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
Following LockDown back in March, TNA Wrestling seemingly hit another reset, introducing new stars, creating new alliances and rivalries and elevating new stars. They shook things up big time on Thursday night on Impact Wrestling when long-time journeyman Eric Young did the unthinkable and won the TNA World Heavyweight Championship from reigning Champion Magnus. He opened the show by winning a ten-man gauntlet match and then made the challenge to Magnus for later that evening. Young got the very surprising victory and made for a feel-good moment. EY has been with Impact Wrestling since 2004, and this another case of TNA Wrestling rewarding their homegrown stars and doing right the fans that have stuck with Young and TNA Wrestling for years now.
The 21-year-old second generation wrestler came out of nowhere last week on WWE Monday Night RAW to defeat long-running WWE Divas Champion AJ Lee and win the Championship. The British-born star answered an open challenge from AJ and caught her with the Paige Turner to end the historic Title reign. Paige has been a favorite of hardcore wrestling fans for some time now and she received a huge ovation from the post-WrestleMania XXX crowd in New Orleans. She also makes history by being the first WWE star to hold both the WWE NXT Women’s Championship and the WWE Divas Championship simultaneously.
A lot of WWE talent got a big boost in the first full week following WrestleMania XXX. The Shield looked dominant at every turn and Cesaro became a Paul Heyman guy. But the current reigning and defending WWE World Heavyweight Champion kept up the momentum he built up in the weeks leading up to WrestleMania. He opened up WWE Monday Night RAW to a hero’s welcome and then stood tall at the end of the show alongside The Shield as they fended off The Authority and their cohorts. Then on SmackDown, Bryan teamed with the WWE Tag Team Champions Jimmy & Jey Uso to battle Kane, Batista and Randy Orton in the night’s main event. The match got thrown out but thanks to help from The Shield once again, Bryan stood tall once again. Momentum is on Daniel Bryan’s side right now.
And as an aside, thank you to The Ultimate Warrior for all the memories. As a fan that grew up watching The Warrior, I am glad he made peace with WWE and the pro wrestling community and got one more moment in the sun before his untimely passing.