WWE: The Emmy Awards for Professional Wrestling Final Results
Last week, I polled the IWC on Bleacher Report to find out who deserved the awards for best performances of the last year.
Over 50 votes came in from around Bleacher Report with a variety of opinions and ideas of who deserved these awards with some even finding it hard to make a single vote in a category.
The following stars are the best of the best in WWE. There should no doubt.
While almost every nominee was given a vote somewhere along the line, each of the candidates won handily without controversy.
Each award will be presented by a star in the field. Look for their picture in the slide preceding the announcement of the winner. There will be no speeches.
So now that everything is recorded, let's find out who has been awarded some of the prestigious awards in entertainment: the Emmy—of WWE—is not officially sanctioned by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
(Disclaimer: Everyone was allowed a vote if they took the time. The official vote totals will be included at the end to prove that all results are legitimate. The word prestigious is used in relative fashion throughout. Presenters will not be presenting these awards.)
Best Performance by a Tag Team
Edge and Christian
The tag team division has an amazing legacy. It has created some of the greatest stars of all time.
Edge, Christian, Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart all came from great tag teams.
The work done by the men of the tag team division has created some of the most exciting matches of all time.
The men nominated tonight could one day be some of the biggest stars in WWE history.
And the nominees are...
Heath Slater/Justin Gabriel for their performance on June 6 on the recently nationally cancelled WWE Superstars.
Kane/Big Show for their performance on April 22 on Friday Night Smackdown.
The Usos for their performance on June 24 on Friday Night Smackdown.
Kofi Kingston/Evan Bourne for their performance at Night of Champions 2011.
The Miz/R-Truth for their performance on Sept. 5 on Monday Night Raw.
And the Outstanding Tag Team is...
The Miz and R-Truth
No conspiracy here. Your winners are the recently fired Miz and R-Truth.
Their present may look bad, but their future can only be brighter.
When these men are back and wreaking havoc, they can only get better.
They're new. They're outspoken. They're awesome.
Best Performance by a Diva
While men rule professional wrestling as they seem to do with every sport, women have also found a place in pro wrestling.
The Divas Division in the WWE has created amazing moments and stars. Women like Lita, Sable, Chyna and Trish Stratus have left a lasting impression upon the WWE Universe to this day.
Many of the women nominated here could end up leaving an impression just as great.
The nominees are...
Natalya for her performance at Tables, Ladders and Chairs 2010.
Eve Torres for her performance on Feb. 14 on Monday Night Raw.
Kelly Kelly for her performance at Summerslam 2011.
Beth Phoenix for her performance on Aug. 1 on Monday Night Raw.
Layla for her performance at Extreme Rules 2011.
And the Outstanding Diva is...
She may not be Divas Champion, but she is a WWEmmy winner.
Her push lately for the pin-up strong movement has created a new wave of interest in the Divas division.
Beth has gone above and beyond the idea of a typical diva to make the division bold and original again.
Best Performance: Comedy
Triple H and Shawn Michaels
While the WWE has always tended toward drama, some of the hardest performances in pro wrestling are comedic. Being a master of comedy can be much harder than being a master of drama.
The Rock and DX created some of the best moments in WWE, and many were comedy gold.
The stars nominated here have charisma and mic skill that many greats can lack.
The nominees are...
R-Truth for his performance on Aug. 8, 2011 on Monday Night Raw.
Santino Marella for his performance on Dec. 10, 2010 on Friday Night Smackdown.
The Rock for his performance on March 14, 2011 on Monday Night Raw.
CM Punk for his performance on June 20, 2011 on Monday Night Raw.
Zack Ryder for his performance on Sept. 10, 2010 on Monday Night Raw.
And the Outstanding Comedian is...
The conspiracy must have taken a night off as R-Truth takes home an Emmy for his comedic performance.
Since becoming a heel, Truth has become one of the funniest characters in the company.
He just beat the super popular CM Punk and The Rock.
That just shows how far he has gone to earn this prestigious honor.
Best Performance by a Midcard Talent
For every big star, there are at least five midcard talents.
Before every major star is born, they are a midcard talent.
Most wrestlers find themselves lost in the sea of the midcard. Not many can make the final leap.
These stars are the men who could find their way into that spotlight and become superstars.
The nominees are...
Dolph Ziggler for his performance at the Royal Rumble 2011.
John Morrison for his performance on Jan. 3, 2011 on Monday Night Raw.
Wade Barrett for his performance at Hell in a Cell 2010.
Alex Riley for his performance on May 23, 2011 on Monday Night Raw.
Daniel Bryan for his performance at Night of Champions 2010.
And the Outstanding Midcard Superstar is...
With one of the worst names in WWE today, Dolph Ziggler wins.
Thanks to a brief stint on the main event scene on SmackDown, Ziggler established himself as a future star.
He keeps improving as a star who has been heralded as the most improved superstar of the year.
With his WWEmmy in tow, Ziggler may finally be able to take that next step to superstardom.
Performance by a Guest or Part-Time Performer
Bret Hart who feels snubbed.
These are the men who are already stars.
These guys have transcended the business and become legends.
They are so good that this award probably has no impact on them (though it is extremely important to everyone else).
With further ado, the nominees are...
The Rock for his performance on Feb. 14, 2011 on Monday Night Raw.
The Undertaker for his performance on Feb. 21, 2011 on Monday Night Raw.
Kevin Nash for his performance on Aug. 15, 2011 on Monday Night Raw.
Triple H for his performance at Night of Champions 2011.
Edge for his performance on Sept. 16, 2011 on Smackdown.
And Most Outstanding Guest Star is...
The People's Champ has been given the approval of the WWEmmys.
He is one of biggest stars in WWE history, and his return was truly electrifying.
No matter if you knew it was coming, everyone cheered when this mega-star appeared.
He may have no need of any additional accolades, but he earned this one.
Special Category: Performance by a Snubbed Star
The Academy not Sean Bean will present this.
Before continuing, there is one category this award ceremony would like to add.
Most shows will not acknowledge their mistakes in choices, but here at the Emmys of Pro Wrestling, mistakes are made and explained.
Each of these stars made enough of an impact to find mention by our voters.
The nominees are...
For Midcard Performance, Cody Rhodes for his performance at WrestleMania XXVII.
For Performance by a Diva, Michelle McCool for her performance at Extreme Rules 2011.
For Performance in Comedy, Christian for his performance on June 20, 2011 on Raw.
For Main Event Performance, Chris Jericho for his performance on Sept. 27, 2010 on Monday Night Raw.
And the Outstanding Snub is...
The Academy openly apologizes to Cody Rhodes.
His work to get over as Dashing and Undashing Cody Rhodes has been phenomenal and star-making.
While all nominees in his category were deserving of their recognition, Rhodes deserved a spot with these stars.
The Academy would like to also give a nod to Jericho's rant of the greats who have all lost to Chris Jericho on Monday Night Raw before he left the company, though Rhodes was considered a larger snub.
To apologize, the Academy will be awarding Rhodes his very own Emmy so that he gets the recognition he deserves.
Performance in the Ring
While individual performance in the WWE is essential, nothing lasts the test of time more than a collective match.
Steamboat vs. Savage, Undertaker vs. Michaels, and Hogan vs. Andre are just a few of the legendary matches that have shaped pro wrestling.
Each of the matches nominated here have reached a higher level of excellence.
These are some of the greatest matches of all time.
The nominees are...
Daniel Bryan and Dolph Ziggler for their performance at Bragging Rights 2010.
Alberto Del Rio and Christian for their performance at Extreme Rules 2011.
CM Punk and John Cena for their performance at Money in the Bank 2011.
Triple H and the Undertaker for their performance at WrestleMania XXVII.
Christian and Randy Orton for their performance at Summerslam 2011.
The Outstanding Match is...
CM Punk and John Cena
The match that may have changed the WWE is given the absolute win.
While consideration was given to all matches nominated, only one match truly shined.
The hard work and masterful storytelling done in this match transcends all others.
It left a lasting mark on this company that reminds how WWE can still create magic to this day.
Performance by a Main Event Star
Stone Cold Steve Austin
Here it is.
The best performance of this year.
These are the moments that create a lasting impression.
These are the performances that make stars into legends.
The nominees are...
CM Punk for his performance on June 27, 2011 on Monday Night Raw.
John Cena for his performance on February 21, 2011 on Monday Night Raw.
Randy Orton for his performance at Extreme Rules 2011.
The Miz for his performance on March 14, 2011 on Monday Night Raw.
Christian for his performance on July 15, 2011 on Friday Night Smackdown.
And the Outstanding Superstar is...
This last year has been all about CM Punk.
His win here was academic.
While each man nominated was great, Punk's work on that fateful Raw cannot be matched.
Punk has made his ability meet his status once and for all.
The Cult of Personality has given us something to be excited about.
And That's a Wrap!
There you have it!
These stars have been honored for their work by the IWC.
People who voted: thank you!
Those who read this article but didn't vote: thank you, too!
For those who might question the results, the actual voting results will be posted below.
(Not every section has the same number of votes due to people not voting or double-voting)
Thanks for reading, participating and commenting!
Heath Slater/Justin Gabriel 8
Kane/Big Show 7
The Usos 5
Kofi Kingston/Evan Bourne 8
The Miz/R-Truth 24
Eve Torres 3
Kelly Kelly 8
Beth Phoenix 21
Santino Marella 7
The Rock 7
CM Punk 12
Zack Ryder 1
Dolph Ziggler 22
John Morisson 12
Wade Barrett 6
Alex Riley 1
Daniel Bryan 10
Performances by a Guest or Part-Time Performer:
The Rock 31
The Undertaker 5
Kevin Nash 1
Triple H 8
Performance in the Ring:
Daniel Bryan and Dolph Ziggler 2
Alberto Del Rio and Christian 1
CM Punk and John Cena 36
Triple H and the Undertaker 7
Christian and Randy Orton 6
Main Event Performance:
CM Punk 42
John Cena 1
The Miz 5