Samoa Joe made his debut to the main roster last week to destroy Seth Rollins (quite literally) and establish himself as RAW's new top dog. Was he able to keep up the momentum this week? And how about Elimination Chamber coming up this Sunday, just two weeks after the Rumble? SmackDown had little time to waste and proved that even under pressure, they can still provide audiences with some fantastic entertainment. RAW... take notes.
Here are the five best and five worst moments this week in WWE.
5. WORST - More Jobbers = Lazy
Last summer, it made sense to throw local jobbers at Braun Strowman. But now? After he's proven time and time again that he's just as strong if not stronger than the likes of Kevin Owens and Roman Reigns? It's lazy.
5. BEST - Luke Harper
Luke Harper splitting from The Wyatt Family has made me appreciate the former Intercontinental Champion much more. When he interfered in the main event to take out Bray Wyatt!? I loved it and the crowd loved it just as much. Screw Randy Orton vs. Bray Wyatt at WrestleMania (the rumored plan). Wouldn't Luke Harper vs. Bray Wyatt be so much cooler? Brother vs. Brother. Hello, it's years in the making, it pretty much writes itself!
4. WORST - Dolph Ziggler
4. BEST - Cruiserweight Number One Contenders
For as much as I'm not a fan with how WWE has presented the Cruiserweights thus far, they still put on some fantastic matches. In the main event of 205 Live, the top five stars of the division battled in an elimination match which saw Jack Gallagher become victorious, earning the number one contender's spot to face Neville at Fastlane in a few weeks.
3. WORST - Stephanie McMahon
I'm over you, Stephanie. Week in and week out, you cut people down because you're a horrid human being. If it's not Mick Foley this week, it's Sasha Banks, Bayley, or Sami Zayn.
3. BEST - Samoa Joe Is Intense
2. WORST - The New Day
2. BEST - Dual Contract Signing
When it comes to the women of WWE, SmackDown Live is where it's at. Whereas RAW hasn't even found a way to inject Emma into their storylines yet (apparently, she's finally debuting next week but I wouldn't hold my breath), SmackDown utilizes every single woman on their roster. The obvious choice would have been just to have Becky Lynch continue chasing after the title, but they instead decided to make the more-than-deserving Naomi next in line.
1. WORST - The Same Finish Over And Over
Every week, we must see half a dozen matches end with interference. I mean, yes, interference has been a staple in wrestling for decades but does anybody else think it's over done?
1. BEST - Fatal Four Way
After an outstanding opening involving Daniel Bryan and four of the participants in the Elimination Chamber match this Sunday, a Fatal Four Way match was decided and it was by far the most #WWENTERTAINING match of the week. Each star had a chance to shine. The Miz proved once again he belongs with the best of them and AJ Styles is the best of them. In the end, it was Barin Corbin who would pick up the surprise win by pinning a distracted Styles. Good stuff.
Honorable mention: Before the match would get underway, The Miz asked Daniel Bryan why he's still here if he can't wrestle anymore. In which Bryan would hilariously reply, "Not being able to wrestle never stopped you from getting in the ring." HA!
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