Posted August 13th, 2014 by 1Wrestling News Team


WWE Monday Night RAW Wrestlers of the Week 8.11.14
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 August 11, 2014

3. Seth Rollins — for defeating the man he was originally supposed to face last week, Rob Van Dam:

Seth Rollins thought he would have it easy in last week’s Beat the Clock Challenge when his opponent was changed from Rob Van Dam to the seemingly less impressive Heath Slater. He just didn’t factor in Dean Ambrose being a wild card, which he probably should have considering Ambrose has been waiting for him around every corner. Ambrose’s shenanigans outside the ring eventually led to Rollins actually losing to Slater by pinfall.

In winning the Beat the Clock Challenge, Ambrose was able to name the stipulation for their match at SummerSlam. On Smackdown last Friday night, Ambrose chose a Lumberjack Match.

Rollins received some warmup work for that match on Sunday when he faced Van Dam this week on RAW. It may not have been for the added benefit of picking a stipulation, but the result went the way Rollins wished last week could have gone.

Van Dam only got a two count off a Rolling Thunder, but he maintained control with a kick to the jaw of Rollins. He hit a split-legged moonsault, but once again only got a two count. An Irish whip attempt from RVD was reversed, and after flipping over the back of Rollins, he received a kick to the midsection. Van Dam had an Irish whip reversal of his own that sent Rollins into the corner, but Rollins held onto the ropes to counter a monkey flip from RVD. Van Dam hit the back of his head on the mat when he was shrugged off, and he was slow enough getting up that Rollins hit the ropes and delivered a Curb Stomp to put RVD away via pinfall.

Wary of Ambrose, Rollins was suspicious during his walk to the back of a relatively large gift box on the top of the stage among others placed there for Hulk Hogan’s birthday celebration. He did a brief inspection and made the decision this was all in his head. As he walked away, though, Ambrose burst out of the box and attacked Rollins, going at him all the way back down to the ring until Rollins could escape through the crowd.

Ambrose made this a less-than-perfect night for Rollins. However, the damage was minimal, and Rollins gained quite a bit by rebounding from last week’s loss to Slater.

2. Jack Swagger — for continuing Cesaro’s steady decline while gaining some momentum for SummerSlam:

As Jack Swagger prepares for his Flag Match against Rusev at SummerSlam, he looked to snag another victory over former Real Americans partner Cesaro, who has had a rough go of things as of late. Swagger would look to take advantage of that in hopes of gaining some momentum for Sunday.

Cesaro just managed to avoid being placed in a Patriot Lock by grabbing a hold of the ropes and moving to the apron. Cesaro delivered a boot to Swagger’s face through the ropes, and then he elected to head up top. He was slow getting there, though, and Swagger ran up to meet him. Swagger grabbed a hold of Cesaro’s leg and took him to the mat, fully applying the Patriot Lock once they got there. Cesaro tried to crawl to the ropes, but Swagger pulled him back to the center to force the tapout for another submission win.

Zeb Colter took the mic after the match and address Lana and Rusev regarding the Flag Match at SummerSlam. But in the middle of his “We The People” demonstration, Rusev’s music hit the arena and a Russian flag was revealed above the ring. Lana and Rusev simply appeared on the ramp with Rusev waiving a Russian flag, while Swagger responded in kind by waiving the American flag inside the ring.

The stage was basically set with that, and it should be quite the war on Sunday between Swagger and Rusev.

1. Randy Orton — for intercepting Sheamus off the top rope with an RKO to defeat the Celtic Warrior:

Randy Orton and Roman Reigns will get the chance to square off in singles action this Sunday at SummerSlam. While this is strictly a bout between two rivals on the surface, the winner could very well position himself well for a WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match in the near future. After all, they are both just removed from the title picture.

Both Superstars competed in matches this week on RAW, which were scheduled by the returning director of operations, Kane. First was Reigns, who had to face two men in Ryback and Curtis Axel. When Orton ran into Kane backstage and didn’t have the nicest things to say, he was also given a match later in the show against Sheamus.

Off a near fall, Sheamus looked to close things out with a Brogue Kick, but Orton slid underneath the boot and tried to counter with an RKO. Sheamus pushed him off into the corner, but Orton sent him shoulder-first into the turnbuckle. Orton charged at him in the corner, only to get two boots to the face. Sheamus then lifted himself to the top, but when he jumped off, Orton caught him with an impressive mid-air RKO. The cover followed and the three count was academic from there.

Sheamus is no slouch, and to get the win in the manner Orton did is proof that he’s ready for one of the toughest fights of his career against Reigns at SummerSlam.

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