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 American Dragon” ended Sunday night’s Night of Champions pay per view as the WWE Champion. He defeated reigning Champion Randy Orton in a great main event bout with a running knee to the head. However the victory came at seemingly dubious means as the original referee in the bout, Scott Armstrong, was knocked out during the bout, only to come alive later an administer what was clearly a fast three count. Surely the victory will be addressed in the coming week, but for the night ending the pay per view, Daniel Bryan remained WWE Champion.
What was written last week can almost be rewritten word for word again this week. 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 again one of his highlights. Thursday night on the special free TV edition of No Surrender held during Impact Wrestling’s usual Thursday night timeslot, AJ Styles became the winner of the 2013 Bound For Glory Series. He defeated Austin Aries in a fun semi-final bout with a wicked Styles Clash off the second rope. Then in the finals, in the night’s main event, he defeated the rising star Magnus by busting out a rare Spiral Tap. Styles has once again become the man in TNA Wrestling and will challenge Bully Ray for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship at Bound For Glory IX in October.
CMLL down in Mexico is the oldest running pro wrestling organization on the planet. It just celebrated its eightieth anniversary this past weekend with a huge card of wrestling. One of the show’s big highlights was a tag team match between veterans Atlantis & Ultimo Guerrero versus La Sombra and Volador, Jr. The losing team would then face off in a Mask versus Mask in the night’s main event. Sombra and Volador lost and ended up battling in a 2-out-of-3 falls match, with Sombra coming out on top and thus taking the mask of Volador, Jr. Taking a mask from another wrestler in Mexican pro wrestling is a huge deal and is bigger than winning a Championship Title belt. It is a huge career boost for La Sombra, and he is now poised to become the top guy of CMLL and continue his rise as an international superstar.
Goldust…Goldust won’t earn any points but he deserves a special mention for his awesome performance in his match against Randy Orton last week on WWE Monday Night RAW. Goldust lost in his battle to get his baby brother Cody’s job back, but may have earned himself a real life job back in WWE with his performance.