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.
Wrestler of the Week
The first live broadcast on the brand new WWE Network was Thursday night’s NXT ArRIVAL supershow, which highlighted the best of WWE’s top developmental stars. In the night’s main event, the British born Adrian Neville defeated the reigning NXT Champion Bo Dallas in a fantastic Ladder Match to become the new Champion. The diminutive Neville had a storied independent career around the world as “The Man Gravity Forgot” Pac, and now a whole new army of pro wrestling fans get to see what hardcore wrestling fans have been raving about for years.
On Sunday over in Tokyo, Japan, TNA Wrestling partnered up with The Great Muta’s Wrestle-1 promoting for a co-promoted supercard that aired live in Japan. The TNA part of the show will be packaged as a One Night Only OnDemand pay per view that will air later in the spring. On the show all three of TNA’s major Championships were defended, and the young Seiya Senada defeated Austin Aries to win the prestigious X-Division Championship. Senada immediately brings some international flavor to the athletic-based Championship and will add to the “World” aspect of TNA’s World Championships. Senada will appear at this weekend’s TNA LockDown event teaming with The Great Muta and Tiger Uno in a six-man Steel Cage tag team bout against Chris Sabin, Kazarian and Christopher Daniels. He will also appear at the proceeding Impact Wrestling television tapings and is reportedly will be on an American excursion with TNA Wrestling until September.
At the same TNA/Wrestle-1 event, The Bro Mans (Robbie & Jesse) defeated brand new TNA World Tag Team Champions The Wolves (Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards) and Team 246 (Kaz Hayashi & Shuji Kondo) in a triple threat match to win back the Championships. The BroMans hit Hayashi with the Bro Down to win the Championships, thus not actually pinning one of the Champions to regain their Titles. It is reported that Team 246 will come to the United States soon to battle The Wolves in a traditional tag team match.