For Raw, they featured a lot of good matches on their show this week. Out of all the matches though, the best one was probably the Miz versus John Cena. These two opened up the show and the loser would have to be the 1st entrant for the elimination chamber match. This match went back and forth and even ended up getting a “This is Awesome” chant near the end. John Cena ended up winning the bout and now the Miz has the biggest disadvantage going into the chamber match.
For Smackdown, the story of how Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn figured that if they beat up Dolph Ziggler and Baron Corbin before their match to determine who will be the 4th competitor for AJ Styles’ WWE Championship, that it will still be a triple threat match. This plan backfired terribly on them as Shane McMahon decided to have Corbin face off against Owens and Ziggler face off against Zayn and if they won those matches, they would be featured in the match for Styles’ title. Both matches were great and Corbin and Ziggler both ended up winning, meaning that it is now going to be a fatal 5-way match for the WWE Championship. This makes their main event match that much more interesting going into Fastlane.
For Raw, maybe it’s just me, but I do not like the idea that Ronda Rousey is going to end up on Monday Night Raw. Now, this may just be part of the storyline and she may end up signing with Smackdown. But, from the looks of it, if she does end up at Raw, then it makes you question who her Wrestlemania opponent would be. Smackdown just seemed like the better brand for her to be on because they are in need of new women’s talent on the show (especially considering that they just lost Tamina for a while due to injury) and the idea of Rousey vs. Charlotte Flair at Wrestlemania has a lot of intrigue to it.
For Smackdown, I do not understand how you can have an entire show and not feature either Rusev or Shinsuke Nakamura. Nakamura should be in the stages of having an opponent for Fastlane for his road to Wrestlemania. As far as Rusev, fans were chanting for him during the show, and he was never to be seen. While he was on the Mixed Match challenge, that takes place after the show and not as many people are watching. These two are some of the biggest acts for the Smackdown brand and to not have them featured on the show is a shame.
The Final Verdict
Overall, both shows were pretty good this week. Both focused a lot of their upcoming PPV’s and laying out the match card. Both shows added a few new people to their main event matches and laid out groundwork for some new rivalries to develop for the PPV as well. This week, I will have to give to Raw. They featured a lot of good matches on their show this week, including Roman Reigns vs. Sheamus, Sasha Banks vs. Bayley, and the fatal five way to determine who would be the last competitor for the men’s elimination chamber match. In conclusion, both PPV’s the brands are hosting seem to be huge factors in the Road to Wrestlemania and it will be interesting to see where all of this leads going into WWE’s biggest PPV of the year.