WWE Raw vs. Smackdown: Who Won this Week? August 21, 2017

The Good

For Raw, it looks like the main event for Raw’s next PPV, No Mercy, is already set and it is going to be a good one. Braun Strowman will go one-on-one with Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship. Strowman already made a statement this week by coming out and without saying a word, attacking Brock Lesnar and beating him up pretty good before holding up the Universal Championship. This is a match that everybody is looking forward to and it will be incredible to see two athletic big men like this go at it.

For Smackdown, we got to see two new superstars debut for the Blue brand and shall I say that they were…..glorious?!? Bobby Roode and Shelton Benjamin made their Smackdown Live debuts on the show and both of them feel like they are going to be big contributors going forward. For Roode, he had a match against Aiden English and not only was able to kick out of English’s finisher to show his resiliency, but he won his debut and is completely over with the crowd. As for Shelton Benjamin, it looks like he will make his in-ring debut next week, but it was announced that he is officially tag team partners with Chad Gable. Both of these guys are fantastic in ring workers and I look forward to seeing them more on Tuesday nights!

The Bad

For Raw, they featured another week where they throw in a bunch of cruiserweights in a match and expect us to care. Raw had an 8-man tag match that just felt like filler and didn’t really give us a sense of who may be next in line for a chance at Neville’s Cruiserweight championship. Overall, this match wasn’t necessary and felt like a waste.

For Smackdown, the lack of stars on this show did hurt them this week. Having no Randy Orton, no Rusev, and no New Day really did make this show feel like they were missing something this week. Hopefully, we get to see these guys back on the show next week and see where they go from here as New Day still get their tag team championship rematch, and Randy Orton and Rusev only had a nine second match at Summerslam.

The Final Verdict

After Summerslam, it was going to be interesting to see where each show goes. After this week, Raw is obviously already planning for their upcoming PPV, No Mercy, as they already have a main event planned out. As far as Smackdown, it seems that they are still going forward with Jinder Mahal and Shinsuke Nakamura for the WWE Championship, but as far as the other championships and superstars go, it looks like we are going to get something new with them. This week though, the winner is going to be Raw for a few reasons. Not only did they get a main event prepared for their upcoming PPV, but they also had John Cena make an appearance on the show and tease an upcoming super match against Roman Reigns. Whether you like both of them or hate both of them, this is a match we would all want to see, now it just depends on when they are going to have it. In conclusion, Raw is going to be moving right into No Mercy while Smackdown is building new rivalries and it should be interesting where this all heads as we get ready to head into the next big PPV, Survivor Series.