Happy Holidays to all of you reading CreativelyEndeavored.com or PulseWrestling.com The end of the year is upon us and that got me thinking about the year of 2012 in the WWE. I thought of a few categories and listed them below. Let me know how or dead on I am. Here we go:
CM Punk versus Daniel Bryan for the WWE Title at Money in the Bank in Phoenix, Arizona. In the middle of the feud was AJ; she had confessed her love for both men and was announced as the special guest referee. The match was great back and forth action. Bryan and Punk know each other in the ring very well with matches dating all the way back to the indy days for both men. The ending spot from the top rope was great and to my surprise AJ didn’t have a hand in the finish as Punk retained clean. Although we really didn’t get a payoff to the romantic side of the feud as AJ was named Raw GM soon after at Raw 1,000, but with the WWE we all take what we can get.
Break out Star of 2012
A lot of columns and opinions I have read online say Ryback is easily the break out star of the year. While that is true to some aspect we hadn’t seen Ryback in a feud until the last two months or so of the year, not to mention he was wrestling under an entirely different character less than two years ago. My break out star of the year is AJ Lee. How many times has anyone ever said that about a diva? AJ has a hell of a year, better than most of the guys on the roster. She cost Daniel Bryan the World Title at WrestleMania, she was in the main event spot light each week with Daniel Bryan and CM Punk and she continues to be now with John Cena and Dolph Ziggler. She was named Raw General Manager on the highly celebrated and anticipated Raw 1,000. AJ has done all of this with little to no toll on her body (that I am aware of) We could all speculate or even ‘know’ what she did to rise to the top like this, but regardless she is at the top, making money, and getting more TV then 90% of the roster.
Shocking Moment of the Year
The jaw dropping moments were a lot further and few in between the obvious and uncreative moments we all sat (slept) through but there were a few and they were all great. Two moments come to mind and could have easily won this award, the return of Brock Lesnar and CM Punk’s alignment with Paul Heyman. Yes both of these moments definitely had me marking out, but there was a moment that I think steals this award this year; the revamp of the tag team division. The time where Triple H decided to put more focus on the WWE and it actually happening. Not since the Days of The Dudley Boys, the Hardy Boys, Edge and Christian just a name a few of the great teams, has the WWE been ‘stacked’ with not only teams but teams that can stay together and ride the waves a while. The Prime Time Players and Team Hell No headline a division that is starting to have depth. From Team Rhode Scholars (barring Cody Rhodes being out for an extended amount of time) Hunico and Camacho to the Uso’s to Justin Gabrielle and Tyson Kidd the WWE has options for the first time in a while to mix up not only the card each night with great tag team matches but it will give them a better chance to find a star then it would to have all of these teams in singles competition. The future seems bright for the tag team division and all of these teams.
WWE Wrestler of the Year
This one was easy, for me at least: WWE Champion CM Punk. CM Punk has been the WWE Champion for longer than 386 days and still counting. He has gone from being the top face to the top heel while still managing to sell tons and tons of merchandise. He has managed to get Paul Heyman not only rehired by the WWE but got him back on television. Punk has feuded and beat almost every top name in the WWE over his title reign. There isn’t anything I can write that probably hasn’t already been written about CM Punk; he is the best on the mic, best in the ring and the best in the world.
Rising Star of 2013
The WWE has a very stacked roster but anyone of those guys can tell you it’s hard to become relevant in the WWE and it’s even harder to stay there. With that said, I could easily make a case for Antonio Cesaro, Kofi Kingston, Ryback or even Tyson Kidd but the members of The Shield, more specifically Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins are my choice for rising star of 2013. Rollins and Ambrose are both not only great in the ring but on the mic as well. Dean Ambrose is a little bit better at cutting a promo then Rollins but Seth has that rawness about him that could get him over with the crowd just like CM Punk did. Dean Ambrose is a great heel, and should stay that way for his entire WWE career in my mind. He is the perfect bad guy for guys like John Cena, Sheamus, face Dolph Ziggler and face CM Punk. The WWE didn’t know what they signed when they signed Punk but Vince McMahon and co have to know what they have in their hands with Rollins and Ambrose. This time next year I wouldn’t be surprised for both guys to have titles on their waist and or fighting at the end of each Raw and SmackDown.
Fading Star of 2012
Sadly my choice is R-truth. Truth has had a very odd year to say the least. He was a heel than a face tag team champion with Kofi Kingston back to a face I suppose. He has been rarely used in the past months, other than the two-week feud with Antonio Cesaro, to really decide what his character is right now. He is just another face among the mid card guys, and his invisible friend Lil Jimmy is more over than he ever will be.
Pay Per View of the Year
I had a hard time deciding between Money in the Bank and SummerSlam. To me WrestleMania should be automatically disqualified from these types of scenarios because the WWE aims for WrestleMania to be the best of the WWE each year. Sometimes they do not succeed at this, watch WrestleMania 27 if you don’t believe me. I judge pay per views but not only the quality of matches but advancement of story lines or finishes to stories. My choice for pay per view of the year goes to SummerSlam. Money in the Bank did have my match of the year but the card of SummerSlam in its entirety was just a little better than Money in the Bank. From Dolph Ziggler against Chris Jericho opening the night to CM Punk defending his title against both John Cena and Big Show to the encounter of Brock Lesnar and Triple H, SummerSlam
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