Superstar of the Week: Neville
Why WWE dropped Neville's first name, I'll never know. But what I do know is that Neville is an incredible in-ring worker and his future is bright. I was extremely happy to see he finally got called up last week on the Raw after WrestleMania. This week, Neville unexpectedly answered Seth Rollins' open challenge! I was in shock while marking out a bit on the inside. Rollins, as you could expect, went over. On NXT, Neville went under to Hideo Itami in a semi-finals match. That match was also very entertaining. And to close the week, Neville beat Curtis Axel once again on Thursday's SmackDown. All three matches were worth watching in my opinion. Even though Neville only won one out of three of his matches, I still think he is highly deserving of this spot on The Five-Count!
Match of the Week: Seth Rollins vs. Neville (Raw)
As far as I know, this was the first televised match between the two in WWE. Those who follow NXT know what Neville is capable of in the ring, and he did not disappoint when he had a huge opportunity in facing Seth Rollins. I was hooked from bell to bell. As mentioned in the Raw Open Thread, this match reminded us of when young John Cena challenged Kurt Angle to a match on SmackDown many years ago. In the end, the WWE World Heavyweight Champion won the battle following a Curb Stomp.
The Highlight: Randy Orton's Win/Raw's Overall Booking
I was rather pleased with the booking on this week's Raw. As we saw the night after WrestleMania, there were some fresh matches, and once again this week, there were more fresh matches. I believe John Cena's open challenges are helping that as well. One of the better parts of Raw was the main event number one contender's triple threat match. I was highly anticipating Randy Orton vs. Roman Reigns vs. Ryback all night long after it was announced. All three of them are incredible performers, however, the match wasn't all that spectacular. It wasn't bad at all, but I just thought the flow of the match or some of the moves could've been better than what we saw. In the end, Orton was victorious following an RKO on Ryback. Orton going over was the best option really, and his match against Rollins at Extreme Rules is sure to be an interesting one.
The Lowlight: Extreme Rules Is Lacking Extreme
Luckily, WWE has announced three main title matches for Extreme Rules. The only problem right now is the lack of extreme! I know we still have two weeks of build left, but still, at least one stipulation would be nice. If I were booking things, I would do Cena vs. Rusev in a Submission Match, so there would be no disqualifications. Bryan vs. Barrett could honestly remain a singles match, or maybe throw in a ladder after the way things went down at WrestleMania? Rollins vs. Orton is sure to be the main event and could easily be contested in an Extreme Rules Match. Hopefully we see some stipulations announced on Raw.
Prediction: Naomi Wins Battle Royal
After some begging from the WWE Divas, (let's face it, they were just representing us complaining about #GiveDivasAChance) Kane announced there will be a number one contender's Divas battle royal on Raw. Even though Naomi has already proven she has earned a title match, the funky Diva can officially earn it when she wins the battle royal. It's hard to imagine anyone else would go over. Naomi vs. Nikki Bella is fresh and exciting for the Divas division. I just hope Naomi is the one to end Nikki's reign. And while we are on the subject of Divas, I want to say that since the #GiveDivasAChance started, I've been paying more attention to the Divas' matches on Raw and SmackDown.
That's it for this week. I'm looking forward to Raw and SmackDown from the UK this week! Here's to hoping we see some good shows. What did you think of this week in WWE? Let your voice be heard in the comments section below. You can follow me on Twitter @cj_blaze24.