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 Japanese super legend hung up his boots this past weekend over in New Japan Pro Wrestling. In front of over 17,000 packed fans and the former Prime Minister of Japan, the twenty-five plus veteran teamed with Keiji Muto, Jun Akiyama, & Kensuke Sasaki to defeat Yoshinobu Kanemura, Go Shioziaki, KENTA, & Maybach Taniguchi in an eight man tag match that saw Kobashi get the winning pinfall over Kanemura with moonsault. It is considered the most emotional retirement ceremony this side of Ric Flair’s and is well deserved for someone who is considered one of the best professional wrestlers of all time.
“The Monster” made his surprise return to TNA Wrestling this past week when he ran in at the end of Impact Wrestling and helped Sting and Kurt Angle clear the ring of Aces & 8s. The TNA Original is now back in the fold after a nearly year long absence as a character and looks to work in the TNA universe alongside his alter ego Joseph Park.
The three-man Hounds of Justice just cannot be stopped on WWE television. On Monday Night RAW the trio defeated WWE United States Champion Kofi Kingston and Jimmy & Jey Uso in a fun six-man tag match and then attacked John Cena, Kane and Daniel Bryan at the end of the show. Then on SmackDown, Dean Amrbose continued to make the blue brand his personal playground as he defeated Daniel Bryan by disqualification when Kingston ran interference. Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns are the best booked characters on WWE TV right now and it is a joy as a fan to watch them week in and week out as they continue to grow and improve and earn the company’s trust.