Brass Ring Awards 2015 Day 2

Day 2 of the Brass Ring Awards

Best Entrance - Rusev rides a Russian Tank to WrestleMania

(written by @hadoken101)

Wrestling at its best is at least a little ridiculous, and few things are more ridiculous than a man rolling up to a match in a GOD DAMN TANK.

Wrestlemania is no stranger to over-the-top awesome entrances but Rusev really blew away the competition this year. Even before Rusev appeared, Lana walked out leading a troop of Russian soldiers marching to the Russian national anthem while carrying the US title. Then, signaled by a line of artillery cannons on the stage firing off pyro, Rusev proceeds to ride in on top of the aforementioned TANK proudly waving a Russian flag. Perhaps the best part of this insane, cartoonish entrance is the implication that the tank, artillery, and soldiers were provided by Vladimir Putin himself.

Runners Up: King Nakamura at WrestleKingdom 9, Vampiro dressed as an Evil Pope at Ultima Lucha, EVIL at NJPW Power Struggle, From Software presents Finn Balor NXT London

Best Twitter Follow - Kevin Owens

(written by @drdarkstryfe)

Being a heel in 2015 is a tough thing to pull off.

Fans have unprecedented access to the ins and outs or professional wrestling thanks to social media, the 24/7 news cycle, and an internet full of fans deconstructing everything that happens in the squared circle.

If you want to be a great heel in this day and age, take it to Twitter.

WWE Superstar Kevin Owens has embraced Twitter in a way no other WWE heel has. He has gotten into much advertised spats with "celebrities" like Melissa Joan Hart and Kevin Nash, mercilessly mocks fans that dare to say anything bad about him or his in-ring work, and makes threats and promises to further his WWE character's agenda.

Also, he shows just how much of an awesome father he is by showing his son Owen with the titles he won in the past year.

Kevin Owens is one of the best heels in professional wrestling. Kevin Steen is a dedicated and proud family man. The combination of these two makes the Twitter account one of the most entertaining to follow among all of professional wrestling.

Runners Up: Big E, Asuka, Matt Jackson, EC3

Worst Moment of the Year - Roman Reigns Promos/Tater Tots

(written by @turboman)

Roman Reigns is the guy that WWE wants to go with as the face of the company from now on. That's all fine and well, most people would prefer somebody else but Roman does have a certain look to him that does look "big time". Also, when he was a member of the Shield he was booked extremely well and always came out looking good in every match and every feud.

However, there was a point where WWE decided to write terrible jokes for the guy and force him to say stupid catch phrases that makes no sense at all (Wham Bam Thank You Ma'am) and telling jokes that never had a chance of landing. If you ever want to gain the feeling of wanting to die, please watch Roman Reigns tell Big Show a story of how he found magic beans.

The biggest mistake right now WWE is making with "Their Guy" is that they are writing him like he's John Cena. Roman Reigns struggles and fails whenever he is supposed to be witty/funny and is better served as a badass who gets to the point. WWE continues to completely fail at their goal, and we have terrible segments like the one below as the result.

Runners Up: WWE using Reid Flair's death, The Divas Revolution, Sheera Shuffle

Worst Match of the Year - WWE Royal Rumble 2015

While 2015 had a ton of incredibly awesome matches and moments, Wrestling isn’t always amazing and the five matches collected here are examples of some of the absolute worst matches the year had to offer. While the other matches on the list were bad from either an in-ring or story perspective, The 2015 Royal Rumble match was a fairly boring match by Rumble standards on top of having some of the most mind-boggling booking decisions possible.

It’d be hard to argue against the opinion that WWE had a very bad 2015 and a great deal of their issues can be summed up with “bad writing”. The Royal Rumble was the prime example of this and served as a giant middle finger to fans watching. From starting with Miz and R-Truth at 1-2, to Harper calling for him and Rowan to turn on Bray only to immediately turn on Rowan anyways, to Daniel Bryan being randomly eliminated with minimal fanfare before #16 even entered, to Big Show and Kane unceremoniously dumping out the new generation like literal pieces of trash, the match was a complete mess. To go in-depth on everything wrong with the hour long match would fill an entire essay. Not even a surprise return from The Rock could stop the thunderous boos the last half of the match got.

Runners Up: Elimination Chamber IC Match (WWE), Villanos vs. Psycho Circus (AAA), Probably an Eva Marie Match (NXT), Creepy Angelico vs. Ivellise match (LU)

Feud of the Year - Mil Muertes vs. Fenix

(written by @hadoken101)

Feuds are probably the most important thing in Pro Wrestling. Without them, even a good match ends up being forgettable. Sometimes in wrestling you get two personalities that line up so perfectly that it seems like they were just meant to collide, things like Cena/Edge, Rock/Austin, or Flair/Dusty. Lucha Underground took this one step further with the way the presented storylines as a fictional TV show instead of a “real sport” and brought us Fenix vs Mil Muertes.

It works on multiple levels. As a pure wrestling feud, you have the classic “small flippy guy who’s got speed and technique” vs “giant, barrel-chested guy who will crush you if he gets a hold of you.” But going deeper as a storyline you have the literal embodiment of 1000 Deaths vs a man who has 1000 Lives and won’t stay down. The fact that LU managed to pull off a feud between Life and Death and have it not be completely hokey is a testament to the quality of storytelling they’ve got going on. That’s not to say it’s all thanks to the writers as both Fenix and Mil - along with Catrina - definitely pull their weight in the ring, putting on the absolutely unreal Grave Consequences match as well as the great Deathmatch follow up.

Possibly the most exciting thing about this feud is that given where we’re left at the end of Season 1, it seems extremely likely that this fight will continue well into the second season.

Runners Up: Toru Yano vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi (NJPW), Sasha Banks vs. Bayley (NXT), John Cena vs. Kevin Owens (WWE), Kairi Hojo vs. Meiko Satomura (Stardom)

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