THE WWE RAW WRESTLERS OF THE WEEK ARE …

Posted December 23rd, 2014 by 1Wrestling News Team

WWE Monday Night RAW Wrestlers of the Week 12.22.14
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 22, 2014

3. Natalya — for continuing to string together some strong performances with a win over Brie Bella:

Natalya is clearly positioning herself to be the next in line for a crack at the Divas Championship. She already has a tag team win over the Bella Twins, and she managed to build on that with a singles victory over one of them.

On RAW this week, she went one-on-one with Brie Bella, who would try to take Natalya out of the picture so that she can’t even make it to a championship match with her sister. Bella proved to be a viable opponent to Natalya, but Natalya managed to work past it to come out with the victory.

Bella had Natalya locked into a submission hold, but Natalya rallied up and elbowed out. She punched Bella furiously into the corner and lifted her up. Bella countered with a rollup that Natalya also countered into a Sharpshooter try. Bella got her down for a small package before Natalya could completely lock in the hold, but Natalya reversed the cover and got the three count.

Natalya was very excited, even to the point of looking a bit shocked. She still had the wherewithal to knock Nikki Bella off the apron almost the instant she hopped onto it. As Nikki Bella held her knee, Natalya held the Divas Championship in the ring as a sign what might come when the two inevitably lock up with the title on the line.

2. Roman Reigns — for knocking the Big Show down with a Superman Punch that enabled him to score a countout victory:

Roman Reigns is back, and his sights are set on coming out of the Royal Rumble Match as the man with a WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match at WrestleMania. He did manage to anger a giant in his return, though, and he had to deal with the Big Show head-on this week on RAW.

The two faced off in singles action that might have otherwise taken place at a pay-per-view if Reigns didn’t already have plans for the upcoming one. After delivering some holiday pleasantries toward each other prior to the show, they went at it in the ring on Monday night.

The bout didn’t necessarily end in the noblest of ways, but a win is a win for Reigns as he tries to gain some momentum heading into the Royal Rumble.

Reigns tried to close things out in the ring with a Superman Punch, but Show stopped him short and shrugged him off. When Show ran at him, though, Reigns delivered a low dropkick that ended up sending Show rolling to the edge of the apron. Reigns moved outside to deliver a leaping dropkick, and that resulted in the both of them being on the outside.

With Big Show reeling near the announce table, Reigns got locked and loaded before running over for a Superman Punch that sent Big Show right over the table. Since the referee was making his count inside the ring, Reigns rolled back in and awaited the count of 10 as the winner of the match via countout.

Show was clearly furious, and things may not yet be done between these two. But even in just getting the win by countout, he still sent a strong message that he’s back, ready for the Royal Rumble and pumped for the title opportunity that may lie ahead if he comes out of that 30-man battle royal victorious.

1. Dolph Ziggler — for fending off Luke Harper in an excellent Intercontinental Championship defense:

Ever since being the one to pick up the pinfall for Team Cena at the Survivor Series, Dolph Ziggler has been on a major upward swing. He’s defeated the likes of Seth Rollins and managed to win back his Intercontinental Championship from Luke Harper in an excellent show-opener at Tables, Ladder and Chairs … and Stairs.

Harper had a rematch to cash in, and he elected to on this Monday’s RAW. Ziggler is definitely not a false advertiser, as this match stole the show — just like they did at TLC. And when it was all said and done, Ziggler retained the championship.

It was far from easy for Ziggler, who started the match at a disadvantage after Harper jumped the gun during Lillian Garcia’s announcing and attacked Ziggler. But he stayed with it.

Toward the end, Ziggler barely disrupted a discus closeline attempt by Harper when he delivered a superkick. Harper still swung around after taking the kick and dropped Ziggler with a hard closeline. Ziggler had enough in him to kick out at two and stay in it.

He countered a powerbomb attempt by Harper with a facebuster and quickly followed with a Fameasser. He covered up but could only come up with a two count. Both men fought up and traded shots, and Ziggler ran in for a second Fameasser. Harper pulled him up in powerbomb position to stop it, but Ziggler leapt off and landed on his feet. He drilled Harper with two straight superkicks before hitting a Zig Zag. That kept Harper down for Ziggler to cover up and get the three count to hold onto the Intercontinental Championship.

Ziggler has sights set on making 2015 a big year, and the IC title may well just be a stepping stone to better things — perhaps even a chance at the WWE World Heavyweight Championship somewhere down the line.

—–Original Message—–
From: Neil Borenstein
To: Bill Apter ; Bob Ryder
Cc: Bill Apter ; 1Wrestling.com
Sent: Tue, Dec 23, 2014 6:32 pm
Subject: WWE Monday Night RAW Wrestlers of the Week 12.22.14

Hi Bill and Bob,

Here is the RAW column for Dec. 22.

Thank you,

~ Neil
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WWE Monday Night RAW Wrestlers of the Week 12.22.14
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 22, 2014

3. Natalya — for continuing to string together some strong performances with a win over Brie Bella:

Natalya is clearly positioning herself to be the next in line for a crack at the Divas Championship. She already has a tag team win over the Bella Twins, and she managed to build on that with a singles victory over one of them.

On RAW this week, she went one-on-one with Brie Bella, who would try to take Natalya out of the picture so that she can’t even make it to a championship match with her sister. Bella proved to be a viable opponent to Natalya, but Natalya managed to work past it to come out with the victory.

Bella had Natalya locked into a submission hold, but Natalya rallied up and elbowed out. She punched Bella furiously into the corner and lifted her up. Bella countered with a rollup that Natalya also countered into a Sharpshooter try. Bella got her down for a small package before Natalya could completely lock in the hold, but Natalya reversed the cover and got the three count.

Natalya was very excited, even to the point of looking a bit shocked. She still had the wherewithal to knock Nikki Bella off the apron almost the instant she hopped onto it. As Nikki Bella held her knee, Natalya held the Divas Championship in the ring as a sign what might come when the two inevitably lock up with the title on the line.

2. Roman Reigns — for knocking the Big Show down with a Superman Punch that enabled him to score a countout victory:

Roman Reigns is back, and his sights are set on coming out of the Royal Rumble Match as the man with a WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match at WrestleMania. He did manage to anger a giant in his return, though, and he had to deal with the Big Show head-on this week on RAW.

The two faced off in singles action that might have otherwise taken place at a pay-per-view if Reigns didn’t already have plans for the upcoming one. After delivering some holiday pleasantries toward each other prior to the show, they went at it in the ring on Monday night.

The bout didn’t necessarily end in the noblest of ways, but a win is a win for Reigns as he tries to gain some momentum heading into the Royal Rumble.

Reigns tried to close things out in the ring with a Superman Punch, but Show stopped him short and shrugged him off. When Show ran at him, though, Reigns delivered a low dropkick that ended up sending Show rolling to the edge of the apron. Reigns moved outside to deliver a leaping dropkick, and that resulted in the both of them being on the outside.

With Big Show reeling near the announce table, Reigns got locked and loaded before running over for a Superman Punch that sent Big Show right over the table. Since the referee was making his count inside the ring, Reigns rolled back in and awaited the count of 10 as the winner of the match via countout.

Show was clearly furious, and things may not yet be done between these two. But even in just getting the win by countout, he still sent a strong message that he’s back, ready for the Royal Rumble and pumped for the title opportunity that may lie ahead if he comes out of that 30-man battle royal victorious.

1. Dolph Ziggler — for fending off Luke Harper in an excellent Intercontinental Championship defense:

Ever since being the one to pick up the pinfall for Team Cena at the Survivor Series, Dolph Ziggler has been on a major upward swing. He’s defeated the likes of Seth Rollins and managed to win back his Intercontinental Championship from Luke Harper in an excellent show-opener at Tables, Ladder and Chairs … and Stairs.

Harper had a rematch to cash in, and he elected to on this Monday’s RAW. Ziggler is definitely not a false advertiser, as this match stole the show — just like they did at TLC. And when it was all said and done, Ziggler retained the championship.

It was far from easy for Ziggler, who started the match at a disadvantage after Harper jumped the gun during Lillian Garcia’s announcing and attacked Ziggler. But he stayed with it.

Toward the end, Ziggler barely disrupted a discus closeline attempt by Harper when he delivered a superkick. Harper still swung around after taking the kick and dropped Ziggler with a hard closeline. Ziggler had enough in him to kick out at two and stay in it.

He countered a powerbomb attempt by Harper with a facebuster and quickly followed with a Fameasser. He covered up but could only come up with a two count. Both men fought up and traded shots, and Ziggler ran in for a second Fameasser. Harper pulled him up in powerbomb position to stop it, but Ziggler leapt off and landed on his feet. He drilled Harper with two straight superkicks before hitting a Zig Zag. That kept Harper down for Ziggler to cover up and get the three count to hold onto the Intercontinental Championship.

Ziggler has sights set on making 2015 a big year, and the IC title may well just be a stepping stone to better things — perhaps even a chance at the WWE World Heavyweight Championship somewhere down the line.

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