The Five-Count: Daniel Bryan & Roman Reigns Rise, Dolph Ziggler Falls


We are finally only a week away from Fast Lane! As we are in the middle of the Road to WrestleMania, WWE needs to get their final plans figured out, so they can give the card a big, meaningful build. If you are new to this series, I’ll break it down for you real quick. Usually every weekend I post this weekly breakdown of what I liked, what I didn't like, who was the superstar or diva of the week, the match of the week, and a prediction or talking point I want to address. Here we go!

Superstars of the Week: Daniel Bryan & Roman Reigns

Who else, besides Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns, picked up eight wins this week? Yeah, no one! These two absolutely deserve this spot after beating the entire tag team division in one week. The action started off on Raw when Bryan and Reigns beat Big Show and Kane by disqualification at the start of the show. In the main event, the unlikely duo beat Big Show, Kane, Seth Rollins, Joey Mercury, and Jamie Noble in a handicap match. Despite their fight at the very end of Raw, Bryan and Reigns were able to stick together for six consecutive matches in the main event of SmackDown. The Miz & Damien Sandow, The Usos, Los Matadores, Heath Slater & Titus O'Neil, The Ascension, and Big Show & Kane all fell short to Bryan and Reigns. Even though Daniel and Roman will be on different sides of the ring in week, it was still unique to see WWE promote their Fast Lane match like this.

Match of the Week: Cesaro vs. Sin Cara (Main Event)

Yes, I'm excluding the incredible matches that took place at NXT Takeover: Rival, only because it was that awesome (and I'll be talking about Takeover in the next paragraph). Since WWE Main Event isn't airing live on the WWE Network right now, I've had to watch it elsewhere. The main event of this week's show was Sin Cara vs. Cesaro. I've seen some matches between them before on Main Event, and it was entertaining. This match, though, was great! They are both such good in-ring workers and since they were given plenty of time for their match, they put on a must-see performance. Cesaro picked up the win, as he should have, with the Neutralizer.

The Highlight: NXT Takeover: Rival

NXT Takeover: Rival absolutely blew everything on regular WWE programming away this week. All of the matches had a story behind them, some more important than others of course. In my opinion, it now has earned the title of Best NXT Live Special so far. My favorite match and moment of the show had to be Sasha Banks winning the NXT Women's Championship in a four-way match against Charlotte, Bayley, and Becky Lynch. The two other fantastic matches included Finn Balor vs. Adrian Neville and Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn. If for whatever reason you have not watched this PPV, I highly, highly recommend you go out of your way to watch it!

The Lowlight: Dolph Ziggler Loses Once Again

Well, sometimes we get what we want, and other times we just don't. In this case, it's Dolph Ziggler. Just three months ago, Ziggler was Intercontinental Champion and was set to member of Team Cena at Survivor Series. Here we are now and Ziggler has lost to Bray Wyatt on Raw two weeks in a row. I don't have a problem with Wyatt winning at all as it looks like he has a big match against The Undertaker at WrestleMania. My problem is Ziggler's start and stop push has been going on for some time now. Is WWE ever going to pull the trigger on this incredibly gifted performer?!

Prediction: Filling Out The Fast Lane Card

Only three matches and one segment have been confirmed for Fast Lane: Sting & Triple H confrontation, Paige vs. Nikki Bella, John Cena vs. Rusev, and Daniel Bryan vs. Roman Reigns. Based on what we've seen on TV over the last two weeks, I think it's safe to say we will see Tyson Kidd & Cesaro vs. The Usos for the Tag Team Championships, as well as Dean Ambrose vs. Bad News Barrett for the Intercontinental Championship. That puts us at only five matches, though. There's still Seth Rollins, Bray Wyatt, Big Show, Kane, Dolph Ziggler, Ryback, and Erick Rowan that have been featured on TV regularly, but still don't have a match set for Fast Lane. I'm still not sure what exactly will happen, but I predict Randy Orton will return and attack Seth Rollins at some point during the PPV.

Well, that's it for this week! Feel free to leave a comment below with your thoughts on this week in WWE and your thoughts on my choices for the categories. You can follow me on Twitter @cj_blaze24.

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