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
“The Phenomenal One” finally ended up back where he belongs, on top of TNA Wrestling. Last night at TNA Bound For Glory IX, Styles defeated Bully Ray to win his fifth NWA-TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Styles has had an incredible amount of ups and downs in TNA Wrestling over the years, but he has been on an absolute tear during the second half of 2013 and is well-deserving of becoming Champion and the company’s centerpiece once again.
The Rhodes brothers are consistently on fire week in and week out on WWE television. Last week on WWE Monday Night RAW they defeated WWE Tag Team Champions The Shield (Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins) in the night’s main event to win the Championships. The No Disqualifications match was one of the best free TV matches of 2013 and brought more attention to the WWE Tag Team Championships than those belts have seen in months. Then on Friday Night SmackDown the new Champions teamed with Daniel Bryan to defeat all three members of The Shield in a fun six-man tag team main event. Goldust’s 2013 comeback is a sight to behold and is putting him in serious contention for Comeback of the Year.
The former TNA World Champion won the most star-studded Ultimate X match last night at Bound For Glory IX. He outlasted then-X Division Champion Manik and former World Champions Austin Aries, Samoa Joe and Jeff Hardy in a wild opening bout to become X-Division Champion for a record-breaking seventh reign as Champion.
While these athletes won’t get points their accomplishments this past week can’t be ignored and should be acknowledged.
Gail Kim…found success at Bound For Glory IX by defeating Brooke Tessmacher and ODB to win the TNA Knockouts Championship for a third time.
The BroMans…Robbie E and Jesse Godderz pulled a huge upset last night at Bound For Glory by not only winning a four-team gauntlet, but also then defeating James Storm and Gunner later in the night to win the TNA World Tag Team Championships.