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Wrestler of the Week, December 9 - 15

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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

Randy Orton

This is the definition of a no brainer. Last night at the TLC pay per view, reigning and defending WWE Champion Randy Orton defeated his long-time nemesis and reigning and defending World Heavyweight Champion John Cena in a Tables, Ladders and Chairs Match to unify the two Championships into the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Despite WWE’s hackneyed history by trying to claim that the World Heavyweight Title was the same one of Gotch and Hackenschmidt, it was a huge victory for WWE and the unification could provide to be a game changer. If Orton wasn’t already a made man, this victory cemented it.

Honorable Mention

Austin Aries

This is year taping multiple episodes of a wrestling program at one time can be confusing. Aries defeated Chris Sabin to win the TNA X-Division Championship on the November 23 television taping for Impact Wrestling. However due to taping structure, the match did not air on television until the December 12 episode. And looking at the forecast ahead, don’t look for Aries’ third reign to last very long.

Tommaso Ciampa

The Sicilian Psychopath” has been one of Ring of Honor’s rising stars for the past few years. This past Saturday night at Ring of Honor’s Final Battle ’13 supercard, Ciampa made a tangible step towards success when he steamrolled over Matt Taven to win the ROH Television Championship for the first time. If he can keep momentum up there is no reason he won’t be challenging for the ROH World Heavyweight Title by the time Final Battle ’14 rolls around.

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