WWE Monday Night RAW Wrestlers of the Week 10.8.12
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 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 October 8, 2012
3. Eve Torres – for taking advantage of Kaitlyn’s injury to retain the Divas Championship her opponent was supposed to get a crack at before her:
A very fortunate series of events have led to Eve Torres’ current position as the Divas Champion in the WWE. While turning the corner in her attitude – a move that many find disingenuous, Torres seemed to be in the right place at the right time at Night of Champions.
She happened to find Kaitlyn, the No. 1 Contender for the title that night, down on the ground after being attacked by a mysterious “blonde,” and she was subsequently substituted in as the replacement in the championship match against Layla. Layla was not exactly predatory in the match when she showed concern early on for Torres, but Torres was simply playing possum and got herself back into the match. Then at the end, she was able to hit her neckbreaker finisher to put Layla away for the three-count and pick up the Divas Title.
Torres has strung together a few more wins (of the singles and tag team variety) since that evening, including against the likes of Beth Phoenix. For as good as things were going for Torres, however, the time was going to have to come when Kaitlyn would get her shot at the Divas Championship. That night was this Monday on RAW.
Unfortunately for Kaitlyn, she still wasn’t 100 percent, and Torres saw fit to exploit her ankle injury. Even when Kaitlyn was on offense, the moves she made against Torres seemed to hurt her just the same. After proving Kaitlyn was back in the ring far sooner than she should have been, Torres locked on a heel hook. Kaitlyn was forced to tap out, giving Torres the victory to retain the Divas Championship.
Torres refused to release the hold after the bell, which brought Layla away from the commentary position she was serving at during the match to make the save. Torres did break the hold after seeing Layla enter the ring and then she showed “concern” for Kaitlyn, but Layla wasn’t buying it and pushed Torres out of the ring.
Layla will get her rematch at some point in the not-too-distant future, but Torres doesn’t seem to be too worried about it. Torres’ new attitude is working for her and she’s finding ways to make it seem effortless to be Divas Champion. Kaitlyn is not exactly elite competition, but Torres was still impressive in her victory.
2. Team Hell No – for continuing to not work together as a successful tag team by defeating Alberto Del Rio and Dolph Ziggler in non-title action:
Daniel Bryan and Kane are likely never going to be on the same page over which one of them is the tag team champions. Despite several anger management sessions and attempts to get them working together, the duo dubbed “Team Hell No” just will not get along.
That doesn’t seem to make a lick of difference, however. Bryan and Kane have managed to get their act together well enough to become the WWE Tag Team Champions and defeat seemingly any combination thrown in their path. Sure, they steal victories from each other. Sure, they keep calling each other names. Sure, they get on each other’s nerves. But they are the best tag team in the WWE right now and they’re getting the job done one way or another.
Just last week, they walked away with a main event victory on RAW against WWE Champion CM Punk and Money in the Bank briefcase holder Dolph Ziggler. This Monday night, they would be called to action again to face Ziggler and his next partner, Alberto Del Rio. Ziggler didn’t walk away from the match like he did Punk last week, which was the main factor in Punk going down in defeat. It didn’t matter, though, as Bryan and Kane still got the job done in this non-title encounter.
After avoiding a sleeper hold and countering with a side slam on Ziggler, Kane headed up top as if to go for the flying closeline. Bryan tagged himself in before Kane could launch off the top turnbuckle and re-entered the match with a missile dropkick to the unsuspecting Ziggler. Bryan covered up, but he failed to convert on the pin attempt when Del Rio came in for the save with a low dropkick.
Kane entered the ring to lend a hand and took Del Rio out of the equation by simply side-stepping him as he ran toward “The Big Red Machine.” After Del Rio crashed to the floor, Vickie Guerrero caused the next distraction and Ziggler took advantage with a roll-up that was kicked out of at two. Bryan quickly shot back with a vicious kick to the side of Ziggler’s head before stumbling back to his corner, where Kane tagged himself back into the match.
A chokeslam to Ziggler put the “Show Off” down for good and the most dysfunctional tag team in the WWE once again stepped out as winners despite their inability to truly work together.
The duo of Kane and Bryan don’t really seem to be any closer to working as that true tag team as the weeks go by. But as long as they get the job done and remain the tag team champions – even if it’s individually in their own minds, then it doesn’t matter how that’s accomplished. Team Hell No owns two solid victories over the last week and is basically waiting by for the winner of the tag team tournament to crown a No. 1 Contender to reach its conclusion.
1. Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara – for getting past the former-No. 1 Contenders, The Prime Time Players, to advance to the finals in the Tag Team Championship No. 1 Contender tournament:
That tournament to crown the next No. 1 Contender for the WWE Tag Team Championships is nearing the conclusion, as the two semifinals matchups took place on this week’s RAW. In the latter of those bouts, Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow were able to get past Santino Marella and Zack Ryder to move on to the finals.
Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara participated in the first of the semifinal matches, which came against slightly harder competition because they faced the former-No. 1 Contenders, The Prime Time Players. Titus O’Neil and Darren Young were the next in line for the tag straps before Kane and Daniel Bryan were sent out to face them in another of their anger management sessions. Kane and Bryan won, moving on the Night of Champions to take their spot as the new tag team titleholders.
Luckily for O’Neil and Young, this tournament was created and they were able to get right back on the horse in pursuit of the gold. Unfortunately, this pursuit ended for them, as well, on Monday night.
Mysterio and Cara started off really hot off the bell and worked over their opposition into a commercial. During that break, The Prime Time Players were able to take over when O’Neil slammed Cara into the barricade and they remained on top of Cara until he fought back against Young in the corner and came out with a tornado DDT. Cara was able to make the tag to Mysterio, who quickened the pace up quite a bit from there.
Mysterio started off with a seated senton on Young before nailing O’Neil right off the apron as he was trying to enter the ring. A headscissors takedown to Young followed and Mysterio delivered a couple of kicks to the body to put his opponent down for just a two-count thanks to O’Neil coming back in to break up the cover.
O’Neil charged at Cara on the apron, but he was met with a kick to the head from the luchador, who stayed on him with a springboard missile dropkick. O’Neil rolled to the floor and Cara looked on at him, turning his back to Young. Young made him pay with a Gut Check, but his fortunes went south again when a charge toward Mysterio in the corner only netted him boots to the face.
Mysterio hit the ropes and ended up in the fireman’s carry position on top of Young’s shoulders, but he fought out and delivered a drop toe hold to Young that draped him across the ropes. Mysterio called for and hit the 6-1-9, finishing things off with the splash off the top rope to score the three-count and move his team onto the finals.
Mysterio and Cara have been red hot since teaming up and just one more hurdle remains in order for them to earn a shot at the WWE Tag Team Championships against Team Hell No at Hell in a Cell. Rhodes and Sandow are also new to the tag team ranks together and have also been impressive, so it should be a good finals matchup between those two teams.