Pro Wrestling Awards Season: 2022 WWE Edition

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With award season back underway in the world of entertainment, it is time to start looking at the best moments of WWE in 2022. 2022 has been a chaotic year for WWE, to say the least, with new leadership and superstars going from fired to rehired quickly.

Despite that, WWE has had its fair share of memorable moments, some that may be leaving a lasting impact in the near future for the company.

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Without further ado, here are my unofficial 2022 WWE (Slammy) Awards!

Male Superstar of the Year

The Nominees:

  • GUNTHER
  • Roman Reigns
  • Sami Zayn
  • Seth “Freakin” Rollins
  • Sheamus

WWE's Sami Zayn

The Winner: Sami Zayn. Yes, Reigns has once again spent an entire year at the top of WWE. Yes, Reigns has been unbeatable for the longest time. But… Zayn has single-handedly been the most entertaining performer across all the brands in WWE. His character work has continued to be flawless, and he has continued to have the WWE Universe in the palm of his hands. Not to mention, he is in the biggest storyline that the main roster has produced in years. He is simply must-see TV.

Female Superstar of the Year

The Nominees:

  • Becky Lynch
  • Bianca Belair
  • Liv Morgan
  • Rhea Ripley
  • Ronda Rousey

WWE's Bianca Belair

The Winner: Bianca Belair. 2022 has been the year of EST. Not only has Belair put out great matches, but she has also continued to stay in great favor with the WWE Universe. She hasn’t become stale whatsoever and has always shown that she can be extremely versatile across all important areas of being a performer.

Overall Superstar of the Year

As far as accomplishments go, Bianca Belair has been the superstar of 2022. With that being said though, Sami Zayn is the overall Superstar of the Year for the reasons mentioned above, but also, because he came out of nowhere to take the whole damn spotlight. We all knew Zayn was an amazing talent, but I’m not quite sure we felt that he can reach this level of stardom. This is simply Sami’s world… and we’re all just living in it.

Tag Team/Faction of the Year

The Nominees:

  • Imperium
  • RK-Bro
  • The Brawling Brutes
  • The Judgement Day
  • The Usos

WWE's The Usos

The Winner: The Usos. Duh. The Usos have been at the top of the tag division all year long. Not only have their matches been top-notch, but they have continued to advance The Bloodline storyline in an always interesting way. Jey Uso showed once again that he is a force on the mic, while Jimmy Uso has proven to be a likable asset despite being a heel.

Breakout Star of the Year

  • Austin Theory
  • Chad Gable
  • Liv Morgan
  • Rhea Ripley
  • Solo Sikoa

WWE's Austin Theory

The Winner: Austin Theory. This was a very tough decision, but in all, Theory has consistently been featured on WWE programming in a big way. He is constantly in feuds (sometimes with more than one person at a time) and has also found success by winning the Money in the Bank, as well as becoming a 2x WWE United States Champion. Sure, he’s had his troubles like failing to cash-in said Money in the Bank briefcase, but Theory is still someone to look out for in the future, and he has no question become a recognizable name on TV.

Match of the Year

The Nominees:

  • Becky Lynch vs. Bianca Belair for the WWE Raw Women’s Championship at WrestleMania 38
  • Cody Rhodes vs. Seth “Freakin” Rollins at Hell in a Cell
  • The Usos vs. The Street Profits for the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship at Money in the Bank
  • GUNTHER vs. Sheamus for the WWE Intercontinental Championship at Clash at the Castle
  • Roman Reigns vs. Drew McIntyre for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship at Clash at the Castle
  • Roman Reigns vs. Logan Paul for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship at Crown Jewel

Hell in a Cell 2022

The Winner: Cody Rhodes vs. Seth Rollins at Hell in a Cell. This match may not have gone down as the best “in-ring” of the bunch, but the story between both Rhodes and Rollins was exceptional. Rhodes’s injury was beyond gruesome, and the visual appearance of his pec was more than enough to believe that this injury was as serious as we all expected. Both men deserve an absurd amount of credit for going out there and delivering a match like this, with Rhodes having the fortitude to even wrestle in the first place and Rollins for holding down the fort throughout.

Rivalry of the Year

The Nominees:

  • Becky Lynch vs. Bianca Belair
  • Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns
  • Cody Rhodes vs. Seth “Freakin” Rollins
  • Imperium vs. The Brawling Brutes
  • RK-Bro vs. The Bloodline

Imperium and The Brawling Brutes

The Winner: Imperium vs. The Brawling Brutes. This award might come as a surprise, but this feud between the two strong-minded groups left little to be desired. The rivalry didn’t overstay its welcome and WWE created the right balance in stretching out the feud in a way that wasn’t tiresome. The matches these two teams had were also memorable, checking off the dream match between GUNTHER and Sheamus off of any diehard list.

Return of the Year

The Nominees:

  • Bayley
  • Bray Wyatt
  • Cody Rhodes
  • Johnny Gargano
  • Karrion Kross
  • Ronda Rousey

WWE's Cody Rhodes at WrestleMania

The Winner: Cody Rhodes. Even though he got injured in the first half of 2022, his return was the most memorable and the most consequential. The entrance, the atmosphere, the match, everything was perfectly set up for Rhodes to come back as a big deal in WWE. All eyes will be focused on Rhodes eventual re-return in 2023, potentially becoming the face of the company with some new gold.

Moment of the Year

The Nominees:

  • Cody Rhodes returning to WWE at WrestleMania 38
  • Stone Cold Steve Austin comes out of retirement to defeat Kevin Owens at WrestleMania 38
  • The Undertaker inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame
  • Vince McMahon stepping down; Triple H officially taking creative control
  • WWE returning to the UK for Clash at the Castle

Stone Cold Steve Austin at WrestleMania

The Winner: This is truly a toss-up as all of these moments were special and groundbreaking in their own way, but in my eyes, Stone Cold Steve Austin returning at WrestleMania 38 left all fans with a smile on their face. Not only was it a return that we could never have imagined happening again, but his match with Kevin Owens was surprisingly… great! It is a great memory to have as 2022 comes to a close, and with rumors of Stone Cold coming back once again (potentially at WrestleMania 39), the Rattlesnake may be ready to make some more great memories with the WWE Universe.

There you have it folks! Who do you think had a great 2022? What or who else should’ve been mentioned? Let us know by leaving a comment down below!

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