Superstars of the Week: The New Day
One thing was for certain during this week's episodes of Raw and SmackDown: The New Day is unstoppable. Whether it's on the mic or in the ring, this trio knows how to play the game. Never in my wildest dreams would've I have imagined that Kofi Kingston, Big E, and Xavier Woods could be a focal point of Raw as top heels. It all just blows my mind sometimes. The New Day picked up two key wins this week. On Raw, the Tag Team Champions united with The League of Nations to beat Roman Reigns' family in a handicap match. And on SmackDown, the trio beat Dean Ambrose & The Usos in a bout that had implications on that night's main event. I'm certainly looking forward to seeing how WWE books the triple threat Ladder match at TLC that will also involve The Usos and The Lucha Dragons.
Match of the Week: Jason Jordan & Chad Gable vs. The Vaudevillains (NXT)
There were a handful of pleasant matches featured on the main roster programming this week, but I wanted to shine some light on a tag match from this week's NXT. Former NXT Tag Team Champions The Vaudevillains went head-to-head against another talented team in Jason Jordan & Chad Gable. The match was full of technical wrestling from bell to bell, which sure made it difficult for me to keep up with while covering the live results here on the site. Once again, Jordan & Gable proved why they are one of the best tag teams on the planet right now. Their ring work is so fun to watch. Now that's not to take anything away from Aiden English & Simon Gotch, because they can certainly hold their own in the ring as well.
The Highlight: Tommy Dreamer Returns
There aren't many times nowadays where I can say that I was genuinely surprised by someone returning or appearing on TV because of the internet and all the rumors that swirl around. But it was quite nice to see Tommy Dreamer, who sometimes works for TNA and runs his own House of Hardcore promotion, appear on Raw to unite with The Dudley Boyz. The idea of an ECW faction teaming up to take on The Wyatt Family has made my interest level in the program go up because I'm struggling to find a reason to care about what The Dudley Boyz do on WWE TV. Dreamer didn't waste any time as he hopped in the ring for a match on Raw and was even seen at ringside during SmackDown. I imagine this all will lead to a crazy faction vs. faction TLC war at next weekend's PPV.
The Lowlight: Overexposure?
With the lack of many top talent in WWE right now, the company is being forced to try new things with the talent that they do have. From forming new factions (The Family and The League of Nations) to pulling up midcarders that haven't been seen on Raw or SmackDown in ages (Jack Swagger), we are all stuck in a pivotal period. With that being said, I think we saw a little too much exposure from some of the "top talent" that's left. That list includes Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, The Usos, The League of Nations, and The New Day. WWE has so many talent that they can try and equally divide the roster almost like a brand split. Ideally, I would obviously leave Reigns and The League of Nations of Raw, while focusing on Ambrose, The Usos, The New Day, Owens, etc. on SmackDown so that we don't feel like the same people are being shoved down our throats all week. I know WWE is trying, and I'll give them credit where it is due, but I don't think it would hurt to break it up a little bit.
Talking Point: Storytelling Throughout Raw
The overexposure thing can be looked at for one show (Raw) or for the entire week (Raw and SmackDown). On Raw alone, The New Day was featured in the opening in-ring segment, in backstage segments, on commentary, and in the main event match. That's quite a bit, but there is a flip side to it, though. All twelve men that participated in the handicap main event told a story throughout Raw that had me wanting to see what was next. And that's what WWE should strive for with every show! Some fans may not have been interested in the story or the people involved, but again, I will totally give the writers credit where it is due for this one.
That's it for this week's edition of The Five-Count. What are your thoughts on WWE going faction-crazy lately? Who do you think will join Team ECW? Are you excited for TLC yet? I would love to hear from you in the comments area below!
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