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Wrestler of the Week, February 3 - 9

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

Yuji Nagata

The Japanese legend is a mainstay of New Japan Pro Wrestling, but this past weekend he traveled to Pro Wrestling NOAH to defeat Takeshi Morishima to win the GHC Heavyweight Championship. Nagata becomes only the second man in history (behind Kensuke Sasake) to win both of the prestigious Japanese heavyweight championships.

Honorable Mention

Daniel Bryan

Bryan had a banner week on WWE TV. In the main event of Monday Night RAW he defeated WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton in a phenomenal one-on-one non-title bout. Bryan and Orton have amazing in-ring chemistry together and Orton is always willing to make Bryan look good in their bouts, which only help Bryan out in the long run. Then on SmackDown, Bryan defeated his fellow Ring of Honor alumni Antonio Cesaro in another fun bout. Not suprisingly, Bryan and Cesaro have great chemistry together as well and this was another in a line of great matches between the two.

Samoa Joe

“The Samoan Submission Machine” is finally back where he belongs in TNA Wrestling, on top of the card challenging for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. On Thursday night’s Impact Wrestling broadcast, Joe defeated Bobby Roode in the night’s main event in order to secure his TNA Title match against Magnus at LockDown coming up in March. With Sting and AJ Styles out of TNA, Jeff Hardy on the sidelines and Kurt Angle nursing injuries, Joe has stepped up nicely as the lead hero for TNA.