I’m liking the streak WWE has going with their pay-per-views. Since Elimination Chamber, I think WWE has done a fine job with making each big show worth watching, at least part of the show. And the best part about it is most hardcore WWE fans are watching the pay-per-views on the Network for only $10. What brought up WWE’s “streak” is the fact that Battleground was shoved in between MITB and SummerSlam. Why? They didn’t need it last year between Night of Champions and Hell in a Cell either. It just makes the show a complete filler, but I’m hoping WWE surprises us and it’s actually a decent show. Well there’s my little opening remarks this week, let’s break down last week’s action and Money in the Bank!
Superstar of the Week: Seth Rollins
I knew I would pick Rollins for this spot right after he grabbed the MITB briefcase last Sunday. As most of the world knows, I’m a huge Seth Rollins fan. His big win at MITB solidified his spot as the “next big thing”. No, I was not a fan of the way they included Kane to help Rollins win, but I understand why they did it. I will be disappointed if Rollins doesn’t win the WWE Championship down the line, as they need to have him successfully cash-in if they want MITB contract matches to mean anything in the future. This was perfect booking for Rollins and I can’t wait to see what’s next for him.
Match of the Week: Traditional MITB Ladder Match
How could this not be the match of the week? Going into big matches or events, I picture how things could go in my head. Sometimes things turn out a lot different than I imagine, and often times for the better! I loved every minute of this year’s MITB Ladder match. WWE picked a great group of performers to deliver and put their bodies on the line to entertain us. I’m left wondering how things would be if Barrett was still in the match, but I think it still worked perfectly without him. RVD did great, which surprised many. Swagger didn’t injure anyone else, thank goodness! Kofi and Ziggler did great with their spots. Ambrose and Rollins tore the house down with their brawls. Rollins winning may have been a predictable outcome, but it was the best option.
The Highlight: Raw… Is… Full Of Returns!
I really enjoyed last week’s Raw and I have to give credit to the returns of (The Great Khali), AJ Lee, The Miz, and Chris Jericho! It was kind of a letdown to find out that Miz was the former WWE Champion returning. I like The Miz, but it just wasn’t what I had in mind. And then, Y2J’s music hit and I about jumped out of my seat! Jericho truly is the “best in the world” and his program with Bray Wyatt should be amazing. And then we seen AJ Lee finally return! Not only that, but she beat Paige to win back the Divas Championship! Plans were revealed for Battleground and it was an overall entertaining show to say the least. My question now is, how will they do tonight following last week’s Raw?
The Lowlight: The IC Title Is Vacated And A Battle Royal Is Thrown Together
Bad News Barrett was unfortunately stripped of the Intercontinental Championship on Raw as he had to have surgery. WWE seems to throw their midcard stars into a battle royal when a midcard title is vacated, and that’s exactly what they are doing at Battleground. Some say that WWE has done too many battle royal-type matches already with the annual Royal Rumble and the WrestleMania Battle Royal. And then others argue that they should hold a tournament, but WWE just did that in April to determine the new number one contender. If I were booking this situation, I would pick a handful of competitors who have held the Intercontinental Title or are bigger midcard names. (Personally I would choose Cesaro, Ziggler, Kofi, RVD, Big E, Del Rio, Curtis Axel, and The Miz.) They would compete in a gauntlet match until there was a winner. (To keep him relevant, I would have Dolph Ziggler go over.) It’s something different and they can have a better build with less people.
Prediction: Cena Goes Over At Battleground
WWE showed us that Battleground is going to be a thrown-together event when they announced that John Cena will defend the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against Randy Orton, Kane, and Roman Reigns. With plans for Cena to face Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam, it’s inevitable that Cena goes over and retains at Battleground. It wouldn’t make sense for any of the other three to win the title. And it makes even less sense for Roman Reigns to be put in the match by The Authority!
Tonight’s Raw looks exciting as we will have Jericho vs. The Miz, John Cena vs. Seth Rollins, and an appearance by Bret Hart! I will have an article up later this week on the career of Santino Marella and of course another edition of The Five-Count next weekend! You can follow me on Twitter @cj_blaze24.