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WWE Wrestler of the Week: November 15th-21st, 2013

Welcome back to another edition of WWE Wrestler of the Week! We are just two weeks away from the one year anniversary of this column. Many WWE Superstars have won this award and this week we have a brand new winner. But first, we have two different honorable mentions to discuss.

The Miz made some headlines this week when he reverted back to the old heel Miz almost exactly a year after turning babyface. Last year, the Miz turned good just in time for WWE Survivor Series. Unfortunately, his face run was a complete disaster. He won the Intercontinental title, but beyond that, didn’t accomplish anything. It is unfortunate as I thought he would have made a great babyface to compliment the work he does for WWE outside the ring. Nonetheless, Miz deserted his tag team partner on Raw, Kofi Kingston and solidified his return to the dark side. Now, Miz will face Kofi during the Kickoff to Survivor Series.

Another wrestler I want to give an honorable mention to is Xavier Woods, who made his Raw debut this past Monday. Woods teamed with R-Truth to defeat 3MB. It is great to see another NXT Superstar making it to the main roster. I have only recently been watching NXT on a regular basis on Hulu so I wasn’t as familiar with Woods. However, I was still very impressed. His energy was fantastic and his two signature moves were creative and unique. Pairing him with R-Truth is somewhat questionable though. I like that it is different from how other NXT alumni have debuted on the main roster, but R-Truth is at the end of his career. This is a good starting point for Woods and I am looking forward to him showcasing more of his talent.

Now, to our winner. Like Woods, he is an NXT alumnus. He is a former NXT champion as well. In fact, thanks to a friend on Twitter, I learned that he is the first wrestler to become NXT champion and win a WWE title in the same calendar year. This week’s winner of WWE Wrestler of the Week is Big E Langston.

Langston reached the highest level of success in career thus far when he defeated Curtis Axel for the Intercontinental Championship on Raw. This was the right move for both Langston and Axel. Langston has been super impressive from the start, but has had the crowd behind him for sure since turning babyface. Putting a midcard title proves that WWE believes in Langston as part of the future and choosing the Intercontinental title was the right choice.

Axel wasn’t going to achieve any more than this midcard title. Plus, his stock is only going down with Paul Heyman off television. Axel is best off in a tag team. When Ted Dibiase Jr. was in the WWE, I thought pairing those two would be a good move. With Ryback joining Heyman, I could have seen Axel joining the Big Guy to form a tag team. WWE decided to move Ryback away from Heyman for some reason.

Two NXT Superstars made it to this column this week and by the looks of it, there are many more to come. Langston, the WWE Wrestler of the Week, will defend his title in a rematch against Axel and let’s just hope it’s another win for the former NXT champion.

Who do you think deserves WWE Wrestler of the Week this week? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Seth Guttenplan is the owner of GuTTWrenchPowerBlog. 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 visit http://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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