Whilst he proclaims to be lucky in love with Rosa Mendes, Adam Rose has been unable to use this personal happiness to receive professional success. In a battle of blissful boyfriends on RAW, the power of Dolph Ziggler and Lana’s relationship overcame the fiery Rose and Rosa. And a voyage to Main Event did nothing to improve the situation, as he was beaten by R-Truth.
With Paige absent from television this week, it was left to Naomi to suffer the wrath of the Bella Twins and their new recruit. On RAW, she teamed with Tamina Snuka in a losing effort against the sisters, and suffered the same sad feeling on SmackDown, only this time in a singles match with Alicia Fox.
Since losing their Tag Team Championships, the New Day have been falling flat on a consistent basis, and no amount of clapping looks set to repair that problem. Kofi Kingston on his own was unable to best Neville on RAW, thanks to some support from the Prime Time Players. And PTP continued to be a thorn in the side of the faction, as they and the Lucha Dragons defeated them and the Ascension on SmackDown.
Life is not great for any superstar that manages to lose to King Barrett in his recent form, but that is the fate that befell Zack Ryder on RAW. The Long Island Iced Z might be experiencing a fruitful period in NXT, but maintains jobber status on the main shows, being quickly quashed by the British royal.
The Lunatic Fringe has endured a challenging period since his WWE Championship feud loss with Seth Rollins, as thanks to some shenanigans Dean Ambrose was thwarted by Kane. This led to a rematch on SmackDown between Ambrose and Rollins, this time a non-title match on SmackDown, where the champion once again came out victorious.
The World’s Strongest Man has not made a strong impact upon returning to the scene in WWE, and that persisted in his match with Ryback on RAW. The Intercontinental Champion matched the power of Mark Henry, and a big splash from the top rope was enough to keep the huge athlete down for the count.
Tamina Snuka was another thrown into the path of the Bella Twins in place of the missing Paige, and this was not a successful venture for either her or her ally Naomi. They lost a tag team contest with Nikki and Brie on RAW, and then Tamina could only watch as her friend was bested by Alicia Fox on SmackDown.
The Ascension were definitely busy this week on television, competing in three matches, but their record was less than favorable. On RAW Konnor and Viktor were left crawling back to the Wasteland after a humbling defeat by the Prime Time Players. They followed this up with a morale-boosting victory against the Mega Powers on Main Event, but SmackDown was less fruitful, as they suffered an eight man tag loss to PTP and the Lucha Dragons.
When the Beast is on the show, the WWE Universe is certainly paying attention, and Brock Lesnar fulfilled his role of looking brutish as Paul Heyman weaves magic with his words. And it appeared as though Lesnar would leave a lasting impression on Seth Rollins at the close of RAW. But, interference from the Authority eventually wore his resistance down, despite injuring Jamie Noble, which left him flattened under the boot of the reigning WWE Champion.
The Show-Off has certainly been getting a lot of action recently, both in and outside of the ring. And whilst Dolph Ziggler’s courtship of Lana is growing day by day, he endured mixed successes in matches this week. RAW was a definite positive, as he bested Adam Rose as a jealous Rusev furiously looked on. But the Bulgarian had a hand in his later loss to Sheamus on SmackDown, his distraction leading to Ziggler’s demise.
Whilst the Big Show was not in a match this week, he did manage to have a giant impact when it came to his interaction with his rival Ryback. The Big Guy was in the early stages of his bout with Kane, and Show’s presence caused his former Authority cohort to be disqualified, but the condition they left the Intercontinental Champion in meant that paled into insignificance. Big Show left a big statement of intent towards his title prospects.
Although he might not officially be regarded as the king he claims to be, R-Truth continues to pile embarrassment upon humiliation onto King Barrett in their rivalry. Truth paraded with his attire of a tin foil crown in a few attacks of the King of the Ring, and rode this momentum into a victory over Adam Rose on Main Event.
Roman Reigns continues to be the focus of Bray Wyatt’s dangerous games, as he gets into the head of the Samoan father. This played a definite factor in the result of his match with Sheamus on RAW, as the aggression of the two performers saw the match spill out to ringside. A no contest was called as Reigns charged backstage, but the Eater of Worlds had made his swift escape.
With her alliance to the Bella Twins fully established, Alicia Fox is reaping some early rewards for supporting the dominant divas. On SmackDown, she was in action against Naomi, with both Nikki and Brie in her corner. And despite being on the back foot for the majority of the contest, Fox took advantage of some ringside scuffles to record a win.
Despite being one of the most popular teams on the roster, the Lucha Dragons have been sparingly employed in recent weeks. But they made the most of their appearance on SmackDown, as they joined forces with the Prime Time Players against the New Day and the Ascension. Their agile offense secured the victory for their team.
Kane demonstrated clearly where his loyalties lay on the latest edition of RAW. First, he benefited from some unexpected support from Authority adversary Seth Rollins, and then appeared set to feed him to the Beast that is Brock Lesnar. But, Kane in fact reaffirmed is loyalty to the faction in helping overcome Lesnar’s power, and then along with Big Show handed a beating to Ryback on SmackDown, at the cost of a disqualification loss.
With a string of disappointments and defeats clouding his royal mind over the past month, King Barrett was able to sigh in relief following his match on RAW. Paired with Zack Ryder, Barrett arrived with a Bullhammer to secure a much-needed win, but his humiliation at the hands of R-Truth is still fully at large.
The Big Guy was the victim of two even bigger guys on SmackDown, ending his week on a desperately painful note. But Ryback enjoyed some celebrations, with the Intercontinental Champion overrunning the powerful Mark Henry on RAW. But, during his match with Kane on SmackDown, the added presence of Big Show was able to overwhelm Ryback, although he did leave the show with another win for the record books.
The Bella Twins were able to revel in the lack of Paige in WWE this past week, and instead shifted their focus onto their new alliance with Alicia Fox and bashing Naomi and Tamina Snuka. This definitely took place on RAW, as the superior sisters of Nikki and Brie were too much for their opponents in a tag team bout, and then they observed in celebration as Fox overcame Naomi on SmackDown.
It is difficult to separate these two over their past performances, as despite only engaging in a promo battle, Kevin Owens and John Cena are the talk of WWE currently. Their feud has been booked wonderfully heading into their US Championship match at Battleground. They produce more with a microphone than many other recent feuds in the company have achieved overall, and both Owens and Cena rose to the summit of intrigue for yet another week.
The direction of Neville remains questionable at this point, but as long as he continues to pick up wins it isn’t much of an issue. The Geordie kicked off another successful week on RAW, where flanked by the Prime Time Players he soared over Kofi Kingston. Then on Main Event, a one-sided encounter saw a Red Arrow piercing Heath Slater and sending him into defeat.
When a superstar wins Money in the Bank, there is always a fear that the briefcase holder falls into a losing streak due to the security of his championship opportunity. Fortunately, Sheamus seems to be avoiding that jinx for now, as the Irishman did not taste defeat, despite a physical encounter with Roman Reigns on RAW. This result was left as a no contest, and the Celtic Warrior was able to add a victory to this, beating Dolph Ziggler on SmackDown.
The Tag Team Champions are feeling like a million dollars every show these days, and are enjoying every second of their reign. The Prime Time Players earned triumph over the Ascension on RAW, and then became further acquainted with that tandem on SmackDown. But more teams were added to the mix, and the inclusion of the Lucha Dragons on the side of the champ led Titus O’Neil and Darren Young to another win over Ascension and the New Day.
The WWE Champion last week had the expression of a dead man walking, as Seth Rollins was left with the prospect of defending his coveted belt against Brock Lesnar at Battleground. Rollins responded to this desperate scenario by sucking up to his Authority brethren, and surprisingly it worked, as they helped take down the Beast and leave Rollins standing over his challenger. With the future catered for, Rollins ventured into the recent past on SmackDown, as he engaged in another clash with Dean Ambrose, and interference helped him escape as the conqueror.
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