Welcome back to The Five-Count! After a brief hiatus due to the biggest party of the summer, this (almost) weekly feature here on WrestlingNewsWorld.com is back as we gear up for Night of Champions. I usually love the post-SummerSlam PPV and storylines that develop as the lovely season of fall draws closer and closer. With all that out of the way, let's jump in shall we?
Stars of the Week: The Vaudevillains, Bayley, The New Day & Seth Rollins
For the first time ever, I have chosen seven people as the star of the week. I was glancing over the results from NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn, SummerSlam, Raw, and SmackDown, and I couldn't just pick one! I'll start with The Vaudevillains... A team that I didn't care for when they first formed, but Aiden English and Simon Gotch certainly have my attention now as a babyface duo. The Vaudevillains were highly successful this week with a big win at TakeOver to become the new NXT Tag Team Champions.
Then there's Bayley. Bayley beat Sasha Banks in one of the best women's matches I have ever seen to win her first NXT Women's Championship in Brooklyn. The story that was told and the ring work that was performed was nothing short of phenomenal. Up next is The New Day. Kofi Kingston, Big E, and Xavier Woods have shocked the world over the last several months as the trio turned heel and captured the Tag Team Championship twice this year. Their performance in the four-way title match at SummerSlam was awesome, and of course I'm excited for the upcoming feud with The Dudley Boyz.
And lastly, we have the WWE World Heavyweight and United States Champion Seth Rollins. (Isn't that a mouthful?) Rollins, with some assistance from Jon Stewart, managed to beat John Cena to become the first man to ever hold both the World and U.S. Titles. Rollins now has his hands full as his feud with Cena continues and a new rivalry with Sting has begun.
Match of the Week: Seth Rollins vs. John Cena - Winner Takes All (SummerSlam)
I primarily try to focus on the main roster when writing this, but there are so many times when NXT is flat out better than "the pros." In this case, I will focus on the "match of the night" from SummerSlam so NXT doesn't 'take-over' this article. (See what I did there?) Anyways, Seth Rollins and John Cena stole the show at SummerSlam, in my opinion. I re-watched the match this week and I realized just how much Rollins was allowed to perform every move he has in his arsenal. It's hard to say this without sounding like a mark all the time, but Rollins is really one of the best ever. Cena's performance was top-notch and he did his best to hold on to his title. In the end, though, Jon Stewart shocked us all and saved Ric Flair's record from being shattered like Cena's nose.
The Highlight: The Four Horsewomen Reunite
Believe it or not, there are moments in professional wrestling/sports entertainment that give me goosebumps and maybe even bring me near tears. At TakeOver last weekend, I experienced one of those moments after the incredible NXT Women's Championship match. I thought Bayley winning the title match was emotional enough, but boy was I wrong. Charlotte and Becky Lynch ran down to the ring and congratulated the new champ before Sasha Banks joined her fellow Horsewomen in a group hug. The four raised hands and celebrated together. Just recalling that moment puts a smile on my face. Words really can't describe the emotion that was shown, so if you haven't had the chance to watch TakeOver as a whole, DO IT!
The Lowlight: Big Show... What Are You Doing?
I believe that we are all confused on the character status of the Big Show. After competing in an eight-man tag team match on Raw, Kevin Owens, Rusev, and the four babyfaces involved beat up Show. Well, okay, what exactly is this leading to? Then we go to SmackDown where Big Show and Rusev have issues, leading to Dolph Ziggler and Ryback winning the tag team match. Still, where is this going? I'm sure we will receive some answers this week, but this "storyline" has me confused and I almost don't care if it has to do with a babyface turn.
Dream Booking: The Night of Champions Card
If I was booking Night of Champions right now, here is what my card would look like:
- Seth Rollins vs. Sting - WWE Title (confirmed)
- Seth Rollins vs. John Cena - U.S. Title
- Ryback vs. Stardust - Intercontinental Title
- The New Day vs. The Dudley Boyz vs. The Prime Time Players - Tag Team Titles
- Nikki Bella vs. Charlotte - Divas Title
- Reigns, Ambrose & Cesaro vs. The Wyatt Family
- Randy Orton vs. Kevin Owens
What did you think of this crazy 12+ hour-filled week of WWE? Did you enjoy TakeOver and SummerSlam? Are you excited for the Night of Champions main event featuring Sting? Let me hear your thoughts on anything and everything WWE below in the comments area!
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