411’s Wrestler of the Week: Year 10, Week 19 – Did Brock Lesnar Conquer The List?
Posted by Larry Csonka on 08.19.2014
Brock Lesnar destroyed John Cena at Summerslam, Reigns and Rollins picked up big wins at the WWE's biggest party of the summer and more! But who won 411's Wrestler of the Week? Find out inside!
Welcome to YEAR TEN, WEEK 19 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) Brock Lesnar and John Cena:
As promised, Lesnar left Cena beaten, victimized and conquered in a spectacularly booked and worked main event. Credit to John Cena as well, he had to take one hell of a beating to sell the beast that they made Lesnar at Summerslam, and his work was vital to Lesnar's success. This was an awesome piece of business; it felt fresh, it was completely outside the box for WWE and it worked big time.
2) T-Hawk and EITA: T-Hawk and EITA defeated Masaaki Mochizuki and Dragon Kid at the Dangerous gate event to retain the Open the Twin Gate Championship. These guys have absolutely been on fire in 2014, delivering great match after great match, and making their case for the top tag team in the business. The future of Dragon Gate looks good when The Millennials continue to deliver at the level that they are.
3) Dolph Ziggler: Dolph Ziggler defeated The Miz to win the IC Title at Summerslam. With Lesnar set to be a special attraction, the IC and US Title will likely be featured more going forward, and that could be huge for Ziggler.
5) Roman Reigns
1) Brock Lesnar
I wouldn't say this was a five star match, but this was one of if not the greatest asskickings I've ever seen in a wrestling match. Lesnar completely destroyed his multiple time world champion opponent physically and mentally. I mean this was incredible to watch and if nothing else completely entertaining. I've never been so into what was basically an extended squash for a world title. That was awesomely booked and the story of the match was perfect. Brock Lesnar played such an unlikeable bully and I think he got his revenge for their last match. Lesnar really solidified ending the streak with this victory.
2) John Cena: He may have lost, yet his performance was great. John Cena generally plays the superman, but this time Cena played victim better than almost anyone else I've ever seen. Cena actually created sympathy and I think even a few of his haters started to cheer for him. Cena just got beat down horridly, and it was wildly entertaining if nothing else. This is like seeing a superhero get decimated by the villain. I would compare this to Bane and Batman's first fight in the Dark Knight Rises. Total destruction and it was glorious. A credit to both men.
3) Dean Ambrose: Another highly entertaining match. This is probably the only lumberjack match I'll remember for the rest of my life. I mean I'll admit that I scoffed at the Lumberjack stipulation, but Ambrose and Rollins proved me wrong. I think despite losing that Ambrose had a star making performance. Ambrose channeled something special in this match and made it entertaining throughout. Ambrose just kept attacking everyone and leaving downed bodies in a path. Another awesomely entertaining match with the perfect story.
4) Seth Rollins
1) Brock Lesnar
No explanation needed.
2) John Cena: Kudos to John Cena on filling in for Daniel Bryan the past couple of weeks. For all of those upset and angry at Money in the Bank and/or Battleground about Cena winning the title, here is your payoff. Now go sit in the corner for (again) jumping to conclusions without an ounce of logic used. While Cena may get a rematch at Night of Champions (I think Batista is coming back to battle Brock Lesnar soon personally), it will be his WWE Summerslam performance that gets remembered for a long time. The man took a beating and did the 'right' thing...as usual. There is a reason he is STILL the top star in WWE, and he showed why once again last night. On that note, props to WWE, Cena, Paul Heyman, Brock Lesnar and everybody involved with putting together the Summerslam main event. It is so easy to bash, complain, whine, and cry about things we do not like. However, it is now time to give credit where it is due.
3) Paige: I wish I could give BOTH Bellas a vote. I wish I could give Bray Wyatt a vote. I wish I could give Stephanie McMahon a vote. I wish I could give a bunch of people a vote. However, the limit is five. Thus, some have to be left off. Just know that WWE Summerslam was a very good event with many deserving participants here. However, since I lucked out and predicted Paige would win back the Divas Title, she gets my third place this week!
4) Seth Rollins
5) Roman Reigns
1) Brock Lesnar
He just got the strongest booking in the history of booking. I'm torn on the actual quality of the match. It was something completely different, which I appreciated, and it told one hell of a story. That said, it was far from a wrestling clinic. Best touch was Brock doing the Undertaker sit-up and then bouncing around on the balls of his feet to show Cena that the AA had no lasting effect. Cena did a nice job of playing the damsel in distress. I like that the first F5 mattered. Big takeaway for me is, unlike Brock's WrestleMania win over Taker, this match held together. It mattered while it was happening, not just at the end.
2) Seth Rollins: I thought Rollins and Ambrose had the best match at SummerSlam. Lesnar-Cena was more epic in scope, but the former Shield partners let it all hang out. Rollins getting the cheap heel win also was good storytelling, reinforcing that he's usually two steps ahead of his opponent. Just thinking down the road, we're supposedly on the road to Lesnar-Reigns at WrestleMania where Reigns gets the big win (my take - so no need to pay attention again until March). If they wanted to veer away from that kind of pre-programming at WM32, Reigns coming up short and Rollins closing the show with a cash-in would make for a way more interesting story.
3) Roman Reigns: Some really sweet high impact spots between him and Orton. Kicking out the RKO was mandatory and Orton turning the spear attempt into a scoop powerslam gets my vote for spot of the night. Would have been nice if they had pushed the pace, especially since Lesnar-Cena was such a methodical affair. Rusev-Swagger and Dolph-Miz each had more of an action pace. On a side note, I'm hoping the ultimate plan for Rusev is to feed him to Reigns.
5) Dolph Ziggler
1) Brock Lesnar
This is possibly the most obvious vote in the history of the Wrestler of the Week column. Just to reinforce the point, Brock Lesnar defeated John Cena to become the WWE World Heavyweight Champion in a complete squash to close out a rather impressive Summerslam pay-per-view. Lesnar has been booked to perfection in 2014 and now stands head and shoulders above everyone on the current roster, the former champion included. Lesnar brings not just prestige, but intrigue to the title picture as we wonder how often he will show up and defend the title, but also who the hell is going to dethrone this guy. Brock Lesnar is the most interesting world champion since... ...possibly ever?
2) Stephanie McMahon: A lot of people are down on the angle, and the match at Summerslam, but last week's mistress angle aside, the feud has been damned entertaining. A lot of people called the Nikki Bella heel turn, but it's a logical progression of the storyline. At the end of the day, Stephanie but on a pretty great performance in the second most-hyped Summerslam match, got the victory, and looked damned good in the process.
3) Paige: Speaking of looking good whilst picking up big victories, Paige knocked off AJ Lee to once again become Diva's Champion. Considering the ladies only got five minutes to work their magic, they had a really good match. These girls definitely have something great in them, and I think we're building up to. I could watch these ladies go every day from now until WrestleMania 31.
4) Bray Wyatt
5) Seth Rollins
1) Brock Lesnar
Much like his SummerSlam match with John Cena, it's not even close. Sunday's main event is what happens when a perfect monster heel performance and perfect monster heel booking combine. Lesnar's the champ and the way he's portrayed right now, I don't expect he'll drop the strap before 'Mania.
2) Roman Reigns: While I feel that all of the limitations in Reigns's game that The Shield hid are evident in lengthy singles matches, his showing at SummerSlam was far from poor, and he looks more and more set to be the man to eventually topple The Beast.
3) Seth Rollins: Hopefully, the Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins program has a long way to go, because the two exceeded expectations within the meh infrastructure of a Lumberjack Match, and I'd love to see what they can do in a match under standard rules, and all the more so in a culminating falls count anywhere scenario. In any event, Rollins picked up the first televised pinfall victory, so he gets the recognition this week.
5) Bray Wyatt
1) Paul Heyman's Client, Brock Lesnar
This was not just a championship victory. This was a totally unique, historical professional wrestling match unlike anything that we've ever seen before. Brock's performance will be talked about for decades to come, and he was been launched into a position where he has the potential to become one of the greatest WWE Champions of all time.
2) John Cena: Say what you will about that man, but he did NOT have to take the beating that he did on Sunday night. He deserves all of the credit in the world for being professional enough to put Lesnar over that manner and for sacrificing his body to put Lesnar over in that manner.
3) Roman Reigns: I've enjoyed Reigns as a character but have still been knocking him for his in-ring performances, which have been sub-par in singles matches. However, he had a bit of a coming out party at Summerslam, holding up his end of the bargain in the match against Randy Orton. We'll see if he can keep this momentum up.
4) Alexander Rusev
5) BxB Hulk
1) Brock Lesnar
Has another wrestler ever had a year quite like Lesnar's 2014? Admittedly the nearly non-match with Big Show at Royal Rumble wasn't the most auspicious start, but Lesnar went on from there to do two things that many people thought would never happen - ending the Undertaker's WrestleMania streak, and squashing Super Cena. It's on the strength of the latter performance that he gets my vote this week. While Lesnar winning was the best possible result for the match, I had absolutely no idea that it would be in such a strong fashion. Have we ever seen Cena take a beating like that? Lesnar's 2014 has very nearly made up for his 2013, and he's only had three matches.
2) Dolph Ziggler: We'll pretend the WWE Intercontinental championship still means something, and reward Dolph for picking up a clean victory over the Miz in a fun match to start off what was one of the best shows of the year.
3) Rusev: Rusev gets my vote here because he not only defeated Jack Swagger, he actually sold Swagger's ankle work both on the defensive and on the offensive, something that's sorely missing in today's WWE.
4) Bray Wyatt
Special Mention…Dolph Ziggler - 7 Votes
Fifth Place…Paige - 8 Votes
Fourth Place…Rusev - 10 Votes
Third Place…Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns - 12 Votes
The former Shield members won big at Summerslam.
Second Place…John Cena - 19 Votes
Put in a great performance to make Lesnar look like a complete monster champion.