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
Whether fans want to admit it or not, Batista had a banner week in WWE. On Monday Night RAW he made his long awaited to the company after an absence of over three and a half years. He looked like a superstar, hung with his old cohorts in Evolution, Triple H and Randy Orton and took out Alberto Del Rio after his bout with Rey Mysterio. Then at the Royal Rumble, Batista entered the Rumble match at #28 and proceeded to eliminate Erick Rowan, Ryback, Del Rio and finally Roman Reigns to win the match. With the win, his second Royal Rumble victory, Batista now punched his ticket for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship main event match at WrestleMania XXX.
The enforcer of The Shield has been poised to truly breakout as a major superstar in WWE for months now. But last night at the Royal Rumble he shot up on the rocket a little farther. In the Royal Rumble match, he eliminated twelve other competitors, breaking Kane’s previous record of eleven eliminations back in 2001 and then found themselves in the final two against Batista. The disappointed crowd took to cheering the villainous Reigns over Batista in the match’s finale.
The New Age Outlaws
In another case of improbable, the semi-retired team of The Road Dogg and Billy Gunn found themselves as WWE Tag Team Champions for a sixth time last night at the Royal Rumble. On the online pre-show, The Outlaws defeated the red-hot team of Goldust and Cody Rhodes to win the Championships. By day, Road Dogg is a backstage producer for the company and the 50-year-old Billy Gunn is a trainer at the WWE Performance Center, but by night they showed that they can still do a solid job in the ring.