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WWE Wrestler of the Week: February 7th – 13th, 2014

February 14, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

With less than two weeks remaining until Elimination Chamber and the WWE Network, WWE Wrestler of the Week is back. Speaking of being back, there are some wrestlers who are returning to this very column. Both the honorable mention as well as the winner are former WWE Wrestlers of the Week who are back to claim their throne.

Our honorable mention goes to the Celtic Warrior Sheamus who made his return from injury during the Royal Rumble match. Now Sheamus is back to his winning ways. On Smackdown, he defeated Ryback in a showdown of the big guys. On Raw, he and Christian defeated the Real Americans in tag team action. Sheamus was a perennial winner on WWE programming prior to his injury and seems as though he is back to his winning ways. Sheamus will join Christian and one of the Real Americans, Cesaro, in the WWE World Heavyweight title match inside the Elimination Chamber. While I don’t see Sheamus winning the title in a couple weeks, I do expect him to be back to normal. What that means is meaningless feuds, but consistent matches with wrestlers high on the card.

With that said, I am happy to award the WWE Wrestler of the Week to Bray Wyatt, who scored two victories this week. On Smackdown, Wyatt won a singles match against Goldust. A few days later on Raw, the entire Wyatt Family defeated Goldust, his brother Cody Rhodes and Rey Mysterio.

From the moment he transformed from the boring old Husky Harris to the mysterious and intriguing Bray Wyatt, the son of Mike Rotunda has been a star. He and his “family” were among the new crop from NXT who quickly rose to the main roster. Wyatt has recently been involved in storylines with top stars like Daniel Bryan and soon to be John Cena. I have heard comparisons of Wyatt’s character to the Undertaker and Mankind, which very much excites me.

Unlike the Shield, I don’t necessarily see a split of the Wyatt Family anytime soon. The Shield’s Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose have a lot more potential to do well as singles stars. Erick Rowan and Luke Harper are perfect compliments to Wyatt. The leader of the Family is very good at being just that. A leader of a group or faction. WWE management clearly is behind him too. If they weren’t, he wouldn’t be put into spots with the two top babyfaces of the company. Let’s also not forget that Bray pinned Bryan cleanly at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view.

I think it’s only a matter of time until members of the Wyatt Family have gold around their waist. Whether its Harper and Rowan as tag champions or Bray with the Intercontinental title, the push of the Wyatts has only just begun. Bray may be too big of a star for a midcard title, but it seems like his era of stars are stuck there. With Randy Orton, John Cena and Batista hogging the main event, Bray will have to settle for top of the midcard. For now.

Who do you think deserves WWE Wrestler of the Week? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Seth Guttenplan is the owner of GuTTWrenchPowerBlog and WWE blogger for ProWrestlingPowerhouse.com. When Seth is not writing about wrestling, he is a Special Education teacher in New Jersey. To read more from Seth, follow him on twitter (@sethmikey) and visit http://guttwrenchpowerblog.com

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Torrential Reigns: A New WWE King In A Burning Village Is An Unenviable Spot

February 03, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

World Wrestling Entertainment has seen money in Roman Reigns, essentially Gerard Butler and Bane poured into a SWAT team wardrobe, since the day he declared, “I’m an Anoai” while lacking the paunch of his previous generation. You don’t have to twist Vince McMahon’s withering arm to get him to drive a star vehicle for a Samoan with chiseled biceps, and a cold stare that could cut through granite.

The Royal Rumble on January 26 was a glimpse into McMahon Dreamland, but only portions. The parts where 15,000 fans burned the paint-by-numbers script in chanting effigy would certainly not exist in Vince’s fanciful incubus. One occurrence was to McMahon’s liking: Reigns, fresh off dumping a dozen fodderites en route to a new Rumble kill-record, warred with Batista in the end, receiving booming raves from a jaded Pittsburgh crowd when he took the fight to Batista, the Prodigal Animal.

No disrespect meant to Reigns, who plays his role as The Shield’s stoic roughneck with reliable candor. In that situation, pitting anyone else against Batista, they would have been hero for a night. Had Batista gone up against Bernie Madoff in that instance, the fans would have implored Madoff toward victory by yelling out their social security numbers.

It was Reigns, however, that was the white night in black Kevlar. It couldn’t be CM Punk, yanked out of the fray after 50 minutes by Kane, in what could possibly be Punk’s last time donning the kickpads. It wouldn’t be Daniel Bryan, whose exclusion spurred enough heat to melt Ellesmere Island. Only a fellow hoss, one not seen as part of the ‘system’, could land the plane for the disenchanted.

Obviously, it didn’t happen. Perhaps it’s for the best, actually, that Reigns finished runner-up. Reigns is 28 with as many years as he wants in this business ahead of him; the last thing he needs right now is to be a scapegoat. Had Reigns tossed Batista in a swerve ending, the clouds of vitriol that plague WWE’s Facebook page, and the disillusioned jeers currently filling arenas as recently as the weekend house show loop, could be directed at him.

Anyone picked over Punk and Bryan is, right now, public enemy. Reigns was spared.

If you don’t believe me, I’ve gone on record as a strident critic of Bryan’s 18-second loss to Sheamus at WrestleMania XXVIII. Some argued that Bryan would come out stronger, and I didn’t disagree a bit. My quarrel was on Sheamus, who honestly never recovered from that match. Yes, he was champion, but what kind of champion? Bryan fans wouldn’t get behind him. Older fans who hated his “I’m a jerk, but I’m smiling, so you should cheer for me” shtick wouldn’t get behind him. Only kids who don’t read between Sheamus’ twisted lines, that he’s a glorified cartoon character who lectures, “Don’t be a bully” while cheap-shotting unsuspecting villains, would support him.

It’s a colossal waste to see a gifted big man like Sheamus, whose radical look makes him more memorable than most cookie-cutter call-ups, end up a poor man’s Cena with a musical accent, and half the conviction to pull the role off. Making it worse is that, through short-sighted booking from a zealous office that wanted him over, a can’t-miss became a can’t-stand, brunted a scarlet letter the color of his Lyle Lovett hair.

It’s hard to say how long the current wave of hostile cynicism will last, but for its duration, especially as long as Punk’s at home and Bryan’s anything but the flagbearer, the hate will still have volume. Should it intensify, another can’t miss like Reigns could be headed down Sheamus’ thought-to-be primrose path.

Make no mistake, Reigns is certainly beginning his outs with the Shield, eroding his ties a thread here and there until the final rip comes sometime around a month from now. He’ll be positioned against two other darlings, call em demi-darlings, of the indy scene. Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins aren’t hardbodied Samoans that ace a McMahon checklist; they had to develop reputations as the cream of a competitive crop to get their spots. Ambrose’s unhinged personality and Rollins’ calculated recklessness assured them a spot that Reigns was virtually born into, without discrediting the work he’s put into maintaining it.

When Reigns inevitably breaks away to begin his solo run, which I foresee having shades of 2005 Batista, the next steps will be crucial. He’ll kill Ambrose and Rollins with his primal fury, no doubt, and that may not sit well with the current Occupy Corporate Facebook Pages movement. I hope for his sake that his push goes swimmingly; he deserves for it to. The Sheamus situation, however, shows that sometimes the company can miss the toilet with the lights on and a robotic arm aiming the schwartz.

It’s also worth noting that WWE’s track record with pushing babyfaces can be spotty. If the company wants the face over, like with Sheamus, there is literally no goofy skit spared in making the wrestler accessible to a child’s sensibilities. Sheamus is merely one example. Brodus Clay, The Miz, Ryback, and others have been steered into the wall with forced writing, bad jokes, lame attempts to tack on catchphrases, and the like. Hell, it speaks to Bryan’s likability that he survived a gauntlet of goat jokes, anger management, and hug therapy to be taken seriously as wrestling’s Kickalicious, minus the cleats. Reigns likely wouldn’t be inclined to raise a hand to the writers and say, “I’m good.”

So it’s a crossroads for Reigns, one where he could summon the devil in Faust-like fashion, to sell his soul in exchange for warding off the rough omen surrounding his forthcoming breakout. Testy fans, the poor track record of creative, and a certain feud with his net-treasured allies are a perfect storm of turmoil for Roman Reigns’ ascent to a career fast-track.

It’s one thing for a ‘people’s menace’ to slay fictional dragons; it’s asking a lot for Roman Reigns to take down this very real one.

Justin Henry has been an occasional contributor to Camel Clutch Blog since 2009. His other work can be found at WrestleCrap.com and ColdHardFootballFacts.com. He can be found on Twitter, so give him a follow.

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Dean Ambrose vs. Roman Reigns Must Happen At WWE WrestleMania 30

January 29, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

In true WWE form, the company again took a potential gold mine of a potentially huge feud and let it cool off. There was no fallout from the attempted by Dean Ambrose to eliminate Roman Reigns at the Royal Rumble and in not doing so, the WWE did not hone in on the backstage power struggle that has been an ongoing theme with the Hounds of Justice of late.

Reigns may not have been ready for prime time when he lost to Batista on Sunday night, but Reigns was clearly the winner of the pay-per-view – losing the final spot but gaining the support of fans in Pittsburgh and within the WWE Universe.

And in doing so, won the support of this writer who thinks there will be a huge push for him after WrestleMania once the company figures out what to do with Brock Lesnar, Batista, Big Show and the youngster who could become the biggest thing in this company since The Rock.

The only way to resolve this tension within The Shield and determine who gets custody of Seth Rollins is have the two principles, Reigns and Dean Ambrose, battle it out in New Orleans. And for once in a blue moon, make the United States Title mean something. Putting the strap on Reigns would do more than many realize in the future of title unification.

The fight for stable supremacy is nothing new to wrestling circles. The Horsemen, The New World Order, The Freebirds – they all had instances where there were questions of leadership. And like everything else, all good things must come to an end. This might be one of those cases, but in doing so, we could see some of the best wrestling and one of the best storylines written in this company in some time.

More importantly, the WWE needs this feud for many reasons.

Judging just be the turn of events with the pay-per-view on Sunday night and Monday Night Raw, many subplots were written before our eyes.

Kane and CM Punk will jump into a wrestling ring near you.

The New Age Outlaws will be around for a while, forcing Cody Rhodes to turn on his brother (Goldust).

No one except Tamina is going to beat AJ Lee for the Divas Title.

Big E. Langston needs a true rival. Damien Sandow is he perfect match. Then there would be title unification when Sandow and Reigns meet at an upcoming pay-per-view.

Randy Orton’s days are numbered as the World Champion. Batista and Brock Lesnar are now “for real” challengers at any time.

John Cena and Daniel Bryan have their own issues with The Wyatts and will fight the good fight with Sheamus by their side.

Not exactly stale, but nothing to write home about. Oh, and Kofi Kingston scores a win over Orton in a non-title match but cannot get a title match at a pay-per-view. To say the more things change, the more they stay the same is about as obvious as the fact the sun will come out tomorrow. BORING!

The one thing The Shield does better than most factions is not only do they give incredible promos, they sell the hell out of a match. Tell me the last time you saw wrestlers others than Dean Ambrose or Seth Rollins (with the exception of Punk or Bryan) sell a match that was awesome? In today’s wrestling world, it does not happen.

So in the spirit of The Freebirds, The Horsemen and the feared Russians, all great things must come to an end. The WWE, however could spare us a complete loss by taking what was already good and make it ten times better.

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WWE Wrestler of the Week: January 3rd – 9th, 2014

January 10, 2014 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

Welcome to the first full week in 2014 as we welcome another WWE Wrestler of the Week here on Camel Clutch Blog. This past week’s main events focused on the CM Punk and Shield storyline, as well as Old School Raw. Some WWE superstars continued their winning ways, but one in particular had a very monumental victory.

It would be a shame not to give honorable mentions to Intercontinental Champion Big E Langston and WWE Tag Team Champions Cody Rhodes and Goldust. These three wrestlers have been dominant throughout their championship reigns. Langston in particular seems to never lose. You can’t win the award every week though. Unless you’re Daniel Bryan I guess. In any case, the Rhodes brothers weren’t winning so much on Raw or Smackdown, but kept retaining on pay-per-view. This week they scored victories on both shows over the Wyatt Family and Real Americans, respectively.

However, the wrestler with the biggest win of the week was Roman Reigns. The muscle of the Shield actually lost on Smackdown in a six man tag match against CM Punk and the Usos. It is rare that the WWE Wrestler of the Week has any losses. So how did Reigns pull off the win? With the aforementioned huge win against CM Punk on old school Raw.

WWE has been teasing a split among the Shield lately and it’s been focused mainly on pushing Roman Reigns. The muscle of the Shield was the sole survivor in November at Survivor Series and is now the only member of the Shield to defeat CM Punk one on one. It seems it is only a matter of time until Reigns gets a push a big time babyface.

Reigns reminds me of Big Daddy Cool Diesel. Kevin Nash was the muscle behind Shawn Michaels when he first entered the WWE. After some time as his bodyguard, Michaels and Diesel would split when Michaels accidentally super kicked Diesel at Survivor Series 1994. This whole situation with the Shield seems similar to me. Dean Ambrose is the Shawn Michaels. He’s not as big of a star as the Heartbreak Kid was in 1994. However, the entire Shield group is looked at the best up and coming stars in WWE today. Storylines shouldn’t be exactly the same so this is a great way to build something similar in today’s WWE.

I am not too sure how Seth Rollins fits into all of this though. Ambrose is U.S. Champion and the best talker in the group. Reigns is the muscle and the next Diesel. Rollins is very talented in the ring, but I am afraid he is going to get stuck as the next Dolph Ziggler. Rollins sells very well in the ring and has a strong fan base from his indy days, but how far does that get you? There are many question marks with Rollins.

But Rollins isn’t WWE Wrestler of the Week and neither is Ambrose. Until further notice, Reigns is the one being pushed. Despite Ambrose being the only one with a title. That could change come WrestleMania time. I have a feeling Reigns may tear that championship from Ambrose’s waist sooner rather than later. If he does, he could win yet another WWE Wrestler of the Week award.

Who do you think deserves WWE Wrestler of the Week? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below or tweet me @sethmikey

Seth Guttenplan is the owner of GuTTWrenchPowerBlog. When Seth is not writing about wrestling, he is a Special Education teacher in New Jersey. To read more from Seth, follow him on twitter (@sethmikey) and visit http://guttwrenchpowerblog.com

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Roman Reigns Talks The Shield & More

December 19, 2013 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

I can’t remember a group coming on so hot in the WWE as the Shield did in 2013. The group entered the year as rookies and is finishing with bright futures ahead in 2014. The brightest star may be shining on Roman Reigns.

Roman Reigns is in for big things in 2014 according to many reports. Reigns is in line for the next big babyface push and a split from his group. That is why it isn’t a surprise that the WWE have started to put Reigns out there for media interviews. Reigns did a recent interview with Chicago Now and talked about the rise of his group and more.

Jealousy can be an issue with two partners in pro wrestling so imagine how petty it could get when you have a trio? According to Reigns the three of them get along great and really enjoy working together as a unit.

I can’t say enough about Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins. Those guys have busted their ass in the independent circuit. We were all on the same page because we were all hungry. We all wanted to be the best and that will never change. We have a strict regimen; workout, eat and wrestle. Sometimes we sleep but in the end we do it together.

As much as he enjoys teaming with his friends, he sees himself as his own man. Reigns is a part of the Shield but wants people to know that he is an individual and not just a part of a three man team.

Even though I’m part of the Shield, I’m still my own individual wrestler. Deon Sanders was on a team his entire career, but he was still him. When it comes to comes to team fighting I will be there ready to roll but again I’m still me. There’s a lot of strong personalities in this business and I’m right there at the forefront.

The debut of the Shield was one of the most well done debuts in recent WWE memory, maybe the best of the new era. According to Reigns, the original plans would have had the trio looking a little different.

It was a literally a rush. Looking back at it I felt like I was so unprepared. The funny thing is that day they wanted us to come out during the Triple Threat Match, with literally riot shields. They gave us turtlenecks and stuff and it didn’t really fit us, so we made a few adjustments. We were the new guys so all the eyes were on us and they wanted to see what we were made of. After that match, after we walked through the curtain, it was high fives all around. From that day forward, the three of us made a pact that we are in this together and whatever happens, we do it together.

Reigns is no stranger to professional wrestling. Reigns is a part of the legendary Samoan family. Reigns is the son of WWE Hall of Fame wrestler and former tag team champion Sika Anoa’I, cousin of Dwayne Johnson, and brother of former WWE star Rosey.
“It really helps me ease my mind when I know I can talk to somebody who has gone almost everything.”

Check out the entire interview over at ChicgaoNow.com. Reigns talks about his aspirations to become WWE champion and even gives a timeline. It’s well worth checking out.

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WWE Wrestler of the Week: November 22nd-29th, 2013

November 29, 2013 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

Welcome to a Thanksgiving edition of WWE Wrestler of the Week! There is so much to be thankful for. From health to family and friends to the fact that WWE Survivor Series 2013 is over. Man that was a terrible pay-per-view. Picking out the wrestler of the week was actually more difficult than you would think. So with that said, let’s take a look at a few honorable mentions.

First, we have CM Punk and Daniel Bryan. The GOATs or Greatest of All Teams scored a number of victories over the Wyatt Family this week. Bryan defeated Luke Harper on SmackDown, while the GOATs defeated the Family’s duo at Survivor Series. However, something very interesting occurred on Raw. The GOATs defeated all three members of the Wyatt Family via disqualification. Afterwards, the Family abducted and walked away with Bryan. Punk couldn’t help as he was attacked by the Shield.

Punk and Bryan are in the most intriguing storyline, despite there not being any championships involved.

Two more honorable mentions go to The Miz and Big E Langston. Miz scored two victories over Kofi Kingston this week. He doesn’t seem to be 100% heel yet since he spent some time promoting the Christmas Bounty movie on ABC Family. However, the turn should be complete soon and lead to many more victories for the awesome one. Langston also scored two victories this week over Curtis Axel. The second victory was a tag match as Langston teamed with Mark Henry against Axel and Ryback. The future continues to look bright for the new Intercontinental Champion.

As for the winner, well only superstar stood out to me this week more so than the Miz or Langston. Sure, those guys will have immediate bright futures. However, this superstar is clearly headed to the main event. One of the most dominant wrestlers in Survivor Series history, Roman Reigns is this week’s winner.

Reigns eliminated four of the five opposing superstars and was the sole survivor of his team on Sunday. This means so much; I don’t even know where to begin.

Well, for starters, I thought all three members of the Shield would be the survivors of the match. So I was partially right. However, the fact that Reigns was the only survivor tells me that WWE management sees the Shield member as a future main event star. I have to wonder why they didn’t just have Reigns eliminate all five opponents.

Although it seemed at one point that the Shield may be on the verge of splitting, that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. Reigns and Rollins will be challenging the Rhodes Brothers for the tag titles on SmackDown. Whether or not they reclaim the gold is yet to be seen, but I think Reigns has a great singles career ahead of him.

Ambrose was once seen as the standout of the Shield group. His mic skills are the best of the three and he is the only remaining member of the group with a championship. Rollins, on the other hand, is seen as the best seller of the group. His in-ring style matches up well with Punk, Bryan and other indy stars now in WWE.

After Survivor Series, the perception of the Shield may have changed. Reigns allowed Rollins and Ambrose to celebrate with him as if they all won. But they didn’t. Reigns was the sole survivor and the biggest winner of the night. Believe in the Shield? Believe in Roman Reigns. Let’s be thankful for the WWE Wrestler of the Week.

Who do you think deserved WWE Wrestler of the Week? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below and tweet me your wrestler of the week @sethmikey

Seth Guttenplan is the owner of GuTTWrenchPowerBlog. When Seth is not writing about wrestling, he is a Special Education teacher in New Jersey. To read more from Seth, follow him on twitter (@sethmikey) and visit http://guttwrenchpowerblog.com

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Roman Reigns Reportedly In Line For Big WWE Push

November 01, 2013 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

The Shield had a memorable run during their first year on the main WWE roster. Fans knew right away that you had some special players here but even these fans may be surprised at the member being singled out for superstardom by WWE brass.

As soon as Dean Ambrose opened his mouth on RAW, most fans and experts immediately pegged Ambrose as the rising star of the group. He has the talent and certainly has a plethora of experience on the independent wrestling circuit. Some even predicted a future WrestleMania headliner for him. Surprisingly he is not the apple of WWE management’s eye.

Seth Rollins certainly has a bright future ahead of him. Many fans are familiar with his independent travels and reign as Ring of Honor champion Tyler Black. In the few moments he has had in singles competition, he has shined just as his fans thought he would before he entered the WWE. Shockingly he is not the “A-player” of the group.

Roman Reigns is the chosen one according to recent reports on F4WOnline.com and is set for a monster singles push sooner than later. The seeds were already planted this past Monday night. Reigns glared at Ambrose when Ambrose made a comment about being the only champion in the group. Reigns also noticeably looked disgusted when Randy Orton hugged Stephanie McMahon. It would appear that the wheels are currently in motion to separate him from the Shield.

Dave Meltzer elaborated in the newest Wrestling Observer what he has been reporting on F4WOnline.com podcasts regarding the company’s affinity for Reigns.

… Reigns, who they see as the closest thing to a second coming of his non-biological cousin, Dwayne Johnson. Reigns speared both Usos at the same time and pinned Jey. They did a couple of teases here. The first was during an Ambrose promo, he mentioned how he was the only champion in the group. Later, at the end of the show, when Stephanie, HHH and Orton were doing a group hug, Reigns was in the background and seemingly none too happy.

I have to be honest that while I certainly see the appeal of Reigns’ “look” that WWE management would have, I think he is far off in regards to his in-ring talents. Ambrose and Rollins are obviously miles ahead of Reigns inside of the ring but he has one thing that they will never have and that is the “look.” With all due respect to Ambrose and Rollins and I know I am going to hear it for this one, I just don’t see either of those two guys as top stars. Rollins has the in-ring ability to be that guy yet I don’t think he’ll ever get that opportunity. Ambrose could talk his way to the top but I think there is a ceiling on where he can go.

Pairing Reigns with those two have allowed the WWE to hide Reigns’ inabilities and allow his strengths to shine. I just can’t see Reigns going 25 minutes with CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, or John Cena on pay per view and producing a great match. That said I thought those same things about Batista early on and he proved me wrong.

This is unfortunate for a lot of fans out there hoping that Punk and Bryan would be that next “guy.” It is evident that the company doesn’t see it in them and is looking elsewhere to build to the future. Getting the guy right is one thing. Booking him properly is another and nothing the WWE has done in the last few years leads me to believe they can elevate anyone from mid-card to top guy in this current climate, including Roman Reigns.

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WWE Main Events waiting to happen: Inside The Wheelhouse

June 13, 2013 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

This week marks my 4 year anniversary with Camel Clutch Blog and for those of you who have been at the site for know by now what my annual blog tends to be. The last three years I have looked back at my very first blog where I deemed John Morrison was “a main event waiting to happen.” Well, John Morrison isn’t in wrestling at the moment and I couldn’t have been more far off then stealing that line from the legendary Jim Ross on an episode of SmackDown.

I’m going to instead take my anniversary blog with the CCB and turn into “Main Events waiting to happen” in all of professional wrestling.

Who are the future top stars in wrestling? Who has the potential of main eventing a WrestleMania at some point in their career?

Well, let’s kick it into gear with my list of up and coming stars:

Dean Ambrose – No shock here that this guy is at the top of my “main events waiting to happen” list. Prior to joining the WWE we had heard that Ambrose (then Jon Moxley) had the “it factor” that not many wrestlers have. He had the “independent wrestling buzz” that we haven’t seen since the days of CM Punk, Bryan Danielson (Daniel Bryan) and Samoa Joe.

Ambrose has the ability to talk extremely well on the mic and be just as good inside the squared circle. While he’s with one of the best acts in wrestling right now, “The Shield,” the “cream will eventually rise to the top” and we will see him reach his full potential in the near-to-soon future. Dean Ambrose has the ability to be one of the best heels to come into professional wrestling for quite sometime.

Antonio Cesaro – The former “Claudio Castagnoli” on the independent scene has an extreme amount of potential and “it factor” that I cannot believe the WWE has tapped into yet. Like Ambrose, I can foresee Cesaro being a huge heel in the WWE for years to come. He’s a rising star that has the look, in-ring ability and underrated promos to be a top star in this company.

To be honest I’m quite surprised the WWE hasn’t given him the ball to run with. I could really see Cesaro as a heel battling it out with John Cena over the WWE Championship and him defeating Cena wouldn’t be something “shocking” based off of his look. It’s been great to see him rise in the WWE and I think it’s only a matter of time before he’s holding some sort of World Championship.

Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns – It’s very rare that there are multiple stars within a faction or stable but “The Shield” has the ability to “break the mold” when it comes to those theories. I still believe Dean Ambrose will surpass his two other Shield members eventually and be the big star first but Rollins & Reigns won’t be that far behind. We may look back at “The Shield” days as one of the most impactful groups/factions/stables in the history of professional wrestling based on what each star did post-group.

Rollins is a great in-ring worker who lacked promo ability with ROH in my opinion. Well he’s still a great in-ring worker and he has vastly improved in his promos with the WWE. The former “Tyler Black” is a guy who may take some time to grow but will be a major player in my opinion. I would not be shocked to see an Ambrose/Rollins feud somewhere in the near future, should that happen it will be a great thing for wrestling fans.

When it comes to Roman Reigns it has taken a while for him to grow on me but he is starting to reflect a wrestler who has a lot of “it” potential as well. I didn’t know as much about Roman Reigns as I did Dean Ambrose or Seth Rollins but I have been pleasantly surprised with what I have seen from him. The WWE has been missing that “Batista-like” wrestler (sorry Ryback) that can be a “monster” or “Animal” (pun intended) since Batista left and I think Roman Reigns could fill that role as well.

I would not be surprised if all three members of “The Shield” have some sort of World Championship reigns at some point’s in their career.

Brodus Clay – This is my wildcard pick for “main events waiting to happen.” I can foresee Clay being a force in the WWE frankly because The Big Show and Mark Henry can’t be those typical “monsters” in the company forever. Both stars are getting older and Brodus Clay has the legit ability to fulfill their roles.

Clay is very much underrated with his in-ring ability, we already know he can cut a good promo and he has a ton of charisma. Whether the WWE decided to keep him as this loveable “monster” face that he is right now or turn him heel I still think he could get the job done as a top star in the company. The WWE loves marketable stars and Brodus Clay can be a guy who can sell a lot of merchandise for years to come.

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WWE Wrestler of the Week: May 31st-June 6th, 2013

June 07, 2013 By: Category: WWE | Pro Wrestling

Welcome back to another edition of WWE Wrestler of the Week! This week brought us into the month of June as we approach the new pay-per-view, WWE Payback. While only three matches have been made official so far, WWE is still building feuds quite nicely. With that, a number of superstars were able to end the week with a 2-0 record. Those superstars are Curtis Axel, the Usos, Sheamus and The Shield’s Roman Reigns.

Let’s begin looking at the week of the Celtic Warrior Sheamus. He is often a candidate for the WWE Wrestler of the Week due to his win-loss record and this week you saw him on Smackdown, Raw and Main Event. On the May 31st edition of Smackdown, he wasn’t in action, but rather taking part in one of Damien Sandow’s challenges. Although the feud has absolutely zero meaning, I still like it. Anytime you give Sandow the mic and let him go with it, it’s going to be entertaining.

Sheamus is goofy enough that it works with Sandow, but the Intellectual Savior of the Masses deserves better. Sandow and Sheamus earned bonus points for their segment on Smackdown. On the June 3rd edition of Raw, Sheamus was victorious against Sandow’s buddy Cody Rhodes. Again, for some reason, WWE is building toward a feud between Sheamus and Sandow. Finally, Sheamus was victorious on Main Event this week against Antonio Cesaro. The former U.S. Champion has certainly fallen down the card in recent weeks and a loss to Sheamus doesn’t help.

The next candidate to discuss is Curtis Axel. The new Paul Heyman guy had a similar week this time than last week. On Smackdown, he defeated Sin Cara once again. Then on Raw, he defeated John Cena via count-out. Again. Sure, Axel is winning against midcard and top talent, but it hasn’t been impressive. The only midcard or jobber he is facing is Sin Cara, while his wins against top talent have been via count-out.

With CM Punk set to face Chris Jericho at WWE Payback, I have been receiving comments on other articles from fans who think Axel will replace Punk against Jericho. This is not a bad idea. This would allow Axel to have a great opponent in Jericho at his first pay-per-view. Plus, it may be the start of a CM Punk face turn.

Next, I will discuss the week Roman Reigns had, as he is the only Shield member to go 2-0 on Raw and Smackdown. Reigns defeated Daniel Bryan on Smackdown, while his buddies Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose lost their matches. It made sense to have Bryan lose his match, while Kane and Randy Orton win theirs. It goes along with Bryan’s weak-link storyline well in that it leads to him getting riled up and aggressive. Reigns, along with Ambrose and Rollins, was victorious in six-man tag action on Raw against Team Hell No and Orton. Reigns reminds me of Kevin Nash in that he is the big man of the group, but Reigns seems as though he has better in-ring skills. Hopefully, we continue to see big things from Reigns going forward.

Finally, the Usos make their debut as candidates for WWE Wrestlers of the Week with their newfound push. On Raw, sporting face paint for the first time, Jimmy and Jey Uso defeated the Prime Time Players. Then on Main Event, the Usos continued their winning ways against Team Rhodes Scholars. Jimmy and Jey Uso are finally getting the push they deserve as the only legitimate tag team in the company.

They are an old school pair of twin brothers with a great look and family lineage. Chances are they will get a push that leads to a tag team title match against their cousin Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins. Unfortunately, it’s hard to believe WWE could have the Usos defeat the Shield. While Sheamus received bonus points in addition to his 2-0 record this week, I believe the Usos deserve this award. This is the first time they are getting recognition after spending their entire tenure in WWE as jobbers.

Who do you think deserves the WWE Wrestler of the Week award this week? Sheamus? Reigns? Axel? Usos? Someone else? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

And be sure to check out Camel Clutch Blog each and every Friday to debate a new WWE Wrestler of the Week!

Seth M. Guttenplan is a WWE Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. To read more from Seth follow him on twitter (@sethgutt) and check out guttwrenchpowerblog.com. You can also like GWP on Facebook here.

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