Why WWE Should Have a Real Awards Show

The Doctor Chris MuellerFeatured ColumnistFebruary 25, 2013

Photo: WWE.com (Triple H at the Slammys)
Photo: WWE.com (Triple H at the Slammys)

This time of year is known as awards season in Hollywood. It's that time of year when the Emmys, Golden Globes, Grammys and Oscars are handed out to actors and musicians.

For WWE fans, it's WrestleMania season.

It's that incredible few months between the Royal Rumble and WrestleMania when WWE puts their best effort forward. Those few months are always a time of great action and storytelling.

WWE has had a Hall of Fame induction ceremony on an annual basis prior to WrestleMania to pay tribute to those who are worthy of being included.

But why stop there?

The Slammys are mostly for entertainment value, with a few of the awards being voted on by fans. It is not a good enough show of respect for what these men and women accomplish.

Sure, there are plenty of wrestling awards from various websites and publications, but there is no big shindig for WWE superstars to relax as themselves and be appreciated for what it is they do.

What WWE needs is a real awards show. Nothing using storyline of kayfabe. And nothing ridiculous like "OMG moment of the Year."

This would be a big show, most likely televised or at least streamed on the Internet. It would resemble all the big awards shows, only on a slightly smaller scale.

There could be big musical numbers from artists associated with WWE, just like there would be performances of award-winning songs at the Academy Awards.

Superstars could bring their families and sit at tables with their friends, whether heel or babyface on-screen. They would wear tuxedos and evening gowns, and they would not know who would win ahead of time.

WWE could even sell some tickets for fans to attend, similar to some awards shows in Hollywood.

The voting would be something different than what is in place now for the Slammys. They could have past and present superstars be the ones voting, which means the most worthy nominee would probably win rather than the most popular with fans.

The categories that could be included are pretty self-explanatory, especially since they would mirror most of the other wrestling awards out there.

  • Pay-per-view match of the year
  • Television match of the year
  • Feud of the year
  • Male superstar of the year
  • Diva of the year
  • Tag team of the year
  • Commentator of the year
  • Best non-wrestling personality of the year (general managers, managers, valets, etc.)
  • Breakout star of the year
  • Best ring entrance
  • Most improved superstar of the year
  • Best talker of the year
  • Bump of the year
  • Referee of the year

There could also be some honorary awards named after legendary superstars handed out to people who are chosen by a smaller panel of judges.

  • The Ric Flair award for technical greatness (Given to the person who showed the most technical improvement that year.)
  • The Bobby Heenan golden mic award (Given for the single best promo delivered that year, not necessarily the same as best overall talker.)
  • The Roderick McMahon lifetime achievement award

There are other awards they could add, but this number seems appropriate given the subject matter.

This would be a great way for wrestlers to pay respect to their fellow wrestlers in WWE, and it would allow fans to see a different side of superstars during speeches and throughout the show.

Breaking the fourth wall is something WWE is usually keen on avoiding, but this would be a worthy exception to the rule.

It could even be tied into the Hall of Fame ceremony, and they could make a huge deal out of it. The WWE superstar already let their hair down a bit during this show, so it would allow them to keep breaking kayfabe to a minimum.

They could give out a few awards and then have a HOF induction. Repeat this a few times and you have a three-hour show fans would love to see.

Past superstars mixing with today's superstars to pay tribute to each other is never a bad thing, especially when everyone comes away with a smile on their face.


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