The WWE has had a bit of a down year this year, but also have reached new heights. NXT has continued to be a jewel in the WWE crown. There have been times when I was bored with Monday Night RAW, but I have mostly enjoyed the PPVs. The FOX deal has been a huge money maker for the WWE, but it has not really increased the quality.
Still, there is a feeling that things are getting ready to turn the corner.
Matches of the Year.
#10. Becky Lynch vs. Sasha Banks, Hell in a Cell.
#9. The NXT Women’s War Games, Team Rhea vs. Team Shayna, NXT Takeover: War Games
#8. Adam Cole vs. Johnny Gargano, NXT Takeover XXV
#7. Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton vs. Kofi Kingston vs. AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe vs. Jeff Hardy, Elimination Chamber.
#6. Candice LaRue vs. Io Shirai, NXT Takeover: Toronto
#5. Seth Rollins vs. Brock Lesnar, SummerSlam
#4. Ricochet vs. Johnny Gargano, NXT Takeover: Phoenix
#3. NXT Men’s War Games, Undisputed ERA vs. Team Ciampa, NXT Takeover: War Games
#2. Johnny Gargano vs. Adam Cole, 2 out of 3 falls, NXT Takeover: New York
#1. Kofi Kingston vs. Daniel Bryan, Wrestlemania 35.
There has been few matches this year that had as much of an emotional story as Kofi vs. Bryan at Wrestlemania as Kofi completed his life long dream of winning the WWE Championship. This was an amazing story and one of the best pay offs in the WWE in years.
WWE Wrestler of the Year: Becky Lynch. “The Man” has had a year unlike any other. From defeating Ronda Rousey at Wrestlemania in the main event to the main event of TLC, Lynch is a star. Runners-Up: Seth Rollins, Adam Cole, Kofi Kingston, Brock Lesnar, The Fiend.
WWE Tag Team of the Year: New Day. One of the greatest teams in the WWE is ending 2019 as tag team champs once again, this time on Smackdown. Get well soon, Xavier! Runners-Up: The Revival, The Viking Raiders, The Kabuki Warriors, Gallows & Anderson.
WWE Feud of the Year: Johnny Gargano vs. Adam Cole. These guys had three matches this year that could have made the top ten. Runners-Up: Kofi vs. Daniel Bryan, Becky Lynch vs. Ronda Rousey, Becky Lynch vs. Sasha Banks
WWE Performer of the Year: Bray Wyatt. Wyatt has re-energized himself with the Firefly Fun House segments and the character of “The Fiend.” He is the hottest thing in the WWE and continues to be one of the most interesting characters around. Runners-Up: Kofi Kingston, Daniel Bryan, Shayna Baszler, Adam Cole, Seth Rollins
WWE Woman of the Year (Not Named Becky): Shayna Baszler. The NXT Women’s Champion had been a force to reckon with in the yellow brand. Shayna has placed her name down as a future superstar. Runners-Up: Charlotte Flair, Bayley, Sasha Banks, The Kabuki Warriors, Io Shirai.
Manager of the Year: Paul Heyman. Yes, I know he is an advocate, but there are few others who could be considered anywhere near his level. Runners-Up: Lana, Sami Zayn.
Face of the Year: Kofi Kingston. Kofi and his partners in the New Day were the best faces of the year. Kofi got the awesome storyline for the WWE title and, even though he had it end in an unhappy manner, he keeps with his job and works hard. Runners-Up: Ricochet, Becky Lynch, Roman Reigns
Heel of the Year: Daniel Bryan. He has since turned face, but Daniel Bryan’s heel run this year was so great. He spoke the truth and people hated him for it. Runners-Up: Adam Cole, Baron Corbin, Brock Lesnar, Sasha Banks, Shayna Baszler.
Best Heel Turn: Dakota Kai. Dakota Kai turned on her best friend in the middle of the NXT Women’s War Games Match. It was a fantastic moment and a great heel turn is a lost art these days. Runners-Up: Seth Rollins, Bayley, Io Shirai, Finn Balor
Best Announcer: Mauro Ranallo. I don’t care what anyone says, Mauro makes the NXT Takeovers better with his match calls. Runners-Up: Cory Graves, Samoa Joe
Biggest Waste of Talent: Cesaro. He has won this “award” before. It is sad that he is not in the main event every night. Runners-Up: Samoa Joe, Shinsuke Nakamura, Sammy Zayn, Drew McIntyre.
Best News of the Year: Roman Reigns returns in remission. Last year, Roman announced that he had to step away because of a battle with Leukemia. This year, Roman returned and announced he was cancer free.
Next Big Thing: Keith Lee. The massive man from NXT had a chance to show off for the WWE Universe around the Survivor Series this year and he was amazing. A man his size with the abilities he has was spectacular. Runners-Up: Shayna Baszler, Rhea Ripley.