Superstar of the Week: Roman Reigns
When Roman Reigns wants revenge, he gets it. To kick the week off, and to end Monday Night's Raw, Roman Reigns teamed with Dean Ambrose and Randy Orton to score a win over Sheamus, Bray Wyatt, and Luke Harper. (I'll discuss this match further in just a bit.) To continue his momentum, Reigns gained a pinfall victory over Rusev on SmackDown. I'll touch on Rusev's booking soon as well, but it is quite interesting to note Reigns went over clean, even after a ringside scuffle between Summer Rae and Lana.
It was made official this week that Reigns and Ambrose will face Wyatt and Harper at SummerSlam. How exciting is that? I'm so glad they all have a spot on the card, and it makes this particular tag match more important. Obviously the only problem is that is could be featured as a SmackDown main event.
Match of the Week: Seth Rollins vs. Neville - WWE Title Match (Raw)
There is no doubt that this is the Match of the Week. Raw was off to a fantastic start when Neville answered Seth Rollins' open challenge for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Yes, the WWE Title! It's been so long since the title was defended on Raw. We've seen what Rollins and Neville can do together before, but they absolutely stepped up their game here. Neville proved to his detractors once again that he can hang with the top dogs. Neville can be a main-event start, it just depends on if WWE will see that. These two are just so talented... I'm failing to find words right now. We all saw those incredible nearfalls that left us gasping, and perhaps, even jumping at the site of Neville possibly winning. Rollins retaining was absolutely the best move, and I'm glad WWE pleased 99% of the fans with this booking.
The Highlight: Epic Finish To Raw Main Event
Aside from the epic match that started Raw, this week's highlight was the epic finish to the main event of Monday Night Raw. I was looking forward to the six-man tag bout as it made sense all across the board with Orton/Sheamus and Shield/Wyatt Family. The action was pretty decent all throughout, which led to an amazing finish. Everyone was flying around, hitting this and countering that! In the end, Reigns speared Sheamus to win. Very good ending to the show. If only every Raw could start and end on a great note.
The Lowlight: Rusev
Whether it's been in The Five-Count, in one of the WNW Open Threads, or on social media, I've stated before that I'm not a fan of Rusev. I find him boring in the ring more often than not. He had entertaining matches with Jack Swagger and John Cena of all people, but that's about it. Rusev went over Mark Henry on Raw, but then took a loss to Roman Reigns on SmackDown. It's very apparent we are past the days of Rusev being protected with losing by DQ. Rusev has developed this soft side which has totally hurt his character, in my opinion. If I had to complain about something this week, it's Rusev.
Prediction: SummerSlam Kickoff Plans
WWE is pushing everyone in their tag team "division" to find a number one contender for the Prime Time Players. Considering we've seen this similar story too many times to count, it's safe to assume we could very well be seeing some kind of multi-tag team match in the coming weeks. I don't necessarily think the multi-team match will be for the Tag Team Titles, though. My prediction for SummerSlam is that we will see The Ascension vs. Los Matadores vs. The Lucha Dragons vs. The New Day on the pre-show for the biggest show of the summer. The winner of that four-way match will then go on to challenge Titus O'Neil and Darren Young for the titles on the main PPV.
That will do it for this edition. What did you think of this past week in WWE? With three matches on the SummerSlam card so far, are you looking forward to the event? I would love to hear to from you below in the comments area!
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