Match of the Year 2012

(If you don’t like professional wrestling then please proceed to reading this news article about a man who got $7.2 million for being an idiot.)

The storylines this year on RAW and Smackdown were not just bad. The stories broke the spirit of the viewer and made them wonder how or why they continued to watch. Each week was more illogical than the last. The episodes stomped on the heart of the wrestling enthusiast. It kicked them in the groin and spat in their face. There was one thing that made me keep crawling back this year, the actual wrestling was good.

Mesmerizing bouts kept me tuned to my screen despite how much each story pained me to watch unfold. Lots of great matches happened this year. Still, there can only be one match of the year.

Before I can talk about the best match, I have to talk about the worst matches of the year. These aren’t the worst technical matches but the matches that made me question my position as a wrestling fan.

The Ugly.

Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus
Wrestlemania XXVII

18 Seconds.
18 Seconds.

This image still makes me mad and the match was 8 months ago. I’ve spoken about this before. It’s not so much the result. Everyone knew Sheamus was going to win. I wanted a good match. I didn’t get anything. It’s just plain old ugly. Better left unmentioned.

The Never-Ending Story.

Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio
Every single damn match these two had.

Del Rio Sheamus

This feud taught me that the WWE does hold hate for its fanbase. That can be the only reason Sheamus beat Del Rio in 3 PPvs in a row. The matches were bad. The crowd never got into them. It can only be hate and disdain for people that allowed these two to face each other over and over again. There were no stipulations added. Just Sheamus vs. Del Rio.

Awful.

The Miz vs. Nearly Anyone

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This dude is awful and he should not be wrestling. I think he is kept employed for the same reason Del Rio and Sheamus tangled for so long. He has dragged down every match he has ever been in and should be shot out of a cannon into the sun for his crimes against professional wrestling.

Dishonorable Mentions

Next up are matches that everyone else loved but I didn’t.

Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena
Extreme Rules

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Brock Lesnar, former UFC champion, returned after eight years to take on John Cena. He proceeded to eviscerate Cena for over twenty minutes. And then John Cena wins out of nowhere like he usually does. I don’t get the buzz behind this match. I rewatched it to give it a fair chance. It’s okay if you don’t like John Cena because he gets his ass beat, but overall I don’t see how this is better than the rest of the matches of the year.

Undertaker vs. Triple H
Wrestlemania 28

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So this year for the third time Triple H challenged the streak. The Undertaker beat him last year but only barely. So the Undertaker has come back for retribution. He wants to beat him super bad this year. But wait there’s more! Shawn Michaels, the guy the Undertaker retired, is the special guest ref! And it’s Hell in a Cell!  I didn’t hate this match. It’s a great match. It also took an hour out of the show. Everybody loves the Undertaker streak matches. I can never get into them as much.   . Maybe I’m missing something but this is also a match I don’t get the buzz behind it. I’m tired of these matches where we see how much the Undertaker can kick out of. I had my full of these after the rematch with HBK.

MATCH OF THE YEAR!

And now it’s time for the match of the year. It’s going to WWE which is what I usually watch. TNA/NJPW did have some fantastic matches this year but I don’t keep up with them enough to be able to say what the match of the year was. But before I can say what the Match of the Year is, I have to talk about what other matches I really loved.

CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan
Over the Limit

Punk/D-Bry

I didn’t want this match to end. It was back and forth action. Everyone was having fun. I prefer matches where two guys just cut loose and beat the crap out of each other. The finish was perfect. Punk won but it left room for Bryan to demand a rematch.

Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus
Extreme Rules

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I was nervous about this match. I didn’t know if Bryan was going to be shown as an equal to Sheamus or made out to be a joke. I was pleasantly surprised. A scrappy technical wrestler tries his best to battle against a powerful brawler. A nice story to watch and the crowd helped to make the match. It was all about Bryan. Could he wipe away his Wrestlemania nightmare? He didn’t but this was still one hell of a match. This would have been match of the year but one thing holds it back, the last fall.

And now without any further delay, the match I pick to be Match of the Year for 2012

Ryback, Kane, Daniel Bryan vs. Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, and Dean Ambrose
TLC

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I thought for sure that Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus at Extreme Rules was going to be my favorite match for 2012. I had written up this post and it was ready to be published. Then I saw TLC and I was amazed. This match was astounding. It’s a nice story about teamwork. The Shield work as a unit. The good guys didn’t and that’s why they lost. There was great use of each person in this match. It was announced quickly as a replacement match after CM Punk went out with an injury. I;m convinced this was for the better. CM Punk vs. Ryback could not have been as entertaining as this match.

That’s all for my opinions on wrestling for this year.

YESAMANIA IS RUNNING WILD!!

YES! YES! YES!

I watched Wrestlemania 28. I’ve never cared much for the Undertaker so the End of an Era match didn’t matter to me. I thought Cena was going to beat Rock so I wasn’t looking forward to that match. I was somewhat excited for Punk and Jericho but not too much. I just wanted to see Daniel Bryan wrestle! I knew he was going to lose. But at least I could enjoy his first Wrestlemania match! I was looking forward to one thing. Rather I should say, one word! The fans in Miami were looking forward to it as well. Look at all these YES signs!

The crowd wanted this match.

Bryan’s music hit and I got hyped. YES! YES! YES! YES! The bell rang. And then it was all over. This mach ending in eighteen seconds crushed me. I really wasn’t expecting that. I knew my guy was going to lose but not like that. They just completely shit all over him. A man who worked for ten years to make it into that company. A man who put on great matches all across the world. And they have him beat in 18 seconds.

Eighteen seconds. I missed the next two matches. I was still shaking my head at what happened. No. Just no. It wasn’t until Punk/Jericho that I was able to get back into the show. Even after the Rock beat Cena, I was still pissed. How could they do that in a world title match? One hundred days of entertaining promos, matches, and entrances all ended by one Brogue kick. I couldn’t get it out of my head. I tried to make sense of it, but in no way was this a good decision. I just had to sit with the fact that they decided the best wrestler in the world should in eighteen seconds.

They had matches on RAW last year longer than that. They even had a match on Smackdown that went about eight minutes earlier this year. The show was four hours!

I’ve never been a major fan of Sheamus. His character rarely loses. Look it up. This guy has been pinned like twice since the summer. This put me over the edge. I don’t think I can ever cheer for him. He’s my scapegoat for their booking. The cynic in my thought it was time to stop getting invested in wrestling because who’s to say they won’t just do that again. Then the next night on RAW, I heard that one word again at a level I never heard it at before.

It was deafening last night. The fans in the arena booed Sheamus. They cheered for Bryan and they chanted YES! YES! YES! and NO! and SI! It was amazing. Wrestling was fun again. Even though the WWE clearly had wanted the fans to prefer someone else, they couldn’t stop YESAMANIA FROM RUNNING WILD BABY! The crowd was astounding. They gave me hope for wrestling. They made that episode of RAW historic. Lesnar returning was just the icing on the cake. The crowd cheered louder for Bryan than even the hometown hero, The Rock.

That episode made me just want to chant YES! YES! YES! YES! at the top of my lungs.

This article from bleacherreport takes a good look at the Yestival that took place.
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1130231-wwe-debate-should-wwe-turn-daniel-bryan-baby-face-again

Bryan was the most over person in the arena. It might have been for one night only, but damn the April 2nd episode of RAW completely, absolutely DID NOT SUCK!

Eighteen Seconds.

Fans waiting in anticipation for Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus. The poor fucks didn't know what they were in for.

Things that were longer than the Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus match at Wrestlemania 28:

The Opening Promo video
The National Anthem
Daniel Bryan’s Entrance
Sheamus’s Entrance
Sheamus’s Celebration
My ragefit after the match ended
The promo for next year’s Wrestlemania
Kane vs. Randy Orton
The Divas Video Promo
The Divas Match
The Divas entrances
Cody Rhodes’s Entrance
Big Show’s Entrance
Cody Rhodes vs. The Big Show
Shawn Michaels’s Entrance
Triple H’s Entrance
The Undertaker’s Entrance
The Undertaker’s Hair
The Cell being lowered
The steaming shit I took after this ppv
The celebration after Taker won
CM Punk’s fireworks
Brodus’s Momma’s Ass
The Funkettes and Brodus Clay Dancing
Machine Gun Kelly fumbling over words
John Cena’s run into the ring
John Cena and the Rock sniffing the air before the match.
The Rock’s people’s elbow in the match.
This blog entry.

Daniel Bryan Danielson Part 3: YES! YES! YES!

 There’s one man who’s been able to rise above it all on Smackdown. No obstacle could stand in his way. Not a seven foot tall genetic freak. Not the world’s strongest man. Not the Apex Predator. He’s escaped steel cages from giant behemoths. He’s made people realize that sooner or later everyone taps out. He’s managed to squeeze out a victory when no one thought he would be able to. He’s scraped and clawed his way. He claims that he’s a role model because he’s a vegan. He’s had a woman at his side the entire way that he appreciates greatly. He’s dedicated match after match to her. He has his critics.  They say that he’s a weasel who doesn’t deserve anything that he has. They aren’t fan of the way he’s managed to win. . They say that he’s no role model. They say he’s no one special. Some would even go so far as to call him a coward. He calls himself the WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION and he only has one word for his critics.

He said YES! YES! YES!  And I say YES! YES! YES! For over 100 days, Daniel Bryan has been the WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION. And I couldn’t be much happier about it. I had my reservations when he first took on the Big Show but since then nearly everything involving Daniel Bryan has been gold. He’s done the best with what he’s been given.

I’m surprised to see the WWE get behind Bryan in the way that they have. They usually cut the legs off of any young up and comer at the exact wrong time. I thought Bryan was finished until Orton was taken out of the Elimination Chamber. And Bryan won. He just keeps on winning.

His dynamic with AJ keeps me interested in Smackdown. It’s different. Bryan was first dedicating his matches to AJ after she was taken out by the Big Show. Then she returned and Bryan showed her his appreciation. Each week, he’s been a jerk to her, but she continues her love. He does buy her dresses and coach her matches. The promos with them have been very entertaining.

Michael Cole has slowly shown some appreciation for Bryan. He used to just run his mouth about how Bryan was a geek. He ran his mouth about Bryan’s veganism, but now even he has to admit that Bryan deserves to be WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION! YES! YES! YES! YES!

And the biggest surprise of his title reign has to be his promos.  Before Bryan came to the WWE, people said he didn’t stand a chance of going anywhere because he couldn’t talk. But Bryan has proven those people wrong. Very very wrong. (Start at 38:30 for promo)

But of course all good things must come to an end. Bryan has entered a program with Sheamus who is set to become the WWE’s next big thing. WWE has tried time and time again with Sheamus. He’s the Rumble winner. He rarely ever loses. And Bryan pinned him on Monday. Any wrestling fan knows that it’s curtains for Bryan’s championship reign. The Yeses will come to an end. The match will still be good. The Yesman will not disappoint. I can still appreciate all the good times that Bryan has given us. Thank you Daniel Bryan for a World Heavyweight Championship that completely absolutely DOES NOT SUCK!!