WWE Monday Night Raw - January 16, 2017 - Verizon Center in North Little Rock, AR
WWE SmackDown - January 17, 2017 – FedExForum in Memphis, TN
BATTLE OF THE BRANDS:
RAW vs. SMACKDOWN
FACTOR 1: CROWD
SmackDown crowd is by far the better this week, and I'm sticking with the fact that it is because they have much more to cheer for.
FACTOR 2: COMMENTARY
I am usually pretty strict here. Its very easy to to see, for me anyway, that the SmackDown crew is far better. I am overly disappointed that Mauro won't be a part of the crew that calls the Royal Rumble match. All SmackDown needs to do is ditch Otunga, and they'll be the best by far.
FACTOR 3: MATCHES
Raw had a really fun and really good main event. The six man tag was a lot of fun, but other than that it wasn't anything special. A sad tag team title match that had a ridiculous ending is really the last thing worth noting.
SmackDown had a great heel vs heel match with Miz and AJ Styles, a decent one between Dean and Randy Orton, and a good main event with the womens steel cage match. Its pretty clear to see who wins this.
FACTOR 4: PROMOS
SmackDown wins here by default thanks to whatever Bayley and Charlotte did on Raw.. It was terrible and thats all you need to know.
SmackDown wins here with the opening promo being really good, and an interesting one between Jerry "The King" Lawler and Dolph Ziggler.
FACTOR 5: STORYLINES
Raw does not have a single storyline that I am interested in. I'm hoping a guy like Finn Balor or someone else returns at the Rumble to help it out just a little bit.
SmackDown though.. A heel Dolph Ziggler, AJ and The Miz and John Cena doing good things, Mickie James returning. It's clear that SmackDown just has it going on right now.
FACTOR 6: SCHEDULING / PACING
Its as simple as: Two hours > Three hours.
FACTOR 7: VISUAL PRESENTATION
I'm just going to give this to Raw as there isn't much of a difference between the two and they could use at least one point.
EXTRA CREDIT BONUS ROUND!!!
POINT ADJUSTMENTS: Raw (+0 / -0) / SmackDown (+0 / -0)
THIS WEEK'S WINNER = SmackDown
It is so very clear that SmackDown is better than Raw. Anyone can see that. They have the better.. Well.. Everything. Even though if you look at the rosters, Raw may have more talent, but SmackDown is utilized so much better.
That's my pick for the better show of the week, but how do YOU stand?
Which was better, Raw or SmackDown?
Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!