Superstar of the Week: Kane
Kane really stands out for his performance(s) on Raw. While Triple H and Stephanie McMahon were dealing with issues beyond their control, Corporate Kane was in charge of running Monday's show. The backstage segments were entertaining and provided us with something to look forward to after some sigh-worthy segments. In the main event of Raw, Demon Kane returned to pin WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins in a Lumberjack Match. The contest was decent, but my fingers are crossed that their Hell in a Cell bout will be better. Demon Kane certainly has gained momentum as he prepares to dethrone Rollins next weekend.
Match of the Week: John Cena vs. Dolph Ziggler - U.S. Title (Raw)
There's no doubt in my mind that Cena and Ziggler had the match of the week. While it's been a few years since these two have had a match against each other, it's safe to say this may have been their best yet. There were at least two moments where I nearly jumped out of seat because it appeared Ziggler had actually beaten Cena! Of course, that wasn't the case. I have nothing against Cena, however, this match would've been the perfect opportunity for Cena to drop the title since he'll be taking time off after Hell in a Cell. Ziggler is a great candidate to step up and hold the U.S. Title for the remainder of the year. I'm certainly interested in seeing what Cena's plans are for HIAC, because we really have no idea.
The Highlight: Kevin Owens' Booking - It's A Highlight... For Now
In the last two weeks, Kevin Owens has picked up singles victories against Sin Cara, Jimmy Uso, Kalisto, and Zack Ryder. I think it's pretty cool to see these first-time matches featuring Owens as he is beginning his Intercontinental Championship reign. As I started writing this section, I was immediately reminded of Cesaro's U.S. Title reign in 2012. Cesaro was featured on all WWE programming, picking up wins over the likes of Zack Ryder, Santino Marella, Tyson Kidd, Justin Gabriel, Brodus Clay, and the list goes on. I'm not saying this booking for Owens is a problem, but Cesaro really didn't get elevated by doing so.
The Lowlight: The Cursed Love Triangle
I can't think of a worse situation than the one that has occurred this year with Dolph Ziggler, Summer Rae, Lana, and Rusev. Just think - Rusev goes down with an injury as Ziggler/Lana/Rusev begins to pick up steam. By September, a mixed tag match is developing (featuring Summer Rae) and Lana supposedly goes down with an injury. Two weeks ago, Summer Rae proposed to Rusev, but wasn't given an answer. Less than a week passes, and news breaks that Lana and Rusev, who hated each other on TV, and engaged in real life! Not only has this been a pain for Vince and the writers, but it's been horrible for the fans. Please, WWE, please tell me this is the end?
Prediction: Midcard Mess Will Lead To Survivor Series Showdown
Sheamus, King Barrett, Cesaro, Neville, Stardust, and The Ascension were all featured in a midcard segment on this week's SmackDown. A tag match featuring Sheamus and Barrett winning over Cesaro and Neville was featured on both Raw and SmackDown for whatever reason... But this whole thing is leaving fans wondering what's next. Neville has been feuding with Stardust for months. Barrett has issues with Neville and Stardust. Cesaro and The Ascension are kind of just there, and it appears Stardust is targeting Cesaro. I'm sure we will receive answers in the coming says.
Until then, I'm starting to hope this all leads to a big 5-on-5 Survivor Series tag team match next month. Perhaps Stephen Amell could return to join the babyfaces? Neville, Amell, Cesaro & The Lucha Dragons vs. Sheamus, Barrett, Stardust, & The Ascension would draw my interest.
That's it for this week's Five-Count! Were you as disgusted with the cursed love triangle as I was? Do you think we could see the midcard showdown at Survivor Series like I pitched? Sound off below in the comments area below!
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