What would the trophy look like? Back in 1986, the WWF introduced the Slammy Awards, honoring the best, or occasionally most infamous, stars in the company. The awards would last a few years before taking a hiatus until the mid 1990s. They would return over ten years later and run from 2008 – 2015 before vanishing again. Now a spiritual successor has returned and we know the winners.
Over the last few years, WWE has expanded its reach into a variety of outlets, including online media. The company knows how to produce content everywhere, including a weekly YouTube show called the Bump. The show is similar to other morning talk shows and features a variety of WWE guests. This time around, they are having their own awards, with the big day having arrived.
Earlier this month, the Bumpy Awards were announced on an episode of the weekly morning show The Bump. The awards, with the winners being revealed this week, honored the best of WWE in the first six months of 2020. This is the first time that the awards have ever been presented and it is not clear if they will be back for the second half of the years. Here are the categories, nominees and winners (in bold). Note that not all awards had other nominees listed.
Tag Team of the Half-Year:
The Street Profits
Sasha Banks & Bayley
The New Day
Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross
Rivalry of the Half-Year:
Mandy Rose vs. Sonya Deville
Drew McIntyre vs. Brock Lesnar
Becky Lynch vs. Shayna Baszler
The Undertaker vs. AJ Styles
Tommaso Ciampa vs. Johnny Gargano
In-Ring Match of the Half-Year:
Charlotte Flair vs. Rhea Ripley (WrestleMania)
Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins (WrestleMania)
Daniel Bryan vs. AJ Styles – Intercontinental Championship Tournament Finals (SmackDown, June 12, 2020)
Edge vs. Randy Orton (The Greatest Wrestling Match Ever, WWE Backlash)
Men’s Royal Rumble Match
Cinematic Match of the Half-Year:
Boneyard Match (WrestleMania)
Firefly Fun House Match (WrestleMania)
Men’s and Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Matches
Tommaso Ciampa vs. Johnny Gargano – One Final Beat (WWE NXT, April 8, 2020)
The Viking Profits vs. Ninjas (WWE Backlash)
Superstar of the Half-Year:
The Biggest Surprise Guest/Moment On WWE’s The Bump:
Zoo Animals Surprise Kevin Owens
The ‘Best Interview From Inside Or Next To A Parked Car’ Award:
The ‘Best Interview Conducted Internationally’ Award:
The ‘Best Superstar Zoom Room’ Award:
The ‘Hey That Wasn’t Very Nice’ Award:
The ‘Best Audience Member’ Award:
WWE’s The Bump Lifetime Achievement Award:
WWE’s Biggest Social Reaction Of The Half-Year:
Mandy Rose & Otis Kiss
The Best WWE’s The Bump Entrance:
The ‘Best Bump Host Costume’ Award:
The ‘Most Gif-Able Superstar’ Award:
Some of the winners were rather pleased. Check out their reactions plus the full awards show:
Opinion: This is the kind of thing that I could watch every year and get a smile out of it every time. It’s a simple idea and something that you could run a story off of for months, but what makes it work is wondering who wins. I know a lot of them are obvious, but just having the drama of waiting makes it work. Sure there are a lot of them, but the show is fun and that’s what is should be.
What did you think of these awards? Should WWE bring back the Slammys? Let us know in the comments bellow.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books. Get the latest and greatest in professional wrestling news by signing up for our daily email newsletter. Just look below for “GET EXCLUSIVE UPDATES” to sign up. Thank you for reading!