Welcome to another edition of the 10 Spot, 4CR’s only article that’s built by social media! As we approach the end of a fantastic 2013 in the world of wrestling, I felt it was time to hear from all of you on a variety of “best of” topics for the year. This is the first in the series, and man, you guys came out in droves for this one! 2013 was a noteworthy year in the annals of World Wrestling Entertainment, providing us with an abundance of moments that we won’t soon forget. As a matter of fact, we got 50 different moments across the various ballots! With that said, only the best of the best can make this list–so without any further ado, let’s see what YOU voted as…
‘The 10 Best Moments in WWE in 2013’
Before we jump into the 10 Spot, there were 2 moments that I absolutely loved that unfortunately didn’t quite make the list. However, these were both awesome moments and definitely deserved a mention on this countdown:
Swingin’ with The Miz
I will NEVER grow tired of that.
10: That New Jersey Crowd/Ashes to Ashes (tie)
There’ve been very few crowds like the one we saw the day after WrestleMania at the Izod Center in New Jersey. Electric from start to finish, I can only compare it to being live at RAW the night after ‘Mania 28 in Miami. There’s a certain buzz and energy in the air–a combination of fans from all over the globe, celebrating the end of the biggest weekend on the wrestling calendar and just having FUN. This crowd was certainly no different and it made for one of the most fun viewing experiences of my entire life as a fan. Fandangoing, the wave and that pop for Ziggler…
CM Punk was at his dastardly best leading up to his match with the legendary Undertaker at WrestleMania 29. This may have been the most uncomfortable and memorable moment of the road to that match. It let us know that Punk was willing to go to any length to destroy the Deadman, physically and mentally and was one of RAW’s most talked about moments of the year.
9: Title Ascension Ceremony/Yes Lock on HBK (tie)
A moment barely a week old, but man, was it electric! The following video doesn’t even account for the great promo work by both Randy Orton & John Cena in anticipation of the title unification match at TLC. But as you can see, the ending of the 12/6/2013 RAW opened up ALOT of possibilities for furture matches & stories. Super hot moment that we hadn’t really seen in a while.
Daniel Bryan and Shawn Michaels…a fan’s dream that may or may not ever come to fruition. After HBK screwed Bryan at the ‘Hell in a Cell’ PPV, Michaels tried to explain why he did it and gave off that ‘HBK of old’ vibe. Instead of accepting this, Bryan evened the score in his own fashion by locking Shawn in his ‘YES Lock’. The internet exploded, as fans felt that the dream match had a shot at becoming reality.
8. Randy Orton Cashes In
‘The Viper’ and ‘The Game’ conspired to take away Daniel Bryan’s big moment at the end of SummerSlam in masterful fashion. Many were upset when this happened, but I was not one of them. This kicked off a great angle–unfortunately, WWE creative let this become somewhat of a mess in the ensuing weeks and we are where we are now. But when this happened, it got people excited, angry but most importantly–interested.
7. The Best vs The Beast
There’s not too many ‘dream matches’ left to be had in the current day of pro wrestling. When Brock Lesnar returned to WWE the day after WrestleMania 28, fans immediately pondered how a Punk/Lesnar match would play out. It would take over a year, but after Paul Heyman turned his back on CM Punk at the ‘Money in the Bank’ PPV, we wouldn’t have to wait much longer to find out. This will end up being MOTY for many WWE fans and I’d be hard pressed to argue. Brock’s best match since his return and I’m hoping for a second stanza–maybe at ‘Mania 30?
6. John Cena vs CM Punk
One of WWE’s best feuds of the modern era–CM Punk & John Cena–was revisited on the road to WrestleMania as both men wanted a shot at The Rock and the WWE title. Punk, having lost the title and his rematch, wanted one more shot. John Cena, claimant of the number 1 contender’s slot due to being the Royal Rumble winner, put his shot on the line against the former champ. What we got was the best match on RAW this year. Phenomenal, edge of your seat stuff and that piledriver got quite a few votes on his own for this list. If you somehow missed it, click the play button and enjoy.
5. “Pipe Bombshell”/The Shield take out ‘The Deadman’(tie)
Just another reason that I love AJ Lee. This kinda came out of nowhere and she said the things that most of us feel about the current direction of the WWE’s Divas division since the inception of ‘Total Divas’. *BOOM*
The Shield have had quite a year this year. Dominance has been their calling card since debuting at Survivor Series 2012 and their path of destruction led to a confrontation with The Undertaker. The end result: the ‘Hounds of Justice’ made an everlasting impact by driving the legend through an announce table. The Deadman hasn’t been seen since and Reigns, Rollins & Ambrose have had a stellar first calendar year. A moment that solidified The Shield with the WWE audience.
4.The Wyatt Family debuts/CM Punk vs The Undertaker (tie)
“We’re Here.” The most anticipated debut since the “Millenium Clock Countdown”, NXT’s hottest act teased their impending arrival on WWE TV for weeks leading up to the July 8th epsidoe of RAW. We were introduced to the family and got a glimpse into their world in various vignettes leading up to Bray Wyatt saying those two words that I started this paragraph with. An entrance and a moment that still gives me goosebumps to this day–a moment that will no doubt be remembered for years to come. They’re here–and the landscape has changed.
“The Best in the World”, coming off the heels of his historic WWE title run, was on the road to WrestleMania and looking to make a statement. On the March 4th RAW, Punk challenged the legendary Undertaker, determined to cement his place in WWE lore by ending ‘The Streak’ at WrestleMania 29. After winning a 4 way match including Big Show, Randy Orton & Sheamus later in the same show, he set upon the trail that led to the ‘Demon of Death Valley’. It was a road full of high drama, shocking moments and the match was phenomenal as well. These 2 stole the show at ‘Mania this year and really, what else did you expect? (sorry for the watermark in the vid)
3.The World’s Strongest Swerve
I’ve gone on record calling the June 17 RAW the best of the year, and this moment was perhaps the biggest part of that reason. Off and on for the last few years, we’ve heard rumblings as to whether or not Mark Henry was going to hang up his boots. After John Cena came out to address the crowd following his win at ‘Payback’, Mark Henry made his way out and played ALL of us to perfection. A glimpse at my Twitter timeline while this was playing out went from skepticism, to genuine sadness that Mark was actually retiring to “HOLY SH*T!” when the swerve came into play. This was an awesome, awesome moment that propelled Henry to (for now) one last main event WWE title match. Oh, and what about that jacket?!
2. Dolph Ziggler has his moment
THIS moment is the one that started WWE’s glorious hot streak this year. In this moment, a wrestler who was so deserving finally got his moment in the sun. The pop when Dolph Ziggler’s music hit was enormous and it seemed like the year was his to run with. Now that we’re in December and we can see where Dolph is, it’s perhaps the biggest injustice in quite sometime. The way he’s been booked since is the reason I dropped this down in my own personal list and I feel that’s why he fell in some other lists too. I’ll still hold out hope for Dolph as I think he’s just too talented to be held down. Plus, we’ll always have this:
1. Daniel Bryan: WWE Champion
For those of us who’ve followed this man throughout his career, this moment seemed like a pipe dream at one point. Not because he isn’t talented or can’t get himself over–but because we know the prototype when it comes to those chosen to be the face of WWE. At 5’8” and maybe 200 lbs., it didn’t seem like that would ever be in the cards…and then 2013 happened. The portion of the audience that wanted to see Daniel Bryan pushed to the forefront got louder. Then, as the year stretched on, the entire WWE Universe was behind the former ‘American Dragon’. We were too loud to ignore and Bryan found himself in main events and it got him the main event slot opposite John Cena on the second biggest show of the year for the WWE title. I think people were still skeptical going in, considering who the opponent was. First, the match was phenomenal and capped off perhaps WWE’s best PPV effort of the year. But then, it happened–a running knee and a 3 count clean over the man who’s been the face of the company for the last decade. Daniel Bryan had not only won the WWE title but had officially solidified himself among the best in the biggest company in the world. He couldn’t be ignored anymore. It was truly the best moment in 2013 and overwhelmingly so, according to your votes.
So there it is–the 10 best moments in WWE this year as voted on by all of you! What did you think of the list? Something left off–something else should’ve been no. 1–something should’ve been left off? Let’s keep the conversation going on Twitter! Now, the next topic for our end of year 10 Spot series…I want to know what YOU thought were the 10 best shows of the year! PWG, ROH, WWE, TNA, New Japan–what major shows/iPPVs/PPVs/TV epsiodes were your favorites this year? Send me your lists by Saturday night and make sure that you’re part of the next article!