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Annual Slammy Awards take center stage on WWE Raw

The Slammy Awards will always have a special place in WWE history.

Not only do they have a nostalgic feel (with the first Slammys awarded in 1986), but they also plant seeds for future rivalries. On this edition, we saw a slight dissension among members of The Shield, while Daniel Bryan and Shawn Michaels shared an extended stare down that had fans buzzing about a possible future matchup between the two.

Much of the 2013 Slammy Awards made me more excited about potential matchups that may be coming in 2014 than matches that will happen Sunday at WWE's TLC pay-per-view.

The final segment Monday was a "title ascension," billed as the last time the WWE title and World Heavyweight title will be seen (before they are unified Sunday).

Though there were 20 former WWE and World Heavyweight champions in the ring -- legends and current superstars -- the crowd focused squarely on hometown hero Daniel Bryan, with loud chants interrupting Triple H's monologue.

Randy Orton was interrupted by the crowd as well, until John Cena magnificently used Daniel Bryan as part of his speech, gaining the crowd's trust and acceptance through Daniel Bryan before bringing it back to the title unification match Sunday.

This was a fantastic move by Cena, along with his passionate delivery towards Orton.

Truthfully, even if this edition of the Slammys wasn't the greatest in history, it was still an entertaining special spin to a regular episode of WWE Raw.

Slammy Award Winners

For a complete list of winners, including WWE.com awards given prior to Raw, click here.

Here are some of the standouts:

LOL Moment of the Year: Rock Concert

Double Cross of the Year: Shawn Michaels

Diva of the Year: Bella Twins

Superstar of the Year: Daniel Bryan

Crowd Chant of the Year: "Yes, Yes, Yes"

Insult of the Year: Stephanie McMahon

Most Extreme Moment of the Year: CM Punk's revenge on Paul Heyman

Match of the Year: The Rock vs. John Cena for the WWE title at WrestleMania 29

WHAT ELSE YOU NEED TO KNOW FROM WWE RAW

* Natalya defeated Tamina, who is AJ's bodyguard.

* The Wyatt Family decimated the Usos.

* A fantastic video package highlighted the former champions. Nostalgia will always work with me.

* CM Punk beat Dean Ambrose in an entertaining match. The Shield left Ambrose momentarily, then returned to attack Punk after the match. Ambrose is my new favorite superstar, if for no other reason than his intricate attention to detail. #TheLittleThings

* Brodus Clay squashed Xavier Woods and beat him up more after the match. If this leads to Brodus Clay as a monster villain, sign me up.

* Alberto Del Rio lost to Sin Cara. In all seriousness, if there is one guy who can turn that character around, it's him. Two straight wins over Alberto Del Rio seems like a fresh start and a reboot for Sin Cara.

* After presenting Superstar of the Year, Shawn Michaels and winner Daniel Bryan shared a moment. I really hope this match happens.

* Ryback and Curtis Axel are a tag team and are calling themselves "Rybaxel." It sounds more like cough medicine than the name of a tag team. Rybaxel and the Real Americans faced the Rhodes Brothers, Rey Mysterio and The Big Show.

* The Miz beat Kofi Kingston by holding the tights. Is anyone digging his heel turn?

* Daniel Bryan beat Fandango. After the match, Bray Wyatt had another cryptic promo on the JumboTron, urging him to join them. They all have rad beards, right?

* Billy Gunn and Road Dogg wore the Dumb and Dumber suits... Orange may or may not have been Billy's color.

* Damien Sandow beat Santino Marella, followed by a stare down with Big E Langston. They meet for the Intercontinental title Sunday.

* Dean Ambrose cut off Roman Reigns while presenting the Slammy for Double Cross of the Year. Foreshadowing? #TheLittleThings

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