Pro Wrestling: The Best of 2008...So Far

'Rowdy' Ross RutherfordSenior Analyst ISeptember 14, 2008

So here we are in September and we have seen a lot of awesome things so far this year. We have seen Ric Flair retire, Floyd "Money" Mayweather break The Big Show's nose, and CM Punk shock the world cashing in his Money in the Bank Championship opportunity.

In this article I will list some of the best things that have happened this year and present The Best of 2008...So Far Awards. Enjoy.


Young Guys Getting the Spotlight

What is bad about it? Guys like CM Punk, THE Brian Kendrick, Evan Bourne, and MVP have all been getting a lot of air time, which is awesome.

CM Punk won the World Heavyweight Championship. Sure, he wasn't the best champion, but it just proves that WWE is looking for young guys to lead the way in the future.



So far this year when I've turned on my television on a Friday night to watch Smackdown I've been pleased with the show after it is over. Even when it's missing guys like Umaga, Mr. Kennedy, and Edge, Smackdown still manages to put on a good  show.

Smackdown has been very good and has defiantly improved over the past couple of years. When you have guys like Brian Kendrick, MVP, Jeff Hardy, Shelton Benjamin, Triple H, and Undertaker it is hard not to have a good show.  Unless Kahli is on the card.


TNA Putting Their Stars First

Last year we saw TNA bury their "homegrown" talent to former WWE stars and this year we have seen an improvement. They have AJ Styles getting the rube from Kurt Angle and they have Samoa Joe as the dominate world champion. Good for TNA and good for business.


WWE's Draft

2008's draft has to be the best draft to date. You have guys that have never moved shows (like Rey Mysterio and Triple H) being drafted to new shows. This was a big surprise.

After the draft things actually seem different and mixed up. This is a good thing, too. You now have potential Undertaker vs. Triple H and Rey Mysterio vs. Shawn Michaels matches that might previously not happened. Kudos WWE.


The Best of 2008...So Far Awards

The Best Tag Team of 2008...So Far

Cody Rhodes and Ted Dibiase

They haven't been together long, but they have been great on Raw and may be the future of the tag team division. They have been gold, and I hope management keeps them together.

Honorable Mentions: Cryme Tyme, John Morison and the Miz, LAX.


The Best Heel of 2008…So Far

Chris Jericho

The guy has been the highlight of not just Raw, but the entire WWE for the past six months. He has good matches with just about everyone and is awesome on the microphone.

Now Jericho is the World Heavyweight Champion and is sitting on top of the wrestling world. He can come out and make you hate him without even saying anything. All he has to do is stand there with a microphone and attempt to say something and the fans begin to boo.

Honorable Mentions: Randy Orton, Edge, and Vickie Guerrero.


The Most Improved Star of 2008…So Far

Matt Hardy

Hardy has been on a role since being drafted to ECW. He has become the focal point of the show and is now the ECW Champion. Two years ago Matt Hardy was losing matches to a washed up “Road Warrior” Animal and now he is becoming the star of Tuesday nights. Good for Hardy.

Honorable Mentions: CM Punk, Mark Henry, and Brian Kendrick


The Best Match of 2008…So Far

Shawn Michaels vs. Ric Flair

This is the match of the year (so far) no doubt. Just for sheer emotion.  Everybody knew this would be Ric Flair's last match, but everyone was sitting on the edge of their seats anyways.

As Shawn Michaels prepared to super kick Flair you could clearly see “Natch” crying because he knew the end was coming. How could any match compare to that?

Honorable Mentions: Undertaker Vs. Edge (One Night Stand), Kurt Angle Vs. Samoa Joe ( Lock down), and John Cena Vs. Batista (Summer Slam)


Thank you for reading. :)


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