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
For the second week in a row, “The Real American” dominated the pro wrestling world. On Monday Night RAW he defeated WWE Tag Team Champion Daniel Bryan via submission on Monday Night RAW. Then on SmackDown he pinned Randy Orton clean in a one-on-one match. Then throughout the week and his manager Zeb Coulter recorded another series of We The People YouTube videos promoting their American agenda, including one incredibly shocking one where the two men completely break kayfabe and call out political pundit Glenn Beck on his recent criticisms against pro wrestling. But amidst all of that he made the most headlines on Wednesday when it was revealed he was arrested late Tuesday night after the SmackDown tapings for DUI, speeding and possession of marijuana. It couldn’t have happened at a worse time for Swagger’s career, but all the publicity seemed to fuel him heading into WrestleMania season.
And again for the second week ago, the trio of Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns dominated a WWE super team. On Monday Night RAW, The Shield defeated three of WWE’s biggest superstars in Chris Jericho, Sheamus and Ryback in a six-man tag match. And once again, The Shield was heavily protected and continue to be treated like huge deals in every appearance. It is obvious the company is high on these three young men and their future looks bright.
This past Thursday on Impact Wrestling outlasted Miss Brooke Tessmacher, Gail Kim and then-Champion Tara in an elimination match to win the TNA Knockouts Championship for a second time. The match was actually taped way back on January 26 during the Impact Wrestling tapings in London, England, but seeing as how it was unsure what episode the match would actually air on, Velvet gets credit for her victory this week.