Superstar of the Week: Ryback
The Big Guy scored a big win at Elimination Chamber last weekend. In my eyes, I saw Ryback as a dark horse to win the vacant Intercontinental Championship. The likes of Sheamus and King Barrett had more of a chance, I thought. But nevertheless, I was quite excited to see Ryback hit Shellshocked on Sheamus to win his very first title on the WWE main roster. Ryback as Intercontinental Champion is already providing us with fresh matches and feuds. On Raw, Ryback was ready to defend his title already against The Miz when Big Show came down and sent a message to Ryback that The Big Guy will have to go through the Big Show. It's safe to say we will be seeing Ryback defend his title against one of these men at least. And to cap off the week, Ryback easily beat Stardust on SmackDown to continue his momentum. Ryback rules!
Match of the Week: Kevin Owens vs. John Cena - Elimination Chamber
We all knew what John Cena had in him. A lot of us knew what Kevin Owens had in him. And now the world knows. Cena and Owens delivered, that's for sure! I've watched some of Kevin's work from Ring of Honor, while I've primarily only seen what he has done in NXT. What I didn't know is that Kevin Owens was saving his best moves for the main roster. Kevin can do some amazing things for a guy his size. But what surprised me the most was the reaction to the result. To me, this was the hardest match on the card to predict. I predicted John Cena just because it's WWE we are talking about. I wouldn't have been shocked if Owens won, because he made a bold statement the minute he stepped in the ring with Cena on Raw weeks ago.
The fans and commentators treated Owens' win over Cena like Brock Lesnar ending The Undertaker's streak. Yeah, Kevin's win was a big deal, but was it really that shocking? I'm happy that WWE did the right thing by putting him over, and I'm looking forward to the rematch at Money in the Bank.
The Highlight: Elimination Chamber Delivered
I thought the Elimination Chamber PPV as a whole delivered. The show started off with an awesome Tag Team Elimination Chamber match that provided us with lots of cool spots. The big take-away from that match is we are now seeing The Prime Time Players get a title shot against The New Day at Money in the Bank. The Divas Title Match could've been better. As I mentioned above, Owens vs. Cena was awesome. Neville beating Bo Dallas was basic, predictable, and a decent filler. The IC Title Chamber Match was fine. I use the word 'fine' because I thought it could've been better, but the botch(es) in the match certainly didn't help things. The main event was well-worked, as expected, and I'm not at all disappointed that the match ended in disqualification.
Usually I hate the use of disqualifications anymore in WWE, but this now leads to a Ladder Match between Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins, so I'm happy.
The Lowlight: Kane Added To MITB Ladder Match
Why? Just... why? I would rather have just six participants in the Money in the Bank Contract Ladder Match than Kane being the seventh man! Of course I understand why, I mean, WWE has put Kane in the main event for numerous months despite barely having any wins on his record. To make matters worse, there are some fans already calling Kane to win the match. I don't care what the potential plans would be with Kane, WWE would be wasting everyone's time.
Prediction: Paige Wins Gold AT MITB
Some of my predictions, talking points, etc. over the last few months have had to do with the Divas. I've been impatiently waiting for Nikki Bella to lose the Divas Championship, but so far, it hasn't happened. Her reign has gone as far as it could... Twin Magic. If the champ can no longer win by herself, it's time for a change. I've been dying to see Naomi win the title, and it almost seems her opportunity is gone. My prediction is Paige will win the Divas Title at Money in the Bank, and will eventually defend the title against Naomi at SummerSlam. Is that too much to ask for?
That's it for this week! I can't guarantee another Five-Count before MITB, as I plan on writing a MITB stats article, like I did for Elimination Chamber. I'd love to hear from you below in the comments area. You can follow me on Twitter @cj_blaze24.