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WWE Wrestler of the Week: January 24th – 30th, 2014

Just five days after WWE’s 2014 Royal Rumble pay-per-view we are back with the WWE Wrestler of the Week. Naturally, it is hard to beat the rumble winner for this prestigious award. So it should not come to any surprise that this week’s “winner” is the Animal, Batista.

The only match Batista has wrestled since returning to WWE is the Royal Rumble match. He entered at number 28 and last eliminated Roman Reigns to win his second rumble match in his career. Instead of ranting about how Daniel Bryan should have won or at least participated in the rumble, this will be about Batista. About why Batista should not have won the 2014 Royal Rumble match, but why he did anyway.

The only others to win two rumble matches in their career are Hulk Hogan, John Cena, Stone Cold Steve Austin and Shawn Michaels. Batista was always destined for great things in WWE and had a fantastic run from 2002-2010. However, the Animal is not in the same category as those other stars mentioned. He is not a Hulk Hogan or John Cena. He will never be a Stone Cold or Heartbreak Kid. Winning two rumbles is a huge deal. I am sorry Mr. Batista, but you don’t deserve to be in that club.

But as I have been saying, it pays to have friends in high places. Batista’s friendship with WWE COO Triple H helped bring him back to the company. In return, he was surely promised the rumble win and more. However, the issue here is the same with The Rock last year. WWE is pushing a part-time star over the current popular and young stars in the company.

Last year, CM Punk defeated nearly everyone on the roster before The Rock ended the Straightedge Superstar’s historical title reign. I have a feeling Batista will win the WWE World Heavyweight title at WrestleMania 30. Will he end Randy Orton’s title reign? First, the Viper has to get through Elimination Chamber. If he does, then I have a feeling the Animal will destroy the Viper at the show of shows.

I remember thinking last year that Daniel Bryan should end Punk’s title reign. One year later and I think Bryan once again should be champion. I know I am not alone. I also know at some point Bryan will be champion. It’s just unfortunate to see part-time wrestlers like Batista come in and all of a sudden get priority. These part-timers also don’t seem to be up to wrestling on Raw or Smackdown. Batista had returned on January 20th, but here we are ten days later and he has yet to have a match on WWE’s weekly television shows.

It remains to be seen how long this run of Batista’s will last. The short-term future for him seems bright and he already had a great start after winning the rumble. With a main event match coming at WrestleMania 30, Batista has a couple of months until his next big match. I expect a match with Alberto Del Rio at Elimination Chamber to keep him busy. If not, then what? Perhaps a future two-time WWE Wrestler of the Week in the making.

Who do you think deserves WWE Wrestler of this 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 visithttp://guttwrenchpowerblog.com

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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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