Welcome back to another edition of WWE Wrestler of the Week! As the school year ends for some of you (students and teachers), it is time to do some reflecting. With that reflection, I have decided to continue to tweak how I determine the WWE Wrestler of the Week.
Although Kane and Daniel Bryan had successful weeks, Axel did more than just win this week. Kane had two disqualification match wins against Ryback and Dean Ambrose, the latter of whom he will face at Payback for the United States Championship. Bryan teamed with Randy Orton in successful fashion against their Payback opponents Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns. Bryan also had the match of the night on Raw against Seth Rollins. Clearly, these two will face off in a world title match in the next five years.
Now in terms of Axel, he defeated Chris Jericho on the June 7th edition of Smackdown. Granted, CM Punk’s entrance music distracted Jericho and allowed Axel to roll him up for the win. On the June 10th edition of Raw, Axel got extremely lucky. He has been stuck in the middle of the McMahons-Triple H feud. Axel was able to score two victories over Triple H due to Mr. McMahon repeatedly entering ringside and ordering ring announcer Justin Roberts to declare Axel the winner only for Triple H to restart the match.
In addition to his impressive or maybe not so impressive wins, Axel was also inserted into the Intercontinental title match at Payback. Fandango unfortunately suffered a concussion recently and will not be able to compete at Payback. WWE removed one young, up-and-coming superstar with another for this match. Wade Barrett and The Miz will now have to deal with the newest Paul Heyman guy.
It seems obvious that WWE was looking to move the Intercontinental title off Barrett and onto a new heel. Without Fandango in the match, Axel will now win the title. His father Mr. Perfect was very well known in WWE for his Intercontinental title reign. Perhaps Axel can live up to the same hype. Although I thought Axel was a great choice for Paul Heyman’s clientele, he needs to win cleanly as Payback to prove his worth.\
Axel showed his poor mic skills on Raw and its clear how much Heyman has already done for the third generation superstar. He is winning on a regular basis and will most likely win his first singles title this Sunday at Payback. These accomplishments and booking decisions have earned Curtis Axel his first undisputed WWE Wrestler of the Week award.
Seth M. Guttenplan is a WWE Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. To read more from Seth follow him on twitter (@sethgutt) and check out guttwrenchpowerblog.com. You can also like GWP on Facebook here.
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