Whenever WWE run a tour of Europe, you know that they're going to draw a receptive crowd that can elevate matches that typically wouldn't make much impact. That said, this year's post-WrestleMania tour has produced a few television matches that would stand out no matter the crowd.
While it may not have been quite as good as their main event match last week, Sheamus vs. Cesaro on Raw was certainly amongst the top crop of in-ring competition this week. Hopefully the pair will meet again at Payback on June 1 and really be able to show off what they can do.
The once-overlooked Seth Rollins continues to impress week after week, this time in a bout against Batista that also took place on Raw. Many fans were worried that Rollins would struggle for time in the spotlight compared to Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose, but over the last few months, he has consistently proven that he has just as much to offer as his stablemates do.
The Shield, as a group, are certainly amongst the most exciting talent that the WWE have on their roster. Their No Holds Barred Elimination Tag Match against Evolution at Payback looks like the odds-on favorite for the show's match of the night.
Match of the Week for May 24: Dolph Ziggler vs. Batista in a No Disqualification Match on SmackDown
When Batista returned to tepid reactions at the Royal Rumble, before displaying some serious ring rust in the weeks that followed, I pegged his comeback as something of an abject failure.
However, since he's transitioned into an out-and-out heel role, and particularly since he's aligned himself once again with Evolution, things have turned around quite comprehensively. Whether it's in the main event of a pay-per-view or a television match, Batista is proving his worth to WWE weekly with great performances.
All this being said, it's important to keep in mind that he's being given great talent to work with. Just about anyone that faces Seth Rollins and Dolph Ziggler on Raw and Smackdown respectively is going to end up having two great TV matches.
What sets Batista apart is the fact that he can be dominant whilst still giving his opponent plenty of offence. Ziggler looked great in his match with Batista on SmackDown, something of a ferocious brawl that didn't stay within the confines of the ring.
As well as being very entertaining in its own right, this match stood apart because it used the talent involved so smartly. Batista is at his best when he can be rough and look like "the Animal," and Ziggler has proven time and again that he excels in playing the cocksure underdog.
Whenever Ziggler puts on a great match, it doesn't come as much of a surprise—I'm sure I'm not alone in hoping that Dolph will be used to his full potential before too long. However, it's more surprising to me just how much I've been enjoying Batista's work as of late. In fact, when he does end up leaving to promote his new movie, I'd be willing to say that he'll be missed.
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