WWE: What You Missed Since Last Week's Raw; Biggest Winner & Loser

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WWE: What You Missed Since Last Week's Raw; Biggest Winner & Loser
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Another week of television, another week in which you probably neglected WWE's four lower-rung shows.

Maybe you think the programming isn't that great. Maybe you can't find the time to cram in another three-and-a-half hours of sports entertainment. Maybe the five hours you spend watching Raw and SmackDown is all you can handle for one week.

Well, it's your lucky day: Whatever your excuse is, I'm here to make sure you're all caught up before another episode of Raw.

What is WWE putting out on these shows? Which contracted grapplers are they building up when you're not looking? Who gets buried on shows that no one seems to be watching?

To answer those questions, we can take a look at my weekly review of WWE's four "other" shows: NXT, Main Event, Superstars and Saturday Morning Slam. After we review everything that happened on these shows, we'll decide who benefited the most last week and who needs to be sending feelers to TNA and ROH.

My "highlights" version of all four shows is below.

If it piques your interest enough to read on, this slideshow breaks down the shows individually, segment by segment, complete with my Questions, Predictions and/or Honorable Mentions.

If you disagree with my selections for who benefited/suffered the most, there's a comment section below.

 

Highlights

On NXT, The Wyatt Family (Luke Harper and Erick Rowan) defeated the team of Yoshi Tatsu and Percy Watson, as Harper pinned Tatsu. The blonde Australian Emma came up short against NXT's top female, Paige.

Primo and Epico got a victory over Bo Dallas and Michael McGillicutty, in response to Dallas defeating Epico last week. Finally, in the main event, Big E. Langston defeated Seth Rollins for the NXT Championship. 

On Main Event, Dolph Ziggler and Sheamus squared off.  They managed to make their match feel especially significant with a good video package and some well-placed promos. In the end, the Celtic Warrior defeated Mr. Money In The Bank, but merely by count-out. They also teased a Sheamus/Langston brawl; perhaps they're planting seeds for a future feud.

The only other match on the card saw Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett defeat Zack Ryder in a non-title singles match. They also announced Antonio Cesaro vs. Randy Orton for next week's show.

This week's Superstars started off with The Miz defeating Tensai in a forgettable but not unbearable singles bout. The new tag team of Brodus Clay and Zack Ryder defeated the Prime Time Players.

Of course, there were plenty of Raw replays that actually took up more of the program than the original matches.

On Saturday Morning Slam, almost the entire show was dedicated to the confrontation between Randy Orton and Damien Sandow. It was a really, really solid match that should have been on Raw or SmackDown, in terms of both quality and longevity. Orton got the win.

Orton's newest rival, Sheamus, got the only other segment on the show, as it closed with the Great White being featured in the Superstar Spotlight, also announcing that the former WWE Champion will be on SMS next week to face an opponent to be named later.

Now, if you care to read more about any of these happenings, please enjoy the slideshow.

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