WWE Monday Night RAW Wrestlers of the Week 11.25.13
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 25, 2013
3. The Miz — for stringing together a few victories over Kofi Kingston after leaving him hanging in tag action a week ago:
For somebody with such a history of being the bad guy, it was just a matter of time before The Miz turned the corner from his pleasant demeanor and went back to the dark side. Last week was that moment, when he dropped off the apron when Kofi Kingston was trying to tag him in during a tag team match on RAW and The Real Americans were able to take advantage.
That led to a match between the two during the preshow event of the Survivor Series, where Miz disappointed Kingston in his search for revenge by getting a rollup for the three count. He also got slapped in the face after the match, but he got the “W” nonetheless.
Miz packed a pretty busy evening the next night on RAW, including hosting an edition of Miz TV that saw him get hip tossed by special guest host Michael Strahan. He did also have another match with Kingston later in the card, and the result was similar to 24 hours prior.
Kingston actually held some momentum in this match when he moved to the apron, hit a kick to a charging Miz and then delivered a crossbody off a springboard to get a cover. When Miz kicked out at two, though, Kingston just simply sat up without any urgency, and Miz was quick to grab him down with a crucifix pin that went for the three count.
Miz always had more success when he took any measure necessary to get his way, and he seems to be doing fairly well for himself since going back to that. With a movie out for the holidays and some in-ring success, Miz could be setting his sights on climbing back up the ladder in the WWE.
2. Damien Sandow — for gaining some revenge over Dolph Ziggler from a week ago by coming out on top of a Hamptons Hardcore Match:
When RAW was in Nashville last week and put on a country-themed show, Dolph Ziggler and Damien Sandow were put into a Broadway Brawl. It basically amounted to both superstars attacking each other with various instruments, to which Ziggler had the final move by blasting Sandow over the head with a guitar just after stuffing a drum over him for the victory.
This week, Ziggler and Sandow were once again subjected to wrestling in a match with a special stipulation. This time, the WWE Universe was granted the right to vote on that stipulation through the WWE App. The choices were a street fight, lumberjack match or hardcore match (with a local twist on the name). The Hamptons Hardcore Match won out, which meant these two would once again get to utilize a myriad of foreign objects on each other.
Ziggler surely would have loved to string together two in a row in these kind of matches against Sandow, but Sandow proved to be the better man on this night by evening the score.
Ziggler did almost put the match away when, to avoid being hit with a racket, he delivered a DDT to Sandow onto a chair in the ring and covered up, but Sandow managed to kick out at two. Once both men got up, Ziggler tried to splash Sandow in the corner, but he was sidestepped and crashed into the turnbuckles. Sandow then grabbed an oar and drilled Ziggler across the back, setting up for a You’re Welcome right onto a trash can. Sandow covered and got the three count.
It’s probably a safe bet that Ziggler and Sandow haven’t seen the last of each other, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. They’ve been pretty entertaining in these matches over the past two weeks, and Sandow just happens to have the last win right now.
1. The Shield — for winning in six-man tag team action one night after Roman Reigns dominated in a classic Survivor Series Elimination Match:
The Shield may have lost a bit of steam when they were on the losing end of matches to Cody Rhodes and Goldust, including surrendering the WWE Tag Team Championships to them. But they remain a dangerous threesome, with Roman Reigns continuing to grow as a dominant presence in the WWE.
At the Survivor Series, Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Reigns teamed with The Real Americans’ Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro to face Rey Mysterio, The Usos, Rhodes and Goldust in a classic Survivor Series Elimination Match. Things did not start off well for the heel group, as they faced three consecutive eliminations. However, Reigns was unleashed from that point forward and he was responsible for four eliminations en route to his team coming away with the victory.
Reigns and the rest of The Shield took that momentum into a bout on Monday Night RAW against Mysterio, Rhodes and Goldust in a six-man tag match. Reigns didn’t run through the competition exactly as he did 24 hours prior, but he still played a role along with his Shield teammates in collectively picking up the win.
When Rhodes hit an Alabama Slam on Ambrose, Reigns rushed in to break up the pin. Reigns then got into a tussle with Mysterio, who sent him to the outside. Mysterio then tripped up a charging Rollins and went for a 6-1-9, but Reigns cut him off with a massive spear. Goldust tried to be a hero, but he got laid out on his back with a spear from Reigns as well.
Rhodes finally halted Reigns’ run by dropping kicking him to the floor. Reigns tried to get back in, but Rhodes cut him off with a Disaster Kick that dropped Reigns right back down. Rhodes turned around just in time to see Rollins coming in at him. But as he went for a Cross Rhodes, Ambrose grabbed him and planted him face-first into the mat with a headlock driver to get the pinfall.
The Shield wasn’t done for the night. After the 3-on-2 handicap match between The Wyatt Family and CM Punk and Daniel Bryan, Bryan was carried off to the back by the Wyatts. When Punk came to and started heading toward the back, he was speared out of nowhere by Reigns. Then, after being moved back into the ring, he got the triple powerbomb treatment.
After slipping a bit, The Shield is back to being a force to be reckoned with in the WWE. Reigns is getting highlighted more than the rest, but the group efforts are still there, as witnessed by their RAW victory and destruction of Punk.