2012 was an amazing year for Cageside Seats, and a huge part of that was because of you, Cagesiders. With your hard work and dedication to the site, Cageside is known for some of the best pro wrestling writing on the Interwebs and for THEE Best Community, bar none. So we created the REC's to honor all of your great efforts and contributions.
Now, with 2012 over, we have decided to pick the best FanPosts from the past year. Well, technically the best FanPost since we started the REC's in September. The best part is, since this is all about you, Cagesiders, final choice is up to you!
Read through the twelve best FanPosts we have nominated, and vote for your favorite in the poll below...
*To see the full FanPost, simply click on the Bolded Hyperlinked Title of each FanPost to the right of each Cagesider's name...
Here at the S3, YOU - the Internet Wrestling Community at Cageside Seats - can vote for your "Wrestler of the Week" from among all of the athlete/entertainers who appeared on national TV in the prior week. YOU can vote based on whatever criteria you choose. YOU can explain your vote and try to sway your fellow Cagesiders in the comments, or just weigh in and resume lurking.
But then suddenly Vince and Stephanie regain control of the match and Vince bends Chyna over where she is attacked from both ends by the McMahon tag team. Vince repeatedly attacks her from behind while Stephanie is just kind of sitting there holding Chyna's head down towards the general vicinity of the billion-dollar pelvic bone. I guess this is to make sure that Chyna can't break Vince's hold.
[I]f you're the champion of an organization, you owe it to yourself to represent said company to the best of your ability. You know, not like the high and/or drunk Jeff Hardy. He looked all sorts of out of it for his match against Sting. Forget the fact that he was forcibly jobbed out of the title in less than two minutes (and deservedly so) to a fifty-two year old Sting. The fact that TNA sent him out there in that condition was just plain stupid. He had to have been in that state for HOURS. He was a danger to himself and his fellow employees. It was bush league to send Hardy out there like that, especially with all the legal troubles that surrounded him in recent months before the match. And yet, TNA still put the world title on him. How TNA of you.
I THE MIGHTY METHTRON OF TNA HAVE COME FORTH TO SPEAK TO YOU OF THE FUTURE! BEHOLD MY WORDS AND DESPAIR MORTALS! FOR MY FORESHADOWING IS MOST FOREBODING! HERE ARE THE EVENTS THAT SHALL COME TO PASS IN TNA!
While nearly everything in the above paragraph was a simple summary of Hart's final months in the World Wrestling Federation, his final hours were anything but a happy ending. Bret was more or less not only shown the door, he was booted and given the finger on the way out. Bret's tumultuous final months in the WWF concluded with the most famous-or infamous-incident in wrestling history, one talked about to this day fifteen years later: The Montreal Screwjob.
Cagesider Dark Talon pondered over Who Would Be on Your Ultimate Survivor Series Team?
The simple question of "So, fellow Cagesiders, who would be on your ultimate Survivor Series team?" started the CSS Survivor Series Tournament, arguably the best tournament Cageside has held.
When The Shield begins their beatdown, the crowd loudly chants "FEED ME MORE!" hoping to hear Ryback's catchphrase and music hit. If not Ryback, then you have Kane and Daniel Bryan, 2 of the most over people on the roster today. This has nothing to do with John Cena. This has nothing to do with a WWE Title. This is about justice. This is putting the spotlight on 1 veteran WWE wrestler, 2 wrestlers who have been in the WWE for a short time, and 3 wrestlers who have only now just come up.
Imagine you have never witnessed anything related to pro wrestling before in your life. You tune into the opening segment of last night's (Dec. 10) episode of Monday Night Raw and watch Dolph Ziggler deliver a promo from atop his ladder, only to be interrupted by Sheamus and then Big Show. After watching this segment, imagine if you are then asked to identify who the "bad guy" is in this scenario.
There is a very good chance your answer will be the pale, red-headed "fella" who pushed another guy off of his ladder for no apparent reason.
Even during the Attitude Era, with Austin and his iconic feud with Mr. McMahon, and all the epic moments which happened then. Imagine, if that feud took place now, with everybody knowing how the business works. It is simply not possible to portray an employee assaulting his Boss on network television to secure a spot in the main-event, or a pay-per-view after that. It would be a disaster. Crowds just wouldn't buy into it.
Good work with The Shield. The booking with them and Ryback has been smart and solid. Having them dominate at TLC by being a more organized, and better team, really put them over big. They are a true threat to WWE, can actually stand, and are willing and able to fight their own battles. This angle has a lot of potential, please don't screw this up.
Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the 'E
Not a catchphrase was spoken, not even "excuse me"
The Titles were hung on a pole by the ring
In spite of the headache, Russo's ideas did bring.
Each wrestler was snug, resting by their locker
Dreaming of titles, and hoping to prosper.
As the soul of The Shield, Ambrose is the metaphorical center of the group. This is reflected in the amount of face time he gets on television (the most), the amount of mic time he gets (also the most), the amount of damage he takes (the most), and also the amount of in-ring time he gets (the most). It is also reflected in their handheld promos - where he is in the center - and their matches.
- So the choice is up to you, Cagesiders! Vote for the best FanPost of 2012 -- or best FanPost since September 2012, anyway -- below; and may the best FanPost win!
- Also, please vote in our front page feature poll (bottom left in a black box) on what the awards should be for the Annual REC winners.
- Be sure to also vote for the winner of the "Year-End REC Award for Comments", appearing at 3pm CST today.
All three polls will be open for you to vote in until midnight CST on this Friday, January, 11th. The winners and awards will be announced next Sunday, Jan. 13th, along with our weekly REC Awards column. Thanks again for participating, Cagesiders, and good luck to the final twelve!
Stipulation: In the event of an extremely close percentage in the poll, or a tie, CSS staff members will determine the final winner/s.
Remember, you can't win a Cageside REC Award* if you don't play, er um contribute.