Welcome to year three of Wrestler of the Week. Much like the previous two 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, and they have been enhanced for 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.
The exercise in making up for lost time continues and previously missed “episodes” of Wrestler of the Week are posted now for record-keeping purposes. This is for the week of August 19 – 25.
Wrestler of the Week
After John Cena came out on WWE Monday Night RAW and announced he was taking time off for elbow surgery he handed the reigns over to Daniel Bryan as the new face of the company. He stood mid-ring with Stephanie McMahon and got thrown out of the building, which is a staple in WWE storytelling for its top heroes, only to return at night’s end. It was then where he ran into the three-man buzzsaw of The Shield. He eventually fought them off only to walk into a RKO from WWE Champion Randy Orton. He then traveled to SmackDown and defeated Wade Barrett in a fun steel cage main event bout. Bryan is a definitely a made man in WWE today.
“The Phenomenal” version of AJ Styles made his glorious return on the August 22nd episode of TNA Impact Wrestling. The Main Event Mafia (Sting, Magnus, Samoa Joe & “Rampage” Jackson) was a man down in their battle against Aces & 8s. Thankfully Styles came to The Mafia’s aid and did so in glorious fashion. He came out with his depressing “No One” theme music and emo teenager look only to shed it off for “Get Ready to Fly” and the high-flying AJ of old. TNA’s cornerstone looked great in the five-on-five match and was instrumental in The Mafia’s victory, which sent Devon departing from Aces & 8s and TNA Wrestling in general.
WWE United States Champion Dean Ambrose and WWE Tag Team Champions Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins had seen their red-hot push that carried through the first half of 2013 subside in the summer months. That all changed this week on WWE Monday Night RAW when they were revealed as the security force for Triple H and the McMahons’ new regime. On RAW they destroyed Dolph Ziggler and The Big Show in separate three-on-one handicap matches. Then at the night’s end they destroyed Daniel Bryan as he attempted to get at Randy Orton and the new regime. The Shield is back on top in WWE as the dangerous enforcers they built their reputation as.