WWE Programming's Best Match for Week of August 16

Brad Jones@beardjonesFeatured ColumnistAugust 16, 2014

Credit: WWE.com

It's been something of a chaotic week for WWE. It's clear that SummerSlam, and by extension the WWE Network, needs to be a huge success for the company, and it is willing to do whatever it takes to make that happen.

Some have suggested that WWE is looking desperate, but it could also be argued that the company is simply demonstrating the same sort of perseverance that helped it make industry-altering advances work in the past.

It's difficult to say at present whether or not the huge changes that WWE is undergoing at present will prove to be positive. However, in the short term, we're still seeing excellent in-ring action on a weekly basis, the importance of which can't really be understated.


Honourable Mentions

The women's division of NXT continued to impress this week with an entertaining match between Sasha Banks and Bayley to determine the No. 1 contender. The future looks very bright indeed for the Divas division on the main roster.

This week's Main Event played host to a rather unexpected tag team title bout. Champions The Usos defended against both Rybaxel and the odd couple team of Sheamus and Rob Van Dam. Only two men were allowed in the ring at any one time.

Plenty was made of the stipulation, and all three teams looked like solid components of a tag division on the brink of flourishing. It will be interesting to see if The Usos are a late addition to the SummerSlam card. They would undoubtedly make the most of the opportunity.


Match of the Week for August 16: Dean Ambrose vs. Cesaro on Friday Night SmackDown

Dean Ambrose and Cesaro once again demonstrated their enormous capabilities on this week's SmackDown. Whenever these two clash, it's likely to be worth watching, but both men let loose this week and came up with something very memorable.

Ambrose and Cesaro do the little things that allow their styles to mesh, which is why so many signature spots could be worked into the bout effortlessly. 

Both men really brought their A-game, and each hit a few unexpected manoeuvres that will undoubtedly get a reaction from hardcore fans. Bucking the trend somewhat for a singles match just ahead of a major pay-per-view, neither man came out of the encounter looking worse for it.

Ambrose's match with Seth Rollins at SummerSlam is certainly one of the biggest matches on the card, and while Cesaro's pre-show match with Rob Van Dam has nowhere near the same amount of focus, he deserves his spot on the show, too.

However, it has to be said that Rollins vs. Ambrose is even more appealing having seen the sort of form that Ambrose is in based on this match. It would be very surprising if the match disappointed tomorrow night. Despite the huge levels of anticipation to see the two former stablemates tear it up, the pair are so talented that you'd have to think the pressure will only spur them on.

Did another match stand out to you this week? Seth Rollins' match against Kofi Kingston, perhaps? The hugely entertaining Sin Cara/Kalisto vs. Blake/Murphy tag team match from NXT? Leave your opinions in the comments section below.