WWE Monday Night RAW Wrestlers of the Week 11.18.13
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 18, 2013
3. R-Truth and Xavier Woods — for teaming up in a successful RAW debut for Woods, beating The Rhinestone Cowboys (aka 3MB) in tag action:
It’s always good for developing talent to get a call up to the main roster, and Xavier Woods got his chance to debut on this week’s Monday Night RAW. Teaming with R-Truth, Woods got a winnable first opportunity when they faced The Rhinestone Cowboys, an alter-ego of 3MB.
Woods didn’t waste the chance to make a good impression. Truth more than carried his own weight in the contest as well, essentially setting Woods up to finish things off.
After being worked over by Drew McIntrye and Jinder Mahal for a few minutes, Woods managed to escape from McIntyre’s grasps and get a tag into Truth. Truth entered with a couple of closelines and a kick to McIntyre before hitting a sitout front suplex. At that point, Heath Slater hopped onto the apron and started jawing at Truth, but Woods pulled him off while Truth also sent Mahal to the floor.
Truth then put McIntyre down with a suplex into a cutter, after which he figured it was an appropriate time to get Woods back into the ring. Woods delivered the Honor Roll before finishing McIntyre off with a Lost in the Woods to get the pinfall.
Woods then grabbed some of the country-related garb that fell off Slater earlier for a bit of a mock-dance celebration alongside Truth.
This was a great debut for Woods, who looked good in his first big-time match with the WWE. And he did it alongside the veteran Truth, who played a big role in this tag victory as well.
2. The Big Show — for defeating Ryback before thwarting a behind-the-back attack from WWE Champion Randy Orton:
One of the most important matches of the Big Show’s long career takes place this Sunday at the Survivor Series, where he meets Randy Orton for the WWE Championship. The last few months have been tumultuous for Show, to say the least. But he ended up with a prime opportunity to take down Orton, knock The Authority down a peg or two, and perhaps become the face of the WWE himself.
Show would get a tough final test six days before the pay-per-view, going one-on-one with Ryback on this week’s edition of RAW. This didn’t disappoint as a physical contest between two bulls in the WWE.
Ryback really impressed toward the end when, after putting Show down with a big Meat Hook Closeline, he was able to lift the over 400-pound body of Show onto his shoulders for a Shell Shocked. Unfortunately for the big guy, it did not net him the pinfall, as Show managed to kick out of a cover before the three. And then when Ryback went to lift Show up for another, Show pushed him off into the ropes and rocked him with a KO Punch. That was enough to keep Ryback down for the three count.
If that wasn’t enough of a momentum boost for Show, he made a quick-thinking move after the bell when he turned around to see Orton in the ring. Before The Viper could strike, Show drilled him with a spear, and Orton left the ring annoyed and hurting after his sneak attack completely backfired.
While Orton’s world crumbles some, as The Shield and The Authority haven’t backed him up as he would like lately, Show seems to be gaining steam heading into this Sunday. I’m sure there’s something being planned in Orton’s favor that will ultimately work against Show. But if the cheating is kept at a minimum, Show looks to be in good shape to take the WWE Title off Orton.
1. Big E. Langston — for pinning Curtis Axel to become the new Intercontinental Champion:
Big E. Langston’s stock has risen quite a bit lately. He has come to the aid of superstars like John Cena and C.M. Punk, and even given good fights to some of the WWE’s best, such as Randy Orton and Alberto Del Rio. That kind of effort is generally rewarded with title opportunities.
One of those came this Monday night, when Langston received an Intercontinental Championship Match against Curtis Axel that was essentially delayed from Hell In A Cell.
Axel managed to stave off Dolph Ziggler last week when he put the title on the line against the former World Heavyweight Champion, but it’s clear that Axel doesn’t have the same advantages he used to when Paul Heyman was in his corner. Axel probably could have used Heyman on Monday.
Langston started to turn things in his direction when he threw Axel off him after being held down to the mat. Langston then hit some closelines and a belly-to-belly suplex before running off the ropes to drop on Axel with a big splash. He covered for the two count and then stalked Axel with hopes of hitting the Big Ending.
Axel squirmed down from that and kicked Langston in the gut. He spun Langston around with hopes of hitting the neckbreaker, but Langston shoved him into the ropes and dropped him with a running splash. The straps were pulled down and Langston went for another Big Ending. He hit it this time and covered up for a three count that made him the new Intercontinental Champion.
This is clearly a great first step for Langston in truly making a name for himself, and he’s definitely going to be tough to knock off as Intercontinental Champion.