Star of the Week: Natalya
Natalya is finally back on WWE TV, and she's off to a hot start. On Raw, Nattie shockingly picked up a clean win over former friend Paige. Considering Nattie has been off TV for awhile, and Paige just turned heel, I kind of assumed Paige was going to go over. The winning trend continued on SmackDown as Natalya joined Charlotte and Becky Lynch to beat Team Bella in a very entertaining tag team match. Will her winning ways continue as we head into Raw from Chicago? I would love to see a Divas Championship match between Charlotte and Nattie at future pay-per-view.
Match of the Week: Bayley vs. Sasha Banks - NXT Women's Title Iron Man Match
There really wasn't a single match on Raw or SmackDown that could compete with the NXT TakeOver: Respect main event. History was made as Bayley retained her NXT Women's Championship against Sasha Banks in a 30-minute Iron Man match. Bayley and Banks proved to any doubters that may still be out there that women can be the main event, and they can out-work the men. The emotional ending and celebration after the match provided me with one of my favorite wrestling memories of all time. I think it will only be a matter of time before The Divas Revolution finds a main event spot on a main roster special event.
The Highlight: Team BAD Scores A Win On Raw
As much as I want to, I don't want to fill this Five-Count will a ton of NXT TakeOver talk, so I'm going to touch on one of my favorite moments from last week's Raw. Team BAD was able to score a victory over Team Bella when Sasha Banks made Alicia Fox tap out to the Banks Statement. Considering Nikki has a Divas Title rematch coming up, it surprised me to see Team BAD, who virtually has nothing going on, go over. Does this mean Sasha Banks will be thrown into the Divas Title picture at Hell in a Cell?
The Lowlight: Neville The Jobber
It was quite disappointing to see Neville suffer two losses to two heels that don't really have a direction. Sheamus squashed Neville like a bug on Raw. It's mind blowing how WWE can protect a guy like Neville, and put him in top matches with John Cena and Seth Rollins earlier this summer, but can use him to get kicked in the face and be pinned by Sheamus in a matter of seconds. Neville's losing woes continued as he suffered a loss to King Barrett on SmackDown. After Barrett won, Stardust appeared on the tron and cut a promo. I'm left wondering who Stardust is after next, or if he's even done with Neville and Barrett.
Talking Point: NXT TakeOver: Respect/Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic
There were several fans that didn't like Finn Balor and Samoa Joe winning the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic at NXT TakeOver: Respect. The only thing I was slightly disappointed about was the fact that Jason Jordan and Chad Gable couldn't make it to the finals match, which really isn't that big of a deal because they were flat out awesome in their match against Rhyno and Baron Corbin. You have to think - this is a tournament that honors the memory of Dusty Rhodes. Dusty's family was there to present the winner with the cup, so it absolutely made sense that the top babyfaces win the tournament as opposed to a heel duo. I enjoyed TakeOver: Respect from top to bottom as every match delivered and exceeded my expectations.
That's it for this edition of The Five-Count! What did you think of NXT TakeOver? What do you think we will see on tonight's Raw? I would love to hear from you in the comments area below!
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