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WWE Wrestler of the Week: May 10th-16th, 2013

WWE Wrestler of the Week returns and although it doesn’t make a difference for this week, there has been a change in determining the winner. For now on, WWE superstars can earn bonus points for exceptional appearances other than winning matches. For example, Mark Henry earned bonus points for breaking a world record when he dragged two trailer tractors. Also, Triple H earned bonus points for convincing Brock Lesnar to get in the steel cage with him and then forced him to retreat with Paul Heyman. However, this week’s winner was 2-0 as United States Champion Kofi Kingston receives the award.

On the May 10th edition of SmackDown, Kofi Kingston was victorious against the Master of Moustaches Cody Rhodes. It was a match of two of the less successful superstars in recent memory, but it was nice to see Kofi get a win. WWE has booked the midcard champions to look weak way too often recently. This match also showed WWE fans that Team Rhodes Scholars will only wrestle in tag team matches occasionally. While the team should have been tag champions at one point, with Money in the Bank not far away, perhaps Rhodes or Sandow could walk away with a briefcase. Regardless, Kofi needed to win a match while he is still U.S. Champion and he did just that.

Speaking of Team Rhodes Scholars, on the May 13th edition of Raw, Kingston was successful against Rhodes’ partner Damien Sandow. The Intellectual Savior of the Masses did not serenade us with another mockery of entrance music. Once again, Kofi earns a win against another superstar in need of a victory. It was also announced on Raw that Kingston will defend the United States title against Dean Ambrose of the Shield.

When Kingston won the U.S. Championship from Antonio Cesaro a number of weeks ago, the speculation of the next champion already began. Kingston is clearly a transitional champion from one up and coming heel to another. Fandango’s revolution was high at the time and I thought that he was going to be the next United States Champion. Big E Langston was another superstar who could have won the belt since Dolph Ziggler is now World Heavyweight Champion and AJ Lee is likely going to be the next Divas Champion.

However, WWE is being wise by putting the title on Dean Ambrose. His partners, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins will likely become the tag team champions at Extreme Rules. Instead of having Team Ziggler full of gold, it is The Shield that will rule the company’s titles. The Shield is one of the best groups in the WWE today and possibly of all-time. Since the group has already defeated the top names in the company, it is time for Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns to begin winning titles.

This week was one of those times when a superstar looks strong going into a pay-per-view match where he is going to lose. Kofi Kingston was the only superstar to finish the week undefeated in two matches, but at the same time, he is going to lose at Extreme Rules.

Who do you think deserves the WWE Wrester of the Week this time? Will Kofi Kingston lose the U.S. title to Dean Ambrose at Extreme Rules? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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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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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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