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WWE Wrestler of the Week: January 25th-31st, 2013

Welcome back to another edition of WWE Wrestler of the Week! This is the final winner for the month of January. This week not only included the regular WWE television programs, but the Royal Rumble pay-per-view as well. This week’s winner made history at the Royal Rumble and reminded us of a storyline from 1993 too. The WWE Wrestler of the Week is NXT Superstar Bo Dallas.

I would like to give an honorable mention to the runner-up for this week, The Rock. Although it was predictable and expected, The Rock did end CM Punk’s 400-plus day reign as WWE Champion. The Rock cannot win the WWE Wrestler of the Week due to only participating in that one match, but it was obviously a big one. WWE also decided to end the pay-per-view with the WWE title match as opposed to the Rumble match. I wasn’t surprised, but was hoping for the Rumble match to finish the show.

Back to Bo Dallas.

Bo Dallas made history this past Sunday at the Royal Rumble, as he is the youngest participant ever in the Royal Rumble match. He is the first professional wrestler born in the 1990s to enter the Rumble match.

Bo Dallas began his week winning the NXT tournament at the Royal Rumble fan fest to earn a spot in the Rumble match. He was very impressive as most were probably not expecting Dallas to win. Dallas went on to enter the Rumble match at number 16 and lasting over 20 minutes. He had one elimination that may ultimately lead to his first feud in WWE. Dallas eliminated WWE Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett, who returned moments later for revenge.

One night later on Monday Night Raw, Wade Barrett was able to choose his own opponent. Bo Dallas was chosen and reminded of us of an episode of Raw from 1993. That year, Sean Waltman made his name known with a victory over Razor Ramon. He would later be named the 1-2-3 Kid as a result of his surprising victory and push. Dallas was also able to walk away with a victory over the Intercontinental Champion.

Bo Dallas comes from a legendary wrestling family. His father is Mike Rotunda who was I.R.S in the WWF during the 1990s. His grandfather is Blackjack Mulligan and uncles are Barry and Kendall Windham. His brother is Bray Wyatt, previously Husky Harris who is also an NXT Superstar. Dallas and Wyatt were tag team champions while in WWE’s developmental territory, FCW.

Bo Dallas has had a great start to his WWE career. Each NXT Superstar that has been promoted to the main roster has been successful. Each one has also been introduced in a different way. The Shield attacked Ryback at Survivor Series, Big E Langston became Dolph Ziggler’s bodyguard, Brad Maddox was a referee and now Dallas is a new version of the 1-2-3 Kid.

If this week is any indication, this will not be the last time Bo Dallas is the WWE Wrestler of the Week.

Seth M. Guttenplan is a WWE Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report and host of OH YOU DIDN’T KNOW!? PWPRadio’s weekly radio show covering all wrestling news and rumors. To read more from Seth follow him on twitter (@sethgutt) and check out 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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