The most entertaining RAW on the road to Wrestlemania, there was plenty of action and storyline development this week. Between the return of Triple H and an amazing main event, the card for this year’s Wrestlemania is quickly shaping up.
Check out our weekly power rankings and find out who’s peaking at just the right time. With the company’s biggest pay per view a month away, these guys could steal the show.
5: Ryback: Although he botched a few power moves, Ryback’s performance this week was one of his best. In addition to selling more than he has before, Ryback was able to overcome the onslaught of Big E. Langston and the trickery of AJ Lee. As far as cementing his status as an elite face, this match will play a part in that process. He still has a ton of work ahead of him, but this week, Ryback did as much as he possibly could.
4: Randy Orton: A big win over United States Champion Antonio Cesaro and his hit-and-run RKO on Seth Rollins keeps Orton relevant, for now. The finish to Orton’s match was solid, as The Viper caught Cesaro in mid-air with the RKO. But with no match or definitive angle in the works for Wrestlemania, Orton may be the odd-man out on the card come April. Unless something shapes up between Orton and The Shield, who does Orton face at Wrestlemania?
3: Mark Henry: “The World’s Strongest Man” easily destroyed The Great Khali again on RAW this week. It’s time Henry gets some real competition. One of the best big men in the company and one of the nastiest heels, Henry is being underserved. Much like Orton, Henry needs a match for the company’s biggest pay per view.
2: Jack Swagger: After he took The Miz out after his MizTV segment, Swagger beat The Miz in the ring with his patented Patriot Lock later in the show. Regardless of his recent troubles with the law, his association with “Dirty” Dutch Mantell has gotten mainstream attention. As a result, Swagger has more momentum than ever.
1: John Cena/CM Punk: The best match on RAW in years. Cena and Punk proved that they are still the future of the company. They, not The Rock, hold the hearts of the WWE Universe. Combining a break-neck pace and utilizing maneuvers they don’t often use, Cena and Punk were amazing. Cena gets bonus points for the sit-out Powerbomb and Hurricanrana, while Punk’s speed, technical skill and relentlessness was the straw the stirred the match’s drink.
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