Superstar of the Week: Roman Reigns
My selection for this week's Superstar of the Week may surprise some people. A week ago at Battleground, Roman Reigns went one-on-one with Bray Wyatt. I wasn't being positive about the match in the weeks leading up to the show. Why? I don't really know. I was tired of seeing both Reigns and Wyatt stuck in stop-gap programs that went nowhere. And I figured their Battleground match would be another example of that. Surely enough, these two shocked me. I was really impressed with their match. In the end, I saw both Roman Reigns and Bray Wyatt as the main event stars that they are, especially in Reigns. The finish with Luke Harper had me intrigued.
The following night on Raw, Reigns was put in singles action against the man that cost him his Battleground bout. Harper and Reigns also put on a good back-and-forth battle. I wasn't surprised by the DQ ending that followed either. Just based on what has happened in the last week, it looks like Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose vs. Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper is likely for SummerSlam. That would be a really cool tag match to have on PPV, and what would make it even more interesting is adding a partner to each side. Despite suffering a loss on PPV, Roman Reigns came out of this week looking strong, hungry, and ready for a fight.
Match of the Week: John Cena vs. Kevin Owens - U.S. Title (Battleground)
There certainly was one match that stood out the most this week, and that was the rubber match for the United States Championship between champion John Cena and challenger Kevin Owens. Once again, these two gave it their all from beginning to end. The amazing counters and near-falls have made Cena and Owens' matches stand out above the rest over the last couple of months. I didn't have a problem with Cena retaining here. In fact, I predicted it in WNW's Battleground Predicts. I wasn't particularly fond of Owens tapping out to the STF, because that submission isn't always believable. But obviously WWE can't please everyone.
What still shocks me about the closing chapter of this rivalry is that it was for the United States Championship of all titles. I'm still mind-blown about Cena's awesome reign as champion. Cena vs. Owens will stand as one of the best rivalries of 2015.
The Highlight: The Dead Man Rises Again OR Brawl of the Year
When the rumors of The Undertaker returning for a match at SummerSlam started floating around the lovely internet, I just blew it off like it was another rumor that wasn't going to happen (because the NEWZ sites are full of those). As we drew closer to Battleground, the chances of Undertaker's return were higher than ever. I was nervously watching Brock Lesnar vs. Seth Rollins, because I didn't want Seth to lose his title obviously, when all of the sudden we hear the infamous GONG! I literally jumped out of my seat because the gong scared/surprised me that much.
I was marking out for Taker's beat down on Lesnar. Then we get to Raw, and Undertaker is kicking off the show with a promo! The rematch between The Dead Man and The Beast is now set for SummerSlam. It isn't much longer in the show before we witness one of the best brawls in the history of WWE. Undertaker, Lesnar, and everyone involved in the drawn-out segment did a phenomenal job with the epic brawl. It certainly sold me for the main event of SummerSlam.
The Lowlight: Seth Rollins vs. Brock Lesnar Disappoints
It really, really annoys me that Brock Lesnar continues to overuse the German Suplex during every PPV match he's had since SummerSlam 2014. In no way does it make a match "awesome." I say this because there are some WWE fans that think Lesnar practically squashing Cena, Reigns, and Rollins with the German Suplex makes for a MOTY candidate. I was fine with Undertaker's interruption of Lesnar vs. Rollins at Battleground, but I was not fine with the actual match. We know Lesnar and Rollins have enough chemistry together to put on an amazing match. Just watch the triple threat WWE Championship match from this year's Royal Rumble with Lesnar, Rollins, and Cena! Maybe this fall we will see a rematch between the two.
Prediction: Kevin Owens Survives "The Cena Treatment"
I'm going to make a very bold prediction by stating that I firmly believe Kevin Owens will survive and thrive after "suffering" the "John Cena treatment." What exactly is this "John Cena treatment?" Apparently we need to ask Wade Barrett, The Miz, Ryback, Bray Wyatt, Rusev, and Kevin Owens to just name a few. The IWC is an interesting bunch... Yes, WWE has cooled on stars after they feud with Cena, and I really believe it's just WWE's booking that is screwed up, and not necessarily Cena. Kevin Owens hasn't been a "main event star" in WWE yet. Owens just worked with a main event talent like John Cena. Owens is still in the upper-midcard in WWE, right where he should be for now. The main thing I'm getting at here is we just need to have patience and see what happens instead of jumping to conclusions.
This week was really enjoyable. Battleground, Raw, and SmackDown were all worth watching to me. New storylines are beginning to unfold, some escalating quicker than others, and SummerSlam will be here before we know it. What did you think of Battleground and the booking decisions? What's your thoughts on Undertaker vs. Lesnar at SummerSlam? I'd love to hear from you below in the comments area.
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