Inspired by a 2012 episode of Smackdown that I recently watched on the WWE Network, I've chosen to bring you all my "Fave Five" Wrestlers of the Week. In case you were wondering, it was Booker T who used the phrase. A lot. Basically, I'll look at the week in wrestling and name the five top performers, including tag teams and divas.
1) Dolph Ziggler - First on our list is the Intercontinental Champion, Dolph Ziggler. Dolph has been on an absolute tear in the second half of 2014 and showed off, pun intended, once again this week. We start on Raw, where he defended the Intercontinental Championship against the man who took it from him last month, Luke Harper. They stole the show at TLC but did so again on Monday. The match featured near falls and tons of twists and turns. Dolph would retain after two superkicks and a Zig Zag. He was off for Main Event, but interrupted Seth Rollins in the opening segment of Smackdown. Hulk Hogan would go on to say that Dolph could quite possibly be the future of the WWE, which is a big deal. I do think that he needs to be the present and not the future, but still. He would go on to the main event and team with Roman Reigns against Seth and Big Show. After another solid match, Dolph's team would pick up the win. Not only two very good performances, but two big wins for Dolph this week.
2) Roman Reigns - Am I a big Roman Reigns fan? Not really. I see the potential and I get it, but he's not ready and there are plenty of guys on the roster that I prefer. That being said, Roman still had a damn good week. Since his return at TLC earlier this month, Roman has been getting strong crowd reactions, which is an improvement over what he was getting before his injury. On Raw, Roman picked up a win over the Big Show. Granted, it was a countout win so it doesn't mean much in the grand scheme of things, but I'm sure it's only a matter of time before he pins him. Over on Smackdown, Roman did get a pinfall victory. In the main event, he teamed with number one, Dolph Ziggler, to beat Seth Rollins and Big Show. He pinned Seth, which not many people have done this year.
I am very back and forth when it comes to Bray Wyatt. Sometimes I love the character and other times, I have no clue what's going on. When he arrived on the scene, I loved it. His feuds with Daniel Bryan and, especially the Shield, were great. Heading into the John Cena one, I ha high hopes, but they were crushed as he looked incredibly weak throughout. His feud with Chris Jericho was rather pointless as well. We still don't know exactly why he's targeting Dean Ambrose, but it has led to some intriguing matches at least. He only wrestled one match on television this week and it was in the main event of Raw. He and Ambrose did well in a Miracle on 34th Street Fight, where they made good use of the strange weapons they were given. He won another big match against Dean, making it a successful week.
4) Tyson Kidd and Cesaro - Sometimes known as Uppercats, sometimes known as the Masters of the WWE Universe, Tyson Kidd and Cesaro have caught on as a tag team. Thrown together because the WWE had nothing for Cesaro and they probably couldn't handle Tyson Kidd's awesomeness, these two have showed they have damn good chemistry and have more than made things work. On Main Event, they took on Los Matadores in a really good tag team match that they won with their Blockbuster/Powerbomb combination. While I would like for both guys to get singles pushes, especially Tyson, if they can make this tag team thing work and get over, then I'm all for it. A strong tag division is very important and I would appreciate seeing them as a key contributor to that.
5) Dean Ambrose - Unlike other top four picks this week, Dean Ambrose is the one that wasn't able to pick up a pinfall win on TV. Why does he make the list you ask? Well because he had two very fine performances. On Raw, he was just as good as Bray Wyatt, though he lost. Meanwhile, he was chosen by Hulk Hogan to face Rusev for the United States Championship on Smackdown. Dean came very close to recapturing the title he held for over 350 days and ending Rusev's undefeated streak. It was clear that he wasn't going to do so, but he won after Rusev was DQed when he was attacked by Bray. Again, the Bray/Dean stuff is still not fully clear, but I'll keep taking the good matches between the two of them. Also, Dean did beat Bray on back to back house show main events this week. So there's that at least.