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 Viper” defeated Daniel Bryan last night in the main of the aptly named Hell in a Cell pay per view inside Hell in a Cell to win the WWE Championship for a staggering eighth time. It took some chicanery from both WWE COO Triple H and special guest referee Shawn Michaels, but Orton is once again the “face” of WWE. Orton is now an eleven time World Champion at the ripe young age of 33.
On the other side of the World Championship coin, the real life Superman came back from an elbow injury far ahead of schedule to defeat Alberto Del Rio last night at Hell in a Cell to win the World Heavyweight Championship. The true face of WWE is now a three-time World Heavyweight Champion and fourteen-time World Champion in WWE overall. Everyone pegged Triple H to be the one break “Nature Boy” Ric Flair’s vaunted 16-time World Champion tag, but John Cena, at only 36 years-old, will more than likely to become all-time record holder for World Championship reigns when the smoke has cleared.
And for something completely different, retired American sumo wrestler Akebono transitioned into professional wrestling in 2005 and has found varying degrees of success all across Japan. On October 27, Akebono defeated Suwama to win the incredibly prestigious All-Japan Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship for the first time. The Triple Crown is one of the most revered championships in all of pro wrestling, and this is an incredibly huge honor for the former sumo.