A month past the Superstar Shakeup, with the women’s divisions all mixed up, we figured it would be a good time to take a look at how the RAW and SmackDown women’s divisions measure up now.
I have to admit, I’m on the fence. I love what is going on in both divisions. What I love about Monday Night RAW: fierce little Miss Bliss has taken over, and she’s been absolutely fantastic in matches and on the mic. I love this budding BFF angle between her and Nia Jax and the potential of it blowing up in Alexa’s face at some point. Reminds me of the AJ Lee/Tamina dynamic of years ago.
When it comes to SmackDown LIVE, the Welcoming Committee has been a welcoming surprise. I initially fluffed them off as talent being scrambled together to form a faction, but their dynamic has been incredible. The forming of Team Face in Becky Lynch, Naomi, and a face-on-the-fence Charlotte has been entertaining to watch.
Still, if I had to choose, I’d go with RAW. Despite the fact that it feels like a three-woman show again (Nia Jax, Alexa Bliss, and Bayley); these three are killing it. However, kudos to SD LIVE for using their entire division for this program with a unique twist.
Before the shakeup, the SmackDown division was tough to watch. I mean, sure, the women tried hard and all…but the reality was that the RAW roster was just more watchable.
Now, post-Shakeup? I would put it like this. Neither brand is far and away the better women’s roster. I would actually go so far as to say I think they’ve finally found that balance. Each locker room seems to be working well, and I would say that, at least for the moment, they are neck and neck. I don’t consider one to be more dominant than the other, and that’s a good thing. There are, of course, differences between them and how they work well, but both are full of strong characters and they are all delivering at this point.
The Superstar Shakeup helped SmackDown. They were struggling as Charlotte, Sasha Banks, Nia Jax and Bayley were all worthy contenders for the RAW title. SmackDown had the veteran in Natalya, but she has never been given a fair push. Alexa Bliss and Carmella were still new to the main roster; though Bliss has been impressive. Naomi had her moment. Tamina Snuka just returned after a long injury, so she’s questionable. Then Naomi lost the SmackDown Championship and was lucky enough to regain it a month later. As of now, both rosters look strong. I’d say RAW has the bigger names, but SmackDown is making moves and Charlotte being added to the blue brand greatly helped. Overall, women’s wrestling continues to evolve and that’s most important.