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.
Wrestler of the Week
The Brit actually won the vacant TNA World Heavyweight Championship way back on December 3 at a batch of television tapings for Impact Wrestling, but due to the new nature of their block taping schedule it was uncertain when the victory would go publicly on the air. It happened this past Thursday as part of the Final Resolution television special that aired during Impact’s normal timeslot. Magnus defeated Jeff Hardy in the finals of a single elimination tournament become the new Champion. Magnus is now the first ever English born World Heavyweight Champion and is a huge accomplishment for the young 27 year old superstar. He is slowly becoming an actual TNA homegrown superstar and has all the potential to be a player in professional wrestling for a long time to come.
These two delivered one of the best free TV matches of the year this past week on RAW. Fresh off winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at the TLC pay per view, Orton was slated to face his old rival in the night’s main event. The two put together a free TV classic and continued to show the chemistry the two men built up as opponents throughout 2013. While the match ended thanks to an Orton low blow, the twenty plus minutes proceeding the low blow were high quality in-ring action and were an argument for keeping RAW three hours long.
It has been reported for months that management has been high on Big E Langston, and it is expected that he will get a huge push in the weeks and months to come. That certainly has become more evident since Langston won the Intercontinental Championship weeks ago. And it became more evident this past week on WWE TV. On Monday Night RAW he teamed with his on-screen mentor Mark Henry to beat The Real Americans (Jack Swagger & Antonio Cesaro) in a tag bout, with Langston scoring the pinfall. Then on SmackDown Langston pinned Swagger in a singles match. But the true evidence of his push came at the end of the night when he ran out to save John Cena and CM Punk from a 3-on-2 attack from The Shield. SmackDown then closed the show standing tall after a face off with The Shield’s enforcer Roman Reigns. Reigns is the other rising star that WWE is incredibly high on, and wouldn’t be surprising to see that combination facing off in main events in the years to come.