Welcome to the 2nd annual Alex Mattis Mainstream Rasslin’ Awards blog. Just like last year, there will be the same nine awards. And just like last year, I will be sticking to the American mainstream of professional wrestling (WWE, TNA, ROH). These things can get complicated when one begins factoring in the underground and the international.
I’m not here to tell you what is good and what is bad. Like all art, pro wrestling is subjective. I’m here to tell you what I thought was the best, and the worst, in the wild world of rasslin’ in 2013. Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy.
Let’s get to it!
The Punk Award for Wrestler of the Year
You’d have to be a fucking idiot to argue this. Is Bryan the most popular star the E has had since 2000? One word: Yes. …Yes! …YES! …YES! YES! YES!
I can’t believe I’m writing this, but it’s true. Randy Orton started the year by losing to Wade Barrett clean on Raw (and it was incredible) and ended the year as the first undisputed champion the E has had in over a decade. He won Money in the Bank, he won the WWE title at the 2nd biggest show of the year, he *finally* got back to the bad guy role he loves so dear, and he won the aforementioned undisputed title in THEBIGGESTMATCHINWWEHISTORYOMG. What’s most important is that Ravishing Randy appears to be having fun again; enjoying himself in the ring. I can only assume he was as bored with his work as we were. Continue reading