WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? April 9, 2018

The Good

For Raw, we got to see the return of Bobby Lashley! It was great to see him back in a WWE ring because the work he was doing outside of WWE was some of his best yet. Hopefully, WWE books him like he was at TNA where he is an unstoppable force. Lashley interrupted Elias and performed a few big moves on him and the crowed loved every second of it. It’ll be interesting to see where this goes.

For Smackdown, the main event between Daniel Bryan and AJ Styles was as good as it sounds. Daniel Bryan showed that he has no ring rust and Styles is one of the best the WWE has. Even though this match didn’t have a finish due to DQ, it helped give Shinsuke Nakamura more heel heat as he interrupted the match and attacked both competitors. I really like what WWE is doing with Nakamura as a heel and the rivalry between him and Styles is really starting to pick up some momentum.

The Bad

For Raw, you would think the day after Wrestlemania, you would see the Universal Champion there? But, that is not the case for Brock Lesnar. All we got in regards to the Universal Championship was that Roman Reigns will be facing Lesnar again at a house show in Saudi Arabia in a steel cage. Along with that, Reigns also found out that he will be facing Samoa Joe at Backlash. WWE wonders why the crowd doesn’t really care about the Universal Championship….

For Smackdown, they had Naomi face off against Natalya and this felt like filler. I understand trying to build up Naomi since she just won the women’s battle royal at Wrestlemania, but having filler matches won’t help the case.

The Final Verdict

Overall, both shows were pretty interesting after Wrestlemania. We had some NXT call ups, some returns, and some build up for the next upcoming PPV. This week, I will have to give to Smackdown for a lot of reasons. For starters, they had lots of shockers this week. Not only did Carmella finally cash in her money in the bank contract and win the Women’s Championship, but Paige is now the new general manager of Smackdown Live! Smackdown also put on a much better main event than Raw. With the superstar shake up next week, WWE will have to establish solid plans moving forward with both brands. With that said though, fans should be looking forward to see how all of this unfolds!