Starting for 2011 I will highlight a Wrestler of Week. This is just 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. In addition to highlighting a Wrestler of Week, two honorable mentions will also be noted. Throughout the year point totals will be tallied. Each week 5 points will go to the actual Wrestler of the Week, 3 points going to the first Honorable Mention and 1 going to the second Honorable Mention. At the end of the year a Wrestler of the Year will be crowned.
Needless to say this past week was a whirlwind for yours truly. Between ending one job, starting a new job and all of the fun of the Christmas weekend, no writing was done over the past week. But I’m looking to end 2011 with a bang and kick off with 2012 with an even bigger impact.
Wrestler of the Week
Mark & Jay Briscoe
ROH’s long-time brother tandem defeated Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team (Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin) this past Saturday night at the Final Battle 2011 iPPV. That victory made Jay and Mark a record seven-time ROH World Tag Team Championship team and once again the face of ROH’s stellar tag team division
The new World Heavyweight Champion had a banner first week under his new reign. On Monday Night RAW he got a hero’s welcome from the Philadelphia crowd and love from his fellow ROH alum and current WWE Champion CM Punk. The duo and new United States Champion Zack Ryderteamed together in the main event of RAW to defeat The Miz, Alberto Del Rio and Dolph Ziggler in a six-man tag match. Bryan got the victory for his team by making Del Rio tap out to the Labell Lock. Then on SmackDown his one-on-one match with Ziggler was changed to a tag team match that saw Bryan team with The Big Show to defeat Ziggler and Jack Swagger. Once again Bryan got the victory by making Swagger tap out.
Also at ROH Final Battle ’11, Steen made a huge impact. He defeated his former running buddy Steve Corino in a brutal No Disqualifications match. Post-match he also laid waste to El Generico and Jimmy Jacobs as well. As a result of that victory Steen is back in ROH full time after being banished from the company at Final Battle ’10 when he lost a loser-leaves-town bout to Generico. Then at the end of the night he laid out a challenge to ROH World Champion Davey Richards, who had just retained his Championship against Eddie Edwards.