Well it looks like Raw is finally getting its act together. Well, kind of. For this week anyway. We’ll have to wait and see how the next few months play out, but the Hell In A Cell PPV as well as this Monday’s special Halloween broadcast of Raw were quite stellar. This week, we witnessed three Hell In A Cell matches, and some very rich history being made as two women battled it out in the main event of a WWE PPV for the very first time.
The blue brand on the other hand didn’t do so hot. Although the storytelling aspect was strong as usual, most of the in-ring action was horribly forgettable. So did Raw finally outdo SmackDown Live this week? Lets find out as we bring to you the 5 best and 5 worst moments this week in World Wrestling Entertainment.
5. WORST – Cruiserweight Division Needs Fixing ASAP
At the Hell In A Cell kickoff, six cruiserweights competed in a Six-Man Tag Team match and succeeded in getting the crowd going. The next night on Monday Night Raw, six cruiserweights competed in another Six-Man Tag Team match. Yes, both matches delivered breathtaking action as usual but both matches were still utterly meaningless. WWE needs to do something fast with the division like I don’t know, maybe start telling a story? Rich Swann and Cedric Alexander are constantly winning matches. Now what?
Also, I’m not too crazy about the Perkins/Kendrick feud. It’s the only story this division is telling and neither I or the WWE Universe are sold. However, I’d be a fool not to tell you to watch their match on Raw for the last minute alone. Best hurricanrana of all time.
5. BEST – Goldberg Spears Paul Heyman
Finally. Somebody put their hands (or shoulders?) on Paul Heyman.
Don’t get me wrong. We all love Paul Heyman. He’s the perfect mouth piece for the Beast Incarnate, Brock Lesnar. But you know what we love even more? When someone is able to shut him up. After Rusev failed at taking out Goldberg, the returning superman would take the opportunity to viciously spear Heyman, ultimately delivering a message to Lesnar the best way he know how. By sending his mouth piece directly to the ER.
4. WORST – United States Championship HIAC Match
Okay, okay. This was not by any means a “bad” match. It had its moments and I was even invested more times than not. How could I not be? It’s a freakin’ HIAC. It’s just when you compare it to the two other HIAC matches on the card, this match is fairly forgettable. This feud wasn’t very good to begin with and these two aren’t the most compatible in the ring. Too many strikes and too little moves made this a little yawn inducing. But hey. They still brutally kicked each other’s a**** and for that, they receive bonus points.
4. BEST – Temporary Shield Reunion?
24 hours after defending his United States Championship in a Hell In A Cell, Roman Reigns defended the title yet again. This time in the main event of Raw against Chris Jericho. Fun fact, Jericho has never held the US title. Interesting, no?
The match was pretty good, and Reigns definitely has much better chemistry in the ring with Jericho than he does with Rusev. At the end, after winning by disqualification and getting a two-on-one beat down by Jericho and Universal Champion Kevin Owens, Seth Rollins would make the save and both he and Reigns would be the last two standing in the ring. Could it be? Could these two work together once again? Oh, the possibilities.
3. WORST – Give Us Something Different Already
Enzo Amore & Big Cass defeat Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson.
Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson defeat Enzo Amore & Big Cass.
Rinse and repeat. Rinse and repeat.
It doesn’t appear as if WWE knows what they’re doing with both these two teams and all these four men are doing is filling up time on a three hour show. The trading of wins every single week is getting old and it’s time we move on from this feud.
3. BEST – SmackDown Main Event
The only match of the night worth watching, Dean Ambrose was given another match against AJ Styles in the main event of SmackDown Live. Like always, these two were able to wrestle a solid match. This week however, interference by James Ellsworth actually worked in Ambrose’s favor and Ambrose would emerge victorious in the end to earn himself another shot at AJ’s championship. The only question is, where does the feud go from here? Are we still going to get more James Ellsworth?
2. WORST – SmackDown Qualifying Matches
At Survivor Series, SmackDown Live and Monday Night Raw face off in three five-on-five Elimination Matches, one of which will feature five SmackDown tag teams against five of Raw’s tag teams. That’s 20 guys in a match. Sounds like a doozy.
SmackDown had some qualifying matches to determine which teams would advance, but it was obvious from the get-go who the winners would be. The Headbangers returned to lose to the Usos and The Spirit Squad returned to lose to American Alpha. These matches also lasted no more than a few minutes.
2. BEST – Universal Championship HIAC Match
This match was pretty amazing. The only problems this match suffered from was not having nearly as epic of a buildup as the Women’s Championship AND for not truly being the “one-on-one” classic it could have been had these two been given the opportunity. Despite this, even though the match relied more on gimmicks with Chris Jericho sneaking himself into the match halfway through, this was still a match worthy of a “Triple Main Event.” And bah gawd, did you see when Seth Rollins powerbombed Kevin Owens outside the ring and through that table?
1. WORST – Curt Hawkins
For months, SmackDown has built up the return of Curt Hawkins as if it were supposed to mean something. Now we know what his return truly meant. Hawkins is meant to be the resident jobber. I guess every show needs to have one. Dolph Ziggler issued an open challenge because unlike The Miz, Dolph Ziggler actually likes to wrestle. Curt Hawkins douchily accepted the challenge only to lose the match in five seconds. #RIPCurtHawkins
1. BEST – Women Main Event HIAC
Over the last ten years, the women of WWE (then called Divas) were getting 6-8 minutes at the most on PPV. On Raw or SmackDown, they averaged 3-5 minutes. It was what people were used to. Then, women like Charlotte Flair, Sasha Banks, Bayley, and Becky Lynch would change everyone’s perception of what a woman can do in WWE.
This past Sunday, two of those four women would face off and make history. Not only were two women put inside Hell In A Cell, it also marked the first time the Women’s Championship was defended in the main event of a WWE PPV. And boy, did Charlotte and Sasha deliver in what has to be not only the match of the week, but one of the best HIAC matches in recent memory. My only gripe with it is… did Charlotte really have to win?
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