Slammy Awards & RAW Recap/Analysis – December 21, 2015

Tonight, in the words of Stephanie McMahon, was a night of celebration, with the 2015 Slammy Awards taking place. That celebration, however, was a little soured by the fact that the New Day lost in the Tag Team of the Year category.

Roman the party pooper

Stephanie cut a promo about being happy in the face of, well, total chaos, when Roman Reigns entered, rubbing his happy victory in her face. Stephanie screeched for him to leave the ring, and after a lot of heckling and messing with her, he did . . . celebrating with the crowd as he did.

The Wyatt Family vs. Demon Kane & ECW Originals

In what was originally a singles match with Bray against Kane, Bray attacked Kane from the get-go, with his entire family providing backup at ringside. Kane left the ring to take on the other Wyatts, and soon after, the bell rang with a disqualification. The four teamed up on the demon before the Dudleys and Tommy Dreamer arrived to provide backup.

Well, so much for a singles match.

After a hot tag, Kane took the Wyatts at ringside out of the equation before tagging in Bubba Ray. They didn’t stay out long, coming to the assistance of Luke Harper, but not long enough to prevent the Dudleys from hitting two 3-D’s. However, after some more interference from Strowman, Luke Harper got the pinfall for the victory.

Kevin Owens vs. Dolph Ziggler

Ziggler attacked Owens the second the bell rang. Owens took early control, yelling out that HE was the breakout star. Owens took the fight out of the ring, ruthlessly driving Ziggler into the barricade before returning to the ring. Even after taking a brutal beating, Ziggler kicked out of several near-falls and almost scored a pinfall of his own with a rollup.

Owens hit Ziggler with a painful-looking clothesline, but Ziggler responded in kind. But the momentum wouldn’t continue as Owens hit Ziggler with a suplex off the top rope. Somehow, the Show-off kicked out of that, hitting Owens with a Superkick and Famouser off the second rope. That wouldn’t take Owens out as he hit a Pop-Up Powerbomb for the final victory.

It was good to see Owens letting out his frustration on Ziggler, and this match actually did a lot to further his character’s anger going into the next event.

Alberto Del Rio vs. Jack Swagger

In a pretty cut and dry rehash of their previous encounters, Del Rio took the early lead with the League of Nations watching on. Though Swagger gained a little bit of momentum for a short while, Del Rio dominated throughout the match, grabbing a quick and easy win. The beating continued after the win, with the League of Nations beating down Swagger and celebrating in the middle of the ring together.

The New Day vs. The Usos

An infuriated New Day started off by berating the WWE Universe for not voting them Tag Team of the Year, to the point where they almost spoiled Star Wars.

The Usos entered, and the match began. At ringside, New Day was vocal throughout, but when Kingston took a nasty-looking kick, they looked to actually leave the match., but after a commercial, were back at it and in control. Xavier Woods brought his trombone, and the dancing began while the match was still going.

And even as Big E hit a splash, they still couldn’t get a pinfall on Jimmy. With Jey getting a hot tag against Woods, they almost took the pinfall,  but it was a rollup that got them the win.

Rusev vs. Neville

With Miz on commentary, Neville took on the Bulgarian Brute, who brutalized Neville with a nasty suplex outside the ring. His domination continued until Neville found some momentum, almost hitting a Red Arrow until Rusev locked in the Accolade for the win.

The League of Nations beat him down after the match and celebrated in the ring once again. It’s nice to see them actually being booked by the heel-ish stable they were always meant to be.

Still, what’s the logic in having your Breakout Star of the Year, who was booked awfully throughout, job to a man who hasn’t won anything this year?

Becky Lynch vs. Brie Bella

With Charlotte at ringside, Becky took control early on, though Brie took some control back soon after with her husband’s kicks. Becky looked to power back, but Brie hit her with a clothesline. Becky then got the Dis-arm-her locked in, with Brie tapping out.

They’re building towards Becky breaking away from her slimy friend, but they’d better hurry it up so they can build this feud properly. Lynch and Charlotte can put on a great match, if given the chance.

Dean Ambrose vs. Sheamus (Steel Cage Match)

Before the match’s start, the League of Nations savaged the Usos backstage, with Sheamus Brogue-kicking the two into oblivion.

Before the match even started, Sheamus brogue-kicked Ambrose off the steps and into the waiting arms of the League of Nations, who shoved him back into the ring to a waiting Sheamus, who threw Ambrose against the steel twice.

Ambrose didn’t fall easily, however, preventing an escape from the Celtic Warrior and tossing him into the steel himself. Ambrose fought back with a series of swift punches and a powerful clothesline. Sheamus fought back, hitting a White Noise from the top rope, but Ambrose kicked out and prevented another escape, hitting a STUNNING flying elbow from the top of the cage when the League of Nations blocked an escape from him.

Roman Reigns finally arrived, providing some valuable backup for his Shield Brother, unloading on the League of Nations with a chair, tossing it in for Ambrose, who joyfully unloaded on the former champion, hitting Dirty Deeds on the chair before trying to climb out with Sheamus following. The two met on top of the cage, battling it out before Ambrose jumped down for the win. Reigns greeted Sheamus with a Spear, and the two champs celebrated together to close the show.

Backstage, a furious Stephanie McMahon beat down poor Tom Phillips when he asked for her reaction.

It’s hard for any match during the Slammy Awards to be consequential, but the main event definitely did a lot. It was fresh, fun, and everyone involved mattered.

Slammy Award 2015 Results

Breakout Star of the Year: Neville.

Kevin Owens interrupted his celebration, told him to take a walk, which he did. He said he was the true breakout star of the year, and the crowd seemed inclined to agree. He then called Dolph Ziggler a has-been and they fought to the segment’s end.

LOL Moment of the Year: R-Truth misunderstands his entry status

Santino Marello returned to present the award, amusing as ever, and was about to accept the award on R-Truth’s behalf before the man himself got the award for himself.

OMG Shocking Moment of the Year: Kalisto’s Solida Del Sol off the ladder

Paul Heyman presented the award, sure to remind the crowd how his client Brock Lesnar deserved every award. Kalisto, accepting his award with enthusiasm.

Superstar of the Year: Seth Rollins

Stephanie, looking much more cheerful, presented the montage of yes, ALL of the nominees. And her smile said it all, as Seth Rollins came out to a thunderous ovation to accept the award.  He recounted his incredible success before turning serious, vowing he would reclaim everything he lost.

Hero in All of Us Award: John Cena

Presented by a cheery Mark Henry, who was apparently a face this week, this award highlighted just how much Superstars and Divas can do with their fame. Unsurprisingly, John Cena won the award, though he wasn’t there to accept it.

Surprise Return of the Year: Sting

Bo Dallas came out in a Santa Clause costume to present the nominees, in what I will happily admit was an amusing segment. Unsurprisingly, Sting won the award, and Bo accepted the award on his behalf.

Diva of the Year: Nikki Bella

R-Truth, in as good a mood as ever, announced 2015 being the year of the Diva. He then announced Paige as the winner…but oops, he Steve Harvey’d it. Nikki came out to accept the award, and gave perhaps one of my favorite speeches of the night, dedicating her award to every Diva on the main roster, at NXT, every woman working for the company as a whole, and to little girls who support the WWE.

Classy, Nikki. Thanks.

That being said, Sasha Banks is one of the best wrestlers on the entire planet, male or female. Her not winning is an absolute crime. WWE better figure out how to use her because right now, they are wasting their biggest talent and it’s a disgrace.

“This is Awesome” Moment of the Year: The Rock and Ronda Rousey’s Wrestlemania moment

The Miz, vain as ever, was only to happy to present this award and accept it on their behalf, plugging his movie happily.

Match of the Year: Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar

The Nature Boy Ric Flair presented this award. Paul Heyman accepted the award on his client’s behalf, saying his client doesn’t come for awards, just fights.

Hey, he had a point.

There were a lot of issues with the way these awards played out, but overall, I’m just glad to see Seth Rollins again and Dean Ambrose main-eventing.

What did you guys think? Let me know in the comments!

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