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 second-generation superstar has had his ups and downs in WWE since arriving in the company in 2006. He has had success and failure, won Championships, been a hero and a villain and been through various characters. But this past week on WWE Monday Night RAW was highest point. WWE COO Triple H ordered him into a bout against WWE Champion Randy Orton. If Cody lost, he was fired. The match was fantastic. Rhodes stood toe-to-toe with the Champion but ultimately lost in a hard fought battle. Rhodes had virtually the entire crowd behind him and invested in his cause. Then as he was leaving the building in defeat he cut an impassioned promo about the Rhodes family and their trials in pro wrestling against WWE and the McMahon family. It is obvious Rhodes won’t be gone from WWE TV for long, and when he does return it should be with a truly star making performance.
TNA Wrestling’s golden boy has been with the company since day one, and not surprisingly has seen his ups and downs over the eleven plus years of TNA. This past week on Impact Wrestling was one of his highlights. He outlasted the eleven other men in the annual Bound For Glory Series and found himself at the top of the series leaderboard. He is now just two matches away from challenging Bully Ray for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship at Bound For Glory IX and reclaiming his spot as the top guy in TNA.
Tanahashi is considered the “ace” of New Japan Pro Wrestling, but he is also one half of the CMLL World Tag Team Champions down in Mexico alongside the legendary Jushin “Thunder” Liger. That Championship allowed him enter CMLL’s annual Universal Championship tournament, which is a sixteen man single elimination tournament featuring the sixteen individual titleholders recognized by the CMLL organization. On September 6 he defeated CMLL rising star Rush to win the tournament and be crown CMLL’s Universal Champion.