For Raw, we may have seen the first steps in seeing Matt Hardy turn “Broken.” After losing a match to Bray Wyatt, Hardy was then left alone in the ring and he was screaming “Delete.” The crowd slowly started to get behind it as they started to realize what was going on which made the moment that much better. With Jeff Hardy out until January, turning Matt Hardy “Broken” may be what he needs to get his singles career going for the time being. Also, maybe Jeff Hardy may come back “Broken” too?
For Smackdown, it was long overdue for the Hype Bros to split up and this week, it finally happened. After getting dominated by the Bludgeon Brothers for the second week in a row, Mojo Rawley decided to turn on Zack Ryder after the match. This was long overdue because the Hype Bros really had nothing going for them in the tag team division, and WWE needs to do something about Mojo Rawley winning the Andre the Giant Battle Royal back in April. So, Rawley going on his own and being a bad guy in the process is definitely not a bad starting point. Along with that, the Bludgeon Brothers look like a force to be reckoned with and they look like they belong in the tag team division.
For Raw, as good as Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose versus Cesaro and Sheamus has been, the fact that WWE keeps just having these one-on-one matches between them and it is starting to get stale. Thankfully, they will have a tag team championship match next week and we will see who walks out of this rivalry on top. But, just having these guys face each other over and over again in one-on-one matches feels repetitive and WWE should always try and get something new every week with these guys, especially considering this is for the tag team championship.
For Smackdown, I got a little confused on what is going on with the tag team division. After Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable defeated the Usos by count out a week before Survivor Series, it would make sense that they are still in line for a rematch against the Usos for the championship. But, then when Benjamin and Gable have a match against the New Day with the Usos on commentary, they go out there and lose? I don’t know whether this will lead to a triple threat tag team match for the championship when Clash of Champions comes around, but to have the number one contenders lose like that when they are in the process of being next in line for a championship match, that doesn’t make much sense to me.
The Final Verdict
Both shows were average this week, but they both did layout some ground work of what the future holds. With Clash of Champions being a few weeks away, Smackdown has to put on good shows as they build up their PPV. While Raw doesn’t have a PPV until the Royal Rumble, which is a joint PPV, they have to make the best of their shows currently and they can either be good or bad. With that being said, I will give Smackdown the better show this week for a few reasons. For starters, they helped build up the main event picture as AJ Styles will defend his championship against Jinder Mahal so having them go back and forth this week helps that. Along with that, they helped layout a new feud for the United States Championship between Bobby Roode and Baron Corbin, which has the potential to be a pretty good rivalry. Lastly, they still have us questioning what Smackdown is going to do with Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn, and when you have a story line that makes you want to turn in every week to see what happens, then you’re doing something right.