WWE television this week—Monday Night Raw in particular—has been pretty exemplary, as you might hope for with little more than a week left before WrestleMania. It seems that everyone on the roster is desperate to impress ahead of the biggest show of they year.
The main event of NXT this week, a rematch for the NXT Championship between Adrian Neville and Bo Dallas, was just as good as their ladder match at Arrival and marked a return to form for NXT, which hasn't had quite the same quality of match since their inaugural live event.
However, undoubtedly the best show in terms of wrestling content this week was Raw. Admittedly, there were several very short matches that served only to advance storylines. The matches that did get a good amount of time were all very good.
Luke Harper and John Cena continued their series of matches leading up to Cena's WrestleMania faceoff with Bray Wyatt in a very good match with a non-finish that provided a very memorable visual. Expect to see a lot more of Luke Harper post-WrestleMania.
Super happy @LukeHarperWWE got a chance to show the world what he's capable of last night. In my opinion, one of the best "big men" ever.— Johnny Gargano (@JohnnyGargano) March 26, 2014
Also very impressive was the de facto main event between Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose of The Shield and The Real Americans. Both teams seem capable of having a great match with anyone, so it's no surprise that putting the two together would make for a compelling main event.
Match of the Week for the Week of March 21: Sheamus vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Christian vs. Alberto del Rio on Monday Night Raw
Whilst the main event was very good, the opening match of Raw set a pace that the rest of the show simply couldn't match. These four men have all had something of a struggle trying to maintain their position as main eventers. But in putting on such a great contest for the chance to challenge for the Intercontinental title, they renewed focus on the oft-overlooked strap as well as re-establishing just why they all deserve their spot near the top of the card.
Unfortunately, the scheduled Intercontinental title match set for Main Event the following night didn't come off due to injury, but it would have been very hard for that bout to match the four-way that set it up.
Every one of the four competitors in this match had their moment in the spotlight and each one delivered the goods and then some. Ziggler's X-Factor from the top rope was one of several spots that went above and beyond what you might expect from a TV match.
If the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania can deliver anything close to this match—and hopefully with a crowd just as engaged as that of Brooklyn on Monday—it could prove to be quite a highlight in what's turned out to be a rather-stacked card for WrestleMania 30.
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