FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION
The nominations thus far: I though I nominated Battledome about 15 times, all in the worst section. Didn't I? Also, didn't Yokozuna die before the time limit? Ahh...whatever. (Hey - you're RIGHT! - CRZ)
Well, I did sort of cheat by starting with the Rock and his few months off. So I did Austin next, who was present the whole year on WWF TV. I figure I'll get one of these every other day until
A. The awards come...
B and C go hand in hand by the way kiddies. I think I'll "cheat" again by doing Trips next.
MATCH BY MATCH
1. THAT'S A LOT OF "DID NOT WRESTLE"s. Fifty-six to be exact. Most of this comes after an injury at King of the Ring, and a string of MIA's after losing the title. But still, even before that there was a lot of shows where he didn't wrestle.
2. Speaking of King of the Ring, that may be the last time he's really had serious competition from more than one man for his WWF title. Van Dam is coming on his own, but back in June Austin was fighting Benoit and Jericho frequently AND WINNING. In the past three months, since turning WCW, Austin hasn't faced ANYBODY of note other than Angle & Van Dam.
3. One submission win is all the man had this year. And even that was only because of a Bret Hart replay.
OVERALL RECORD (Through Oct 22): 32 wins, 16 losses, 9 No Contests
BEST MONTH: October 2001 (3-0-0)
WORST MONTH: September 2001 (1-3-0)
LEAST ACTIVE MONTH: July 2001 (0-1-1)
TAG TEAM PARTNER OF CHOICE: Triple H (6 matches; 2-4-0)
OVERALL TEAM TEAM RECORD: 10 wins, 8 losses, 4 No Contests
Awards to think about Steve Austin in.
BEST WRESTLER: Steve Austin is always in the main-event it seems. Whether he is a babyface or a heel, Austin always gets a reaction from the crowd. He held the WWF title twice this year, and has held the title longer than anybody else.
BEST TAG TEAM: When Austin joined up with Triple H, they quickly won the tag titles at Backlash. With arguably the two top stars forming a tag team, this will surely grab a few votes.
BEST HEEL: What? What? What? HIS NAME IS STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN and he did what we all thought was impossible at the beginning of the year. He made the crowd boo him. Not only boo him, but grow to despise the paranoid belt hog.
BEST BABYFACE: Before his heel turn, Austin was right at the top of those cheered upon. Then man would make you cheer simply by eating a hot dog while he's supposed to be selling them. The crowd reaction was great during his wins at Royal Rumble and Wrestlemania.
BEST BRAWLER: Austin is a master at taking the match to the outside. He knows exactly when to dump his unknowing opponent on the concrete, and can find the ring pole with no problem. His use of chairs, belts, and other forgein objects gives a real edge to his game, and has lead to more than a few wins.
MOST IMPROVED WRESTLER: Austin has participated in a number of marquee matches this year that have been taken to their height by Austin rough and rumble style. Since his return from neck surgery, Austin has stunned with his guts by using moves you wouldn't expect from him.
MOST OVERRATED WRESTLER: You can make an argument that Austin was carried to most of his "Match of the Year"s. Triple H, Chris Benoit, and Kurt Angle are all excellent athletes and could probably carry a broom to at least a good match.
BEST WRESTLING GIMMICK: Steve Austin went NUTS this year. He obsessed over the WWF title to the point of paranoia. To capture the title in the first place, he made the sacrifice of becoming Vince McMahon's new best friend. He brought him presents, and sang him songs on his gee-tar. When the chance to jump to the WCW came, he took it. He became the leader of the Alliance and developed a hearing problem, all the while he only cared about the title.
BEST WRESTLING MOVE: The Stone Cold Stunner is a great finishing move. Only Kurt Angle and The Rock seems to be invulnerable to the move. It has taken out the majority of the WWF roster this year.
BEST MATCH: You can start with the two out of three falls match. Then you can go with the infamous tag team title match on RAW the night after Judgment Day. Continue on and you'll have his two great matches with Chris Benoit in the end of May. Pick one of his matches on PPV with Kurt Angle. I could actually see Austin's name picking up the gold, silver, and bronze in the voting this year.
BEST FEUD: Steve Austin had a bloody feud with The Game at the beginning of 2001. It got so bad that they had to sign a contract to make sure they kept away from each other until the actual match. Austin also had a long feud with Kurt Angle that goes all the way back to when Austin was a good guy trying to capture the title off of our olympic hero.
WORST WRESTLER: People will hold off votes for Triple H and The Rock because of the time they were away from the ring. Well, Austin was away from the ring quite a bit as well. NEARLY HALF THE SHOWS HE DIDN'T WRESTLE. This may have been because of injuries or whatever, but even The Rock, who took more than three months off had more matches then Austin.
WORST TAG TEAM: They may have held the tag team titles, but Austin and Trips only one ONE OTHER MATCH beside their title victory at Backlash. They lost four times.
WORST HEEL: The only real arguement that can be made here is the fact that a lot of people actually cheer for Austin to be cool, much like Triple H. Austin's use of what has only given him face pops as well.
WORST MATCH: The only one even nominated (that makes sense) at this time is the tag match at Backlash. While this match wasn't the worst of the year, it'll still nab a few votes for being a sub-par main event.
WORST FEUD: Austin had very short-lived angles with Booker, Undertaker, and Kane. Although, for some, even the short feud with the Taker was WAY TOO LONG!!
MOST OBNOXIOUS: The "What?" can get on your nerves after about the seven hundredth time, especially if re-cap the show (eh, CRZ?)
BEST INTERVIEWEE: Austin always has a interesting word to say to his opponents, even if his interviews do have to be conducted through his wife Debra sometimes.
FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION...STEVE AUSTIN.