Raw this week comes live from Minneapolis and oh joy, it’s the Slammy Awards. Coming just above the ‘season premiere’ as the single most pointless thing in the entire WWE Universe. I’m going to skip the more worthless categories such as ‘LOL Moment of the Year’ or ‘Hashtag of the Year’ and focus on the important few. If there even is such a thing.
Obviously the voting is rigged by WWE and they’ve hand picked all of the winners. So did they get them right? That’s a matter of opinion. My answer is, sometimes. Let’s kick this off with the big one!
Superstar of the Year
I have to agree with Seth Rollins winning Superstar of the Year. A deserved winner all things considered. He put on fantastic matches all year long, including an amazing triple threat match at the Royal Rumble. As the front man of The Authority Seth was a major player for the WWE this year appearing in multiple segments on every Raw. Not to forget he was a constant threat with his Money In The Bank briefcase.
Who can forget his match with Randy Orton at Wrestlemania. That RKO was amazing to watch and he should get a lot of credit for being apart of it. He then won the title on the grandest stage of them all with undoubtably the most memorable cash in of all time. He held that title by hook or by crook defeating all comers. Including Randy Orton, Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, Kane, Sting and Brock Lesnar. Quite and impressive list! Don’t forget he was also the first ever superstar to hold both the WWE and United States Championships. He was still WWE Champion until his injury just weeks before Survivor Series meaning he had to vacate the title. Cruelly cutting short a fantastic year for the man. Can’t wait to see you back Seth!
It’s the second year in a row a former member of The Shield has won this Slammy. Your turn next Dean. Hopefully you won’t be injured like the others though.
Match of the Year
The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar at Hell in a Cell.
I don’t want to take anything away from this match. It truly was excellent. A fantastically brutal Hell in a Cell match for the PG era. Both competitors bleeding. They tore up the ring and tore the house down. It was a match with a big fight feel that ended a huge feud between two behemoths of the wrestling world.
However, I do disagree. No matter how great this match was. My personal favourite has to be the triple threat match between Cena, Lesnar and Rollins from the Royal Rumble. It was an awesome match that had so much going for it.
It kept Lesnar looking like a monster. Seth Rollins showed he could hang with the likes of John Cena and Brock Lesnar. Also, it was the start of a great year of wrestling for John Cena himself. Who knew getting older would make him better! It was a joy to watch! It’s a shame that most people just look back at this PPV with memories of the crowd turning on Roman Reigns.
Diva of the Year
I’ve got to agree with this one as kayfabe wise this makes perfect sense. Nikki Bella was Champion for the majority of the year and broke the record for longest reign. Obviously if you include the NXT women it would be a choice between Sasha Banks and Bayley. Bayley is still doing great work on NXT so can’t be included and Sasha hasn’t done anything since being moved up. So Nikki Bella it is.
Breakout Star of the Year
Neville? NEVILLE?! Are you kidding me?
Now don’t get me wrong I think he’s fantastic in the ring but what has he actually done this year? Off the top of my head all I can think about is that he feuded with Stardust. In which he was firmly in second place behind Stephen Amell! Anything else? Well he lost to Wade Barret in the King of the Ring tournament. Bullet dodged there I guess! Anything else? No. The rightful winner should have been Kevin Owens.
Let’s compare their years up until now. Neville had already lost the NXT title by the time 2015 rolled around and had to hang around doing nothing in particular until he was called up on the Raw after ‘Mania. Since then he’s put on good matches but lost most of them.
Kevin Owens on the other hand won the NXT Title at TakeOver: Rival in February. A title that he held for 143 days until the 4th July Network Special held in Japan. During his run he dominated anyone and everyone he crossed paths with.
Then he has his debut on the main roster in which he beats John Cena clean in his first match. Clean! That’s huge. No one beats Cena clean. yes he went onto loss that feud when it would have been smarter for him to win, but you can’t have everything. He’s won the Intercontinental Championship while Neville hasn’t come close to winning a title yet.
All in all he’s been a breath of fresh air for the roster. With his trash talking smash mouth style Owens has proven that he can talk the talk and walk the walk. Putting on great matches and cutting great promos. Excellent stuff!
Tag Team of the Year
This doesn’t make any sense. Firstly they were absent for most of the year due to injury. Secondly and more importantly, there’s a team called The New Day. Two time Champions this year with their current reign already over 120 days. Which is longer than the last six championship reigns! Also, I know that Big E, Kofi and Xavier Woods are ‘heel’ but you can’t deny how entertaining they have been this year. Hell, they’re booked into multiple segments each week which shows how important they are to the product as well!