With two Championships suddenly changing hands this week, Survivor Series has shaped up to be an entirely different ball game, or do we mean wrestling game?
SmackDown barely missed a beat this week, and while Raw was much better this week compared to last, does anyone else think it's just too damn long to sit through? Even The New Day cracked a joke at Raw's three-hour running time. What does that say when the WWE makes fun of itself? Can't Raw go back to a two-hour format?
Here are five things WWE got right this week and five they got wrong.
Rusev dominated Randy Orton until RKO-OUT-OF-NOWHERE allowed Orton go pick up the abrupt win. WWE is putting way too much stock in this RKO move. Not allowing anybody to kick out of it ever is just making everyone look weak. Especially poor Rusev.
With these two Superstars not having much important to do at the moment, Finn Balor was the perfect choice to accept Samoa Joe's challenge this week. The double count out victory made sense going forward and their feud is sure to continue. Eventually, let's put these two in the main event of Raw in a Falls Count Anywhere match. Maybe for a Number One Contender spot for Lesnar's Universal Championship.
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Kurt Angle decides it's best to put BOTH Balor and Joe on his team, even though it's pretty obvious they won't be able to work together as a cohesive unit.
With the WWE in England, we got some appearances this week from UK Champion Pete Dunne, former Champ Tyler Bate and more. If Raw is going to continue to be three hours long, they might as well move the United Kingdom Championship to Raw. At the very least, every time they're in the United Kingdom, why don't we get a UK Title match?
This was a match we didn't realize we wanted to see until it happened. There was something fresh about seeing these two go at it, and Kofi Kingston had some impressive moves. What was the heck that bounce-off-the-ropes-front-flippy-thing? It was probably one of the strangest moves we've ever seen, but effectively awesome none the less.
We would love to see what these two could do with more time.
WWE brought back the Intergender match and rightfully so. Becky Lynch took on James Ellsworth in a very entertaining match that told what's left of the naysayer misogynist fanbase that the Women's Revolution is here to stay. The women of Team SmackDown banded together in support of Lynch's defeat of Ellsworth. Even Carmella.
The Bar shocked the world by defeating The Shield for the Raw Tag Team Championships and it left us feeling kind of disappointed. Reason one being we all really wanted to see The Shield Vs. The Usos at Survivor Series, didn't we? And reason 2...
We know Roman Reigns isn't around anymore, but shouldn't Rollins and Ambrose be able to hold their own and not lose to a silly distraction? We guess this is a way to set up The New Day vs. The Shield for Survivor Series, which will probably be great, but still, their use so far has been a little lackluster.
Chad Gable took out Jey Uso's knee and the match was cut short via count out. If it wasn't scripted, damn, we hope Jey is okay. If it was, then why? It doesn't make The Usos look very good going into Survivor Series against The Bar, especially considering Cesaro had no problem continuing his own match with his two front teeth driven up into his gums.
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SmackDown finally pulled the plug on the Jinder Mahal experiment, probably realizing that selling another pay-per-view with another Jinder Mahal main event isn't what's best for business. But we have to give WWE a round of applause. Good for them for strapping the belt on somebody we were least expecting like Jinder Mahal. Mahal's surprise victory over Orton this year was fantastic. The experiment did go on for far too long, however, and finally, AJ Styles is back at the top of SmackDown where he belongs.
And really, AJ Styles vs. Brock Lesnar is money.
Until next week!
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