To highlight the struggle some of the WWE Superstars face to earn a spot at WrestleMania, look no further than Matt Striker's first comments on this week's WWE Superstars.
"Well, we can talk about Zack Ryder later. The important thing is that WrestleMania is going to be a night to remember," Striker said as Ryder was in the ring, ready to face off against United States Champion Antonio Cesaro.
If The Rock had been in the ring, would Striker want to wait until later to talk about him? Are the commentators ever talking about anything other than CM Punk when he makes an appearance?
If a wrestler can't even hold a commentator's attention at the very beginning of a match, what chance does he have of grabbing WWE Creative's attention as it puts the final touches on the WrestleMania 29 booking?
I'm always interested in what's going on with those Superstars who are still struggling to make names for themselves, and I'm especially interested to see what they do to try to make it to the biggest show of the year.
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. 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.
On NXT, Leo Krueger got a submission victory over Justin Gabriel in what appears to be a program that will continue for at least a little while. William Regal and Kassius Ohno continued their unique feud, as Regal tried to apologize for punching Ohno last week, only to be verbally berated by Ohno to the point that he punched him again. Audrey Marie gave a quick interview to continue her feud with Sasha Banks.
Paige was in action this week, defeating Bayley before scaring Summer Rae away from the ring post-match. In the main event, Adrian Neville lost by pinfall to Luke Harper. Before the show ended, all members of the Wyatt Family were in the ring with Neville, Oliver Grey and Bo Dallas, setting the scene for a six-man feud.
On Main Event, Wade Barrett got a non-title victory over R-Truth. Post-match, he confronted The Miz, all but ensuring a match at WrestleMania. Sheamus gave a brief interview about not trusting The Big Show.
It looks as though a program may develop between Natalya and Alicia Fox, as Natalya and Layla defeated Alicia Fox and Aksana. In the final match, The Usos got a victory over The Prime Time Players.
Per usual, this week's Superstars featured two original matches and three Raw Rebounds. Antonio Cesaro got a win over Zack Ryder, and Brodus Clay and Tensai defeated Michael McGillicutty and JTG.
Finally, on Saturday Morning Slam, The Great Khali defeated Primo and Epico in a handicap match. After being featured as this week's "Saturday Morning Spotlight," The Miz got a victory over Damien Sandow.
Now, if you care to read more about any of these happenings, please enjoy the slideshow.