Here we are a week away from Extreme Rules. I have mixed feelings on the card right now. I like some of it, while I'm not sure about the rest. This week was WWE's annual post-WrestleMania Europe tour. It was a decent tour, at least from an American observance, but I'm glad things will be back to "normal" once again for the go-home to the "extreme" PPV. With that, let's jump in to the Five-Count, shall we?
Superstar of the Week: John Cena
From a win/loss aspect, John Cena has to win this category. Cena kicked off Raw with a successful United States Championship defense against the UK's favorite heel, Bad News Barrett. Cena was supposed to have another open challenge on SmackDown, but that was quickly changed to a tag team match. Cena teamed with Intercontinental Champion Daniel Bryan to pick up the victory over Tag Team Champions Tyson Kidd and Cesaro in a champions vs. champions match in the main event of SmackDown. The tag team match turned out to be a really well-worked match, but I shouldn't be surprised considering everyone involved. I'm enjoying Cena's open challenges, and am looking forward to seeing more. As far as Extreme Rules goes, I'm not thrilled with the Russian Chain stipulation, but they may surprise once again.
Underrated Match of the Week: Cameron vs. Natalya vs. Alicia Fox (SmackDown)
Now, hear me out. I'm not expecting outrage from this, but it wouldn't surprise me. I have to give credit where credit is due. Going into the match, I thought for sure this would be a train-wreck. You have Cameron, who is no where near flawless in the ring. I can't stand her at all, but that's my opinion. Then you have Alicia Fox, who is a step up from Cameron. She's very athletic and can play a good heel, but her ring work isn't always the greatest to watch. Lastly, you have Natalya! Natalya is so good at what she does, but doesn't ever really seem to get the credit she deserves. So throw the good (Natalya), the decent (Fox), and the ugly (Cameron) together, and what do you get? A surprisingly good triple threat match.
The match wasn't perfect by any means. These three went out on SmackDown and gave it their all. There were some cool spots, and the match even follows a story that was started the previous week on SmackDown. The worst part of it all was Cameron picking up the win. After the match was over, though, I was left in awe at how decent it was. As I tend to do sometimes, I have to give these three Divas the recognition they deserve even though it technically wasn't the best match from the week.
The Highlight: The Divas Still Have A Chance
Since the #GiveDivasAChance trend started, I've talked about it and the Divas over the last several weeks here in The Five-Count. While I didn't think WWE would try to fix the problem for very long, they are still working on it apparently. Paige surprisingly won a number one contender's battle royal on Raw. I say surprisingly because I totally expected Naomi to win! She had two wins over Nikki Bella and is more than deserving of the opportunity. I was confused by Paige winning when she's had the spotlight, and she'll be leaving to film a movie very soon. Little did I know, Naomi turned heel and attacked Paige during Paige's post-match in-ring interview. I was so stunned by Naomi's attack, it felt like watching Seth Rollins destroy The Shield all over again. And then on SmackDown, like I just discussed, we saw a triple threat match that made sense and had a story. It would be great if WWE would treat the Divas like this every week.
The Lowlight: Daniel Bryan's Possible Injury
I feared this may happen, but was hoping for the best. Bryan has been fairly lucky since coming back. The rumors have been swirling following Bryan being pulled from the remainder of the European tour. This is almost an exact repeat of last year! Bryan wins a title at WrestleMania, and then things go downhill near Extreme Rules. I really hope it isn't as bad as it may seem, and Bryan can still defend the Intercontinental Championship against Bad News Barrett at the PPV. And hopefully this week, we see some build with that program, because it has certainly been lacking.
Prediction: Damien Sandow Sends The Miz Into "Hiding"
At this point, I really don't care to see Sandow and The Miz feuding. They just don't keep my attention anymore. On Monday's Raw, it appears we are set to see Sandow vs. Miz once again, with the winner being allowed to use the Miz likeness. This obviously would be the perfect way to write Miz off TV. Sandow beats Miz for the second week in a row, and Miz is furious. He's getting ready to film another movie, so it would be great for Miz to leave in anger and not return for a bit.
That's it for this week! Like I said earlier, I have mixed feelings right now on the Extreme Rules card, so I hope WWE delivers a good final week of build as we get ready for another PPV. What were your thoughts on this week? What were your thoughts on my category selections? I'd love to hear from you below in the comments area.
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