For Raw, the reunion of the Shield seems to be getting closer and closer. After Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose both got beaten up by Braun Strowman, Cesaro, and Sheamus, Roman Reigns had a similar fate during his Intercontinental Championship match with The Miz when Cesaro and Sheamus interfered in the match and beat up Roman, causing a DQ and eliminating Roman’s chances of becoming Intercontinental championship. Along with that, the Miz has gotten the best of Roman Reigns for the past few weeks and he has left Roman lying in the middle of the ring, imitating the Shield’s signature pose. This story makes sense because Reigns, Ambrose, and Rollins all know that they cannot handle these problems on their own (even Rollins and Ambrose, who are tag champions, know that they cannot handle Strowman or Cesaro and Sheamus with just them two), but if they come together, they know that they can be that dominant force that they were a few years ago. The reunion is inevitable and going to happen because next week’s show is in Indianapolis, where the Shield made its debut.
For Smackdown, the ending segment between Kevin Owens and Shane McMahon was the perfect way to finish the buildup for their match at Hell in a Cell. McMahon added a stipulation to their match in which falls count anywhere, so this means that this match can finish outside of the cell. This added stipulation is very interesting because now we know that something crazy could happen outside of the cell. Along with that, these two brawled to finish out the show. Owens lured McMahon to come outside of the ring to look for him and then when McMahon went backstage, Owens sneak attacked him, which ended up with Owens power bombing McMahon through a merchandise table. McMahon, wasn’t finished though as he got back up while Owens was cutting a promo on their match and came back to the ring to fight some more. Owens warned Shane not to come back to fight, but of course McMahon wasn’t going to back down and he paid for it by getting power bombed again. Overall, great job by WWE building up this rivalry and this match at the PPV should be really good.
For Raw, while I do like what Raw has been doing with the Cruiserweights lately, the introduction of Kalisto to the division fell flat on its face. The main reason this being is because I feel like this should’ve happened months ago and now they decide that it is the time to introduce him? Along with that, Kurt Angle made it seem like it was going to be a brand new superstar, not somebody who has been featured on Raw before. While I do like that this is Enzo Amore’s first rivalry with the championship, this moment could’ve been shown in the middle of the show instead of the ending.
For Smackdown, the rivalry between Baron Corbin and AJ Styles going into Hell in a Cell doesn’t feel as important as it should. Especially after this week, this match feels like it should be a triple threat match including Tye Dillinger instead of a one on one match. Dillinger beat Baron Corbin this week, which doesn’t give Corbin any momentum going into the PPV, and AJ Styles basically called him out for not deserving to be where he is at because he can’t take advantage of opportunities given to him. For the United States championship and the star power that is AJ Styles, he should definitely be featured in a better feud than this.
The Final Verdict
Overall, both shows were pretty good this week as Smackdown prepares for their PPV this weekend while Raw prepares for their upcoming PPV, TLC. This week, I will have to say that Smackdown had the better show again. The main reason being that since this was a go home show before the PPV, they did a really good job of giving each match time to help build up. They addressed the tag team championship match, the women’s championship match, the US championship match, the WWE championship match, as well as the main event between Shane McMahon and Kevin Owens and even the mid card matches such as Bobby Roode vs. Dolph Ziggler. Each rivalry got its time on the show and really made me interested in their upcoming PPV. On the other hand, Raw really did do a good job of building up some matches for their upcoming PPV, such as the women’s championship and putting on a whole new angle in the Bray Wyatt vs. Finn Balor feud, but they still had some moments that felt like filler to the show (Sasha Banks and Bayley vs. Emma and Alicia Fox). The Shield reunion should be very exciting though and Raw does have a good blueprint to put on some really good shows in the upcoming weeks.