WWE Battle of the Brands: Raw vs. SmackDown - Best Show of the Week (January 3-7, 2022) | 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 3, 2022 - Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina

WWE Friday Night SmackDown - January 7, 2022 – Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT

which WWE TV show was better this week Raw vs SmackDown

BATTLE OF THE BRANDS:
RAW vs. SMACKDOWN

FACTOR 1: MATCHES

Raw = The Fatal Four Way was the undoubted highlight of a show that featured largely underwhelming matches. Raw felt similar to the go home show before WrestleMania, where there is a noticeable drop in quality and effort within matches.

SmackDown = SmackDown featured a solid main event, which had better supplementary matches compared to Raw. Charlotte Flair vs Naomi wasn't bad, but The Usos vs The New Day was yet another classic.

WINNER: SmackDown

FACTOR 2: PROMOS

Raw = Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman were superb on the microphone, perfectly straddling the line between face and heel.

SmackDown = The show opening promo was solid, but it was not as entertaining as what Raw delivered.

WINNER: Raw

FACTOR 3: STORYLINES

Raw = Aside from the WWE Championship picture receiving solid attention, it was great to see the WWE Raw Women's Championship receive additional development.

SmackDown = Outside of Roman Reigns, this show fell flat in terms of storyline development.

WINNER: Raw

FACTOR 4: SCHEDULING / PACING

Raw = Raw was solidly paced from start to finish this week.

SmackDown = SmackDown was a fairly paced show this week, although 'Happy Talk' was a giant mistake.

WINNER: Raw

EXTRA CREDIT BONUS ROUND!!!

Raw gains points for setting the stage for Brock Lesnar vs Bobby Lashley.

Raw also gains points for adding Doudrop to next week's number one contenders match.

Raw loses points for the poor manner in which multiple matches ended.

SmackDown gains points for the quality interaction between Roman Reigns, Brock Lesnar, and Paul Heyman.

SmackDown also gains points for the reveal of Seth Rollins as the next challenger to the WWE Universal Championship.

SmackDown gains further points by showcasing a competent cameo from Johnny Knoxville.

SmackDown loses points for announcing such a large amount of competitors for the women's Royal Rumble match.

POINT ADJUSTMENTS: Raw (+2 / -1) / SmackDown (+3 / -1)

THIS WEEK'S WINNER = Raw

With a score of 4 to 3, Raw wins this week's Battle of the Brands. Match quality aside, the red brand put on a great show this week.

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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