Welcome to year two of Wrestler of the Week. Much like last year 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 last year, in addition to highlighting a Wrestler of Week, two honorable mentions will also be noted. Throughout the year point totals will be tallied. Each week 5 points will go to the actual Wrestler of the Week, 3 points going to the first Honorable Mention and 1 going to the second Honorable Mention. At the end of the year a Wrestler of the Year will be crowned.
Cleary this is coming to you on Tuesday evening, January 1 (Happy New Years everyone!), but keep in mind these choices for the week of December 24 – December 30. This is the final week of Year 2 of Wrestler of the Week before a Wrestler of the Year and other Year End Awards are crowned later on this month.
Wrestler of the Week
Last Saturday night on December 29, Barrett defeated Kofi Kingston to win the WWE Intercontinental Championship for a second time. The match was part of the night’s Monday Night RAW taping. So even though the match didn’t air until last night, Monday, December 31, the match and the ending was publicized by WWE and on the website well before the airing, so therefore it was fair game for this week’s list. Incidentally Barrett won his first Intercontinental Championship back in 2011, also from Kofi Kingston.
This past week on The Main Event, The Great Khali outlasted 19 other men in a fun, old-school battle royal to become number one contender for Antonio Cesaro’s WWE United States Championship. It was easily Khali’s biggest victory of 2012 and reminded fans that yes, Khali is still a giant, destructive force every once in a while.
The long-time wrestling journeyman arguably had one of the biggest weekends of his wrestling career this past weekend. As part of Shane Douglas’ Extreme Rising promotion, Richards became the company’s first Heavyweight Champion. On Saturday night, December 29, Richards beat Luke Hawx in the semi-finals and then Rhino in the finals to win the tournament and the Title. It was a big win for a veteran who truly deserved the accolades.