The WWE Monthly Achievement Awards: April Edition
Another month has passed us by, and it was a step up from the previous month. I've been thinking about the presentations to be bestowed upon the recipients and I've come to the conclusion of making a change:
Due to the fact that WWE Superstars is no longer a televised brand, the achievement for "Best Free Televised Match" has been changed to "Best Non-Pay-Per-View Match".
The few superstars who make WWE Superstars watchable have worked very hard in the past, and leaving them in the dust is no way to shed some light on who the future workhorses of the company may really be.
I assure you, these diligent superstars are not those in the show's introduction.
With that being said, let the show begin!
Best Divas Match Of The Month
Superstars: April 28
Natalya & Gail Kim vs Alicia Fox & Melina [Tag Team Match]
I respect the Divas of the WWE for going out there, even if it's less than five minutes, and showing that they put a nice deal of effort into their matches. This was one of those five-minute cases where they made the best of every second.
The booking of the Divas have practically a seemingly negligible degree of direction, and WWE Superstars seem like their stage in the industry as of now because for the fourth consecutive time, the Best Divas Match Of The Month comes from the web-show event.
The match saw maneuvers such as Northern Lights Suplex and Dragon Sleeper being executed, as well as a nice flurry of offense from all four Divas.
The match came to an end when the heels were forced to Eat Defeat from Gail Kim and Natalya. The performance was a very nice effort by all competitors involved.
Best Promo/Segment of the Month
The WWE Loses Its Edge
Raw: April 11 & Smackdown April 15 [TIE]
Edge has shocked the world!" Joey Styles' historic statement can still be heard, and it's unfortunate that this statement has come to fruition once again...for the worst.
The segments from Raw and Smackdown tied in bringing us this memorable moment, and there's a very good reason as to why this occurred:
While Raw's segment hit the fans with a simultaneously terribly and sudden impact, the segment from Smackdown saw a very prepared and composed Edge ready to deliver a well-thought speech to the fans.
Both segments were equally painful, and it's quite sad to see Edge in the state of emotion he was at both of them.
Truth be told, I would absolutely LOVE to state my thoughts on both Edge and Adam Copeland but, as with some other superstars, if I try to do so I'd need much more space than could ever be provided.
Just know that it's mandatory that I state here and now that Edge was an authentic staple of WWE programming.
*Thank You, Edge.*
Worst Promo/Segment of the Month
Raw: April 18
Sir Michael Cole
Why would I even bother explaining why this segment is absolutely deserving of being Worst Promo/Segment Of April?
I assure you, nobody liked this segment; Not one bit.
Best Moment of the Month
Raw: April 4
Just Bring It
The moment The Rock shook hands to make their Wrestlemania 28 match official, history was made. From what I've observed, fans have been wanting this since the inception of John Cena as the "It" superstar and now that they have it, they're not satisfied; only in wrestling can so many fans be ungrateful.
While I do understand their reasons may be due to their distaste for the storyline booking for the rivalry thus far, I'm at least content because things could have been a lot more worse, like The Rock never returning in the first place.
A year is a lot to use for their buildup, and I don't mind at all. In fact, there may be clever ways to make the very best out of the next several months. One thing is certain: The Rock vs. John Cena will be one of the greatest stories ever told in the squared circle.
Shocker of the Month
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Raw: April 11
That's all you need to know.
In all seriousness, Edge's announcement came as a total shock to everyone, and it's really no surprise that this issue lands itself the privilege of being the Shocker of April.
Up until this very moment, I wish Edge could only return and own us all like he always owns John Cena.
I'm a selfish fan, but I'm even more selfless than I am selfish...so I comprehensively respect Edge for doing the right thing.
Best Non-PPV Match of the Month: Third Place
Smackdown: April 22
Cody Rhodes vs Rey Mysterio [Singles Match]
This match was billed as a "Wrestlemania Rematch", and it was something which I looked forward to. Although it could have been better, it was still a good effort by both performers. Clocking in at well over 10 minutes, these two performers had a great outing before the London crowd.
The brown bags the fans wore over their faces was different for a change. Truth be told, I loved it; It added a sense of psychology and a new level of "weird" to the atmosphere.
Both men did a great job with the storytelling perspective of their rivalry, and it was pushed further even after Mysterio pinned the now-grotesque Cody Rhodes for the 1-2-3.
The aftermath saw both superstars exchange many powerful physical blows to one another in a very entertaining and well-booked post-match altercation.
Best Non-PPV Match of the Month: Second Place
Superstars: April 7
Tyson Kidd vs. Yoshi Tatsu [Singles Match]
I've never been a fan of Yoshi Tatsu or his in-ring skills but, at this point in time, I do see some degree of improvements in his performances.
He has a great fanbase which is axiomatic by the that "Yoshi!" chants could be heard in almost all of his matches on any WWE Superstars event...and I think that's great.
What's even greater is the fact that he was able to work with Tyson Kidd to receive the Second Place Best Non-PPV Match Of April Achievement. These are two hard workers, and they're given this award deservedly.
From the very beginning of the match, there were elements of mat-wrestling, technical prowess, submission maneuvers and counters...and that's not something you see very often these days.
The crowd seemed very pleased with the match, and I don't blame them seeing that it was a well-booked match with enough going on to keep any fan entertained.
Tyson Kidd is someone I hope to see more of in the future, because he has an immense pool of talent.
Best Non-PPV Match Of The Month: 1st Place
Smackdown: April 15
Rey Mysterio vs. Drew McIntyre [Singles Match]
When these two locked it up in Albany, N.Y., I knew it had the potential to walk away with the First Place Best Non-PPV Match Of April Achievement, and it has.
Truth be told, there were many stipulation matches in April that was given the "important" feel to it, and all of them failed to deliver anything near what it should have been.
This match was nowhere near the importance of these other matches, yet it was great. In my opinion, these two men are the most consistent performers on the Smackdown roster (as of now) when it comes to having better-than-average matches on free television, especially "The Master Of The 619."
I've already started to wonder whether Mysterio will get as much time in the ring as he used to on Smackdown now that he's on Raw.
The fact is that match was given enough time to deliver, and it did. Both men were able to perform their signature maneuvers with enough elements in it to keep it entertaining; there were several nearfalls and both men proved they have great chemistry.
Rey Mysterio ultimately nailed the 619/Splash combination on the "The Chosen One" for the victory. Let it be said now that Drew McIntyre has been my favourite up-and-coming star since his debut, and so far he's proven that he's good in the ring with just about anyone.
Botch of the Month
Raw: April 11
First Match, First Botch
I don't blame Sin Cara for botching his first C4 attempt, but making it his first match in "the big leagues" didn't help.
I wouldn't make a big deal out of it, but it was the Botch of April.
Spot of the Month
Fortunately, Sin Cara has more than redeemed himself for his unsuccessful C4 attempt with several high-impact aerial maneuvers.
He has performed many good spots since his debut and so I'll let you decide which spot of his should win the Spot of April Achievement.
I'm being a bit generous here, so you should take advantage of it.
Overall Best Brand of the Month
The Blue Brand has done it again. Smackdown has continued to deliver quality matches that we could appreciate.
If you would only observe the contenders of the top three matches of April, there was no sign of any matches from the Monday night live event...in other words, Smackdown dominates Raw once again.
Raw had better watch its back because Smackdown seems like the snowball you cannot stop; It's getting bigger, and Raw had better do something quickly.
Heel Superstar of the Month
The Miz has been on fire lately, and he has proven his worth to the company. I always liked the guy, but I know he's far from the spotlight compared to what he can do in the future given a well-booked face turn.
That's right...I said "face." He has accumulated a Wrestlemania victory over John Cena, as well as other victories over weekly television. The guy's push has been great, even though it's not the best ever...but who's checking that?
I'm enjoying it, and I'm certain many others are also. Aside from every single finish to his victory matches being dirty, I'm enjoying the few ounces of credibility he's garnered for himself throughout his championship reign.
Face of the Month
"The Biggest Little Man" is aptly named, and he has had the most quality matches since 2011 began. It was only a matter of time before he snagged this accolade, and the time is now.
Rey Mysterio ultimately was the recipient of Best Face Superstar Of April solely due to his nature: When he was down, he'd always rise back to the top in some fashion...entertaining fashion.
Rey Mysterio's matches are spectacular, and though he's been an "underdog" for the past several years (even against bona fide rookies) he manages to have the best match of the night eight times out of 10.
Best PPV Match of the Month
The Undertaker vs Triple H [No Holds Barred Match]
While all of the other matches on the Wrestlemania 27 card were slow and dragging a lot of the time, this match delivered exactly what I expected.
Of course, this match was made better due to the fact that there exists strong history between The Undertaker and Triple H.
However, many individuals believe this match was a dud, and I really cannot comprehend how they came to this conclusion.
In fact, it was the only match worthy of "Wrestlemania" on the entire card...but I won't take anything away from the other superstars' efforts at this time, because this is not the time for it. The match had everything you could want in a Streak Match, yet many were left in boredom.
I, for one, was completely against the idea of having the match even take place but Triple H and The Undertaker came up with very original material - non-reminiscent of their Wrestlemania 17 match like everyone feared.
The highest point of the match came when Triple H taunted The Undertaker with his very own cut-throat signal, nailing him with a Tombstone Piledriver. Of course, The Undertaker kicked out and eventually became victorious...but it was phenomenal.
I personally thought it was better than many overrated Wrestlemania matches... Just saying. That's only my opinion, and I'd gladly accept and respect yours also.
I hope you enjoyed April's edition! The first week of May has provided enough satisfactory material for the Match Of the Month...and we're only beginning!
Feel free to leave your thoughts, my loyal readers, and I would highly appreciate your honesty.
If you believe the Achievements were unfairly distributed, please let me know.
As always, I would like to thank each and everyone of you. I wish you all the very best.