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Wrestler of the Week, January 27 - February 2

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

Antonio Cesaro

Cesaro had a big week in WWE and saw some nice progression in his career. On Monday Night RAW he teamed with his fellow Real American Jack Swagger to defeat Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara in a fun tag team match. But it was on SmackDown here he moved up the card. He defeated former two-time World Heavyweight Champion Dolph Ziggler in a singles bout to earn a spot in the six man Elimination Chamber bout at the aptly titled Elimination Chamber pay per view later this month in Minnepolis, Minnesota. In that match, Cesaro will find himself as one of Randy Orton’s five challengers for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. It will certainly be Cesaro’s highest profile WWE match to date.

Honorable Mention

Montel Vontavious Porter

MVP made the biggest impact while doing the least. For weeks, TNA Wrestling has been hyping a new investor in the company and on Thursday’s episode of Impact Wrestling from Scotland, MVP was revealed as that new investor. Porter has kept himself busy in Japan and on the independent circuit since his departure from WWE in late 2010 and now this looks to Porter’s major return to the big time, where he can be a big fish (and a valuable veteran) in a smaller pond.

The Best Friends (Chuck Taylor & Trent Baretta)

The independent favorites won the annual Pro Wrestling Guerrilla DDT4 tournament on Friday night in California. In one night, the duo beat a who’s who of independent standouts in three separate matches. They defeated The RockNES Monsters in the first round, PWG Heavyweight Champion Adam Cole & Kevin Steen in the semi-finals and the Inner City Machineguns (Rich Swann & Ricochet) in the finals. Baretta has been on fire on the independent scene since being let go from WWE in early 2013 and Taylor has been an independent standout for years now. This a great start for 2014 for The Best Friends.