As we approach the end of the year, it’s time for me to release the nominations for the inaugural Lo-Down Wrestling Awards. I would like your input so feel free to give your options by placing comments at the end of this article or sending me a message via twitter (@lodownwrestling).
Here are the nominations:
Wrestler of the Year
· Mark Henry.
· Alberto Del Rio.
· CM Punk.
Most Improved Wrestler of the Year
· Cody Rhodes.
· Mark Henry.
· Zack Ryder.
Female Wrestler of the Year
· Beth Phoenix
· Kelly Kelly
· Mickie James
Match of the Year
· Undertaker vs Triple H, Wrestlemania XXVII.
· Layla vs Michelle McCool, Extreme Rules
· Randy Orton vs Christian, Smackdown, 6th May 2011.
· RAW Money in the Bank match.
· CM Punk vs John Cena, Money in the Bank.
Promo Video of the Year
This is for the video that you see before certain matches, describing the feud up to that point.
· Undertaker vs Triple H, Wrestlemania XXVII http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06J7QGFpkKw
· The Miz, Wrestlemania XXVII http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2aw71vghm0
· CM Punk vs John Cena, Money in the Bank http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuOavBgmsIY
PPV of the Year
· Elimination Chamber
· Money in the Bank
Moment of the Year
· The return of the Rock as he’s announced as the host of Wrestlemania
· Christian winning the World Heavyweight Championship at Extreme Rules
· The Promo by CM Punk, RAW 27th June 2011
“Ok, I Did Not See That Coming”
Surprising Moment of the Year
· Alberto Del Rio winning the Royal Rumble
· Daniel Bryan winning the Smackdown Money in the Bank match.
· James Storm becoming TNA World Heavyweight Champion
Feud of the Year
· Edge vs Alberto Del Rio, January – April.
· Randy Orton vs Christian, May - September
· CM Punk vs John Cena, June - August
Douchebag of the Year
This requires some explanation:
· Matt Hardy. Hardy managed to get himself out of his contract at TNA like he did at the WWE the year before; got arrested for DUI; then implied on Twitter that he was planning suicide, prompting tons of phone calls to the local police. Hardy goes into rehab then gets kicked out when he decided to relapse.
· Hulk Hogan. Hogan was highly critical of Edge’s retirement due to a neck injury, which was a slap to the face from Edge’s childhood hero; stops Bobby Roode from becoming TNA Champion at Bound for Glory; and, after wanting his face turn to be the main focal point, making Roode become a heel champion in the process, then has not been on TV since.
· Michael Cole. Cole has become the most annoying person in wrestling at the moment, taking part in some terrible matches; continually embarrassing Jim Ross; and, especially on Smackdown, the constant bickering making the commentary almost unbearable. I feel sorry for Booker T, Jerry Lawler and Josh Mathews for having to put with it.
Worst Match of the Year
· Sting vs Jeff Hardy, TNA Victory Road
· Michael Cole vs Jerry “The King” Lawler, Wrestlemania XXVII
· Sin Cara vs Falso Cara (Hunico), Hell in a Cell
So, there you have it. I will be announcing the winners on Boxing Day at about 12pm (GMT) so, if you wish to have your say, you have until Christmas Eve.