WWE Raw vs. SmackDown: Winner, Top Highlights and Botches for Week of Nov. 16
November 16, 2017 - WWECredit: WWE.com
The conflict for code leverage will play out on WWE Network Sunday night during Survivor Series, and this week, both Raw and SmackDown Live jockeyed for position forward of a staggering pay-per-view extravaganza.
Raw featured a explanation of a new member for a five-man team, a strife of a titans between Braun Strowman and Kane and a integrity of a fifth member of Team Raw’s womanlike ensemble.
SmackDown Live countered with dual championship matchups and a large show-ending fight that beaten home a stress of Sunday’s event.
Which uncover emerged victorious, though, providing fans with a improved product?
The red code featured a in-ring lapse of The Shield Monday night, as Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose battled The Miz, Sheamus and Cesaro in a Six-Man Tag Team match. The contest, customary transport for WWE television, lent a clarity of stress to a foster that oftentimes felt like it lacked urgency.
Braun Strowman’s considerable powerslam to Kane, by a ring canvas, was an grand visual. And a tab group compare pitting Finn Balor and Samoa Joe opposite Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows was one of a improved contests on a show.
It was a rain of Jason Jordan, though, that stood out as one of a some-more intriguing elements of a broadcast.
Injured during a compare with Bray Wyatt, Jordan was unhappy to find out that he was being transposed on Team Raw. His father, Kurt Angle, hesitated to make a announcement, heading to a lapse of Triple H. The Game suggested himself to be a fifth competitor, forsaken Jordan with a Pedigree and walked off, hopefully igniting a glow that will lead to Jordan branch on his Olympic gold-medalist dad.
Why SmackDown Live?
Charlotte Flair capped off her monthslong tour behind to championship bullion Tuesday night in her hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina, defeating Natalya to win her sixth women’s title. Adding to a implausible impulse was a display of her father, a mythological “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, from a locker room to applaud a win with her.
That impulse lent a clarity of stress to a uncover that would usually grow after in a night when a Raw code interrupted a categorical eventuality between The New Day, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn and pounded anyone compared with a blue brand.
Repaying SmackDown for a conflict that left a Raw locker room a disaster of bodies, The Shield and Co. brutally assaulted their rivals and left commissioner Shane McMahon fibbing in a store following dual triple powerbombs and an Angle Slam from Raw ubiquitous manager Kurt Angle.
The arrangement of viciousness and cruel charge combined a turn of power to a adversary that will play out in epic conform Sunday night during a annual tumble classical famous as Survivor Series.
The Shield’s lapse to a ring might have been one of a reasons to watch Raw Monday night, though it was also a artistic botch.
WWE had a eventuality to foster The Shield’s initial compare behind as a section for Survivor Series, a same eventuality a contingent debuted during 5 years ago. Instead, it squandered a lapse compare on a throwaway Raw hitch doubtful to be remembered over Wednesday afternoon.
It was another instance of WWE throwing divided a moment, and money, to cocktail a radio rating.
Given The Shield will conflict another immensely renouned contingent Sunday night in The New Day, WWE Creative missed an eventuality to foster a dream match, throwing divided expectation to see Reigns, Ambrose and Rollins do conflict together for a initial time in 3 years on pay-per-view.
Whereas Raw was a plain prolongation that continued to build feuds that will exist over Survivor Series, SmackDown Live was an bomb uncover that featured pretension changes and that show-ending attack by Team Raw, that combined gravitas to a categorical eventuality of Sunday’s Survivor Series.
As such, SmackDown was a transparent leader this week, if usually since it felt some-more critical than a plain if unspectacular display by a flagship.
Raw will rebound behind in a entrance weeks, generally with a earnings of Triple H and Stephanie McMahon to television. But for now, a blue code reigns supreme.