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 did the near impossible on Thursday night when he defeated Bully Ray live on Destination X ’13, which was a free televised special edition of Impact Wrestling. In the main event of the evening Sabin pinned Bully Ray in a great, nearly 20 minute match. The story of the match saw Bully work over Sabin’s surgically-repaired knee as Sabin did a great job plying from underneath and being the underdog. He eventually pinned Bully Ray after using an Ace & 8 ball peen hammer to knock Bully between the eyes during a powerbomb attempt. It goes without saying that this is the biggest victory in Sabin’s career. He now is forever known as a “former World Champion” and completely validate is wrestling career.
Rob Van Dam
Van Dam showed old fans he “still had it” and introduced new fans to his hybrid style of pro wrestling. Last week on Monday Night RAW he and his old rival Chris Jericho put together a 20 minute clinic of pro wrestling, combing their “greatest hits” with some new action for the Twitter era. In the end Van Dam got the victory with the Five Star Frog Splash and kept his new momentum in WWE going. Then he went onto SmackDown and defeated Darren Young in a fun squash match to show fans of the Friday night brand what he is still made of.
On Monday Night RAW, CM Punk delivered another of his award-winning “pipe bomb” promos. He was matched verbally with his old friend Paul Heyman, who explained their past history and the newfound bad blood between the two men. Then Brock Lesnar showed up in another excited moment and laid waste to Punk in a wild brawl. While Lesnar clearly got the advantage in the brawl, at the end Punk was still conscious and ready to fight more, showing that he will pose a great threat to Lesnar when their inevitable main event level bout happens.