AVClub: That’s right: Another week of concise, compelling storytelling on SmackDown! Live means another week of praising WWE for doing the very basic thing it sets out to do on a daily basis. This week’s Monday Night RAW also fit the bill of fulfilling the basic concepts of storytelling that WWE often claims it does, but as usual, that came with the added baggage of RAW’s role as the “flagship” program; even with the New Era and post-draft changes, RAW is still stuck with certain WWE bad habits that SmackDown! Live has the leniency to avoid. SmackDown! Live has stuck with its in-story mission statement of being a “meritocracy” and giving every wrestler an equal chance and playing field, and that continues to yield mighty fine results for the blue brand.