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WWE Wrestler of the Week: December 27th, 2013 – January 2nd, 2014

Happy new year to everyone as we welcome the first WWE Wrestler of the Week in 2014. However, the decision for a winner was not easy. There were three potential candidates. Three nominees are what we will call them in Daniel Bryan, Big E Langston and Brock Lesnar. Bryan has seemingly joined the Wyatt Family, while Langston has been nearly unstoppable since becoming Intercontinental Champion. However, we can’t ignore the return of the Beat Brock Lesnar, whose 2014 debut was cut short by another kind of beast.

On the final SmackDown of 2013, Bryan defeated Damien Sandow with the running knee in a showdown of former Money in the Bank winners. However, it was on Raw where Bryan made some interesting noise. He faced all three members of the Wyatt Family in a gauntlet match. First, Harper was defeated, followed by Rowan. Bryan would defeat Bray by disqualification to finish the match. After being attacked by all three members, Bryan agreed to join the Wyatt Family.

I think this has a lot of potential with Bryan in the Wyatt Family. He could be leading the Wyatts into a trap that ultimately has him defeating the group once and for all. However, I think it would be a great move if Bryan were to lead the faction. Bryan has been playing the role of underdog to everyone in WWE as of late. He will always be an underdog. One way for Bryan to even the odds is to become the leader of a group. The Rock had the Nation of Domination, Triple H had D-Generation X and even Hulk Hogan had the New World Order. Bryan could do wonders as the leader of the Wyatt Family.

While Daniel Wyatt may be joining WWE soon, Intercontinental Champion Big E Langston is business as usual in the company. On Smackdown, Langston defeated Dean Ambrose in a midcard champions fight. There had been talk on WWE.com about the potential of unifying the two midcard titles. I don’t see this as necessary, but I am certainly not against it. There’s no reason to have two midcard titles without one being a specialty. I say keep the Intercontinental title and then reintroduce the Cruiserweight or Hardcore Championship. On Raw, Langston defeated the most recent number one contender for his title in Fandango. Here’s a question to consider – when was the last time Langston lost? Answer: it’s been almost two months!

Our final nominee didn’t have any matches, but Brock Lesnar did what he does best on Raw this week. Triple H, his old nemesis, reintroduced the beast. Lesnar, through Paul Heyman, vowed to become WWE World Heavyweight Champion. The beast will face the winner of the John Cena-Randy Orton match for the title. It should be noted that Lesnar, a former member of the Minnesota Stretching Crew, may face the champion at Elimination Chamber. The February pay-per-view will take place where? Minneapolis, Minnesota. Lesnar’s feud before then may be against the World’s Strongest Man Mark Henry who interrupted the beast on Raw. Lesnar put a nice beating on Henry and perhaps we will see these two square off in the near future.

So who deserves the weekly award? Bryan, Langston or Lesnar? I have a hard time giving it to Langston since this week didn’t seem any different than the past four, despite the continuous success. Lesnar is also a tough call since he just returned and didn’t have any matches. Bryan’s joining the Wyatt Family may have the most potential after this week and therefore, I award WWE Wrestler of the Week to Daniel Bryan.

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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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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