by Craig Higham - December 19, 2013
We have just had the WWE slammy’s and many other blogs and websites have had their opinions and awards in the field of professional wrestling and specifically the WWE, so I thought I would jump on the band wagon as well. For the first time here are the nominees and winners for the inaugural ‘The View From Down Under‘s’ – Kanga’s
Wrestler Of The Year:
Alberto Del Rio
And the Kanga goes to …Daniel Bryan, who in the space of 12 months was part of the 5th longest running tag team champions, a two time WWE champion, and delivered high quality matches nearly every time. He also is currently on par with the likes of Cena and Punk in terms of popularity, I do not think you can visit any WWE arena these days without a ‘YES’ chant developing.
Tag Team Of The Year:
The Shield (Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns)
Cody Rhodes & Goldust
And the Kanga goes to……The Usos, which may surprise many as they did not win any tag titles this year, but what they did do was move from a jobbing tag team to a tag team that is seen as a major threat in the tag team division. They gave us some great matches especially their match against The Shield at the Money in The Bank kickoff show. They also have one of the best entrances, a great move set, and the crowd gets right behind them now in every match. I expect by the end of 2014, the Usos will have held the Tag team titles at some stage.
Group Or Stable Of The Year
The Wyatt Family
And the Kanga goes to……The Shield, who have dominated every superstar in the WWE locker room since arriving in the WWE. They hold victories over John Cena, Randy Orton, Sheamus, The Big Show and CM Punk (until TLC). The held the tag team titles and US titles for the majority of the year, and any one of the 3 Shield members can and will go on to have very successful singles careers. The have put on some great matches, and looked good against any combination of opponents. By the end of 2014 I do not see the Shield staying together or if they are not involve the same three members, but they have been a joy to watch this year.
Match Of The Year
CM Punk vs. The Undertaker – Wrestlemania 29
CM Punk vs. John Cena – RAW Mar 4th winner faces The Rock at Wrestlemania
Daniel Bryan gauntlet match – RAW 22
And the Kanga goes to……Daniel Bryan Gauntlet match Raw 22 July, the match that showed everyone that Daniel Bryan belongs at the main event level of the WWE. A special mention also to Antonio Cesaro, as it was this 2nd match of the Gauntlet that showcased how good both these 2 wrestlers are. It was a match with very little build up, but delivered in terms of quality, storytelling and action, everything a great match should have.
PPV Of The Year
And the Kanga goes to…..Summer Slam very rarely do who have a PPV with 3 main event advertised that all deliver. Christian vs. ADR; CM Punk vs. Brock Lesnar; John Cena vs. Daniel Bryan, all three matches were 4+ stars in terms of quality, and enjoyment. The undercard of the PPV was also very entertaining, going all the way to the kick off show. The 3 main events were placed in perfect order in the PPV, with each main event building on the last, and the filler matches between the main events gave us a chance to recover, but managed to keep the excitement and momentum for the next match. In a very ordinary (especially later part of the year) year of PPV’s for the WWE, this one stood head nd shoulders above the others.
New Superstar of the year
Big E Langston
And the Kanga goes to…..Fangdango again a bit of a surprise since like the Usos he did not win any titles this year while the other two did. But what he has got that the other two nominees do not have yet is charisma, and if I am going to watch a match I would rather watch Fandango then Axel or Langston (at this stage). Fandango beat Chris Jericho at Wrestlemania in his first match, gets the crowd Fandangoing at the sound of his music, and can produce solid matches in the ring. It was only an injury that prevented a Intercontinental title earlier in the year.
The “I’m Special award”
This award goes to the individual, tag team or stable who while they may not have won to many matches, turn up each week, do their job without any fuss or fanfare.
And the ‘I’m Special’ kanga goes to……3MB. The Shield and The Wyatt’s get all the headlines yet 3MB do all the work that is required to put over other individuals, teams or stables. While currently jobber status, I can foresee big things for this group.
Non Wrestler Of The Year
And the Kanga goes to…..JBL, who is currently the best commentator in the WWE now that Jim Ross has retired. He is part old school, as he will defend the actions of the heels, yet will join in the crowd and sing-a-long to R-Truth’s ‘What’s up’. He has a great Youtube show with Michael Cole and generally is just enjoyable to listen to while the match is going on. He can come out with some great one liners (“It would be like Hagrid marrying Jennifer Aniston.” – JBL on the Bryan-Brie Bella relationship.) And doesn’t mind being the butt of a joke. Hopefully he will very soon move to the main show, to bring his humour and knowledge to the RAW brand.
Agree or disagree with my award winners, let me know…
Hooroo and see you next week.
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