Welcome to year four of Wrestler of the Week. Much like the previous three 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. Just like in 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
It was reportedly a case of internal competition this week in WWE as the developmental stars of NXT put on their fourth supercard on Thursday live on the WWE Network. This show, clumsily titled NXT Takeover: R-Evolution, far exceeded the efforts of the main roster that took part in the Tables, Ladders, Chairs and Stairs pay per view last night. The night’s crowning achievement saw Zayn finally achieve a months long goal of winning the NXT Championship. Zayn has played the role of ultimate underdog in NXT for a long time now and on Thursday night the story paid off as Zayn defeated Adrian Neville in a great main event to win the NXT Championship.
Once again “The Show Off” showed up on this weekly list. Last night at WWE’s Tables, Ladders, Chairs and Stairs pay per view, Ziggler once again put on the match of the night when he defeated Luke Harper in a wild Ladder Match that saw Ziggler win his fourth Intercontinental Championship. If his late 2014 momentum continues, then 2015 could finally be the year that Ziggler truly breaks through in WWE.
Also at NXT Takeover, Zayn’s legitimate long-time best friend and former tag team partner on the independent scene finally made his debut in WWE. Owens (more famously known as Kevin Steen) was allowed to keep much of the character that made him such a success on the independents. In the opening match of the special he made short work of CJ Parker and earned a legit broken nose for his troubles. Then at the night’s end he came out to celebrate his best friend’s win, only to viciously turn on him with a powerbomb into the ring apron. Owens immediately made himself a force in NXT and provided a nice wink to pro wrestling fans who are familiar with the long history of Kevin and Zayn (who was famously known as El Generico in a previous life).