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” just absolutely dominated WWE TV this past week. On Monday Night RAW, he teamed with Kane and Randy Orton to battle The Shield in another blistering six man tag that has become the hallmark of RAW in recent weeks. Bryan’s team lost the match but he went out later in the night and led Ryback to arguably Ryback’ greatest match. Bryan found himself laid out after being put through a table but won the match by disqualification. And more importantly, he made more of the wrestling world take notice that this guy is the real deal and be one of THE GUYS in WWE heading into 2014. He then went over to SmackDown on Friday and teamed with Randy Orton to defeat WWE Tag Team Champions Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins of The Shield by disqualification in the main event. Everything this guy has touched recently just turns to gold.
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson
The former UFC superstar and recent Bellator MMA signee also signed a joint deal between Spike TV, Bellator and TNA Wrestling. He made his first official appearance for TNA this past Thursday on Impact Wrestling and stood toe-to-toe with the Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle. Rampage is an admitted lifelong pro wrestling fan, and it will be intriguing to see where his fledgling pro wrestling career goes from here.
Prince Fergal Devitt
The British junior heavyweight has made a helluva career for himself over in Japan. And this past week he notched another victory in his belt. This past weekend he defeated Kenny Omega and then Alex Shelley in the finals to win the 20th annual Best of the Super Juniors tournament for New Japan Pro Wrestling. What makes the tournament victory even more amazing is that Devitt is already the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, and he went on an undefeated run throughout the tournament, only the second time that had been done in the tournament’s history. Look for him to challenge reigning IWGP Heavyweight Champion Hiroshi Tanahashi in the months to come.