B/R 2011 Pro Wrestling Year Awards Nominations
2011 was a year that caught a lot of wrestling fans by surprise due to the suspense and excitement that we saw. Fans had been begging for more quality wrestling and a better weekly viewing of WWE and TNA programming, and we saw just that and more.
Now, pro wrestling still can improve a lot, but right now, I'd say we are seeing some wonderful wrestling that we haven't seen in years, and it is a welcomed sight in my opinion. Now, I've decided to come up with the first ever Bleacher Report wrestling awards because I feel that members of this great website should have a vote on what we believed as great moments, matches, and performers.
This slideshow will go through the 10 awards that I've come up with and thought were worthy enough for consideration, but ultimately the votes will be up to you, the wrestling fans.
Now to vote, you need to leave the comment below in the comment box and list who or what deserves each award. The voting will end on January 2, and I will hopefully have the results posted by January 7 or 8.
Let's look at the nominations...
(Update Alert) I feel that the votes are very balenced and I will hopefully get to post the final winners sometime in the first few days of January. But I am now allowing write-in votes as well so continue voting!!
Match of the Year
This is first award up for grabs, and I've narrowed the list down to 10 matches that I thought were simply amazing to watch.
In order to be fair to both WWE and TNA, I've picked the top five matches from WWE and the top five matches from TNA in order to come up with this top 10 list.
Now, I feel that each match deserves to be in the running due to its quality of work and fan involvement. So here are the matches you can vote for:
1. The Miz vs. John Morrison (Falls Count Anywhere) for the WWE Title (1-3-11) on RAW
2. The Undertaker vs. Triple H (No Holds Barred) at WrestleMania 27
3. Randy Orton vs. Christian for the World Heavyweight Title at Over The Limit
4. CM Punk vs. John Cena for the WWE Title at Money In The Bank
5. CM Punk vs. Alberto Del Rio for the WWE Title at Survivor Series
6. Fortune vs. Immortal (Lethal Lockdown) at Lockdown
7. Bully Ray vs. AJ Styles (Last Man Standing) at Slammiversary IX
8. AJ Styles vs. Christopher Daniels at Destination X
9. Kurt Angle vs. Sting vs. Mr. Anderson (Triple Threat) for the TNA World Title at No Surrender
10. Bobby Roode vs. AJ Styles (30 Min Iron-Man) for the TNA World Title at Final Resolution
Wrestler of the Year
We saw many superstars rise to the main event level and take pro wrestling to a whole new level in 2011. This award will go to the one superstar who has been the main player of pro wrestling and has entertained the fans in all aspects from promos to their in-ring work.
The 10 finalists are the 10 best in the pro wrestling game and proved that they were the best in 2011.
1. CM Punk
2. John Cena
3. The Miz
4. Randy Orton
6. AJ Styles
7. Mr. Anderson
8. Bully Ray
Diva/Knockout of the Year
Now women's wrestling seems to have been on the down slide in the past few years, but we have seen some wonderful female performers this year and they do deserve some credit.
So, this award will be presented to the best female in pro wrestling, according to the wrestling fans on Bleacher Report.
1. Kelly Kelly
2. Beth Phoenix
5. Alicia Fox
7. Madison Rayne
8. Mickie James
9. Velvet Sky
Pay-Per-View Event of the Year
There were several amazing pay-per-view events in 2011.
From the beginning of the year, we have seen the pay-per-view quality improve greatly. We as wrestling fans have been pleased to see the wonderful improvement in pay-per-view events, and this award goes to the best event of the year.
There were 10 pay-per-view's that stand out from the rest, in my opinion.
1. WrestleMania 27
2. Extreme Rules
3. Money In The Bank
5. Survivor Series
8. Destination X
9. Bound For Glory
10. Final Resolution
Suprising Moment of the Year
There were a lot of "OH MY GOD!" moments in 2011, and this award should go to the one moment that made everybody's jaws drop to the floor.
1. The Rock returns to the WWE in February.
2. The Rock and John Cena make their WrestleMania 28 match official the day after WrestleMania 27.
3. Christian becomes the World Heavyweight Champion at Extreme Rules.
4. Edge surprises everybody by retiring from pro wrestling.
5. CM Punk shoots on the WWE in July right before the Money In The Bank event.
6. Mr. Anderson wins the TNA World Title.
7. Jeff Hardy seems to be drugged out of his mind at Victory Road in his world title match against Sting.
8. Hulk Hogan turns baby face at Bound For Glory.
9. Bobby Roode turns heel on James Storm and becomes TNA World Champion.
10. Bobby Roode spits in Dixie Carter's face.
Feud of the Year
There were so many great feuds in 2011, it seems that both TNA and WWE are finally understanding that quality feuds will bring more fans to the product.
Now, this award should go to the best feud in 2011, and these are the top 10 feuds, in my opinion.
1. CM Punk vs. Randy Orton
2. Randy Orton vs. Christian
3. CM Punk vs. John Cena
4. John Cena vs. The Rock
5. Mark Henry vs. The Big Show
6. Jeff Hardy vs. Mr. Anderson
7. AJ Styles vs. Chris Daniels
8. Sting vs. Hulk Hogan
9. Kurt Angle vs. Jeff Jarrett
10. Bobby Roode vs. AJ Styles
Babyface of the Year
There have been a lot of good baby faces in pro wrestling this year, but there were 10 amazing performers that took the term of "baby-face" and changed it to something that fans can enjoy—because they aren't like Hulk Hogan was in the 1980's, instead they have attitude and they are just themselves.
So here are the top 10 baby face superstars of 2011.
1. John Cena
2. Randy Orton
3. CM Punk
4. Triple H
6. Mr. Anderson
7. AJ Styles
9. Rob Van Dam
10. James Storm
Heel of the Year
There were plenty of heel turns in 2011, but there were 10 heel's that caught the fans' attention and really made pro wrestling "must-see" television again.
I'm really impressed with the heel class of 2011, and these 10 superstars have made fans hate them plenty enough. So, here are the top 10 heels of the year, in my opinion.
1. The Miz
2. CM Punk
3. Wade Barrett
4. Cody Rhodes
5. Alberto Del Rio
6. Hulk Hogan
8. Bobby Roode
9. Kurt Angle
10. Austin Aries
Rising Star of the Year
There are plenty of guys that came up to the main event level in 2011 and made their mark on the industry with their quality work inside and outside of the ring.
This award signals a guy's hard work as breaking through to the main event scene. These 10 guys did just that in 2011, and they look to be some of the top guys in 2012.
1. Alberto Del Rio
2. Wade Barrett
3. Daniel Bryan
4. Cody Rhodes
5. Zack Ryder
6. Mr. Anderson
7. Bobby Roode
8. James Storm
9. Austin Aries