For Raw, the opening segment between Ronda Rousey, Kurt Angle, Triple H, and Stephanie McMahon was a good buildup for this match. They featured a question and answer seminar between these four and it really helped establish the importance of this match. Lastly, a fight broke out near the end of it and it resulted in Stephanie McMahon putting Ronda Rousey through a table! Overall, not only was this a great opening for Raw, but it helped build up one of the bigger matches for the PPV.
For Smackdown, throughout the show, they had great segments for the match between Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon versus Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn. The show opened with McMahon and Daniel Bryan patching things up and hugging it out in order to get on the same page going into Wrestlemania. Later on in the show, Owens and Zayn showed up out of nowhere and stated their disgust for both McMahon and Bryan and stated that Smackdown is still their show. This was very entertaining from start to finish and it really made me look forward to this match now at Wrestlemania.
For Raw, while I do love Elias and his act, his match against Heath Slater felt like filler. It wasn’t confirmed if he was in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal so it was just a match for him to have and squash Slater.
For Smackdown, the eight man tag match between a bunch of participants in the match also felt like filler. It just feels like that since WWE doesn’t really care about this match, then why should I?
The Final Verdict
Both brands had to put on their best efforts since this was these were the last shows before Wrestlemania. Both brands did a great job of building up their most important matches. As far as who had the better show though, I will have to give Raw to this week. They had the better show this week mostly because they had more time to help build these up. They were able to feature longer segments for each of their big matches and help focus on them throughout the show. In conclusion, everybody should be very excited for Wrestlemania.