WWE Programming's Best Match for Week of May 17

Brad JonesFeatured ColumnistMay 17, 2014

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In a week without much in-ring action worth talking about on WWE's flagship shows, the appeal of the WWE Network was even more pronounced, with a couple of super bouts that some fans may have missed.

Honourable Mentions

As WWE's developmental system prepares for its second live special on May 29, a Triple Threat match to decide the No. 1 Contender to face NXT champion Adrian Neville proved a worthy main event for this week's edition of NXT.

Pitting Tyson Kidd, Sami Zayn and Tyler Breeze against one another, all three of the competitors in this bout were given their chance to shine—and you would think that all three have an NXT title shot in their future.

With several very creative three-man spots and a high level of intensity maintained throughout, this match did exactly what it set out to do: make its audience believe that any of the three could be a believable contender to Adrian Neville in two weeks' time.

Match of the Week for May 17: Cesaro vs. Sheamus on Main Event

It's a shame that Main Event doesn't get as much attention as it deserves; its strong focus on in-ring action might just satiate fans who feel Raw and SmackDown tend to fail to deliver in terms of actual wrestling content.

This week was no exception, with a sneak attack upon Sheamus by Cesaro early in the show setting up a match later in the night. The two make for something of an ideal pairing, and they certainly delivered on that promise in the match itself.

A huge part of the appeal of seeing these two face off is the fact that it's obviously going to be a very physical affair, and with tensions boiling over ahead of their bout, it wouldn't take too much of an imagination to expect things to spill out of the ring.

Whilst the double count-out finish to the match might have left some wishing for a bit more resolution, in this case it worked rather well. A program between Sheamus and Cesaro has a lot of possibilities, and with both men carrying a lot of momentum as of late, it would be short-sighted to finish things up between them already.

The match itself was certainly enough to draw the audience into what could be an intriguing rivalry for the pair, and a count-out keeps things even for now—even if it wasn't immediately satisfactory.

With Sheamus having such a convincing win over both members of Rybaxel on this week's Raw, a steady escalation of his issue with Cesaro could be a good step toward the rarest of events seen on modern WWE television—a feud involving someone holding a midcard championship.

Both the NXT No. 1 Contender's match and Sheamus' bout with Cesaro are great examples of matches that build to something on the horizon without giving too much away. Perhaps not the most glamorous matches in wrestling, but they are certainly crucial in making pay-per-views and the like seem special.

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