WWE: What You Missed Since Last Week's Raw; Foley Named GM, Ziggler vs. Bryan

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WWE: What You Missed Since Last Week's Raw; Foley Named GM, Ziggler vs. Bryan
Both halves of the former Kings of Wrestling, Antonio Cesaro and Kassius Ohno, compete on NXT this week. (Image retrieved from ROHWrestling.com)

Matt Striker summed it up during the opening minutes of this week's Superstars: "With WrestleMania right around the corner, every victory, every match is that much more important."

To whatever degree you believe that statement to be true, it doesn't just apply to the top-tier talent. It applies to everyone who hopes to be involved in WrestleMania 29 in any capacity at all. It's not uncommon for there to be a dark match battle royal or lumberjack match, often the only appearance some of the lower-rung performers get at the biggest show of the year.

As everyone looks towards East Rutherford and the first weekend of April, guys like the Colons and Justin Gabriel are hoping to get at least some table scraps. Maybe Fandango will finally make a debut, working over a jobber as a fluff match between main events. What better use for someone like Yoshi Tatsu or JTG?

To take a look at what some of the less-favored talent are doing when not laying down for someone on Raw or SmackDown, 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 what's been happening on WWE's C-, D-, E- and F-shows. After we review everything that happened on these programs, 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, Kassius Ohno had a decisive victory over Derrick Bateman and continued his feud with William Regal post-match. Summer Rae continues her push to the top with a victory over Emma and the furthering of her program with the returning Paige.

The Wyatt Family continued to permeate the NXT programming, as we reviewed their attack on Oliver Grey from last week's show before Adrian Neville issued an open challenge to any member of the Family for next week's episode. Bo Dallas got a victory over Bray Wyatt but suffered a beat-down from all three Wyatt Family members post-match.

Alberto Del Rio made an appearance, which ended up leading to a match between Antonio Cesaro and Big E. Langston for the main event. The match ended with a no-contest when Cory Graves attacked Langston, joined by Conor O'Brian after the match had been thrown out.

On Main Event, Alberto Del Rio lost to The Big Show by countout when Jack Swagger attacked the World Heavyweight Champion's knee and left him unable to beat the ten-count. This was followed by The Usos defeating Drew McIntyre and Heath Slater of 3MB in tag team action.

After a few Raw Rebounds, Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett got a much-deserved, quick victory over Justin Gabriel. 

Per usual, this week's Superstars featured two original matches and three Raw Rebounds. R-Truth defeated Michael McGillicutty and Zack Ryder defeated JTG.

This week's Saturday Morning Slam was about as good as you could ask for a 30-minute program airing on Saturday mornings. They announced Mick Foley as General Manager, meaning he'll be an integral part of the show every week.

Daniel Bryan defeated Dolph Ziggler in a match that was incredible, albeit far too short. The show closed with a very respectable match in which Brodus Clay and Tensai defeated the Colon cousins, Epico and Primo.

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

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