This was a week for the heels to shine. Well, mostly. Although John Cena continues to build momentum for an eventual encounter with CM Punk, Jerry Lawler’s beating at the hands of the WWE champion and Kane and Daniel Bryan’s appearances in anger management made the show particularly fun for the bad guys.
5: Jack Swagger: Yeah, he lost to Ryback, again, but sometimes you have to hit the bottom of the barrel before you can rise up again. Swagger has all the tools. He just needs a decent angle, a cooler persona and a finisher that doesn’t remind the WWE faithful of Kurt Angle. This may be the last week of the All-American-American and the beginning of a brave new chapter in his career.
4: John Cena: The only face that fared well this week aside from Layla. His win over The Miz didn’t mean as much as his participation in the last segment of the show. He and Punk will have a fantastic match if things continue this way.
3: Daniel Bryan: The best worker in the WWE continues to gain charisma points with a great part in the anger management segment. Although he lost his match on the program, only marks think wins and loses actually mean anything. The fans love him; he makes everyone he works with look fantastic. The average fan may think he’s in a down slope after losing the World Title, but his stock in the company continues to rise.
2: CM Punk: The WWE champion continues to demand respect and in spite of a few big-time beat downs he’s delivered over the past few weeks, it hasn’t changed Cena’s mind. Although Cena continues to play the Boy Scout, Punk is quickly becoming a dangerous force.
1: Kane: His character needed this. After his unsuccessful return and angles with Cena, Zack Ryder and Randy Orton, Kane showed the WWE Universe that he could be just as funny as he is deadly. It’s in this character’s interest and that of the company to have these anger management sessions continue.