Welcome back to another edition of WWE Wrestler of the Week! This week brought us into the month of June as we approach the new pay-per-view, WWE Payback. While only three matches have been made official so far, WWE is still building feuds quite nicely. With that, a number of superstars were able to end the week with a 2-0 record. Those superstars are Curtis Axel, the Usos, Sheamus and The Shield’s Roman Reigns.
Sheamus is goofy enough that it works with Sandow, but the Intellectual Savior of the Masses deserves better. Sandow and Sheamus earned bonus points for their segment on Smackdown. On the June 3rd edition of Raw, Sheamus was victorious against Sandow’s buddy Cody Rhodes. Again, for some reason, WWE is building toward a feud between Sheamus and Sandow. Finally, Sheamus was victorious on Main Event this week against Antonio Cesaro. The former U.S. Champion has certainly fallen down the card in recent weeks and a loss to Sheamus doesn’t help.
The next candidate to discuss is Curtis Axel. The new Paul Heyman guy had a similar week this time than last week. On Smackdown, he defeated Sin Cara once again. Then on Raw, he defeated John Cena via count-out. Again. Sure, Axel is winning against midcard and top talent, but it hasn’t been impressive. The only midcard or jobber he is facing is Sin Cara, while his wins against top talent have been via count-out.
With CM Punk set to face Chris Jericho at WWE Payback, I have been receiving comments on other articles from fans who think Axel will replace Punk against Jericho. This is not a bad idea. This would allow Axel to have a great opponent in Jericho at his first pay-per-view. Plus, it may be the start of a CM Punk face turn.
Next, I will discuss the week Roman Reigns had, as he is the only Shield member to go 2-0 on Raw and Smackdown. Reigns defeated Daniel Bryan on Smackdown, while his buddies Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose lost their matches. It made sense to have Bryan lose his match, while Kane and Randy Orton win theirs. It goes along with Bryan’s weak-link storyline well in that it leads to him getting riled up and aggressive. Reigns, along with Ambrose and Rollins, was victorious in six-man tag action on Raw against Team Hell No and Orton. Reigns reminds me of Kevin Nash in that he is the big man of the group, but Reigns seems as though he has better in-ring skills. Hopefully, we continue to see big things from Reigns going forward.
Finally, the Usos make their debut as candidates for WWE Wrestlers of the Week with their newfound push. On Raw, sporting face paint for the first time, Jimmy and Jey Uso defeated the Prime Time Players. Then on Main Event, the Usos continued their winning ways against Team Rhodes Scholars. Jimmy and Jey Uso are finally getting the push they deserve as the only legitimate tag team in the company.
They are an old school pair of twin brothers with a great look and family lineage. Chances are they will get a push that leads to a tag team title match against their cousin Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins. Unfortunately, it’s hard to believe WWE could have the Usos defeat the Shield. While Sheamus received bonus points in addition to his 2-0 record this week, I believe the Usos deserve this award. This is the first time they are getting recognition after spending their entire tenure in WWE as jobbers.
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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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