For Raw, the match between Asuka and Sasha Banks tore the house down. The build up to it made sense because Sasha Banks said that she was ready for Asuka and that she wants to be known as the one who finally beat Asuka. These two women put on a great match from start to finish and Asuka kept her undefeated streak intact. During this match, each competitor had some scary bumps too but it didn’t seem that they got seriously hurt from them. Overall, this was a dream match that the WWE Universe wanted to see when Asuka got called up to WWE and it lived up to the hype.
For Smackdown, they decided to host a fatal four way match between Rusev, Jinder Mahal, Zack Ryder, and Kofi Kingston to determine who will face Bobby Roode next for the United States Championship and the match was pretty good and to make things better, Rusev won this match! Now, Rusev will face off against Bobby Roode for the championship next week on Smackdown and they spent a good amount of time building up this match during the show. Personally, I think it will be a pretty good match and it will be interesting to see who will win this match since both personalities of these superstars are crowd favorites.
For Raw, while it did make sense that Titus Worldwide (team of Apollo Crews and Titus O’Neil) face off against the Bar for the Tag Team Championship since they beat them a few weeks before the Royal Rumble, it was pretty predictable to know what the match outcome was going to be. It would’ve been better to just make Crews and O’Neil the number one contenders and have them face the Bar at the next PPV instead of giving them the title match one day after the Bar won the championship.
For Smackdown, while I did like that they had Tye Dillinger speaking to Shane McMahon that it is unfair that he got taken out in the Royal Rumble before he can even make his appearance, I did not like that it led to a match against Baron Corbin. We have already seen these two fight before multiple times and while Dillinger is in need to something new for Smackdown, facing Baron Corbin for the 100th time isn’t a good way to address it. Especially, considering the fact that he lost this match to Corbin too.
The Final Verdict
The fallout from the Royal Rumble was going to lead to many interesting storylines. With the Elimination Chamber PPV coming up for Raw in four weeks, they made history again by announcing that they are going to have the 1st ever Women’s Elimination Chamber match. With that being said, most of their show was focused on the PPV while Smackdown focused mostly on what currently happened at the Royal Rumble as well as building up next weeks show. Overall, I will have to give this week to Raw for a few reasons. First off, they had a great main event between John Cena and Finn Balor, which was the first time they have ever faced off. Along with that, they also had a great Braun Strowman segment where he flipped over the announcers table onto Kane to win a last man standing match. Lastly, Raw has already done a great job of building up the Elimination Chamber PPV and it will be interesting to see how they keep building it up in the next few weeks.