Welcome back to this column. As always, we will review the most outstanding fighters and the best fight of this week. This was the last week before SummerSlam and both brands decided to surprise, Raw advancing two PPV fights and SmackDown with a stellar one that will be remembered for a long time.
Let’s see who staged this week in WWE:
3- Jinder Mahal
The new specialty of Maharaja seems to be to overcome adversity. During India’s Independence Day, Jinder Mahal first met John Cena in a heads-up match and although the match was cut before the end, at least he can say that he survived an Attitude Adjustment. In addition, he overcame the greatest threat to his reign when he retained after the exchange of the MITB briefcase. Now, at SummerSlam she will face the unpredictable Shinsuke Nakamura, who could do away with her fairy tale.
2- Akira Tozawa
The cruisers are often overshadowed by the rest of the WWE divisions, but Akira Tozawa’s achievement is less important. Quite unexpectedly, the Japanese advanced their SummerSlam fight and dethroned Neville on Monday Night Raw to become the new WWE Cruiserweight Champion. Neville was as dominant in 205 Live as Asuka or Brock Lesnar in their respective divisions, and being the one to give him his first big loss since his return is a token of Tozawa’s potential under the Titus Brand.
1- Baron Corbin
This week Baron Corbin caught the attention of the WWE Universe, but for the wrong reasons. The Lonely Wolf became the third man to fail in his trade in the Money in the Bank briefcase, but it was also the most painful. Corbin decided to impact on the stellar SmackDown Live attacking Jinder Mahal and John Cena, and although his intention was just that, decided to seize the opportunity to claim his starting shot. Unfortunately, Cena distracted him and in just 7 seconds fell victim to a quick coverage of the Maharaja, which lost the greatest thrust of his career. Officials seem not to be very pleased with Corbin and what happens at SummerSlam could depend on their fate in WWE.
Fight of the week
In a preview of SummerSlam, Neville Vs. Akira Tozawa was the best meeting of the week, not only because of his historic result, but because both competitors made the best of their arsenal and showed the untapped potential of the cruise ship. Instead of being relegated to irrelevance in the PPV, the cruisers had enough time and a lively rostrum to make it clear they deserve better handling on Monday Night Raw.