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.
This is the last in the exercise of catching up on Wrestler of the Week articles that unfortunately fell by the wayside when real life caused Examiner duties to take a step back. This is for two weeks ago, the week of Augus5 26 – September 2.
Wrestler of the Week
The independent star won one of independent wrestling’s biggest yearly pinnacles when he became the winner of PWG’s 2013 BoLA single elimination tournament. He outlasted fifteen of independent wrestling’s top standouts and won four matches in two days to become the tournament winner. Along the way he defeated Trent Baretta, ACH, Drake Younger and finally Michael Elgin in the finals. It should also be noted that O’Reilly won all four matches via submission, which is a rare feat. With that victory it continues to raise O’Reilly’s stock on the independent scene.
The reigning and defending WWE Champion is back where he works best, as a conniving top card villain battling the company’s top villains. So far he is doing great work in his staggering tenth reign as a World Champion. On Monday Night RAW on August 26 he defeated one his old rivals, Christian, in a great TV match. The two men had a great rivalry back in 2011 and phenomenal in-ring chemistry that showed once again. Then he traveled to SmackDown and defeated The Miz. Two pinfall victories over two former World Champions in the same week is a pretty good track record.
The reigning and defending WWE Divas Champion cut an impassioned “shoot-like” promo on the August 26 edition of RAW on the cast WWE an E!’s reality show Total Divas decrying the show and their way of doing business while exalting herself as a wrestler actually living her lifelong dream. It was even lightly compared to CM Punk’s infamous 2011 “Pipe Bomb” promo and loving called the “Pipe Bombshell.” AJ has been one of WWE’s top villains for over a year but the promo gave her a lot cred with a lot of “hardcore” wrestling fans and almost turned her “good” in the process. She has made WWE’s women’s division the most interesting its been in a long time.