2014 Armbar Express Awards

It’s time for the Armbar Express….. AWARDS!

Yep. THESE are the big ones. More prestigious than the Slammys. More professional than the Slammys. The glittering Armbar Express awards here… on the internet.

We celebrate everything great and everything not so great in the year of 2014 in the world of wrestling. We’re going to start with….

Turn Of The Year

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This celebrates the greatest face or heel turn in the WWE all year long. The nominations are….

  • Randy Orton’s Face Turn – Randy Orton’s face turn came after defying The Authority to get himself a piece of Seth Rollins. Randy had been having issues with playing “protector” to Seth Rollins, who was picking fights with the likes of John Cena, Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose. Tensions began to boil, with Seth Rollins eventually curb-stomping Orton on the RAW before Hell in a Cell. Orton responded by dropping Seth with the RKO in the following week. Triple H decided to settle things with a match on RAW, which Seth won. Randy would not accept defeat and attacked Rollins again. Eventually, Triple H gave the order to put the Viper down for good. This cemented Orton’s turn to the good side, having been kicked out of the heel stable in shades of the end of his run with Evolution… also led by Triple H.
  • Seth Rollins Heel Turn – Just when you think you’ve had all the turns you need, Triple H comes and changes the game. Seth originally had defied Authority along with the rest of the Shield. The group were able to score TWO big wins over Evolution at Extreme Rules and Payback. However, a Plan B was initiated by Triple H that would finally put an end to the Shield for good. That Plan B… was Seth Rollins. Seth laid waste to his Shield brothers Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose to break up The Shield in a dramatic fashion on RAW. Indeed, Triple H always found a way to win.
  • Batista Heel Turn – Batista really should have started out his return to WWE as a heel anyway, but we’re glad that he eventually made the move over to the dark side. Batista’s return as a good guy was met with negative fan reactions, especially when the Animal won the Royal Rumble. After a pretty dismal feud with Alberto Del Rio, Batista eventually lashed out at the WWE Universe on SmackDown! He expressed his disgust at what WWE had become since he’d been gone and vowed to take out each of their heroes. Sadly, he was unable to capture the WWE World title and the rebirth of Evolution was met with consecutive losses with the Shield. However, the turn saw Batista at his finest cutting great heel promo after heel promo.
  • The Shield Face Turn – The Hounds of Justice had been apart of the Authority since it began on August 2013. They helped silence disobedience coming from WWE superstars and had the group had taken out a number of big guns in the world of wrestling. However, Rollins, Reigns and Ambrose would begin to mess with the Director of Operations Kane and Triple H’s friends the New Age Outlaws. This led to a six man tag team match at Wrestlemania and was followed the next night by The Shield eventually turning on the Authority to the delight of many. It breathed new life into the stable just prior to it’s break-up and they were over with the fans big time.

The winner of this award… is Seth Rollins.

The break up of the Shield was always going to be hard to write. I mean you have to handle it well and Seth Rollins’ heel turn was executed tremendously. The long term implications for Seth is that he’s now the top heel in the company with Brock Lesnar’s absence. I suspect things are only going to get better for Mr Money In The Bank.

Newcomer Of The Year

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When we’re talking about newcomer of the year, we’re taking about those that were in NXT and debuted on the main roster THIS YEAR. The nominations are…

  • Paige – Paige debuted on the main roster in emphatic way. On the night after Wrestlemania 30, she ended the record-breaking Divas Championship reign of AJ Lee to a huge reaction. She would continue to defend her title until AJ regained her championship from Paige in June. Paige responded by winning her title at Summerslam. While she lost the title again only a month later, Paige has shot up the Divas division and sparked life into this division that was seemingly dominated by one woman.
  • Rusev – Speaking of domination, Rusev debuted the night after Wrestlemania 30 much like Paige. Rusev has torn through the majority of the roster, having taken down the likes of Big E, Jack Swagger, Big Show and Mark Henry on his path of destruction. His dominance led to some gold too, as he won the WWE United States Championship on the WWE Network. Rusev is still unbeaten (as of December 2014) and surely he’ll only go from strength to strength.
  • Bo Dallas – The former NXT Champion Bo Dallas debuted on the main roster this year, hoping to inspire others to BO-LIEVE. Bo began his own undefeated streak, celebrating every win with a victory lap around the ring. His streak was conquered by R-Truth which was followed by a beat down by the “inspirational” Bo Dallas. While he’s not really been able to recover after his streak was broken, 2015 could provide a great year for Bo Dallas.
  • Emma – Emma debuted on WWE television in January, as a part of the audience beginning the “Emmalution”. Her appearances annoyed Summer Rae, eventually leading to a feud between the pair over who was the best dancer. Emma seemingly won the feud and also began hanging out with Santino Marrella. She’s not really made THAT much of an impact yet, but hopefully she’ll get her opportunity soon.

The winner of this award… is Paige

Rusev probably should have won this award but Paige has made much of an impact on WWE television than Rusev has. All Rusev’s done is just beat people up while Paige has really shaken up the Divas division. She’s had some great matches all year and she can only get better from here.

Rivalry Of The Year

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Many rivalries have come and gone this year, but only a select few have been really good.

  • The Shield vs The Wyatts – The roots of this feud were actually planted back in 2013, when the two groups brawled in London on RAW. The groups eventually crossed paths again in 2014, this time during The Shield’s six man tag team Elimination Chamber qualifying match. The Wyatt Family attacked John Cena, inadvertently costing the Shield the match. The Shield eventually called out the Wyatts to a match at the Chamber which Bray Wyatt accepted. The Wyatts would be victorious and would win a rematch on an episode of RAW in March. The groups battled again two more times. Firstly, The Shield won a match on Main Event but the Wyatts  would win again on RAW thanks to Evolution.
  • The Shield vs Evolution – Speaking of Evolution, their feud with The Shield began the night after Wrestlemania 30. The Shield interrupted the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match between Daniel Bryan and Triple H to spear the COO of the WWE. This led to Triple H asking Batista and Randy Orton for their help in combating this new threat to the Authority. This led to the re-emergence of the Evolution group which was focused on destroying The Shield. However, The Shield would best Evolution twice at Extreme Rules and Payback with the feud ending the next night when Batista quit WWE and Seth Rollins turned on The Shield
  • Seth Rollins vs Dean Ambrose – Speaking of Seth Rollins, he turned his back on the Shield the night after Payback and “sold-out” to join the Authority. The next night, Dean Ambrose cut an amazing promo vowing to “beat the hell” out of Seth Rollins. Indeed, Seth and Dean had some amazing scraps over the course of 2014. The two would battle for the Money In The Bank contract and in a crazy Lumberjack match at Summerslam until Seth Rollins took out Dean with a Curb Stomp into cinder blocks on RAW. Dean would return to attack Rollins once again with the feud culminating at Hell in a Cell. However, Dean’s revenge on Seth was ruined by the interference of the “Eater of Worlds” Bray Wyatt.
  • Daniel Bryan vs The Authority – Most of this feud really developed in 2013, but Daniel Bryan’s popularity restarted his program with the Authority and Triple H. Daniel Bryan was cost the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Elimination Chamber which led to Bryan “hijacking” RAW to get the Authority to listen to a few demands. He requested a match with Triple H at Wrestlemania, adding that he would get added to the WWE World title match if he won. Bryan beat Triple H in what was a brilliant match and then overcame the odds to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in the main event of Wrestlemania.

The winner of this award… is The Shield’s feud with Evolution.

The Shield’s feud with Evolution made for great television. Seth and Dean’s feud really was good. However, The Shield and Evolution delivered some of the matches of the year and it did wonders for The Shield just before their break-up.

Female Of The Year

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Last year, the divas division was seemingly dominated by one woman… the Divas Champion AJ Lee. However, a few divas have risen up to challenge AJ’s dominance. AJ was also my winner of last year’s Female of the Year award which I did to coincide with the NoDQ.com award. So AJ is defending her position on top of the divas division. The nominations are…

  • Paige – As mentioned earlier, Paige has given the division some new life. She’s been able to make her way to the top of the division fairly quickly and she’ll only get better from here.
  • AJ Lee – The defending Female of the Year had another great year in WWE. Despite not being on WWE television as much as she was the year before, AJ’s been a treat to watch. She’s also had a great deal of success in the ring, having held the Divas Championship three times and having a great feud with Paige. It’ll be interesting to see where she goes from here.
  • Nikki Bella – Nikki’s big moment came at Summerslam 2014, where she turned on her sister Brie to help Stephanie McMahon. Nikki’s in-ring skills have certainly improved which will be important in 2015, as he walks into 2015 as Divas Champion.
  • Brie Bella – Brie’s probably been the most pushed diva on the roster this year. Her involvement in her husband Daniel Bryan’s storyline’s led to her “quitting” the WWE at Payback. Brie was later re-instated to wrestle Stephanie McMahon at Summerslam. Of course, as mentioned earlier, Brie lost due to the betrayal of her sister Nikki. Her feud with her sister was hard to bare, but all of that momentum Brie had built was truly squandered with her own heel turn at Survivor Series. However, Brie still continues to be a prominent part of the division.

The winner of this award… is Paige

Paige’s in-ring skills trumps the other candidates, leaving AJ, Nikki and Brie in the dust. Sadly, AJ couldn’t quite keep up the momentum she built in 2013 to win this award. It’s true that Paige’s own momentum was hurt after her feud with AJ ended. But Paige was still there to put on a show and be a prominent diva.

Theme Song Of The Year

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This is an important award, as every great superstar must have a great theme song to come out to. The nominations are…

  • Brock Lesnar’s theme song
  • Sting’s theme song
  • Sami Zayn’s theme song
  • Bray Wyatt’s theme song

The winner of the award… is Bray Wyatt and his theme song “Broken Out Of Love”

Bray Wyatt’s theme suits his character probably more than anyone else on the roster. It’s what makes him unique and stand out as a character. So Bray Wyatt gets this award this year, after failing to win the award last year.

Break-Up Of The Year

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Break Ups are hard to pull off. It’s hard to break up a team and keep both of them strong coming off of it. Most of the time, you’ll have a situation where one becomes the “Shawn Michaels” and the other becomes the “Marty Jarnetty”. We’ve picked these four break ups which didn’t actually do a bad job.

  • The Shield – The Shield crumbling was always going to be hard to pull off. However, all three members are still prominently featured on WWE programming. Nobody is really being left in the dust and I’m confident no one will in 2015 either.
  • The Bella Twins – At least with this break up, the Bella Twins where able to break off on their own. Even though it only lasted three months, at least Brie and Nikki were both able to create identities that separated each other.
  • The Real Americans – Cesaro needed to break off from Jack Swagger at Wrestlemania. However, Jack wasn’t exactly thrown into obscurity either. Jack turned face and feuded with Rusev while Cesaro became a Paul Heyman guy.
  • The Wyatt Family – We still don’t know how long this split will last, but it’s interesting to see Luke Harper and Erick Rowan on their own in the WWE wilderness. Do they need Bray to remain relevant?

The winner of this award by a landslide… is The Shield

All good things must come to an end… so even greater things can occur for the Hounds of Justice. Seth Rollins became Mr Money In The Bank, Dean Ambrose headlined two WWE PPVs and Roman Reigns looks prime to take the WWE by force. I think it’s safe to say the break up of The Shield wasn’t a bad idea. It was pulled off brilliantly on RAW too.

Twitter User Of The Year

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  • Ryback (@Ryback22) – Ryback was a Twitter machine that really tore apart the WWE Twiterverse with some incredible tweets this year… which were later deleted.
  • And…

There’s no point. Ryback is the winner! Nobody could touch the Big Guy! Although I will give honorable mentions to Vince Russo, Sid Vicious and Stevie Ray for some great tweets this year too!

Tag Team Of The Year

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  • The Usos – The brothers finally won the WWE Tag Team Championship this year and put on some amazing matches with the likes of the Wyatt Family, showcasing the quality of the tag team division that’s been first-class for the last few years in WWE.
  • Gold and Stardust – The brothers started the year as WWE Tag Team Champions, but lost it at the Royal Rumble to the New Age Outlaws. The two had great chemistry as a tag team and it continued onto their promos when Cody Rhodes became Stardust. They won the tag titles again and have continued the great work they did last year.
  • Erick Rowan and Luke Harper – Rowan and Harper’s most notable moments in 2014 was a great feud with the Usos. Despite not winning the titles, the Wyatts were able to put together some incredible matches both on television and on PPV. Just a shame that this team never won the tag titles.
  • Rybaxel – In my opinion, the most underrated tag team of the year. The Big Guy and the Axe Man were very funny in promos and weren’t actually bad together as a tag team. I kinda wished these two got a tag run too.

The winners of this award… is the Usos.

The Usos chemistry trumps the rest and have been putting in quality matches… ALL YEAR. Indeed, the Usos are great representatives of the tag team division.

Promo Of The Year

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I love a good promo, and these four promos really stood out from the rest. The nominations are…

  • Paul Heyman On The RAW After Wrestlemania (April 7th, 2014) – Despite the greatest streak of in wrestling ending at the hands of his client Brock Lesnar, Heyman was able to work the crowd incredibly well with this promo. I think this was the promo that made you realize Brock’s mystique and importance in the company. Heyman even got cheers throughout his promo, even after his client Brock had upset so many wrestling fans the night before.
  • Paul Heyman In Chicago (March 3rd, 2014) – Paul Heyman’s cut great promos all year, but this one as well was incredible. WWE decided to handle CM Punk’s depature from WWE head on, with Paul Heyman addressing Punk’s home town crowd of Chicago. After coming out to Punk’s theme song, Heyman did tremendous work on the mic. He touched on a “shoot” incident while in kayfabe mode which was pretty incredible.
  • Dean Ambrose On Seth Rollins (June 9th, 2014) – Dean Ambrose showed off his magic as a promo cutter shortly after Seth Rollins betrayed The Shield. You could feel the intensity in his promo and it will probably be the best promo Dean Ambrose will ever cut.
  • Bray Wyatt On The Shield (January 31st, 2014) – Bray cut a lot of great promos on The Shield, but this one on SmackDown! really did stand out. He talked about his love of war and brought the intensity that made this feud between The Shield and the Wyatt Family so great.

The winner of this award… is Paul Heyman and his promo about Brock Lesnar breaking the Undertaker’s undefeated streak at Wrestlemania.

Paul’s at his best when he’s bragging. But here, he’s bragging about probably the greatest win his client will ever had. With all due respect to the other promos, this one made Brock Lesnar seem like a god and the fans were really into it.

PPV Of The Year

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  • Wrestlemania XXX – Probably one of the most memorable PPVs of all time. Daniel Bryan got his big moment, The Rock, Hulk Hogan and Steve Austin opened the show in incredible fashion and we saw the end of the Undertaker’s undefeated streak at Wrestlemania.
  • Extreme Rules – This PPV was a good PPV, mainly due to the incredible six man tag team match between The Shield and Evolution
  • Payback – We saw the rematch between Evolution and The Shield as well as an incredible Last Man Standing match between Bray Wyatt and John Cena
  • Summerslam – This was a good PPV all around, most notable for Brock Lesnar destroying John Cena to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship

The winner of this award…. was Wrestlemania XXX

Wrestlemania was just a great PPV from top to bottom, and probably one of the most memorable PPVs in wrestling history.

Shocking Moment Of The Year

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  • The Shield Implodes – It’s been covered a number of times already in these awards, but it was quite the shocker which few saw coming.
  • Brock Lesnar Conquers The Streak – Deep down in our hearts, we all believed that the Undertaker’s streak would never end. However, Wrestlemania XXX proved us wrong.
  • Sting’s Debut – After all these years of refusing to join the WWE, Sting eventually stepped into a WWE ring at Survivor Series. He helped Team Cena slay the Authority in the most shocking of circumstances.
  • Paige Wins The Divas Championship – I was not expecting this NXT Women’s Championship strolling into RAW on the day after Wrestlemania to win the Divas Championship. Definitely, one of the great moments in WWE women’s wrestling.

The winner of this award… Brock Lesnar Conquers The Streak

Let’s face it… nothing was going to even come close. Not that the other candidates weren’t good… nothing was going to top the ending of the streak.

Wrestler Of The Year

This is the big one. There were a lot of candidates to consider but there was only going to be one winner….

Seth Rollins!

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Seth’s had quality matches all year long, with the Shield and without. He’s been transformed into the top heel in the company and has had great rivalries with the likes of Dean Ambrose. Seth Rollins is your Wrestler of the Year.

2013 NoDQ.com Awards – My Vote For… The Worst Of The Worst

I do believe these are the last three awards in the NoDQ.com awards for 2013. Let’s have them all in one post! To check out the rest of these posts click on the link below!

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WORST WRESTLER OF THE YEAR

Nominees

  • Joseph Park
  • Eva Marie
  • The Great Khali
  • Garrett Bischoff
  • Wes Brisco
  • Ryback

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I’m not going to give this award to Joseph Park, because quite honestly all he’s doing is playing a gimmick. As Abyss, he’s a really good wrestler so for me to give him “Worst Wrestler Of The Year” award wouldn’t be right. I’m not going to give it to Garrett either because he is slowly improving and he seems to really want to improve which I kind of like. Also Ryback has been improving himself. Yeah, he’s not exactly the greatest worker in the world but he’s had some pretty good matches with the likes of Chris Jericho and even John himself in the Last Man Standing match. A lot of people forget how good that match was. Despite the wrestling world’s HATRED of Eva Marie, due to the fact that she’s only  months into her wrestling career I’m going to save her the dishonour of “worst wrestler of the year”. And the reason for this is because the worst wrestler of the year award belongs to the UNDISPUTED WORST WRESTLER OF ALL TIME…. THE GREAT KHALI!

WORST MATCH OF THE YEAR

  • Mark Henry vs. Ryback (Wrestlemania 29)
  • John Cena vs. The Rock (Wrestlemania 29)
  • Santino Marella and The Great Khali vs 3MB (9/27/13 Smackdown)
  • CM Punk vs. Ryback/Paul Heyman (Hell in a Cell)
  • Divas elimination match (Survivor Series)
  • Big Show vs. Randy Orton (Survivor Series)

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You know all these matches are all worthy contenders of being the shittest match of the year… AND NO SURPRISE ALL OF THEM CAME FROM WWE!

The divas match was going to be my pick, but I figured I’d save it the indignity of the award because they tried to redeem themselves the next night and improved it by 0.1%. Not trying to sound sexist or anything, but the fans did not care about the match so there was no-one being let down at Survivor Series by their shambolic display and the horrible botch with Natalya being the sole survivor.

My award goes to the match that shouldn’t have ever being booked – Big Show vs Randy Orton. The fact that Big Show found himself in the main event of a PPV like Survivor Series is ridiculous. Not to mention that he was put up against the life-zapping viper Randy Orton, who is like the worst opponent for Big Show to have. Yeah they had a good match at Extreme Rules, but this was just pure shocking for the fans to endure. 11 minutes of absolute garbage. The WWE should be ashamed that a PPV like that with a lot of eyes and attention towards it had to deal with these two in the main event. It was disgraceful to watch and this match is the worthiest contender of them all for WORST MATCH OF THE YEAR!

Winner: Big Show vs Randy Orton at Survivor Series

WORST OF PPV OF THE YEAR

  • Genesis
  • Night Of Champions
  • Battleground
  • Bound For Glory
  • Hell In A Cell
  • Survivor Series

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I really wish TLC was an option, so I could vote for that as the worst PPV of the year. The reason they’re not on is because NoDQ.com take the time from TLC 2012-Survivor Series 2013 into account, because no one could really nominate TLC for the award before they could even see it! There were so many things wrong with that PPV. I might actually do a blog post or something on that PPV, since I can’t vote for it for Worst PPV Of The Year.

Also, why are Genesis and Bound For Glory on this poll? Both of them PPVs were good. Bound For Glory under-performed but on its own it was better than WWE’s two PPVs in October combined. Genesis was a good one as well. A lot of people forget how good that PPV was. Here’s my blog post about it from January. I think the worst PPV from TNA was Lockdown but none of these PPVs are worthy of Worst PPV Of The Year.

I’m going to give it to Night Of Champions because that show was so uneventful. I mean the other WWE PPVs actually had some good matches. That’s why I never voted them…

  • Battleground had the hardcore match between RVD and Alberto Del Rio, and the tag match between Shield and The Rhodes
  • Hell In A Cell had the triple threat tag team match and Orton/Bryan was a slight improvement from previous matches
  • Survivor Series had the Survivor Series match and Roman Reigns being an absolute tank!

Night Of Champions was shocking. Just have a look at this review to see why it was the worst PPV of the year.

Winner: Night Of Champions

2013 NoDQ.com Awards – My Vote For… 2013 Babyface/Heel of the Year

Two birds, one stone. Wrestling fans, I’m Tom Robinson. In one post we will be examining the NoDQ.com awards for the Babyface of the year and the heel of the year.

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Let’s kick things off with the Babyface of the year…

Babyface Of The Year nominees are….

  • Daniel Bryan
  • John Cena
  • CM Punk
  • Chris Jericho
  • AJ Styles
  • Rob Van Dam

Now in order for me to decide which one of these was the babyface of the year, I have to decide which of these connected with the fans better, which of these got the better reactions and which of these did the best job at evoking the preferred reaction. Same rules apply to the heel of the year as well. And in my opinion, no-one has been more over with the fans than Daniel Bryan and Daniel knew all he had to do to get a reaction was shout “YES!”. As far as I’m concerned, Daniel Bryan wins this by a huge mile.

Winner: Daniel Bryan

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Heel Of The Year nominees are….

  • Bully Ray
  • Triple H
  • Dixie Carter
  • Brock Lesnar
  • Paul Heyman
  • Stephanie McMahon

Same rules apply here. Which of these guys did the best job at trying to evoke the reaction they desired and who actually got the best heat out of the six? There are a bunch of great contenders here. Triple H can be a REALLY good heel on his best day, but having just turned heel once more in the summer he still needs to let loose. It feels like he’s holding back by trying to play his corporate role too much. Someone like Paul Heyman knows how to evoke fan reactions. I mean he helped CM Punk A LOT with the means of getting heat. I mean, for someone as popular as CM Punk face or heel, for Heyman to get Punk as much heat as he did was simply incredible. Paul was as incredible a heel this year as he is every other year. For me, Paul Heyman wins.

Winner: Paul Heyman

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2013 NoDQ.com Awards – My Vote For… Comeback Of The Year

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Keep rollin’,  rollin’, rollin! My name is Tom Robinson and we continue with the NoDQ.com Awards list with Comeback Of The Year. The nominees are….

AJ Styles – The Phenomenal One missed the first couple of months of 2013, having taking a hiatus from TNA after losing a match which barred him from having a TNA World Title match until Bound For Glory. He returned in March, not choosing an allegiance of face or heel and just being a lone wolf in the battle between TNA and the Aces And Eights. AJ qualified for the Bound For Glory series after knocking off Kurt Angle and just made it to the final four of the tournament. AJ won the tournament after defeating Austin Aries in the semi-finals and Magnus in a final – securing a date with TNA World Champion Bully Ray at Bound For Glory.  AJ captured the world title at Bound For Glory. After winning the belt, AJ walked out of TNA and took the belt with him around the world.

Goldust – Goldust returned at the 2013 Royal Rumble in a one-time appearance, but was eliminated by his brother Cody. However, the brothers put their differences aside after Cody was fired from WWE in September. Goldust fought WWE Champion Randy Orton in an attempt to get Cody’s job back, but was unsuccessful. Goldust teamed with brother Cody to face The Shield at Battleground with not only their jobs on the line, but their father Dusty’s job on the line. Fighting for the family cause, the brothers defeated The Shield and would beat them again to capture the WWE Tag Team Titles! This was Goldust’s first title reign in more than 10 years!

Rey Mysterio – Rey Mysterio started off the year competing in the 2013 Royal Rumble, but was eliminated easily by Wade Barrett. Despite fighting hard to keep fit, his injury worries never seemed to stop this year. He missed the vast majority of 2013 with injury and it wasn’t until November when he returned to WWE television, helping the forces of light in the battle against The Wyatts and The Real Americans. But even then, he still seemed to be limping. Despite this, Rey has fought through the pain and the master of the 619 is back to stay from the looks of things!

Rob Van Dam – After leaving TNA following his loss of the X-Division Title, Van Dam found himself to be a free agent again after 3 years with TNA. But it wasn’t long until RVD made his long-awaited return to the WWE at Money In The Bank. And RVD showed no signs of slowing down as he showed he was still able to steal the show having some quality matches with the likes of Chris Jericho and Alberto Del Rio. While he finds himself not with the company right now, he might be set for a return in the near future!

Chris Jerich0 – At the start of the year, Chris Jericho shocked the world as he returned as entrant number 2 in the Royal Rumble. Having not been in action since August, Jericho showed no signs of ring-rust and was able to last 40+ minutes in the Rumble match. Jericho was able to make the final three of the Elimination Chamber match at Elimination Chamber as well. While suffering a undeserved loss to Fandango at Wrestlemania, Jericho got his revenge at Extreme Rules with a mid-air codebreaker for the ballroom dancer. Jericho would leave again at July, but not without giving us some 5 star matches with CM Punk and a stellar match with Rob Van Dam on RAW!

Chris Sabin – In May, Chris Sabin returned to TNA after 24 months of injury rehabilitation. It had been a long road to recovery for Sabin, not to mention that his tag team partner Alex Shelley had left TNA during that period. But Sabin seemed stronger than ever as it took him a month after his return to win the X-Division Champion at Slammiversary. Sabin would cash-in the title for a World Title match with Aces And Eights leader Bully Ray on IMPACT. Defying the odds, Sabin continued the precedent set by Austin Aries the year before by cashing in the title to successfully win the World Title for the first time! While his reign did not last long, Sabin’s hunt for gold didn’t stop as he would go on to capture the X-Division Title again at Bound For Glory. Despite not being X-Division Champion anymore, Sabin has a new-found drive for glory in him and 2013 has been a year Sabin will never forget.

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This is a tricky one because each of the six contenders all have legit claims to the award.

  • AJ had been nowhere near the TNA World Title after he lost it 3 YEARS earlier. And out of nowhere, AJ seemed to be one of the biggest things going in wrestling let alone TNA!
  • Goldust coming back actually seemed like a legit comeback after so many years away from active wrestling. I mean not only that but he helped Cody got over and actually won his first title in 10+ years. Great year for him.
  • Rey Mysterio had been battling injury all year and there were many people (including myself) who had been encouraging Rey to call it quits and retire before he got himself REALLY hurt. But Rey was still persistent. Rey was still fighting for his career and now he’s back ready to prove us wrong.
  • Rob Van Dam’s comeback generated a lot of buzz because it had been like 4 years since he was in a WWE ring.
  • Chris Jericho’s comeback was a shocker and pull-off really well.
  • And Chris Sabin had been battling with injuries for 2 years and he came back and won the TNA World Title.RAW_1069_Photo_274_crop_north

So it is tricky to decide. Probably the hardest one to decide in my opinion. I’m going to go with Rey Mysterio purely because of the fact that Rey was still fighting after all of the injuries and the doubters saying he should retire. He’s still determined to keep his career alive and you have to respect that. I think the return itself was a bit flat, I think the story behind it did sway me. I wasn’t actually gonna pick Rey until I thought about his struggle to comeback and I think that will be everyone’s deciding factors.

Winner: Rey Mysterio

2013 NoDQ.com Awards – My Vote For… PPV Of The Year

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Takes a licking and keeps on ticking! The Armbar Express is here. My name is Tom Robinson. If you’ve been following this blog, you’ll know that I’ve been doing a series of blog posts dedicated to the NoDQ.com awards. If you want to read all of them, click on this link https://thearmbarexpress.wordpress.com/category/nodq-com/ for all my votes for the awards. And here’s another post. It’s time to decide which PPV truly deserves to be called… PPV OF THE YEAR!

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Uploaded from a member of the NoDQ.com Discussion Group on Facebook. Can’t remember who it was, but it’s a quality PPV poster mash up. 🙂

TLC 2012 – A PPV that suffered big time by the injury of the WWE Champion CM Punk. However, WWE were able to deliver an amazing show. Great tables match, decent chairs match, tremendous TLC 6 man tag team match (Match Of The Year candidate) and a really good ladder match between Cena and Ziggler with the shocking heel turn from AJ!

Wrestlemania 29 –  I don’t think this Wrestlemania will go down as one of the best Wrestlemanias in the world. This pay-per-view suffered from really bad time restraints. We had entrances cut, we had match lengths cut. We even had the 8 person tag match cut too. But, this event still featured a lot of new cool moments this year, and the 3 main event matches that all got 20+ minutes were very good matches on the whole. Lesnar vs Triple H II was actually good. Rock vs Cena II was good. But in the end, one match in particular will stand out above the rest. Undertaker vs CM Punk.

Extreme Rules – I enjoyed the PPV. A slow start, especially with Jericho and Fandango, but I loved a majority of the matches. The latter end of the card was great and the other matches had a lot of things going for them. Loved the WWE title match, loved Show vs Orton, and I love that Brock Lesnar won the war against Triple H.

Payback – Another really good PPV after Extreme Rules. The 3 stages of hell match did, with all due respect, suck ass. However, we had a tremendous match with CM Punk and Chris Jericho (MOTY candidate), AJ Lee FINALLY winning the divas title, Curtis Axel winning the Intercontinental Championship and a shocking double turn in the World Title. It was really enjoyable night, especially for me considering I watched the entire thing live from 1am to 4am. 🙂

Money In The Bank – Very good PPV. Featuring two quality Money In The Bank matches and a stellar World Title match between Dolph Ziggler and Alberto Del Rio. The Philadelphia crowd was very hot and like I’ve stated before, the crowd makes such a difference to a show. Quality PPV featuring the return of Rob Van Dam!

Summerslam – Great PPV in general despite the short matches with Sandow/Rhodes and Kane/Wyatt. But epic battle between Punk and Lesnar, fantastic WWE Title match between Bryan and Cena, and a PHENOMENAL ENDING with Triple H and Randy Orton turning heel.

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Winner of this is easily Summerslam. Again like with Match Of The Year, I’m not talking TLC 2012 into account because it was in 2012 and not in 2013. Even still, Summerslam provided us with the mega show we truly deserved. Tremendous action from the big matches of the show – Punk vs Lesnar and Bryan vs Cena. And it gave us an ending which we’ll never forget. No PPV, especially not Wrestlemania will not come close to this.

Winner: Summerslam

2013 NoDQ.com Awards – My Vote For… Match Of The Year

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‘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:

Superstar Of The Year

Tag Team Of The Year

Finisher Of The Year

Announcer Of The Year

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.

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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!

2013 NoDQ.com Awards – My Vote For… Announcer Of The Year

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‘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:

Superstar Of The Year

Tag Team Of The Year

Finisher Of The Year

Now we come to announcer of the year!

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The nominations are….

Well actually, there is only one worthwhile nomination and that’s John Bradshaw Layfield.

Stellar at the commentary both as normal, JBL is always a delight to have on commentary. Mentions of wrestling companies and other sports, he really does give wrestling a bit of realism to it by making it more of a sports league than a pro wrestling company and that is rather respectable. He’s such a great heel that it really does make commentary worthwhile, especially when the other two announcers he has to work with are Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler…

But if you do want to know the other candidates here they are:

  • The Michael Cole
  • Jerry “Boring As Fuck” Lawler
  • Mike Tenay
  • “Is It Me, Or Is It Freaking Hot In Here?” Tazz
  • Todd Keneley (Really. Why didn’t TNA actually give him a worthwhile shot? At the commentary booth for like 5 months or so. He had more charisma in him than Tazz and Tenay combined.)

Really wish William Regal was an option. 😦

Here’s the link to vote for who you think was the greatest announcer of the year!

http://nodq.com/polls/388136052.shtml