2015 Smark Out Moment Awards - Best & Worst of WWE & Smack Talk | Smark Out Moment

2015 Smark Out Moment Awards - Best & Worst of WWE & Smack Talk

Posted by Anthony Mango Wednesday, December 30, 2015
The WWE may have their Slammy Awards, but here at Smark Out Moment we like to take an even closer look at what happened throughout the year and award not just the best, but also point out the worst, and that applies to both what World Wrestling Entertainment had to offer you this year, as well as what happened on this site and the Smack Talk podcast.

I present to you the sixth annual Smark Out Moment Awards, aka The Smarkies!

Make sure you let us know in the comments what your choices are for the best and the worst of each award in the Technical Awards, Writing Awards and Performer Awards sections and be sure to vote on the polls set up for the Smack Talk Awards section! Official voting ended on December 27th but you can still voice your opinion by filling out this poll!

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[TECHNICAL AWARDS]


ENTRANCE

Explanation: The Best/Worst Entrance award should take into account everything including pyro, lighting, music, what the superstars do during their entrances, and so on. Your choices can be a singular entrance in particular (such as their upgraded WrestleMania one) or someone's standard entrance that happens every time he/she comes to the ring.

[BEST]: Finn Balor

[WORST]: Emma

SIGNATURE MANEUVER

Explanation: The Best/Worst Signature Maneuver award asks what your favorite and least favorite regularly seen wrestling move was that had been featured multiple times as something on a superstar's repertoire. Typically, these are finishers (such as the Attitude Adjustment) but it could also be a signature setup (such as the Five Knuckle Shuffle) or something along those lines.

[BEST]: Neville's Red Arrow

[WORST]: Anyone without a finisher (Adam Rose)

SPOT VS BOTCH

Explanation: The Best/Worst Spot & Botch award splits things down the middle. What is the Best Spot and what is the Worst Botch of the year?

[BEST SPOT]: Seth Rollins gets foot on the ropes after Red Arrow @ Raw 8/3/2015

[WORST BOTCH]: (tie) Titus O'Neil elimination from Royal Rumble + Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar struggle over title belt on the go-home show of Raw before WrestleMania

RECOGNITION

Explanation: For this award, tell us who you think has been the Most Underrated and the Most Overrated people in WWE for the past year. Perception is everything, so who deserves more credit and who was unworthy of all the praise they received?

[MOST UNDERRATED]: Fandango

[MOST OVERRATED]: Bray Wyatt

IMPROVEMENT IN A SUPERSTAR

Explanation: The Best/Worst Improvement in a Superstar award asks who you think was the wrestler who was Most Improved from last year or who was the Least Improved. Who improved their work and saw the biggest upgrade and who saw the biggest downgrade in terms of their performance, spot on the roster, quality of value and so forth?

[BIGGEST IMPROVEMENT]: The New Day

[BIGGEST REGRESSION]: Damien Sandow

FUTURE ENDEAVORS

Explanation: The Best/Worst Future Endeavors award asks who you were Happy to See Released and who you were Sad to See Released.

choose between the names listed here

[HAPPY TO SEE RELEASED]: Rey Mysterio

[UNHAPPY TO SEE RELEASED]: Hulk Hogan

RING SKILLS

Explanation: The Best/Worst Ring Skills award is rather self-explanatory. Which two superstars were the best and the worst when performing in the ring?

[BEST]: Kevin Owens

[WORST]: Rosa Mendes

MIC SKILLS

Explanation: The Best/Worst Mic Skills award revolves around promo skills, charisma, and performing as an entertaining character with all of the verbal aspects of WWE.

[BEST]: Kevin Owens

[WORST]: Eva Marie

TITLE REIGN

Explanation: The Best/Worst Title Reign award asks who had the most meaningful time with a championship to their name, where the matches were good, the feuds were interesting, and you were enjoying their reign, as well as who failed to meet those expectations and perhaps had a boring, uneventful, bad run with a belt.

choose between the names listed here

[BEST]: John Cena (US Open Challenge)

[WORST]: Daniel Bryan (Intercontinental Championship)

MATCH OF THE YEAR

Explanation: The Best/Worst Match of the Year award is self-explanatory. Matches can be on any show, including Raw, SmackDown, NXT, Main Event, Superstars, pay-per-views and special events.

[BEST]: Sasha Banks vs Bayley (@ NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn)

[WORST]: Neville & The Lucha Dragons vs Stardust & The Ascension (@ Raw 9/14/2015)

[WRITING AWARDS]


CATCH PHRASE OR SLOGAN

Explanation: The Best/Worst Catch Phrase or Slogan award includes any kind of a saying that was used in WWE on a regular basis, whether it was something like Ryback's "finish it" or even something like Michael Cole's tendency to say "as Raw rolls on"

[BEST]: "New....Day sucks/rocks"

[WORST]: "This is my house!"

GIMMICK

Explanation: The Best/Worst Gimmick award is all about rewarding and chastising the characters people portray.

[BEST]: The New Day

[WORST]: Adam Rose

HEEL OR FACE TURN

Explanation: The Best/Worst Heel or Face Turn award asks which character turn (whether it was from heel to face or face to heel doesn't matter) was the most effective and interesting and which one was stupid and a mistake.

choose between the names listed here

[BEST]: The New Day

[WORST]: Los Matadores

COMEBACK

Explanation: The Best/Worst Comeback award revolves around the old school wrestlers who aren't a regular part of the roster. Which was your favorite to see make an appearance and which one were you less than thrilled about?

POSSIBLE OPTIONS: Raw Reunion from 1/19 (HBK, Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, X-Pac, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, APA, New Age Outlaws), New Age Outlaws (Royal Rumble), Bubba Ray Dudley (Royal Rumble), Diamond Dallas Page (Royal Rumble), The Boogeyman (Royal Rumble), The Rock (Royal Rumble), Ric Flair (Raw 2/16), Hall of Famers, Legends endorsing Daniel Bryan (WrestleMania), The Rock (WrestleMania), Bret Hart (Raw 5/4), Chris Jericho (Night of Champions), Steve Austin (Raw 10/19), HBK (Raw 10/19), Ric Flair (10/19), Alberto Del Rio and Zeb Colter (Hell in a Cell), Tommy Dreamer (Raw 11/30) — if I'm forgetting any, please let me know in the comments

[BEST]: DX vs nWo at WrestleMania

[WORST]: Ric Flair's repeated returns

IMPROVEMENT IN A DIVISION

Explanation: The Best/Worst Improvement in a Division award asks which section of the WWE hierarchy became more entertaining than it was last year and which one fell by the wayside and downgraded.

POSSIBLE OPTIONS: Legends, Main Event (WWE), Midcard (WWE), Tag Team (WWE), Divas (WWE), Enhancement (WWE), Main Event (NXT), Midcard (NXT), Tag Team (NXT), Divas (NXT)

[BIGGEST IMPROVEMENT]: Main Roster Midcard

[BIGGEST REGRESSION]: Legends

SHOCKING MOMENTS

Explanation: What was the Most Shocking Moment of the year and which thing did you see coming from a mile away to the point where it was the Least Shocking Moment of the year?

[MOST]: Shawn Michaels eats kid's pizza (@ Raw 10/19/2015)

[LEAST]: lol Cena wins at WrestleMania

SMARK OUT MOMENTS

Explanation: The Best/Worst Smark Out Moment award asks what you considered to be the overall coolest thing to have happened this year to make you happy as a fan and which moment was so horrible that made you the most disappointed with the product.

[BEST]: Kevin Owens powerbombs Machine Gun Kelly off the stage through table (@ Raw 6/15/2015)

[WORST]: Wiz Khalifa concert (@ Raw 3/9/2015)

STORYLINE

Explanation: The Best/Worst Storyline award goes to the actual stories being told by WWE, whether they applied to specific in-ring feuds (such as John Cena vs. Rusev for the United States Championship) or more generalized and longer ideas (such as Seth Rollins and Kane having problems while both in The Authority).

[BEST]: "Anyone but you" Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt

[WORST]: Love rectangle with Lana, Rusev, Summer Rae and Dolph Ziggler

TV SHOW OR WEB PROGRAM

Explanation: The Best/Worst TV Show or Web Program award goes to the regular programming you can catch on standard television, WWE's YouTube channel, or the WWE Network

PRIMARY SHOWS: Raw, Main Event, Superstars, NXT, SmackDown, Total Divas, Tough Enough

RECAP SHOWS: Afterburn, Bottom Line, Experience, Slam, Vintage

YOUTUBE SHOWS: 5 Things, 30 Second Fury, Fallout, Top 10, UpUpDownDown

NETWORK SHOWS: Beyond the Ring, Breaking Ground, Cheap Pops, Countdown, Culture Shock, Jerry Springer Too Hot for TV, Legends with JBL, Live with Chris Jericho, Monday Night War, Music Power 10, Quick Hits, Rivalries, Slam City, Stone Cold Podcast, Superstar Ink, Swerved, Table for 3, This Week in WWE, Tough Talk, Unfiltered, WrestleMania Rewind, WWE 24, The WWE List


[BEST]: Breaking Ground

[WORST]: Every recap show

PAY-PER-VIEW OR SPECIAL EVENT

Explanation: The Best/Worst Pay-Per-View award applies to all shows labeled "special events" in some capacity that aren't a normal television show. These include the regular pay-per-views, the NXT TakeOver events, and the in-ring action live specials for the WWE Network.

POSSIBLE OPTIONS: Royal Rumble, TakeOver: Rival, Fastlane, WrestleMania, King of the Ring, Payback, TakeOver: Unstoppable, Elimination Chamber, Money in the Bank, The Beast in the East, Battleground, NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn, SummerSlam, Night of Champions, Live from Madison Square Garden, NXT TakeOver: Respect, Hell in a Cell, Survivor Series, TLC, NXT TakeOver: London, Slammy Awards, Tribute to the Troops

[BEST]: NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn

[WORST]: Fastlane
[PERFORMER AWARDS]


NEWCOMER

Explanation: The Best/Worst Newcomer award applies to anybody who made their debut on NXT, came up from NXT to the main roster to make a debut there, or were repackaged into a completely different gimmick with a different name.

POSSIBLE OPTIONS: 

Main Roster Call-Ups from NXT = The Ascension, Kalisto, Neville, Kevin Owens, Charlotte, Becky Lynch, Sasha Banks and Braun Strowman

New NXT Stars = Adrien Reese, Aliyah, Apollo Crews, Asuka, Billie Kay, Chad Gable, Dana Brooke, James Storm, Johnny Gargano, Liv Morgan, Nia Jax, Peyton Royce, Samoa Joe, Tommaso Ciampa

Tough Enough Cast =Josh Bredl, Sara Lee, Amanda Saccomanno, Zamariah "ZZ" Loupe, Mada Abdelhamid, Patrick Clark, Daria Berenato, Tanner Saraceno, Giorgia "GiGi" Piscina, Chelsea Green, Gabi Castrovinci, Dianna Dahlgren, Alex Frekey, Hank Avery

[BEST]: Kevin Owens

[WORST]: ZZ

DIVA

Explanation: The Best/Worst Diva award involves every woman who is an on-screen character in the company.

POSSIBLE OPTIONS: AJ Lee, Alicia Fox, Brie Bella, Cameron, Emma, Eva Marie, Layla, Naomi, Natalya, Nikki Bella, Paige, Rosa Mendes, Summer Rae, Tamina Snuka / Lana, Stephanie McMahon, Renee Young, Eden Rhodes, Lilian Garcia / Alexa Bliss, Bayley, Becky Lynch, Carmella, Charlotte, Dana Brooke, JoJo, Sasha Banks, Blue Pants, Dasha Kuret, Devin Taylor, Billie Kay, Peyton Royce, Asuka, Nia Jax, Adrien Reese, Liv Morgan, Aliyah

[BEST]: Bayley

[WORST]: Rosa Mendes

TAG TEAM

Explanation: The Best/Worst Tag Team award includes both sets of duos as well as stables of three or more superstars and/or divas.

POSSIBLE OPTIONS: Cesaro and Tyson Kidd, The Miz and Damien Mizdow, The Usos, Los Matadores, Goldust and Stardust, The New Day, The Ascension, The Vaudevillains, The Mechanics (Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder), Shoot Nation, SAWFT, Tye Dillinger and Jason Jordan, Jason Jordan and Chad Gable, BAMF, Lucha Dragons, New Age Outlaws, Prime Time Players, Macho Mandow and Axelmania, Team BAD, Submission Sorority/Team PCB, The Hype Bros, Beef Mode, The Dudley Boyz, Cosmic Wasteland/Astral Alliance, The League of Nations

[BEST]: The New Day

[WORST]: Shoot Nation

MANAGER OR VALET

Explanation: The Best/Worst Manager or Valet award includes anybody who regularly accompanies someone down to the ring in some capacity, but is not their tag team partner in the ring.

POSSIBLE OPTIONS: Paul Heyman, Lana, Rosa Mendes, Rosebuds, El Torito, Summer Rae, Zeb Colter

[BEST]: Paul Heyman

[WORST]: Rosebuds

OTHER CHARACTER

Explanation: The Best/Worst Other Character award applies to anybody who is a supporting role, guest role, extra, or ancillary character on screen in some fashion. This could go to General Managers, celebrities, or random background people with lines in an oddball segment on television. This award has a wide range of variables.

POSSIBLE OPTIONS: Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, Vince McMahon, William Regal, Rosebuds, El Torito, Hornswoggle, Joey Mercury, Jamie Noble, Dr. Corbett (Raw 1/12/2015), Drummer Guy (Raw 1/19/2015), Taps trumpet guy (Raw 1/19/2015), Boris Attorneyburger (Rusev's attorney with Bono glasses on Raw 3/16/2015), Lawsuit camera man and two fake cops who arrest Dean Ambrose (Raw 5/25/2015), Hawaiian Crew and Car Model for Authority Gifts (Raw 6/29/2015), Stephen Amell, Ashley from Human Resources (Raw 9/28/2015), Tyler Breeze's VIP section guard (Raw 10/26/2015) — if I've forgotten any, please let me know

[BEST]: Triple H

[WORST]: Rusev's attorney

BROADCASTER

Explanation: The Best/Worst Broadcast award applies to all those doing work on commentary, interviews, pre-show panelists, and so forth.

POSSIBLE OPTIONS: Alex Reyes, Alex Riley, Booker T, Byron Saxton, Carlos Cabrera, Corey Graves, Dasha Kuret, Devin Taylor, Eden Rhodes, Jason Albert, Jerry Lawler, Jerry Soto, Jimmy Uso, John "Bradshaw" Layfield, Kyle Edwards, Marcelo Rodriguez, Michael Cole, Renee Young, Rich Brennan, Scott Stanford, Tom Phillips

[BEST]: Renee Young

[WORST]: Devin Taylor

ANNOUNCER

Explanation: The Best/Worst Announcer award applies to all those who announce wrestlers in the ring—not the people on commentary.

POSSIBLE OPTIONS: Eden Rhodes, Greg Hamilton, JoJo Offerman, Lilian Garcia, Tony Chimel

[BEST]: Greg Hamilton

[WORST]: Lilian Garcia

HEEL

Explanation: The Best/Worst Heel award applies to all those who have portrayed a "bad guy" this year. Who did a good job and who performed poorly?

POSSIBLE OPTIONS: Adam Rose, Aiden English, Alberto Del Rio, Alexa Bliss, Alicia Fox, Aliyah, Angelo Dawkins, Baron Corbin, Becky Lynch, Big E, Big Show, Blake, Bo Dallas, Braun Strowman, Bray Wyatt, Brie Bella, Brock Lesnar, Bull Dempsey, Cameron, Cesaro, Chad Gable, Charlotte, CJ Parker, Curtis Axel, Dana Brooke, Dash Wilder, Emma, Erick Rowan, Eva Marie, Fandango, Goldust, Heath Slater, Jason Jordan, Kane, Kevin Owens, King Barrett, Kofi Kingston, Konnor, Lana, Luke Harper, Marcus Louis, Murphy, Naomi, Natalya, Nia Jax, Nikki Bella, Paige, Paul Heyman, Randy Orton, Rhyno, Rosa Mendes, Rusev, Samoa Joe, Sasha Banks, Sawyer Fulton, Scott Dawson, Seth Rollins, Sheamus, Simon Gotch, Stardust, Stephanie McMahon, Summer Rae, Sylvester Lefort, Tamina, The Miz, The Undertaker, Titus O'Neil, Triple H, Tye Dillinger, Tyler Breeze, Tyson Kidd, Viktor, Xavier Woods, Zeb Colter

[BEST]: Kevin Owens

[WORST]: Adam Rose

BABYFACE

Explanation: The Best/Worst Babyface award applies to all those who have portrayed a "good guy" this year. Who did a good job and who performed poorly?

POSSIBLE OPTIONS: Adrien Reese, Aiden English, Alex Riley, Alexa Bliss, Apollo Crews, Asuka, Baron Corbin, Bayley, Becky Lynch, Big E, Billie Kay, Blue Pants, Brock Lesnar, Bubba Ray Dudley, Bull Dempsey, Carmella, Cesaro, Chad Gable, Charlotte, Chris Jericho, Colin Cassady, Curtis Axel, Damien Sandow, Daniel Bryan, Darren Young, Dean Ambrose, Diego, Dolph Ziggler, D-Von Dudley, El Torito, Emma, Enzo Amore, Erick Rowan, Fandango, Fernando, Finn Balor, Goldust, Hideo Itami, Hulk Hogan, Jack Swagger, Jason Jordan, Jey Uso, Jimmy Uso, John Cena, Kalisto, Kane, Kofi Kingston, Lana, Liv Morgan, Mark Henry, Mojo Rawley, Naomi, Natalya, Neville, Paige, Peyton Royce, Randy Orton, Rhyno, Roman Reigns, R-Truth, Ryback, Sami Zayn, Samoa Joe, Simon Gotch, Sin Cara, Solomon Crowe, Sting, The Undertaker, Titus O'Neil, Tommy Dreamer, Tyson Kidd, William Regal, Xavier Woods, Zack Ryder

[BEST]: Dean Ambrose

[WORST]: Solomon Crowe

SUPERSTAR OF THE YEAR

Explanation: The Best/Worst Superstar award is self-explanatory. Which man or woman did you think was the most and the least entertaining in 2015?

POSSIBLE OPTIONS: every superstar that was on the roster at some point in 2015, including those who have been released

[BEST]: Seth Rollins

[WORST]: Adam Rose

[SMACK TALK AWARDS]

Below are my choices for what I voted on. The results from YOUR votes which count as the official winners are in the video, so be sure to check that out.


"DID YOU KNOW" PARODY OF THE YEAR

POSSIBLE OPTIONS ARE INCLUDED IN THE POLL

[MY VOTES FOR BEST]:

Episode #181 — [Bringin' Da Book 2 U] JTG is releasing a book titled: "Damn! Why Did I Write This Book?" The reviews will probably be titled: "Damn! Why Did I Read This Book?" Source: Da Shout Out.

Episode #193 — [I Feel Strong About Right and Wrong] Dear Hulk Hogan, Booker T is DEFINITELY coming for you now. Source: Fight for the rights of every man

Episode #199 — [Take the Sting / garbage out] Don’t worry about the statue of Seth Rollins after it went into the garbage truck. It will just come back even bigger in the sequel as the Super Statue, played by Kevin Trash. Source: I’d prefer to watch The Secret of the Uso

[MY VOTES FOR WORST]:

Episode #172 — [Blayze's Hall of Flame] According to ancient lore from WWE mythology, if you look Madusa in her eyes, you turn into Stone Cold. That was, at least, until she was beheaded by Showtime Perseus Watson. Source: You're all going to hate this one.

Episode #204 — [Hill-Rod] In WWE, Seth Rollins is currently dealing with Demon Kane’s hellfire and brimstone. In politics, Hillary Clinton is feeling the Bern. Coincidence? Source: I think Sanders has a shot, guys!

OUTRO SONG OF THE YEAR

POSSIBLE OPTIONS ARE INCLUDED IN THE POLL

[MY VOTES FOR BEST]:

Episode #200 - "All Sonic Shaked Up" by Mike Paden
Episode #202 - "Fantasea League" by Tony Mango
Episode #206 - "Otunga's Family" by everyone

[MY VOTES FOR WORST]:

Episode #166 - "The Game" by Drew White
Episode #171 - "#GiveOutrosAChance" by Tony Mango
Episode #182 - "Demoutrolition (Take 2)" by Miguel Leon

SEGMENT

POSSIBLE OPTIONS ARE INCLUDED IN THE POLL

[MY VOTES FOR BEST]:

2014 Awards
Mailbag
PPV Reviews

[MY VOTES FOR WORST]:

Outside Interference
Rest Hold Commercial Breakdown

RECURRING JOKE

POSSIBLE OPTIONS ARE INCLUDED IN THE POLL

[MY VOTES FOR BEST]:

Annoying Tourist Ryback
Bulbasaur
David Otunga has dead family for a living
Kane's got a shot
The No-Bell Prize for Book

[MY VOTES FOR WORST]:

Batista's lunchbox
Bread Salad
Islamic Rash
The Gehrd the Behhhd and the Ugly

CO-HOST OF THE YEAR

POSSIBLE OPTIONS: Calen Ferris, Leslie Joy, Miguel Leon, Caroline Oliveira, Mike Paden, Stephen Wago, Shaun Walker, Drew White, Angie Williams


START MAKING UP YOUR LISTS NOW AND LET US KNOW YOUR CHOICES IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!
THIS POST WRITTEN BY: ANTHONY MANGO

Tony Mango is the head writer, host of Smack Talk, and founder/CEO/director of operations for Smark Out Moment as well as all branches under A Mango Tree including Fanboys Anonymous. He is a writer, creative director/consultant, media manager and entertainer. You can follow him on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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