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Wrestler of the Week, June 16 - 22

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

Bobby Lashley

On Thursday night’s Impact Wrestling live from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Bobby Lashley defeated Eric Young in the night’s main event to win the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Young had already defended the Title earlier in the night against Kenny King and Lashley’s was under orders from the injured Director of Operations MVP. EY was just getting on a role with his Championship run but Lashley is a more than qualified choice to hold the Championship going into TNA’s summer months.

Honorable Mention

Michael Elgin

Live on Sunday night from Nashville, Tennessee, Ring of Honor presented their first annual live pay per view that was not tape delayed or broadcast via the Internet, entitled “Best in the World ’14.” In the night’s main event, “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin finally completed his long quest to win the ROH World Championship, defeating then-Champion Adam Cole in the night’s main event and thus making a new star in the process.

Roman Reigns

Live on WWE Monday Night RAW, the last remaining remnant of The Shield outlasted 18 other men in a battle royal to earn the seventh spot in the upcoming WWE World Heavyweight Championship Ladder Match at the Money in the Bank pay per view. Reigns has slowly been built to be a major superstar and his performance in the battle royal helped his stock rise. The closing moments of the battle royal against the monstrous Rusev was electric and set the seeds for a future battle between the two Goliaths down the road.

These people will not earn points but it was a big week and they deserve some love too.

Bad Luck Fale…defeated Shinsuke Nakamura over in New Japan Pro Wrestling to win the prestigious IWGP Intercontinental Championship

Stardust…the floundering Cody Rhodes thankfully didn’t turn on his brother Goldust as predicted and instead turned into his own Goldust-like character named Stardust, complete with new look and moveset