Posted January 15th, 2015 by 1Wrestling News Team

WWE Monday Night RAW Wrestlers of the Week 1.12.15
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 January 12, 2015
3. The New Day — for scoring a win over Tyson Kidd and Cesaro, even with a distraction by Adam Rose:
The new duo of Tyson Kidd and Cesaro made a bit of a rumble last week when they came out of nowhere as surprise, dressed-up members of Adam Rose’s entourage and attacked Big E. It wasn’t clear what their motives were exactly, but it was certain that this new tag team would see more of The New Day going forward.
Kidd and Cesaro squared off against Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston on this week’s RAW, and they managed to pick up a victory, while Big E also made his presence felt when Rose tried to get involved.
When Woods got a tag late in the match, he came in on fire and was able to put down Kidd and get Cesaro sent to the outside. When he pulled Kidd off the mat, Rose hopped onto the apron to serve as a distraction. Rose jumped down when he saw Woods run at him, and the diversion allowed Kidd to sneak up on Woods for a rollup. While Big E dropped Rose with a huge closeline on the outside, Woods reversed the rollup inside the ring for a two count.
Woods immediately made a tag into Kingston, who headed up top as Woods set Kidd up across his knee. Kingston leapt off with the double foot stomp and covered up to collect the pinfall.
New Day could have easily lost some momentum considering the backhanded methods Rose, Kidd and Cesaro have shown they’re willing to deploy lately. But Woods, Kingston and Big E stayed focused and came away with a big statement victory against a trio of Superstars that wronged them.
2. Rusev — for talking trash about the fired Ryback before getting a win over and dishing out some punishment to Dean Ambrose:
Rusev and Ryback seemed to have a pretty decent rivalry brewing, but all that went awry when The Big Guy was handed his pink slip at the end of RAW last week.
Rusev and Lana boasted just a smidge about that on this week’s show, and they even went to so far as to call Ryback lucky for losing his job and failing to get it back when John Cena couldn’t defeat Seth Rollins earlier in the show. Rusev even claimed he would have tossed Ryback and 28 others over the top rope at the Royal Rumble.
Ryback might not have been around to fight Rusev, but Dean Ambrose was looking for a match after having just outsmarted a doctor during an Authority-mandated psych evaluation. Ambrose is still pretty crazy, though, and perhaps he should have gone at Rusev when he was a little more prepared.
Rusev worked over Ambrose’s knee to the point that is caused major concern throughout the match. Ambrose gutted it out, but it was clear it wasn’t in his best interest to continue. And the referee made that determination after Rusev finished pounding away on Ambrose while he was hanging in a Tree of Woe.
Ambrose wasn’t happy about that call and made that clear to the referee after the bell. Unfortunately, he was going to be less happy about the superkick Rusev caught him with that only added insult to injury.
Getting a win over Ambrose, especially in that fashion, is a big deal for Rusev, as the United States Champion continues to show his dominance no matter who comes out to challenge him.
1. Seth Rollins — for beating John Cena to prevent the re-hiring of the previously fired trio and then ending the night on top after dishing out two Curb Stomps to his Royal Rumble opponents:
Because of Seth Rollins’ ability to get John Cena to bring The Authority back into power, he was awarded with a spot in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match at the Royal Rumble. Now a Triple Threat Match that already involved Cena and the titleholder, Brock Lesnar, it would be interesting to see just how welcome this move was by Lesnar.
First, the RAW started this week with an exchange between Cena and The Authority over the firings of Dolph Ziggler, Erick Rowan and Ryback last week. Triple H granted Cena the ability to win all three of their jobs back — all he had to do was defeat Rollins in an impromptu match.
There were shenanigans, of course, as this match would be a Lumberjack bout, and all the lumberjacks would be those on the side of The Authority. It certainly wasn’t a fair fight, but Rollins came up with the pinfall when he covered up Cena after he had just eaten a KO Punch from Big Show.
Beating Cena and forcing the three recently unemployed Superstars to remain at home would have been enough to make Monday night a good one for Rollins. But he ended the show in perhaps an even better state of mind.
There was a contract signing involving Lesnar, Cena and Rollins for their title match at the Royal Rumble. There were some shots taken all the way around, but none more intriguing than the ones between Rollins and Lesnar/Paul Heyman. These things always break into fisticuffs, and it seemed Cena might have the last laugh when he managed to put Lesnar through a table with an Attitude Adjustment. Instead, it was Rollins who followed up with Curb Stomps to both Cena and Lesnar to remain the last man standing as RAW came to a close.
Rollins was the last addition to this match, but he is the one with the most momentum right now. And it must also be remembers, as he was smart enough to point out during the contract signing, that Rollins always has the Money in the Bank contract that he can cash in even is he is unable to get the victory during the Triple Threat Match itself. The odds may very well be shifting in Rollins’ favor to come way from the Royal Rumble as champion.

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