WWE Recap: What You Missed Since Last Week's Raw, Biggest Winner and Loser

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WWE Recap: What You Missed Since Last Week's Raw, Biggest Winner and Loser
Both the US and Intercontinental Champions competed on Main Event this week. (Image credit: WWE.com)

Can you feel it in the air? Are you getting a sense of the intangible? Are you generally in a better mood than normal without any real explanation?

It's WrestleMania season, folks. For the true professional wrestling fan, the excitement, anticipation and adrenaline permeate your entire being. From the outermost layer of your epidermis to the blood running through your veins to the very marrow deep within your bones, WrestleMania should be inside you at this time of year.

This isn't just true for the diehard fans like you and me; it's true for the WWE Superstars as well. From living legends like The Rock and The Undertaker to guys like Yoshi Tatsu and Zack Ryder, everyone has their eyes set on WrestleMania 29.

But for those guys who haven't cemented their spot in this year's spectacle, Michael Cole summed it up best on Main Event this week: "As we move closer to WrestleMania each and every week, every one of these matches becomes so important for all of these competitors. Victories may get you into the show, losses may keep you out of WrestleMania."

So, once again, I bring you What You Missed Since Last Week's Raw.

We take a look at NXT, Main Event, Superstars and Saturday Morning Slam to see how the mid- and lower-card performers are doing. After we review everything that happened on these shows, we'll decide who benefited the most last week and who may end up on TNA or ROH before long.

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 of who benefited/suffered the most, there's a comment section below.

 

Highlights

On NXT, Adrian Neville defeated the team of Judas Devlin and Scott Dawson in a handicap match after the NXT Tag Team champion's partner, Oliver Grey, was taken out prior to the match by the Wyatt Family. Leo Krueger got a quick win over Yoshi Tatsu, and the team of the Funkadactyls and Sasha Banks defeated Aksana, Alicia Fox and Audrey Marie in a six-Diva tag team match.

In the main event, Conor O'Brian defeated Bo Dallas and Cory Graves in a No. 1 contender's triple threat match for the NXT Championship. Bo Dallas took the fall after being distracted by Bray Wyatt in what was a rematch from last week when The Shield interfered.

On Main Event, Randy Orton defeated Intercontinental champion Wade Barrett in the marquee matchup of the night. That was followed by Cody Rhodes getting a win over Zack Ryder, partially redeeming himself after a loss to Sheamus last week.

After a few Raw Rebounds, we were also treated to a very solid match when Sin Cara pulled out an upset victory over the United States champion Antonio Cesaro. 

Per usual, this week's Superstars featured two original matches and three Raw Rebounds. Team Rhodes Scholars reunited to defeat The Usos, while Layla managed to get a victory over Tamina Snuka.

Finally, on Saturday Morning Slam, they prolonged the angle of Booker T naming a new general manager for the show by one more week. Natalya defeated AJ Lee in Divas competition and Daniel Bryan defeated Intercontinental champion Wade Barrett in a non-title match.

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

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