WWE Monday Night RAW Wrestlers of the Week 6.9.14
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 June 9, 2014
3. Sheamus — for defeating Intercontinental Champion Bad News Barrett for a spot in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Money in the Bank Ladder Match:
With the reality that Daniel Bryan will not be medically cleared to compete at the Money In The Bank pay-per-view on June 29, The Authority got their wish of stripping him of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Instead of Bryan defending the title against Kane, the belts will now hang above the ring as the prize in the Ladder Match at Money In The Bank.
Alberto Del Rio already earned his place in the match with a victory over Dolph Ziggler, and Triple H automatically placed Evolution cohort Randy Orton into the bout. Two more entrants were determined on RAW this week, with the first coming in the form of the winner in a match between two champions — United States Champion Sheamus and Intercontinental Champion Bad News Barrett.
These two heavyweights went at it hard in the evening’s opening match, and either would have been a deserving winner. Barrett gained significant control late when he headbutted Sheamus while he was on the apron and proceeded to kick The Celtic Warrior in the face. Barrett then sent Sheamus shoulder-first into the steel post before pulling him back into the ring and dishing out some boots in the corner. Barrett was so relentless that the referee had to back him off, which gave Sheamus just enough breathing room to get up and deliver a Brogue Kick when Barrett turned around. Sheamus covered and got the three count.
That was a major challenge for Sheamus, but he got through it for the win and will now be one of the men vying for the vacant WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Money In The Bank.
2. Cesaro — for qualifying for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Ladder Match at Money in the Bank with a win over Rob Van Dam:
Much just Sheamus and Bad News Barrett went to war for a spot in the Money in the Bank Ladder Match, Cesaro and Rob Van Dam, who respectively challenged for the United States and Intercontinental championships at Payback, squared off for one of the slots in that bout.
Cesaro and RVD traded some near falls late, including a two count for Van Dam that resulted from a Rolling Thunder. RVD followed up by launching himself into Cesaro in the corner, and then he got an elbow into the face of Cesaro when an Irish whip to the opposite corner was reversed. Van Dam hopped onto the middle turnbuckle, but Cesaro pulled him down and seated him in the corner. Cesaro then grabbed RVD’s leg and dropped down to the floor in an attempt to slow Van Dam down.
There really wasn’t much movement from RVD after that anyway. Cesaro re-entered the ring and pulled him off the mat, lifting him up for a Neutralizer that scored Cesaro the pinfall.
Paul Heyman was quick to get in the ring and celebrate the win with his client, which will surely pale in comparison to the parade Heyman will likely throw for Cesaro if he manages to become the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion at Money In The Bank.
1. Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and John Cena — for combining to defeat The Wyatt Family in a six-man tag team main event:
Seth Rollins’ turn at the end of RAW last week on his Shield partners, Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose, was about as shocking as it comes in professional wrestling these days. Nobody expected him to destroy his “brothers” so violently just one night after scoring a clean sweep alongside them against Evolution at Payback. But there he was at the end of RAW, standing side-by-side with Triple H and Randy Orton.
Such treason wasn’t going to be met with light consequences, and Reigns and Ambrose have vowed to get back at Rollins for what he did. And they showed just the kind of damage they can do by attacking 3MB — 3-on-2, no less — before declaring their intentions to destroy Rollins. They did, however, have a little six-man tag team main event to worry about later in the night against The Wyatt Family with no third man to go into the fight with.
That part changed when The Shield came down to confront Rollins when he offered his explanation, which resulted in The Wyatts coming out to get in an early attack. Eventually, John Cena made his way out to help out Reigns and Ambrose, signifying that he would join them in the main event to take on Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan. That partnership was a strong one, and they worked well together in victory.
Reigns almost had the match put away with a pin on Harper, but Rowan came in for the save and then beat down a bit on Reigns. Cena headed up top and leapt off with a crossbody, but Rowan was able to avoid an Attitude Adjustment and push Cena into a Sister Abigail from Wyatt instead.
Reigns collected himself in the meantime, and he dropped Wyatt with a Superman Punch in the middle of the ring. Rowan went at Reigns, but Reigns managed to get him to the floor, where Ambrose followed into him with a suicide dive. With Reigns a little distracted, Harper drilled him with a kick to the head that got him a two count. When he tried to follow up on the attack, though, Harper was taken down in the middle of the ring with a spear from Reigns, who covered up for the three count to deliver his team the win.
That was a nice team effort from Reigns, Ambrose and Cena, who caused some concern for Triple H and Rollins as they watched on a monitor in the back. Cena’s clearly not yet done with issues he’s had with The Wyatt Family, while Reigns and Ambrose more than proved their determination to make things right in dealing with Rollins.