Posted December 11th, 2014 by 1Wrestling News Team

WWE Monday Night RAW Wrestlers of the Week 12.8.14
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.

Monday Night RAW Wrestlers of the Week for December 8, 2014

3. Kofi Kingston — for picking up a win over former tag team champion Stardust to give The New Day a little momentum:

Whether The New Day is a success in rejuvenating the careers of Big E., Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston is a long way from being determined. It’s off to a good start, though, and the trio is securing some wins.

On RAW, Kingston squared off with Stardust in singles action. While the momentum behind Stardust might be falling some, he is still an unpredictable former-tag team champion, and he would present a worthy challenge to Kingston.

Kingston started to gain some steam when he kipped up from the canvas to deliver a headscissors takedown. Stardust charged at him into the corner, but Kingston got the boot up and delivered some double knife edge chops and a dropkick. A leaping closeline followed, and then Kingston delivered the Boom Drop. With encouragement from his New Day brethren, Kingston charged at Stardust in the corner with knees to the midsection. And then he headed up top and leapt off with a high crossbody that connected, enabling Kingston to hook the legs and get the three count.

A New Day celebration ensued after the match, as they certainly gained some momentum from that victory. Again, it’s tough to say at this point just how well this new alliance will work out for the three Superstars making it up. But they’re doing well so far, as seen by Kingston’s victory Monday night.

2. Natalya — for getting a rare win by defeating NXT Women’s Champion Charlotte:

Natalya is one of the most overlooked and underutilized Divas in the WWE, and it’s rare for her to ever get her day in the sun since she seems to be putting over the rest of the locker room instead. Having a troublesome working relationship with her husband, Tyson Kidd, hasn’t helped much recently either.

So, when she was scheduled to face NXT Women’s Champion Charlotte in a match on this week’s RAW, it seemed almost certain that we could mark her down for another loss.

Natalya’s edge in experience may have paid off on this occasion, however. When Charlotte elected to trash talk Natalya after getting her off the mat, Natalya took her down and tried for a Sharpshooter. Charlotte pulled her down, though, and tried to counter with a Figure Four Leg Lock. Natalya grabbed her, though, and pulled her down for a rollup that went for the three count.

During Natalya’s celebration, Kidd tried to be the center of attention, so everything isn’t necessarily good on that front still. But for Natalya, getting a victory over one of the WWE’s top Divas prospects on RAW is a nice change of pace.

1. Ryback and The Usos — for picking up a convincing six-man tag team victory over Kane, The Miz and Damien Mizdow:

Coming out of the big Team Cena vs. Team Authority bout at Survivor Series, Ryback and Kane have developed a rivalry that will culminate at Tables, Ladders, Chairs … and Stairs in a Chairs Match. In another developing story, Jimmy Uso and The Miz are not on friendly terms, as Uso isn’t a fan of Miz’s involvement with his wife, Naomi. The Usos will battle Miz and Damien Mizdow in a WWE Tag Team Championship Match at the pay-per-view on Dec. 14.

These two scenarios intersected on RAW, where Ryback teamed with The Usos to face Kane, Miz and Mizdow in six-man tag team action. There was some momentum for Miz and Mizdow, as the latter won a Slammy Award, which Miz accepted as if it was his victory.

That Slammy win didn’t help either of them much.

Kane disrupted a cover by Ryback on Miz late in the match, and he looked to follow up with a double chokeslam to The Usos. The tag team title contenders got out of the hold, though, and they sent Kane rolling to the outside with a pair of superkicks. We had a case of flying Usos, as Jey leapt to the outside to take out Kane.

That left Jimmy alone in the ring with Miz, who tried to beg him off. Jimmy charged at him, but Miz ducked and pulled the top rope down to send him to the outside. Miz took that moment to look down at his adversary, which wasn’t too bright a waste of time since he turned around into a Meat Hook Closeline from Ryback. The Shell Shocked followed, and Ryback covered up to get the pinfall for his team.

Ryback and The Usos celebrated after the match, with some involvement from guest host Seth Green. The mood will probably be a lot heavier on Sunday, when Ryback will be fighting the always-tough Kane, and the The Usos will be looking for the tag team titles — and for Jimmy to send Miz a lesson for having dealings with his wife.

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