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Wrestler of the Month: February 2018

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In addition to our top five matches of the month pieces, Robert and Dave will also release wrestler of the month pieces at the beginning of every month in 2018. If you’d care to join us, feel free to sound off in the comments section or get at us on social media @FightBoothPW.

SANADA

(@phitingspirit)

The question going into February was whether or not SANADA would be able to have a breakthrough match that could showcase his worth within the company. Since debuting in New Japan, April 2016, SANADA has mostly been waiting in the shadows. He’s had a standout match against Tanahashi at the G1 Climax 26 but this was his first chance at a singles championship. His character is one of few words but he needed to sell this match and make people believe that he was serious. What we got was a top-notch interview where he explained his influences and motives in New Japan. The fans in Osaka were firmly behind SANADA and created an environment that made him feel like a star. Even in defeat, SANADA’s stock has risen and it’s higher than it’s ever been.

Seth Rollins

(@dw_reno)

Seth Rollins gave us a friendly reminder this month as to why he’s the rightful face of today’s WWE. Rollins gave us a tour de force performance on the Elimination Chamber go-home show, defeating Roman Reigns and John Cena in a gauntlet match that lasted two hours. Rollins would spend a record-setting one hour and five minutes in the ring before being eliminated by Elias. He also gave us the best performance in a singles match on WWE programming this month (which isn’t always saying much) when he defeated The Miz with a Frog Splash from the other side of the planet that certainly would’ve made Eddie Guerrero proud.

It’s not just Rollins’ moveset that makes him the most exciting babyface to watch on the main roster today — it’s the way he puts it all together. As long as he can stay healthy, Seth Rollins is the guy to take this company to the next level. He’s the guy that should be featured in the promo packages when attempting to get in bed with FOX for that next major broadcast deal. He has the potential to be the Shawn Michaels of this generation. And we’ve yet to even scratch the surface.

Robert McCauley hasn't missed an NJPW show since the launch of NJPW World. Always be on the look out for his reviews where he shares results and gives his honest opinions on the goings-on of New Japan Pro-Wrestling.

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