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 duo of Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly defeated The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson) on Saturday night at the ROH/New Japan Pro Wrestling co-promoted show War of the Worlds to win the ROH World Tag Team Championships for a third time. This was a rematch from when The Bucks defeated reDRagon for the Championships back in March. And to add to the victory, the new Champions were accompanied to the ring that night by UFC fighter and noted professional wrestling fan “Filthy” Tom Lawlor.
The current reigning and defending ROH World Champion picked up the biggest win of his young career this past weekend. Also on Saturday night at The War of the Worlds, Cole defeated professional wrestling legend Jushin “Thunder” Liger and successfully retained his championship. Liger has been a legend in pro wrestling for over twenty years and many American wrestling fans’ first look at Japanese pro wrestling. This was a huge feather in the cap of the young Adam Cole.
Hall of Fame play-by-play man Jim Ross also told talent to “maximize your minutes” on television. Alicia Fox did that this past week on WWE Monday Night RAW. Fox has been on WWE TV since 2008 and has been a prominent fixture in the WWE Divas division since 2008 but she changed things this past week. After what was seemingly a routine loss to WWE Divas Champion Paige, Alicia basically snapped. She berated the announcers, tried to destroy the announce table, played to the audience and eventually sauntered off while wearing JBL’s white cowboy hat. Paige won the match, but all everyone remembered was the seemingly forgotten Alicia.