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.
Wrestler of the Week
“The Next Big Thing” stomped out at the end of last week’s WWE Monday Night RAW to save his long-time mentor, agent and friend, Paul Heyman, from getting fired by Mr. McMahon. Lesnar then picked up the WWE CEO and Chairman and dropped him with a wicked F-5. Anytime Lesnar appears on WWE it is an event, and this was no different. It immediately re-established Lesnar as a monster force to be dealt with any time he appears and showed the danger that is imminent when he arrives.
“The All-American American” made his surprise return to WWE on the February 1 episode of SmackDown. The former World Heavyweight Champion had been absent from WWE since September when he took a leave of absence after a wicked losing streak. After staking his claim to be a part of the Elimination Chamber match to determine a number one contender for the World Heavyweight Championship he defeated Kofi Kingston in a surprisingly fun mid-card match. Look for big things for Jack heading into 2013.
2 Cold Scorpio
The twenty-plus year veteran of pro wrestling had a great Saturday this past week. On the February 2 National Pro Wrestling Day, at least 25 independent wrestling promotions came together to put together two full, complete pro wrestling cards, completely free of charge, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. On the afternoon card’s main event, Scorpio outlasted Shane Hollister, Oliver Grimsley and JoJo Bravo in a fatal four way as part of PWInsider.com’s Rey de Voladores (King of the High Flyers). Then in the evening card’s main event, Scorpio defeated rising independent ACH in a one-on-one match to win the Rey de Voladores tournament. The ring veteran proved he could still go in the ring, and he still had the respect of the pro wrestling industry and his peers.