The WWE has the Slammy Awards, and other writers on Bleacher Report give out their own accolades, for the years best, but I just wanted to give a mention to my favorite wrestlers from the past 365 days, without putting them into any divisions or categories. No Dennis Miller, no " Oh My" award, and no Greatest Tag Team or Best Iintercontinental Champion of the USA trophies to be handed out here, just me and my opinion of who was awesome these last twelve months. So the following is my list of 10 Sports Entertainers that made wrestling great, for me, in 2009...
Evan Bourne has not been a champion or even won all that many matches this year, but he has entertained. He is more than just his cool finishing maneuver, "Air" Bourne is a well rounded wrestler that never fails to put on an exciting bout. In 2009, he took on Mark Henry, Chavo Guerrero, Jack Swagger, and he even beat Kofi Kingston in a non-title match for the US title.
Up Next : I would love to see Bourne vs The Miz in a serious feud over the US Championship.
The Heart Break Kid was part of some of the worst WWE storylines of 2009, but his in ring work still managed to impress. Shawn Michaels kicked off the new year as JBLs employee, later he had an incredible match against the Undertaker at WrestleManina, before taking a break for 4 months, and then coming back to reunite with Triple H in DX.
Up Next : At 44 years of age, we might not get to see Michaels in the squared circle for too much longer, so why not give him a 2010 to remember. I would love to see him face Bret Hart at WrestleMania, Undertaker at Summer Slam, win his 5th World TiItle against Triple H at Survivor Series, and have some amazing matches against John Morrison.
The Miz really stepped up his game in '09. He went from losing his Tag Team stap, to the Colons at WrestleMania, to jobbing against Cena at The Bash, to beating Kofi Kingston for his first singles Championship, in one fun calendar year. The Miz has said that he doesn't get much respect, because he didn't come from a wrestling background, but, to me, I watch the Miz and I feel as if I am seeing a young Chris Jericho. This guy can work. He is money on the mic, good in the ring, and he does all the little things (from selling his injuries to his on camera street clothes) you could want from one of your top guys.
Up Next : I would love to see The Miz work with all of Raws top faces, Bourne, MVP, Kingston, and top it off with a clean win over Cena at a Pay-Per-View match.
The Legend killer had his biggest year yet, in 2009. From winnig his first Royal Rumle, to main eventing WrestleMania with Triple H, and having memorable feuds with Batista, John Cena, and Kofi Kingston. The leader of Leagacy was all over Monday Night Raw, week in and week out. While all the stomping and menacing death stares have started to get old, for me, I do appreciate Randy Orton for his contributions to the world of wrestling this past year.
Up Next : The long teased break-up of Legacy and eventual brawl with apprentice Ted Dibiase.
If any of the up-and-comers are a front runner to be World Champion, it has to be John Morrison. He has got the look, the coolest move set in the WWE, and an unbeatable finisher with StarShip Pain. In '09, the Shaman of Sexy had great matches with Shelton Benjamin, Rey Mysterio, Dolph Ziggler, and Drew McIntyre, but it was his victories over C M Punk that really poised him to become a future main eventer.
Up Next : World Championship gold and programs with all of Smackdowns biggest heels, Jericho, Punk, and Batista. A match against HBK would be great, too.
The Master of the 619 had an impressive year, start to finish. To kick it off, Mysterio lasted 49 minuites in the Royal Rumble (Jan.), he nearly won the World Heavy Weight Title, after lasting the longest in an Elimination Chamber match, at No Way Out (Feb.), he won the IC title ane retired JBL at WrestleMania (April), and had some of the best matches of the year with Chris Jericho (Summer), before going into his current storylines with Batista and the Undertaker. Not even a failed drug test and the resulting suspension could slow down this high flying lucha door.
Up Next : It would be cool if Rey got back into the Intercontinental scene and took on Drew McIntyre.
Man, was C M Punk a great villian this year, or what? He started off as a good role model, and had some success, in the early part of the year. Punk won the Intercontinental title from William Regal in January, becoming a Triple Crown Champion, before going on to win his second consecutive MITB ladder match at WrestleMania. And, he had good feud with the late Umaga, resulting in a Samoan Strap Match. But, it was when he turned heel, that he really started to capture the attention of the WWE Universe. Winning the World title and retiring Jeff Hardy was one thing, but when he came out the next week dressed up as him, the Straight Edge Superstar really kicked all us Hardy fans when we were down (and I loved him for that).
Up Next : I would be pumped if Punk was moved to Raw and took on the likes of John Cena, Triple H, and Shawn Michaels. It could be really engrossing television, if Punk called out those wrestlers for their abuse of steroids and perscription pain killers.
Kofi Kingston is one of my favorites in the ring. His quick pace and hard hitting moves never fail to entertain. This year he held the US title for four months, defeating MVP back in June, and hanging onto it until The Miz came along. His feud with Randy Orton was alot of fun (that boom drop at MSG was sick) and it seems as if Kofi is on the cusp of headlining future PPVs.
Up Next : Wouldn't it be great to hear Jericho call Kofi a hypocrite for pretending to be Jamaican and pandering to all these pathetic parasites?
Everything Chris Jericho was apart of in 2009 was elevated to a higher level, because of his involvement. His fights with the legends and Ricky Steamboat were good, but his title regins in both the Intercontinental and Tag Team divisions brought some real attention to those titles. The Canadian even managed to make the Big Show relevant again. No one in the WWE gets heat as easily as Jericho does, and I love to hate him for that.
Up Next : His much anticipated brawl with fromer tag team partner Edge.
The Charismatic Enigma had a stellar eight months in the WWE this year and thats all it takes to be my favorite SuperStar of 2009. Jeff started off '09 as champion, then droped the title to Edge, thanks to interference from his brother. The younger Hardy then went on to battle Matt at WrestleMania, before regaining World Heavy Weight gold at Extreme Rules. It was his rivalry with C M Punk however, that really stands out to me as the best feud of the year.
Up Next : A return to the WWE and matches against John Cena, Randy Orton, and C M Punk would be too sweet!