The opening round of the tournament to decide the successor to Seth Rollins as the WWE World Heavyweight Championship has concluded following the taping of this week’s Smackdown set to air on Thursday.
SPOILER: If you don't want to know the results until the show airs, look no further.
The only real upset in the first round saw one half of the Lucha Dragons, Kalisto, defeating former Intercontinental champion Ryback.
However, I was mildly surprised to see that Cesaro defeated Sheamus to set up a face vs face encounter with Roman Reigns in the quarter-finals.
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Sheamus going over Cesaro would have been a poor decision by creative, considering the mass of support that Cesaro has received by fans all over the world in recent months, contrasting the genuine negative reaction that Sheamus has received since winning the Money in the Bank briefcase in June.
But, in saying that, Sheamus would have been the better-suited candidate out of the two to take the (almost inevitable) loss to Reigns in the quarter-finals.
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Reigns has spent the whole of 2015 as a John Cena-esque figure. He received a major push at the start of the year, winning the Royal Rumble, much to the dismay of the internet wrestling community.
At Wrestlemania he was beaten mercilessly by Brock Lesnar before igniting a mini comeback, only for Seth Rollins to capitalise on the fatigued competitors by cashing in the Money in the Bank to pin Reigns for the belt, making him the sympathetic face figure.
Since then, he has been cheered by kids and booed by adults in attendance at shows, and has recently received the infamous “What?” treatment during his promos.
Reigns has been slated to the high heavens amongst internet fans, most of whom state that his in-ring abilities are lacklustre, along with his promo work lacking in quality too.
Meanwhile, Cesaro has been praised to near Daniel Bryan levels online, culminating in the ever present “Cesaro section” at live shows.
Cesaro is undoubtedly this year’s Daniel Bryan. He is arguably the most talented Superstar currently active on the roster, but hasn’t found himself being pushed towards any singles titles at all.
I would be as bold as to say that it is a certainty that Reigns will win the tournament at Survivor Series. He is making it to the final anyway, meaning that Cesaro will be defeated in the next round set for Raw next week.
Considering the creative team should be trying to get Reigns over with all sets of fans as much as possible ahead of this push, it is baffling to me that they will be giving him the win over a superstar like Cesaro.
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