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
This man came out of nowhere this past week to become a player in WWE. The former Michael McGillicutty was introduced as “a Paul Heyman guy” by Heyman himself, which carries incredible weight in WWE lore. He was then rebranded Curtis Axel in a grandiose in-ring segment that allowed him to take his father’s first name, the incomparable “Mr. Perfect” Curt Hennig and the nickname of his legendary grandfather Larry “The Axe” Hennig. He then stood toe-to-toe mid-ring with Triple H and then faced the WWE royalty in the night’s main event. It is obvious that the company now has big plans for the third generation superstar and his evolution will be fun to watch in the weeks and months to come.
“Hardcore Country” defeated reigning TNA Knockouts Champion Velvet Sky in the main event of last week’s live Impact Wrestling broadcast on Thursday night. James is now a three times TNA Women’s Champion and her ninth overall Women’s Title victory between her time in WWE and TNA.
The indy wrestler from Kentucky has become a big star in the Dragon Gate USA/EVOLVE wrestling universe. This past week he represented the original Dragon Gate promotion in Japan and won the annual King of Gate single elimination tournament. He became the first foreigner to win the tournament and defeated Susumu Yokosuka and Shingo Takagi in the semi-finals and finals en route to the victory. He now earns a Title shot at the Open the Dream Gate Championship in June. He also serves as Dragon Gate’s official representative in New Japan Pro Wrestling’s prestigious Best of the Super Juniors tournament. Early in the tournament he has already picked up a victory, over former WWE star Trent Baretta.