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Cook’s 2022 Wrestling Year-End Awards

It’s a trip back in time to 2022–as Steve Cook rounds up the best (and a little worst) of the year just for you!



WWE The Usos 2022

It’s a trip back in time to 2022–as Steve Cook rounds up the best (and a little worst) of the year just for you!

Hey kids! Steve Cook here, and it’s kind of funny because the last time you read my words on this website I was writing about something I didn’t really want to write about. We continue that theme today, as I have a bit of a confession for you folks. It’s something that I’ve been hiding from wrestling website higher-ups ever since I started writing about this so called sport.

I don’t like participating in year-end awards.

At first, it was because I was already overworked with school and trying to make something of my life. Then it was pure laziness. Nowadays, it’s a combination of laziness and the fact that I don’t feel particularly qualified to participate in these things. Pro wrestling is one of many interests that take up my time away from work. That means that I don’t watch as much pro wrestling as my fellow writers, or as many of you reading.

Multiple websites list the top 100 matches at the end of a year…I know I watch far more than 100 matches per year, but the odds of me remembering 100 matches at the end of a given year aren’t great. As many have pointed out, the plethora of great matches on TV/PPV/streaming is awesome for fans, but leads to fewer matches really standing out from the pack. Plus, most of the matches I end up watching are old matches, and I don’t think people would appreciate my listing a Bret Hart match from 1986 at #1. Not quite what the folks are looking for, right?

Even though I don’t like to do year end awards, I still do when certain people ask me. I don’t like disappointing my bosses any more than I already do, so I fill out the awards, send them in and hope the people enjoy them. Unfortunately, I’m not the only writer out there that doesn’t have the time or doesn’t feel qualified to present awards. It turns out that I have some material left on the cutting-room floor.

Now, the middle of February seems a bit late to be doing a 2022 year-end awards column. Then again, Hollywood gives out all their year-end awards around this time of year as well, and I’m pretty sure Uncle Dave hasn’t given his out either. So now seems as good a time as any to give you Chairshot readers a super duper exclusive: my 2022 Year-End Awards! I’m even going to include some extra comments on the end of each one revealing if my mind has changed since turning them in back in late December 2022. Sound good to you? Sounds good to me!

* The Biggest Disappointment of The Year

5. Ronda Rousey’s return doesn’t catch fire
4. Hangman Page does little after his AEW Championship reign
3. Cody Rhodes tears a pec after getting off to a hot start in WWE
2. Tony Khan fails to get ROH a TV deal
1. CM Punk’s AEW Championship reigns & eventual departure

CM Punk

The fact that CM Punk’s arrival in AEW gave the company a boost can’t be denied. Punk’s return to professional wrestling interested a good number of fans that had been waiting since 2014 to see their favorite wrestler actually wrestle. Punk came off like a big star, and his segments were often the highlight of the AEW week. Putting the AEW Championship on him made all the sense in the world.

Unfortunately, a foot injury forced Punk to vacate the championship just days after winning it. In the ensuing months, Punk grew agitated with a talent roster that he felt didn’t give him the respect he deserved. A certain percentage of the talent roster grew agitated with the influence that Punk seemed to hold over Tony Khan. Things were said to the dirt sheets. Punk decided it was necessary to bury a talent on television, then he went on a tirade against some members of management after regaining the AEW Championship at All Out. The Young Bucks took offense, punches were thrown in a locker room, and we haven’t seen Punk on AEW television since.

Regardless of whose side you’re on in this whole fiasco, it’s a shame that what started out as such a good comeback run for CM Punk ended in the fashion it did.

February Thoughts: I feel pretty good about this choice. As time passes we tend to forget how much fun most of Punk’s stuff in AEW was. The best thing AEW fans can hope for is that Punk & the Elite will eventually be smart enough to try & make money off their dispute, like most people in the wrestling business that have legit heat with each other eventually do.

* The Best Non-Wrestler

5. Jose the Assistant
4. Stokley Hathaway
3. William Regal
2. Paul Heyman
1. Pat McAfee

Pat McAfee WrestleMania 38

I was never really a fan of McAfee’s media work prior to his employment by WWE. He was a little too much, like he was constantly on a Red Bull bender or something. He hasn’t really changed, which is part of what his fans love about him. McAfee is McAfee, and people either love him or hate him.

That said, I can’t deny the positive effect he had on SmackDown once starting as color commentator. McAfee, as usual, was a bit too much for fans like me. He did increase the energy level on the show, and you could tell that he was happy to be there and very into what he was seeing. So much so that Michael Cole got more interested in being there than he had been in years. Pat did get into the ring three times, but I’ve been advised that he qualifies as a Non-Wrestler so he’s getting my vote here.

February Thoughts: Heyman’s the early leader in the clubhouse for 2023, but McAfee’s contributions to SmackDown while he was there still can’t be denied. It’ll be interesting to see how involved he gets with WWE during football off-seasons, as I expect him to be on College Gameday for years to come.

* The Best Tag Team of The Year

5. The Briscoes
4. Lucha Brothers
3. Motor City Machine Guns
2. The Usos
1. FTR

It was a very strange year for Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler. Fans spent most of 2022 complaining that FTR weren’t featured enough on AEW television, and the fans probably had a point. Thing is, whenever FTR did appear on AEW television, or on ROH PPV events, or anywhere else they appeared, they delivered. We’re talking about a team that held the AAA, IWGP & ROH tag team championship. It’s tough to say a team that held three different tag team championships in 2022 was underutilized, but plenty of people would tell you that.

Underutilized or not, FTR took part in more of my favorite matches of 2022 than anybody. Harwood also had a nice singles run that didn’t result in many victories but did result in quality matches. FTR never let me down in the ring this year, so they’re the pick for Tag Team of the Year in a year with plenty of quality selections.

February Thoughts: Pretty good year for the Top Guys, I thought. Spots beyond the top two were a bit of a cluster that could have gone any type of way, it was a solid year for tag teams.

* The Worst PPV/Major Show of 2022

5. Ric Flair’s Last Match
4. WWE Elimination Chamber
3. AAA Rey de Reyes
2. The WRLD on GCW
1. WWE Royal Rumble

I’ve always had a special place in my pro rasslin fan heart for the Royal Rumble. It was my favorite event pretty much every year when I was a youngster. Something about thirty people entering the ring at two minute intervals with the winner getting a shot at the world champion at WrestleMania just did it for me, you know what I mean? It was the biggest stars in the WWF all in the same ring at the same time, often with interactions you weren’t expecting. Ax & Smash coming in at 1 & 2. The 92 Rumble with Flair working with pretty much everybody. People talk about going to WrestleMania as their Holy Grail of wrestling fandom…for me it was going to the Royal Rumble back in 2012.

Not that the 2012 Rumble was especially great, but the 2022 version was even worse. People hoped that Sasha Banks would have a big night, especially when she came out first. Instead they got Ronda Rousey in the return that nobody was really asking for, and nobody’s really cared about since. The men’s match didn’t feature a big star returning to win, as Brock Lesnar had already lost a championship earlier in the evening, and rebounded later in the night to win that prize. Honestly, the most exciting thing to come out of this show was all the backstage gossip about Shane McMahon trying to build the men’s Rumble match around himself. Shane would just be the first McMahon to find themselves on the outside looking in during 2022.

February Thoughts: At least the 2023 Rumble was better. Not among the best of all time, but I doubt it’ll make worst of lists unless 2023 is just a complete banger of a year for everybody.

* The Best PPV/Major Show of 2022

5. ROH Supercard of Honor
4. AEW Full Gear
3. WWE WrestleMania XXXVI Night One
2. AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door
1. WWE Clash at the Castle

Clash at the Castle came at a very important time for WWE. It was the first major show after all of the Vince McMahon allegations came out and the changing of the guard happened. WWE needed to send a message via quality & presentation that their fans could still expect everything from before, and more. Also, the show happened to be in Cardiff, Wales. The United Kingdom hadn’t seen a show in one of their stadiums since 1992. They were more than ready to pack one.

They got a darn good show too! Gunther vs. Sheamus alone was worth the price of admission. Dom Mysterio finally showed his true colors as the bastard heel he’s meant to be right now. Liv Morgan got a nice win, as did Damage CTRL. The only real weak point, which wasn’t really one because the match was really good, was Drew McIntyre not going over Roman Reigns. I know WWE gets off on the number of days of a title reign and that’s why it didn’t happen, but those fans would have gone absolutely banana over a Drew title victory, especially after “Broken Dreams” got used during his intro. A missed opportunity to make somebody. Other than that, the show had a limited number of matches that got enough time to breathe and achieve their full potential, which most shows could have taken a lesson from this year.

February Thoughts: I didn’t review or watch Clash at the Castle when it first aired, which more often than not means I won’t go back to watch it unless it seems utterly necessary. Glad I did!

* The Best Wrestling Storyline of 2022

5. Josh Alexander vs. Moose
4. Paul Heyman’s Choice Between Roman Reigns & Brock Lesnar
3. Cody Rhodes Returns to WWE
2. CM Punk vs. MJF
1. Sami Zayn is the Honorary Uce

WWE SmackDown has largely been built around the Bloodline for ages now, and it’s been a pretty good choice. Early in the year, “Wise Man” Paul Heyman had to prove his loyalty to the Tribal Chief, which he did in spades. The Usos have been doing their thing. Solo Sikoa has become part of the mix. Then there was Sami.

It took awhile, but good ol’ Sami Zayn has managed to make himself part of the Bloodline. It started with him helping out here & there, to the point where Roman Reigns made him and Honorary Uce. Jey Uso didn’t buy into Sami’s act though, and spent months telling everybody that Sami was bad news. Roman didn’t seem sold on Jey’s claims, even giving Sami an official Honorary Uce t-shirt. It even got to the point where one week Solo didn’t want his brothers coming down to ringside with him, asking Sami to come with him instead. Sami finally earned Jey’s trust at the Survivor Series, and the Bloodline has lived happily ever after since then. (This was written before the 12/30 edition of SmackDown, just in case John Cena & Kevin Owens cause some trouble.)

February Thoughts: This is still going pretty well. Although, the Bloodline is no longer living happily ever after as I write this.

* The Best Promotion of 2022

5. New Japan
4. AAA
3. Impact Wrestling
2. AEW
1. WWE

Triple H WWE Creative

Remember when people thought that Vince McMahon was the only person capable of running WWE? Business experts were convinced that if Vince passed away or stepped down, WWE would go into the toilet financially. After all, Vince had single-handedly won the wrestling war. He’d killed all the territories. He ran WCW & ECW out of business, and nobody had competed with him for two decades. Obviously, Vince was the one guy that knew what was going on. The experts didn’t have a ton of faith in his daughter & son-in-law as the heirs apparent. Oh, and both Stephanie & Paul Levesque had seen their power wane in recent months.

Then Vince had some stuff come out. He was forced to step down, though he remains the top shareholder. While business experts were concerned at first, wrestling fans were pretty darn happy. The diehards believed that Vince’s ideas had resulted in less entertaining programming. His way of dealing with talent had been criticized in comparison to Triple H, who seemed to support all of the Internet’s favorite wrestlers & was responsible for NXT when it was at a creative peak. A regime change was just what was needed to turn the perception of WWE around.

After Vince stepped aside, the machine kept humming along. Triple H brought back most of the people that had been fired. Stephanie & Nick Khan kept the confidence WWE’s partners had in them high. It’s tough to deny that WWE’s future looks as bright as it ever did. Even if the company gets sold, there’s no reason to think it’s going anywhere but at least the level it’s at now.

February Thoughts: Vince is back, but WWE is still rolling along pretty strong. It must be true if even your humble correspondent says it.

* The Best Matches of 2022

5. Adam Page vs. Bryan Danielson (AEW Dynamite 1/5/22)
4. El Hijo del Vikingo vs. Rey Fenix (AAA TripleMania: Mexico City)
3. Gunther vs. Sheamus (WWE Clash at the Castle)
2. FTR vs. The Briscoes (ROH Supercard of Honor 2022)
1. FTR vs. The Briscoes (ROH Final Battle 2022)

LOL to me casting aside #4 during my review of that show as “there are too many MOTY contenders.” This is why people should not pay attention to my match & show ratings, I’ve yet to learn what the hell I’m doing. Easier to pop off in list columns than try to rate a match or a show. Vikingo & Fenix were freaking awesome. They weren’t as awesome as FTR & the Briscoes. I missed one of their matches, and that one would have likely made the list too. Two of the best tag teams of the 21st century that immediately had chemistry? That was bound to light the world on fire, and get ROH more PPV buys than they’d seen before Tony Khan bought the company.

People wanted to see these two teams go at it. People were even more excited with dog collars involved. Dax, Cash, Jay & Mark all went all out. The dog collar match has quite the history, and they lived up to it. They spilled blood by the pints. It was ridiculous.

February Thoughts: RIP Jay Briscoe.

* The Best Weekly TV Show of 2022

5. Impact Wrestling
3. WWE Smackdown
2. AEW Dynamite
1. Tales From The Territories

Tales From The Territories wasn’t the ratings hit that Dark Side of the Ring was. Which isn’t surprising. Television viewers tend to flock towards negative stories. Tales From The Territories wasn’t telling negative stories so much, it was just old rasslers telling stories from back in the day. The truth of the stories definitely varied.

The show definitely varied based on who was available to tell stories on a territory. Which makes it a shame it didn’t happen a decade or two ago when more people were alive to discuss these things. The early-season Memphis shows had a great cast of characters. Jeff & Jerry Jarrett, Dutch Mantell, Jimmy Hart & Jerry “The King” Lawler are all among the best story tellers in pro wrestling. Bret Hart appeared on an episode. The Mid-South show with Jim Ross, Ted DiBiase, Jake Roberts & Michael Hayes also featured four of the best story tellers in pro wrestling. It was a bit different from DSOTR, in that it was just old rasslers telling stories, instead of stories being told to make rasslers look bad. I liked it. Maybe some of you didn’t.

February Thoughts: It’s a very good thing they did the Andy Kaufman episode of Tales From The Territories, just in case Jerry Lawler’s stroke actually takes this time. It probably won’t, since he’s the King and when he pulls down the strap everybody’s in trouble. It’s a good reminder to get these veterans to tell their stories while they still can.

* The Most Improved Performer of 2022

5. Ridge Holland
4. The Gunns
3. Solo Sikoa
2. Powerhouse Hobbs
1. The Acclaimed

Max Caster & Anthony Bowens moved their way up through the ranks in 2022. They went from being regulars on Dark to entertaining characters that would pop up on Dynamite & Rampage here & there. Max’s raps were entertaining, while Anthony’s tagline gained more and more recognition. Their pairing with Billy, Austin & Colton Gunn helped everybody out. Billy openly wishing that the Acclaimed were his sons instead of Austin & Colton got the Gunns over as proper heels while Max & Anthony got the approval of the people.

As the Acclaimed got more popular they kept getting bigger matches. They were able to rise to the occasion and give fans the matches they expected from AEW Tag Team championship matches. The sky should be the limit for these guys.

February Thoughts: Caster & Bowens just ended their first reign as AEW Tag Team Champions. They might get them back from the Gunns pretty soon, or from somebody else at a later date. I do believe they’ll get those titles back, as they’re among AEW’s most over homegrown acts at the moment and everything they touch turns to gold. Or at least not crap.

* The Best Women’s Wrestler of 2022

5. Mandy Rose
4. Roxanne Perez
3. Jordynne Grace
2. Jamie Hayter
1. Bianca Belair

Most of our more established names saw limited action in 2022. Bayley & Becky Lynch both missed extensive time due to injury. Charlotte Flair missed time due to injury and I can’t remember what else. Sasha Banks left. WWE was left without their Horsewomen, and it was Bianca that stepped up and carried the torch.

Since defeating Lynch at WrestleMania, Belair has gotten more time to establish herself on top of the food chain. She’s managed to maintain her popularity as a dominant champion, which often isn’t easy.

February Thoughts: Can’t really argue with that list for 2022. Looks like the Horsewomen might be returning to form for 2023, which will give Bianca some competition.

* The Best All-Around Performer of 2022

5. CM Punk
4. Kevin Owens
3. Roman Reigns
2. MJF
1. Sami Zayn

Sami Zayn Roman Reigns

Many of us remember the days where Sami travelled the indies wearing a mask and never speaking English. He was a fantastic in-ring performer, but it was fair to wonder if his style would translate to a bigger stage. Would he be able to carry a storyline that didn’t revolve around in-ring affairs?

Then he went to WWE, ditched the mask and became Sami Zayn. His matches don’t get as many snowflakes as they did back in the day, but his character has helped carry WWE’s biggest storyline through 2022. WWE fans are tremendously interested in the future of the Bloodline, and Sami’s involvement with the group. This is mostly due to Sami’s efforts in getting the group and himself over with their interactions.

February Thoughts: Sami’s still getting it done, and will be facing off with Roman Reigns at Elimination Chamber. Evidence of how well WWE is doing with its fanbase right now: Most years, fans would be mad that Sami is getting his shot at Roman at Elimination Chamber instead of WrestleMania. This year, people seem fine with it. Sami’s not becoming a cause celebre just because WWE has chosen Cody Rhodes for the WrestleMania main event spot. WWE has trained their fans well.

* The Best In-Ring Wrestler of 2022

5. Gunther
4. El Hijo del Vikingo
3. Dax Harwood
2. Seth Rollins
1. Jon Moxley

Moxley was tasked with carrying the AEW main event scene on his back throughout 2022. No matter who came and went, Moxley could be relied on to make things interesting. His matches would be the biggest fights on the card and live up to main event billing. While Moxley tended to rely on blood soaked brawls, he could still hang in technical matches and whatever else the day needed. If a never say die Babyface was needed, Mox could fill that role. If a bastard heel was needed, Mox could do that just as well. Either way, the match would deliver and send AEW fans home happy.

Granted, I might be biased in favor of my fellow Greater Cincinnatian.

February Thoughts: If I had to take one back, it would probably be this one. Like I said at the top, I haven’t seen as much as many of you have. I’m still higher on Mox’s work than most, but I think I’d probably change this to Vikingo because he’s just so damn fun to watch. Might be tempted to move Gunther up a bit too.

* Larry Csonka Award For the Hardest Working Performer of 2022

5. Seth Rollins
4. Dax Harwood
3. Taichi
2. Shingo Takagi
1. Jimmy & Jey Uso

The Bloodline was the major storyline for WWE in 2022. Roman Reigns went all part-time on us, showing up when it was convenient. Sami Zayn was an Honorary Uce, but even he didn’t put in as much ring time as Jimmy & Jey. The Usos were definitely fighting champions during 2022, working more matches than anybody else in WWE & anybody else documented in North America. Maybe there’s some indy folks that slipped under the radar, but the Usos were working every WWE house show they could to keep the Bloodline part of things.

The Usos have made mistakes. Mistakes that would have gotten them fired if not for their Bloodline. They know that. That’s why they work their asses off now to make people believe that they are the ones. We’re all allowed to make mistakes. Jimmy & Jey both have. They’ve proved their worth in the ring since.

February Thoughts: Yep, this was the right choice. I might nix the second paragraph as I’m not sure how relevant it is to the topic, but Jimmy & Jey were among the hardest workers in 2022. They wrestled the most matches and were unsung heroes in the Bloodline storyline on television. Jey especially seems in line for big things in 2023.

2022 is officially in the rear view mirror! Stay tuned to see what we’ve got for you as 2023 continues to unfold…whatever it is, good times will definitely be involved.

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King’s WrestleMania Rewind: Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka from WrestleMania 34

Chris king is back with one of the most underrated matches in WrestleMania history–Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka!



WWE WrestleMania 34 Charlotte Flair Asuka

Chris king is back with one of the most underrated matches in WrestleMania history–Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka!

We look back at Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka at WWE WrestleMania 34. ‘The Empress of Tomorrow’ put her unprecedented and historic undefeated streak of 914 days on the line against ‘The Queen’s’ SmackDown Women’s Championship.

For years, this was considered a dream match while Asuka dominated the roster in NXT, while Flair won numerous championships on the main roster on both Raw and SmackDown. The Empress made her long-awaited debut on the September 11th episode of Raw and began to tear through the competition.

Asuka outlasted all twenty-nine other women in the historic first-ever Women’s Royal Rumble match to challenge for the title of her choosing. At Fastlane, she made her choice.

The WWE Universe was so excited for this match myself included. Both superstars delivered a fantastic performance on the Grandest Stage of Them All executing counter after counter. Asuka showed off some nasty-looking kicks to her opponent, and Flair hit a thunderous Spanish Fly off the top rope. Flair was seconds away from defeat at the hands of The Empress but she locked in Figure Eight and Asuka was forced to tap out.

I can’t even begin to explain how shocked I was at this outcome, as nearly everyone expected The Empress to continue her undefeated streak and walk away with the women’s title. This controversial decision was the downfall of Asuka’s momentum. She would ultimately win the SmackDown Women’s Championship at the 2018 TLC pay-per-view in the triple-threat ladder match.

Fast forward to this year when Asuka has recently returned with her Japanese-inspired persona Kana. Kana is dangerous and ruthless and is heading into a championship with Bianca Belair at WrestleMania 39. The Empress has regained all her momentum and is highly favored to walk away with the Raw Women’s Championship. Let’s hope that Asuka and Belair can tear the house down and deliver an A+ grade match both women are fully capable of.

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King: Dominik Mysterio Needs To Do This At WrestleMania

Chris King is here with what WWE should do with Dominik Mysterio at WrestleMania in his long-awaited match against his father Rey Mysterio Jr. 



Rey Mysterio Dominik Mysterio

Chris King is here with what WWE should do with Dominik Mysterio at WrestleMania in his long-awaited match against his father Rey Mysterio Jr. 

On this week’s episode of Friday Night SmackDown, Rey Mysterio finally snapped and beat some sense into his disrespectful punk-ass kid Dominik. The member of the Judgement Day came out to push his father again for a match on the Grandest Stage of Them All, this time with his mother and sister at ringside. The ungrateful punk told his mom to “Shut Up,” as a father even I wanted to jump through the screen and whoop his ass.

Back in October of last year, Mysterio made the emotional decision to possibly quit the company but, instead, Triple H persuaded the Lucha libre superstar to move over to SmackDown to avoid his son. This came after Dominik shockingly turned on his father at Clash at the Castle. Mysterio did everything he could to refuse his despicable son’s challenge for Mania but, a man can only be pushed so far. Mysterio will be inducted into the 2023 WWE Hall of Fame and I expect Dominik to embarrass his father during his speech to further this personal feud.

Yes, the WWE Universe hates Dominik and wants to see him get the ever-loving crap kicked out of him but, this feud is missing a special ingredient to capitalize on the biggest heat possible. Throughout this feud, Dominik has made mention of the legendary Eddie Guerrero on several occasions going back to the “iconic” 2005 feud.

I know WWE might not want to go this route but, Dominik MUST come out to Eddie Guerrero’s theme at Mania. The disrespectful punk needs to come out in a lowrider to garner nuclear heat. It doesn’t matter if The Judgement Day comes out and causes interference for Dominik to get the win, all that matters is that both superstars get the biggest payoff of this nearly year-long feud. Just imagine the Roman Reigns heat after he defeated The Undertaker and multiply that by ten. Dominik portrays the perfect heel and he truly is the missing ingredient that The Judgement Day needed to grow and evolve into a top faction.

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