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Mat Matters: Predicting the Slammys
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling


2010: The Year of The Miz (here as U.S. champion). Photo by Mike Mastrandrea

WWE has the Slammys Monday night, and while it'll be a bit before our site hands out its awards across wrestling, I felt like this is as good a time as any to reflect on my favourite Fed moments of the year.

Fortunately, WWE's brass have the same taste that I do for the most part, which is actually a bit surprising given how bad some of their stuff has been this year and the number of times I've had to call them out on it.

Yet I'm willing to lay down my piss and vinegar-loaded Super Soaker for a night, because I can admit that the Slammys are actually one of my favourite times of the year, especially when the awards get worked into fun angles.

With that in mind, here are my picks (you can go to WWE.com to find the full list of candidates in each category).

Superstar of the Year - The Miz

I never thought I'd say that, but so did so many critics. Miz has had one of the best years in wrestling's recent history, period. He completely turned his career around and proved to everyone that he wasn't bound to become the Marty Jannetty of his former tandem with John Morrison. Great promos, much improved in-ring work and a willingness to do it all puts Miz at the top of the charts for me in WWE.

Shocker of the Year - Nexus takes out Vince McMahon

Okay, the real shocker was the formation of Nexus, but that goes into another category. Still, for Vince to take that beating (and yes, it was a beating) at his age is remarkable. Storyline wise, it gave Nexus incredible momentum and established the group as true bad asses.

Knucklehead Moment of the Year - Santino Marella gets out-danced by Vladimir Kozlov

Sanito once again proved that he's one of the best aspects of Raw, but who knew Kozlov's personality would shine through too? Personally, I felt the tea party that also had Sheamus involved was funnier, but this one was a fun view also.

Despicable Me Award - CM Punk sings Happy Birthday to Aaliyah

This wasn't just one of the best WWE moments of the year - it was an all-time classic in heeldom. Punk played this perfectly and you have to give props to Ms. Mysterio for being the victim superbly. This was the height of Punk's year, and I hope he's healed up well for another great year in 2011.

Holy **** Moment of the Year - Randy Orton delivers an RKO to a flying Evan Bourne

Why this moment hasn't been replayed more often than it has is beyond me. This was one of the best moments possible on WWE TV, and delivered pinpoint accuracy. Reminiscent of Shawn Michaels superkicking a flying Shelton Benjamin, the stars were aligned perfectly for this signature spot.

Guest Star Shining Moment of the Year - William Shatner sings WWE entrances

Okay, I wasn't a Shatner fan before Sh*t My Dad Says, but now it's like everything the former Captain Kirk touches turns to gold. This was the only time that I actually laughed out loud for a guest host moment, and the competition (Florence Henderson? Really?) really was garbage anyways.


Alberto Del Rio responds: "You voted for me?" Photo by Mike Mastrandrea
"Oh Snap" Meltdown of the year - Alberto Del Rio injures Rey Mysterio's arm with a chair

I was really tempted to pick Edge vs. the Raw GM computer, but the moment was soured when the computer was back the following week and Edge wasn't. Del Rio established himself in this moment as a true heel threat, and the feud with him and Rey through the second half of 2010 was one of the best on Smackdown in quite some time.

WWE Moment of the Year -- Nexus debuts and attacks John Cena

Any other year, Michaels and Bret reuniting would have been the moment, but nothing WWE has done in the last decade has compared to the initial Nexus appearance. The group tore apart the arena in a manner which has never been done before. Everything, and I mean everything, was torn apart - ring, barricade, table, announcer, colour commentator ... it was a true moment in time I know I'll never forget.

Diva of the Year -- Natalya

In a year when women's wrestling fell hard from glory, Natalya was a true shining star. She made you believe the butterfly belt actually mattered, which was something most other Divas couldn't do.

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    Jon Waldman has been with SLAM! Wrestling since 2000.