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
The Shield (Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose)
I’m giving some love to two-thirds of The Shield simply by winning so much this week. The new “good guy” version of The Shield tore up the tag team ranks this past week on WWE television. On Monday Night RAW, Rollins and the WWE United States Champion defeated The Real Americans (Cesaro and Jack Swagger). Then on SmackDown they did double duty, first defeating 3MB (Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre) and then Curtis Axel & Ryback. The Shield has gotten renewed energy, focus and entertainment value since turning to the side of good, and I couldn’t be happier.
This past week on Impact Wrestling, the Army veteran got a huge push up the card. In the night’s main event he defeated former TNA World Heavyweight and World Tag Team Champion James Storm in a wild Lights Out anything goes brawl. Gunner looked like star by defeating one of TNA’s few homegrown stars. TNA Wrestling is wide open right now and Gunner has a chance to become a player this spring.
“The Eater of Worlds” looked dominant this past week on WWE TV. Going into a rivalry against WWE’s poster boy John Cena immediately made himself the underdog, but Wyatt has looked more equal to Cena. The Wyatt Family laid out Cena in a post-match brawl and then humiliated him by tying him up in the ropes and putting the infamous sheep mask on him. Then on SmackDown he continued his momentum by defeating certifiable legend The Big Show clean in the middle of the ring in the night’s main event.