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Wrestler of the Week, January 13 - 19

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

Daniel Bryan

“The American Dragon” may have become a made man in WWE after last week’s Monday Night RAW. He opened in the show teaming with Bray Wyatt in a tag bout against Jimmy & Jey Uso in a match that saw The Usos win via disqualification thanks to the interference from other Wyatt Family members (Erick Rowan and Luke Harper). This led to a main event rematch later in the evening, this time in a steel cage. The Usos won once again, but the end of the show was made Bryan. After the loss Bryan rejected Wyatt’s indoctrination that was bound to come. He shed out of The Wyatt Family garb and laid a beating on Wyatt that the Rhode Island crowd was salivating for. Monday Night RAW ended with Daniel Bryan sitting high atop the steel cage leading the entire Dunkin’ Donuts Center in a chant of “YES!” It was an organic moment of fan love that crowds all over the world were waiting for. The crowds want to cheer for Daniel Bryan, and have taken him as their own. Monday night’s closing shot was reminiscent of something out of the “Attitude” era, and hopefully cements Bryan as a top guy in decision makers’ eyes.

Honorable Mention

Madison Rayne

“The Queen Bee” came back from a mutual release from TNA Wrestling in the summer of 2013 and a pregnancy to jump right back into the fold. On Thursday night’s special free television broadcast of Genesis, Madison Rayne beat her former “bestie” Gail Kim to win the TNA Knockouts Championship for a record tying fifth reign.

Jimmy & Jey Uso

The twin brothers deserve some credit for their work over the past week on WWE TV as well. On Monday Night RAW, they defeated the duo of Daniel Bryan and Bray Wyatt twice in the same night, with the second victory coming in the main event and inside a steel cage. Then on SmackDown the brothers defeated The Real Americans (Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro) in the evening’s final match. If these two sons of Rikishi do not win the WWE Tag Team Championships at some point in 2014 it will be a major crime.