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


Promo of the Year

The Promo of the Year goes to the single best display of mic work by a wrestler in 2010.


…and the nominees are:


CM Punk’s Royal Rumble Sermon

For the first few moments of this year’s Royal Rumble, all eyes and ears were on the Straight Edged Savior. Punk dominated the match, and chastised the entire WWE Universe in between eliminations, proving why he’s one of the best in the business.


Roddy Piper’s Old School Clinic

At the Old School edition of Monday Night RAW, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper hosted an edition of Piper’s Pit where he proceeded to deliver an impassioned speech that gave the WWE Title more credibility and prestige than it has had in a decade.


The Miz’s Backstage Biography

While walking the audience through the backstage area, from the locker room to the curtain, The Miz told the story of his early days in WWE. It was the moment where he officially transitioned from a goofy ex-reality star to a serious, credible wrestler.


Chris Jericho’s List of Legends

A glimpse of the former Ayatollah of Rock ‘n Rolla was seen in this promo as Jericho rattled off commercial-segment-spanning list of names of those he’s defeated in the past. Guys like Kevin Nash, Juventud Guerrera, and all four Villanos were mentioned. It was reminiscent of his famous List of 1,004 Holds promo from Nitro, and it was beautiful. ARMBAR!


Titus O’Neil Makes It A Win

Titus O’Neil didn’t do much on NXT Season 2 besides bark and look confused. His one shining moment, however, came after he was eliminated. As Titus struggled to remember his lines, the blank expression on his face echoed the ones shown by all of the WWE Universe. Thankfully, he ended it by spitting out his “catchphrase” one last time, and then smiling like a doofus.


…and the Sidey goes to:


Roddy Piper’s Old School Clinic

As the Hot Rod pleaded to John Cena to do the right thing in his role as guest referee for the WWE Title match at Survivor Series, he reminded everyone why he’s so revered for his work on the microphone. It was a somber Roddy Piper. You could tell that the words he was speaking weren’t written by a sitcom reject in a thong and bowtie, but rather were coming straight from his heart. When Piper named the names of the legends who had never held the WWE Title, his emotion was tangible. It was a speech that, in only a few short minutes, restored honor and class to a championship that has been hot potatoed and bastardized for far too long. More importantly, it was a lesson, to both the WWE Superstars and Creative Team, that the old school way of cutting promos (i.e. speaking rather than reciting) is still the best.


Check back tomorrow to see who will be named the Woman of the Year!