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.
This will be an all WWE Royal Rumble ’13 edition of Wrestler of the Week. It was easily the most talked about wrestling event of the week and one of most hyped events in literally months. All the big players and all the big moves were made at that event.
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In the past week The Rock cut a promo on CM Punk on WWE Monday Night RW RAW and got beat by The Shield. Then went to Friday Night SmackDown and got into another face-to-face confrontation with Punk. Then he went to the Royal Rumble on Sunday, cut an impassioned promo about his fans and his mother and then defeated Punk after a nefarious finish and a Mr. McMahon restart to win the WWE Championship for an eighth time. Like it or not The Rock is back on top of the WWE after ten years, and is here to stay at least until WrestleMania.
Everyone predicted it. Everyone knew it was coming. But a lot of people didn’t like it. Last night John Cena won his second Royal Rumble match and punched his ticket for the main event of WrestleMania XXIX. He outlasted 29 other men, including a staggering final four field of Dolph Ziggler, Randy Orton and Ryback. Cena will now more than likely go on to challenge The Rock for the WWE Championship in a huge rematch from last year’s main event of WrestleMania XXVIII.
Amidst all the Internet rumors of who would conceivably make a surprise return in the Royal Rumble match last night, one had Chris Jericho on their proverbial checklist. His entrance in the #2 was a welcome and refreshing surprise. It was his first appearance in WWE since August, and he didn’t just pop in for a quick nostalgia spot, he wrestled nearly the entire match, going nearly 50 minutes and lasting until all 30 men had entered the match. Now rumors say he has signed to stay with WWE through WrestleMania XXIX, giving fans plenty more time to enjoy Y2J.