The annual Slammy Awards were presented Monday on Raw. While most of it was just filler, the final award, Superstar of the Year, was given in particular surprise to Roman Reigns.
In recent years, the Slammy Awards have been voted on by fans. Generally, it's just a way for WWE to do different "best of" shows that remind fans of some of the biggest moments of the year. It's also a way for fans to show their appreciation for their favorite wrestlers by voting.
For the most part, fans will vote for any meaningful face in this category unless it's very clear that the heels will win (like Brock Lesnar's Shocker of the Year win over Endetek). However, one award that has had historical value in the past is this year's superstar. Wrestlers brag about it and it usually has some significance in the story. Thus, Roman Reigns' victories over other wrestlers such as Lesnar, John Cena, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins could be tied to the future of the company.
The win indicates one of two things.
The fans may actually have voted for him. The rest of the night's votes seemed legit, although there were some surprises (like Chris Jericho winning moment of the year). This and more seem unlikely to be breached. So if this poll is legit, it shows that despite his injury, Reigns is a bit over in the WWE Universe and deserves a huge push when he returns.
Now, it's also possible that WWE rigged the voting. If they do, it's also notable as it suggests WWE is still ready to push Reigns over the moon when he returns. With a month and a half until the Royal Rumble, Roman Reigns will be one of the favorites to win the title. Since he hasn't wrestled in two months, this could be WWE's way of trying to push him back.
Whatever the truth, it looks like Reigns is going to get a really big push in his return. For WWE's sake, I hope the vote is legit and the crowd supports Roman Reigns' push. If WWE actually ignored those votes and gave them to Reigns regardless, the crowd would be quick to turn on him. After last year's Rumble fiasco, WWE didn't want another wrestler who couldn't win and moved on to main event WrestleMania.
The rest of the RAW:
** The final RAW before TLC (or was it Table, Ladder, Chair and Stairs?) Pay-per-view didn't do much to make the show until the last 15 minutes. John Cena confronted Big Show, Cena looked like he was going to win, Seth Rollins came out to attack and got a DQ. In this way, most of the wrestlers who participated in the major matches were promoted one by one. Dolph Ziegler comes out to help, only to get punched by Soo. He brought Erick Rowan, he brought Luke Harper, he brought Lebeck, he brought Kane. All eight wrestlers took turns doing finishing moves until Rollins finally hit Cena with a slam, and he and a few other heels teamed up to send Cena to the podium.
It was a good segment, but the match felt like an extension of Survivor Series. That's not a bad thing, but it doesn't really set any of these guys apart, and when you have some guys you might want to push a little more, like Ziggler or Rowan, it doesn't really do it for them. Stand out from the crowd. In my opinion, it damages the foundations of their game.
** Seth Rollins defeated Dolph Ziggler in the first match of the night after Mercury and Noble were distracted so Rollins could hit the Curb Stomp. I have to say I'm a little disappointed with the way Ziggler has been used since Survivor Series. He is the sole survivor of that match (Game of the Year winner) but still looks like an underdog in all his games and is overshadowed by so many. They really could have used this as a springboard for Ziggler, but they have failed so far.
Later, Rollins ran into Paul Heyman backstage. Rollins said that if he wins at TLC, Cena will no longer have a chance at Brock Lesnar and maybe Rollins will take his place. Heyman admitted that he was impressed with Rollins and wanted Rollins to beat Cena.
** WWE released some ads for the NXT special "NXT Takeover: (R)Evolution". Like the September show, they have a match to highlight one of the wrestlers, in this case NXT Women's Champion Charlotte (daughter of Ric Flair). He faced Natalia. After a decent fight, Natalya ended up winning. After the match, they continued to mock the feud between Tyson and Natalia as Tyson celebrated in front of Natalia. While I can understand letting Natalya win in principle, it doesn't help that viewers who aren't familiar with NXT want to watch the show if their champion can't beat the main heroine. It makes NXT look weak, which is not what they should be going for right now. While it might not be a big deal as far as the audience is concerned, it's a pretty ridiculous booking.
** Bray Wyatt came out and cut a promo about why the rocking chair was so important to him, implying that it was Sister Abigail's. While it's kind of silly, at least it gives Bray a reason to really hate Dean Ambrose. In the middle of his promo, an ambulance appears and Dean Ambrose, who was loaded into the ambulance on SmackDown, comes out. Ambrose rushed into the ring and began taking Wyatt down with chairs and ladders. When Ambrose laid the table, Wyatt let go. While there is nothing special about the segment, it certainly does a good job of establishing their game.
** Erick Rowan and Luke Harper had a short match that ended with Harper getting DQ for using a ladder. The feud continued after the match as Rowan began using the stairs to help attack Harper. I really don't like using this match here because even though it's not a match, the first match between these two should be important. We still haven't been given any reason why these two didn't meet and I feel like this is a missed opportunity for WWE. However, Rowan is still gaining popularity, which I would not have imagined when Rowan first turned a few weeks ago.
** Ryback and The Usos beat Kane, Miz and Mizdow. Mizdow continued his two-man gimmick - he had won the LOL Moment of the Year earlier, Miz accepted it, and Mizdow made his speech during the match - to great success, of course. I really hope they last as long as possible before these two break up because together they are golden right now.
**Coffee beats Stardust. The New Day will face the Dusts in a tag team match at TLC.
** AJ Lee (who won Diva of the Year) beat Summer Rae.
** Chris Jericho will host Raw next week.
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|No.||Champion||No. of Reigns|
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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson – US$800 million
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The Tribal Chief acknowledges Bret Hart.Who pinned Roman Reigns first? ›
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|Promotion||Win %||Draw %|
|FCW||54 (65.85%)||2 (2.44%)|
|NXT||14 (93.33%)||0 (0.00%)|
|WWE||720 (68.70%)||34 (3.24%)|
|TOTAL||788 (68.82%)||36 (3.14%)|
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|Ring name(s)||Mark Henry Markswoggle|
|Billed height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Billed weight||360 lb (160 kg)|
|Billed from||Silsbee, Texas|
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|WWE Championship||Roman Reigns||4|
|Raw Women's Championship||Asuka||3|
|United States Championship||Austin Theory||2|
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|WWE superstars||Guaranteed Purses (reported)||Total Payouts|
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|Champion||Date of Reign |||Time Held|
|Seth "Freakin" Rollins||May 27, 2023 - Present||1 day|
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