Welcome to another edition of The Five-Count!
Superstar of the Week: Cesaro
I’m not sure why WWE dropped Antonio from his name, but most people referred to him as Cesaro anyways. Cesaro took a loss to Sheamus and Christian in tag team action on Raw, but was able to score an impressive win over the WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton on SmackDown. For some reason, I thought this was the first-ever match between the two but they’ve fought plenty of times over the last year. It’s probably because they are both heels now. I liked the comment made by one of the commentators stating that Cesaro is no longer a dark horse, and could walk into WrestleMania with gold around his waist. While it’s probably not likely at this point, I sure do hope it happens in the near future.
Match of the Week: Fatal Four-Way #1 Contender’s Match
There were a few good matches this week, but the fatal four-way stood out to me the most. It was full of fast-paced action that kept my attention through out the entire contest. Rey Mysterio and Kofi Kingston were two of those people that kept the pace going, even against the biggest man in the match, Mark Henry. Swagger seemed to hold his own in the match and made Kofi tap to win. I wasn’t happy about hearing Rey may have re-injured his knee… again. He’s a good worker, and I enjoy seeing him in the ring, but it may be time to stop before he can’t walk permanently.
The Highlight: Friday Night SmackDown
I’ve been enjoying SmackDown a lot more lately. I don’t know what it is, but for the most part it seems that the matches are fresh and there’s good storyline development. It was refreshing to see the show start with a match rather than an in-ring talking segment. The Uso’s continued to impress me, and I’m looking forward to a possible tag title match for them. Darren Young had a brief match with Sandow, but it seemed too short to enjoy. And then there was the anticipated main event match that exceeded my expectations.
The Lowlight: Naomi’s Injured
While technically the injury occurred last week, we found out more about it this week. Thanks to Aksana’s knee drop to the face, Naomi could be out longer than expected. Here’s what WWE.com is reporting: “The CAT scan result showed a small, minimally displaced fracture of the eye socket or orbit on the medial wall, which is the inside part of the socket next to the nose. She is being followed closely and the swelling is being controlled at this point with oral medication.” The article goes on to state that surgery is possible. This really bums me out as last week I was predicting she could go on and win the diva’s title.
Prediction: Swagger vs. Cesaro?
I could see WWE going a few directions with the Real Americans challenging for titles at the next pay-per-view. Say Swagger wins his title match, which is unlikely, and Cesaro loses in the Chamber. Colter will be disappointed in Cesaro, and they leave him. This leads to a match between the two at WrestleMania with the title on the line. Or maybe Swagger loses the title match, and gets in the Chamber somehow to keep Cesaro from winning if he was about to win. Cesaro has been receiving babyface reactions, and it may only be a matter of time before he turns. I almost thought Swagger was turning face after Zeb kept getting mad at his loses, but thankfully that doesn’t seem to be the case.
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