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Wrestler of the Week, April 28 - May 4

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Welcome to year four of Wrestler of the Week. Much like the previous three years this will continue to be a little way to highlight an individual (or tag team as the case may be) that had a particularly banner week in terms of storyline or on-air achievement. Just like in previous years, in addition to highlighting a Wrestler of Week, two honorable mentions will also be noted. Throughout the year point totals will be tallied. Just like in year three, each week 10 points will go to the actual Wrestler of the Week, 5 points going to the first Honorable Mention and 3 going to the second Honorable Mention. At the end of the year a Wrestler of the Year will be crowned.

Wrestler of the Week

AJ Styles

On Saturday, May 3, “The Phenomenal One” became the first American in nine years to win the very prestigious IWGP Heavyweight Championship. The match took place at Wrestling Dontaku 2014. In the night’s main event Styles defeated reigning and defending Champion Kazuchika Okada to win the Championship, thanks in part to interference from Yujiro Takahashi. Styles’ win makes him only the 26th man to win the IWGP Heavyweight Title and sets off the 60th Championship reign in its lineage. Styles just signed a contract with New Japan Pro Wrestling in late March and this was his first official match with the company.

Honorable Mention

Wade Barrett

Last night at the WWE Extreme Rules pay per view, “Bad News” Barrett defeated reigning Intercontinental Champion Big E to win the Title for a fourth time. Barrett is once again riding a wave of momentum and is hopefully on track to once again reach the heights he hasn’t seen since late 2010.

Bray Wyatt

“The Eater of Worlds” had a banner week on WWE TV. On Monday Night RAW he hosted one of the craziest segments in recent RAW history when he led a chorus of young children in singing “He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands” to a startled crowd and a mid-ring John Cena. Then he led his Wyatt Family followers (Luke Harper and Erick Rowan) into a six-man tag victory on SmackDown over Sheamus and Jimmy & Jey Uso. He ended his banner week by defeating Cena last night at Extreme Rules inside a Steel Cage, once again thanks in part to creepy singing child.

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