WWE Monday Night RAW Wrestlers of the Week 3.24.14
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 24, 2014
3. The Big Show — for building some momentum with a singles win over fellow Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal participant Titus O’Neil:
The newest WrestleMania tradition — the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal — is something that has been welcomed by superstars and fans alike since Hulk Hogan announced it a few weeks back. The 30 participants involved in the inaugural edition of this matchup will vie for the Andre the Giant trophy, and it would mean a lot to each of them to snag the very first one.
Two of the superstars ready to compete for that trophy are Titus O’Neil and a man that has much in common with Andre the Giant, The Big Show. They squared off in singles action this week on RAW.
O’Neil did a fairly good job in this match, actually picking up a few near falls. After kicking out of a cover brought upon after taking a shoulder block, Show ate a few more clubbing shots and a failed closeline attempt at putting him over the top rope. When O’Neil charged at him for another closeline, Show quickly responded with a spear. He shot right back up and pulled the straps down, gearing up for a KO Punch that connected. Show covered and got the three count for the victory.
The battle royal at WrestleMania will be a more challenging task, of course, but any bit of momentum helps. And Show got some with his win over O’Neil.
2. Christian — for winning a Fatal Four Way matchup to secure an Intercontinental Title shot at Main Event:
Without a clear top contender for the Intercontinental Championship, which has seemed to be the case during Big E’s entire reign as titleholder, the WWE put four worthy competitors into action on RAW this week, with a shot at facing Big E the following night on Main Event for the belt. Sheamus, Christian, Dolph Ziggler and Alberto Del Rio would square off in a Fatal Four Way Match, with a shot at No. 1 Contendership on the line.
Big E got a close view of the action by sitting at ringside to see who his next opponent would be. It was never clear until the conclusion just who that superstar would be.
It appeared that man might be Sheamus when, after a bit of a struggle, he managed to lock Del Rio into a cloverleaf. Sheamus had to relinquish the hold, though, when he noticed Christian coming into the ring. The Celtic Warrior slammed Christian onto the mat and retreated to the corner for a Brogue Kick, which could have been targeted at either Del Rio or Christian.
He went for Christian, but Del Rio stopped Sheamus short with a kick to the midsection. He then floated over for the cross arm breaker and locked it in, but Sheamus powered up and lifted Del Rio off the mat with the submission hold still applied. Zigger darted in from out of nowhere to deliver a Zig Zag to Sheamus, which put Del Rio down as well. Then Christian snuck in behind Ziggler to hit a Killswitch, which finally resulted in a pinfall.
Christian’s celebration included walking away from a handshake with Big E and confidently heading to the back. To get past three solid superstars for a chance at the Intercontinental Championship is no small feat, but Christian found an opportune moment to sneak out the win and he took it.
1. The Shield — for continuing its recent success with a tag team victory over The Real Americans:
As Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose prove they are back on the same pages as members of The Shield, they are also becoming a real thorn in the side of Kane. At one point the first to do The Authority’s bidding, The Shield has now challenged Kane on countless occasions as he has questioned whether the group is still an asset.
That came back to bite The Shield on Smackdown this past Friday night. At the end of a tag team No. 1 Contender’s Match, The Shield was attacked by Kane, the three other teams and even The New Age Outlaws. It became clear right there and then that The Shield and Kane were on a crash course toward a match with each other in some capacity.
The Shield confronted Triple H and Stephanie McMahon on RAW, and The Authority would not get involved in anything involving Kane and them at that moment. They did put The Shield in a tag team match against The Real Americans, though.
Jack Swagger and Rollins ended up in the ring by themselves after Cesaro tossed Ambrose to the floor and Rollins closelined Cesaro to the outside. Swagger put Rollins in a Patriot Lock, but Rollins got to the ropes and flipped out of the hold to hit an enziguri kick on Swagger. He hit the ropes and nailed Swagger with the head stomp, which allowed him to cover up for the pinfall.
Cesaro attacked Rollins from behind and tossed him to the floor after the bell, but Reigns drilled him with the Superman Punch. The Shield then proceeded to get revenge on one of the teams that attacked it on Smackdown, as Reigns ran around the outside to hit Cesaro with a spear on the floor. The announce table was then stripped to allow The Shield to put Cesaro through it with a triple powerbomb.
As The Shield celebrated in the ring, Kane and the Outlaws came out to the ramp to announce a six-man tag team match between them at WrestleMania.
That’s basically what The Shield wants, so the group will be more than ready to face Kane and the Outlaws at WrestleMania. And with the cohesiveness that Reigns, Rollins and Ambrose have shown lately, it should be no problem for them to bring on the same intensity that has made them so successful.