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
Last night at the WWE Payback pay per view, the awesome trio of Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins stood tall in the main event. The Shield systematically destroyed Evolution (Triple H, Randy Orton and Batista) in a wild, No Holds Barred Elimination Match. One-by-one, Batista, Orton and Triple H were eliminated with all three members of The Shield standing tall. The pay per view ended with the three young stars standing tall as their theme music played. Expect to see more and more of these three in the weeks, months and years to come in WWE.
On Thursday night live on the WWE Network, WWE presented NXT Takeover. The two-hour special, which aired live and commercial free on the WWE Network, highlighted the stars of WWE’s developmental territory, NXT. The match aired marquee matches of the young talent and featured up-and-comers the company is high on. On the show, Charlotte (accompanied by her father “Nature Boy” Ric Flair) beat Natalya Neidhart (accompanied by her uncle Bret “Hit Man” Hart) to win the vacant NXT Women’s Championship. Charlotte pinned Natalya after hitting her trademark summersault cutter. Post-match, Charlotte and Natalya embraced and then both Flair and Hart joined the lovefest mid-ring. This was one of the best WWE-produced women’s matches in a long time.
On the same Takeover special, young Tyler Breeze had arguably the best match of his career. He defeated independent standout Sami Zayn in a great, great number one contender bout for the NXT Championship. Up to this point, Breeze (who was originally trained by the great Lance Storm) was more about gimmick and character, but this night showed he could “go” in the ring. Look for big things for the young developmental star coming soon.