WWE: The 2011 Smarky Awards Results
The votes have been counted and the winners of the 2011 Smarky Awards have been determined.
So who came out on top?
Was this really CM Punk's year?
Who was the most improved star of the year?
How about best feud, best pay-per-view or best promo?
All of those honors and more in this, the results of your 2011 Smarky Awards.
Superstar of the Year: CM Punk
While putting this award idea together, I had a bit of a hunch on which superstar would take this honor. So it should come as no surprise that the Straight Edge Messiah, CM Punk, is your 2011 superstar of the year.
And why not? Quite frankly, Punk did just about everything to get us out of our seats.
He gave us his entertaining microphone work, his stellar in-ring work, shot the most shocking promo we've seen in a while and won the WWE Championship in dramatic fashion on two occasions.
There is no doubt that this was indeed the Year of Punk. I'm sure we can all say that in the middle of all this "PG-era" stuff, Punk made wrestling a bit more cool to watch again.
Match of the Year: John Cena vs. CM Punk (Money in the Bank)
A hostile crowd, a handful of high points and a pure shocker to end it all. This match between CM Punk and WWE Champion John Cena had everything and more.
In his hometown of Chicago, Illinois, CM Punk captured the crown jewel of the wrestling industry in a 30-minute marathon of a main event.
Moment of the Year: CM Punk Wins WWE Championship at Money in the Bank
This moment had emotion, excitement and even saw John Cena and Vince McMahon on the losing side of things.
Pay-Per-View of the Year: Money in the Bank
If you didn't see this coming after the three previous awards, you may want to check yourself into a mental institution.
In addition to the match of the year in CM Punk vs. John Cena, the Money in the Bank pay-per-view had its fair share of exciting moments and matches. Both MITB ladder matches were great, the rest of the undercard wasn't horrible and again, it all came together with an epic finish.
Feud of the Year: Christian vs. Randy Orton
There are very few feuds in the WWE that are put together nicely.
So when we were able to watch Randy Orton and Christian engage in an enduring battle for the World Heavyweight Title, we couldn't have been happier. Given it did last a bit long, the matchup did have the proper elements to be a great feud.
Promo of the Year: CM Punk's Shoot
Diva of the Year: Beth Phoenix
Most Improved Superstar of the Year: Cody Rhodes
2011 has been quite a year for Dusty's boy.
He has drawn tremendous heat as a heel, brought back some respect for the IC title and established himself as a future main event player.
This year was a big one for Cody Rhodes, but 2012 is looking a bit brighter for the young superstar.
Backstage Segment of the Year: The Rock Addresses NYC at Survivor Series
Wasn't it great to see Rocky in a backstage interview again?
That's probably why this backstage moment came out on top.
Snub of the Year: Drew McIntyre
From being the next biggest thing to, well, nothing.
Vince McMahon's chosen one, Drew McIntyre, looked to be the company's upcoming superstar. McIntyre, however, didn't do much of anything in 2011.
Maybe next year...
Non-Wrestler of the Year: Vickie Guerrero
Excuse me, but this was an incredibly obvious choice.
Vickie Guerrero's voice may be incredibly loud and incredibly annoying, but the important thing is that she does her job and does it well. There are very few individuals, if any, in the WWE that can draw more heat than the cougar.
Mic Worker of the Year: CM Punk
This choice may seem obvious at first glance. But if you think of guys such as R-Truth, Miz and John Cena, this honor was no walk in the park for Punk.
Punk did, however, shoot one of the best promos in the history of professional wrestling, which may have got him this award alone.
Commentator of the Year: Jim Ross
Good ol' JR wasn't around for the entire year, but that doesn't mean he doesn't get this award.
Of course Jim Ross takes this one home. He's JR!
Failed Project of the Year: Sin Cara
Oh boy. Where do we begin?
Do we start with the botch-fest Sin Cara put on since joining the company? How about that hideous finish against Chavo Guerrero at the Over the Limit pay-per-view?
Maybe we'll turn to his failed drug test in just his first year with the WWE? Or perhaps his horrific match against Sin Cara No. 2 at Hell in the Cell?
If that isn't enough for you, then we'll go to Survivor Series where yet another botch led to his devastating injury that may keep him out for nine months.
And to top it all off, we even got the infamous Sin Cara t-shirt. Yeah, that one.
Entrance Theme of the Year: "Cult of Personality" by Living Colour (CM Punk)
CM Punk's theme may be worth paying the loyal rights to Living Colour.
Big Move of the Year: Mark Henry's Superplex to Big Show
No need to explain this one.
Finisher of the Year (Non-Submission): RKO
Out of all the finishers in the company today, none are as venomous as Randy Orton's RKO.
It's quick, it's effective and it's believable.
Submission of the Year: LaBell Lock (Daniel Bryan)
Speaking of believable moves, Daniel Bryan's LaBell Lock was voted as this year's best submission.
Bryan barely beat out Alberto Del Rio and his Cross-Arm Breaker.
Face of the Year: CM Punk
Even though CM Punk was a heel and a tweener for most of 2011, he still gets the honor for 2011's best face.
It may be the smark in everyone who voted for Punk, but nonetheless, he takes yet another award.
Heel of the Year: Mark Henry
After 16 long years in the company, Mark Henry finally got his break in 2011. The World's Strongest Man was given the dominant heel role by creative and simply ran with it.
I would like to thank everyone for their time and votes.