It's back by populous demand! The return of the Annual Pro Wrestling Awards! Thanks to the arrival of almost 900 fans, it's time to unleash the annual awards to the best superstars of the year.
2008 left us breathless and in shock, but that doesn't stop anyone from voicing their opinions about who they think deserves top honors heading into the end of the year.
With that said, here's the nominees for this year's Tag Team of the Year.
#1) The Dirt Sheet (John Morrison & The Miz), ECW
For over a year, we've had to endure the onslaught of the self proclaimed "Greatest Tag Team of the 21st Century. Since they've arrived on the scene, John Morrison and The Miz have done their part in becoming the most talked about tag team in the WWE. To top it all off, they also showed great tag team chemistry in the ring.
After losing the ECW Championship to CM Punk, Morrison returned and formed a duo with the man who called himself The Chick Magnet, The Miz. The result: One of the longest tag team championship reigns in the WWE. Even after losing the gold, they're still considered one of the best duos in WWE history. Last night, they earned the right to be called the 2008 Tag Team of the Year at the Slammy Awards.
But did they do enough to be called the Tag Team of the Year by the B/R Wrestling Nation?
#2) Cryme Tyme (Shad Gaspard & JTG), RAW
Yo! Yo! Yo! Yo! Yo! Yoooo! It's your boys Cryme Tyme...aka Bling Kings...aka The Diamond Dozen...aka Boomghetto Masters. Why? Cause they living boomghetto fabulous! After getting cut by the WWE, we thought that we had seen the last of the duo from Brooklyn.
But luckily for us, we were wrong.
Since returning to the WWE, Cryme Tyme has made it their business to get into everyone's business. From a quick rivalry with Priceless for the World Tag Team Championships to their role in the "Inmates Running the Asylum" Storyline this past spring, CT has continued acquiring what they've desired...and in the process, even grew their fanbase when they joined forces with John Cena to combat JBL.
It's only a matter of time before the awards start pouring in for this tag team. But have they done enough to earn the accolades of The Nation and garner 2008 Tag Team of the Year Honors? Even if they don't, it'll still be all about that money, money...yeah! yeah! That Money Money! Yeah! Yeah!
#3) Beer Money (Robert Roode & "Cowboy" James Storm), TNA
Roode and Storm didn't have much in common...that is until they kept getting the shaft from Jim Cornette earlier this year. Because of the constant shorthanded tactics of TNA Management, the two men decided that if you can't beat them, join together and beat them together. Beer Money was officially born.
Together, Roode and Storm destroyed everyone in their path en route to claiming one of the biggest prizes in the business: The TNA World Tag Team Championships. They used cheap tactics and their usual cheating ways to claim the gold when they defeated LAX a month after Fan's Revenge to become the champions. In the process, they got better as a tag team (more cohesive so to speak) and even threw in a few funny moments to keep the crowd excited.
In the end, they still are the tag team champions, and they have wasted no time in finding new teams to conquer and destroy. From Team 3D to the Monstrous Blueprint, they've only had five words to say on their path of drunken anarchy along the way: "Sorry About Your Damn Luck!"
#4) Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder, SmackDown
No one knew anything about this duo when they first came out. But it didn't take long for them to become a quick upstart while on ECW. But when they went to SmackDown, that's when they became a major force to be reckoned with.
It all started at Armageddon for the team formerly known as The Major Brothers. They became a major player in the outcome of the Triple Threat Match between Batista, Edge & Undertaker. They played musical chairs with Edge...and it didn't help much that they looked exactly like The Rated R Superstar.
Because of their part in the outcome, Edge and Vickie welcomed them into their faction, and with Chavo and Bam Neely aboard, La Familia was officially born. The end result for the duo of Hawkins and Ryder: They were wearing tag team gold, if only for brief moments after they shocked everyone with a victory at Night of Champions.
#5) Motor City Machineguns (Alex Shelley & Chris Sabin), TNA
Even before AJ Styles and Samoa Joe were being taken seriously, there was the Motor City Machine Guns. This team has shown pride in themselves...as well as the city of Detroit.
Despite not being used completely during the year on TNA, the Guns have done their part in keeping things interesting. And they have been saluting veterans left to right ever since Samoa Joe saluted Sting at Victory Road. Since that gesture, the Guns have not done what any of the big bosses have told them to do. You have to admire that no matter who you are.
Because of their decision to tell the bosses to stick it, I am nominating them for this year's 2008 Best Tag Team. And despite what most will say (ahem...JB), for putting up with all they have tolerated, they have earned the right to get nominated. And I apologize fully for omitting them the first time around.
#5) Priceless (Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase), RAW
Hawkins and Ryder weren't the only ones who claimed Tag Team Gold at Night of Champions. Ted DiBiase also snagged the World Tag Team Championships from Hardcore Holly and Cody Rhodes along with his partner...Cody Rhodes! When he first came to RAW, he decided to make a statement that has held true even now: We don't wait for opportunity; we take it.
Since then, the duo has defeated the likes of Hardcore Holly, Cryme Tyme, Batista & John Cena to continue their run as tag champions. However, it did come with a price. At Unforgiven, the duo joined forces with Manu (another new generation superstar) to ambush CM Punk and cost him the World Heavyweight Championship. It's only taken half a year for them to become a main event caliber tag team. But it was Randy Orton that helped them see the light.
After punting DiBiase in the head, thereby putting him on the shelf, Rhodes and Manu were left wondering what their next move was going to be. Thanks to Orton's "motivation," the two joined forces with him and formed what is now called The Legacy. The end result: Victories over Team Batista in Survivor Series and Orton's former Evolution members Triple H and Batista last night on RAW.
#6) AJ Styles & Samoa Joe, TNA
In TNA, there have not been two men more pushed around and beat down than AJ Styles and Samoa Joe. From Kurt Angle to Sting to Booker T, Styles and Joe have had multiple rivalries that have kept TNA head to head with the WWE. In fact, Samoa Joe was a huge player in 2008.
After beating Angle at Lockdown to become TNA World Heavyweight Champion, Samoa Joe held the title for a majority of the year, and Styles continued Angle's bad fortune by winning his coveted Gold Medal from the '96 Olympic Games. Thanks to a mysterious, appearing guitar, Joe and Styles continued the pressure on Angle and Booker T.
In the end, though, the duo didn't have enough in the tank to stop the onslaught of all three men. But thanks to their efforts over the past year, they've earned the right to be considered for the 2008 Tag Team of the Year...even if they haven't won gold since the arrival of the Main Event Mafia.
That's this year's nominees, if you feel that a team was left off, feel free to add them in, and I will make sure to include them in the nominations. Vote early and often. Results will be posted on New Year's Day.
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