It has been announced that NXT are set to have an annual end of year awards much like WWE's Slammys. In light of this, once again the GiveMeSport WWE team have given their predictions for the winners of each category.
OVERALL COMPETITOR OF THE YEAR:
A hard one to judge this year given the standout performances that have been seen. Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens could have been real contenders for this award if it wasn't for Zayn's injury and Owen's subsequent leap to the main roster.
Instead, there has been two standout wrestlers this year and it's been Bayley and Finn Balor, the Women's and NXT Champion have dominated their divisions this year and it's a hard one to decide which one will take it, but for heart alone, you have to feel Bayley could win this.
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WWE WRITER RAZA KAZI: It's great to see that the men and the women will be battling it out for one award, as well as the separate male and female competitor of the year awards.
I feel that this award will come down to two individuals who have carried NXT to new heights, especially over the last six months or so. I see it coming down to Finn Balor and Bayley as both have had to carry the company when big name stars have either been injured or moved up to the main roster.
In the end it will probably come down to popularity with Balor and Bayley being almost neck and neck, I'll be going with my gut instinct and saying Balor will pick up this award.
MALE COMPETITOR OF THE YEAR:
There is one man who has stood above all in NXT this year, from competing in a fantastic match to win the NXT Championship in Japan, to defending it in a ladder match not long after.
Finn Balor has been the wrestler to watch this year and there is no doubt about who will be taking this award. It will be a sad day for the NXT Universe when Finn finally is called up, but, for now, he remains one of their greatest talents.
RAZA: I feel that if Balor is to walk out as the competitor of the year then he will take home the male competitor of the year award as well.
He's definitely a top contender for it as he's continued to put on excellent matches in intriguing feuds. He always has the fans invested in his storylines and in his matches and we always get excited to see the demon come out at the TakeOver specials.
There's a reason there's so much hype surrounding Balor and he's shown what he's capable of in 2015. With an injury to Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens moving up, Balor has pretty much carried the brand and continued to put his body on the line.
FEMALE COMPETITOR OF THE YEAR:
The female division in NXT has been the most contested of 2015, from the 'four horsewomen' and Asuka, to Dana Brooke, Emma and Nia Jax, these women have stood out above the rest this year and it will be difficult to decide between them.
Bayley sure has the popularity down and has worked so hard since Sasha, Becky and Charlotte left, but it will be interesting to see who the NXT crowd think has stood out this year.
RAZA: I don't see any real competition here, Bayley has gone above and beyond in making sure she's the top female competitor on NXT.
You can probably make a case for the likes of Charlotte, Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks as they also impressed in the first half of the year, but it's Bayley who stayed on NXT and remained the most consistent.
Like Balor, her matches have been top-notch and she has done well in ensuring the other women look good also.
She's been key to the division after some big-name losses and her matches with Sasha are something you can watch over and over again. You can see on Breaking Ground just how important she is to NXT and she deserves the award more than anyone.
TAG TEAM OF THE YEAR:
NXT's Tag Team division is currently head and shoulders above the main roster.
It has seen the likes of The Lucha Dragons and The Ascension dominate over the past few years, but this year has been the year of both Blake and Murphy and Enzo and Cass. Whilst the latter have the popularity vote, BAMF could be the dark horses here after a decent year. Not forgetting the current champion Dash and Dawson who have stepped up their game in the last few months.
Whilst the latter have the popularity vote, BAMF could be the dark horses here after a decent year. Not forgetting the current champion Dash and Dawson who have stepped up their game in the last few months.
RAZA: I think this is the most difficult award to give out because a handful of teams have been good in 2015, but not excellent.
We've seen the NXT Tag Team Championship change hands numerous times this year, going from The Lucha Dragons to Blake and Murphy, The Vaudevillians had a short run as champions before Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder captured them.
The latter are looking like a really strong team and they should have a lengthy run too, so if we're basing it on success in 2015 then you'd have to say one of these teams should walk away with the titles.
However, they don't have the fan support quite like Enzo Amore and Big Cass which is why I think they'll walk out with the trophy. Although, you can't rule out the impressive last few months by Jason Jordan and Chad Gable.
MATCH OF THE YEAR:
Finn Balor vs Kevin Owens at Beast in the East was one of my favorite matches this year and, until Takeover Brooklyn, I thought that it had a chance of picking up this crown.
Sasha Banks and Bayley blew it out of the water and managed to upstage the main event of the night for the NXT Championship. This match it widely considered to have been one of the greatest female matches of all time and it fully deserves this accolade.
RAZA: This has to go to Sasha Banks vs. Bayley for the NXT Women's Championship at TakeOver: Brooklyn.
The match had everything, we saw the perfect build with Sasha looking unbeatable and looking like a great heel, while Bayley looked like the ultimate underdog with so many fans rooting for her.
The match lived up to expectations as well, they stole the show away from Balor and Owens in the main event as fans didn't think they'd step up so much. The spots and wrestling sequences in the match were amazing and you can tell by listening to the reaction that the fans appreciated their efforts.
It was a special night, a special night topped by a special moment with the Four Horsewomen hugging it out at the end to the show that marked their true arrival.
TAKEOVER OF THE YEAR:
This is one of the hardest categories, Takeover blew all of the WWE Pay-per-views out of the water this year and that's what makes this so difficult to choose.
Takeover came to the UK, it boasted a history making Ironwomen match and a ladder match at Takeover: Respect and there was one of the best women's matches of all time at Takeover: Brooklyn.
I think Brooklyn will take the prize here, mostly for the sheer crowd numbers and the stacked card, every superstar was on top form that night and it proved that NXT has what it takes to compete with WWE at this level.
RAZA: I believe the best TakeOver special to take place this year is TakeOver: Brooklyn. It was a big risk to take as it was the first time they were having a TakeOver away from Full Sail University but it paid off greatly.
16,000 fans packed out the Barclays Center and that alone shows the high demand for NXT and you can be sure they'll be back again. From start to finish the matches were excellent, as were the fans.
They all told a story, we saw the arrival of the impressive Apollo Crews, Balor and Owens had a great match, Jushin 'Thunder' Liger was in action while Bayley and Sasha stole the show. What more could you ask for?
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