Welcome back to The Sideys! The first ever Squared Circle Sideshow year-end awards. Today’s award is…

 

Match of the Year

The Match of the Year was the one that had wrestling fans edge-sitting, nail-biting, and cold-sweating the most in 2010

 

…and the nominees are:

 

Undertaker vs Shawn Michaels (WrestleMania XXVI)

The Career vs Streak rematch to end all rematches.

 

SmackDown! Money in the Bank Ladder Match (WWE Money in the Bank)

The Blue brand delivered the Ladder Match of the year in the opening bout of inaugural MITB PPV.

 

Motor City Machine Guns vs Beer Money Inc (2 out of 3 falls)

The final match in the Best of 5 series between the two best tag teams in the business.

 

Dolph Ziggler vs Daniel Bryan (WWE Bragging Rights)

WWE’s #2 champions got a chance to shine on this PPV, and ended up stealing the whole show.

 

Kurt Angle vs Mr. Anderson (TNA Lockdown)

The bloodiest cage match of the year was also one of the best in TNA’s history.

 

…and the Sidey goes to:

 

Undertaker vs Shawn Michaels (WreslteMania XXVI)

Was there really any question? This match, more or less, earned Match of the Year honors before the bell even sounded. I can’t even remember the last match that had as much hype and anticipation surrounding it as this one did. The build up for this epic rematch started 4 months prior to WM. That type of booking is unheard of these days. It was classic Pro Wrestling 101 storytelling and it worked! Once the bell rand, any doubts were shattered. Taker and HBK put on their second consecutive clinic, proving once and for all why they are two of the best to have ever graced the squared circle. The emotion in Phoenix that night was at an all-time high. This match surpassed wrestling. It was so huge that it headlined the biggest show of the year, despite the lack of any major title being on the line. Most importantly, its impact has lasted. The fact that Shawn Michaels has not, and by all accounts will not, returned as an active wrestler is a testament to its importance. Too often, blood feuds are settled and then quickly glossed over or even forgotten in favor of the next angle. That wasn’t the case here. Was it the most technically sound match of the year? No. Was it better than the original? That’s debatable. But in 2010, the stars aligned just right, putting everything into place, creating the most emotional, memorable, and all around best match of the year.

 

Thanks so much for checking out the 2010 Sidey Awards. Happy 2011!