WWE Battle of the Brands: Raw vs. SmackDown - Best Show of the Week (January 30-31, 2017) | Smark Out Moment
Welcome to another edition of Battle of the Brands from Smark Out Moment, where we compare this week's episodes of Raw and SmackDown and determine which one of the two was the better show.

WWE Monday Night Raw - January 30, 2017 - Laredo Energy Arena in Laredo, TX
WWE SmackDown - January 31, 2017 – American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, TX

which WWE TV show was better this week Raw vs SmackDown

BATTLE OF THE BRANDS:

RAW vs. SMACKDOWN


FACTOR 1: CROWD

Its all about SmackDown right now. They are capitalizing week after week on weak Raws. The WWE Universe knows it, and the SmackDown crowds know they are watching the A show.

WINNER: SmackDown

FACTOR 2: COMMENTARY

We have breaking news in this department. For the first time in BOTB history Raw is winning the commentary section. Well.. First time I've had them winning anyway. AJ and Dean had  stellar match this week but there were some commentary distractions that took me out of it from time to time. And.. I don't believe Byron said anything ridiculous this week. I should probably start taking notes because there is no way thats true.

WINNER: Raw

FACTOR 3: MATCHES

SmackDown wins here. Great opening match that had a good dynamic with The Wyatt Family and Luke Harper. The AJ and Dean tore the house down in what might be the best SmackDown match since the brand split.

Raw had Sami vs. Jericho which was solid, and had a chance to steal the week in this category if they had a good Universal Championship match but Roman got involved kind of taking the air out of it. Having Charlotte lose doesn't matter anymore because she is just going to win on the PPV's so I put nothing on that. All the other matches really fell flat for me.

WINNER: SmackDown

FACTOR 4: PROMOS

This is where Raw shined. Wow. Heyman dropped one of the best promos in his storied career of incredible promos, and HHH had a great one on Seth Rollins. But its all about Heyman here as he came out in full force.

WINNER: Raw

FACTOR 5: STORYLINES

There is a lot at play here. Where WWE goes with Randy winning the Rumble, I have no clue. So that has my attention. Also seeing Samoa Joe debut for HHH is huge too along with the Rollins injury showing a gaping hole in Raws roster. What happens with Joe? HHH? Randy Orton faces who at Mania? Right now, I'm most interested in Randy because we could potentially see Orton vs. AJ.

WINNER: SmackDown

FACTOR 6: SCHEDULING / PACING

Raw didn't feel as bad this week, but that two hours stays winning.

WINNER: SmackDown

FACTOR 7: VISUAL PRESENTATION

This category is kind of BS sometimes because its so hard to tell. But I'll give it to SmackDown thanks to The Wyatts entrance alone.

WINNER: SmackDown

EXTRA CREDIT BONUS ROUND!!!

Raw gets one for the debut of Samoa Joe.

POINT ADJUSTMENTS: Raw (+1 / -0) / SmackDown (+0 / -0)

THIS WEEK'S WINNER = SmackDown

Raw was much better than usual this week, but not better enough to be the A show. The men and women in blue keep getting better consistently. With Seth being hurt, Raw is in trouble. But SmackDown has options.

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!


Subscribe to Smack Talk on iTunes and Stitcher
THIS POST WRITTEN BY: CAYDEN PARKHURST

Cayden Parkhurst is a journalism student at Indiana University Kokomo. Outside of his love for professional wrestling, he is a big fan of baseball and the Cincinnati Reds.

0 comments:

Current EVENTS

Watch Fastlane 2017 PPV Live Results

WWE Fastlane 2017 PPV Predictions and Results
WWE March Madness tournament
Vote here on Round 1!
win WWE pop vinyl figure giveaway

WANT TO WRITE FOR US?

If you would like to join the Smark Out Moment writing team, please send an email via the contact form.

Follow Us





Subscribe to Smack Talk on iTunes and Stitcher

FOLLOW AMT ON SOCIAL MEDIA

SUPPORT SMARK OUT MOMENT

JOIN THE TEAM

Follow by Email

SMARK MY WORDS