Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Fave Five 2/16/15-2/22/15

Side Note: This is a bit late this week because of the Fast Lane review.
1) Rusev: It was very tempting to put Roman Reigns at the number one spot. However, scoring a win over John Cena is too big to not place at the top of the list. It was one of the cleaner victories over Cena in history too. Yea he hit a low blow, but that was about it. And, in the record books, it goes down as a submission victory. I don’t think Cena has a submission loss on his record since like 2004. I fully expected more cheating or a DQ win, but I was pleasantly surprised. I like Rusev and, with the exception of his outdated gimmick, he’s grown on me. This was the biggest win of his career.

2) Roman Reigns: I fully expected it and it happened. Roman Reigns was supposed to go into Fast Lane as the unproven guy who seemingly didn’t belong in the WrestleMania main event, but come out looking like he belonged. Well, I guess I was partially right. On the one hand, he still isn’t ready for the biggest stage but he looked great last night. Not only did he beat Daniel Bryan cleanly, but he showed that he can go. The crowd was less enthusiastic than I would have liked, but that was more due to the crowd sucking the entire night in general. Roman Reigns is officially on a collision course with Brock Lesnar, whether he is ready or not. He took a pretty big step last night.

3) Tyson Kidd and Cesaro: Nothing on Fast Lane made me happier than seeing Tyson Kidd and Cesaro win the Tag Team Titles. When they were paired together, it seemed like it was going to be a random thrown together team that goes nowhere. Instead, Kidd has taken the character that he developed in NXT and on Total Divas, and helped this team along. Along with that personality that he brings, their in-ring work is what steals the show. I never expected them to win but I marked out at the result. I’d love to see this culminate in a tag team ladder match at WrestleMania, but I doubt it. Still, they deserve some praise.

4) MVP: This past week on Impact, TNA hosted a Royal Rumble style match. It featured 20 men and the winner earned a World Heavyweight Championship shot at Bobby Lashley. The victory went to MVP, who now earns a match with Lashley. It will be more than just a title shot since they have a personal history, especially due to the BDC stuff. With Samoa Joe leaving the company, MVP becomes even more of the focal point in the BDC. I don't see him winning the title but it's still a big win for him.

5) Awesome Kong: Since her return to TNA, Awesome Kong has been on a warpath. After topping the most dominant girl in the company, Havok, at Lockdown, she came out this week and targeted the Knockouts Champion. After Taryn Terrell successfully defended her title against Angelina Love, Kong took her out. Gail Kim came out to stop it, leading me to believe that Kong may win the title and feud with Gail again. It was a big statement for Kong.