Welcome to Brand Warfare, a weekly look at the supposed “war” between Raw and Smackdown which began with the revival of the brand extension, and continues to be pushed as some sort of fight for survival on a regular basis. Even though the feud is scripted, that doesn’t mean there still can’t be legitimate winners and losers, so rather than do separate reviews for both shows, we thought we’d compare and contrast them together, across a few standardized categories, and each week, decide which brand came out on top by putting on the better show. Along the way, we’ll perform expert analysis, hand out some awards, and maybe even have a few laughs. Let’s not waste any more time, and take a look at what Raw and Smackdown Live had to offer us this week!
Opening Segment – Raw
Raw opened with one of its strongest acts, sending Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens out to complain about Hell in a Cell and add people to Jericho’s list, as well as continue to subtly imply that Jericho would be very interested in winning the Universal Title if the opportunity were to arise, which we all know will inevitably destroy this beautiful friendship forever. Seth Rollins shows up to rebut and christen Jericho “Sparklecrotch”, which isn’t incredibly clever or anything, but earns a chant because as The Rock knows, you can get the fans to chant anything if you repeat it with enough energy. This transitions into another match between Rollins and Jericho, which absolutely nobody should have a problem with. If nothing else, Raw started off on the right foot with a good promo and a great match to kick things off.http://www.wwe.com/shows/raw/2016-10-17/gallery/seth-rollins-vs-chris-jericho-photos#fid-40056442 Source: WWE.com