WWE Monday Night RAW Wrestlers of the Week 2.10.14
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
Monday Night RAW Wrestlers of the Week for February 10, 2014
3. The Wyatt Family — for beating Cody Rhodes, Goldust and Rey Mysterio in
six-man tag team action, while also playing some mind games with The Shield:
In preparation for a highly anticipated six-man tag team battle with The Shield
at Elimination Chamber in two weeks, The Wyatt Family received a warmup of sorts
to open the in-ring action of this week’s RAW. Building off Bray Wyatt’s victory
over Goldust last Friday night on Smackdown, The Wyatt Family faced Goldust,
Cody Rhodes and Rey Mysterio.
The Wyatts were in some trouble when Mysterio put Luke Harper in position for a
6-1-9. But Wyatt tagged himself in when Mysterio’s back was turned and then
caught Mysterio coming off the ropes with a devastating Sister Abigail. Wyatt
covered right up and collected the three count to seal the win.
Wyatt then had a message for The Shield, which would not be his last. After Dean
Ambrose faced Mark Henry later in the broadcast, and held onto the United States
Championship thanks to the interference of Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns, the
Wyatts hit the arena just as The Shield was getting set to leave. The two
factions never did battle, but they had a tense staredown on opposite sides of
the ring apron, with Reigns and Wyatt even teasing a tussle, before the Wyatts
Things are certainly picking up between these two threesomes, and both have
quite a bit of momentum heading toward Elimination Chamber. The Wyatts had a
little better of a night on Monday, though, with their clean victory as a team
and forcing The Shield to wait for their fight in two weeks.
2. The Usos — for giving another example of their worthiness to compete for the
WWE Tag Team Championships with a win over Ryback and Curtis Axel in front of
The New Age Outlaws:
As Cody Rhodes and Goldust transition out of the WWE Tag Team Championship
picture and other duos seem to be crumbling, the division’s top contender for
the straps currently held by The New Age Outlaws would seem to be The Usos. They
have had a number of impressive matches lately, with equally impressive wins.
And another would come this week on RAW.
With Road Dogg and Billy Gunn sitting at the announce table, where Road Dogg did
pretty much all the guest commentary and Gunn tried to settle his stomach after
a tea incident earlier with special guest star Betty White, Jimmy and Jey Uso
competed in tag team action against Ryback and Curtis Axel. This was an audition
of sorts, as it would be hard for the Outlaws to ignore The Usos much longer if
they had another good performance.
That’s exactly what they had. With Ryback on the floor, Jey flew to the outside,
all while making a tag to Jimmy on his way out. Since Axel was already on the
mat from a previous superkick, Jimmy headed up top and dove off for a splash
that allowed him to cover up and get the three count.
A confrontation was teased between The Usos and the Outlaws, but it never came
to be because Gunn had to hightail it to the back. The man had some business to
do because of that previously mentioned tea incident. The time will eventually
come, though, for The Usos to have their challenge answered and get their
rightful title shot against the Outlaws.
1. John Cena — for picking up a huge main event victory over Randy Orton just
two weeks ahead of the Elimination Chamber Match:
The gauntlet series for Randy Orton continued this week on RAW, where the next
stop in battling each of the five opponents he will put the WWE World
Heavyweight Championship on the line against at Elimination Chamber was in a
bout against John Cena. These two have a storied history and most recently
clashed over the right to be the unified champion of the WWE. Now, they would
see who could get the added momentum and bragging rights heading into the
Elimination Chamber Match.
There was plenty of determination from both superstars, but Cena seemed to have
just a bit more of it. He managed to kick out of an RKO off an Attitude
Adjustment counter, following it up with a successful Attitude Adjustment that
Orton kicked out of at two. Cena lifted Orton off the mat and moved him to the
corner, where he seated The Viper on the top turnbuckle. Cena put Orton on his
shoulder with the hopes of delivering an Attitude Adjustment off the second
rope, but Orton squirmed out and landed down on the mat. He charged into the
corner, but caught a boot from Cena, who followed with the leg drop off the top
rope to the back of Orton’s neck. Cena quickly shot up with another Attitude
Adjustment, which kept Orton down this time for the three count.
Thus far, Orton has lost to Daniel Bryan and Cena and defeated Christian leading
into his title defense at Elimination Chamber. Having a 1-2 record so far is not
great for the champion, but Cena getting an important, momentum-building win is
pretty solid for somebody possibly getting overlooked in that six-man mix.