WWE Battle of the Brands: Raw vs. SmackDown - Best Show of the Week (October 4-8, 2021) | 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 - October 4, 2021 - Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee

WWE Friday Night SmackDown - October 8, 2021 – SAP Center in San Jose, California

which WWE TV show was better this week Raw vs SmackDown

BATTLE OF THE BRANDS:
RAW vs. SMACKDOWN

FACTOR 1: MATCHES

Raw = Aside from Charlotte Flair vs Bianca Belair, no match was afforded the time or respect to come across as anything other than mediocre.

SmackDown = Although none of the King of the Ring and Queen's Crown tournament matches were excellent, the attention afforded to the matches made the tournaments feel important. Finn Balor also benefited immeasurably by defeating Cesaro.

WINNER: SmackDown

FACTOR 2: PROMOS

Raw = Goldberg's promo just fell flat, making me incredibly apathetic to his feud with Bobby Lashley.

SmackDown = Roman Reigns and Paul Heyman engaged in a compelling promo to effectively advance their storyline with Brock Lesnar. Heyman easily remains the best talker in WWE.

WINNER: SmackDown

FACTOR 3: STORYLINES

Raw = Shayna Baszler was once again presented as a clear and present danger to the women's division, but in Doudrop, she has found someone who will not put up with her shit.

SmackDown = Roman Reigns' suspicions of Paul Heyman continued, leading to an entertaining segment. The biggest storyline development this week, however, was the reveal that Naomi will face Sonya Deville next week. Finally, this storyline is being utilised correctly.

WINNER: SmackDown

FACTOR 4: SCHEDULING / PACING

Raw = Hampered by six Draft rounds, Raw felt longer than usual this week.

SmackDown = SmackDown absolutely flew by, feeling fresh and strongly paced.

WINNER: SmackDown

EXTRA CREDIT BONUS ROUND!!!

Raw gains points for positioning Shayna Baszler and Doudrop against each other.

Raw also gains points for ending the show with Sasha Banks on top, which was a much needed outcome.

Raw loses points for feeling disjointed in it's booking this week.

SmackDown gains points for throwing up some surprise results in the Queen's Crown tournament.

SmackDown also gains points for continuing to tease dissention between Rey Mysterio and Dominik Mysterio. I am officially intrigued.

SmackDown loses points for not giving Carmella a pink mask to go with her outfit.

POINT ADJUSTMENTS: Raw (+2 / -1) / SmackDown (+2 / -1)

THIS WEEK'S WINNER = SmackDown

With a score of 5 to 1, SmackDown wins this week's Battle of the Brands. Quite simply, it was the fresher and more engaging show of the two.

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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AUTHOR OF THIS POST: DALLAS ALLSOPP

Dallas Allsopp is a writer with two main interests, Pokemon and wrestling. He has been writing for a few years for his own personal blogs and is now taking his passion for wrestling and putting it into his writing. You can follow him on Facebook.

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