WWE Monday Night RAW Wrestlers of the Week 11.4.13
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 November 4, 2013
3. CM Punk — for defeating Luke Harper to start off RAW and thwarting off an attack from the Wyatt Family with help from Daniel Bryan:
CM Punk was having an excellent two days last week following his Hell In A Cell success and defeating Ryback the next night on RAW in a Street Fight. Then he was attacked out of nowhere by Bray Wyatt and his goons, leaving him the second man laying that night at their hands following an earlier assault to Daniel Bryan.
Punk would open this week’s show looking for a measure of revenge when he battled Luke Harper in singles action. Punk was obviously at a size and numbers disadvantage, but such was the case when he was facing Brock Lesnar and Ryback.
One of those moments in this situation came toward the tail end of the match. After flying onto Erick Rowan on the outside instead of going for a flying elbow to Harper inside the ring, Punk was pulled back up to the apron and, after delivering a kick to side of Harper’s head, he springboarded back into a boot to the face. Still, he recovered well enough to duck a big closeline from Harper and grab a rollup that went for the three count.
Almost right after the bell, Rowan ran in for the attack and Punk was at the mercy of the numbers game. That was until Bryan ran down with a steel chair in hand for the save, and the two fought off the Wyatt Family to prevent further damage. They even made it clear that they both had issues with the Wyatts during separate backstage interviews.
So, good on Punk to getting the pinfall on Harper, and then for hanging in there until Bryan came down to give him some aid in fighting them off. If the Wyatt Family wants a fight, they’re in store for a good one from both Punk and Bryan. We just need to find out why they’re singling those two superstars out.
2. Tyson Kidd — for making his long-awaited return to the WWE alongside his wife, Natalya, and proving he hasn’t missed a beat:
It has been the better part of a year since we last saw Tyson Kidd competing on WWE television. After suffering a knee injury and spending most of the past year on the shelf, the only time Kidd has been visible to fans has been on the Total Divas program as the fiancé-turned-husband to Natalya.
He made his return this week on RAW in mixed tag team action alongside Natalya against Fandango and Summer Rae. The high-risk Calgary native shed any doubts regarding his preparedness with one of his best performance in the WWE.
He was quick and effective with several well-placed kicks to Fandango throughout the contest. And even when Rae caused a distraction that allowed Fandango to get the upperhand and go for the leg drop off the top rope, Kidd was able to recover with enough time to catch him and apply a Sharpshooter that Fandango was forced to tap out to as Natalya sent Rae out of the ring.
It was good to see the “workhorse” back at it after so much time away from the ring, and he showed absolutely no signs of rust in the process. It’s safe to say he will be closely aligned to his wife now on WWE television, so it should be a good precursor of things to come for both Kidd and Natalya.
1. John Cena, Cody Rhodes and Goldust — for successfully teaming up for the second time in a row against Damien Sandow and The Real Americans:
When John Cena appeared on Smackdown last Friday night as the new World Heavyweight Champion, he wasn’t greeted with open arms by everybody. He met some hostility from The Real Americans, who initially tried to recruit him, and Damien Sandow, the man he defeated last week after the Money in the Bank briefcase was cashed in. WWE Tag Team Champions Cody Rhodes and Goldust, who fell to Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro a week ago, ran down to aid Cena, and a six-man tag team matchup was booked for later that night.
The team of champions was victorious on that occasion, and they would do it all over again against the same opposition this Monday night on RAW. Cena, Rhodes and Goldust simply worked off the momentum they gained on Smackdown, finding similar success in another six-man tag match against Sandow and The Real Americans.
There was some tremendous chemistry in this bout between the victors, and at no point more noticeable than at the very end. After Sandow prevented a pinfall on Cesaro from a bulldog delivered by Goldust, Rhodes hit a moonsault from the top rope onto Sandow. Cena then drilled Cesaro with a crossbody off the top, and Goldust followed through with a Final Cut that got his team the three count.
Cena, Rhodes and Goldust have gained all the momentum in these last two six-man tag team matchups, and it will be interesting to see how these two intersecting rivalries move forward. The Real Americans are undoubtedly next in line for a crack at the WWE Tag Team Championships. But with Alberto Del Rio still lurking and awaiting his rematch, Sandow will need to continue being a thorn in Cena’s side if the self-proclaimed “uncrowned champion” hopes to get another shot at the gold.