WWE programming this week has been rather uneven, with its television offerings and the Battleground pay-per-view last weekend all suffering from some distinct highs and lows. However, those highs did produce quite a few excellent matches, certainly more than in your average week.
This week's NXT saw the first match for the new lucha tag team of Sin Cara and Kalisto, as they took on The Vaudevillians. Kalisto is perhaps one of the most exciting talents in NXT, and putting him in this team looks like it could be of great benefit to both men; their match this week was certainly a great start.
Dean Ambrose and Cesaro put on two great matches this week, as you might imagine from the calibre of talent involved. Both their match on Raw and the No Disqualification rematch on SmackDown are worth watching, but it's something of a shame that these bouts weren't hyped up more in advance.
It seems like these two will meet again many times over the course of their respective careers, but now it's something of a fresh feud, one that could be a big deal to audiences with a little promotion ahead of time.
As far as Battleground goes, Chris Jericho and Bray Wyatt had a decent match that suffered somewhat from clearly being the opening bout of a series. It's understandable that a high-profile pairing like this will have more than one pay-per-view match as part of a feud, but it was still difficult for their first match to satisfy when that fact was telegraphed so clearly.
The Battle Royal for the Intercontinental Championship had a similar issue with its overall booking, but it also boasted a lot of great action by some underused talent. Dolph Ziggler, Kofi Kingston and The Miz all stood out, although Miz's heel antics, particularly leaving the ring so often, were overplayed a little bit.
Match of the Week for July 26: The Usos vs. The Wyatt Family
These two teams have squared off so often that you might think that a 2-out-of-3 Falls match would be overkill, but it was far from it. The Usos and The Wyatts stole the show in the opener of Battleground, and each man deserves plenty of praise for his individual contribution.
When The Usos won the tag team belts earlier in the year, I think few would have thought their reign would last this long. At that time, they were beginning to get a reaction from audiences but still hadn't really demonstrated themselves as being anything other than a good hand in the tag division.
However, since then, we've seen them put on great matches with a variety of opposing teams, all the while building a stronger connection with their fans and improving every aspect of their game. They're a bona fide top-level tag team, and that's something that WWE is often short of.
Admittedly, the stipulation of their match against The Wyatts at Battleground contributed to a few issues with suspension of disbelief. Having more than one fall is a great method of extending the excitement of a match, but it perhaps doesn't sit all that well with some aspects of the WWE style.
The first two falls of the match were perhaps a little bit illogical, but they did serve their purpose in levelling the playing field without introducing finishing manoeuvres too early on into the match. The third fall was decisive in all the right ways, with a flurry of excitement leading up to a very compelling final stretch.
You would think that we've seen the last of this excellent feud for the moment, but it's certainly produced some great action over the past several weeks. Indeed, despite The Usos being the victors for the most part, you'd have to say that all four men have benefited greatly from the programme.
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