For Raw, a historical announcement was made on Raw as the first ever Women’s Royal Rumble match was announced for the PPV. This is an amazing accomplishment considering how far women’s wrestling has come. While I did think that the way they announced was pretty unenterprising, the idea is what really mattered in this segment. Along with that, it will be interesting to see who some surprise entrants in this match are.
For Smackdown, when every day is Rusev Day, you’re going to be able to put on an entertaining show. Rusev Day is one of the best acts going for Smackdown and this week just proved it even more. Rusev and Aiden English dressed up as Santa Clause and Jack Frost and had a match against the New Day, who was dressed as gingerbread men, elves and reindeer. Overall, the match they had was alright, but seeing Rusev being able to mesh with the crowd so good with the Rusev Day gimmick is something that we can all get behind. Along with that, this really helps the Smackdown tag team division really deep, which was a problem at the beginning of the year!
For Raw, it was ridiculous how much time they spent on Seth Rollins, Jason Jordan, and Samoa Joe on this show. First, Seth Rollins was supposed to face off against Samoa Joe. But, Jason Jordan intervened and said that he wanted to fight Joe, which led to a one on one match between Jordan and Rollins to determine who will face Joe later (this was already dumb enough). Then, after this match, they announce that Rollins and Jordan will team up with Dean Ambrose to take on Cesaro, Sheamus, and Samoa Joe later that night?!? Basically, they had that one on one match for no reason because both Rollins and Jordan got to face off against Samoa Joe, just in a 6 man tag match. This was all a waste of time if you ask me.
For Smackdown, it is pretty confusing what they are trying to accomplish with Dolph Ziggler. Ziggler, who won the United States Championship at Clash of Champions, decided to host a celebration for his victory. But, when the celebration was happening, Ziggler just ran down the crowd saying that we don’t know how good he is and then he put the championship on the ground and left the ring. I have no idea what the plan is or where this is going so in this case, this doesn’t look good for the US championship.
The Final Verdict
Both shows were average this week. Raw announced some big matches coming up for the Royal Rumble while Smackdown is still trying to find its footing after Clash of Champions. This week, I will have to give it to Raw even though both shows weren’t anything special. The main reasons being that Raw had the better show this week was because the Woken Matt Hardy promo was the best one Hardy has had, the announcement and carnage that broke out for the Universal Championship match at the Royal Rumble was entertaining, and the debut of Hideo Itami was great to see! In conclusion, with the Royal Rumble a little over a month away, it will be crucial to see how these shows build up their brands going into one of the best PPV’s of the new year.