We have tallied the votes and here are the results to the ZWrestleTalk Awards!
Wrestler of the Year: Seth Rollins
Match of the Year: Seth Rollins VS John Cena VS Brock Lesnar
Tag Team of the Year: The New Day
Diva of the Year: Sasha Banks
Breakout Star of the Year: Kevin Owens
Comeback of the Year: Rhyno
Feud of the Year: Kevin Owens VS John Cena
Pay Per View of the Year: NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn
Hope you enjoyed the awards! The votes were decided by you! Now it's your turn to leave a comment and debate the awards. What do you think? Let us know in the comment section!
ZWrestleTalk's Dom Bouchard reviews WWE TLC
The New Day VS The Uso's VS The Lucha Dragons
Hot start to a fantastic nonstop 25 minute action packed contest. The Usos were their usual, high energized selfs and fun to watch. New Day were well amazing, but the stars of this match were The Lucha Dragons .Sin Cara delivered a few incredible moves but the Salida del Sol by Kalisto from the top of the ladder on Jey Uso was the move of the year. An instant classic to be viewed over and over through the years. Wow, Kofi hits Kalisto with a chair and then climbs to pick up the belts.
A + (Match of the year candidate)
Ryback VS Rusev
A hard hitting match with two very solid brawler! Ryback is getting better but it was a tough spot to be in. Trying to follow up the tag match was an impossible mission. They did the best they could even though the crowd was not into it. Rusev needed the win more than Ryback. Having Ryback passing out protected him.
Alberto Del Rio VS Jack Swagger
Hard hitting and solid match. Swagger is a truly unappreciated wrestler and performer, he can be counted on to deliver solid old school wrestling. Decisive win for Del Rio.
Wyatt Family VS ECW Originals
The ECW originals tried their best. From an old ECW fan like me it was a guilty pleasure but for newer fans it was 4 older guys trying to keep up with 4 hungry guys with a chip on their shoulders. The Wyatt's should be the most feared entity in the WWE. Braun showed great aggression but he is still green as grass. Rowan is extremely talented and it was good to see him able to perform a few cool spots before being eliminated early. Luke Harper is phenomenal.Both Dudleys can still go. Bray looked like a beast. The way Luke Harper eliminated Dreamer was real cool. A good way to make the Wyatts look dominant.
Charlotte VS Paige
Solid action with two talented wrestlers .Charlotte is really gifted and Paige can go too, so this was as expected a solid match. Both worked like heels, Chatlotte retains the title
Sheamus VS Roman Reigns
A very good solid hard hitting match with two stiff and hard working superstars. Crowd chanting for Cena early was so disrespectful. Roman looked upset, real solid action. Sheamus is awesome at selling moves. He is so under underappreciated. Roman was extremely aggressive, the white noise through the table was real cool.The Samoan drop through the table outside the ring was vicious.The League of Nations interfering was predictable yet if they want Roman to win at the Rumble, it was the way to go. Great match... bad ending….
B+ because of creative
Aftermath: Roman Reigns goes Insane!
Simply amazing. I could feel the anger out of every pore of Roman. Instant Classic.
It's been a crazy year for wrestling and now it's your time to vote!!!!
In his third column for ZWrestleTalk, Dom Bouchard examines seven underutilized stars in WWE that could have a bigger role.
I think Mr. No Days Off is truly capable of achieving upper mid card success. Darren is a very quiet unassuming man and the company would be wise to capitalize on his connection with the audience. He is very solid in the ring too, Young could have great matches against guys like Kevin Owens, Wade Barrett and Neville. Darren Young is also a inspiration and a role model for many people.
6. Stardust (Cody Rhodes)
Here's what i think could be a truly entertaining storyline! Cody could start wrestling as Cody again one week, and then interfere in another match as Cody all the while pretending he is not Stardust. He could pull double duty in the Royal Rumble as both characters. The crowd would love it and he is good enough to pull it off,he is a tremendous performer,mixing both solid mat wrestling and high flying. Remember the moonsault off the top of the cage? Main event potential for Cody. If anyone could pull off a double duty gimmick it would definitely be Cody Rhodes.
5. Damien Sandow
This guy can pull off anything. Damien Sandow is an ok performer in the ring and he can have a solid ten minute match against anyone. He would be great as solid upper mid card face. People would be real happy to see him come back in the Royal Rumble. Sometimes, it's better to leave a guy in the bench for a while than having him being jobbed out every week while creative has nothing for him.
4. Primo and Epico
Both are tremendous wrestlers and could very well be a solid mid card tag team. Please no El Torito though.
Future WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Mark my words! The Swiss Superman is simply the best all around wrestler in the company. People adore him, five star matches could include Seth Rollins,Roman Reigns,Dean Ambrose and Sheamus. This guy can't do anything wrong.
2. Bo Dallas
I love the kid, I love the gimmick. Bolieve me, if given the chance he could become a great mid card performer. He is pretty good in the ring, extremely entertaining as an annoying guy. Could get under the skin of anyone!!!
1. Wade Barrett
Besides being one of most entertaining guy on the microphone and an extremely solid and stiff wrestler and great brawler. Wade STILL has untapped potential as a main event player. Barrett could be the next Money in the Bank winner. Imagine after cashing in, he could deliver an amazing "I am afraid I've got some bad news but I am... the NEW WWE World Heavyweight Champion." Wade is also a great locker room leader. Sky's the limit for him in my opinion.
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ZWrestleTalk's Dom Bouchard talks about the hot topic of the State of the WWE.
Many people are claiming that WWE is in serious trouble. That the ratings are a sign of people not connecting with the new crop of superstars. I think they should seize this opportunity and look at it as a way to start a new revolution.The wrestling revolution with realistic characters and more edgy story lines. The roster is as deep as it has ever been,look at WWE pay per views from the mid 90s and mid 2000s and you'll see so many terrible matches with absolutely awful characters like Viscera, Rene Dupree ,Aldo Montoya and the list goes on and on. Besides the top names even in the Attitude Era… the roster was still not deep. The difference was everyone mattered, today the wrestlers are so much more athletic yet they can't connect mostly because they are restricted by the writers and creative .Imagine the lunatic fringe Dean Ambrose cutting loose? Look at videos on YouTube when he was in the indies.The guy is golden when cutting crazy promos. Sheamus and Wade Barrett are two great characters.
Look how Sheamus can be engaging when he is acting as himself (as seen on SmackDown) Remember Bad News Barrett? Another guy that should be cutting promos! Same with The Miz, The New Day, Dolph Ziggler and Ryback.I still believe the Miz can be a main event player,same with Ryback and Roman Reigns. Reigns is at his best when action speaks louder than words. Use everyone to the best of their abilities and give the lower card guys some spotlight. Heath Slater is hilarious and a great entertainer, same with Cody Rhodes, Damien Sandow and the Dudleys. Use guys like Neville and Kalisto to recreate the kind of excitement Eddie Guerrero and Chris Jericho brought to WCW Monday Night Nitro.
Give Kevin Owens the main event push he deserves and use guys like John Cena and Randy Orton to help build new superstars. The Wyatt Family could be the new dominant faction but in order to becone that faction they need to win consistently. Same with Rusev! As CM Punk said "Most of the time guys get over once they reach the i don't gone a damn point" similar to the New Day did so let's create an environment where everyone will feel free to be innovative and if something doesn't work give them another try so they'll know they don't work with unbearable pressure. You can't be creative when you feel like you're obesity strike away from becoming the new Zack Ryder.
Also make sure Dean Ambrose becomes the WWE World Heavyweight Champion soon. Ambrose Asylum could be a gigantic success if they let him go and present him as a loose canon! Brock could still come back and kick ass from time to time but the most important thing is to let go of the past. Let it rest. No more Undertaker after Mania this year. No more Sting,Kurt Angle,Big Show,The Rock and even HHH. It is time to accept this is a new day, A new generation. Let Cesaro and Owens rule this new generation . There's an old saying you can't move forward until you stop looking back. Now is the time to move forward. With no fear at all! #Believeinthefuture
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