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Friday, December 30, 2016

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EOTR Awards: WWE Feud Of The Year

By @TrueGodImmortal


Right before the year closes, we have to stop and take a look at the feuds of 2016 in WWE, and crown the feud of the year. There were a few lengthy feuds overall and some of them really showed and proved. Let's get into it.

Runner Ups

*AJ Styles vs Dean Ambrose



-Minus the inclusion of James Ellsworth, I loved the entire feud. Their matches were all solid, and Styles brings out the best in Ambrose. Their TLC match was a runner up candidate for Match of The Year and their Backlash match was also quite solid. Styles and Ambrose kept Smackdown afloat the second half of the year.

*The Miz vs Dolph Ziggler



-This feud seemed like it would never end at one point and it should come as no surprise that these two familiar rivals went above and beyond this go round to make this work. Each match they had together this year was very good, but the feud hit the apex when Dolph won a Career vs Title match at No Mercy to capture the Intercontinental title. That match is a Match of The Year candidate and one of my personal favorites this year. Miz and Dolph brought out the best in each other this year, when we least expected it.

*John Cena vs AJ Styles



-For years, there have been many people who tried to have John Cena's number but couldn't defeat him. AJ Styles was different. The year that Cena would become a part timer would be the year that he had one of his best feuds of all time. Styles has earned his way to becoming one of the greatest opponents in Cena's career, giving him a really great match at Money In The Bank, then picking up a clean win over him at Summerslam in an instant classic. Styles and Cena would clash in a triple threat that included Dean Ambrose at No Mercy and Styles pinned Cena for a third time. On a strictly wrestling level, this feud was better than anything and deserves accolades as one of the better feuds of this modern era we are in. Kudos to both Styles and Cena.

Winner: Sasha Banks vs Charlotte




-I mean... who else could win this one? The feud that started around Wrestlemania 32 (included Becky Lynch then however) and lasted mostly all the way up until the end of the year is easily the pick for feud of the year. Since when in wrestling has a women's feud captivated audiences, headlined PPVs, main evented RAW, and more? Since when have two women gone out and stole the show regularly from the guys? In the wrestling business, it is very rare, so the fact that Sasha and Charlotte ended up taking the WWE by storm and really ramping up their feud after the brand split was official, showed you what they were capable of. They had amazing matches on RAW, all of which Sasha won, and had some solid PPV matches, all of which Charlotte won. They traded the Women's Title back and forth and made history in the process. This feud was the feud that we were waiting for in professional wrestling for women and because of that, it takes the crown as WWE Feud Of The Year. Hands down.

-True

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