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SmackDown has handled recent NXT call ups much better than Raw

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This week’s episode of Friday Night SmackDown showcased yet another example of the blue brand’s superiority over Monday Night Raw — how recent NXT call ups have been handled on each show.

Over on Raw, the current NXT Champion Karrion Kross was called up without arguably the most important part of his act, Scarlett, and was immediately beaten by Jeff Hardy, a guy who was on a five match losing streak on Main Event. What’s more, it was a babyface cheating to beat a heel.

Even if there’s a story they’re getting to with that, it was an objectively bad decision to present Kross that way his first night on the show.

On SmackDown, they’ve done the opposite. Shotzi Blackheart & Tegan Nox came up as a tag team and immediately pinned the women’s tag team champions, Natalya & Tamina. Then they beat them again the next week. Finn Balor, though this is his second call up, beat up Sami Zayn upon his return and then pinned him in a match the next week. He’ll be wrestling Roman Reigns for the Universal championship in the near future. Then, Toni Storm, after a couple weeks of teasers, made her debut this week with a win over Zelina Vega.

In the span of just a few weeks, we got four new contenders on SmackDown. In the span of just a few minutes, they made an entire brand look terrible on Raw.

Incredible.

Here are the highlights from SmackDown this week:

  • Roman Reigns refuses to answer John Cena’s challenge
  • Finn Balor vs. Sami Zayn
  • Pat McAfee congratulates Big E during the “McAfee Minute”
  • Several Superstars stake claim to Intercontinental title opportunity
  • Angelo Dawkins vs. Chad Gable — Rolling Loud match
  • Bianca Belair vs. Carmella — SmackDown women’s title match
  • Edge looks to settle his score with Seth Rollins
  • Shotzi & Nox nail Baron Corbin with a tank dart
  • Toni Storm vs. Zelina Vega
  • Dominik Mysterio vs. Jimmy Uso
  • Roman Reigns denies John Cena’s challenge in favor of Finn Balor
  • Toni Storm is ready to climb the SmackDown ladder
  • Zelina Vega vows to make her mark on SmackDown
  • The Usos think their wins are a forgone conclusion