Superstar of the Week: Roman Reigns
Say what you want about Roman Reigns. I know there are readers on this site that want to see him succeed and there are readers who want to see him fail. I've never doubted Reigns' ability to get to the spot he's at now; it just took time and experience. After last weekend's Survivor Series event, we can now call Roman a former WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Reigns beat Alberto Del Rio and Dean Ambrose in two different matches to reach the pinnacle of his career. Five minutes later, Sheamus spoiled the celebration. Congrats to Sheamus, I'm a fan of him, too. Instead of complaining about Sheamus winning the title, I'm going to be in Roman's corner as he continues to pursue the illustrious prize.
Match of the Week: Dean Ambrose vs. Tyler Breeze vs. Dolph Ziggler (SmackDown)
There were several good matches throughout the week, but I thought the triple threat number one contender's match that main-evented SmackDown was the one that deserved special recognition. Some may question the logic behind throwing this bout together, but in the end, there was no reason to complain. Dean Ambrose went over and will now continue his program with Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens heading into TLC. Plus, the match allowed all three entertaining performers to show off the talent they are capable of, which certainly benefited Tyler Breeze.
The Highlight: 25 Years of The Undertaker
Considering I was disappointed with the the build to The Brothers of Destruction vs. The Wyatt Family at Survivor Series, it ended up being one of my favorite parts of the PPV. Since I started watching WWE in 2011, I've watched The Phenom take on Triple H, CM Punk, The Shield, Brock Lesnar, Bray Wyatt, and The Wyatt Family. I can't say that I saw Taker work his magic in the Attitude Era, or even his legendary matches against Shawn Michaels (live). However, it sure has been awesome to see Undertaker working at the level he has been in 2015. The Brothers of Destruction, Bray Wyatt, and Luke Harper did a great job of creating a memory that I'll always remember watching as a fan.
The Lowlight: This is Raw, Right?
A big point of discussion among the IWC lately has been about the declining Raw ratings. Since September, I've felt a disconnect with WWE. Since then, all of my favorite wrestlers (Seth Rollins, Cesaro, Randy Orton, & John Cena) have gotten injured or aren't on TV at the moment. I'm left wondering what the point is of watching WWE if "my guys" aren't there right now to entertain me? There are plenty of guys like Reigns, Ambrose, Owens, Ziggler, Neville and Cody Rhodes that I want to see succeed with these names out of the picture.
Looking back at the results from Monday's Raw, I notice that the show looks good on paper, but the delivery wasn't quite there. WWE was forced to put midcard names like Neville, Prime Time Players, Stardust, The Ascension, Heath Slater, and Jack Swagger on Raw. Those guys have been on Main Event and Superstars numerous times over the last few months. Hopefully the company realizes they have a serious problem that needs fixed before more fans decide to tune out.
Predictions: TLC Match Card
TLC is only two weeks away already. We now know that the main event will feature Roman Reigns vs. WWE World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus in a TLC Match. So what will the rest of the card look like? Here's a list of predictions:
- Tables Match: The Dudley Boyz vs. The Wyatt Family
- Chairs Match for the U.S. Title: Alberto Del Rio vs. Jack Swagger
- Ladder Match for the Tag Titles: The New Day vs. The Usos vs. The Lucha Dragons
- Last Woman Standing Divas Title Match: Charlotte vs. Paige
- Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens vs. Dean Ambrose (Stipulation? Ladders, maybe?)
- Possible midcard bouts include Ziggler vs. Breeze, Miz vs. Neville, or Stardust vs. Goldust
What are your thoughts on my TLC Match Card? I'd love to hear from you below in the comments area!
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