Coming off Elimination Chamber and NXT Arrival last week, the focus in WWE programming this week has shifted back to setting up matches for the future rather than putting on great matches in their own right—but that's not to say that this week wasn't completely without its share of top-quality matches.
Main Event began airing on the WWE Network this week, with Kane and Daniel Bryan kicking off the first live edition of the show in fine form. A feud between the two seemed inevitable during Team Hell No's reign as Tag Team champions, but the rapid introduction of Bryan into the title picture last year left little opportunity for the two to feud without it seeming like a backwards step for Bryan.
Now, with Kane acting as a member of The Authority, it makes sense for the two to collide as plans for Bryan at WrestleMania continue to develop. Having worked with one another a lot in the past, both as a tag team and in the feud that led to them teaming up, the pair have great chemistry and seem quite able to put on a solid match at the drop of a hat.
The Usos also had a good week, winning the Tag Team titles from the New Age Outlaws on Raw and defending them on Main Event in an entertaining match against Los Matadores. It's great to see the hard work of the Usos being rewarded, and if they can find competition that are performing at the same high level that they are, their reign as Tag champions should make for some great matches.
Match of the Week for the Week of Feb. 28: The Shield vs. The Wyatt Family on Monday Night Raw
These two teams put on a great match at the Elimination Chamber, and the rematch on Raw was leagues ahead of everything else that the WWE aired this week. It's a match the audience was very eager to see, and much like the Elimination Chamber encounter, both teams brought their best to ensure that this encounter lived up to the hype.
So many pay-per-view rematches only serve to rehash the original match, but here we were given plenty to keep things fresh both in terms of in-ring action and moving things along for both The Shield and the Wyatts. Giving the Wyatts another win over The Shield keeps them looking very dangerous ahead of their likely WrestleMania match against John Cena, but what was really pleasing to see in this match was the focus on Seth Rollins.
Having made a real impact in their match with the Wyatts at Elimination Chamber, having Rollins take centre stage by walking out on his teammates seems to suggest that he will be heavily involved in the seemingly inevitable breakup of The Shield.
It's seemed rather clear that pitching Roman Reigns against Dean Ambrose for the United States Championship would be the likely endpoint for The Shield, with Rollins appearing to be the odd man out.
However, now it seems that Rollins will be as much a part of the breakup of The Shield as his two teammates, perhaps setting up a Triple Threat match for the title at WrestleMania?
With The Shield and The Wyatt Family both working so well together, it's perhaps a shame that we won't be seeing a third match between the two teams at WrestleMania, but on the other hand, it's a boon to the event to have talented performers such as these spread across the card and treading new ground rather than recycling what we've already seen.
One thing's for sure—based on their recent matches, all six men have a bright future ahead of them if they can keep up this high standard.
Was there another match on WWE television this week that you thought was particularly good? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
Like the new article format? Send us feedback!