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The Five-Count: New Tag Champions, WrestleMania Battle Royal


Here we are, a week removed from WWE Fast Lane, and we are dead set on the road to WrestleMania 31! I have to say, that with only four matches announced so far, I'm very, very excited. There are two things I'll address later in the article, and I just want to let you readers know: One, I really enjoyed Fast Lane. Two, I'm in favor of the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania. I know a lot of your opinion's may be the exact opposite of mine, but I'm interested in hearing what you guys think. Here we go!

Superstars of the Week: Tyson Kidd & Cesaro

Without a doubt, I firmly believe Roman Reigns was the actual Superstar of the Week this week, and I'll talk more about his match at Fast Lane next. The runner-ups, in my opinion, are the new Tag Team Champions, Tyson Kidd and Cesaro. Both of these guys haven't received a real push that most fans want to see. They are both extremely talented, and they are finally being rewarded. If you read my Fast Lane predictions here on WNW, you'll know I was wanting Kidd and Cesaro to win the titles, but I really didn't think it was going to happen. As soon as Kidd got the three on one of The Usos, I jumped out of my seat. The champs lost by disqualification against The Usos the next night on Raw, due to Natalya interfering. To top off the week, Kidd and Cesaro beat Sin Cara and Kalisto in a fantastic match on Main Event. I really hope we see Kidd and Cesaro successfully defend their titles at WrestleMania in a few weeks.

Match of the Week: Roman Reigns vs. Daniel Bryan (Fast Lane)

I'll cut right to the chase - Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan put on a phenomenal match in the main event of Fast Lane. As Richard has said, it was a great stop-gap program as we head into WrestleMania. This match should've shut the haters up, as Reigns proved he can go in the ring in a big main event of a PPV. Bryan continued to show the world that he is one of the greatest of all time. They meshed well together and provided us with an early match of the year candidate. I loved the finish and the fact that they shook hands after the match. Reigns vs. Lesnar was exactly what I've been wanting since Reigns won the Royal Rumble match. It appears that Bryan will be in the Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match, which is absolutely fine by me.

The Highlight: Fast Lane Was A Good PPV

I was really surprised to see many fans didn't enjoy Fast Lane. A lot of fans called it "just another episode of Raw." Some fans thought the PPV was going to be predictable, while I believed it was highly unpredictable. WWE could've gone so many ways with plenty of the matches. I think the most predictable thing that did occur, was the return of Randy Orton! We then saw Seth Rollins, Kane, and Big Show go over Dolph Ziggler, Ryback, and Erick Rowan, which was a bit of a swerve, as most of the WNW Predictions called for the babyfaces to win. Goldust beat Stardust, as I had hoped. Kidd and Cesaro luckily won the Tag Titles. Triple H and Sting had a great segment, leading to confirmation for their Mania match. Nikki Bella and Bad News Barrett retaining their titles wasn't shocking. Bray Wyatt had a fantastic segment with the casket and druids, furthering his eventual match against The Undertaker! Rusev went over John Cena, and Roman Reigns went over Daniel Bryan. To me, this is a great show. It left me wishing WrestleMania was on right now!

The Lowlight: #GiveDivasAChance Trends Because Of Ridiculous Booking

The NXT divas are on top of the world, while the main roster divas continue to not get treated right. The Bella's beat Paige and Emma in less than thirty seconds on Raw. Why? What's the point?! Even though Paige lost to Nikki in somewhat dirty fashion at Fast Lane, I think it's time to move on from that feud. My prediction since Royal Rumble has been that we will see Nikki vs. Paige vs. Natalya vs. Naomi for the title at WrestleMania. I think it would be a step in the right direction to pleasing the fans. Vince says he's heard us, but I'm not so sure that will last long.

Talking Point: I Support The ATG Memorial Battle Royal

From what I am reading, hardly anyone likes the fact that WWE is holding another Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at this year's WrestleMania. I may get some backlash for my opinion, but I'm going to outright say that I like it. We see about twenty to thirty WWE superstars that have worked their tail ends off week in and week out on the road. It's every superstar's dream to have a match at WrestleMania. Yes, you have to work to earn your spot, and most do. What sucks is that WWE always brings in anywhere from two to five part-timers to work main-event matches, robbing midcard stars of their opportunity. This battle royal provides a chance for those midcarders to have a match and shine on the grandest stage of them all. Even though the winner only receives a trophy at this point, it still goes down as a big win. I enjoyed last year's battle royal, and absolutely loved Cesaro winning it. The only downside I see is that it takes place just two months after the Royal Rumble. It also feels like overkill with there being a multi-superstar Ladder Match taking place. My early predictions for the battle royal are Ryback and Damien Sandow.

That's it for this week. I want to hear from you! What were your thoughts on Fast Lane? What are your thoughts on the battle royal at WrestleMania? I look forward to hearing your thoughts. You can follow me on Twitter @cj_blaze24.

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