The Slammy Awards are always a bit of fun and excitement in the WWE, where superstars and divas are awarded for certain things they have achieved throughout the year; whether they put on a great match or opened the eyes of many fans.
With a decent year for the WWE thus far, GiveMeSport award their very first awards of 2013!
Superstar of the Year: Possibly the biggest award for every male wrestler in the company, and this year no superstar has made an impact quote like our winner, Daniel Bryan. He played a pivotal role in revitalising the tag team division alongside Kane where they captured the tag team championships as Team Hell No! And then went on to put great matches on show, matches we will remember for many years against the likes of Randy Orton, The SHIELD and the always-impressive Antonio Cesaro and even had a short stint as WWE Champion a couple of weeks ago; although he is not champion now there is no doubt that Daniel Bryan is out superstar of the year.
Honourable mention: CM Punk
Diva of the Year: Again, another no-brainer as one diva took it upon herself to make the diva’s division relevant again, AJ Lee has made an impact like no other diva in recent years. She plays her character incredibly well and fully deserves to hold that Diva’s Championship, and she does not need to be on Total Divas to show her worth. Her character has resulted in the likes of Big E Langston breaking on to the main roster and who can forget her incredible promo on Monday Night Raw where she shut down all the divas who appear on Total Divas, she deserves all the praise she can get.
Tag Team of the Year: Besides Team Hell No! No other team has made quite the impact that The SHIELD has made, the trio made up of Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns have certainly had a great year as they captured the United States and Tag Team Championships. Although they have now lost the Tag Team titles to Cody Rhodes and Goldust, they were still the longest-reigning tag team champions of the year and fifth in the all-time list and that does mean something, they have brought in something fresh to the WWE and continue to impress with their great performances. No other team has managed to compete at the same level, The Real Americans and The Usos have failed, whilst Cody Rhodes and Goldust as well as The Wyatt Family are slowly working their way up.
Match of the Year: We all have our opinions on what the match of the year should be, and to be fair we have been treated to a number of incredible matches this year. From the SmackDown Money in the Bank ladder match to the CM Punk and The Undertaker WrestleMania match as well as the WWE Championship clash at SummerSlam between John Cena and Daniel Bryan. But the winner for this award is the SummerSlam match between CM Punk and Brock Lesnar. Perfect build-up to the match with Paul Heyman truly showing why he is one of the greatest managers around, the match was an all-out war with continuous back and forth action, close-calls and the unpredictability is what made this match so great to watch, a deserved winner which lived up to its tag; ‘The Best vs. The Beast’.
Honourable mentions: CM Punk vs. The Undertaker – WrestleMania 29 and SmackDown Money in the Bank ladder match – Money in the Bank
Feud of the Year: Just like the match of the year, the feud of the year depends on what we deem as entertaining; CM Punk and The Undertaker was a brilliant feud but the stand out feud this year was between CM Punk and Paul Heyman. Primarily because Paul Heyman truly raised the bar in his promos and continued to keep us fans interested and continued to build up our hate towards him, culminating in CM Punk finally getting his hands on him at Hell in a Cell. Normally a manager would not keep us this interested in a feud or this infuriated but Paul Heyman managed to do that with help from CM Punk, and little help from Curtis Axel and Ryback; nevertheless Heyman’s turn on CM Punk at Money in the Bank started one of the most entertaining and interesting feuds in recent years, a true genius.
Rookie of the Year: Okay, perhaps this one is not fair because this is his second outing on the main roster, but the winner for the rookie of the year is none other than Bray Wyatt. Let’s try and erase the memories of Husky Harris and focus on what Bray Wyatt is doing in the WWE today. He has not failed in anything as of yet, brilliant entrance, mind-blowing promos and he continues to switch it up and is now being rewarded for his great work, a feud with CM Punk and Daniel Bryan, a dream for any wrestling fan. He continues to remain creepily entertaining and it is always great to see him land a Sister Abigail on his victims, a deserved winner.
Breakout star of the Year: A number of superstars have managed to have a good year so far and make their mark, upsettingly Damien Sandow can no longer win this award as he failed to cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase to a number of superstars now come to mind. Big E Langston has made a big impact, Fandango got the whole world singing his theme music and The SHIELD made an impact like no other. But based on success, the breakout star of the year is Curtis Axel. Although he is not doing anything relevant as of right now, he was repackaged and put alongside Paul Heyman, instant success? Probably not but he did manage to capture the coveted Intercontinental Championship and still holds that title, and looks on course to break into the top thirty longest reigning champions, with massive wins against John Cena, CM Punk and multiple wins over Triple H; and his character only debuted in May, a great start for Curtis Axel.
Honourable mentions: The SHIELD, Cody Rhodes and Big E Langston
Manager of the Year: Only one man is making managers relevant again, Paul Heyman has proved every single time he is on a television set why he is one of the greatest managers of all time. The ability to draw so much heat form practically nothing, it takes something special and Paul Heyman has that ability to draw heat upon himself as well as others around him. He even has a win over CM Punk which is always nice to have on your record. Now he faces the task of getting Curtis Axel and Ryback to a different level, if it can be done, then only Paul Heyman has the ability to do so.
Surprising moment of the Year: The year has provided up with a couple of surprised, from Dolph Ziggler’s cash-in on Alberto Del Rio to Damien Sandow’s failed cash-in as well as the swift return of John Cena at Hell in a Cell. But only one man deserves this award, for one segment. Mark Henry, and his swerve from retirement. He fooled just about everyone, fans in attendance, fans at home, some of the superstars, on social media etc. He did a fantastic job, on the verge of crying to hitting the World’s Strongest Slam on John Cena from out of nowhere, he fooled everyone and will go down as one of the greatest moments in Monday Night Raw history.
Moment of the Year: Away from The Undertaker defeating CM Punk and extending his streak, only one moment really stuck in my mind and that was because of the surprise and the timing. Dolph Ziggler cashing in his Money in the Bank briefcase on Alberto Del Rio to capture the World Heavyweight Champion, the night after WrestleMania. Unexpected and the credit goes to the fans who provided one of the best reactions you will ever see, although the reign was short lived, that moment itself will be one to remember.
Disappointing moment of the Year: A very disappointing moment, although slightly biased; Damien Sandow failing to cash-in his Money in the bank briefcase as John Cena defeated him to retain his World Heavyweight Championship. With the briefcase win, many thought it would only be a matter of time before he became our World Champion, backed by his continuous losses week after week, it would only be a matter of time before he shocked the world and captured the title, but that did not happen and left people, and me, disappointed.
There you have it, agree or disagree with any of my winners? Let us know in the comments section below!
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