Rant Sports’ WWE 2012 Awards
Rant Sports' WWE 2012 Awards
With the year of 2012 officially at an end it is only fitting to review the year that was and to show some love to those who shined like a bright star. In the past year we saw some MVP like performances and breakout performances as well. We saw many new faces with most of them making an immediate and impressive impact. Continuing, despite the lack of managers we saw some standout performances giving the the future a little bit of optimism.
In 2012 we saw the likes of The Rock versus John Cena and HHH versus The Undertaker. We also saw Dolph Ziggler win the Money In The Bank briefcase he still holds while C.M. Punk dropped a massive pipe bomb on the world of professional wrestling. In 2012 we also saw the return of Brock Lesnar while newcomers like Damien Sandow, Ryback and Antonio Cesaro made bold statements. Guys like Wade Barrett evolved themselves for the better while rivals Daniel Bryan and Kane formed a polarizing tag team.
All-in-all we will honor the men and women of the WWE who managed to put a smile on the faces of the many die-hard followers of the sport entertainment empire known as the WWE.
Here are the following categories for Rant Sports’ WWE 2012 Awards:
Diva of the Year
Tag Team of the Year
Breakout Star of the Year
Newcomer of the Year
Comeback of the Year
Brawler of the Year
Highflyer of the Year
Technician of the Year
Personality (character) of the Year
Manager of the Year
WWE MVP: C.M. Punk
Diva of the Year: Eve Torres
Tag Team of the Year: Team Hell No
Breakout Star of the Year: Dolph Ziggler
Newcomer of the Year: Antonio Cesaro
Comeback of the Year: Brock Lesnar
Brawler of the Year: Sheamus
However, there's no denying that the Belfast native's brawler style is a key reason. Not only does Sheamus oversize the majority of his opponents but he also packs a stronger punch than most as well. From his Brogue Kick to his 10 Forearms, his moveset has favored him in the ring and won the cheers of many fans.
Highflyer of the Year: Kofi Kingston
Technician of the Year: Daniel Bryan
You have to keep in mind that the TV style of wrestling within the WWE doesn't favor mat technicians. There's a limited amount of standout technicians and among most of them the focus is primarily on character development, promos and meeting that aforementioned style of adjustment.
Quality technicians like Tyson Kidd, William Regal and some of then new faces within the WWE either didn't have the ring time or right opportunities to show case their skills the the fullest. Bryan and Punk have managed well respectably with the nod going to Bryan who uses a variety of moves from his arsenal on the regular that could fall under the technical category. His moves are fluid, crisp and truly an art form in its own.
Personality (character) of the Year: A.J. Lee
Manager of the Year: Paul Heyman
Managers among the WWE were thin in 2012 just like recent years. However, in 2012 we were fortunate enough to get some quality in return for the lack of quantity. The likes of Guerrero, Lee and Paul Heyman have all been standout managers who can hold their own and even shine brighter than some of the premier talents they stand besides or across from.
None can be truer than his the evil genius himself who aligned himself with Lesnar and Punk in 2012. In both cases he contributed significantly in prime storylines that received a lot of media coverage. In the end, Heyman was able to draw strong reactions from the WWE Universe and told compelling stories. A well earned spot for the man.