Welcome back to another edition of The Five-Count! Some of you may be wondering why this series has become what seems to be a bi-weekly article, but that wasn't my intent. Sunday nights are the best time for me to get this out to you all, so when WWE had those pay-per-views every two weeks, it threw a wrench in my schedule. Now with vacation time and the holidays behind us, I am planning on The Five-Count being back every week now! Let's get started, shall we?
Superstar of the Week: Finn Balor
This week for WWE was an interesting one. Half of the roster traveled over seas for a tour of Japan, so some of the booking was so-so on SmackDown. In my opinion, WWE's best show this week was The Beast in the East. At that event, Finn Balor beat Kevin Owens to win the NXT Championship. The match was fantastic and well-worked from both sides. Balor's title win in Tokyo, Japan, could be described as perfect! Before the big show in Tokyo, Balor teamed with Samoa Joe to pick up the pinfall victory over Owens and Rhyno in a tag match on this week's NXT. Finn Balor had a great week, and I'm excited to see what's next for The Demon.
Match of the Week: John Cena vs. Cesaro (US Title Match - Raw)
I wasn't able to watch Raw live this week, so when I read that Cesaro was the one answering John Cena's open challenge, I couldn't wait to get home and watch the match! WWE fans have come to learn that Cena vs. Cesaro is something special every time. They have instant chemistry when they step inside the squared circle. Many of us are hoping, and begging, and hoping that WWE sees what they have with Cesaro. The fact that he came this close to beating Cena should be something to look at as well. Owens' interference was inevitable with his presence on commentary, but that still doesn't take away from the incredible bout.
The Highlight: Longer Matches
One thing I really appreciated this week was some of the longer matches featured on Monday Night Raw. As I was sitting in a car traveling in Georgia Monday night, I was constantly checking the Raw Results from Kendra Bunyon to see what I was missing. Paige vs. Alicia Fox surprisingly ran 9 minutes... Talk about giving Divas a chance. Cesaro vs. Cena went 21 minutes. The epic eight-man tag match featuring The Prime Time Players and Lucha Dragons surprisingly was 17 minutes long. Sheamus vs. Neville and the No DQ main event both had nearly 15 minutes of action. That is what WWE should strive for every week!
The Lowlight: Raw Is Authority
When will The Authority end? I for sure thought November 23, 2014, was the last of it. WWE continues to use the same six to seven people in the main event picture this summer: Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, Kane, Jamie Noble, Joey Mercury, and now Brock Lesnar. You know, we complain about John Cena being in the main event picture too much, but that would actually be refreshing to me at this point. The Authority beating down the babyfaces, or the babyfaces chasing off The Authority week in and week out is boring! We want to see a Shield triple threat, but we've seen too much of Rollins, Ambrose, and Reigns together over the last three months.
I'm not exactly sure when it will end. To me, it just feels like WWE Creative is lazy with the constant beat downs and interferences in matches. Can we change it up a bit, please?
Prediction: Charlotte Debuts On Raw
This isn't the first time (but hopefully the last) that I have brought up Charlotte debuting on Raw to side with Paige to take down The Bella Empire. I don't want to spoil anything for those who don't want to be, but based on this week's NXT booking and the way WWE has advertised Paige's inclusion on Raw in their Five-Point Preview, I have once again come to speculate that Charlotte's debut will take place in Chicago. (Again, pure speculation and a prediction of mine, nothing rumored on the internet... But you heard it here first!) Paige and Charlotte will begin to destroy The Bella Empire slowly but surely, just you wait.
That's it for this week! Thank you to all of the readers who read The Five-Count. I never thought a simple idea would turn into something readers would enjoy for well over a year now.
What did you think of this past week? What are you looking forward to this week? Are you excited for Battleground yet? I would love to hear from you below in the comments area.
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