Welcome to year five of Wrestler of the Week. Much like the previous four years this will continue to be a little way to highlight an individual (or tag team as the case may be) that had a particularly banner week in terms of storyline or on-air achievement. Just like in previous years, in addition to highlighting a Wrestler of Week, two honorable mentions will also be noted. Throughout the year point totals will be tallied. Just like in year four, each week 10 points will go to the actual Wrestler of the Week, 5 points going to the first Honorable Mention and 3 going to the second Honorable Mention. At the end of the year a Wrestler of the Year will be crowned.
We’re still catching up on Wrestler of the Week articles. Where did the month of May go? This is for the week of April 27 through May 3.
Wrestler of the Week
Bad News Barrett
The former five time WWE Intercontinental Champion got another feather in his cap this week when he outlasted an eight-man field to become the 2015 King of the Ring. On Monday Night RAW, he defeated Dolph Ziggler. Then on Tuesday he outlasted R-Truth and then “The New Sensation” Neville in a special King of the Ring that aired lived on the WWE Network. It was a great special reminiscent of the old Saturday Night’s Main Events and was a perfect event to showcase on The Network.
Over in New Japan Pro Wrestling, Goto defeated Shinsuke Nakamura to become the IWGP Intercontinental Champion. Nakamura has become a growing sensation in NJPW and has built the Intercontinental Title as something as nearly equal as the IWGP Heavyweight Championship. This is a huge victory for Goto and should actually propel Nakamura into a permanent fixture of the main event.
The Young Bucks
Also over in New Japan, Nick and Matt Jackson defeated Roppongi Vice (Beretta & Rocky Romero) and reDRagon (Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly) to become IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions for a third time.
While they won’t get points here’s a couple of other wrestlers who deserve some recognition…
Kenny King…The Pretty Boy Pitbull outlasted TNA X-Division Champion Rockstar Spud, Tigre Uno and Mark Andrews in a four way Ladder Match to win the X-Division Championship for a second time…
Togi Makabe…Also in NJPW, Makabe defeated Tomohiro Ishii to win the NEVER Openweight Championship…