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 rising star of New Japan Pro Wrestling had another banner week. This past week Naito pinned grizzled veteran and former ECW World Heavyweight Champion Masato Tanaka to win the NEVER Openweight Championship. Expect Naito to be challenging for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship in early 2014.
WWE United States Champion Dean Ambrose and WWE Tag Team Champions Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns once again had a stellar week on WWE television. On Monday Night RAW the trio saw themselves in an eleven-on-three elimination handicap match where they looked like stars even in defeat. Ambrose and Reigns had some impressive eliminations and Rollins looked like a great underdog hero in a match where he was supposed to play the villain. Then on SmackDown, the Ambrose-Dolph Ziggler match was changed into a six man tag where The Shield emerged victorious over the impressive trio of Ziggler, Kofi Kingston and Rob Van Dam.
The “face” of WWE let his evil Viper persona shine all week on WWE TV. On Monday Night RAW he had a solid match with Rob Van Dam that led to Orton viciously dropping Van Dam with a wicked top rope DDT. Then on SmackDown he defeated The Miz once again and proved his vicious streak is still alive. Orton continues to build momentum going into the upcoming Battleground pay per view where Orton will battle Daniel Bryan for the vacant WWE Championship.