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WWE Wrestler of the Week: May 17th – 23rd, 2013

WWE Wrestler of the Week returns after Extreme Rules, where The Shield captured a lot of gold in a very logical booked pay-per-view. This week, quite a few wrestlers went 3-0 on Smackdown, Extreme Rules and Raw. I will discuss each superstar’s situation and provide my pick as to who I think deserves the award.

Let’s begin with The Shield’s Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins. On Smackdown, Reigns and Rollins defeated the Usos. This shouldn’t come as surprise as Jimmy and Jey Uso are used primarily as jobbers to the stars. The match was one more opportunity for Reigns and Rollins to show off before Extreme Rules. On the pay-per-view, Rollins and Reigns ended the eight-month reign of Team Hell No and became the new tag team champions.

The Shield as a whole was the biggest winners of the night. The following night on Raw, new United States Champion Dean Ambrose teamed with Roman and Rollins in a victory against former champions Team Hell No and Kofi Kingston. The Shield is clearly a big part of WWE’s future and the company was wise to put these titles on them. Ambrose will bring prestige to the United States title, while Rollins and Reigns are the new leaders of the tag team division.

Next, we will discuss Chris Jericho. The first WWE Undisputed Champion was victorious on Smackdown against Antonio Cesaro. Again, just a match to help showcase Jericho before Extreme Rules. Then, Jericho evened the series score against Fandango on pay-per-view. Unfortunately, this most likely means that the feud will last another month. It became even clearer on Raw, when Chris Jericho teamed with another WWE Wrestler of the Week candidate in The Miz against Wade Barrett and Fandango. Jericho may not be the full-time wrestler he was years ago, but he is still one of the most entertaining ones.

Speaking of the Miz, the former WWE Champion also went 3-0 this week with his first victory over Damien Sandow on Smackdown. This was a logical match as The Miz faced Sandow’s partner and best friend, Cody Rhodes in the pre-show match of Extreme Rules. The pre-show isn’t always built up and despite the lack of meaning in the match, it was built nicely. Again, the Miz joined Jericho in victory against Barrett and Fandango on Raw. After taking some time off for filming, the Miz seems to be renewing his rivalry with Barrett over the Intercontinental title. For me, the ideal situation would be a fatal four way match at WWE Payback for the Intercontinental title involving Barrett, Miz, Jericho and Fandango.

Next, we will discuss the week’s victories of the Celtic Warrior, Sheamus. The first Irish-born WWE Champion is no stranger to the WWE Wrestler of the Week award and this week was not any different. Sheamus teamed with Randy Orton and Alberto Del Rio on Smackdown to defeat Mark Henry, Big Show and Jack Swagger. An excellent six-man tag match to promote three matches held at Extreme Rules. Speaking of which, on pay-per-view , Sheamus was victorious against Mark Henry in a strap match. It was a bit surprising to have Sheamus victorious since Henry had been extremely dominant since returning earlier this year. Then on Raw, Sheamus continued his winning ways against the Prime Time Players’ Titus O’Neil. The Prime Time Players rarely win so this wasn’t much of a surprise.

The final candidate for this week’s award is Randy Orton. The Viper was victorious with Sheamus and Del Rio in that six-man tag match on Smackdown previously discussed. He also gained bonus points for participating in the MizTV segment that opened the show. At Extreme Rules, Orton gained a victory over the Big Show. Orton received the biggest ovation as the pay-per-view was in his hometown of St. Louis. One of the biggest moments of the night also came as Orton delivered a punt to Big Show. The punt has been banned during the PG Era, but chances are it came back as a result of the PPV gimmick. I don’t expect to see the punt except at Extreme Rules. Orton finished his week on Raw against Jack Swagger. Although Orton and Swagger provided a high quality match, the outcome was never in question. Orton is on a hot streak, while Swagger is heading towards a losing streak.

Out of all these candidates, my pick for WWE Wrestler of the Week would be The Shield’s Reigns and Rollins. They were the first ones to defeat Team Hell No for the tag titles. Randy Orton also made a great argument for the award, but his wins didn’t have as much meaning as The Shield’s.

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

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Seth Guttenplan

Seth Guttenplan is a math and computer technology teacher for special education students in New Jersey. In his free time, Seth writes about wrestling for Camel Clutch Blog and SEScoops. Follow Seth on twitter @sethgutt

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