strowman launched an office chair like a baseball at Roman Reigns’ head and blasted him! Overall, great match between these two to help build up Summerslam and it was also nice to see Samoa Joe make an appearance in this match too to make sure that nobody was left out.
For Smackdown, the rivalry between the Usos and the New Day really is helping the tag team division feel important again on Smackdown. These teams have put on great matches before and I expect the same at Summerslam. For this week though, the New Day got payback on the Usos by sneak attacking them this time around and were looking to do damage by getting a chair involved in the attack, but the Usos were able to escape just in time. I guarantee that these teams will put on another great match at Summerslam and it’ll be interesting to see who will walk out as champions.
For Raw, it looks like the Jason Jordan story has already gone stale and has lost fans interest. Not only did they have a jobber face him this week, but the jobber was from Canada (the show was in Toronto) so they were more behind him than Jordan. Along with that, nobody really cares anymore about this story. The fans thought that Kurt Angle would at least play a part in helping Jordan get a push, but all it had led to so far is that Jordan is his illegitimate son. Overall, it’s a shame that one of the bigger storylines going into the summer has already fallen flat on its face.
For Smackdown, the whole segment with Shane McMahon, AJ Styles, and Kevin Owens really felt unnecessary. We already knew that this match was going to take place last week, so I do not understand why they needed to establish ground rules before their match. Also, there weren’t even any rules established so it looks like it is just going to be a plain singles match with McMahon as the referee. We all know that Shane will do his best to be as fair as possible. Along with that, they tried to give off the sense that Shane may not be fair because of the previous times he has been referee, but I do not see anything like this happening. But, as long as this leads to some feud between Kevin Owens and Shane McMahon, then I have no problem with building that up as much as possible.
The Final Verdict
We are less than two weeks away from Summerslam and both shows were pretty good this week. I will have to give this week to Raw though because they did a much more efficient job of building up their matches compared to Smackdown. Raw featured all of their stars for the Universal Championship match, still previewed a Dean Ambrose-Seth Rollins reunion, put on a great main event, and found a solution to Bayley’s injury for the Women’s Championship. While Smackdown, on the other hand, they were able to build up some matches such as The Usos vs. the New Day and the newest match between Baron Corbin and John Cena, but they didn’t feature their main event scene as much as they should’ve. The WWE championship is the most prestigious belt they have going for the company, and to only have an interview segment to help build up one of the competitors in the match makes it feel weak. Maybe things will heat up next week for Smackdown’s main event, but right now, it feels like the US Championship and the Tag Team Championship matches feel bigger than that match right now. In conclusion, both shows have built up Summerslam nicely, but Smackdown needs to do a better job at giving their main event that “Big Fight” feel.