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Wrestler of the Week, March 17 - 23

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

Triple H

The WWE COO looked like “The Game” of old this past week on WWE Monday Night RAW. He went toe-to-toe with his WrestleMania opponent Daniel Bryan verbally then laid a vicious “Attitude” era beat down on Bryan to close the show. He handcuffed Bryan and unleashed a vile beat down, complete with a rare chairshot to the head. Triple H once again looked like the villain we all loved to hate ten years ago and Bryan looked like the underdog we have all been rooting for since WrestleMania XXVIII.

Honorable Mention

Shinsuke Nakamura

Over in New Japan Pro Wrestling this past week, Nakamura won the annual New Japan Cup. He defeated Prince Fergal Devitt and Minoru Suzuki en route to defeating Bad Luck Fale in the finals. Nakamura has now lain claim to challenge his old rival Hiroshi Tanahashi for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship.

Bad Luck Fale

During the same New Japan Cup event, Bad Luck Fale saw his stock rise immensely. Fale had primarily worked in sidekick role previously but he pulled off big victories, defeating Tetsuya Naito and then Shelton Benjamin to earn his spot in the final against Nakamura. Look for bigger things from Fale going through 2014.