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The Palace Picks The Slammys
Let’s see what I think may transpire at the Awards tonight. I know people are not going to respect my opinions because I don?t have the time or ability to watch the product, but I don?t care. This is my thoughts, agree, disagree, whatever.
Superstar Of The Year
The Undertaker, John Cena, Randy Orton or CM Punk
All four men have viable resumes to be considered for the top Slammy Award. I would first eliminate the Undertaker, however, because he did not compete for the majority of this year. I would then eliminate John Cena, because I don?t really believe that he has ?dominated? a brand or a championship the way that it is needed to be considered for the award. That would lead it down to two men. The Viper, Randy Orton, and the two time money in the bank winner, CM Punk. Orton’s dominance over Raw is unparalleled over the calendar year. Question is, is that enough to topple winning Money In the Bank twice in two years. I would have to say yes.
WINNER: Randy Orton
Breakout Star Of The Year
Yoshi Tatsu, Drew McIntyre, Abraham Washington, or Sheamus
Ok, number one. What in the bluest of blue hells is Abraham Washington doing on this nomination list?!?!?!?! I can think of a few other names that could be considered breakout stars with a much better resume, ala Swagger, ala Kingston, just to name two. I know they may not qualify as breakouts, but to put a guy who hasn?t wrestled one single match is really something to behold. Now, with all that out of the way, let’s get down to the final three. Yoshi Tatsu has been impressive on ECW, but has not had the breakout matches that is needed to be considered for an award like this. Even though McIntyre won the Intercontinental title last night at TLC, I have to believe that his accomplishment dwarfs what was done by the man who will, I think, win this award pretty handily.
Tag Team Of The Year
Chris Jericho & The Big Show, D-Generation X, Legacy, or the Hart Dynasty
The Hart Dynasty may very well capture this title in 2010. Right now, their resume is not to the level of the other three teams. Legacy, while their dominance of Raw with Orton, they don?t have the titles around their waists for the majority of the year that I believe is truly a quantum factor in deciding these awards. While DX may be the champions, the obvious winners of this award are the team who held the unified tag titles for nearly half a year, and dominated the tag team division throughout.
WINNERS: Chris Jericho & The Big Show
Raw Guest Host Of The Year
Orzzy & Sharon Osbourne, Bob Barker, Seth Green, or Shaquille O?Neal
I am not so sure why they are going with this award, as the chances of any of these individuals making the show to accept it are slim. Based solely on crowd reaction, I would have to think that Bob Barker would and should win this award, but it probably will go to any of the four that are able to appear to receive it. That would leave Shaq immediately out due to the basketball season. Ozzy & Sharon, who knows. Seth Green or Bob Barker. Either one are legitimate contenders, but I?ll take Barker, just to be different, I hope.
WINNER: Bob Barker
Extreme Moment Of The Year
Kofi’s Boom Drop on Orton @ MSG, Show chokeslams Cena in to a spotlight at Backlash, Hardy juimps from the ladder on to Punk @ Summerslam, or Triple H invades Orton’s home
I think this one is inherently obvious. The slam Cena took from Big Show on to the spotlight, and the subsequent sequences of events that followed is as extreme as it gets. I don?t think they?ll give Hardy a rub here since he’s not with the program, I think the HHH thing was too ‘staged? to be determined as extreme, but they could give Kofi the rub, as his push has been enormous lately. However, Show’s move was top to bottom, the best I?ve ever seen this year, and he gets the nod.
WINNER: Big Show’s chokeslam of John Cena through a spotlight at Backlash.
Shocker Of The Year
Batista turns against Rey Mysterio, Orton DDTs Stephanie McMahon, while forcing HHH to watch, Punk forces Jeff Hardy to retire after the steel cage match win, or Sheamus slams Mark Cuban through a table
Batista’s turn against Rey was not a shock in the value needed worthy of this type of award. Punk forcing Hardy to retire was also not of the magnitude necessary to win this. Batista’s turn wasn?t even close. Punk’s scenario could?ve won this award, but I think it has to go to one aspect. It’s sure as hell not going to be Sheamus slamming Cuban through a table, because I have to believe that anyone who was watching Raw that night expected it. But, Orton slamming Steph’s head in to the canvas while forcing HHH to watch, that got your shock and awe value down and done with time to spare.
WINNER: Randy Orton DDTs Stephanie McMahon while Triple H watches
Match Of The Year
Jeff Hardy vs. Edge, Ladder Match @ Extreme Rules, Shawn Michaels vs. Undertaker @ Wrestlemania 25, John Cena vs. Randy Orton, ?I Quit Match? @ Breaking Point, Team Raw vs. Team Smackdown @ Bragging Rights.
This is an easy one. I haven?t seen a match since Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania 25 in some time. I can only think of one match that come close to it, but it’s not in WWE. SO, this is a slam dunk.
WINNER: Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker from Wrestlemania 25
The ?Oh My? Moment Of the Year
Chris Masters? performs special ?dancing pecs? routine for the Osbournes, Shawn Michaels superkicks a little girl in the cafeteria, Michael Cole vomits on Chris Jericho @ Smackdown’s 10th Annviersary Show, or Santino Marella nails Vickie accidentally with a pie
Again, I think this is a slam dunk. Nothing out of these moments screamed ?Holy ****? except for seeing Cole vomit on Jericho, and Jericho’s subsequent reaction. HBK’s moment was too staged, Marella is a primarily comedic wrestler, which leads the shock value to virtually nil. Masters? pecs routine, while funny as hell, doesn?t provide the awe that Cole did. Not to mention, the reaction in itself from both Cole and possibly Jericho will be golden, to say the least.
WINNER: Michael Cole vomits on Chris Jericho at the Smackdown 10th Anniversary Show
That’s it. Hope you guys check out the rewind tomorrow morning.
Thanks for reading.