WWE Week In Review: February 9th - February 15th
This week in WWE started off with Raw on Monday Night. The show started off very good with some quality matches including The Wyatt Family taking on The Rhodes Bros & Rey Mysterio and Sheamus & Christian taking on Swagger & Cesaro. Raw kept a good pace until around the top of the third hour when I became pretty dull and started to lag. This all changed however when Orton and Cena stepped foot in the ring and delivered a solid match up to close the show.
Also on Raw, Lita was announced as the next inductee into the Hall of Fame. I was ecstatic at this news as were most fans. Speaking of the Hall of Fame, Scott Hall has been teasing that he would be inducted this year. It would be another nice addition as this year's class is already stacked.
The past few weeks, Smackdown has undeniably been better than Raw. This week continued that tradition as the show was filled with quality matches and great storyline development. In short, it was an awesome show. It was headlined by Randy Orton vs. Antonio Cesaro. Be sure to check out my full review of the show if you missed it.
As far as match quality goes, this week has been great in that department. It was actually hard to choose only five matches for the matches of the week segment this week, so I would like to give an honorable mention to the opening match on Raw which was The Wyatt Family vs. Cody Rhodes, Goldust, & Rey Mysterio. Bray reversing the 619 into Sister Abigail is alone worth watching this match. Now onto the matches of the week:
Matches of the Week:
5) Randy Orton vs. John Cena
I actually enjoyed this match much more than I thought I would. It was a really good bout that most people overlook simply because they're tired of Cena and Orton. While I'm also tired of them, you can't deny that this was a solid contest. As far as in-ring work goes, Orton is in his prime. He's been putting on quality matches for weeks now against Bryan, Christian, and others. Really good match up.
4) Jack Swagger vs. Rey Mysterio vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Mark Henry - #1 Cont. IC Title Match
What helped make this so good was the fact that we haven't seen a fourway match in such a long time. It was very enjoyable and fast paced. Much better than I expected. I figured Henry would slow this match down a bit, but he put in a solid effort here as well. The outcome made this all the more special for me. Fantastic fatal four way.
3) The Shield vs. Sheamus, Christian, & Daniel Bryan
Yet again, The Shield put on an outstanding six man tag packed full of action. This one really broke down near the end as we saw Bryan get the hot tag, duck a clothesline from Rollins, dive outside onto Reigns, then Rollins dives outside onto Bryan. Back in the ring the remaining guys in the match begin exchanging finishers and big moves. Great match.
2) Sheamus & Christian vs. Jack Swagger & Cesaro
Wonderful tag team match here. This match got around 15-20 minutes and I'm so glad it did because this was fantastic. Near falls, good exchanges, lots of action, and much more. Swagger & Cesaro prove once again why they are two of the best guys on the roster. Sheamus shows he's still in his prime and Christian proves that he's still got it. Awesome match.
1) Randy Orton vs. Cesaro
I was super excited for this match. I felt that this would be the match in which Cesaro finally breaks out and indeed it was. "Cesaro Section" signs filled the crowd as they chanted "We The People". Putting him with Zeb and Swagger was definitely the right move. Not only was the crowd great for this match, but Orton and Cesaro worked extremely well together. They put on a phenomenal match up to cap off a great episode of Smackdown. I was extremily happy with the outcome of this match! Cole's words say it all "CESARO PINNED THE CHAMPION! CESARO PINNED THE CHAMPION". Awesome match.
Superstar of the Week:
This week I'd like to give the Superstar of the Week award to two individuals, Cesaro & Jack Swagger. I've been a long time fan of both guys and they were involved three of the best matches this week. Not only did they put on quality matches, they also broke out in different aspects. On Raw, they put in an outstanding performance against Sheamus & Christian. On Smackdown, Jack Swagger won a Number 1 Contender's Match for the Intercontinental Championship and Cesaro beat Randy Orton! It's been a phenomenal week for the Real Americans, I hope this trend continues for the rest of 2014!