WWE RAW WRESTLERS OF THE WEEK

Posted September 21st, 2011 by 1Wrestling News Team

WWE Monday Night RAW Wrestlers of the Week 9.19.11
By Neil Borenstein

Each week here at 1wrestling.com, I will select three of the top wrestlers from the Monday Night RAW brand and present them to you in inverse order as the show’s Wrestlers of the Week. In choosing the brand’s top three superstars, performances from that week’s RAW and any relevant preceding programming will be taken into consideration. This is a RAW exclusive. However, SmackDown and NXT brand wrestlers will be eligible if they appear with any significance on that week’s RAW broadcast.

Monday Night RAW Wrestlers of the Week for September 19, 2011

3. Alberto Del Rio – for making quick work out of John Morrison after losing the WWE Title Sunday and learning of his triple threat rematch at Hell in a Cell:

I doubt Alberto Del Rio’s destiny included losing the WWE Championship to John Cena at Night of Champions this past Sunday. I can’t possibly imagine having his rematch come in the form of a Triple Threat Hell in a Cell Match at the pay-per-view coming up in two weeks was a part of it either. But those are two realities for The Mexican Aristocrat and he may very well find himself on the outside of the WWE Title picture just as quickly as he got into it.

Del Rio learned of his rematch for Hell in a Cell when Triple H made the announcement during a promo segment at the opening of RAW. The WWE’s COO was talking to CM Punk and informed him of his plan to essentially kill two birds with one stone by taking care of two WWE Title rematches in one. At Hell in a Cell, Cena will defend the WWE Title against both Del Rio and Punk in the first ever Triple Threat Hell in a Cell Match.

That infuriated Del Rio to the point that he confronted Triple H in the back about it. He called Triple H the worst COO in history and wished for the return of Mr. McMahon. The Game didn’t really seem to care all that much and even offered to give Del Rio his rematch against Cena right there and then on RAW instead. Del Rio preferred to take the rest and stormed out of Triple H’s office.

Del Rio took that frustration right into a match against John Morrison. Morrison is generally not a pushover in the WWE. But Del Rio made extremely quick work out of him and didn’t allow the enthralling high-flyer a chance to get any type of attack in. Del Rio relentlessly worked over the arm and applied a cross armbreaker to force Morrison into submission. Del Rio continued the assault after the bell with an extra kick to Morrison.

The past 24 hours have not been too kind to the former-WWE Champion. But the aggressive mindset he developed and deployed over Morrison on RAW shows that he still stands a decent shot of regaining the title in two weeks at Hell in a Cell.

2. Zack Ryder – for defeating the United States Champion, Dolph Ziggler, thanks to some help from special guest star Hugh Jackman:

Zack Ryder doesn’t get a ton of time on WWE television, yet he remains the darling of the WWE Universe. The people constantly push for him to get more exposure and he certainly makes the most of it when it is offered.

This week, Hugh Jackman appeared on RAW as a special guest star to promote an upcoming film. He was interrupted by Vickie Guerrero and Dolph Ziggler, the latter of which became rather hostile toward Jackman for apparently ruining the celebration he had planned for defeating three people at Night of Champions to retain the United States Championship. Ziggler then pointed out that underdogs are losers, something Jackman didn’t entirely appreciate since he coaches an underdog in his new movie. So Jackman challenged Ziggler to face the biggest underdog he could find. It didn’t take all that long to figure out Jackman’s selection, as the fans immediately chanted Ryder’s name and the Hollywood star even grabbed a sign from the crowd indicating his chosen superstar.

Jackson realized just how much of an underdog Ryder was in the back and accompanied the self-proclaimed internet champion to the ring sporting a “Broski” headband.

Ryder entered the match with a ton of confidence and looked to utilize it as he tried to pull an upset on Ziggler. But it was really the interference of the two people on the outside that enabled Ryder to come out with the victory.

Ryder and Ziggler took each other out with closelines. The one to Ryder left him crawling toward the ropes near Guerrero. She slapped Ryder across the face, prompting the referee to admonish her and sent her to the back. As the referee did this, Jackman hopped the ring apron and punched Ziggler in the face. When the referee turned back around, Ryder was dropping Ziggler with the Rough Ryder and covering up for the three-count.

Ryder and Jackman celebrated big time after the bell, while Ziggler could only head to the back to watch Guerrero officially add Jack Swagger to her stable of wrestlers.

This was a non-title matchup, so Ryder did only gain a victory in this one. However, it was a big win nonetheless and perhaps sets up a future United States Championship opportunity somewhere down the line. It would be nice for him to add some extra gold next to the Internet Championship he already possesses.

1. CM Punk – for getting over his controversial loss at Night of Champions to team up with John Cena and pick up a main event victory over Awesome Truth:

The CM Punk versus Triple H match at Night of Champions that was supposed to set the wrestling world on fire and clear up a few issues only left us with more confusion and even more problems. Triple H came out the victor and therefore remains on board as COO of the WWE. However, involvement from The Miz, R-Truth, Kevin Nash and John Laurinaitis places a rather dark cloud over the entire situation and just created more questions than answers.

Punk opened RAW up to try and explain that while he now believes a controversy does exist in the WWE, perhaps he was wrong about Triple H being involved in it. Punk needed to wait for Triple H to interrupt him, inform him about the Triple Threat Hell in a Cell Match in two weeks and get in his face about the whole controversy scenario. But Punk was eventually able to let The Game know that he thought they were both being played. Laurinaitis came out to deny this and emphasize the fact that he thought Punk was a bad apple who should be fired. Triple H simply informed them that he was going to get down to the bottom of what was going on and that somebody would get fired by the end of the night.

Triple H was not yet done with Punk, however. Later in the program, he reprimanded The Miz and R-Truth for their actions at Night of Champions. On top of making NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell look like a saint by fining each of them $250,000, he also booked them in a main event tag team matchup for RAW against the duo of John Cena and Punk. While Cena and Punk do have their issues, they were prepared to work together at least for the night.

After a hot start by Cena and Miz, Awesome Truth managed to take over control of the bout by working over Cena. They kept him grounded and away from his corner for a good portion of the match. That led to the inevitable short comeback by Cena, which occurred when he dodged a closeline in the corner from Miz. Cena was then able to make the hot tag to Punk.

Punk drilled Miz with a couple of closelines before hitting a kick. Truth entered the ring but only caught a sitout suplex for his troubles. Punk then charged in with a high knee to the face of Miz in the corner before putting him on the canvas with a running bulldog. Punk hit the apron and came back into the ring with a flying forearm to Miz. He then called for a Go2Sleep, which Miz got out of with repeated elbow strikes to the face. But Punk got another chance when he dodged a charge by Miz – who stopped short of the ropes as to not knock Truth off the apron. Punk then dropkicked Miz into the ropes to complete the knocking of Truth off the apron. Punk was then able to get Miz up again for the Go2Sleep, which was successful this time around and resulted in the pinfall.

Cena raised Punk’s hand after the match and celebrated a bit until Triple H interrupted to let both members of Awesome Truth know that they were fired.

Bad news for Miz and Truth. But for Punk, this was a solid way to get back on the horse. He didn’t accomplish what he had set out to at Night of Champions. But he gets the WWE Title rematch he never received at Hell in a Cell and built uWWE Monday Night RAW Wrestlers of the Week 9.19.11
By Neil Borenstein

Each week here at 1wrestling.com, I will select three of the top wrestlers from the Monday Night RAW brand and present them to you in inverse order as the show’s Wrestlers of the Week. In choosing the brand’s top three superstars, performances from that week’s RAW and any relevant preceding programming will be taken into consideration. This is a RAW exclusive. However, SmackDown and NXT brand wrestlers will be eligible if they appear with any significance on that week’s RAW broadcast.

Monday Night RAW Wrestlers of the Week for September 19, 2011

3. Alberto Del Rio – for making quick work out of John Morrison after losing the WWE Title Sunday and learning of his triple threat rematch at Hell in a Cell:

I doubt Alberto Del Rio’s destiny included losing the WWE Championship to John Cena at Night of Champions this past Sunday. I can’t possibly imagine having his rematch come in the form of a Triple Threat Hell in a Cell Match at the pay-per-view coming up in two weeks was a part of it either. But those are two realities for The Mexican Aristocrat and he may very well find himself on the outside of the WWE Title picture just as quickly as he got into it.

Del Rio learned of his rematch for Hell in a Cell when Triple H made the announcement during a promo segment at the opening of RAW. The WWE’s COO was talking to CM Punk and informed him of his plan to essentially kill two birds with one stone by taking care of two WWE Title rematches in one. At Hell in a Cell, Cena will defend the WWE Title against both Del Rio and Punk in the first ever Triple Threat Hell in a Cell Match.

That infuriated Del Rio to the point that he confronted Triple H in the back about it. He called Triple H the worst COO in history and wished for the return of Mr. McMahon. The Game didn’t really seem to care all that much and even offered to give Del Rio his rematch against Cena right there and then on RAW instead. Del Rio preferred to take the rest and stormed out of Triple H’s office.

Del Rio took that frustration right into a match against John Morrison. Morrison is generally not a pushover in the WWE. But Del Rio made extremely quick work out of him and didn’t allow the enthralling high-flyer a chance to get any type of attack in. Del Rio relentlessly worked over the arm and applied a cross armbreaker to force Morrison into submission. Del Rio continued the assault after the bell with an extra kick to Morrison.

The past 24 hours have not been too kind to the former-WWE Champion. But the aggressive mindset he developed and deployed over Morrison on RAW shows that he still stands a decent shot of regaining the title in two weeks at Hell in a Cell.

2. Zack Ryder – for defeating the United States Champion, Dolph Ziggler, thanks to some help from special guest star Hugh Jackman:

Zack Ryder doesn’t get a ton of time on WWE television, yet he remains the darling of the WWE Universe. The people constantly push for him to get more exposure and he certainly makes the most of it when it is offered.

This week, Hugh Jackman appeared on RAW as a special guest star to promote an upcoming film. He was interrupted by Vickie Guerrero and Dolph Ziggler, the latter of which became rather hostile toward Jackman for apparently ruining the celebration he had planned for defeating three people at Night of Champions to retain the United States Championship. Ziggler then pointed out that underdogs are losers, something Jackman didn’t entirely appreciate since he coaches an underdog in his new movie. So Jackman challenged Ziggler to face the biggest underdog he could find. It didn’t take all that long to figure out Jackman’s selection, as the fans immediately chanted Ryder’s name and the Hollywood star even grabbed a sign from the crowd indicating his chosen superstar.

Jackson realized just how much of an underdog Ryder was in the back and accompanied the self-proclaimed internet champion to the ring sporting a “Broski” headband.

Ryder entered the match with a ton of confidence and looked to utilize it as he tried to pull an upset on Ziggler. But it was really the interference of the two people on the outside that enabled Ryder to come out with the victory.

Ryder and Ziggler took each other out with closelines. The one to Ryder left him crawling toward the ropes near Guerrero. She slapped Ryder across the face, prompting the referee to admonish her and sent her to the back. As the referee did this, Jackman hopped the ring apron and punched Ziggler in the face. When the referee turned back around, Ryder was dropping Ziggler with the Rough Ryder and covering up for the three-count.

Ryder and Jackman celebrated big time after the bell, while Ziggler could only head to the back to watch Guerrero officially add Jack Swagger to her stable of wrestlers.

This was a non-title matchup, so Ryder did only gain a victory in this one. However, it was a big win nonetheless and perhaps sets up a future United States Championship opportunity somewhere down the line. It would be nice for him to add some extra gold next to the Internet Championship he already possesses.

1. CM Punk – for getting over his controversial loss at Night of Champions to team up with John Cena and pick up a main event victory over Awesome Truth:

The CM Punk versus Triple H match at Night of Champions that was supposed to set the wrestling world on fire and clear up a few issues only left us with more confusion and even more problems. Triple H came out the victor and therefore remains on board as COO of the WWE. However, involvement from The Miz, R-Truth, Kevin Nash and John Laurinaitis places a rather dark cloud over the entire situation and just created more questions than answers.

Punk opened RAW up to try and explain that while he now believes a controversy does exist in the WWE, perhaps he was wrong about Triple H being involved in it. Punk needed to wait for Triple H to interrupt him, inform him about the Triple Threat Hell in a Cell Match in two weeks and get in his face about the whole controversy scenario. But Punk was eventually able to let The Game know that he thought they were both being played. Laurinaitis came out to deny this and emphasize the fact that he thought Punk was a bad apple who should be fired. Triple H simply informed them that he was going to get down to the bottom of what was going on and that somebody would get fired by the end of the night.

Triple H was not yet done with Punk, however. Later in the program, he reprimanded The Miz and R-Truth for their actions at Night of Champions. On top of making NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell look like a saint by fining each of them $250,000, he also booked them in a main event tag team matchup for RAW against the duo of John Cena and Punk. While Cena and Punk do have their issues, they were prepared to work together at least for the night.

After a hot start by Cena and Miz, Awesome Truth managed to take over control of the bout by working over Cena. They kept him grounded and away from his corner for a good portion of the match. That led to the inevitable short comeback by Cena, which occurred when he dodged a closeline in the corner from Miz. Cena was then able to make the hot tag to Punk.

Punk drilled Miz with a couple of closelines before hitting a kick. Truth entered the ring but only caught a sitout suplex for his troubles. Punk then charged in with a high knee to the face of Miz in the corner before putting him on the canvas with a running bulldog. Punk hit the apron and came back into the ring with a flying forearm to Miz. He then called for a Go2Sleep, which Miz got out of with repeated elbow strikes to the face. But Punk got another chance when he dodged a charge by Miz – who stopped short of the ropes as to not knock Truth off the apron. Punk then dropkicked Miz into the ropes to complete the knocking of Truth off the apron. Punk was then able to get Miz up again for the Go2Sleep, which was successful this time around and resulted in the pinfall.

Cena raised Punk’s hand after the match and celebrated a bit until Triple H interrupted to let both members of Awesome Truth know that they were fired.

Bad news for Miz and Truth. But for Punk, this was a solid way to get back on the horse. He didn’t accomplish what he had set out to at Night of Champions. But he gets the WWE Title rematch he never received at Hell in a Cell and built up a great deal of momentum this week by basically single-handedly scoring a victory for Cena and himself.

Neil Borenstein
br7qbsteelers@yahoo.comp a great deal of momentum this week by basically single-handedly scoring a victory for Cena and himself.

Neil Borenstein
br7qbsteelers@yahoo.com

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