We know now the categories and the nominees for these years’ Slammy Awards and in this article, I will cover all the categories that I did not cover in part one.
If you haven’t read part one, click here to see the major awards as written a few months ago.
OMG Shocking Moment
Nominees: Seth Rollins cashes in, Brock Lesnar F5’s Michael Cole, Kalisto and Jey Uso through a ladder, The Wyatt’s attack Undertaker & Sheamus cashes in.
As great as Brock Lesnar making our dreams come true by F5ing Cole through the mat was, there are really only two nominees that can take this award. Kalisto hitting a Salida Del Sol from the top off a ladder through another ladder was shocking in every sense of the word and was the best ladder spot in who knows how many years. Despite that, you can’t go passed one of the greatest moments in WrestleMania history. Equally shocking and doubly awesome, Seth Rollins cashing in and stealing the title at WrestleMania was the most shocking moment of the year and it will be remembered as long as there is a WrestleMania.
Winner: Seth Rollins
Extreme Moment of the Year
Nominees: The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar brawl, Luke Harper puts Dean Ambrose through a ladder, Seth Rollins breaks John Cena’s nose, Roman Reigns takes out the League of Nations and Triple H, Neville jumps on everyone from a ladder.
What a fizzer of an award. Only one of these moments really qualifies as ‘extreme’ and so it’s the only one I’m going to give this award to. Seth breaking Cena’s nose was an accident, Neville jumping onto everyone from a ladder was great, but not extreme, there was a better moment to nominate for Extreme Moment of the Year from TLC than the one they chose and a brawl, really? Considering the name of the award, Luke Harper and Dean Ambrose more or less win this award by process of elimination. Ambrose got put through the ladder, had his head busted open while Harper celebrated with bloodstains on his shirt – that’s reasonably extreme.
Winner: Luke Harper
Best Original WWE Network Show
Nominees: Breaking Ground, Table for Three, Stone Cold Podcast, WWE 24 & Swerved.
You can put the WWE down for awful on-screen writing, but when it comes to the Network, they produce A LOT of quality programming. Table for Three is incredibly entertaining and enthralling viewing with every episode being entertaining. WWE 24 has given us some incredible insights into big moments in WWE history and Swerved was quality viewing and usually very funny. The winner for me has to be Breaking Ground. Anyone who has watched the show will understand why. The insight it gives us into not just NXT, but the lives of WWE superstars-in-training on a daily basis is nothing short of phenomenal. We get a look at the superstars we know and love and insights into their lives, but we also get a look at people we didn’t know existed and it is brilliantly executed. The only show on here that SHOULDN’T win is Stone Cold Podcast, really, it just can’t compete with the scope and insight we get from shows like Breaking Ground and Table for Three. Of course, Stone Cold Podcast will win because it has Stone Cold’s name in it and therefore people will vote for it. I, however, won’t be voting for it just because of its name value.
Winner: Breaking Ground
‘This is Awesome’ Moment of the Year
Brock Lesnar destroys a car, Randy Orton’s WrestleMania RKO, The Divas Revolution, The Shield reunite at Payback & The Rock and Ronda Rousey.
2015 really lacked a stand-out moment and so the competition here is pretty even and who you vote for here is really a personal choice. Personally, The Shield reuniting, however briefly, was the most awesome thing that happened this year and so I will be voting for that. This isn’t really one where you can say there is a definitive winner.
Winner: The Shield
Surprise Return of the Year
Nominees: The Dudley Boyz, Chris Jericho, Alberto Del Rio, Kane & Sting
They key word here is surprise and no one’s return was a bigger shock or surprise than The Dudley Boyz. Yes, you could argue that Del Rio’s was more shocking, but…well… Del Rio is boring, so… yeah. Anyway The Dudley Boyz’ return was one of the best moments of 2015 simply due to the massive ovation they received and going straight into a hot feud with The New Day just made it even better.
Winners: The Dudley Boyz
Double-Cross of the Year
Nominees: Jon Stewart, Paige, Stardust, Damien Sandow & Randy Orton
2015 may go down as the most boring year of all time from a heel turn perspective. I stand by this when I say the best heel turn of 2015 was done by Alexa Bliss. As far as the nominees go, Jon Stewart’s was the most shocking, but was it really a double-cross? I don’t think it fits the category. Stardust and Sandow went absolutely nowhere after their turns so they won’t win, Paige probably had the best of the main roster heel turns, but it, falls short of Orton’s face turn which lead to a pretty badass beat down of Seth Rollins.
Winner: Randy Orton
Rivalry of the Year
Nominees: Roman Reigns versus Bray Wyatt, Randy Orton versus Seth Rollins, Team Bella versus Team BAD versus Team PCB, John Cena versus Rusev & Brock Lesnar versus The Undertaker.
Remember in 2014 how we had Daniel Bryan versus Triple H, The Shield versus The Wyatt Family and Evolution, Dean Ambrose versus Seth Rollins and Bray Wyatt versus John Cena? Yeah, 2015 didn’t quite live up to last year rivalry wise. As far as this year’s crop go, it’s actually hard to pick. Reigns and Bray’s feud didn’t really have anything to it, it sort of just happened. The enormous nine Diva feud was a mess that didn’t go anywhere or revolutionize anything and Cena versus Rusev was forgettable. Randy Orton and Seth Rollins produced the most consistently heated rivalry, but Lesnar and The Undertaker had the best storyline and it’s hard to go passed them. Especially the way their two matches were crafted.
Though we all know the best rivalry (and match) of 2015 was Bayley versus Sasha Banks… just saying. But NXT doesn’t count apparently. I guess they don’t want them outshining the main roster too often.
Winners: The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar