‘Sup guys. Tom Robinson here. Columnist for NoDQ.com among many other websites around the web. As you may have noticed I’ve been doing “my vote” blogs on the NoDQ.com awards which the first few posts can actually be seen at the following links:
Now we come to one of the more difficult awards and it’s the award for the match of the year. And the nominations are…
Ryback and Team Hell-No vs The Shield (TLC 2012)*
This was the first WWE match for the hounds of justice as they fought Ryback, Kane and Daniel Bryan in a 6 man tag team TLC match at the TLC PPV. This match was everything you ever wanted in a TLC match and more! Along with the sick table bumps, the crashed and the high-flying, we saw all of these man bring something unique which made this a phenomenal highlight reel for the WWE fans! Even grappling submission specialist Daniel Bryan fit right in with the high-flyers like Seth Rolling and the brutality of Roman Reigns and Kane. It was one hell of a fight!
CM Punk vs John Cena (February 2013 on RAW)
A match with CM Punk really does bring out the best out of John Cena, whether you like him or not. It just seems that whenever I see him with Punk, he improves with his wrestling ability and that’s what makes CM Punk such a great rival for him. Even though this was like the only interaction the two had all year, the story of Cena not being able to defeat Punk and Cena’s WWE Title shot on the line really did make this a highly-anticipated match. And boy did they deliver! It was one of the rare epic matches on RAW and is a worthy candidate for match of the year!
Undertaker vs CM Punk (Wrestlemania 29)
I was literally blown away by this match. With their unique wrestling styles, I struggled to see how these two could produce a great match together and I believed that I was going to get let down considering that neither of their matches from their 2009 feud were any good. So imagine my pleasant surprise when they proved me wrong. CM Punk actually seemed like a legit threat to the mighty Undertaker and Undertaker wrestled really well despite his age and physical condition. It wasn’t like his matches vs Triple H when he wrestled like that match would be his last, but it was great enough that he and Punk could put on a show and he was able to wrestle again against the Shield two weeks later. Amazing!
Chris Jericho vs CM Punk (Payback)
The return of the mighty CM Punk after a grand total of 3 months away from action (which to internet fans is like a lifetime). And CM Punk had a great opponent for his return match in the form of Y2J Chris Jericho. Such true technical wrestling ability combined with the quickness and pure talent both Punk and Jericho provided. This match was easily the best in their trilogy with near-fall after near-fall and epic moment after epic moment.
Brock Lesnar vs CM Punk (Summerslam)
Now at the time, I never really rated the match that well. It was a mix of a lot of things that put me off. First of all, when I watched it originally, my stream kept messing up -.- Second, Paul Heyman interfering all the time was really bugging me. And third, it seemed like a flat finish with Lesnar just F5’d Punk on the chair for the win. However, I’ve watched it a couple of times since. And I was wrong, this match was a really tremendous no-dq match between the two. There was a great story behind it, and Heyman interfering made sense and actually made CM Punk seem like a legit threat to Lesnar. These two put on a great fight at Summerslam.
Daniel Bryan vs John Cena (Summerslam)
“The American Dragon ” Daniel Bryan and the WWE Champion John Cena locked horns for the biggest title in the business at Summerslam at the height of Daniel Bryan’s popularity in 2013. Both men showed that they could bring their A-Game. Cena wrestled well and Daniel Bryan was wrestling out of his socks! While Triple H being the special referee was rather annoying, we all know he had bigger purpose for right after the match 😉 Besides he didn’t really do anything to take away from the match. He just let these two guys duke it out. And it was the best way to put D-Bry on the mat by having him beat John Cena clean in the main event of Summerslam!
*The matches are chosen from the time frame of December 2012 to November 2013, which is why this match from 2012 is a candidate.
Very difficult to pick from. Firstly for the sake of keeping it within 2013, Ryback and Team Hell-No vs The Shield is out of the running. Trust me, I loved this match. I could probably write a book about how great of a match this was. If this was able to be put in the awards last year, it’d probably have gotten my vote. But I wanna keep it within 2013. After all, it is the 2013 NoDQ.com awards so it makes sense for a match from 2013 to win it.
I think CM Punk being in 4 of these matches does speak volumes about how well he’s delivered in that ring this year. And it will in fact be a CM Punk match that wins this award. Cena and Daniel Bryan put on a great wrestling display, but the match suffered from what went on right after the match with the heel turns of Triple H and Orton which overshadowed it.
Chris Jericho vs CM Punk was a really good match, but I felt there was no really storyline in place other than “CM Punk went away for 3 months and now he’s back”. Also, CM Punk beating Jericho AGAIN really damaged Jericho’s credibility and most fans don’t realize that the world does not revolve around Punk. I would have really liked to have seen Jericho win this one.
Punk vs Cena was a really good match, but with everyone and their grandmother knowing that Cena was going to win there was hardly any reason to believe that Punk was possibly going to win which took away from the match. Which leaves it down to Punk vs Lesnar and Punk vs Undertaker.
As far as being an all-out fight with chaos and intensity, Lesnar vs Punk is miles ahead. However, the all-important difference between the two matches is the conditioning of the wrestlers. Taker vs Punk put one of the most entertaining matches I’ve seen in years. I mean Taker had took a different approach into his condition and training for the match and he looked the freshest he’s been in years. Not to mention, Punk was at the top of his game at the time. On the other hand, Lesnar looked blown up literally every 5 minutes of his match with Punk. It really did take a lot of Punk’s quick-thinking to keep the match entertaining. Taker and Punk both knew how to put on a good match together, especially with the ending with them countering each others finishers. So with that being said the winner is…
Undertaker vs CM Punk!