Welcome, one and all, to the 2010 year-end awards for mainstream women's wrestling!
All of these 'awards' are given based on my sole opinion. I chose who I think deserves each "award," and the categories. If you don't like it, tell me in the comments!
Have your voice heard by commenting on each category. Who should've won? Did I make mistakes? Why don't or do you like my picks?
Now, onwards with the proceedings!
To say that anyone but LayCool deserves this award would be a travesty. There hasn't been another heel (or heels) who've literally run the division like these two since the days of Trish Stratus. The year of 2010 has been the year of LayCool, and will be remembered as such.
They annoyed us week in and week out, never once missing a beat. The two have had many firsts together, including becoming Unified Divas Champions and competing in the first ever Diva Tag Team Table Match. Both of which were very entertaining to watch.
I won't lie, LayCool annoys the crap out of me. But that's there job! To annoy us. Say what you want about them, but at the end of the day they do their job and do it right.
Runner-Up: Madison Rayne
Beth Phoenix took a major step forward this year when she took the top face spot in the WWE. Her constant torture from LayCool gave fans a reason to cheer for her, and their support only elevated when she would one-up them along with their short-term manager and heel-magnet, Vickie Guerrero.
Vickie was (and is) the most over heel, male or female, in the company. So having her manage LayCool got the fans to cheer for Beth like wildfire. It all culminated at Extreme Rules where Beth would pick up her third Women's Championship. Not since the days of Trish and Lita have we heard pops the size that Beth gets, so it's a testament to how hard all four ladies worked in the feud.
Runner-Up: Natalya Neidhart
What a year little Madison Rayne has had, no? She's been Knockouts Champion a handful of times and has made the best of 2010. After sending the Hardcore Knockout, Roxxi, packing Rayne completely broke out of her shell!
Her charisma went up ten-fold and her antics made her a hilarious, albeit believable character to watch on television. She's a take-no-shit woman with balls that put men to shame, and she's also the Breakout Star of 2010.
Runner-Up: Natayla Neidhart
Once again, this was a no-brainer. At the forefront of the division, LayCool was cutting promos left and right for months on end, never failing in their attempts to annoy the crap out of us fans.
They had a few layers added to them, including fake dissension amongst each other and fear. Many more things are sure to come for these two thanks to their gimmick, and it's surely cemented their places in the company.
Runner-Up: Madison Rayne
This was an unexpected gem to come out of 2010, in my honest opinion. Mickie and Tara took women's wrestling to a whole other level this year when they beat the living crap out of each other week in and week out!
The basis of the feud was that they had unfinished business from WWE. Tara claimed that Mickie was the one who got her fired, and Mickie was just being victimized. The story behind it all wasn't really what captured the fans, it was the pure animosity you could feel between the two on-screen. It was personal.
They brawled for what seemed like ages, going back and forth, competing in some of the best women's wrestling matches this year. All of it peaked on Impact when the two not only main evented the show, but competed in only the second ever women's steel cage match broadcast on television.
For that, I salute these women.
Runner-Up: LayCool vs. Beth Phoenix
This match is probably forgotten due to the fact that it happened a lot earlier in the year. If you haven't seen it yet, I highly recommend you go and watch the match right now. All four styles held by each woman were merged together to create a masterpiece of a match. There was flying, smashing and clashing bursting at the seams! And it was magnificent.
Runner-Up: Gail Kim vs. Jillian Hall (Superstars)
Say what you will.... Go ahead.
Yes, Mickie James is a 10-year veteran. And yes, she has had many great matches under her belt. But only a year ago were we saying that her matches were lazy, repetitive and boring. This year, most notably after signing with TNA, Mickie's gotten to show us her true prowess in the ring.
She's technical, high-flying and a hell of a brawler! If you don't believe me, just go search up some of her matches with Tara or Sarita. James' has really polished her in-ring technicality, and looks much more crisp and clean when wrestling than she did a mere year ago.
Runner(s)-Up: The Bella Twins
As much as I love A.J., Naomi really deserves to be called Rookie of the Year. A.J. is a little more experienced, but Naomi learned almost everything she knows this year alone, and boy is that a hell of a lot!
Naomi's already had great matches with girls like Maxine, Serena, Michelle McCool and even A.J. herself! The two put on one of the year's best matches involving women over on NXT, and were both pegged to win the whole show.
Kaitlyn won out in the end, though. Still, there's a bright future ahead for Miss Knight, no doubt! She's already won a championship down in FCW, and apparently Naomi is heading to Smackdown. So the future holds great things for Knight.
Runner-Up: A.J. Lee
Nattie's had the most consistent number of solid matches one after the other, in my opinion. She's never had a bad match in her career, and this is proof of that. Nattie's fluidity in the ring really makes her stand out from the other Divas, and you can really tell how much more experienced she is in the ring by her ring awareness and calm demeanor with her movements in the ring.
Runner-Up: Michelle McCool
Sickeningly high up on a steel cage, Mickie James found it in her to hit a momentous (and frighteningly close for comfort) thesz press off the cage and onto Tara for the win.
Definitely search that one up.
Runner-Up: Gail Kim Dives onto Tamina from the top rope to the outside
Mickie's move to TNA was one of the smartest things she's done in her entire career. She clearly laid down the law to TNA management because prior to her re-debut in the company we saw the Knockouts on a massive downward spiral.
Post-Mickie James' debut we saw the amount of Knockout airtime hit a peak. They were averaging 10 minutes per show for weeks, and her feud with Tara had shades of TNA in 2007, which is always a good thing.
Now it seems that Mickie is heading towards the title scene, and could very well be the first triple-crown champion (Divas, Women's and Knockout's Title) in history.
Madison Rayne made her reign mean more than anyone else's reign. She thought the title was her God, her life, her soul! Madison has clawed her fingernails into the title, and isn't thinking of letting it go anytime soon.
Runner-Up: Alicia Fox
Finally, it's come down to woman of the year.
But, it would be wrong of me to pick Layla over Michelle, or vice versa. One wouldn't be where she is without the other, and both have been running the company's women's division together since October of last year!
They've been in the title picture for months, have battled it out with almost every woman on the roster, and have stayed consistent all the way up until now. That's why it's clear, LayCool are the Women of the Year.
Runner-Up: Madison Rayne
So there you have it, folks! The 2010 year-end awards!
What are your thoughts?