411’s Wrestler of the Week 9.03.13: Year Nine, Week 21
Posted by Larry Csonka on 09.03.2013
Randy Orton continued to make Daniel Bryan’s life hell, Kyle O’Reilly won the 2013 Battle of Los Angeles and more! But who won 411's Wrestler of the Week? Find out inside!
Welcome to YEAR NINE, WEEK 21 of 411's Wrestler of the Week. A quick overview of the rules to kick things off for us as a reminder…
Each writer chooses FIVE wrestlers (although ties and tag teams are allowed) from any promotion and each wrestler gets a point total attached to that ranking. It looks a little like this…
1st - 5
2nd - 4
3rd - 3
4th - 2
5th - 1
Then we tally up the votes and the official 411 Wrestler of the Week is crowned. But wait, there's more! Each week the top SIX vote getters get a points value for their ranking which looks something like this…
1st - 15
2nd – 12
3rd - 9
4th - 6
5th - 3
6th - 1
...and they go towards the 411 Wrestler of the Year award to be announced each year around WrestleMania. This will be posted every Tuesday (the voting week runs Monday through Sunday). Let's see who wins this week…
1) Kyle O'Reilly
Kyle O'Reilly won the 2013 PWG BOLA tournament. To do so, he defeated Trent Baretta with an arm bar submission on night one, and then on night two defeated ACH via triangle choke, Drake Younger via guillotine choke and then Michael Elgin via triangle choke to win the tournament. O'Reilly now joins the honored list of BOLA winners; and Joey Ryan.
2) Randy Orton: The centerpiece as WWE Champion on TV, and had a very good match with Christian last week and another strong victory over Miz on Smackdown.
3) Karl Anderson and Adam Cole: Karl Anderson and Adam Cole both won excellent (in different ways) title tournament matches on ROH TV.
4) Paul Heyman
1) Daniel Bryan
Technically Bryan had a clean sweep this week, he pinned Seth Rollins after an awesome outing and then got two DQ wins over Ambrose and Reigns, add to that his DQ victory over Ryback and that is four victories in a week. Sure he didn't win clean, but Bryan is a 'believable' underdog, where he can pull out a win despite unrealistic circumstances, but unlike say Cena or Rey Mysterio they way he does it, so far at least, is something that is a lot easier to buy into and to me that can only be a good thing. Let's hope that he continues to at least not lose many, or any, matches while he continues feuding with the Corporation 2.0 since while wins aren't all that important, enough losses can start to hurt, especially if that person is potentially being built up as a main event babyface.
2) Randy Orton: While Bryan has been getting technical wins, Orton has been picking up real ones, add to that he has left Bryan laying several times and already he looks like a much more dominant, if dastardly, champion. There is no question that Orton is now the number one, in-ring, heel in the WWE right now and that is a pretty big achievement considering that a couple of weeks ago Damien Sandow was pretty much the closest thing to that, and he was a long way off at that.
3) HHH: As for the top non-in-ring heel I am giving the Game his due. While Paul Heyman came damn close this week with his great performance against CM Punk I think HHH deserves credit for embracing his role and blurring the lines between reality and fiction in his promos to make his character way more believable. Just look at the words he said to Miz or Ziggler on Smackdown, those were some stinging bards that had grains of truth in them and came from a man who legitimately could have an impact on their careers, more so as time goes on. Give him more time in this role and HHH could even eclipse Vince McMahon as the ultimate bastard of the WWE.
4) Paul Heyman
5) The Shield
1) Kyle O'Reilly
Battle of Los Angeles 2013 winner. And that means a lot considering how great of a show it was. I was there and while I was rooting for Gargano to win the whole thing, I was in no way disappointed in the choice of O'Reilly as he delivered some killer matches to get there.
2) Candice LaRae: Looked like a total star at BOLA's second night.
3) Michael Elgin: BOLA runner-up who gave some awesome matches.
4) Daniel Bryan
5) Johnny Gargano
1) Kyle O'Reilly
O'Reilly managed what could be the biggest win of his career by taking home Battle of Los Angeles 2013 after defeating Trent Baretta, Drake Younger, ACH, and Michael Elgin. Reports are saying his matches were very good. BOLA is always one of PWG's most anticipated events, and the winner definitely deserves props.
2) Michael Elgin: Second place at Battle of Los Angeles isn't bad, but I'm sure Elgin felt the sting of it as he made it to the finals to lose to Kyle O'Reilly. He defeated Roderick Strong and Johnny Gargano on the second night. Elgin wanted it bad, but O'Reilly came out on top.
3) Daniel Bryan: Technically, Bryan had four victories this week if you combine his matches on RAW and Smackdown. Unfortunately, Randy Orton and HHH still managed to establish dominance. Still, the crowd believes in Bryan and his quest to regain the WWE Championship.
4) Randy Orton
5) AJ Lee
1) AJ Lee
This was a pretty quiet week overall, so I'm going to give the nod to the person who, even though it won't advance her career at all, probably generated the most buzz of anybody in wrestling with her performance. AJ Lee's big promo on Monday Night Raw, ripping into the Total Divas reality show and saying a lot of things that many fans have been saying themselves for a while now is the first interesting thing to happen in the WWE's women's division in literally years. Plus, she finally proved to me that she's a good promo, which is something a lot of people have been saying about her for some time, with me never seeing it.
2) Daniel Bryan: Bryan winning main events is no longer surprising and Bryan having great matches hasn't been surprising for over a decade, but, again, the week has been slow enough that I'm voting for things that normally wouldn't appear on my radar. Plus, as an added bonus, this week on Total Divas he was put into fuzzy pink handcuffs.
3) Randy Orton: Orton was successful in a very good TV match against Christian on Raw and defeated the Miz on Smackdown. Glad to see the champion being built up as a killer leading into his match with D-Bry.
4) James Raideen
5) Daisuke Sekimoto
1) Randy Orton
We're still in the phase of the Orton/Bryan feud where Randy will establish himself as a dastardly heel champion and Bryan will prove an indefatigable underdog. So, Randy has been plowing through current and former world champions with SLIGHTLY greater frequency than while he was treading water as an upper midcard babyface. Anyway, he beat Christian and Miz, which were pretty much the biggest victories on television this week.
2) Daniel Bryan: You'd think that WWE would remember from the "Ric Flair undefeated streak" fiasco that the fans generally consider DQ wins to be a cop-out and not generally something they want to see their babyface heroes doing, but, well, here we are. Bryan did have a convincing win over Seth Rollins, though, and at least he refuses to submit to Triple H's regime.
3) Rob Van Dam: RVD's comeback is progressing nicely, with big wins this week against Alberto Del Rio and Damien Sandow. Incidentally, I'd like to see Ricardo Rodriguez either grow some stubble and pick up some Birkenstocks or start wearing a whistle to the ring if he's going to manage Van Dam from here on out.
4) AJ Lee
5) The Shield
1) Randy Orton
Randy Orton is simply the man right now. He has a great match with Christian on Raw and followed that up with a victory over the Miz on Smackdown. Orton was booked as a dominant champion, and I appreciate that.
2) AJ Lee: Cut a good promo on Monday, and is making the Divas Division interesting.
3) Kyle O'Reilly: Won the big 2013 PWG Battle of Los Angeles Tournament.
5) The Shield
Special Mention… Candice LaRae & Paul Heyman - 4 Votes
Fifth Place…Rob Van Dam - 6 Votes
Fourth Place…Michael Elgin - 7 Votes
Third Place…AJ Lee - 12 Votes
Cut a "Pipe Bombshell" promo on Raw!
Second Place…Daniel Bryan and Kyle O'Reilly - 18 Votes
Daniel Bryan continues to battle the new corporation while Kyle O'Reilly won the PWG BOLA.
And 411's Wrestler of the Week is…
Randy Orton - 23 Votes
Your reigning and defending WWE Champion.
And here are the standings after week 21…
Daniel Bryan - 141pts.
Dean Ambrose - 67pts.
Seth Rollins - 63pts Roman Reigns - 63pts
Randy Orton - 46pts
Brock Lesnar - 42pts
CM Punk - 41pts.
Christian - 39pts.
Chris Sabin - 36pts.
Prince Devitt - 33pts Curtis Axel - 33pts.
Mark Henry - 27pts.
Bray Wyatt - 21pts.
Ryback - 20pts
AJ Styles - 18pts. Bully Ray - 18pts.
AJ Lee - 15pts. John Cena - 15pts. Austin Aries - 15pts. Kurt Angle - 15pts. Dolph Ziggler - 15pts. Kofi Kingston - 15pts. Kenta Kobashi - 15pts. Ricochet - 15pts Damien Sandow - 15pts.
Johnny Gargano – 9pts. Jimmy Uso - 9pts. Jey Uso - 9pts. Rampage Jackson - 9pts. Big E. Langston - 9pts. Abyss - 9pts. Wade Barrett - 9pts. The Undertaker - 9pts YAMATO - 9pts. Jun Akiyama - 9pts. Tamohiro Ishii - 9pts.
Mikey Nicholls- 7pt Shane Haste - 7pt Rob Van Dam - 7pts.
Shingo Takagi- 6pts. Antonio Cesaro - 6pts. Sami Zayne - 6pts. Fandango - 6pts. KENTA - 6pts. Yoshihiro Takayama - 6pts. Jigsaw – 6pts. The Shard – 6pts. Michael Elgin – 6pts.
Hiroshi Tanahashi- 3pts. Suwama - 3pts. John Morrison – 3pts. Drew Gulak – 3pts. Jack Swagger - 3pts. Tito Ortiz - 3pts. Sting - 3pts. Hernandez - 3pts. Chavo Guerrero - 3pts. Seita Sanada - 3pts.
Magnus - 2pts Paul Heyman - 2pts
Samoa Joe - 1pt Bobby Roode - 1pt Tiger Mask IV - 1pt CIMA - 1pt Kota Ibushi - 1pt Alex Shelley - 1pt Candice LaRae - 1pt Ethan Page - 1pt Eddie Kingston – 1pt La Sombra – 1 pt El Hijo del Perro Aguayo – 1 pt
Voting began 4.16.13
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