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Wrestler of the Week, July 7 - 13

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

Austin Aries

“A Double” defeated the reigning TNA X-Division Champion Seiya Senada on Thursday night’s Impact Wrestling to become X-Division Champion a fifth time. The match was actually taped back on June 20 but thanks to TNA’s marathon taping sessions it was somewhat unclear when the Title change would air on television. And spoiler alert, thanks to Impact’s tapings for the summer, Aries isn’t even the Champion in real-time as we speak.

Honorable Mention

Jeff Hardy

On that same episode of Impact, Hardy outlasted 19 other men in an old-fashioned battle royal to become number one contender for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Hardy finally ditched the Willow alter-ego gimmick and once again became the main event rock star TNA desperately needs him to be.

KENTA

Over the weekend while WWE was touring Japan, they made a big signing with the Japanese born KENTA. KENTA is only 33 years old but is a fourteen-year veteran. He was a mainstay of Pro Wrestling NOAH, winning numerous Championships along the way. He also toured America and competed with Ring of Honor through 2005 – 2006 and again throughout the end of the last decade. His signing was made official by WWE on July 12 with an in-ring segment in Osaka, Japan alongside the legendary Hulk Hogan and Jimmy Hart. He will be reporting to NXT in Florida shortly.