2011 WWE Slammy Awards: Who Will Win This Year?
With the Slammy Awards making their return to Monday Night Raw Supershow next week, what superstars and moments in the past year will win one of the coveted WWE awards when the show takes place in Norfolk, VA?
Speaking of the Norfolk Scope, site of next week's RAW, the venue could have been a contender for "Most Shocking Moment" in April of 1998 when Triple H and DX invaded a Monday Nitro event declaring war between the two companies as the Monday Night Wars were in full effect as WCW and the WWE battled for ratings supremacy.
As you take a look at who deserved a Slammy Award for this year, you can enjoy your time reading this because unlike the real awards show next week, this preview slide show will be a completely free zone of Mr. Excitement, John Laurinaitis, the executive vice president of talent relations and sadly, the interim general manager of RAW Supershow for the time being on Monday nights.
Breakout Star of the Year: Alex Riley
After finally breaking away from the Miz earlier in the year, Alex Riley has shown that he can be a big-time player in the WWE as time goes on. A-Ry has the talent to challenge for some of the big prizes in the company as he continues to learn and grow now that he is on his own after escaping the Miz's shadow.
Diva of the Year: Eve
While the WWE will likely give this award to Beth Phoenix or Kelly Kelly, the most deserving diva for this award would be Eve, who had to play second fiddle to the aforementioned Kelly Kelly as the two divas feuded with Beth Phoenix and Natayla as Torres was sort of misused this year as just a sidekick instead of being a challenger to the Diva's title.
Shocker of the Year: Kevin Nash Returns, Alberto Del Rio Wins WWE Title
With the WWE Title controversy finally settled as CM Punk defeated John Cena in the Summerslam main event, the new champion was viciously attacked by a returning Kevin Nash, who came through the crowd and gave Punk a gigantic Jackknife Power Bomb before making his way out of the arena the same way he entered the Staples Center.
As people were buzzing over the attack by Nash to the WWE Champion, the opportunistic Alberto Del Rio ran to the ring to cash in his Money in the Bank contract that he won at the previous month's pay-per-view, in turn fulfilling his destiny of becoming WWE Champion after defeating a weakened Punk after the match with Cena and powerbomb by Nash.
Despicable Me Award: Kevin Nash Attacks Triple H with a Sledgehammer on RAW
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The night after being folded in half from a Jackknife Powerbomb by Kevin Nash at Night of Champions, Triple H demanded John Laurinaitis to bring Nash to him during that episode of RAW, and the Game certainly found the former World Champion, as Nash attacked Triple H with a sledgehammer on both the stage and in the back when EMS workers were attempting to load the COO into a waiting ambulance.
Holy %&^*&* Move of the Year: Randy Orton Hits a Top Rope RKO on CM Punk
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After whaling on CM Punk with a kendo stick as he was draped on the top rope, Randy Orton went to the top rope with Punk to eventually hit one of the most violent RKOs in recent memory as the Viper scored the win in this Last Man Standing match at April's Extreme Rules PPV.
Fan Reaction of the Year: Crowd After Vince McMahon Is Relieved of His Duties
After his son-in-law Triple H informed Vince McMahon that he had been relieved of his duties, the crowd in attendance, who booed him earlier in that episode of RAW, showed McMahon a great deal of respect as chants of "Thank You, Vince" rang through the arena, leaving McMahon teary eyed as Monday Night Raw went off the air the night after Money in the Bank.
"Oh Snap" Meltdown of the Year: Jim Ross Attacks Michael Cole at Ringside
As long as I have known Good Ole Jim Ross during his time in WCW and the WWE, JR has been a pretty calm person when it comes to getting involved with a wrestler when he takes off his headphones and leaves his position at the announce table at ringside.
When his calm demeanor fell by the wayside on RAW, JR, with all of his BBQ sauce-fueled rage, attempted to tear down the protective case that kept obnoxious announcer Michael Cole safe from the wrath of the Hall of Fame announcer, as Ross' anger boiled over during this episode.
WWE Moment of the Year: CM Punk vs. John Cena at Money in the Bank
If anyone says there is a better main event this year than CM Punk and John Cena for the WWE title at Money in the Bank, they are either living under a rock or possibly a TNA fan.
The atmosphere of the Allstate Arena in Chicago was one of the best crowds at a WWE pay-per-view in many years as there were cheers with everything Punk did compared to the avalanche of boos that rained down on Cena. Punk kept his promise of winning the WWE title and leaving the company just to come back two weeks later on RAW.
Superstar of the Year: CM Punk
CM Punk is a no doubt the selection to win the Slammy Award for Superstar of the Year after the great year the Best in the World had in 2011.
Due to winning his first WWE Championship at Money in the Bank and his second at last month's Survivor Series, Punk is quickly ascending the ranks to be the most popular superstar and surpass John Cena as the face of the WWE, as Cena is going through a possible character change in the coming months.