Superstar of the Week: Dean Ambrose
What an interesting week for Dean Ambrose! After overcoming Luke Harper at Extreme Rules, the Lunatic Fringe really had no direction whatsoever. Looking ahead to Money in the Bank, many fans, including myself, have already picked Ambrose to emerge as the walking number one contender to the WWE Title. Ambrose beat long-time friend and rival Seth Rollins to officially be entered into the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match at Payback. I was perfectly fine with the triple threat, but now there's even more intrigue. The possibilities are "endless" as to where WWE can go with storylines for these main-eventers from now until SummerSlam. I'm not so sure that Ambrose will win the title, but the main event of Payback is going to be a must-see match.
Honorable Mentions: The New Day, Sami Zayn
Match of the Week: John Cena vs. Sami Zayn - US Title (Raw)
I actually think Ambrose vs. Rollins was the real match of the week, but since I talked about Ambrose above, I wanted to give these guys some credit as well. What a debut! This match was everything I had hoped for, and then some. With Cena still doing open challenges, I was really hoping we would see at least one NXT star step up. The crowd exploded for Zayn, which only made this that much more exciting. And top of that, Bret Hart introduced him! I personally think Ambrose vs. Rollins was the real match of the week, but since I talked about Ambrose above, I wanted to give these guys some credit as well. Casual fans should be excited to see Zayn on the main roster because he is just simply amazing in the ring. What if this isn't his "official" main roster debut? Well, that's kind of sad. Fingers crossed he's on the main roster and his shoulder is okay.
Honorable Mentions: Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins, The New Day vs. Tyson Kidd, Cesaro, & Ryback
The Highlight: Strong SmackDown
You never know what to expect from SmackDown. Some weeks we get decent episodes, and other times we get episodes that we spend fast-forwarding through. This week, I thought SmackDown was really good. The opening singles match that lead to a tag team match with Dolph Ziggler and Neville going over King Barrett and Sheamus was a great way to kick things off. Fans are left wondering what's next after Erick Rowan mysteriously attacked Fandango following the dancing jobber's match with Luke Harper. Could The Wyatt Family be re-forming already? The New Day vs. Tyson Kidd, Cesaro, and Ryback was flat out awesome. The ring work from those guys just leaves you wanting more. Naomi vs. Emma was fresh, as was Lucha Dragons vs. Los Matadores. SmackDown ended on a really high note with the Payback main event contract signing. It was great to see something that could've been on Raw moved to Thursday night.
The Lowlight: Stardust Remains Directionless
Since Stardust went under to Goldust at Fast Lane, things haven't been the greatest for the former Cody Rhodes. Sure, he was featured in the Ladder Match at WrestleMania, but he lost. He was featured in the King of the Ring tournament, but was eliminated by R-Truth in the first round. Stardust picked up the win over R-Truth on this week's Raw after using a bag of fake spiders. *Sigh.* Cody is better than this! I don't know if he wanted to stay Stardust, but at this point, it's getting him absolutely nowhere.
Talking Point: Mid-Card Showcase On Superstars
I've written in The Five-Count a few times about WWE's C-level show, Superstars. Every week, there are two matches featured on the show, which airs on the WWE Network. There are several fans who just read the spoilers, if that, and don't watch it. I read the spoilers and watch it usually every week. Why? WWE typically has their midcard superstars who are directionless or jobbers featured. Just take Jack Swagger for example. Swagger has appeared on Superstars eight times in 2015 so far. This week, Swagger went under to Luke Harper. Yes, the same Luke Harper who faced Dean Ambrose at Extreme Rules two weeks ago. The match was great too, with lots of back and forth action. It could've been on Raw, and fans would be praising it. All I'm saying is that sometimes it is worth going out of your way to watch Superstars.
That's it for this week! I'm not happy about the lack of matches confirmed for Payback, but that should absolutely be changing by the end of Raw on Monday. What did you think of this past week in WWE? Do you watch Superstars? I'd love to hear from you below in the comments area.
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