WWE Monday Night RAW Wrestlers of the Week 4.7.14
By Neil Borenstein
Each week here at 1wrestling.com, I will select three of the top wrestlers from Monday Night RAW and present them to you in inverse order as the show’s Wrestlers of the Week.
Monday Night RAW Wrestlers of the Week for April 7, 2014
3. Bad News Barrett — for actually getting in the ring and successfully delivering some bad news to Rey Mysterio:
Wade Barrett has spent much of his time in recent months atop a pedestal delivering bad news to the masses, forgoing any actual in-ring competition in the process. It was just a matter of time, though, before he got back in between the ropes and dished out his negativity physically.
On this week’s RAW, Barrett squared off against Rey Mysterio, who came up short in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania. This would be an opportunity for Barrett to see if he could still get it done in the ring against a competitor the caliber of Mysterio.
Barrett had the WWE Universe firmly behind him in this match, and he thought he’d be well on his way to victory by perching Mysterio on the top rope and going for a superplex after coming up with a near fall off a side slam. Mysterio blocked the move, though, and fought Barrett until he fell back down to the mat. Mysterio then flew off the top with a seated senton before coming off the ropes for a tornado DDT. Mysterio covered for a two count and then kicked Barrett into the ropes so he could hit a 6-1-9. After connecting, Mysterio went up top to go for a splash, but Barrett shot up to crotch Mysterio on the top turnbuckle. Barrett then loaded up the arm and delivered a Bull Hammer, knocking Mysterio back down to the mat so he could cover up for the three count.
Barrett doesn’t appear to have missed a step, and he’s just as devastating delivering bad news inside the ring as he is on the microphone standing on his platform.
2. Paige — for knocking off AJ Lee to become the new Divas Champion in her RAW debut:
AJ Lee went into the Vickie Guerrero Divas Championship Invitational at WrestleMania with the deck stacked against her. She was forced to put her title on the line against 13 other Divas, with the only requirement being one fall to the finish. Lee beat the odds and was the one to capture that fall, allowing her to extend her reign as Divas Champion to a whopping 295 days heading into RAW the following evening.
As gracious as ever, Lee took some time on Monday night to boast about her victory and once again claim herself as the savior of the Divas division. The NXT Women’s Champion, Paige, decided to make her first appearance on RAW during Lee’s speech, and Lee wasn’t too happy about that. Lee was confrontational with Paige, who simply wanted to come down and congratulate the Divas Champion on her success. Lee didn’t really need Paige’s compliment and challenged her to a match. Paige rejected the idea by saying she wasn’t ready, but Lee slapped her across the face and called for a referee to get the championship match going anyway.
That ended up being a big mistake on the part of Lee. She did take control right off the opening bell with an attack and some clubbing shots to Paige’s back. She then delivered a back elbow and connected on a kick to Paige’s midsection. Lee shot off the ropes and spun around into a Black Widow, but she couldn’t get the submission completely locked in. Paige managed to fight out of the hold and delivered a Paige Turner to Lee. She quickly covered up and scored the upset via pinfall to become the new Divas Champion.
That’s a hell of a way to make her debut on the big stage. The current NXT Women’s Champion is now also the Divas Titleholder, leading to a very interesting set of circumstances as it relates to her role both on NXT and at the WWE level.
1. The Wyatt Family—for recovering from Bray Wyatt’s loss to John Cena at WrestleMania with a big six-man tag team victory against Cena, Sheamus and Big E:
Bray Wyatt set out to expose John Cena and destroy his legacy at WrestleMania 30, but he failed to do so despite putting up a valiant effort when an Attitude Adjustment put him down for the three count. Regardless of that loss, Wyatt is certainly not going to step away from his cause. He went right back at it alongside his family members, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan, to compete in six-man tag team action against Cena, Sheamus and Big E on RAW.
Even though a couple of fan favorites partnered up with Cena in this bout, the WWE Universe quite obviously supported The Wyatt Family. It’s tough to say whether that played a role in the Wyatts ultimately coming out with the victory, as approval from the crowd never seemed to be all that big of a deal to them. But it was certainly fun to watch the crowd be so behind them.
The victory for the Wyatts came when Wyatt and Big E were the only men left standing in the ring from their respective teams. It got that way when Rowan bowled over Cena to send him to the outside, and Harper followed with a suicide dive onto Sheamus on the floor.
Inside the ring, Wyatt did his backward crawl out of the corner toward Big E, waiting for him to get up off the mat. Once he got to his feet, Wyatt shot up and grabbed a hold of the Intercontinental Champion, planting a kiss on his forehead and putting him down with a Sister Abigail. The cover followed and Wyatt scored the pinfall for his team.
Cena looked pretty stunned while seated on the ramp after the match, proving that he didn’t do much damage to the Wyatts with his victory a night earlier. Wyatt and his crew got right back on the horse and picked up an impressive victory against a 14-time heavyweight champion, a three-time heavyweight champion and the cu