It’s award season in the WWE with Seth Rollins and Nikki Bella among the big winners in the annual Slammy Awards this past week on Monday Night Raw.
SUPERSTAR OF THE YEAR
I have to agree with the WWE Universe and say that Seth Rollins is the superstar of the year. He started the year off on a high by putting on an incredible display in the triple threat match at the Royal Rumble before shocking the world and cashing in at WrestleMania. He's proven himself to be a top heel and put on incredible performances in the ring.
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Phillipa: This is perhaps the easiest award to give out, he has carried the company all year, from opening and closing Raw to performing twice at not only WrestleMania but at Night of Champions as well. Seth Rollins is Mr 2015; no one even comes close to his work rate this year.
He didn't miss a single episode of Raw until his injury, and he even showed up at the Slammy despite having to use crutches. Raw is Monday night Rollins, and thankfully Rollins was awarded the Slammy he deserved. Hopefully, he will return in 2016 and reclaim that championship.
Gabriella: Someone who is probably the superstar of the year for many people not just in 2015 is John Cena. Cena is in an entirely different league to everyone else on the WWE roster and this year proved no different.
He was a significant part of the match of the year, won the US Title and elevated the importance of it, as well as putting on consistently the best matches during Monday Night Raw as part of his US Open Challenge.
SHOCK OF THE YEAR
This one has to go to Seth Rollins again. He lost to Randy Orton at WrestleMania in an excellent match and in the main event not a lot of fans thought the WWE would have the nerve to make Rollins cash-in.
The reaction from the fans said it all as they couldn't believe what they were seeing. Reigns finally got back into the match against Lesnar, only for Rollins to steal his moment and cash in his Money in the Bank contract, incredible.
Phillipa: Seth Rollins cashing in at WrestleMania was the biggest shock of the year, spoilers and rumours heading into ‘Mania 31 were that Roman Reigns would be walking out with the title, and it seemed to be leading towards that when Rollins music hits and he ran down and hit the curb stomp.
Little whispers were going around that Rollins could cash in and fail to capture the championship so even after he had cashed it there was never a certainty, but it added to WrestleMania, and it made it one of the best in recent memory.
Gabriella: This has to be when Seth Rollins successfully cashed in his Money in the Bank Briefcase during WrestleMania 31 to leave as WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
Before the match, it seemed clear that Reigns could leave as Champion as WWE were setting him as the company’s next biggest babyface star, with Lesnar also looking a likely winner as he just signed a three-year deal with WWE. But this was not to be, Rollins stunned both men as well as the WWE Universe in what was unquestionably the biggest shock in WWE during 2015.
PAY-PER-VIEW OF THE YEAR
WrestleMania 31 is by far the greatest pay-per-view the WWE brought to us in 2015. From top to bottom the card was stacked with great matches that told brilliant stories.
We had Sting finally competing in a WWE ring, Rollins cashed in, The Rock and Ronda Rousey took out Triple H and Stephanie McMahon and the list goes on. The WWE always go all out at WrestleMania, and they certainly didn't disappoint this year.
Phillipa: This is a hard one really because all of the PPV's this year have been much more below par than the WWE Universe have been used to. WrestleMania 31 for me had it all. The Triple H vs. Sting match was an attitude era fans dream before Rollins vs. Orton and that fantastic RKO.
Daniel Bryan won the IC Title in a fantastic ladder match while the finale saw Rollins then win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, so it all added to a great event.
Gabriella: Unsurprisingly, the biggest event of the year comes out on top for me as WrestleMania 31 lived up to its annual hype. The entire card delivered on the night, with Sting having his first ever WWE match, The Undertaker returning for the first time since his streak ended, Daniel Bryan winning the Intercontinental Championship and John Cena winning the US Title.
Add to this The Rock’s emphatic return when he was accompanied by Ronda Rousey, and there is simply no other contender for the pay-per-view of the year.
TAG TEAM OF THE YEAR
Don't you dare be sour! The New Day have certainly turned their fortunes around this year after their horrendous debut, who would have thought at the end of 2015 we are saying they are the best thing going in the WWE right now?
They've remained consistent, they've been in important segments, and they've never failed to entertain, they're a breath of fresh air to the tag team division and next year should be even better for them.
Phillipa: The New Day. Easily The New Day have been the standout group of the year; they were given a gimmick that the fans seemed to hate a year ago, and somehow they have managed to turn it all around and somehow have become one of the most loved groups.
Their tag team championship win was also a landmark for them and a few weeks ago marked a year for the group, and they still seem to be going strong. Whether as friends of The Authority or dominating the Tag Team Division, the New Day were the stars of 2015.
Gabriella: During what was an improved year for WWE’s tag team division, The New Day stood out for me as the best on the roster. Having started the year as an unpopular babyface team, WWE turned the trio around, with them now being seen as the most consistently entertaining tag team.
The New Day have the whole package – they are enjoyable in the ring, on the mic and on commentary; something few tag teams can achieve.
NXT STAR OF THE YEAR
I'm going with Finn Balor as the NXT superstar of the year. Balor has had a great year as the NXT Champion especially with critical losses to NXT. With the likes of Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens and Neville not remaining on NXT, Balor has done a fantastic job of making sure they aren't missed.
He's performed consistently, and he's had a successful year with a championship win as well as the Dusty Rhodes tag team classic win, it's no surprise that fans want him on the main roster.
Phillipa: NXT has been the best show of the year with many people preferring to watch NXT rather than the main rosters Raw or Smackdown, that being said, there has been one man who has stood above the rest this year and that's NXT Champion Finn Balor.
From winning the Championship in one of the best matches in the brand's history back at Beast in the East to defending his title in a Ladder match against Kevin Owens and against Samoa Joe in London. Finn Balor has been the standout competitor, and his main roster call-up cannot come quick enough.
Gabriella: There are so many incredible wrestlers on the NXT roster to choose from. But for me, especially following NXT Takeover: London, Bayley has to be seen as the brand’s biggest star for 2015. She has risen to the top in an undoubtedly memorable way, and the support she has is rare to come by for a female wrestler nowadays.
HEEL OF THE YEAR
I think Kevin Owens is the heel of the year. He came with so much arrogance and confidence, and he showed that he's the real deal by defeating John Cena. He has a bad attitude and will attack anybody at any time, and he doesn't even care that people think of him as a scumbag. That's the perfect character for him, and he's excelled in it.
Phillipa: This is a difficult one to decide, but I would have to say, Kevin Owens. His debut win over John Cena and the fact that he has dominated every feud he has had since. Owens style on the mic and in the ring have allowed him to be categorized as a "tweener" since he is now difficult to hate.
His current rivalry with Dean Ambrose looks like it could be a headline feud in 2016 after what was an incredible match between the two in the WWE Heavyweight Championship tournament. Either way, Kevin Owens is set to be a towering figure in the coming months on the WWE main roster.
Gabriella: Heel of the year has to be Seth Rollins as he had such a huge year before his unfortunate injury. From his opportunistic cash-in at WrestleMania 31 to his sneaky title defences against the likes of Randy Orton, Dean Ambrose, John Cena and Brock Lesnar, Rollins has undoubtedly proved his worth during 2015 as being the company’s top heel.
Rollins does however also have the potential to be a highly-successful baby face for WWE, something the WWE Universe could look forward to upon his return from injury.
That's it for part one of the GiveMeSport WWE awards for 2015, keep an eye out for part two where we look at the Diva of the year, the finisher of the year and much more.
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