The end of year awards for WWE, featuring heel and face of the year, best and worst feud of the year, and best and worst PPV of the year!
Another crazy year for WWE, Goldberg held a major belt, James Ellsworth won the women’s Money In The Bank match, The Shield Reunited, and Kurt Angle laced up his boots. There’s been a lot of highs and a lot of lows, if I did an article for each of these I’d be sat typing away till Christmas dinner, the best way to do this is to put it all into one article in the form of awards, it’s like the SLAMMYS but it’s not half as rigged.
Match Of The Year: Pete Dunne Vs Tyler Bate- NXT Takeover Chicago
We said this before on a recent article of the top 10 matches of the year which you can see in the link below, but boy was this fun. These so called ‘rookies’ put on the match of the year on NXT, and essentially let the WWE Universe know that these lads from the UK are the real deal, I’m almost 100% sure they’ll be massive in NXT, who knows, maybe even a one off Royal Rumble appearance or a promotion to the main roster awaits.
Honorable Mentions: AJ vs Cena- Royal Rumble, Lesnar vs Joe, vs Braun vs Reigns- Summerslam.
Tag Team Of The Year: The Uso’s
Tag team wrestling has saw a revival this year in WWE, it’s been absolutely amazing and it’s been time and again the highlight of PPVs. It was between The Uso’s and The Bar, who have put on quality matches all year round. In the end for me The Uso’s had just that bit more with an amazing Hell In A Cell match against The New Day. But it’s really been something special to watch and I can’t wait to see it all carry on next year with the return of The Revival and presumably the call up of Sanity and The Authors Of Pain.
Honorable Mentions: The Bar, The New Day
Worst PPV Of The Year: Battleground
Battleground rarely delivers, but this year was something silly. The main event was the woeful punjabi prison match with Jinder Mahal and Orton, which saw the return of The Great Khali. None of that sounds good to me, the punjabi prison match is possibly the worst gimmick match since Buff Bagwell’s Mum on a Pole match. Cena squashed Rusev for what felt like a millionth time, Corbin made Nakamura look like a bad performer, and there was the obvious multi woman match that made little sense due to bad booking. The saving grace was The Uso’s vs The New Day, as always.
Honorable Mentions: Payback, Backlash
Best PPV Of The Year: Royal Rumble
From the worst to the best, and I think a lot of people will agree with me on this one. AJ and Cena had their best encounter ever, the second best match of the year, Reigns and KO put on one of the matches of the year too. The Rumble was the most star studded it’s been for years which led to some amazing spots, Orton might have been an average choice to win but I was still okay with it, there wasn’t really a bad match on the card, which is rare for WWE these days.
Honorable Mentions: Extreme Rules, Great Balls Of Fire
Worst Feud Of The Year: Randy Orton vs Bray Wyatt
So much potential was so criminally underutilised. Wyatt was made to look a fool here. Orton, the face, came off heelish at points which made little sense. The matches were always sluggish and the wrong man won time and again. The House Of Horror’s match felt like it was made because of TNA’s success with Broken Matt and Brother Nero. There was so much potential but it ultimately fell flat on it’s face.
Honorable Mentions: Jinder Mahal vs Shinsuke Nakamura, Orton vs Rusev
Best Feud Of The Year: The Uso’s Vs The New Day
Ever since The New Day were drafted to Smackdown, they traded victories and titles with The Uso’s, and for a string of PPVs were the highlight of rather dull events, everything they have done has been a 7/10 as a bare minimum. It’s not over just yet as they face off one more time this year with the inclusion of Benjamin and Gable, and no doubt it’ll produce for what feels like the millionth time.
Honorable Mentions: Reigns vs Strowman, Kevin Owens vs Shane McMahon
Brand Of The Year: NXT
Raw and Smackdown are on each week trying to be the number one show, but NXT blows both of them out of the water. Every Takeover this year is in the top ten of the year, the matches make the main card look so weak. The stories are so much better and the wrestling on display is second to none in the WWE. The biggest problem is WWE misusing them when they call up the talent to the main roster.
Honorable Mentions: Raw, Smackdown
Woman Of The Year: Alexa Bliss
What a year Bliss has had, She’s held both the Raw and Smackdown Women’s title this year, a total of four times. She’s been the top heel of either brand her in ring work has improved massively. I suspect that she’ll drop the belt next year and won’t see it for a while with the division being so stacked on Raw, but she’ll still remain a huge part of WWE’s plans going forward.
Honorable Mentions: Asuka, Charlotte
Heel Of The Year: The Miz
Time and again The Miz produced the best heel work on the entire roster, it got to a point really were everyone just appreciates and loves him. He’s mic skills are outstanding, his feud with Cena at Mania led to his best work, his work against Reigns wasn’t far behind. He’s made the Intercontinental Title the most important title on the main roster for a second year in a row.
Honorable Mentions: Alexa Bliss, Neville
Face Of The Year: AJ Styles
Was there any doubt? Styles has been Phenomenal this year, pun intended. He’s kept Smackdown alive this year, and with Nakamura falling flat and Jinder holding the belt for so long Smackdown really suffered. His matches with Balor, Owens, Ambrose and most recently Lesnar have all been amazing. He’s even managed to get Jinder to have good matches. The crowd has loved him throughout.
Honorable Mentions: Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins
Wrestler Of The Year: AJ Styles
Much like face of the year, was there any doubt? There’s really not many who can come close to Styles in the ring. He’s produced so many amazing matches this year, he’d be in the top 50 a good dozen times, he was in my top 10 three times alone. Hopefully he holds on to this belt till Mania for a match with Nakamura and they can burn the house down, and after the success of Lesnar vs Styles don’t be shocked to see him drafted to the red brand after Mania has passed. Check the top 10 WWE stars of the year in the link below!
Honorable Mentions: Roman Reigns, The Miz