Welcome to year three of Wrestler of the Week. Much like the previous two 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, and they have been enhanced for 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
It was a slow wrestling week surrounding the Thanksgiving holiday, but TNA Wrestling produced a high-quality, entertaining holiday themed episode that introduced new characters and alliances and centered smartly on the Bobby Roode-Kurt Angle rivalry. In the night’s main event he lead Chris Sabin, Christopher Daniels and Kazarian in an elimination match victory over Kurt Angle, Magnus, James Storm and Gunner. Roode then held court in the night’s center ring Winner’s Feast with all of his fellow villain buddies before interrupted again by Angle and the good guys. Roode is once again becoming TNA’s go-to guy week in and week out.
The night after the Survivor Series, the World Heavyweight Champion laid out the challenge to WWE Champion Randy Orton to unify the Championships into one Title once again. The Authority agreed and WWE’s two modern day icons with meet in a TLC match at the aptly named TLC pay per view. Then for good measure he teamed with The Big Show in the main event to beat Randy Orton and Alberto Del Rio and made Del Rio tap out to the STF.
The Hounds of Justice continue to one of the bright spots of WWE TV each and every week. Last week on WWE TV, Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns and WWE United States Champion Dean Ambrose teamed up to defeat Rey Mysterio and WWE Tag Team Champions Goldust & Cody Rhodes in a fun six man tag team match. Then later in the night, Reigns nearly speared CM Punk out of his boots and the trio put Punk down with their signature triple powerbomb. Then on SmackDown, the trio nearly dominated an hour of programming, as the Reigns/Rollins tag match against Rhodes & Goldust led to a six man including Punk and Ambrose. That then led to a wild twelve-man tag with The Wyatt Family added to The Shield’s side and The Usos and Rey Mysterio added to Punk’s team.