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Re: TNA Year-End Awards
WORST TAG TEAM OF THE YEAR
Matt Morgan & Crimson
- There haven't been too many real tag teams this year unfortunately, but this thrown together big man team was very unimpressive, mainly because I never viewed Crimson as anything more than a bland and unconvincing guy that somehow got an unbeaten streak. Heck, Morgan probably should have gotten that when he first came on board, not Crimson. The team itself was nothing to write home about and their feud wasn't much different.
TNA TAG TEAM OF THE YEAR
Bad Influence, Christopher Daniels & Kazarian.
- Is there any other tag team that is even a worthy number two? They pretty much ruled the tag team scene from May onward and at least tried to make things work within a struggling tag team division.
WORST KNOCKOUT OF THE YEAR
- Yeah, I'll throw her under the bus. What was the point in bringing her in? Seriously. True, her presence hasn't been as bad as I had imagined (though give this Bully Ray angle some time) but there is still no point to her being there. She isn't a good actress, she can't work, her character is inconsequential. What's the point? Now to be fair I could have said Claire Lynch for this. True Hogan isn't as bad as her....but do we really want to count Claire Lynch among the Knockouts? Heck, can I even count Brooke? She doesn't wrestle....you know what, fuck it, she's easy to pick on, so I'm doing it!
TNA KNOCKOUT OF THE YEAR
- Kind of a rough year for the KOs since they really didn't have much focus or direction. Velvet left for a period, Gail Kim faded after she lost the title, Tessmacher got a brief run that got halted, Madison only had one angle but largely spent the year as simply Gail's tag team partner, ODB's pushes have been stop & go, and Mickie had to stay away for a while due to medical issues. I am going with Tara because she is a good talent and has sparked again and has become a solid centerpiece for the division in recent months.
WORST X DIVISION STAR OF THE YEAR
- It is hard to pick a worst X Division star of the year. For the most part, they have found good guys to focus on as champions, and even if they don't featured as much, they have cycled some good talents in and out of the division. Sabin, who is normally a high mark for the X or Tag Division, never found any kind of traction though. It always seemed like either he or Shelley was hurt which took The Guns away from us and Sabin got hurt again almost immediately after his return. It is sad really and it is a shame he couldn't play more of a role, especially at Destination X.
X DIVISION SUPERSTAR OF THE YEAR
- Honestly, I had my doubts about Aries. He was always one of those guys that the net fans loved and I just never could figure out why. Even when he was in ROH, there were always guys I liked more. Even in his first run with TNA, I kind of thought "Eh, I like Alex Shelley more". Since his return at Destination X 2011 though, he has proven to be one of the best pick ups in a long time. He was the first X Division Champion in a long time that I would put in the same class as TNA's X Division High Class of AJ Styles, Samoa Joe, Christopher Daniels, Jerry Lynn, and the like. His run as X Division Champion was great & got a great payoff with it being the springboard to his run at the World Title during the summer.
MOST REGRESSED TNA PERFORMERS IN 2012
TIE: Mr. Anderson & The Pope
- Anderson came into TNA with a bit of a spark and I was high on The Pope the second they introduced his character. But for some reason, neither guy lived up to any of it and only regressed horribly. Anderson became stale and boring, which might be a side effect of the 12 heel/face turns he had last year. The Pope was not only a victim of bad stories (his feud with Devon earlier in the year comes to mind) but also of the injury bug as he never seems to be able to stay healthy. But even when he was around, the greatness the character had in 2009 & 2010 just doesn't seem to be there now.
MOST IMPROVED TNA PERFORMER IN 2012
- When he was in the British Invasion, I thought that he had a good look and good mic skills, but was somewhat clumsy in the ring, which is why it was good for him to have Doug Williams as a partner. Once he went singles, he faded away as I figured he would. But this year, he has really made something out of himself. He isn't great, but he has prove himself to be a capable in ring talent with the rough edges filed off and he had a good long term run with Samoa Joe both as partners and as enemies.
WORST NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
- He is only there because of who his daddy is. Don't believe me? Watch the guy work. He doesn't have anything. Nothing about him suggests that he should be anything more than a job boy, but for a few months there, they pushed him like he was the next big thing. It was pretty laughable.
TNA NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
- The amount of time they spent simply building up Ryan getting his spot on the roster was excellent. It was one of the best running stories in the company for months and it added a lot to Ryan's character before he even made a PPV debut. Hopefully they have big plans for him in the future because his introduction and rise to the roster were both perfectly handled.
WORST CHARACTER/GIMMICK OF THE YEAR
- OK, NOW I'll throw her in the mix. A pregnant crackhead that accused AJ Styles of being her baby's daddy. It was one of those surreal and terrible angles that made me go" Why are they doing this?" and "Is Russo back?". It also didn't help that this woman was awful, annoying, and had facial expressions that could scare children into comas.
BEST CHARACTER/GIMMICK OF THE YEAR
- I had my doubts at first, but damn did that guy win me over. First of all, I am shocked that the fans have just gone along with it the way they have. Look at Tensai. You still hear people chanting Albert at him and that happens with a lot of character changes. But with Joseph, the fans seem to want to like him and are just going with it even if they know it is the same guy that played Abyss playing his own brother. I also have to throw great praise on Chris Park, the performer. He, a trained wrestler, was able to portray a character that has never wrestled a day in his life, which if you have been trained, is harder to do than it sounds. He did so convincingly AND was able to keep the fans cheering for him and sympathetic towards whatever he was doing. It really worked out well and there is still hope for a split personality reveal that could be awesome if they pull it off right.
WORST FEUD OF THE YEAR
Garrett Bischoff Vs. Eric Bischoff
- Thank God it wrapped up at Lockdown. They dragged it on way longer than necessary and it was funny how much better TNA got when the Bischoff family drama was no longer a part of the show.
TNA FEUD OF THE YEAR
James Storm Vs. Bobby Roode
- Easy one for me. This is the story of partners turned rivals done perfectly, and we got some excellent matches out of it along the way as well.
WORST STORYLINE OF THE YEAR
AJ Styles' Affair with Dixie Carter & Being the Father of Claire Lynch's Baby
- Do I even need to explain this one? Do I?
TNA STORYLINE OF THE YEAR
The Aces & Eights
- Technically it hasn't concluded yet, but I have to give TNA credit for at least reigniting my interest in seeing stables again. I love the mystery surrounding the group. I love that not every show kicks off with a long in ring promo from the group and I love that you don't know when and where they are going to strike. It has also led to some interesting things like a Bully Ray face turn, Joseph Park's potential double personality angle, & Devon's release and return as a member of the group. And it amazing that after months of this, they are still keeping us guessing about what is going on. I remember when they first struck everybody (myself included) thought it was going to be Jeff Jarrett leading Triple A guys to invade TNA and take out Sting over the Hall of Fame snub. Nobody is suspecting that anymore. I also love that they attack heels as well as faces, which to me makes them more dangerous as a whole. It'll be interesting to see where it goes beyond this point and what revelations are ultimately made. It could wind up being a big disappointment. Who knows? But for right now, they have my attention.
WORST PPV OF THE YEAR
- Simply put, the crowd sucked the life out of that show. They just seemed so disinterested in everything and it really brought the shoe down big time.
BEST PPV OF THE YEAR
- The exact opposite. The crowd was amazing for this one and brought a lot of energy to the show. But aside from that, the show was just fun and offered so many great things from top to bottom. The Sting Hall of Fame stuff was classy. Storm's return to end Crimson's undefeated streak was great. Joseph Park and Bully Ray had one of the most entertaining matches of the year. Austin Aries and Samoa Joe had a great X Division Title match and AJ Styles & Kurt Angle Vs. Christopher Daniels & Kazarian for the Tag Titles was an amazing display as well. It was also great to see Roode beat Sting for the title and have the show end with a huge bump with the Scorpion Deathdrop off the stage. It was just a wild and great show and pure joy from start to finish.
WORST MATCH OF THE YEAR
Gunner Vs. Garrett Bischoff at Against All Odds 2012
- You know it is funny. This year I actually had to think for a while as no bad matches really jumped out at me enough to deserve the award which is VERY rare. Normally with TNA, I know right where to go. But this year, not so much. This match was boring and the hype between Garrett was annoying. Other than that though, I can honestly say that previous Worst Matches of the Year for TNA were far worse than this. Well, 2012 was a big improvement of quality of the show for TNA, so I guess it is reflected here too.
TNA MATCH OF THE YEAR
James Storm Vs. Bobby Roode: Street Fight from Bound for Glory
- Awesome match that was a great closer to a great rivalry (yeah yeah, I know they've had a couple matches since then, but this was the big payoff). They did things in this match that made me cringe and they took it to a level I didn't expect. It was violent and amazing to watch.
Runner ups, well the two Aries Vs. Roode PPV matches definitely come to mind. And even though I got sick to death of the feud, AJ & Daniels continued to have great matches, including an excellent LMS match at Destination X & a a killer tag team match at Slammiversary. The other Roode/Storm matches were also very good, including their Lockdown match. And I also really liked some of the matches that Angle & Hardy had together. I remember Hardy & Roode having a great No DQ match on Impact as well. And heck Hardy Vs. Aries at Turning Point was a damn good Ladder match. Also, screw it, I don't care what anybody says. Ray Vs. Park at Slammiversary was one of the most enjoyable matches of the year.
TNA SUPERSTAR OF THE YEAR
- Loved his title reign and he became one of the best heel champions imaginable during that time. It was great to see Roode finally ascend to the level I knew he could achieve. He sort of reminded me of JBL (in a good way) as a character and Triple H (2000 Trips that is) in the ring. He was just fantastic and his ultimate fall, which is the purpose of a long term champion, was executed perfectly. And even without the title, the feud with Storm was so strong that it help keep focus for the company as a whole and gave them something to build and nurture.
Now if I had to pick some runner ups, obviously I have to throw some love to James Storm who has been a great presence for the company all year. AJ Styles is always a safe bet. Despite being in that stupid angle with Dixie & Claire Lynch, he still performed excellently when it mattered most. Kurt Angle is another one that just performs really well no matter where you put him. I will even go as far to say Bully Ray is a strong candidate. He went from being a guy that I thought I would never care about as a singles star to being one of the best heels in wrestling, and now to being just a generally good performer and character all around. His match with Joseph Park could have easily been a disaster, but it worked out amazingly well. Austin Aries obviously deserves a nod for not only his great run as X Division Champion, but also for his eventual rise to the World title and feud with Bobby Roode. That was all great. He is just starting to come into his own as a heel too.
Last edited by TripleG : 12-10-2012 at 08:34 PM.