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
This was an easy win for Rollins this week. In the closing moments of WWE Monday Night RAW, “The Architect” of The Shield turned on his brothers-in-arms, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins, and laid waste to them with a steel chair. He then joined with Triple H and Randy Orton to essentially form a new version of Evolution. He didn’t explain his actions on SmackDown but did get a big, statement-making victory over former World Heavyweight Champion Dolph Ziggler to solidify his new change in character.
This past week over in Japan, the young star won New Japan Pro Wrestling’s annual Best of the Super Juniors Tournament, highlighting some of the world’s best cruiserweights. He defeated Ryusuke Taguchi and then KUSHIDA in the finals to win the tournament. With the victory Ricochet became the first American since 1996 to win the tournament, a feat last accomplished by the late, great Eddie Guerrero. This is also a rare victory in the sense that Ricochet is a contracted performer for Dragon Gate, essentially a rival promotion for the hosting New Japan Pro Wrestling.
The Wyatt Family (Luke Harper & Erick Rowan)
The minions of Bray Wyatt were without their leader during the week but proved to be quite successful on their own. On WWE Monday Night RAW, Harper and Rowan beat WWE Tag Team Champions Jimmy & Jey Uso in a great non-title Tag Team bout that easily solidified them as the number one contenders for the Championships. Then the next night on The Main Event and laid waste to the makeshift team of Kofi Kingston and Goldust.