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
Sabin rebounded after his recent loss of the TNA X-Division Championship quickly. This past week on Impact Wrestling, Sabin defeated reigning Champion Austin Aries and the former Suicide (now renamed Manik, but still in the same gear and mask) to win back the Title for a sixth time. The match was the main event of the show and delivered a X-Division match unlike anything seen in months in TNA Wrestling. It was worthy of its main event slot and put Sabin back in the spotlight. He is now poised to “cash in” and vacate the Championship in order to challenge Bully Ray for the TNA World Championship at the Destination X special edition of Impact Wrestling on July 18.
The Wyatt Family
The twisted trio of Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper and Erik Rowan didn’t even appear live on WWE television this past week but became the talk of the pro wrestling world. For weeks, creepy, well-produced vignettes have hyped the arrival of Bray Wyatt and twisted band of followers to WWE. Like recent weeks this past week’s episode of Monday Night RAW featured two of those vignettes. But the cherry on top was the vignette that aired at the very closing moments of RAW. It is nearly unheard of for RAW not to end with a live shot of action in the ring, most notably featuring a main event level superstar. For WWE to close the show with a taped segment hyping three virtually unknown talents shows the faith they have in The Family. It looks good for these three men’s future.
Jushin “Thunder” Liger & Hiroshi Tanahashi
The Japanese pro wrestling legend and the biggest pro wrestler in Japan today struck gold as a duo this past weekend. At a New Japan Pro Wrestling event on July 5, Liger and Tanahashi defeated El Terible and Tama Tonga to win the CMLL World Tag Team Championships. What made it even more special and an international affair is that CMLL is a Mexico based promotio, and it was the first time that those Titles had changed hands outside of Mexico since they were created in 1993.