WWE Monday Night RAW Wrestlers of the Week 3.17.14
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 RAW broadcast.
Monday Night RAW Wrestlers of the Week for March 17, 2014
3. Goldust — for scoring a win, while leaving with some bruises, against Fandango:
While Goldust and Cody Rhodes have seemingly stepped out of the tag team title picture for the moment, they are still competitors in both the tag and singles ranks. Goldust was booked to face Fandango this week on RAW, with Rhodes in his corner and Summer Rae in Fandango’s.
The match started off with some fun and games, as Goldust mocked and creeped out Fandango. It got a little more serious at the end, though. Goldust went to deliver a hurricurana off the middle rope to Fandango. While it connected, it wasn’t the cleanest and both men seemed to take some punishment from it. Fandango was actually the one to go for a cover after the move, and he only managed a two count.
Fandango then looked for a suplex on Goldust, which got fumbled. A second attempt was successful for Fandango, but the leg drop off the top rope was not. Goldust moved out of the way, before quickly moving in for the Final Cut that scored him the three count.
It obviously was not the smoothest win, but Goldust overcame a few hard bumps there to pull out the win. He wasn’t happy about how he got there, and expressed his displeasure after the bell. But he eventually calmed down and let hit brother raise his hand in victory, as a win is a win, after all.
2. Bray Wyatt — for continuing to get in the head of John Cena, and for coming up with a relatively easy win over Kofi Kingston:
There is little doubt that one of the more interesting matches on the WrestleMania 30 card is John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt. Cena has had to fight off Wyatt and his family for months now, and he wants to finally put an end to Wyatt sticking his nose in his business. Wyatt, however, welcomes the opportunity to try and put Cena down for good.
Cena came out to the ring during this week’s RAW to express that while he is afraid of Wyatt and what the man says and stands for, he will head into WrestleMania prepared to fight for his legacy that he has built up over his 12 years and over 3,500 matches in the WWE. Wyatt appeared on the big screen in a quick response, wearing a Cena t-shirt and continuing to call Cena’s existence a lie. He made it clear that at WrestleMania, he doesn’t care what or how long it takes — he wants the whole world to see Cena just as he does.
Wyatt then appeared in the ring later during the broadcast to go one-on-one with Kofi Kingston. Wyatt made relatively easier work out of the high flyer.
One of Kingston’s attempts at getting the upperhand came when he springboarded into the ring after catching Wyatt in the corner. Wyatt moved out of the way, though, and turned Kingston inside out with a charging leaping back elbow. Wyatt kept on Kingston with some mounted punches, and then with a swinging gut buster. Kingston tried to fight back, but Wyatt cut that very short and put him into the corner for a series of fists. Wyatt then hit a splash in the corner and connected on the Sister Abigail to put Kingston away via pinfall.
A dominating victory after digging himself deeper into the head of Cena makes for a good night for Wyatt, as he keeps his sights set squarely on destroying Cena’s legacy at WrestleMania.
1. The Real Americans — for getting on the same page to score a non-title victory over The Usos:
There is no denying that The Real Americans have seen better days as a tag team, as Jack Swagger and Cesaro are rarely on the same page these days. The partnership is hanging on by a thread, and Zeb Colter has done everything he can to keep them together despite the constant miscommunication and attempts at upstaging the other.
Perhaps the most important victory they’ve had came this Monday night on RAW, when The Real Americans faced the WWE Tag Team Champions, The Usos, in non-title competition. A win would not get them the championships, but it could serve to prove they are back on the same page, as defeating the best tag team in the WWE right now is no small feat.
Jey Uso had Cesaro down on the mat after hitting a Samoan Drop that netted him a two count. He headed up top to attempt the splash, but Swagger, who was previously sent to the floor, pulled Cesaro out of the ring before Jey could leap off. Swagger moved into the ring, as did Jimmy, and The Usos delivered double super kicks to the All-American American.
One of the Usos dove onto Swagger on the outside, just as his brother tried to do on the other to Cesaro. However, Cesaro nailed him with an uppercut as he went to leap out of the ring, and Cesaro finished the match off with a Neutralizer that got him the pinfall.
The Real Americans celebrated as if there were no issues after the match. To make it even sweeter, in proving that they can still work together, Swagger and Cesaro may have also worked their way into contention for the WWE Tag Team Championships.