WWE Battle of the Brands: Raw vs. SmackDown - Best Show of the Week (January 23-24, 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 23, 2017 - Quicken Loans in Cleveland, OH
WWE SmackDown - January 24, 2017 – Huntington Center in Toledo, OH

which WWE TV show was better this week Raw vs SmackDown

BATTLE OF THE BRANDS:

RAW vs. SMACKDOWN


FACTOR 1: CROWD

SmackDown crowds have dominated the Raw crowds except on a few occasions since we started Battle of the Brands. This week was no different. They always seem more involved and more into the show most weeks, and I think its because they always have more to cheer for.

WINNER: SmackDown

FACTOR 2: COMMENTARY

The same goes for this spot. Although, JBL and Otunga struggled extra hard this week, but not enough to lose to Byron.

WINNER: SmackDown

FACTOR 3: MATCHES

If I had to choose the match of the week, its Sami vs. Seth from Raw. It was a great fight with a lot on the line, and having HHH's music hit to cost Seth is a great bit of storytelling.

But, thats all Raw had. Their US Title match was a dud, and of course nothing else was worth talking about. SmackDown had two good battles between Harper and Orton, and their Intercontinental Championship match with the lumberjack match between Miz and Ambrose was good too. SmackDown gets the nod.

WINNER: SmackDown

FACTOR 4: PROMOS

Raw had their usual opening promo with KO, Reigns, and Y2J which was decent. But their entire promo for the show was based around one. And that was Goldbergs. And boy was it terrible. He was flustered, couldn't remember the "Universal Championship" name, and was bleeding from his head for whatever reason. Not even Lesnar and Taker showing up to stare at each other could save it.

SmackDown had a good one between AJ and Cena even though I would've liked to hear more from AJ. Nonetheless, it was better than Raw.

WINNER: SmackDown

FACTOR 5: STORYLINES

This is a tough call because the Rumble could have implications on either show. So we're taking that out and just looking purely at the championship feuds, and the non-title bouts. In this case, its SmackDown. Eventually Orton and Wyatt will implode, but so will KO and Y2J. So those cancel out. But man, the WWE Championship and Intercontinental Championship feuds are much better than the Universal and United States feuds. Also, Natty and Nikki are doing much better than Nia and Sasha much less that dud of a Raw Women's Championship feud that I have completely checked out of.

WINNER: SmackDown

FACTOR 6: SCHEDULING / PACING

You know how I feel. Two hours > three hours. I said to myself several times that I was waiting for Raw to finally end. Three hours is way too much.

WINNER: SmackDown

FACTOR 7: VISUAL PRESENTATION

I still wish that Raw and SmackDown had their different sets. It would be a lot more fun for the fans, and make the brand rivalry seem a tiny bit more legit. However, I hated Raw so much this week that I truly don't believe they deserve a point at all.

WINNER: SmackDown

EXTRA CREDIT BONUS ROUND!!!

Nothing.

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

THIS WEEK'S WINNER = SmackDown

Clean sweep for the blue brand. It was an easy call too. Go home shows are generally boring, but if it wasn't for Sami vs. Seth Raw would've been the worst show yet. SmackDown wins easily.

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!


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