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T-Hughes35 Presents: The 2012 Wrestling Year-End Awards

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The 2012 Year End Awards for Wrestling:
Hello out there to all wrestling fans from around the world and a Happy Early New Year. Another year of Professional Wrestling has come and gone. What a year it was. We had incredible matches, mark-out moment returns, and moments that absolutely took our breath away. With that being said, we now have to ask ourselves, what were THE Best moments of 2012? Well wrestling fans, these are my thoughts. I am T-Hughes35, and this is your 2012 Year End Awards for the world of Professional Wrestling!

Here’s how this is going to work, Just like last year, I am going to base my list on three key factors:
01: Mark Out Factor
02: Creativity/Decision Making
03: Effectiveness

This list is my final blog of 2012, and it includes the best of the three biggest wrestling organizations in the world, with the best wrestlers in the world. It is a list that I really feel, defines The Best of 2012.
With that being said, HERE WE GO!!

Best Build-Up of 2012:
John Cena vs. The Rock

Best Return of 2012 (Not Counting Jerry Lawler):
Brock Lesnar

Honorable Mentions:
Ric Flair at the Slammy Awards

and Degeneration X at RAW 1000

Best Promo of 2012:
Kevin Steen "ROH: Best In The World: Hostage Crisis"
(WARNING: Explicit Language)

Best Wrestling Crowd of 2012:
Miami, FL USA
(WWE Monday Night RAW 04-02-2012)
(See Brock Lesnar’s return video)

Honorable Mentions:
A: Winter Park, FL USA
(WWE NXT Tapings on 09-20-2012)
B: Montreal, Quebec CANADA
(WWE Monday Night RAW during Bret Hart's return)

The Most Sentimental Moment of 2012:
Jerry "The King" Lawler's return from his Heart Attack

Honorable Mentions:
Ric Flair's return at the Slammy Awards
(See Above)
Triple H’s Retirement Speech

Worst Wrestler of 2012:
Brad Maddox
Honorable Mentions:
Joey Ryan and Mr. Pectacular

Wrestling’s Most Surreal Moment of 2012:
WWE Intercontinental Champion Christian Cage Appearing at TNA Slammiversary 2012

Biggest Debut of 2012:
The S.H.I.E.L.D

Biggest Face Turn of 2012:
The Miz

Biggest Betrayal of 2012:
Tara Betrays Tessmacher

Best Tag-Team of 2012:
Team Hell No

Best Commentator of 2012:
Michael Cole

Biggest Rising Star of 2012:
Damien Sandow

Biggest Disappointment of 2012:
AJ Styles

Wrestling's Funniest Moment of 2012:
The Rock comparing Daniel Bryan to an Ompa-Loompa

Best Storyline of 2012:
The Aces and 8s

Worst Storyline of 2012:
The John Cena/AJ Lee Vickie Guerrero Scandal
(Not even going to spare you the agony by finding you all a video for this garbage. You’re Welcome)

Wrestling's Most Embarrassing Moment of 2012:
A.W. Comparing The PrimeTime Players to (You'll figure it out)

Best Stable of 2012:
The Aces and 8s

Wrestler Theme Song of 2012:
"Off The Chain (Instrumental)" - Dale Oliver
Bobby Roode's Theme Song

Pay-Per-View Theme Song of 2012:
"The Memory Remains" - Metallica
WrestleMania XXVIII

And then there were three. Ladies and gentlemen, it is now time, for the main event of this entry. These, along with a new award this year for the Best Wrestling Program, are my choices for the Best Matches and the Best Wrestlers of 2012.

(In No Particular Order, These Are)
The 12 Best Matches of 2012:
01: Hell In A Cell:
Undertaker vs. Triple H
Venue: WrestleMania XXVIII

02: Once In A Lifetime:
John Cena vs. The Rock
Venue: WrestleMania XXVIII

03: Extreme Rules Match:
Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena
Venue: WWE Extreme Rules 2012

04: Six-Man-Tag-Team Tables Ladders and Chairs Match:
Daniel Bryan, Kane, and Ryback vs. Seth Rollins, Roman Raines, and Dean Ambrose
Venue: WWE TLC 2012

05: "The Perfect Storm"
Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar
Venue: WWE SummerSlam 2012

06: Ladder Match for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship: Jeff Hardy vs. Austin Aries
Venue: TNA Turning Point 2012

07: WWE Championship Match:
CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan
Venue: WWE Over The Limit 2012

08: TNA World Tag Team Championships Match:
AJ Styles and Kurt Angle
Christopher Daniels and Kazarian
Venue: TNA Slammiversary 2012

09: Chicago Street Fight for The WWE Championship:
CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho
Venue: WWE Extreme Rules 2012

10: Street Fight:
Bobby Roode vs. James Storm
Venue: TNA Bound For Glory 2012

11: TNA World Heavyweight Championship Match:
Bobby Roode vs. Austin Aries
Venue: TNA Destination X 2012

12: Ladder War IV
For the Ring Of Honor World Championship:
Kevin Steen vs. El Generico
Venue: ROH Final Battle 2012

Top 10 Wrestlers of 2012:
01: CM Punk
02: Bobby Roode
03: James Storm
04: Kevin Steen
05: Daniel Bryan
06: Austin Aries
07: Seth Rollins
08: Damien Sandow
09: Sheamus
10: Bully Ray

Best Wrestling Show of 2012:
TNA IMPACT Wrestling

Honorable Mention:
WWE NXT from Full Sail University

Well that’s it ladies and gentlemen, those are my choices for what I felt was the best in the 2012 year of Professional Wrestling. It has been an exciting year for us all, and hopefully only good things will be yet to come in 2013. There is a lot that I am looking forward to in the next twelve months.
A: CM Punk vs. The Rock and The Rock’s comeback
B: Hulk Hogan’s attempt at WHC History
C: WrestleMania XXIX
D: “TNA IMPACT Wrestling” going on the Road
E: Dolph Ziggler cashing in his Money In The Bank Contract
F: Where the powerhouse stables of Aces and 8s and The S.H.I.E.L.D. go from here
G: Big E. Langston and more NXT wrestlers being called up to the main roster of WWE
and many, many more…

What were your picks for the best wrestling moments of 2012? Tell me your thoughts down below, and as always, here are my social media accounts you can follow and subscribe to:
YouTube Channel: TheTMoney35
TOUT: TheTMoney35
KEEK: TheTMoney35
Twitter: @T_Hughes35

Special Thanks to for a fun year of blogging, and all my fellow bloggers and forum members who read my work.
Peace on the Streets everyone, and be safe as you celebrate New Years.

I'm T-Hughes35, and I’ll see you next year.

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Updated 12-29-2012 at 09:27 PM by T-Hughes35

Thoughts and Opinions


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  1. alcrissam's Avatar
    Fair, I enjoyed reading most of the picks. But I thought the top 12 matches were a little wwe-heavy. But it's fine, most of the matches were good (I absolutely hate the triple h vs Brock lesnar match, it's the only main event where my brother walked out of the room and said "tell me who won, I can't watch anymore")

    tna put on some great matches, but most of them were on impact so I get what you're doing by putting ppv matches. Nothin wrong with the list though, it's just personal preference
  2. DK Wrestling Savior's Avatar
    I can't really argue with the awards. I was surprised that AJ Styles vs Christopher Daniels Last Man Standing didn't make the top matches list. I really wasn't a fan of either Brock Lesnar matches. But that's just me. I never thought much of him, even 10 years ago.

    Other than that, love the list. Great job.
  3. bearkg88's Avatar
    Good blog bro!
  4. The Piper's Avatar
    Joey Ryan worst wrestler of the year nominee? 'srong with you?
  5. T-Hughes35's Avatar
    I've never been a big Joey Ryan fan. He's just not a likable character in my eyes. I can't see the clown lasting 5 seconds in the ring with a John Cena.

    Welcome back bro! The reason that match didn't make my top 10 is because I couldn't STAND their feud, ALL YEAR LONG! 18 MONTHS for a feud is absolutely RIDICULOUS! It was at a point in time where I completely backed out on their matches due to their storyline, no matter how good it was. The only reason the AJ/Dixie/Daniels/Claire Lynch/Kazarian fiasco wasn't my pick for the Worst Storyline of 2012 was because WWE tried to copy that exact same storyline. It was a strong second place choice however. That's why AJ Styles is my Biggest Disappointment of 2012. He was booked so badly that it became nothing but a sad, sad story. I mean, he's suppose to be TNA's version of John Cena. If you want to keep him out of the World Title Picture, then that's great, but don't take a feud and turn it into something ridiculous.
  6. Darkside Ron Garvin's Avatar
    I have a bit of a slanted view, but Slammiversary X from Dallas was a pretty hot crowd over the likes of the NXT crowd for sure. I'll have to go back and rewatch them, but when you have a crowd that is so hot it makes a Devon and Garrett tag team match seem watchable, that says something... To me at least.

    But then again, it's probably because I was at the event
  7. WrestlingNerd's Avatar
    I disagree with most of these awards, actually.
    Best build-up was not Cena vs. Rock. Even though it was booked a year in advance, most of the build didn't even start until about a month before the show, and it was only through corny Rock jokes that got old quick (Fruity pebbles... really?) Cena vs. Punk probably had the best build. I was pumped for all of their matches.

    The best crowd is a no-brainer to me. It HAS to be the crowd that popularized the "YES" chants, even when Daniel Bryan didn't even have a match that evening, not until the dark match main event that featured him vs. Cody Rhodes. I forgot where that Raw was.

    How is worst wrestler Brad Maddox? He had only one match in 2012 I think and it wasn't that horrible.

    I'd give Best Rising Star(s) to Ryback or The Shield

    One last thing, and probably the awards I disagree with most... The Aces and 8s storyline is far and away the WORST storyline I've seen all year. It's a complete failure. Ace's and 8's is a MIDCARD feud. They tried it out as their top storyline, but it has now been relegated to a midcard storyline. Nobody cares about Wes Brisco, Samoa Joe and Kurt Angle against D-Von and DOC and these other guys. It doesn't make sense. Why do Ace's and 8's even want the destruction of TNA? If TNA is destroyed like they want, they're all out of a job. So what the hell is going on here? They have no reason for this.. it just doesn't make sense. Bobby Roode vs. Jeff Hardy and Hulk Hogan vs. Bully Ray are far more compelling than this BS storyline. Ugh, utter bullsh*t.
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