WWE: Vote for Bleacher Report's 2011 Slammy Awards
Monday brings us yet another edition of the WWE Slammy Awards, a poke of fun at the other awards shows, while also being a place to celebrate the year that was in WWE. The awards really don't mean anything and aren't carried around beyond that night, unless your name is Michael Cole.
I could sit here and tell you what I think will be the winners to a bunch of categories that may or may not exist. It would then lead to 20 comments about how CM Punk should be Superstar of the Year and a handful of people suggesting that Alberto Del Rio win it instead. To avoid all of that nonsense, this edition of The Slammys is going to be decided by you, the commenters of Bleacher Report.
Feel free to comment below with how you feel about each category and I will tally the votes prior to Monday night's three-hour edition of RAW.
Superstar of the Year
The one category that we do know about for this year are the finalists in the Superstar of the Year race. Each of these six men have a claim to the honor.
Alberto Del Rio won Money in the Bank, a 40-man Royal Rumble, and was a two-time WWE Champion in 2011. Whether or not his gimmick has been marred in the last twelve months, he was able to walk out of SummerSlam as WWE Champion and stand as champion during RAW's first-ever show in Mexico.
CM Punk had his career revitalized in 2011 as he went from owning the Royal Rumble match with the New Nexus to nearly leaving WWE during the summer. Punk is a two-time WWE Champion, including his current reign, and brought more publicity to WWE during the Summer of Punk than at any other time in years.
The ever-controversial John Cena is the only three-time WWE Champion in 2011 and his ongoing storyline with The Rock will lead to one of the most anticipated WrestleManias of all-time. Cena also became the first-ever 10-time WWE Champion in history during this year.
Mark Henry revitalized his career in 2011, winning his first world championship. The current World Heavyweight Champion has only been defeated once on pay-per-view this year. Even that loss was just because Mark Henry had himself disqualified on purpose at Survivor Series.
The Miz began 2011 as WWE Champion, defeating John Cena in the main event of WrestleMania. The Awesome One also teamed with R-Truth and, despite being fired earlier this year, made one of the biggest impacts of the year.
Randy Orton went to SmackDown after this year's WWE Draft and took the World Heavyweight Championship shortly after. Orton would win the title again at SummerSlam in one of the best and more hardcore matches of the year.
Tag Team of the Year
This is a legitimate category, but it may be hard to actually pick more than a few candidates. The obvious nominee is Air Boom, the current tag team champions. 2011 also had Kane and Big Show return to tagging together. There was also a long reign by David Otunga and Michael McGillicutty. Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger looked pretty good together this year. Perhaps you are bold and wish to vote for The Usos? Yeah, probably not.
There was also Awesome Truth, who tagged all the way to a Survivor Series main event. Who knows? Maybe the tag team of the year was The Rock and John Cena.
Breakout Star of the Year
Two years ago, Sheamus was an obvious decision for Breakout Star of the Year. This year, a few superstars could fit the bill. There can be a case made that Del Rio broke out in 2011.
Dolph Ziggler was a World Heavyweight Champion, United States Champion and Intercontinental Champion this year, as well as double booking in the past few pay-per-views. Cody Rhodes went from an idiot with a broken nose to a bonafide main eventer. Alex Riley made some waves this year. Then, there was the year that Zack Ryder had.
Diva of the Year
Pending her pregnancy, few would have doubted that Kharma would have been Diva of the Year. Instead, it is a little bit more wide open.
Beth Phoenix would have to be the favorite after her movement with Natalya led to the biggest Divas storyline of the year. There has never been a two-time Diva of the Year, an award Beth won a few years ago. Kely Kelly is still a possibility. If the real award is decided by a match, I predict Kelly Kelly winning via a roll-up. It's always a roll-up. It might as well be her finishing move.
Shocking Moment of the Year
Plenty of shocking moments happen every year. It all depends on what you consider to be shocking. Kevin Nash returning to attack CM Punk at SummerSlam is certainly up there.
Daniel Bryan cashing in Money in the Bank was also pretty shocking, until the decision was reversed. There were a few returns this year that were shocking. From Triple H and The Undertaker to even an appearance by Shawn Michaels. This isn't even mentioning The Rock's return.
Match of the Year
Match of the Year seemed wide open this year with John Morrison vs The Miz on the first RAW of the year being pretty great. There were also a few Randy Orton/Christian matches that were good as well. A few WrestleMania matches could deserve votes, but what may get the nod is the amazing match at Money in the Bank between CM Punk and John Cena.
Pay-Per-View of the Year
There are pretty specific answers for this category. Obviously, WrestleMania is a candidate every year (usually). Royal Rumble was pretty solid, but is forgotten about for being way back in January.
I personally enjoyed Vengeance, but it will go down historically as one of the worst pay-per-views ever from a financial perspective. Money in the Bank and Survivor Series are two pay-per-views that have been discussed as being the best. Again, though, the vote is up to you.
Fan of the Year
Fan reactions rule, especially when they become known with the moment that they occur with. Take Miz Girl AKA the girl who was so upset when The Miz became WWE Champion last year. This year's crop is less memorable, though the little kid at Capitol Punishment who threw water in R-Truth's face (pictured) is a nice frontrunner. There were a couple of fans to be included in this storyline also possibly worth notoriety. Let's also not forget about the fans who helped Alberto Del Rio stand at the end of Vengeance or the fans who caught a diving CM Punk after his win at Survivor Series.
For the sake of this being the hardest category to name, I will also accept awesome signs from fans to help crown a Fan of the Year.
OMG Moment of the Year
The OMG! DVD that came out this year was pretty good, but left out a few moments that some fans can name, but WWE would probably prefer to forget about entirely. There had to be at least one moment that made you say "OMG!", so feel free to express that moment under this category. Maybe it is Triple H kicking out from The Undertaker at WrestleMania or the ring breaking at Vengeance.
Keep in mind that this should be different than the Shocking Moment of the Year. The Shocking Moment should be more of an event that took place, where the OMG Moment is more about that one specific moment in time where you could not believe what you were seeing.
This is the most fun of this whole process. The categories listed above are a lot more serious than most of the awards we will see on Monday at The Slammys. We will probably see people like Michael Cole and Zack Ryder walking away with a trophy for some stupid reason. With that said, give me the category and the winner and the best will be posted with the results on Monday afternoon.
Voting will close at noon on Monday, December 12.