Welcome to the final full WWE Wrestler of the Week for 2013. Just like last year, the Christmas week editions of Raw and SmackDown were jokes. Most of the storylines take a break and WWE tries to give the fans a very positive show heading into the holidays. This week was not any different, but one part of the storylines that did continue includes our winner.
[adinserter block=”1″]While Big E Langston, CM Punk and John Cena were all winners on Raw and Smackdown, there was a heel that came out victorious and a number one contender. This week’s winner is Fandango.
On Smackdown, Fandango was victorious against Kofi Kingston. These two wrestlers have been midcard guys for their whole career so normally this match wouldn’t matter much. However, don’t forget that Fandango also was victorious over Dolph Ziggler during TLC’s pre-show.
Speaking of Ziggler and Fandango, the two new rivals squared off in a present on a pole match on Raw. The winner, Fandango, became number one contender for Big E Langston’s Intercontinental Championship. The outcome of this match gave me two thoughts.
First, this is the second time Ziggler has lost a number one contender’s match for the Intercontinental title. Last time, he lost to Damien Sandow who would go on to lose to Langston at TLC. A match between Ziggler and Langston would be very intriguing as they used to be friends. However, with both wrestlers being babyfaces right now, it doesn’t seem likely to happen.
The second thought I had after this match between Ziggler and Fandango is it looks as though Langston is just going through the midcard heels on the roster. Langston could have continued the feud with Sandow, but instead WWE just drops the Intellectual Savior of the Masses out of the title picture. If Fandango loses to Langston and Alberto Del Rio or Wade Barrett become the next challenger, then my theory seems correct.
As for Fandango and his award-winning week, perhaps this is just what fans thought they were going to see back in April. When Fandango’s entrance music became a hit the night after WrestleMania 29, I thought he was going to get a push as a result. In fact, Fandango was supposed to be in a triple threat match for the Intercontinental title against Barrett and the Miz until a concussion prevented him from competing.
Remember what happened? Curtis Axel was inserted into the match and won the title. He kept the gold until Langston won it.
[adinserter block=”2″]Time will dictate if this week is a way of WWE changing their minds back to what they wanted in April or if Fandango is just another rung on Langston’s ladder to the top of the company. With only one world champion now in WWE, the Intercontinental title’s value and prestige should improve. Langston could very well be the next Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock or Triple H. Wrestlers who used the Intercontinental title as a stepping-stone to the world title. Or perhaps Fandango will become champion and do just that. Maybe we will find out at the Royal Rumble. Or maybe we will find out sooner.
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