For Raw, the opening match and segment with John Cena was fantastic. Cena put on a great match with Jason Jordan, which showed that Jordan is a great wrestler, he just needs to readjust his character because now nobody even cares that he is Kurt Angle’s illegitimate son. Along with that, after the match, Cena then exchanged verbal barbs with Roman Reigns as they keep building up their match at No Mercy. So far, Cena has exposed Roman Reigns as somebody who is not good on the microphone and looks like he is not ready to handle the big spotlight of being WWE’s poster boy. But, I did really enjoy that Roman Reigns did basically admit that while he may not be the best on the mic, that he can still fight and would love to see Cena try right then. Overall, the hype for this match keeps getting better week by week and it still is interesting to see who will win this matchup.
For Smackdown, the rivalry between Shane McMahon and Kevin Owens really boiled over this week. This week’s episode was focused on this rivalry throughout the show and reached new heights this week. McMahon snapped on Owens and beat him up because Kevin Owens kept blaming McMahon for his recent strings of bad luck and went as far as to bring his family into it. This then led to Daniel Bryan telling McMahon that he is suspended indefinitely for his actions and that Vince McMahon will make an appearance next week to address the situation. I really like what Smackdown has done to build this rivalry up because you could tell that Owens was ready to snap, but then in the end, it was McMahon who had had enough and threw the first punch. Great storytelling and it shall be fun to see these two finally go at it.
For Raw, they featured another week of “Let’s throw a bunch of Cruiserweights in a match and see what happens.” This was led by Enzo Amore, who cut a promo and introduced his tag team partners. This again feels like filler when they decide to throw all of them in a match. It is only efficient story telling when they are able to develop a good rivalry for the championship and that is hard to do when you are just throwing 6 guys in the ring and hoping for the best.
For Smackdown, I do not know what WWE is doing with Sami Zayn. They brought him to Smackdown because it was the land of opportunity. The only opportunities I am seeing his getting is getting the opportunity to lose to other people to help them get over. This week, it was Aiden English. Not only have I seen this match multiple times on Smackdown, but for Zayn to lose in about a minute to him is just ridiculous. Maybe they are building up the story as much as possible for Zayn to look like an underdog, but at this point, it just looks like WWE is making him out to be a loser and that is a shame.
The Final Verdict
Overall, both shows were fantastic this week. Raw did a great job of building up No Mercy more this week and Smackdown did a great job of getting their next week to be exciting by having a few championship matches next week in Vegas, as well as still developing storylines going forward for their next upcoming PPV, Hell in a Cell. This week though, I will have to give to Raw again. They had a great main event between Braun Strowman and the Big Show in a steel cage, they had an even better opening match between Jason Jordan and John Cena, and they helped establish two new matches for their No Mercy PPV with the women’s championship match as well as Finn Balor versus Bray Wyatt. Speaking of the Bray Wyatt vs. Finn Balor feud, they finally added some sense to this rivalry by Wyatt calling out Balor in stating that his Demon persona was the only reason he can defeat him, and this is interesting to look at because Balor has only defeated Wyatt when he was the demon character so it should be intriguing to see where this will lead down the stretch of this rivalry. In conclusion, No Mercy is looking more and more like it is going to be a great PPV.