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.
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New Japan Pro Wrestling’s G1 Climax round robin-style tournament has been talk of the pro wrestling world the past couple of weeks, with Match of the Year candidates popping up each night of the tournament. The tournament ran from July 21 until August 8, with Okada racking up a record of 8 wins and 2 losses. He defeated Shinsuke Nakamura in the finals of the tournament on August 10 to again cement his place in New Japan. Alongside Hiroshi Takanashi, Okada is considered the “ace” of New Japan and this tournament victory put him in line to challenge for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship on January 4, 2015 at Wrestle Kingdom IX, which is New Japan’s version of WrestleMania.
“The Samoan Submission Machine” defeated Seiya Sanada and Low Ki in a triple threat bout to win the vacant TNA X-Division Championship. Each man previously won a triple threat match to advance to the finals of this mini tournament. The match actually happened way back on June 27 during TNA Wrestling’s raucous New York City marathon of television tapings, but the match did not air on television until the August 7 of Impact Wrestling. Joe is now a five-time X-Division Champion.
The former “Drew McIntyre” was released from WWE back on June 12 amongst a myriad of other talents. But he has already rebounded nicely on the independent circuit. On August 8 at EVOLVE 31, he defeated reigning EVOLVE Champion Chris Hero to win the Championship. The next night at EVOLVE 32 he successfully defended the Championship against Anthony Nese.