WWE: Rolling Stone name Dolph Ziggler wrestler of the year

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With so many WWE Superstars having a vast number of followers, it can be difficult to pick out the best and most entertaining throughout the year.

For Rolling Stone however, their end of year list saw Dolph Ziggler chosen as the top WWE wrestler for 2014.

Unclear options

As Kenny Herzog reported: "There was no obvious, unanimous choice for 2014's WWE Wrestler of the Year."

There were many WWE Superstars who were a plausible options for the title this year, but many of them had been impressive for specific parts of the year as opposed to Ziggler, who seemed to make an impact during every appearance he made throughout the year.

Injury was the most common cause for the likes of Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns being unable to make 2014 their year. In addition, Brock Lesnar's defeat of the The Undertaker at WrestleMania XXX was of course unforgettable, but his rare appearances throughout the year sadly made him more forgettable as a contender for Wrestler of the Year.

By being the last man standing during Team Cena's win over Team Authority at Survivor Series in November of this year, Ziggler all but consolidated how impressive and entertaining he has been throughout the past twelve months.

2014 seems to have been the year in which the 34-year-old has won many fans over who were previously unsure of him. Whether this was because more prominent WWE Superstars such as Bryan and Reigns were injured may well be the case, but it doubtlessly enabled Ziggler to emerge as a talented and successful professional wrestler.

Other awards

Elsewhere in Rolling Stone's list, there were more humorous awards given, with perhaps the best being 'Best Russian Monster (Bulgarian Version)' unsurprisingly going to Rusev.

In addition, 'Most Likeable Loose Cannon' understandably went to Dean Ambrose who, in between 'going missing' to film a movie after leaping off a stretcher, did provide yet more sporadic but nonetheless entertaining moments

Overall 2014 has not been the best of year's for WWE. It started off on a high which followed through to an epic WrestleMania XXX with the shock of the year coming from Brock Lesnar ending The Undertaker's streak in emphatic style.

After this however, the momentum dipped as injuries to big names such as Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns, coupled with the limited success of the WWE Network, left members of the WWE Universe disappointed with what they were watching week in, week out.

2015 however, has the potential to be spectacular, with big names set to return and yet more huge pay-per-view events scheduled, we can hope to see WWE kick off the year in style at Royal Rumble in January.

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