Aside from the conclusion of the Big Show vs. John Cena main event, I missed this week’s Slammy Award edition of Monday Night Raw. It wasn’t until the wee hours of Tuesday morning that I checked a wrestling website to catch up on the results. I was stunned to discover Roman Reigns was crowned Superstar of the Year.
I seriously thought it was a joke.
Contrary to what WWE may claim there is no way the voting process in that category was legit.
Ever since WWE reintroduced the Slammys in 2008, the Superstar of the Year Award has always been reserved for the company’s top guy.
Chris Jericho won in 2008, a year where he captured two World Heavyweight Championships and engaged in a legendary feud with Shawn Michaels. Cena won in 2009 and 2010, and 2012. As the face of WWE, Cena is always a strong candidate. C.M. Punk won in 2011 which was the year he finally became a serious main eventer. Daniel Bryan won in 2013 which was the year he really began hitting to stride as one of the company’s most popular performers.
Reigns’ win becomes very questionable once you actually think about what he did this year to deserve it. He never headlined any PPVs as a singles performer (a feat his former teammates Ambrose and Rollins have accomplished), nor did he hold any major championships. The icing on the cake is that he’s been out of action for the past three months recovering from a hernia.
His sole major achievement of the year since the Shield’s breakup was defeating Orton in a very good match at SummerSlam. Beating Orton was a big accomplishment, but it wasn’t as if anyone was raving about their encounter as a possible Match of the Year candidate.
Roman Reigns is the heir to the throne, like it or not. However, it’s evidently clear that WWE Chairman Vince McMahon is willing to sacrifice Reigns’ credibility with the very fan base that he is counting on to support him as the company’s future.