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Our second series of wrestling-related categories for each of which you should feel free to submit up to three nominations.

 

- Best moment

 

- Biggest anticlimax

 

- Funniest moment

 

- Best bang for your buck *

 

- Best non-wrestler

 

- Poster of the year **

 

- GTFO ***

 

* "Best bang for your buck" is where people have to factor in the individual's overall role in the pecking order, so the top stars aren't likely to win it but somebody like Chris Masters a couple of years ago, Bobby Eaton or Brad Armstrong can. It's an award for the person who always gives a notably good performance in his role, even if it doesn't look as though he'll ever make any upward progression. It also covers break-out stars.

 

** "Poster of the year" is nothing to do with typing on a keyboard but celebrates all of the artwork promoting PPVs and events, art on DVD covers, anything either produced in 2012 or promoting something from 2012. I'm going to keep the potentially misleading title "poster" to see who's paying attention.

 

*** "GTFO" is for the performer who's not necessarily bad but who you just cannot stand. Maybe he's stale beyond belief and should ride off into the sunset. Maybe he flip-flops too much and brushes off superplexes like it ain't no thang. Maybe you hate him because he can't apply an STF and all the kids like him. Whatever your reasoning, you want him off your TV.

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- Best moment : Lesnar returns, Sid shows up on Raw

- Biggest anticlimax : Devon as an Ace Or Eight, finish to Punk/Ryback Hell In A Cell, Jericho's comeback

- Funniest moment : Daniels and Kazarian doing it Gangnam style, Kane "I once had a girlfriend named Katie...."

- Best bang for your buck : Tyson Kidd, Prime Time Players

- Best non-wrestler : Paul Heyman

- Poster of the Year : Mania XXVIII for sheer simplicity.

- GTFO : Kofi Kingston, Brodus Clay, Vickie Guerrero

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- Best moment

Brock returns the night after Mania

Cena first promo on the Rock

The real DX reunites

 

- Biggest anticlimax

Ryback gets hit in the balls by a referee and loses.

Batista? Edge? Goldberg? No, Devon.

James Storm loses in his hometown after chasing the title for months/The end of James Storm career

 

- Funniest moment

Billy Gunn and Shawn Michaels' "this is my line" back and forth.

Joseph Park and Sting keep "kayfab" alive

Daniels and Kazarian calling people any name other than their actual name (Heath, Mr. Nanny, Chavo Guerrero the 3rd etc)

 

- Best bang for your buck *

Robbie E

Tyson Kidd

Gunner

 

- Best non-wrestler

Hulk Hogan

Johnny Ace

Paul Heyman

 

- Poster of the year **

No Way Out 2012

 

- GTFO ***

AJ Lee

Josh Matthews

Vickie 'The Brain' Guerrero

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- Best moment

Undertaker returns to confront Triple H, Triple H pats him on the shoulder and walks away

Brock Lesnar bloodies up Cena

The 3 way confrontation between The Rock, CM Punk and Daniel Bryan on Raw 1000.

 

- Biggest anticlimax

Jericho returns

The Rock and John Cenas verbal exchanges in the lead up to 'Mania

Devon is with the Aces and Eights

 

Short list:

The BFG series result/finish

No pay off to the Big Show/D-Bry/Menry/Orton issue at 'Mania or in general

 

- Funniest moment

Brodus debut

Kane recounts his life story to Dr. Shelby

Joseph Park 'kayfabs' with Sting

 

Short list:

Daniel Bryan + Komedy Kane + Dr Shelby at the diner

 

- Best bang for your buck

Heath Slater BABY!

Antonio Cesaro

Bray Wyatt

 

- Best non-wrestler

Paul Heyman

Hulk Hogan

Dr. Shelby

 

- Poster of the year

I'll come back to this. Fan of this sort if thing but I'm on my phone currently.

 

- GTFO

Vickie Guererro

Ken Anderson

Jericho

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- Best moment

Cena's shit eating grin after being busted open by Brock on Raw

Shield debut

Kazuchika Okada wins IWGP title

 

- Biggest anticlimax

Chris Jericho

Sheamus v Bryan at mania

Some of the Rock promos

 

- Funniest moment

3MB skit baby!

Austin Aries the other week laying on Hogan's desk

Heyman heart attack angle

 

- Best bang for your buck

Bray Wyatt

Dean Ambrose

Titus o neil

 

- Best non-wrestler

Paul Heyman

JBL

Johnny Ace

 

- Poster of the year

Get back to you on this

 

- GTFO

Mr Anderson

Alberto Del Rio

Big Show

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- Best moment

SID returns on RAW (how am I only the second person to have said this?!)

Undertaker kicks out of the SCM/Pedigree at WrestleMania

Meng and his trio (the Faces of Pain?) turn up in Chikara!

 

- Biggest anticlimax

Brock Lesnar's return - fantastic for a month, then fizzled

The Funkasaurus - fantastic for a month, then dull

Tensai - I was excited to have him back, but...

 

- Best non-wrestler

Does Hulk Hogan count?

 

- Poster of the Year

WWE Attitude Era DVD cover (just seen this, it's great!)

 

- GTFO ***

Michael Cole

Vickie Guerrero

Mr Anderson

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- Best moment

The aftermath of the HIAC, Triple H, Undertaker and Shawn Michaels helping each other to the back

The Rock's entrance at WM

The Rock pins John Cena

 

- Biggest anticlimax

Punk beating Ryback at HIAC

 

- Funniest moment

Shawn Michaels selling a "broken arm" like he's just had a tazer shoved up his arse, the Raw before Summerslam

 

- Best bang for your buck *

R-Truth

Kid Kash

 

- Best non-wrestler

Hogan

 

 

- GTFO ***

Vickie

Booker

Albert

 

Honourable mention to Shawn Michaels. Who, even though he's hardly been around (and was involved in my favourite match and moment this year), was so bad in the build-up to Summerslam that he nearly put himself into contention.

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- Best moment

1. Brock Lesnar's return. A "Holy Shit!" chant for walking around the ring? C'mon son. Plus the epic cap punt.

2. DX return at Raw 1000. Just incredible nostalgia. Nothing groundbreaking, but it didn't need to be. It was awesome seeing HHH, HBK, The New Age Outlaws and X-Pac in the same ring. Didn't really care for Sandow's involvement, but I might have liked it more if NAO and Pac joined in on the beating.

3. CM Punk's heel turn at Raw 1000. Not so much the turn itself, but the visual of Punk laying The Rock out with the GTS and standing tall was something I never thought I'd see.

 

- Biggest anticlimax

1. Jericho's return. He may have thought it was innovative staying silent for a month, I just thought it was incredibly lame. I was a huge advocate of the first night back, thought it was a stroke of genius, but it didn't need to be continued. Disappointing that the cryptic videos were all bullshit too.

2. Tensai. OMGZ he's a supaworka now, he waz awsum in Japan!!!!111 He has been fucking shit. I actually think he was in better shape and had better matches as A-Train in 2003.

3. The anonymous Raw GM. I think this was revealed at Raw 1000... it had been forgotten about for months by WWE but I was intrigued when they remembered... Hornswoggle? Way to tie up a loose end.

 

Funniest moment

WWE fail so badly at comedy, I can't think of anything that really split me. Hug It Out was as good as it got.

 

- Best bang for your buck

 

Covers breakout stars? Fuck it, Antonio Cesaro. I think his highlight vid from Main Event the other week alone sold me on him. Dunno why they took Aksana away, she was a great addition to the act, but he's doing just fine without her. He's gonna be big, and hopefully stop wrestling R-Truth soon, but I really enjoy his style.

 

Dolph Ziggler. Carries around a shiny briefcase, has improved in every area, but I can't help thinking he'll never be a constant main-event guy. Consistently a highlight of WWE shows in the ring, and lately out of it as well. He'll always have that upper-mid card enhancement role, he's too good at it.

 

Sin Cara. I've really become a fan, stellar matches lately. Some will always hate for his botches pre-injury run but since teaming with Rey, he's really put it together in tag and singles matches.

 

Best non-wrestler

 

Paul Heyman

 

- Poster of the year

No Way Out 2012, such great design.

 

- GTFO

1. Khali

2. Hornswoggle

3. Jinder Mahal

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- Best moment

Ryback and Punk climb the Cell.

Triple H tries to cave in Undertaker's head with the sledgehammer.

Sid turning up on Raw.

 

- Biggest anticlimax

Ryback losing at HIAC. And at Survivor Series.

James Storm at Lockdown.

HHH/Lesnar - Summerslam

 

- Funniest moment

The Hand turns up on Raw 1000 with Mae Young.

The AJ Styles/Claire Lynch Baby Shower

The entire Cena/Kane camp-horror storyline.

 

- Best bang for your buck

Hunico (The guy just doesn't have bad matches)

Tyson Kidd

Yoshi Tatsu

 

- Best non-wrestler

Hulk Hogan

Joseph Park

Ricardo Rodriguez

 

- Poster of the year **

No Way Out

Wrestlemania XXVIII

Extreme Rules

 

- GTFO ***

JTG

Mr. Anderson

AJ Lee

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Best Moment

 

SSB win PWG tag titles

 

Biggest Anticlimax

 

Fit Finlay vs. Michael Elgin

 

Funniest Moment

 

Steve Corino tells Cary Silkin ROH used to be better when he owned it

Rick Knox interferes in Threemendous Ladder Match

 

Best Bang For Your Buck

 

Eddie Edwards

TJ Perkins

 

Best Non Wrestler

 

Rick Knox

 

 

 

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- Best moment

Brock Lesnar returns

Rock vs. Cena

Austin Aries wins the TNA World title

 

- Biggest anticlimax

Aces & Eights

Jeff Hardy winning the BFG Series

 

- Funniest moment

Daniel Bryan and Kane - anger management

 

- Best bang for your buck

Heath Slater

 

- Best non-wrestler

Paul Heyman

Joseph Park

 

- Poster of the year

Wrestlemania

 

- GTFO

Alberto Del Rio

Vickie Guerrero

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-Best moment-

-Austin Aires wins the world championship

-Lesnar returns

-The Rock Vs. John Cena

 

-Biggest anticlimax-

-The Faces of Pain not destroying Team ROH at Chikara King of Trios

-Ryback not winning at Hell in the Cell

-James Storm not winning at Lockdown

 

-Funniest moment-

-Kaz & Daniels throw a baby-shower for Claire Lynch. "DO THE RIGHT THING, AJ!!! DO THE RIGHT THING!"

-Kane & Bryan go to anger management

-The Funkasaurus debuts

 

-Best bang for your buck-

-Antonio Cesaro

-Prime Time Players

-Bray Wyatt

 

-Best non-wrestler-

Hulk Hogan

Joseph Park

Paul Heyman

 

-Poster of the year-

I don't bloody know, uh, Wrestlemania. Probably.

 

-GTFO-

Matt Striker

Vickie Guerrero

Chavo Guerrero

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Best moment

 

Brock Lesnar returns

James Storm returns at Slammiversary.

Austin Aries wins the TNA Heavyweight Title ending the reign of Bobby Roode at Destination X.

The Rock vs John Cena staredown

The debut of The Shield

 

(sorry its 5 )

 

Biggest anticlimax

 

Devon revealed as a member of Aces and Eights.

Jericho vs CM Punk feud

Daniel Bryan vs Sheamus at Wrestlemania XXVIII

 

Funniest moment

 

Most things Daniel Bryan but I'll go for the first Hug It Out segment.

Heath Slater vs The Legends

"Cut" after the brawl between Mr. Anderson and Austin Aries on Impact.

Kazarian and Daniels. Maybe the baby shower.

 

Best bang for your buck *

 

Antonio Cesaro

Dolph Ziggler

Kofi Kingston

 

Best non-wrestler

 

Hulk Hogan

John Laurinitus

Paul Heyman

 

Poster of the year **

 

No Way Out 2012

Wrestlemania XXVIII

WWE TLC 2012

 

GTFO ***

 

maybe I'll give reasons here

 

The Miz - fuck off, fuck off, fuck off you prick. Hes not funny, hes not entertaining. Everything is so forced. a few years ago it seemed like he was a natural on the microphone, now everything with him is so forced, so scripted and just not in any way entertaining. The attempt to make him a cocky, funny, wise cracking face has pushed me over the edge.

Alberto Del Rio - One hell of an in ring performer, but stale beyond belief. For his in ring stuff to matter his character has to matter and it doesnt. Nobody cares about him, he sparks apathy from the crowd and his ring announcer is far more charasmatic and entertaining than him.

Rob Van Dam - There was a time when Rob Van Dam was cool, its not 2012 though. They might have found a spot for him in the X-Division now but that doesnt make up for the rest of the year where he largely seems uninspired, un-enthusiastic and goes through the motions in the ring.

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I wish I could've fit Sid in. I'd spent pretty much the whole three days making jokes about how it was Sid's time to my disinterested missus AND THEN IT ACTUALLY HAPPENED! I lost my shit that night.

 

Along with the three I nominated, there was only 2 or 3 other moments this year which turned me into the 11-year-old mark child that I so dearly want to be when I watch wrestling, so special nominations must go to:

 

Brock Lesnar's return. Even though I knew about it beforehand, it still heightened my anticipation for THAT moment when the music hit. Even as a recap on Superstars, it was brilliant.

 

Brodus' debut, mainly because I was in a pub Friday teatime when the Raw repeat was on and everyone in the pub was glued to the screen in absolute delight at the Funkasaurus.

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