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WWE Wrestler of the Week: April 5th – 11th, 2013

WWE Wrestler of the Week returns for the first time since WrestleMania 29’s disappointment and Raw’s exciting show. I had the pleasure of attending both events and am now even prouder to be from New Jersey. In terms of this week’s winner, there are three contenders for WWE Wrestler of the Week – The Shield, Fandango and new WWE Champion John Cena, all of whom went 2-0 this week.

The Shield secured victories at WrestleMania 29 over Randy Orton, Sheamus and Big Show and on Main Event over the team of Kofi Kingston and Tons of Funk. At WrestleMania 29, Orton tagged himself in, which upset Big Show. This ultimately led to The Shield teaming up against Orton and Big Show refusing to help. The Main Event result for The Shield was not surprising as Kingston hasn’t won a match in weeks. The WrestleMania outcome was not particularly surprising; despite many people expecting Randy Orton to turn heel.

Although The Shield did not have a match on Raw, they did interrupt The Undertaker’s brief promo on his win at WrestleMania. The Shield chose not to attack Undertaker after Team Hell No entered the ring. This will likely set up either a six-man tag match or a tag title match. A six-man tag match would be intriguing as it would mean the Undertaker wrestling more often than just WrestleMania. Regardless, a tag title match could mean the end for Team Hell No’s reign. No team has been able to win the titles from Kane and Daniel Bryan. However, The Shield would be a suitable team to claim the gold. Whether that means only two of Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns will hold the belts, or all three using the Freebird Rule, either way it would be acceptable.

Fandango also had a successful 2-0 week with wins at WrestleMania 29 and the following night on Raw. At WrestleMania 29, Fandango finally made his in-ring debut against Chris Jericho. Fandango had to win his first match in order to legitimize his character. Having him win with a small package also helped Chris Jericho look less weak. On Raw, Fandango defeated the ever so jobberish Kofi Kingston. However, Fandango’s night did not end there. As I sat in the audience, I watched as many fans stood up, hummed and danced to Fandango’s music. It didn’t end there. The New Jersey crowd continued to hum and dance to Fandango’s music throughout the night, as they were leaving, while in their cars and when they got home too.

The Fandango revolution may have begun. The New Jersey crowd has shown an interest for more Fandango. This could lead to a push for the newcomer. However, WWE must be careful not to push Fandango too much too soon. He should not be wrestling John Cena or Dolph ZIggler, but rather heading towards a midcard title. Putting the U.S. or Intercontinental title on Fandango may actually help the prestige of the belt with the fans behind Fandango.

Finally, John Cena is the champ once again. Cena got his redemption as many of us predicted in his WrestleMania rematch against The Rock. The match was predictable and quite lame how they exchanged finishers at the end of the match. It just showed the lack of moves both John Cena and The Rock have in their set.

On Raw, John Cena addressed the crowd. Despite not being a huge Cena fan, he does impress me on the mic. He knows exactly how to react to the crowd, regardless of how they react to him. Cena did have a match against Mark Henry, but the finish was disappointing. Cena won the match by count-out, which is not a very exciting way to win the night after WrestleMania. However, after Ryback entered to save Cena from Henry was exciting. Ryback ended up attacking Cena, which may lead to a match between the two. Whether Ryback is still a face or turning heel doesn’t really matter. Enough fans hate Cena that Ryback doesn’t have to turn heel.

So who deserves the WWE Wrestler of the Week award? The Shield with their two wins at WrestleMania and Main Event? Fandango for his two wins, plus the revolution his entrance music has begun? Or John Cena, who got redemption over The Rock, despite being attacked by Ryback?

Please share who you think deserves the award this week in the comment section below.

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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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