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WWE Wrestler of the Week: January 31st – February 6th, 2014

WWE Wrestler of the Week returns with a week full of cold, snow and tag teams seemingly coming to an end. While I sat at home from work due to some snow days, this week’s WWE events made it easy to choose a winner. At least between two superstars. One tag team, the Prime Time Players have clearly come to an end. Another, the Real Americans look to be on their way out. Let’s take a look at Antonio Cesaro and Titus O’Neil’s week to determine which newly singles superstar deserves WWE Wrestler of the Week.

On Friday night SmackDown, Cesaro of the Real Americans defeated Dolph Ziggler to earn a spot in the WWE World Heavyweight title Elimination Chamber match. While Christian also earned a spot at Elimination Chamber on this episode, Cesaro was a surprising pick. In a good way. Cesaro had a great run as a singles star while holding the U.S. Championship. However, WWE decided Cesaro needed a manager and paired him with Zeb Colter who was already managing Jack Swagger. I thought the Real Americans would get a run with the tag titles at one point, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. Colter and Swagger have been arguing a lot as of late. On Raw, Swagger lost to Christian with Cesaro and Colter at ringside. This will be a great opportunity for Cesaro to become a singles star again and keep Colter with him.

On that same episode of SmackDown, the Prime Time Players lost a match to Curtis Axel and Ryback. After the match, Titus complains to Young about coming to WWE to be a champion. O’Neil then gives Young a beat down to essentially end their run as a team. A few days later on Raw, O’Neil defeated Zack Ryder in a squash match to start his new singles run. Nice to see Ryder getting some time on TV lately. He also had a match on Main Event. However, it’s even better to see O’Neil breaking out on his own. I always considered him the breakout star of the Prime Time Players. Titus has been better on the mic, has a great unique look and lots of potential.

Both O’Neil and Cesaro had great weeks, but was one better than the other? You could argue that Cesaro was the Wrestler of the Week since he claimed a shot at the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Elimination Chamber. However, O’Neil is more certain as a singles star moving forward. He had a match on Raw, while Cesaro did not. Swagger is still in the picture with Cesaro.

For O’Neil, I see him challenging Big E Langston in the near future for the Intercontinental title. He has midcard written all over him, but for right now. However, he will be pushed to the top of the pack, hence why he will inevitably face Langston. The Intercontinental title has been with Langston for a while now as he has gone through a number of the midcard heels. Perhaps O’Neil will get some gold around his waist soon.

As for Cesaro, WWE knows how talented the Swiss man is and that is why he was pushed into the main event for Elimination Chamber. He doesn’t have the strongest mic skills, but that’s why I think Colter is with him. His in-ring talent is among the best on the roster. Perhaps if CM Punk were still there, Cesaro wouldn’t have made it in the match. But that doesn’t matter. What matters is Cesaro has the opportunity to prove that he belongs in the main event with John Cena, Daniel Bryan, Sheamus, Randy Orton and Christian. Cesaro may not win the WWE World Heavyweight title, but I am awarding him with the WWE Wrestler of the Week.

Who do you think deserves WWE Wrestler of the 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 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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