WWE Monday Night RAW Wrestlers of the Week 5.5.14
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 May 5, 2014
3. Sheamus — for outlasting 19 other Superstars in a battle royal to become the new United States Champion:
Now that The Shield is no longer in the good graces of Triple H, they are going to have everything Evolution and The Authority can possibly muster up thrown at them. That includes figuring out ways to remove the United States Championship from Dean Ambrose, who at a time was barely ever forced to defend the title.
Still recovering from a loss to The Shield at Extreme Rules, Triple H announced that Ambrose would put the U.S. Title on the line this week on RAW against 19 other Superstars in a show-opening, over-the-top rope battle royal. The odds were certainly against the champion in that regard.
Ambrose was one of the final two men standing, avoiding elimination at the hands of Ryback, Curtis Axel and Jack Swagger. After tossing Swagger over the top rope, though, he turned around into a Brogue Kick from Sheamus. With his partners, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins, looking on with concern, Ambrose was knocked out cold. Sheamus simply picked him up off the mat and threw him outside, becoming the new United States Champion in the process.
In an interview with Rene Young backstage, Sheamus acknowledged that he had just been spinning his wheels to that point, but this championship win gets him back on track. Regarding Ambrose, Sheamus said there were no hard feelings.
Sheamus will probably find himself in the ring with Ambrose at some point, so he can tell him that face-to-face. For now, though, The Celtic Warrior is moving in a positive direction and could very well be a dominant champion.
2. Daniel Bryan — for winning his match against Alberto Del Rio and avoiding impending doom from Kane:
Just because he’s the WWE World Heavyweight Champion now, that doesn’t mean Daniel Bryan is going to have an easy go of things. While Triple H is occupied with handling The Shield alongside Randy Orton and Batista, Stephanie McMahon has taken over in working over Bryan. She “unleashed” the demon Kane, who has taken off the suit and gone back to being The Big Red Machine.
Bryan was successful in overcoming previous attacks from Kane when he defended his championship against him at Extreme Rules. He put Kane through a flaming table and then hit the running knee to pick up the pinfall. It was clear, though, that Kane wasn’t quite finished with Bryan, and the champion would still have to be on the lookout.
With Brie Bella firmly by his side now, Bryan must also worry about protecting his wife. The two hid out in a room backstage, mostly on the “advice” from McMahon, who pretended to be looking out for their best interests in informing them that she can’t control Kane. The two got spooked at one point and left the office, running into McMahon in the hall soon thereafter. McMahon offered to have their car pulled up so they could leave, but they weren’t exactly allowed to leave when McMahon knocked on the window and told Bryan he could only head out after his scheduled match.
Since he’d have to forfeit the championship otherwise, Bryan got out of the car with Bella and headed to the ring for a match against Alberto Del Rio. This was a non-title bout, but Bryan still had plenty in the back of his head with his wife at ringside and Kane lurking somewhere in the arena.
Bryan got through a tough match with Del Rio on the winning end. Del Rio managed to hit a kick on Bryan when he was on the top turnbuckle, sending him crashing down to the mat for a two count. A frustrated Del Rio then called for the cross arm breaker, but Bryan countered out before Del Rio even floated over. The champion transitioned from a hurricurana into a Yes Lock, forcing Del Rio to tap out.
Bryan celebrated with Bella inside the ring after his victory, but the festivities were cut short when fire rose from the turnbuckles and Kane’s music hit. Bryan and Bella ran out of the ring and toward their car, which wouldn’t start. Bryan went to check under the hood, but he found Kane in the backseat of the car behind his wife when he closed the hood. She screamed as Kane went to grab her, and Bryan went around to get Kane out of the car. They fought for a bit, and Kane wound up on top of the car. Bryan got in the car and drove away, dumping Kane off the moving vehicle. Instead of driving away, Bryan stopped the car and stepped out to look at his victim. When Kane sat up, though, Bryan went back into the car and drove away. Kane stood back with a smile.
Bryan isn’t out of the woods, and Kane is going to be a thorn in his side every week until he finally handles the problem permanently — whatever that takes. But he escaped the two-day span between Extreme Rules and RAW still WWE World Heavyweight Champion, and with his and his wife’s health still intact.
1. The Wyatt Family—for continuing to wreak their havoc over John Cena and taking a main event victory over The Shield:
Bray Wyatt has taken things to a whole new level with John Cena. In his effort to expose the monster in Cena, Wyatt has introduced a key demographic of the Cenation — children — into their rivalry. One week ago on RAW, a choir serenaded Cena with Wyatt’s favorite ditty. And at Extreme Rules, a child sang the same song to stop Cena short of exiting the Steel Cage. Wyatt capitalized by delivering the Sister Abigail before exiting the cage himself.
Wyatt was beaming when he addressed Cena and the crowd inside the ring on RAW. He mentioned his sister, Abigail, telling him he would change the world, and that he became somebody at Extreme Rules. He told Cena that he can’t fool children. And he also told Cena that he was right when he said Wyatt only wanted to see the world burn, only that he wanted the world to be reborn in his image. He told the people that Cena was wrong when he said Wyatt only did this for himself. He does this for the people, and now Cena stands alone. People can stand with Wyatt now, and remember him what he truly is — a god.
Wyatt closed out this speech by singing his tune, and then The Wyatt Family moved on to prepare for a six-man tag team main event against The Shield set up by Triple H earlier on RAW after Dean Ambrose lost the United States Championship.
Any match involving those two groups is bound to be good, and they didn’t disappoint for the most part. Naturally, Evolution was going to intervene, though. Despite The Shield’s best effort to fend them off and keep in control of the match, Wyatt was able to take Roman Reigns down after Reigns dropped Triple H with a Superman Punch. The Sister Abigail followed, and Wyatt covered up to get the three count for his team.
Wyatt didn’t quite complete what he set out to accomplish against Cena at WrestleMania, but he has clearly gotten the better of him since. Wyatt is in Cena’s head, and his message is being received by the crowd as we