Welcome back to The Sideys! The first ever Squared Circle Sideshow year-end awards. Today’s award is…
Brock Lesnar Memorial Next Big Thing Award
The Brock Lesnar Memorial Next Big Thing Award goes to the wrestler who stood out the most in 2010, elevating him or her self to a new height in their career, and looks to enter 2011 as a bona fide star.
…and the nominees are:
From the moment he first spoke on NXT Season 1, Wade Barrett captured the wrestling world’s attention. His subsequent feuds with Randy Orton and John Cena proved that he was able to headline.
After being quickly catapulted to the top at the end 2009, there was a large cloud of doubt hanging over Sheamus’ head. People wanted validation that this guy deserved his push. A year later, he’s made it very hard to argue that he didn’t.
Next to John Cena, The Miz was probably the most visible character on TV in WWE in 2010. From a solid midcard spot on RAW to a headlining gig on NXT to the WWE Championship, Miz was very rarely not in the center of the WWE Universe. More often than not, too, he was sporting some gold.
“The Blueprint” has been on people’s radar for a while now, but it was this year that he really stepped his game up started living up to his hype. The guy can talk, he can wrestle, and he’s a giant. His only downside: his employer.
“The Pope” D’Angelo Dinero
At the beginning of this year, I went out on a limb and called The Pope, “the most exciting character since The Rock.” I realize now that that was a bit of a stretch, but in TNA, The Pope stands out. In 2010 he was the most charismatic and entertaining character in the company.
…and the Sidey goes to:
Now that he’s the WWE Champion, The Miz is even more in-your-face than before. He’s been making bold claims for years now that he wants to become THE FACE of WWE. He wants to be their new go-to Superstar, the one by which all others will be compared. Maybe it’s just me, but I think he’s on his way. They put him on the video game cover. They gave him the title. He’s been making the rounds on all of the target late night talk shows. WWE has some obvious faith in The Miz. He’s stepped up his in-ring game and proven to them that he’s a company guy to a fault. His reality-TV past makes him an intriguing character even for those who don’t follow wrestling. He’s charismatic. He’s entertaining. He’s interesting. Most importantly (at least for WWE), he’s accessible. He’s here to stay.
Check back tomorrow to see who will take home the Work Horse of the Year Award!