Welcome back to The Sideys! The first ever Squared Circle Sideshow year-end awards. Today’s award is…
Work Horse of the Year
The Work Horse of the Year award goes to the wrestler who was consistently asked to do the most in the ring, and always delivered, despite his position on the card.
…and the nominees are:
This time last year it looked as if Kofi was on his way to the main event. For whatever reason, that never came to pass. Still, Kofi pushed through, establishing himself as a solid midcard babyface who, more often than not, can put on the match of the night.
Dolph appeared to be on the down slope at the end of 2009. His apparent push was cut short in favor of guys like Jack Swagger and Drew McIntyre. Despite that setback, Ziggler persevered by putting on countless great performances. At the end of 2010, he seems to be back on track, and has even surpassed Jack and Drew, at least for now.
He was the front-runner to win the first season of NXT. But, some head-scratching booking decisions and a fateful use of a tie ended up getting Bryan fired from WWE before he ever got a chance to shine. Thankfully, at SummerSlam, he was given a second chance, and has since proved why so many have called him “The Best in the World.”
Motor City Machine Guns
The Guns are, without question, the most exciting workers in TNA. Their matches are consistently the best of the night, and in TNA specifically, the best of the year. These guys have worked so hard to make themselves stand out and put on the best possible performances. Thankfully, TNA finally took notice and gave them the Tag Titles. In a perfect world though, they’d be at the top of the card.
The Shaman of Sexy has had a rough time finding his footing since splitting with The Miz in 2009. He seemed to be on the rise on SmackDown last year, but got dropped down a notch or two on his move back to RAW. He and Kofi Kingston have both been clawing at that next-top-babyface position for the past year or so. After the great performances he’s had lately, it looks like Morrison is that much closer.
…and the Sidey goes to:
This was a close call. Morrison almost took the trophy, but for my money, Ziggler had the better all-around year. He could still use some work on his character, though he is showing improvement. You can’t deny, though, that Ziggler has had an incredible 2010 between the ropes. I didn’t see him have one bad match the entire 12 months. Both of his Money In The Bank appearances were near-show-stealing, and his series with Daniel Bryan was some of the best pure wrestling of the year. Now, as we reach the end of 2010, Ziggler finds himself as the long-reigning Intercontinental Champion in a mini-feud with a red hot John Cena, again delivering breathtaking work in the ring. Not a bad way to start off the new year.
Check back tomorrow to see who will take home the What the Hell Happened to Him Award!