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WWE Wrestler of the Week: March 29th to April 4th, 2013

WWE Wrestler of the Week returns for the final time prior to WrestleMania 29 and a number of competitors scheduled for Sunday have a very impressive week. This week you have to decide whether Chris Jericho deserves the award or the babyface trio of Randy Orton, Sheamus and Big Show. All superstars gained momentum heading toward their match at WrestleMania 29. Interestingly enough, Jericho and the babyface trio will all be facing superstars making their WrestleMania debuts.

Chris Jericho had a victorious week against WWE’s midcard champions. On the March 29th edition of Smackdown, Jericho defeated Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett. The Miz was on commentary and distracted Barrett, which ultimately gave Jericho the opportunity to win.

On the April 1st edition of Raw, Jericho defeated United States Champion Antonio Cesaro. After the win, Jericho’s WrestleMania opponent, Fandango began his attack. Jericho doesn’t need these wins, but his opponents do. The midcard champions continue to lose. However, this may be just one instance of giving Jericho this win and then having him lose at WrestleMania.

Randy Orton, Sheamus and Big Show may be in a similar situation as Chris Jericho. On Smackdown, the trio defeated Team Rhodes Scholars and Antonio Cesaro. Unsurprisingly, the Shield made their presence known. However, once again the babyface trio scared them off. The Celtic Vipers and Big Show were victorious in another six-man tag match on Raw against 3MB. Nothing too interesting here, but again after the match, the Shield was seen in the crowd. Each member cut a promo hyping their WrestleMania match. Just like Jericho, it seems as though WWE was giving the Celtic Vipers and Big Show the win on television, but not on pay-per-view.

This trio is interesting in that most WWE fans expect someone to turn heel and possibly join forces with the Shield. The most popular choice is Randy Orton, but I don’t see it happening. It is too obvious and although Orton and his fans want him to be heel, I don’t think WWE does.

The other choice is to see Big Show turn heel. Show was a heel until the Shield accidentally attacked him and brought him into the feud. I wouldn’t be against Big Show turning heel. He is much more effective and believable as a heel. I don’t think that anyone should join the Shield though. Any change to that group should only include NXT superstars.

The Shield and Fandango should all be expected to win their matches at WrestleMania 29. The four newcomers represent the up and coming future of the company. Last year, Jericho played a similar role in putting over CM Punk and Dolph Ziggler. WWE has been known to give certain superstars the win on television as a consolation prize for losing on pay-per-view.

Now it is time for you to decide who deserves WWE Wrestler of the Week. Chris Jericho or the group of Randy Orton, Sheamus and Big Show? Did these superstars win to set up a loss at WrestleMania 29?

Please leave your thoughts on WWE Wrestler of the Week in the comment section below. Be sure to check out the series each and every Friday on Camel Clutch Blog.

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. You can also like GWP on Facebook here.

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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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