This was a big week in WWE, wasn't it? We had FOUR new Champions crowned, a successful resurrection of the Backlash PPV event, the Women's Division proving how badass it really is, and we finally really do in actuality have a new face that runs the place.
What did we love about the original Brand Extension? Both shows were equally as entertaining. With WWE no longer having any real competition after purchasing WCW in 2001, it allowed for WWE to create competition within itself to great results. This year, we may have had our doubts about bringing back the Brand Extension, but if this week was any consolation, Smackdown proved it can be just as exciting if not better than Raw.
There was a lot of greatness to come this week. But with that naturally comes the bad. Here are the 5 best moments of the week. And the 5 worst.
It's not often I can say this, but this week I was hard pressed to choose 5 bad moments because most of what we got this week was pretty damn good.
Monday Night Raw opened up with the Women's Revolution in full force as we were treated to a Triple Threat Match and a fantastic segment which saw a frustrated Dana Brooke slap mentor Charlotte right in the face. It was so unexpected and awesome, the arena pretty much exploded. The only problem with it is, I wanted to see Charlotte decimate Brooke after the match. Why? Because Dana JUST slapped the Women's Champion in the face and embarrassed the hell out of her. And she just took it?
RAW wasn't the only show to open up with the women. SmackDown did the same at Backlash when all six competitors on the brand mixed it up in a Six Pack Challenge to determine who would become the inaugural SmackDown Women's Champion.
Bo Dallas was a hit on NXT, but failed to make a real name for himself since being brought up to the main roster. WWE seems to be taking another shot at making Dallas credible again by having him win squash match after squash match against local talents. The problem with this is we've already been seeing this with Braun Strowman and Nia Jax. It's become tired.
We all give Roman Reigns a hard time because that's what us fans do, but the guy puts on fantastic matches on the reg and you'd be a fool to deny it. And his match with Kevin Owens on Raw was definitely one of those matches. As good of a performance he gave, we still all breathed a collective sigh of relief when Rusev came out and cost him the match, knocking Reigns out of the title picture so we can focus on what we really want to see - Seth Rollins vs. Kevin Owens at Clash of Champions. Thank the heavens.
The boring feud between New Day & Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows continues.
Poor Alicia Fox. The girl finally gets a match on RAW and is DESTROYED.
It was awesome.
I hate Bray Wyatt. In a current world where most fans love the heels, I think that's a good thing that I legitimately hate the guy I'm supposed to hate. Is it Bray Wyatt I hate though? Or do I hate the way he's booked? That's the question. Year after year, Bray Wyatt has liked to talk a lot of smack (and a lot of gibberish. What the hell is he yammering about every week anyway?), yet still WWE never puts him over in any of his matches.
After showstopping performance after showstopping performance, Styles was finally given the shot at the title in the main event of Backlash and him and Dean Ambrose put on one hell of a fight. Eight months after his debut at the Royal Rumble, AJ Styles has finally won his first Championship in WWE. Since he's become a cocky little s*** of a heel, it was fitting to have Styles kick Dean Ambrose squarely in the nuts to help score him the victory.
AJ Styles can legitimately now say he really is the face that runs the place. And now with Cena back in the title hunt, Smackdown is getting a lot more interesting.
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