Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The 2009 Kick-Out!! Awards

Since WWE has The Slammy Awards, and since last night's awards show was a crushing disappointment, I figured I'd do my own version. So this is the first-ever Kick-Out!! Awards, or the Kick-Outies!! if you'd prefer! I also promise my awards will feature 100% less Big Dick Johnson. Alright, with 2009 coming to a close, let's take a look at the best of this interesting year.

TV Match of the Year
When you think Match of the Year, usually the mind jumps to WrestleMania or other big PPV events, but TV doesn't get nearly enough love. The very nature of the weekly show often prevents us from seeing amazing matches on a regular basis, but in a year that was hit-or-miss in entertainment, it was also one of the best for quality wrestling on free TV.
Here are the nominees:
-Evan Bourne vs. John Morrison - ECW, April 14
-Christian vs. Chris Jericho - ECW, October 20
-The Undertaker vs. Chris Jericho - Smackdown, November 13
-Tyler Black vs. Bryan Danielson 3 - ROH on HDNet, July 25
-John Morrison vs. Rey Mysterio - Smackdown, September 4

And the TV Match of the Year is... John Morrison vs. Rey Mysterio!
It was a really tough decision between this match and Undertaker vs. Jericho, and while that match was certainly an epic encounter between two future Hall of Famers, I honestly think that Morrison vs. Mysterio eclipsed it. Such an awesome match, and well worth the $0 I paid to see it.

WTF?! Moment of the Year
In a business known for shocking twists and turns, 2009 may not have been full of surprises, but there were a few big ones that turned the industry on its head.
Here are the nominees:
-Christian returns to WWE and takes ECW by storm
-Hulk Hogan signs with TNA Wrestling
-At age 45, Jerry Lynn captures the Ring of Honor World Title
-Mr. Kennedy released
-Sheamus wins the WWE Championship

And the WTF?! Moment of the Year is... Sheamus wins the WWE Championship!
If I would've posted this on Saturday, Mr. Kennedy's out-of-nowhere release from World Wrestling Entertainment likely would be the biggest shock of the year, but at TLC, SHEAMUS won the richest prize in the game, just a few months after his debut. I'm still at a loss for words over the whole thing.

PPV of the Year
PPVs this year have either been really really good or really really bad and rarely in the middle, but there were a few gems,
Here are the nominees:
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WrestleMania 25
-Bragging Rights
-SummerSlam
-Extreme Rules
-Judgment Day

And the PPV of the Year is... WWE Bragging Rights!
As much as I enjoyed WrestleMania 25, I'm aware that it was a very polarizing PPV, people either loved it or they hated it, but Bragging Rights was flat-out awesome. Coming off the worst PPV of the year, Hell in a Cell, Bragging Rights seemed like a glorified commercial for the new WWE video game, but somehow everything just came together and worked. The Miz stuns everyone in the opening contest by defeating his former partner, the Divas bring their A-game and prove they can wrestle in a six-woman tag, a fun Fatal Four-Way for the World Heavyweight Title featuring Batista's heel turn, the awesome 14-man Raw vs. Smackdown tag match that proved SD is the best show in WWE, and John Cena vs. Randy Orton in a 60-minute Iron Man Match, which was easily their best match in their LONG rivalry. The right people went over in every match, the action was exciting and everything just clicked to create the best PPV of the year.

Feud of the Year
In 2008, we got awesome feuds like Chris Jericho vs. Shawn Michaels and Edge vs. The Undertaker, can 2009 live up to that?
Here are the nominees:
-DX vs. Legacy
-Christian vs. Jack Swagger
-John Cena vs. Randy Orton
-CM Punk vs. Jeff Hardy
-The Miz vs. John Cena
-Rey Mysterio vs. Chris Jericho
-Kofi Kingston vs. Randy Orton

And the Feud of the Year is... CM Punk vs. Jeff Hardy!
It was a great year for feuds, DX brought the best out of Legacy, Jack Swagger welcomed Christian back to WWE in style, The Miz became awesome by mocking John Cena (although it came back to bite him in the ass), Rey Mysterio & Chris Jericho tore the freakin' house down, and Kofi Kingston became a top-tier player with Randy Orton. But as great as those feuds are/were, CM Punk vs. Jeff Hardy may be one of the greatest rivalries in the history of the industry. Playing off reality, simultaneously elevating both men into the upper-echelon of WWE, and producing unforgettable matches, Punk vs. Hardy is undoubtedly the feud of 2009.

Finisher of the Year
Everyone needs a cool finisher, it can be the one thing that instantly sets a new wrestler apart from the pack or refreshes a stale moveset.
Here are the nominees:
-Drew McIntyre's Double-underhook DDT
-The Hart Dynasty's Hart Attack
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Luke Gallows' Gallows Pole
-Zack Ryder's Zack Attack
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John Morrison's Starship Pain

And the Finisher of the Year is...
Drew McIntyre's Double-underhook DDT!
It's simple, effective and looks absolutely devastating, now all it needs is a cool name... and no, "Scot Drop" is not a cool name.

Feel Good Moment of the Year
Far too often, the wrestling business is far too concerned with what's the coolest or who's the most badass, but we often forget the ability of wrestling to put a smile on our faces.
Here are the nominees:
-Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat returns to the ring
-Bob Barker kicks ass as the guest host of Monday Night Raw
-Jeff Hardy's farewell to his fans
-Stone Cold Steve Austin inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame

And the Feel Good Moment of the Year is... Ricky Steamboat's return to the ring!
Fifteen years had gone by since the last time Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat laced up a pair of boots and competed in a professional wrestling match, but when he stepped back into the ring at WrestleMania 25, it was like he never left. In fact, he was so impressive, he went on to have two more matches, a big tag team contest on Raw (where he stole the show again) and then an amazing one-on-one contest with Chris Jericho at Backlash. I think Steamboat's mini-return can best be summed up this year with one sentence, "You still got it!"

NASTY! Moment of the Year

If you're a regular reader of the site, you know one of my favorite words to describe a sick bump is "NASTY!" and there were plenty of moments worthy of that description in 2009.
Here are the nominees:
-Randy Orton literally tortures John Cena with a Singapore Cane
-Alicia Fox lands squarely on her head after a Mickie James DDT
-Sheamus ends Jamie Noble's career
-Chris Jericho makes Ric Flair bleed like a horror movie victim
-Cody Rhodes' Cross Rhodes finisher

And the NASTY! Moment of the Year is... Mickie's DDT to Alicia Fox!
I could type up a description, but I think this will say more than I can:

I have to go vomit now.

Breakthrough Star of the Year

Not necessarily looking for a rookie of the year like WWE did with this award, I'm looking for a guy that broke out and became a major player in 2009, doesn't matter if it was his first year or his tenth.
Here are the nominees:
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The Miz
-Kofi Kingston
-Sheamus
-Desmond Wolfe
-John Morrison

And the Breakthrough Star of the Year is... Kofi Kingston!
Sheamus seems like the obvious answer since he won the WWE Title, but the win was controversial and it remains to be seen where Sheamus will go from here. Kofi Kingston, on the other hand, has been solidified as the next big thing and if 2010 isn't his year, WWE's doing something wrong.

Tag Team of the Year
Tag team wrestling was resurrected in this year, as a fan of the style, here's hoping it's not just a fad.
Here are the nominees:
-JeriShow
-The American Wolves
-D-Generation X
-Beer Money Inc.
-Legacy

And the Tag Team of the Year is... JeriShow!
C'mon, is this one even a contest? The only team that could've possibly been better than JeriShow in 2009 would be if Edge hadn't gotten injured and continued to team with Jericho instead of Big Show. But even that would be debatable, as awesome as Edge is, Big Show & Jericho have fantastic chemistry and I hope we haven't seen the end of this dynamic duo.

Match of the Year
2009 wasn't the best year for wrestling from an entertainment standpoint, but there's no denying that this was a fantastic year for in-ring action.
Here are the nominees:
-Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker - WrestleMania 25
-Edge vs. John Cena - Backlash
-Jeff Hardy vs. Edge - Extreme Rules
-Rey Mysterio vs. Chris Jericho - The Bash
-CM Punk vs. Jeff Hardy - SummerSlam
-John Cena vs. Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels - Survivor Series

And the 2009 Match of the Year is... Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker!
No surprise here, I think we knew on April 5 that this match would wind up being the Match of the Year. Match of the Year without question, perhaps the Match of the Decade? Or how about the greatest match in WrestleMania history? What more can I say about this match that hasn't already been said? Without this match, Mysterio vs. Jericho at The Bash definitely would be the 2009 Match of the Year, but it unfortunately had to go up against one of the greatest matches that I've ever had the privilege of watching.

Superstar of the Year
You know what this one means, here are the nominees:
-Jeff Hardy
-CM Punk
-Chris Jericho
-Rey Mysterio
-Christian

And the 2009 Superstar of the Year is... CM PUNK!
This was easily the toughest decision to make because you can make an argument for any of these guys: Jeff Hardy capped off a 15 year journey, Rey Mysterio was the in-ring worker of the year, Christian had one of the greatest return years in WWE history, and Chris Jericho continued to prove why he's the best in the world... so why didn't Jericho win? Simple answer, Jericho spent most of his year in a tag team, while CM Punk basically carried Smackdown on his back throughout the summer. Punk entered 2009 as Intercontinental Champion, went onto become the only man to ever win back-to-back Money in the Bank Ladder Matches, was drafted to Smackdown where he has had countless awesome matches against guys like Edge, John Morrison, Rey Mysterio, the late, great Umaga and many others.

At Extreme Rules, Punk cashed in his MITB to become World Heavyweight Champion, regained the title in a Match of the Year contender TLC Match at SummerSlam, retired Jeff Hardy, and became the first person to ever make The Undertaker "submit" (hahaha). And of course, you can't forget his awesome heel turn, which has allowed Punk to deliver the greatest promos of the year and become one of the most hated villains in the industry. So congratulations CM Punk, you're not only the first-ever Kick-Out!! Wrestling Superstar of the Year, you're also the first and only STRAIGHT-EDGE Superstar of the Year! That does mean he's better than you.

So, what do you think? Agree? Disagree? I want to know your picks for the best of 2009, so feel free to leave your own picks in the comments section!

8 comments:

  1. Orton's not even nominated for superstar of the year? I know you mark for Christian, but seriously?

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  2. Please feel free to make your case for Randy Orton, because I honestly don't feel like he did much this year, especially after all his Rumble hype came to a screeching halt at WrestleMania.

    He won the WWE Title in a six-man tag, half of his PPV matches were just excuses to get to the next PPV with the "real" match and his character had gotten more and more stale until they finally gave him something new to do with Kofi Kingston. It also didn't help that alot of his matches this year were with Triple H, who he has zero in-ring chemistry with, despite them being closely linked throughout Orton's career.

    As for Christian, he had a banner year - a surprise return, countless amazing matches and he turned the "C-brand" into something that was more enjoyable than the supposed "flagship," Monday Night Raw.

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  3. I would argue it's Orton's biggest year ever. He won the Royal Rumble as a heel, the first guy to do that since Vince McMahon. During his feud with the McMahons he was getting the biggest reactions of anyone on the roster, and it was probably 50/50 as he was getting a lot of RKO chants despite (because) he was such a tremendous dick. He also main evented his first Wrestlemania, and while the result was wrong and did slow down his roll, he did eventually win the title and dominated the title picture for the next six months. His matches with Cena were some of the best of the year, as the feud that didn't get resolved in 2007 due to Cena's injury finally ended. And if he hasn't done enough this year, he has elevated Kofi Kingston from midcard sideshow to huge star in waiting through a feud that naturally progressed out of the result of his feud with Cena. I'll be the first to admit I didn't enjoy Orton's run in late 07-early 08, but he's improved tremendously in the ring and his facial expressions and in-ring charisma have improved so much from 2007 to now.

    Christian has had some solid matches but he was also left off 2 pay per views in the past six months and his match with Regal at Summerslam practically makes that 3. He also missed the Rumble and No Way Out. That's 5 PPVs Christian did not wrestle more than 10 seconds. He's certainly a talented worker, but I'd put him below Orton, Undertaker, and maybe even Edge, because while Edge has missed the past six months, he was involved in major matches and angles for that entire period, while Christian was in a number of pointless multi-man midcard stuff in addition to missing several pay per views.

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  4. Ignoring Christian's accomplishments because he wasn't on certain PPVs is rather short-sighted. Christian has carried ECW since February and turned a boring brand into must-see television. Whether he's wrestling Jack Swagger, Tommy Dreamer, Zack Ryder, William Regal, Yoshi Tatsu, Chris Jericho, or even someone like Paul Burchill, he hasn't had a single bad match this year (aside from the "match" at SummerSlam).

    Yes, a good portion of his work wasn't on PPV, but ECW is a self-contained brand and allows for PPV-caliber matches on free TV. While a 20-minute main event for the WWE or World Title is extremely rare on Raw or Smackdown, it's normal programming for ECW.

    I included Christian because ECW deserves more recognition than it gets. It was arguably the most consistently-entertaining brand this year and no one embodied its quality more than Christian. I don't know where the "pointless multi-man midcard stuff" comment came from, but I think that shows you really don't watch much ECW and if not, I understand why you wouldn't support Christian as a nominee for Superstar of the Year.

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  5. I'm going to have to agree with Anonymous, if that's his real name. Randy Orton's feud with Cena may have dragged, but he was the number one heel of the year by miles and deserved a nomination. He has helped elevate Ted Dibiase and Cody Rhodes (up until they seem to lose momentum after Bragging Rights) and Kofi Kingston. The only black mark he seems to have is that the Wrestlemania 25 was dire.

    And good call on Bragging Rights being the pay per view of the year. I can't think of a better pay per view. Extreme Rules was close, but Batista/Orton and Cena/Show really killed it.

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  6. Fair points from both of you, I probably should've added Orton to the list (without dropping anyone else), but Punk still would've won for sure.

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