I have to admit, this is a pretty tough week to do a Five Count. There was definitely a lot going on in the world of wrestling, but it wasn't loaded with huge moments or awe-inspiring matches. But the show must go on, so let's see what we got this week.
5. Tony Atlas
Obviously, Tony Atlas is a bit of an oddball. But if you've ever seen the MTV True Life about pro wrestling, you know the guy has had some hard times over the years, so it was pretty awesome to see him put on the Mr. USA outfit once again and go out there and have a fairly decent match with Evan Bourne. Good for Tony.
4. MVP sets his sights on the WWE Championship
While it looks like he's not getting his shot in the Fatal Four Way, it was nice to hear someone who's not an established main eventer come out and say, "I want a shot at the WWE Title." As I mentioned on the latest episode of Kick-Out!! Radio, I'd love to see MVP walk out of Raw on Monday as WWE Champ, even if it's just to test the waters with some new blood. There's still time to make it happen, everyone's assuming that Ric Flair will be the new Raw GM, have him come out tomorrow night and take Randy Orton out of the Four Way as punishment for injuring Batista and replace him with MVP. I'd dig it.
3. Umaga released
This week's big news story, also a huge bummer. WWE issued a statement later in the week clarifying that the release was related to the Wellness Policy and Umaga's refusal to enter a rehabilitation facility. It's a shame for all parties involved, Umaga's a great talent and this kind of news is never pleasant to hear. Hopefully Umaga can get through whatever the issue is and make his way back to WWE in the future.
2. Tommy Dreamer re-signs
Just when we thought it was over for Tommy Dreamer, he shocks the world and wins the ECW Championship! Also have to give huge kudos to WWE for working a storyline for six months; it'd be one thing if Dreamer was actually retiring, but apparently this was the planned result from the start. Tommy Dreamer has already given so much to the business, ECW and his fans, I can't help but smile when I know he has more.
1. Triple H returns
Finally. Raw's been struggling since The Game took some time off, hopefully his return can help make the show exciting once again. I know a lot of people (smarks) hate Triple H, but the whole "HHH buries people!" shtick is old, it's time to let it go. The man lives and breathes pro wrestling and has made more stars in the last five years than probably anyone else in the business. Triple H being back is good for in-ring action and intriguing storylines... I just hope the feud with Randy Orton doesn't drag on too long, we've already seen quite a bit of it.