Superstar of the Week: Cesaro
From a win/loss perspective, The Lucha Dragons would have won this category. Can you believe that? It's not as bad as it sounds, but I did not want to choose them this week. So instead, I have chosen another incredible athlete: Cesaro. The writing is on the wall for Cesaro to face Kevin Owens at SummerSlam. Wait, what? That's right, Cesaro will have a PPV match with build! I would consider it one of the top matches on the card too. This week, Cesaro interrupted WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins on SmackDown to let the champ know that he wants another match. Their short bout ended in disqualification, of course, so a tag match was made for later. Cesaro went on to team with Dean Ambrose to score the roll-up victory over Kevin Owens and Rollins. Cesaro definitely has momentum, so let's hope this trend continues.
Match of the Week: John Cena vs. Seth Rollins - U.S. Title Match (Raw)
Was there any doubt? We've seen Cena and Rollins put on some amazing matches in the past, and this championship match was no different. This encounter also receives special recognition because of the dedication we saw from John Cena. That man is something else! The match was entertaining beginning to end, including tons of counters and even new moves (Seth's "double" suplex spot that started on the top rope). I really do hope Cena is healthy and able to have a rematch against Rollins at SummerSlam. I have a feeling their potential SummerSlam match could be the best yet from these two. Kudos to WWE for setting up a singles match that didn't end in screwy fashion for the main event of Raw.
The Highlight: Fresh Matches
I always enjoy seeing fresh matches on WWE TV. Whether it's a first time deal or something we haven't seen in awhile, fresh matches are enjoyable. This week's Raw featured Ambrose vs. Big Show, Paige vs. Banks, and Orton vs. Owens as notable first-time bouts. Despite some of them ending in count-out, disqualification, etc., it still made for a pretty good edition of Raw. If only we could something like this every week!
The Lowlight: Injuries & Shocking Death
This week seemed to be a newsworthy one. On Raw, Alicia Fox suffered a mild concussion, while John Cena literally had his nose shattered by Seth Rollins. It sucks to see anyone go down with an injury, especially with SummerSlam coming up. The biggest shocker was the death of the great "Rowdy" Roddy Piper. I didn't grow up watching him on my TV, but I knew he had an impact on this business. I saw him host entertaining editions of Piper's Pit on Raw several times, and I also saw him laugh and cry with other WWE legends on Legends' House last year. We just lost Dusty in June, so it really hurt to lose another one. Rest in peace, Hot Rod.
Prediction: WWE's Main Roster Is About To Get S-A-W-F-T SAAAWWFFT!
I just had to. It's not that serious of a prediction, however, it could be coming closer than we think. Enzo Amore, Colin Cassady, and Carmella recently worked main roster live events. There's always speculation when this happens that we could soon see a main roster debut. Besides not winning the NXT Tag Team Championship, there really doesn't seem like anything else left for them to do in NXT. They can work the mic and in the ring. WWE's Tag Team Division is in need of fresh faces, even with the formation of The New Day and recent call-ups of The Ascension and Lucha Dragons. SAWFT!
That will do it for this week's edition of The Five-Count. I would love to hear from you below in the comments area! What did you think of this past week in WWE? Are you excited for SummerSlam yet? What was your favorite memory of Roddy Piper?
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