WWE Superstar of the Week for January 31

The Doctor Chris Mueller@@BR_DoctorFeatured ColumnistJanuary 31, 2015

WrestleMania opponents come face-to-face on Raw.
WrestleMania opponents come face-to-face on Raw.Credit: WWE.com

It's been a crazy time in WWE. First, there was the controversial Royal Rumble finish and then the online backlash with the hashtag #CancelWWENetwork trending worldwide.

Then WWE had to deal with a brutal winter storm in the Northeast that forced it to cancel the live Raw show and move it to WWE Headquarters, as well as move the SmackDown taping to Thursday and broadcast the show live.

Oh yeah, there was also the announcement that the WWE Network had reached the one-million-subscribers milestone, which seems to indicate that all the online hating only led to more people signing up to see what the hubbub was all about.

Needless to say, it's been an up-and-down week over at Titan Tower, but one man stepped up and delivered some of the best work since he returned a few years ago.

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WWE may be all about each individual performer, but the company as a whole is a team working toward the betterment of the company.

Last Sunday's Royal Rumble pay-per-view was met with hostility from fans who were either unhappy with Roman Reigns winning or simply didn't see their favorite win in the end.

However, one bout that has received universal acclaim was the Triple Threat match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

John Cena has an unfair reputation of burying Superstars by appearing to be invincible, but he has stepped back and allowed Brock Lesnar look like an absolute monster.

Cena's performance at the Rumble was on par with some of his best work, but Seth Rollins was even better. The elbow drop into Lesnar on the announce table and the Phoenix Splash he delivered will be shown on highlight reels for years to come.

Despite the harsh reaction to Reigns' Rumble victory, there was still a number of wrestlers who had great showings in the match.

Bray Wyatt made an impact by eliminating more Superstars than anyone else, Kane entered the record books once again by surpassing Shawn Michaels' record for most overall eliminations and Daniel Bryan was so over that most of the crowd lost interest as soon as he was eliminated.

A lot of people stepped up in a big way over the past week, but none more so than the man we will discuss next.

 

Superstar of the Week for Jan. 31: Brock Lesnar

Brock Lesnar, by most accounts, saved the Royal Rumble pay-per-view. He did it with the help of Rollins and Cena, but Lesnar was the guy who really made that match special.

After not being around for months, it was clear as soon as he popped back into the WWE picture that he had been working on every aspect of his game.

He looks better than he ever has physically, he is performing on a higher level than everyone else on the roster, and he has improved his mic skills, thanks to Paul Heyman's guidance.

The WWE world heavyweight title match at the Rumble, Lesnar and Heyman's interview on Raw and the face-to-face confrontation with Reigns all showed why he deserves to be this week's MVP.

Even though every aspect of wrestling is debated by fans until their ears bleed, most people can agree that the bout involving Lesnar, Cena and Rollins was one of, if not, the best Triple Threat match of all time.

Everyone was on point in every way. Rollins definitely hit the two most impressive spots, but Lesnar finished the match with a broken rib. That's what Jim Ross would call "Tougher than a two dollar steak."

Fans and wrestlers alike took to Twitter following the brutal contest to express how much they loved what was accomplished by the three men involved:

Many object to part-timers taking up spots in the main event, especially when it involves them taking the title off television for months at a time, but Lesnar has proven time and time again that he is worth the trouble.

It's hard to say if Lesnar would have been as successful without Heyman by his side, but there's no denying that he has come a long way. In fact, some of Lesnar's best mic work came during the weeks leading up to the Rumble.

Being big and scary looking will only get you so far. You have to make people believe you're serious when you talk about beating people so badly they will have to retire. Lesnar is finally believable in that aspect.

It wasn't just his win at the Rumble that made Lesnar stand out this week. It was how he made Cena and Rollins look good in the process.

Rollins has been in matches with main event players since The Shield debuted, but this was the first time he looked like he truly belonged in the ring with someone like Lesnar.

Everyone pulled their weight in the Rumble title match, but Lesnar was the one who made it an instant classic.

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