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Smarks Court Awards: WWE Match of the Year 2013 (CPR Productions)
By Maz & Joe
Dec 11, 2013 - 12:22:14 PM

‘Sup, Lords of Pain? Well here we are once again, and today we have a brand new category to vote. 2013 has been a great year for match quality and to be honest, we may have jumped the gun with this column a little with TLC coming on Sunday. To nominate some of the best of 2013 we have some of the best columnists in the history of Lords of Pain. If you missed the Superstar of the Year category, there is still time to vote >>>HERE<<<. But let’s get on with today’s award…

WWE Match of the Year

Joe: Welcome Penis and Dicks, let’s get this bullshit out of the way cause I have to take a major dump.

Maz: Elegantly put, as ever, Joe. But you aren’t wrong. First up we have a former LoP Main Pager and CF Hall of Famer going to bat for one of the less obvious choices.

Dolph Ziggler vs Alberto Del Rio @ Payback (XanMan)

Xan: Let's get something out of the way, right now. The real match of the year for professional wrestling in 2013 wasn't even contested in the United States, much less in the WWE. It happened at New Japan Pro Wrestling's King of Pro Wrestling event on October 14 when Kazuchika Okada and Hirshoshi Tanahashi completed their feud. It was the masterstroke of the masterpiece that had been their rivalry. This match redefined the false finish and, in so doing, provided a template for the manner in which modern main event wrestling will eventually be re-imagined. How long will it take for that to occur? A year? Five years? Whichever, it certainly provides the ultimate counterpoint to the finirsher-fests recent WWE main event matches have developed into.

Nothing in WWE touched it, though I'll concede that the beautiful story told by Brock Lesnar and CM Punk came the closest. I realize I'm fighting an uphill battle here, but let's look a little outside the box, shall we? Two of these matches competed with each other on the same night and people are still debating which is better (hint: It's the one I already said,) while the other should never have happened in the first place. Regardless of how brilliant Punk/Taker was at Wrestlemania, if a match should never have been booked, to me it is automatically disqualified for MOTY consideration. The only way that can be excepted is if there was a surprising result. Was there in that case? No. Ho hum, Taker won another match at Wrestlemania. Ho hum, CM Punk couldn't beat a part-timer on the big stage. What happened there that we haven't seen before? Absolutely nothing.

Meanwhile, there's the forgotten little gem at Payback. Why is it forgotten? Mainly, I think, because WWE and Dolph Ziggler failed to capitalize on the moment that was created--but, the moment was created. Going into this match, it was obvious the crowds were hot as hell for Ziggler and that Alberto Del Rio just wasn't working as a babyface. This match is the Match of the Year because it changed all that around, but not only that, it got everybody talking, and it was the coming out party for Del Rio. Del Rio is never going to have the ability to work the microphone or make you care about him when he isn't wrestling, but despite WWE pushing him to the moon for about three years prior, this was the first night everything really clicked for him. He adapted his move-set, became a stiffer worker, and in so doing became a better worker and somebody people actually want to see in the ring. I know I've actually been excited to see Del Rio wrestle now, when I never was before.

For weeks after this match people debated what WWE was thinking for this match: How could they be concerned about wrestler's safety, yet have a guy who just came back from a real concussion take so many shots to the head? Were they intending on the double-switch of the characters or did it just happen as a result of the story of the match? Were they really going to pull the plug on Ziggler's long awaited World Title reign this early? What is the long-term plan?

All of these questions would go on to be answered and many of them negatively, but that doesn't take away from what Ziggler and Del Rio accomplished on this night. It was a one-sided affair for the most part, with occasional shines by Ziggler to allow him to become the babyface by the time the match ended. Both guys played their parts to perfection, the announcers sold it well, and so did the two valets. What has happened afterward hurts this match, certainly, and it was about six months ago, but don't let either of those things take away from your memories of what we all felt upon seeing this match at Payback. It was the first successful double-switch since Wrestlemania XIII and it evoked emotions in the viewers for a reason. It was simply great at what it did.

Joe: With all due respect xan, I think the match of the year also wasn’t in the US but wasn’t in Japan either; no the MOTY was in the land of tacos; Germany. Er, Mexico. Guerrero Maya v Virus for the CMLL promotion was... ****. But I dig the pick; I love the story behind this, I really do. I know it might be cheesy or corny to pick the obvious but the obvious double turn was splendid, no matter if even Stevie Wonder saw it coming. Dolph’s weak offense works much better when working from underneath, and him selling his concussion throughout was gold and Del Rio just kicking his head in was a thing of beauty. Basic pro wrestling here folks, and that was one of the finest compliments you can throw at a match.

Maz: Most definitely. Storytelling at its best and definitely unique amongst higher profile nominations. I remember the reaction at the time. People were incensed about the treatment Dolph was receiving during this bout both in and out of kayfabe. When you get that kind of a reaction though, it usually means something is working. A lot of people appreciated the match a lot more after unbunching their knickers. Ziggler’s booking following this storyline was obviously not good for him, but it is what it is and that didn’t affect the brilliant story of the night.

Up next is a man who you are going to see a lot of on the Main Page in 2014 and he will be putting forward the sole match from the disappointing WrestleMania 29.

CM Punk vs The Undertaker @ WrestleMania (Maverick)

Mav: Let me presage this argument by first dismissing the absurd complaint I’ve occasionally heard concerning this masterpiece; that it relied solely on the death of William Moody for heat and that it would have fallen flat were it not for the timing of the legend’s sad passing. I’m sorry, but this is nonsense. While it’s certainly true that the build came together more quickly than was ideal, this is CM Punk we’re talking about, the most gifted heel of his generation. Rest assured, he’d have made things work.

It’s funny really, because anyone that reads my work or listens to me on LOPRadio is well aware that I’m not a big fan of The Streak as a concept, and I’m especially not a fan of the four matches that preceded this one. The Undertaker’s matches at the company’s flagship pay-per-view had become a bloated monster, a guaranteed money spinner that nevertheless seemed artistically bankrupt and devoid of ideas, an endless loop of false finishes and grandiloquent entrances. Even the fact that the Deadman was slated to take on my favourite performer in the Straight Edge Superstar might not have been enough to sell me on the bout.
But then the match started and any doubts I had melted away.

What ‘Taker and Punk managed to put together was a beautifully old school, psychologically precise and genuinely edge of the seat without relying on numerous cheap near falls as recent Streak matches had. The mystical entrance of the Phenom has no effect on Cookie Monster, who frolics with the stolen urn and limbers up, eager for combat. There’s a big fight feel and a palpable anticipation which so rarely comes through effectively nowadays in marquee matches, and as Punk lands the first blow, a stinging, mocking slap across the face of his opponent, suspension of disbelief instantly becomes possible for the 80,000 in attendance and the million or more watching in the comfort of their homes. The mind games of the challenger to The Streak take their toll early, with an enraged ‘Taker foolishly following Punk out of the ring and getting caught on the way back in. There’s an urgency to the heel’s strikes that force the audience to take him seriously as a threat, something all the more remarkable given the 2009 feud between these two, which was booked horribly. Watch Chicago Made’s facial expressions as he battles the Demon of Death Valley in the middle of the ring with speed and technique and heart; they speak of a man obsessed with his quest to end that long winning run of the Deadman’s. We all knew that this was a huge chance for Punk to cement his legacy with a truly great ‘Mania match, and by God, from the very beginning he took it and ran with it. His smarmy, cocky demeanour makes The Undertaker’s boot connecting with his face all the more satisfying; it’s classic heel work of the very best kind.

It’s an obvious truth that the Phenom’s best bouts have always been against nimble workers prepared to bump hard for him whilst remaining un-intimidated by him; it’s for that reason that I also love Edge’s efforts against ‘Taker. Punk throws himself around like a rag doll for ‘Taker, going into the timekeeper’s area like a cannon ball and selling big rights as if they were stun grenades. The crowd are crazy hot by this point, with duelling “UNDER-TAKER! CM PUNK!” duelling chants ringing across Met Life stadium, while the x factor, Paul Heyman, begins to make his presence felt in typically entertaining fashion. There’s an undeniable mark out quality to the action, particularly when the Deadman rolls out his signature moves, like the sick leg drop across the ring apron, but then, like all good heat magnets, Punk turns it around and begins to hit those moves on the man who patented them. I remember laughing in disbelief when the Straight Edge Saviour ascended the turnbuckle and walked along the ropes like a cat to deliver a thunderous old school. The look on the Chicagoan’s face is pure disbelieving joy, and I love that you can detect the fact that CM Punk is having such a fun time wrestling in a prominent ‘Mania match. He deserved that satisfaction.

The story is so beautifully simple; it’s all about Punk’s ability to throw The Undertaker off his game, and yet the cockiness of the younger man is also his undoing, and thus the momentum continually shifts as the match goes on. A second attempt at old school results in Punk being crotched painfully on the top rope, then uppercut off of it to the floor. Heyman’s intervention here is crucial and just serves to remind us all how important managers can still be to a dramatic piece of in-ring storytelling. Punk and Heyman together seem to have an answer for everything the Phenom can muster. A chokeslam is kicked out of. A Last Ride attempt outside is escaped and it is instead ‘Taker who ends up on the table. I said earlier that this is a very traditional match in many ways, but nowadays every main event contest needs a hugely memorable high spot, and Punk provided two very notable ones in this one; first that incredible elbow from the top rope to the Spanish announce table- remarkably it doesn’t break, which is just brutal to watch- and then his kick out from the Tombstone, which is such a fantastically edge of the seat moment. How many can say they were booked to kick out of a Tombstone? Fantastic idea to have Chick Magnet do that.

And yet there was even more thrilling moment to come when the urn shot took the Deadman down, only for him to kick out, and then, just as with every man that’s ever taken on The Streak, Punk’s kayfabe confidence suddenly flat lines. His expression is more disbelieving than ever, Cole in the booth calls it a “resurrection” and you’ll be hard pushed to find a better piece of wrestling theatre. As the courage visibly leaves his opponent, Undertaker senses his opportunity, and after several breathless reversals, he finally pins his nemesis and gains a measure of revenge for the mistreatment of the urn and Paul Bearer’s memory.

What we have here is a prime example of what wrestling narratives can achieve when executed simply and precisely with minimal interference from the bookers. Two veteran performers went out there and worked a classic on the biggest night of the calendar year and practically saved a mediocre Wrestlemania’s reputation by themselves. It doesn’t overstay its welcome, it doesn’t over-insist on itself and it will age extremely well compared to other Streak matches. Moreover, when viewed live, it was the bout that had me jumping around the living room like a total mark. It was pure art from start to finish and deserves your vote for 2013 match of the year. I thank you for your time, dear readers!

Joe: Biggest disappointment in 2013 for me. Thought this match was average, with a disgustingly botched GTS by Punk on Taker. Their previous encounters were MUCH better, though many will disagree, solely on the fact that Punk lost both times but don't let your love of dick cloud your vision guys.

Maz: I can sort of see Joe’s point here. I mean I think it was a very good match, but on the night I remember thinking the only thing that made it better than Triple H vs Brock Lesnar was the crowd caring. At the same time, I agree with Mav’s assessment that it will hold up well too. In fact I reckon it could age like a fine wine and have a place in discussions about the best of Mania. Will that help this year though? Well that’s for you to decide. One thing is for sure that Punk will have stiff competition from himself. And to make it that more interesting, it will be Mav’s Boss/Cohost/Captain/Part-time Lover who will be trying to one-up him.

CM Punk vs Brock Lesnar @ SummerSlam (Plan)

Plan: CM Punk vs. Brock Lesnar; whoever thought we’d see it?

I think the majority of wrestling fans knew going in that night that it was this match that threatened to be the sleeper hit. Eyes were mostly on Daniel Bryan back in August, and for sure he had a hell of an outing with John Cena, but my pick was the match that made its presence felt. That’s really the key: presence.

The debate about Summerslam 2013 will always be about which of the two aforementioned epics was better. To me, they were both sufficiently different to render such a choice entirely inert, but if you were to force me to give you an answer then, unsurprisingly given I’m the one contesting their corner, I would tell you it was The Best vs. The Beast. The reason for that is because it’s a far more relevant, far more readily accessible match that the average fan can see.

What Bryan and Cena did in the main event was spectacular, but so too was it all too clinical. It exists historically within in its own bubble. Whether it goes on to become the signal or progenitor of greater change remains to be seen, but for now, as it stands today, it exists as an amazingly wrestled match in the main event of the second show of the year. What it lacked, however, was human relevancy; it had no deeper story, no emotional heft, no meaning to you or me or the average Joe Bloggs to whom the real and somewhat momentary interest was whether John Cena would finally lose cleanly to another equally popular wrestler.

That’s fine for what it is; what it isn’t, though, is pervasive. It is precisely because of such exclusivity to the there and then, precisely because of its lack of greater resonance, that will age it far quicker to my own personal favourite. Aesthetically and ergonomically it was perfect. I, however, want more from my wrestling. Sometimes perfect isn’t good enough. Sometimes it has to be imperfect in order to affect you.

That’s what you have in Punk and Lesnar, the match I’m really here to talk to you about. Before I do, however, a note on the other contenders you’ll read here today. Mizfan has taken on Bryan and Cena – you know my thoughts on the difference there. Xan has taken on Ziggler and Del Rio; certainly their own encounter at Payback would sit a close second to my choice, existing as it does as comment on the greater pitfalls of wrestling, the dangers of our respective obsessions with pursuing it and the benefits of the very elements of WWE programming we criticise, as well as containing the rare instance of a successful double turn. But where that one falls down is in its very pragmatic limitation – sparse content. As confident as it is in delivering its message, its concise language is ultimately its downfall when standing in comparison. Maverick, meanwhile, has of course Punk’s ‘Mania bout with ‘Taker. I’ll never quite understand the love many have of that match. Were it not for the untimely demise of Paul Bearer it’s hard to imagine the narrative thread that could have been pursued in the run up to the encounter, and while I think it certainly has its merits so too do I believe it has a number of limitations that leave it far behind other worthier contenders. Old school, yes. The problem with old school, though, is that it too easily simply feels dated.

With that being said, let me get to why I’m here. I won’t review this match – that’s being saved for a far rainier day in the Columns Forum – but I will run through what makes it so utterly compelling. I mentioned it earlier, in fact. This is a match with presence. It looms large, both in reputation and execution. It’s a visceral, raw encounter that’s rough around the edges and, at times, sloppy in its execution, but it is such obvious imperfections that make it so utterly human.

At the heart of it, you have the story of CM Punk’s self-destructive quest to burn down the world until only he and Heyman were left in it, such drive does his thirst for vengeance lend him, and only Lesnar stands between them. It would be a waste of time for me to throw out the usual rhetoric about The Best and The Beast – you’ve heard it all before. Partaken in it too, I dare say. Their reputations precede them and we all knew, deep down, these two would create magic with one another.

The size difference wasn’t an obstacle for them, it was a benefit, lending a great deal of legitimacy behind the idea CM Punk needed to wrestle in kamikaze mode if he was to ever stand a chance of succeeding. Indeed, he does just that, not just in the story but in reality too. The way he allows Lesnar to throw him around as if he were weightless is evidence of noble commitment to purpose and the fact much of what he does, particularly towards the final act, is sloppy and riddled with error simply elevates the sense of brutal reality to frightening degrees. As a matter of fact, a great deal of this match’s aesthetic is frightening and the two seem to actively revel in the zeal of their respective performances. This is care-free wrestling. It’s utter grunge, not in its inability to craft a piece of art but in the fact the art it does craft is unashamedly of a lower class; that is to say, this is a match that doesn’t feel like a carefully crafted piece of choreography, but a harrowing mess of violence.

That violence permeates the intent of the story, not just the way the story is told. The idea of CM Punk eviscerating his health, both of body and mind, if only to slap Paul Heyman is horrifying to contemplate. The fact Brock Lesnar was in real danger of shattering CM Punk’s body like glass in loyal defence of his mentor likewise. And all of it stems from the vile betrayal of an egotist excusing his actions for some imagined slight born out of the love of an unflinching friendship. This isn’t a wrestling match. This isn’t a harrowing mess of violence in fact – such a term doesn’t do this genuine piece of physical art justice. This is a tragedy, and the object of that tragedy isn’t just CM Punk and it isn’t just Paul Heyman; the object of the tragedy is their friendship.

That is where its presence, its pervasiveness lies. In style, in execution, in feel, this exposed nerve of a wrestling match, this violent display of physical art feels, to me, like a fitting successor to the dark fairytales seen in bouts like Austin and Hart from Wrestlemania 13. It has so much more human relevance to it than any of its rivals. Therein is the key to its greatness, to its agelessness and to the fact I truly believe it is the only match in 2013 that people will still talk about with reverence and enthusiasm just as much in twenty years time as they do today.

This is the tragedy of a friendship, an expression of how tragic the destruction of such a noble element of any life can be, executed in a startlingly relevant manner, not because it’s perfect but precisely because it is imperfect…or rather, human.

Joe: Plan may be a rather feminine voice, but he does tend to make good points from time to time. Now as far as his nomination, what I loved about the match is that Punk never looked outclassed by the much better Lesnar, and even the sports entertainment bullshit at the end was hilarious. Punks “my normal shit wont work so Im just gonna throw myself at him with reckless abandon” story was great, and Lesnar was just stout, but he could carry the terrible HHH to something watchable then of course he could work magic with Punk.

Maz: Joe, you watch your porky mouth when it comes to Trips around here. But yeah, this was just a great match. The two meshed really well and it was part of a great storyline with Heyman carrying the thing when Brock was not about. I honestly struggled for a long time to decide which of the SummerSlam main events I preferred, but seeing Plan has gone with this one, I guess I will go with the other one.

Next up is current Main Pager and a guy who is currently doing his own “Best of the Year” series.

CM Punk vs John Cena @ Raw (Super Chrisss)

Chrisss: 2013 has been a solid year for television matches. Hell, more than solid. I'd go as far as to say there have been just as many Match of the Year candidates to take place on Raw, SmackDown, or NXT as there were on Pay-Per-Views you had to pay at least 45$ to watch. While matches such as John Cena vs. Daniel Bryan at SummerSlam or CM Punk's epic encounters with both The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar, at Wrestlemania and SummerSlam respectively, were amazing, we also got some amazing TV matches. Years from now, wrestling fans will look back at 2013 and likely remember the double-main-event from SummerSlam, while Raw matches like the twelve-man main-event last week or Daniel Bryan vs. The Real Americans & Ryback will likely be forgotten.

One TV match that I will never forget is CM Punk vs. John Cena two weeks after Elimination Chamber. I consider that battle to determine who would go on to challenge The Rock for the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania 29 not only one of the best matches of the year, but one of the best matches in Raw history.

Why, you ask? Simple - it had everything a great match could hope for. Despite facing off many times in the past, Cena and Punk have in-ring chemistry that is almost unheard of. It always feels like they're facing off for the very first time, not adding another chapter to their rivalry. But it's their history that helped make their match last February so great. Even though it was basically a guarantee that Cena would triumph and we would get "Twice In a Lifetime" at 'Mania, the announcers did a great job (for once) of putting over how the series was in Punk's favour. Punk arguably never got a clean win over Cena, but the record books showed that prior to Money in the Bank 2011, Cena had never beat Punk. As a result, there remained a glimmer of hope among fans like myself who had no desire to see Rock/Cena II that Punk would finally get a chance to main-event Wrestlemania.

Alas, it was not meant to be that night, as Cena would very narrowly defeat his long-time rival after a lengthy, hard-fought match which saw Cena execute - horribly, but still pull off - a Hurrica-Freakin'-Rana and Punk leave the crowd speechless by actually performing a Piledriver, a notoriously banned move in professional wrestling. Even though the match was available for free, both men gave it 110% that night and put together a spectacle more than worthy of making the Wrestlemania card.

Another reason I remember Punk vs. Cena so fondly is because it was the match - and outcome - that convinced me Wrestlemania 29 would be the first 'Mania I skipped in a long, long time. Immediately following Raw that night, I knew I had already seen the year's best match, and while others gave it a run for it's money (Punk/Taker, Cena/Bryan, Cesaro/Zayn, Punk/Lesnar), I had no interest in seeing Rock/Cena II and Lesnar/Triple H II. Wrestlemania came early for me this year, and I was perfectly fine with it.

Take a break from rewatching the SummerSlam double-main-event over and over again to try and decide which match is 'better' and YouTube Cena vs. Punk instead. You just might change your overall pick for Match of the Year.

Joe: Best Raw match of the year and one of the best of all time (RAW I mean). Cenas body shots were particularly great, Punk with the surprise piledriver was lovely and its always great to see Cena busting out rare moves. Sadly I can't see it as MOTY but that just speaks on the volume of quality for WWE this year.

Maz: This match was clearly an middle finger to The Rock and a “You got it wrong” to creative. CM Punk would miss out on the Mania main event but here he proved that he didn’t deserve to and John Cena seemed more than happy to help him make his point. The result was what was probably the best TV match in a year of countless great TV matches and a bout that pissed all over the slammy nominated Mania main event. A main event that didn’t disappoint however was the SummerSlam main event, and here is former Main Pager mizfan to talk about that.

John Cena vs Daniel Bryan @ SummerSlam (Mizfan)

Mizfan: My nomination for Match of the Year is Daniel Bryan vs. John Cena for the WWE Championship at Summerslam. There are four realistic candidates for the spot, the others being Cena vs. Punk from Raw in February, Undertaker vs. Punk from ‘Mania, and Lesnar vs. Punk from Summerslam. All have valid claims of why they could fit in the spot, but Bryan has got something the others don’t, and that’s the force of change. In all of the other three cases, all we see is the status quo being reinforced again and again. Cena, the face of the company, goes over Punk. Undertaker, the unbeatable legend, goes over Punk. Lesnar, the returning veteran, goes over Punk.

Holy shit, Punk gets beat a lot.

But in one single case, we got a hint of something new. It doesn’t matter if you view the resulting “Authority” storyline as a major flop or a work in progress, but nothing can ever change the fact that live on WWE PPV, an undersized independent wrestler who looks like a homeless troll kicked John Cena in the head so hard he could not continue. This is the moment WWE convinced a lot of people that they are actually willing to change their long standing policy of keeping everything important stay exactly the same, or at least consider the possibility. WWE may be currently presenting us with the prospect of Cena vs. Orton XVIII, but on one night they gave all of us in the oh-so-picky diehard camp a wink and a nod that they’re not above throwing us a bone. Perhaps for some the impact was diminished by Triple H’s attack and Randy Orton’s immediate cash in, but do not overlook the importance of the onetime Bryan Danielson pinning THE John Cena’s shoulders to the mat for a completely clean three count. That’s an accomplishment only shared with The Rock, Triple H, Batista, and Randy Orton in the last decade. That’s some pretty amazing company.

And did I mention it’s a fantastic match to boot? Where else can you get high emotion, excellent storytelling, a landmark moment in company history, and great action to top it all off? The in ring chemistry between these two is excellent. You could perhaps make an argument for one of the other matches measuring by in ring competition alone, although even then it’s a close call, but with everything else on top of it? There’s really no contest in my mind.

So don’t support those other matches that give the same old predictable outcomes we’ve been seeing over and over again. Support a match that makes a difference. Support a match that will be looked back on as the beginning of a new era, because make no mistake the ball is already rolling. We just have to get past this damn Cena/Orton feud…

Joe: Does NXT count? cause Ohno v Regal was AMAZING, Ohno v Harper was a brutal slugfest, Cesaro v Zayn was insane and they were all WAY better than Mania match, so I’ve gotta disagree with mizfan there.

NOW this was my choice for WWE MOTY. It had everything you could ask for; story (the respect and kind of inlaws thing and top dog v underdog) the call back to Raw with the slapfest, Cena letting Bryan work stiff as ****, Cena with the sick uppercut to stop bryans tope (suicide dive) Cena almost killing Bryan with his hurricanrana reversal from the top rope into STF shit, Bryan with the knee and the clean pin and just surrealness that Cena lost CLEANLY. Post match nonsense aside, this was everything you could wish for in a WWE match and more.

Maz: I actually agree with Joe and Mizfan. This is my choice for match of the year. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Cena wrestle so smoothly as he did at SummerSlam and it had all the elements to it that make a classic. Hell, it’s a five star match in my opinion and although another match on the same card might also deserve that rating, I will always have a bit more of an emotional attachment to this one.

Joe: Next year Maz, if I don’t get tragically hit by a car or you don’t succumb to AIDS, we should do a MOTY open to the entire world. of wrasslin’.

Maz: That sounds fun. The research alone would be crazy. But it is now time for the readers to vote. I can’t help I am forgetting something though. Ah yes!

John Cena vs The Rock @ WrestleMania (Absolutely Nobody)

Maz: The Slammy award winning match of the year as voted by the WWE Universe. Now sure, only one of the five nominations from this column were included, but I still have no idea how that hot pile of trash that was the Mania 29 main event won. Reports are saying the voting was legit so there must have been someone who believed it was match of the year. I couldn’t find anyone to argue for it but hell, I guess it is only right we put it an option. You got any theories on this one, Unc?

Joe: This is perplexing even to the most intelligent of minds, as that match was ****ing garbage, this coming from both a Rock AND Cena fan. But after a good bit of sleuthing, I think I found the answer in a book titled “how Bret Hart makes my pink even pinker: Plans Autobiography”. Available on bookshelves now.

Maz: You know the deal by now. Click, comment, tweet and abuse Joe. Social media and links to the awesome work of the men involved in this column below. Find some time to check it out. We will be back in a few days with another category, but until then, Peace!

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