Following The Royal Rumble fans had high expectations for Raw and Smackdown Live. Everyone though Smackdown would excel. But, here are 3 reasons why Monday Night Raw was the better show to watch this week:
The Smackdown Women’s Segments were weak:
Sunday at The Royal Rumble Pre-show it was Nikki Bella, Naomi, and Becky Lynch vs Mickie James, Natalya, and Alexa Bliss. We pretty much saw a repeat of that last night. It was Becky Lynch and Naomi vs Mickie James and Alexa Bliss. It was a match with the same exact outcome. Becky and Naomi were victorious. Which, in my opinion was a bad idea. WWE creative is making Mickie James look extremely weak. Every match she has been booked in so far she barely has had any ring time, and her team has been squashed. It’s doing nothing for her character. And don’t even get me started on the trash segment Carmella had with James Ellsworth. Cringe.
Meanwhile on Raw Bayley, Cesaro and Sheamus teamed up to take on Charlotte, Gallows and Anderson in a mixed tag team matchup. Though not a show stealer, it was entertaining and something fans don’t get to see everyday. I personally thought the Team of Charlotte and Gallows and Anderson was gold.
It’s time to play the Game:
For months Seth Rollins has been calling out Triple H. Ever since he attacked Rollins and personally handed Kevin Owens The Universal Championship. There has been no interaction between the two until this past weekend. Rollins showed up at NXT Takeover: San Antonio and called out Triple H. There was a slight faceoff between the two before he called for security to remove Rollins from the Arena. Fans were left more excited than ever and pumped for the next time the two would face0ff.
On Monday Night Raw Rollins had a Faceoff with Stephanie McMahon. Where he learned he would be getting exactly what he wished for. Seth Rollins… Triple H… In the same ring at the same time. I personally got goosebumps when the arena screamed and “It’s time to play the Game” roared through the speakers. Triple H laid a killer promo. Then it was time for Rollins to meet his maker. I have been waiting for this moment since 2014, when Rollins officially joined The Authority and turned his back on The Shield. I knew this would be the rivalry of a lifetime. I thought Raw couldn’t get any better. Boy was I wrong.
No Tye Dillinger?…. BUT SAMOA JOE!!
As soon as Rollins made his way down the ramp to face Triple H he was blindsided. Attacked from behind. By none other than Mr NXT himself. The 2-time NXT Champion. SAMOA FREAKING JOE!! Many fans were left disappointed when Joe wasn’t entered into The Royal Rumble Match. But debuting on Raw?? Aligning himself with Triple H??? Attacking Seth Rollins???? I couldn’t think of a better way for The Samoan Badass to debut on the main roster. After this amazing Debut fans were eager to see Tye Dillinger do the same on Smackdown Live. Dillinger debuted in The Royal Rumble match in the #10 position. He had an extremely good performance before being eliminated by Braun Strowman. After a war of words with The Miz over Twitter the past few months, Dillinger seemed to have found a home on Smackdown Live. But he was no where to be found last night. Much to the disappointment of this writer.
But Smackdown wasn’t all bad:
The main event for Smackdown Live was a match between AJ Styles and Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose. While they revived old hostilities The Miz and Baron Corbin joined ringside commentary. The match was fantastic. AJ reigned supreme over Ambrose. Miz and Corbin proceeded to attack The Lunatic Fringe following the match. A good buildup for Elimination Chamber just about two weeks away!
Monday Night Raw definitely reigned supreme over Smackdown Live this week? Agree or Disagree? Let us know in the comments!!