The annual Slammy Awards were given out on Raw on Monday. While most were just filler, the final award, Superstar of the Year, was notably and somewhat surprisingly given to Roman Reigns.
For the past few years, the Slammy Awards have been voted on by fans. Generally, they're just a way for the WWE to do a "best-of" show of sorts, reminding fans of some of the biggest moments of the year. It's also a way for fans to show appreciation of the wrestlers they like by voting.
Most of the time the fans will vote for whatever face makes sense in the category, unless the vote is incredibly obvious for a heel to win (such as Brock Lesnar winning shocking moment of the year for beating Undertaker). One award has had storyline value in the past though, and that was Superstar of the Year. Wrestlers can brag about that, and generally it has some impact on the storylines. So Roman Reigns winning, over other wrestlers like Lesnar, John Cena, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins, could be relevant to the future of the company.
The win shows one of two things.
It's possible the fans actually voted for him. The other votes on the night seemed legitimate, even if a few were surprising (like Chris Jericho winning Extreme Moment of the Year). That one, and a few others, seem unlikely to be rigged. So if this vote is legitimate, it shows that despite his injury, Reigns is still extremely over with the WWE Universe, and he deserves a huge push when he returns.
Now, it's also possible that the WWE rigged the vote. If they did, it's just as notable, because it shows that the WWE is still geared to push Reigns to the moon when he gets back. We're a month and a half till Royal Rumble, and Roman Reigns is going to be one of the favorites to win it. Since he hasn't wrestled in two months, this could be a way for the WWE to try to jumpstart his return.
Whichever is true, it does seem like Reigns is going to get a big push on his return. I hope for the WWE's sake that the vote was legitimate, and the crowd is going to support a Roman Reigns push. If WWE did ignore the votes, and gave it to Reigns regardless, the crowd will turn on him quickly. After last year's debacle at the Rumble, the WWE doesn't want another wrestler who isn't to win and going on to main event WrestleMania.
The Rest of RAW:
** The final RAW before the TLC (or is it Tables, Ladders, Chairs and Stairs?) pay-per-view didn't do a whole lot to build the show until the final 15 minutes. John Cena faced Big Show, and as Cena looked like he was going to win, Seth Rollins came out and attacked, drawing a DQ. This brought out, one-by-one, most of the wrestlers involved in the major matches. Dolph Ziggler came out to help, and he was knocked out by Show. This brought out Erick Rowan, which brought out Luke Harper, which brought out Ryback, which brought out Kane. All eight wrestlers took turns doing their finishers to one another, until finally Rollins hit Cena with a curb stomp, and then he and some of the other heels combined to send Cena through the announcers' table.
It was a good segment, however, the matches just feel like an extension from Survivor Series. It's not a bad thing, but it's not letting any of these guys really separate from one another, and when you have guys you may want to push more, like Ziggler or Rowan, it doesn't really let them get out from underneath the team aspect. In my mindm that has hurt the build for their matches.
** Seth Rollins beat Dolph Ziggler in the first match of the night, after a distraction from Mercury and Noble allowed Rollins to hit a Curb Stomp. I have to say, I'm a little disappointed with how Ziggler has been used since Survivor Series. He was the sole survivor in that match (which won Match of the Year), and yet, he still seems like the underdog in all of his matches and is overshadowed by so many. They could have really used that as a jumping off point for Ziggler, but so far they've failed in that.
Later, Rollins ran into Paul Heyman backstage. Rollins said that if he won at TLC, Cena would no longer get his shot at Brock Lesnar, and maybe Rollins would get it instead. Heyman admitted that he has been impressed with Rollins, and that he wanted Rollins to beat Cena.
** WWE did do some advertising for the NXT special, "NXT Takeover: (R)Evolution." Just like September's show, they had a match to help highlight one of the wrestlers, in this case, NXT women's champion Charlotte (the daughter of Ric Flair). She faced Natalya. After a decent match, Natalya ended up winning. After the match, they continued teasing dissension between Tyson and Natalya when Tyson celebrated in front of Natalya. While, in principle, I can understand letting Natalya win, it doesn't help viewers who aren't familiar with NXT want to watch the show if their champion can't beat a main roster diva. It makes NXT look weak, which is not what they should want right now. While it might not be a huge deal as far as viewers go, it's a rather nonsensical bit of booking.
** Bray Wyatt came out and cut a promo about why the rocking chair meant so much to him, insinuating that it was Sister Abigail's. While that was a bit goofy, it at least gave Bray a reason to really hate Dean Ambrose. Midway through his promo, an ambulance showed up, and Dean Ambrose, who had been stretchered into an ambulance on SmackDown, came out. Ambrose rushed the ring and started using chairs and ladders to beat down Wyatt. Wyatt escaped while Ambrose set up a table. While nothing was overly special about the segment, it did do a good job at building their match.
** Erick Rowan and Luke Harper fought a short match that ended with Harper getting DQ'd for using a ladder. After the match, the brawl continued and Rowan started using the stairs to help attack Harper. I really don't like using this match here, as even though it wasn't much of one, the first match between these two should have been a big deal. They still haven't given us any reason for why these two are feuding, and I feel this is a wasted opportunity for the WWE. However, Rowan is still getting pops, which I would not have guessed when Rowan first turned face a few weeks ago.
** Ryback and The Usos beat Kane, Miz and Mizdow. Mizdow continued his stunt-double gimmick -- he had won LOL Moment of the Year earlier, which Miz accepted while Mizdow pantomimed his speech --during the match, which of course got big pops. I really hope they hold off as long as possible before breaking these two up, because they're gold together right now.
**Kofi beat Stardust. The New Day will face the Dusts in a tag match at TLC.
** AJ Lee (who won Diva of the Year) beat Summer Rae.
** Chris Jericho will be a guest host of Raw next week.